Born 1988, Bristol, UK
Lives and works in Leiden, NL and Isle of Portland, UK

SELECTED PRESS

Contemporary Burlington, Rory Pilgrim, Elizabeth Fullerton, 5 January 2024
Studio International
, Rory Pilgrim – interview: ‘I hope the work I create is like a permaculture – always living’, Veronica Simpson, 20 October 2023
Whitechapel Gallery, Virtual Studio Visit: Rory Pilgrim, Duchamp & Sons, 26 May 2023

Education

2009

MFA, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL

2007

FA, Eesti Kunsti Akadeemia, Tallin, EE

2005

BFA, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2023

Turner Prize, Currently Nominated, London, UK

2019

Prix De Rome, Rome, IT

2016

Dolf Henkes Prize, Nominated Studio Fellowship Program, New Haven, CT, USA

2012

Volkskrant Art Prize - Nominated

Solo Exhibitions

(C) denotes that a catalogue was published with the exhibition.

2024

Centraal Museum, Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd, Bunnik, Netherlands
pink & green, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
Vleeshal Centre of Contemporary Art, Middleburg, Netherlands
Western Front, Vancouver, Canada

2023

Hop to Hope: Rory Pilgrim, WAMx, Turku City Museum, Turku, Finland

2022

RAFTS, andriesse eyck galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2021

Where the tide takes us, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
But I doubt, I tremble, I see (shaking edges) and the wild thorn tree, Pina, Vienna, Austria
Gardens and Tides, De School, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2020

The Undercurrent, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

2019

The Resounding Bell, Between Bridges, Berlin, Germany
Software Garden, MING Studios, Boise, Idaho, USA

2018

The Resounding Bell, South London Gallery, London, UK
Software Garden, andriesse-eyck galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017

Sacred Repositories Trilogy, Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema, UK
Software Garden, Rowing Gallery, London, UK

2015

Violently Speaking, andriesse eyck galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Words are not signs they are years, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

2014

Seeds Upon The Dance Floor, SIC Raum für Kunst, Luzern, Switzerland
The Salt and the Leaven, Rongwrong, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011

De Stille Revolutie, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands
The Rainbow, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Can we leave things as they are?, TAG, Den Haag, Netherlands

Group Exhibitions

(C) denotes that a catalogue was published with the exhibition.

2024

Craving for Boijmans, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Come Sing Along, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria
175 Year Anniversary, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Kunsthalle for Music, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Woorden Weelde, Andriesse Eyck Galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2023

Turner Prize 2023, Towner Eastbourne, Eastbourne, UK
Interdependencies, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland
Comment Se Raconter, Frac Lorraine, Metz, France
40th EVA International, Limerick, Ireland
New Horizons, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
Cuerpos de Agua, nGbK, Berlin, Germany
FUORI, Bologna, Italy
Qui nous raconte, FRAC Lorraine, Metz, FR
The Undercurrent, FUORI, Bologna, IT
Unruly Kinships, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany
The Gleaners Society, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland

2022

Radio Ballads, Serpentine North Gallery, London, UK
I hold the table in my hands instead of the broken legs, Trafó, Budapest, Hungary
Move: Intimacy as Resistance, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Dissolution to Evolution, Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, UK
Trouble Wandering (To Eternity), Buitenplaats Kasteel Wijlre, Wijlre, Netherlands
SOMETHING IN THE AIR, Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Reboot: Responsiveness, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande, Düsseldorf, Germany
Maps of Disquiet, Chennai Biennial, Chennai, India

2021

ZIN EX. BODY AND ARCHITECTURE, Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea Tabakalera, San Sébastian, Spain

2020

Move 2020, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
MANIFESTA 13, Marseille, France
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
Oltre qui, Magic Lantern Film Festival, MAXXI, Rome, Ital

2019

Prix de Rome 2019, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands
This is my body, My body is your body, My body is the body of the word, Le Delta, Namur, Belgium
Hanging Out', Tramway with LUX Scotland, Glasgow, UK
Made Love Takeover, Heart of Glass, St Helens, UK
For Better for Worse, Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany
An Exhibition of Posters, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Conversing Motherboards, The Studio, Antwerp Art Weekend, Belgium
(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies, Reading International, UK

2018

Freedom of Movement', Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
6th KUANDU BIENNALE, Taipei, Taiwan

2017

Among Other Things I've Taken Up Smoking, TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands
For and Against, Radar, Loughborough, UK
Cure Park, TAAK, Amsterdamse Bos, Netherlands
Dejima, GAK, Bremen, Germany

2016

Dolf Henkes Prijs 2016, TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Project Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Shift, South London Gallery, London, UK
NADA & Art Cologne, Galerie Andriesse-Eyck, Cologne, Germany

2015

The German Library and Information Centre Pyongyang, 5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
Beatrix Kiddo, Global Committee, New York City, USA
When I give I give myself, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014

The House in the Sky: Artists Reflect on Concrete Utopias, Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Beating around the bush: Episode #3, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands
Platform Residencies: The Artist Proposes, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

2013

Wholeheartedly, Detroit, Bristol, UK
Performance as Publishing, Rowing Projects, London, UK
Liste 18, Basel, Switzerland
Public Display of Affection, Rongwrong, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012

Pay Attention, Please, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy
Beyond Imagination, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sounds of Protest, Arnolfini and Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
Dialogue is Normal, Herengracht 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2012, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Netherlands
Care, ARCO, The Dutch Pavilion, Madrid, Spain
De Stille Revolutie, Supermarket, Stockholm, Sweden

2011

He Disappeared into Complete Silence, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands
Sowing and Weeding, COBRA Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands

2010

For the Birds, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Morality Act IX - Let Us Compare Mythologies, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Offspring 2010, de Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
For the Birds, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2009

When the lightness of Poetry, Rotterdam, Netherlands
9x14, Silberkuppe, Städliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
Terms and Conditions, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Selected Performances

2024

Kunsthalle for Music, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
The Amazing Purse Concert, FRAC Lorraine, Mets, France
The Amazing Purse Concert, Stiftung Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Rory Pilgrim and Robyn Haddon: An afternoon of songs and words, Birley Centre, Eastbourne, UK

2022

RAFTS Live, Cadogan Hall, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK
Songs from Water, Tempel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
What is a story that has helped you to recover?, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Germany

2021

Software Garden, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2020

The Undercurrent, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Creamcake, Berlin, Germany
RAFTS Showcase, Freeze Online Programme, London, UK
Today and Forever, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
Software Garden, Theater Neumarkt in collaboration Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Switzerland

2019

Beyond The Echo, Between Bridges, Berlin, Germany
Software Garden, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Software Garden, Transmediale Festival, HKW, Berlin, Germany

2018

As close to the future as possible, South London Gallery, London, UK

2017

Holographic Bonds, MAC and Grand Union, Shout Festival, Birmingham, UK ‘Software Garden’ - Les Urbaines, Lausanne, CH
Software Garden, Baltic, Newcastle, UK
Software Garden, Block Universe Festival 2017, London, UK

2016

The Open Sky, Peckham Liberal Club, London, UK

2015

Affection Is The Best Protection, Polderland Garden of Love and Fire, Almere, Netherlands

2013

Wholeheartedly, Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany
The loss of hope is more than the loss of everything, Liste 18, Basel, Switzerland

2012

Open, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Care, ARCO, Madrid, Spain

2010

Women and Children: What has made this building last?, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Screenings

2023

Idea Museum: Ecological Turns, Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
The Undercurrent, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
The Undercurrent; RAFTS, B-Side Arts Festival, Royal Manor Theatre, Isle of Portland, UK

2022

The Undercurrent, Movies from Earth, MoMA, New York, USA
RAFTS, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands

2020

The Undercurrent, MANIFESTA 13, Marseille, France
‘The Undercurrent, Zita, Stockholm, Switzerland
Double Feature, Schrin Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
The Undercurrent, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland

2019

Software Garden. Images Festival, Toronto, Canada

2018

I AM THE DANGER!, The Art of the TV Series, Temporary Gallery, Köln, Germany

Talks and Lectures

2023

Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Academy of Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

2022

Trafo, Budapest, HU
Art Review, Serpentine Galleries, UK
MoMA, New York, USA

2021

Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
TATE, London, UK

2020

Glasgow International Film Festival, Glasgow, UK

2019

MING Studios, Boise, USA
Transmediale Student Forum, HKW, Berlin, Germany

2017

Willem de Konning Academie, Netherlands
In Conversation, Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth, UK
Future Body Talk, AIT, Tokyo, Japan

2016

The Extraordinary Everyday, ICA, London, UK
Chelsea College of Art, London, UK
Cure Master, Sandberg Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

2015

Transmission Lecture, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

2014

Haus An See, Luzern, Switzerland

2013

A Forward Leaning Conversation, Detroit, Bristol, UK
UNIVERS(E)ity, Zolder Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
BA Fine Art Programme KABK, Den Haag, Netherlands
De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012

De Appel Gallerist Programme, Netherlands
Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy, Firstsite, UK

2011

PiST/// Istanbul, TR (2012) Impakt Festival Utrecht, Netherlands
Masters for Artistic Research, Den Haag, Netherlands
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, Vienna

Teaching Positions

2020

Dutch Art Institute MA Art Praxis, Core Tutor

2022

Goldsmiths, BA Fine Art, Guest Tutor

2021

Rietveld Academy of Arts, BA Fine Art, Guest Tutor

2019

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, Vienna

2019

Hamburger Community of Arts, Rotterdam, Core Mentor

2016

Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art, Elective Tutor

2012

KABK, Den Haag, Masters of Artistic Research, Guest Tutor

Catalogues and Music Releases

2022

The Undercurrent, Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp, Released by Creamcake, 2022

2019

Crawford, Amy, Pride and Prejudice Interpreting the Legacy of the Stonewall Uprising 50 Years Later, Smithsonian Magazine, June 2019

Solo Publications

2022

Tomorrow In Your Hands, Mousse Publishing, Milan, Italy

2016

The Open Sky, Flat Time House, London, UK

2012

Can We Leave Things As They Are, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bibliography

2024

Walsh, Maria, Rory Pilgrim, Art Monthly, no. 477, June 2024, pp. 16-17
Basciano, Oliver, The Top 10 Exhibitions to See in May 2024, artreview.com, 8 May 2024
–––,  London Shows We’re Looking Forward to in 2024, ocula.com, 11 January 2024
Fullerton, Elizabeth, Rory Pilgrim, contemporary.burlington.org.uk, 5 January 2024

2023

Prowse, Jamila, A Fragile Form of Transport, Tate etc., Issue 60, Winter 2023, p.49
Walfisz, Jonny, Turner Prize 2023: Meet the nominees for Britain's most prestigious arts award, euronews.com, 5 December 2023
Januszczak, Waldemar, At last, the Turner prize finds artists with a rare quality — talent, thetimes.co.uk, 3 December 2023
Cumming, Laura, Postcards from broken Britain, The Observer, 3 December 2023
Cumming, Laura, Turner prize 2023 – and the winner should be…, theguardian.com, 3 December 2023
–––, Provocative Art in Eastbourne, Coast Magazine, November 2023
D’Alancaisez, Pierre, Does the Turner Prize still matter?, thecritic.co.uk, 29 October 2023
Simpson, Veronica, Rory Pilgrim – interview: ‘I hope the work I create is like a permaculture – always living’, studiointernational.com, 20 October 2023
Barry, Robert, This year’s Turner Prize nominees display a weariness with institutions, apollo-magazine.com, 3 October 2023
Recinto, Marv, Care: What’s Art Got to Do With It?, artreview.com, 3 October 2023; in print: ArtReview, October 2023
Hubbard, Sue, Turner Prize 2023: A Regional Awakening – Towner Eastbourne, artlyst.com, 2 October 2023
–––, 10 Things to Do, Coast Magazine, October 2023
Steer, Emily, The Turner Prize 2023: Artists Respond to a World in Flux, anothermag.com, 29 September 2023
Byng, Malaika, Turner Prize 2023 exhibition unwrapped: inside Towner Eastbourne, wallpaper.com, 29 September 2023
Lawson-Tancred, Jo, The Turner Prize Exhibition Promises to Tell Us Something About the Art of Our Time. In 2023, It’s Complicated, news.artnet.com, 28 September 2023
Walfisz, Jonny, Turner Prize 2023: Meet the nominees for Britain's most prestigious arts award, euronews.com, 28 September 2023
–––, Shortlisted entries for Turner Prize go on display, Gulf Times, 28 September 2023
Searle, Adrian, Turner Prize 2023 review: bring on the contenders – and the zombie apocalypse, theguardian.com, 27 September 2023; in print: The Guardian, 28 September 2023
–––, Turner Prize 2023: Shortlisted artists' exhibition set to open, bbc.co.uk, 27 September 2023
Bailey, Stephanie, EVA International Lets a Hundred Flowers Bloom, ocula.com, 26 September 2023
Wroe, Nicholas, Toys, twisted roller coasters, rooftop fountains: meet this year’s Turner Prize nominees, theguardian.com, 23 September 2023; in print: The Guardian, Issue No. 104, 23 September 2023
–––, ‘Turner Prize 2023’, Towner Eastbourne, Elle Decoration, 1 September 2023R. Kallend, Carol; Pilgrim, Rory, Letter from the City Some Days, Some Days, Flash Art, The Always Already, Issue 344, Vol. 56, Fall 2023
Gerlis, Melanie, Frieze’s 20th anniversary kicks off with adventurous sculpture show, ft.com, 6 July 2023
Schrader, Adam, What Can We Expect From the Turner Prize Show This Fall? The Four Finalists Discuss the Works That Earned Them the Nod for the Top Award, news.artnet.com, 5 July 2023
–––, The Guardian view on excellence in the arts: it’s not about elites, theguardian.com, 28 May 2023
Serota, Nicholas, Changes to arts funding are always divisive – we were right to focus on access for all, theguardian.com, 25 May 2023
de Búrca, Caitríona, Who Are the 2023 Turner Prize Nominees?, ocula.com, 28 April 2023–––, Focus on nominees for Turner Prize, The Yorkshire Post, 28 April 2023, p. 9
Jones, Jonathan, Persian power, Pinochet protests and postwar punks and princes – the week in art, theguardian.com, 28 April 2023
Kampfner, Constance; Hughes, Seren; Ashby, Chloe, Turner prize 2023: Shortlisted artists inspired by pandemic and Windrush, thetimes.co.uk, 28 April 2023
Searle, Adrian, The intriguing Turner prize shortlist is a sign of the times, theguardian.com, 27 April 2023
–––, Turner Prize 2023 Shortlist Announced, artforum.com, 27 April 2023
Frankel, Eddy, The UK’s biggest art prize is coming to this underrated seaside town, timeout.com, 27 April 2023
Judah, Hettie, This Turner Prize shortlist will shut up all the critics who dismissed it as unskilled rubbish, inews.co.uk, 27 April 2023
Searle, Adrian, The intriguing Turner prize shortlist is a sign of the times, theguardian.com, 27 April 2023
Rutherford, Nichola, Turner Prize 2023: Windrush and Covid pandemic inspires nominees, bbc.co.uk, 27 April 2023
Sherwood, Harriet, Turner prize: pandemic problems and Windrush scandal among shortlist, theguardian.com, 27 April 2023
Harris, Gareth, Hostile states, fragile sculptures: 2023 Turner Prize nominees revealed, theartnewspaper.com, 27 April 2023
Jones, Jonathan, “Ghosts haunt the Square Mile and a digital punk comes to Glasgow – the week in art”, theguardian.com, 25 March 2023
Clark, Robert; Sherwin, Skye, Rory Pilgrim, Inventing Impressionism: this week’s new exhibitions, theguardian.com, 28 February 2023

2022

Morgan, Frances, “Radio Ballads”, London Review of Books, Vol. 44, No. 11, 9 June 2022

Luke, Ben, Radio Ballads at Serpentine North Gallery review: a show that affirms the transformative power of art, standard.co.uk, 27 April 2022

Kane, Ashleigh, Art shows to leave the house for this April, dazedigitla.com, 11 April 2022

Woodward, Daisy, Brilliant Things to do This April, anothermag.com, 1 April 2022

Hedges, Frances, “We are all implicated”: Sonia Boyce on reframing domestic abuse, harpersbazar.com, 31 March 2022

Gaskin, Sam, 'Radio Ballads' Artists Embed With Social Services for Serpentine Show, ocula.com, 24 March 2022

Ulrich Obrist, Hans, Who Are the Most Underrated Artists, Alive or Dead? 12 Leading Art-World Figures Share Their Picks: Rory Pilgrim, news.artnet.com, 31 January 2022

2021

Rosengarten, Magnus Elias, Karrabing Film Collective and Rory Pilgrim, Artforum, Vol. 60, No. 2, October 2021

2020

Harris, Gareth, How London’s Serpentine Galleries is going green for its 50th birthday, theartnewspaper,com, 3 February 2020
Anker, Jan-Willem, Rory Pilgrim: Mooie Giftige Wereld, De Witte Raaf, Vol. 203, January-February 2020

2017

Poney, Human, The evolution of care: a conversation with Rory Pilgrim on technology & activism through the lens of spirituality & joy, aqnb.com, 14 June 2017

2015

Serino, Angela, Setting off on a Journey for “Sacred Repositories”, angelaserino.com, 12 February 2015

2012

Zandvoort, Bernke Klein, What Does it Mean to You?, rorypilgrim.com, 2012

2011

Rietdijk, Suzanne, Everyone is Welcome, transl. Pieter de Bruyn Kops, Kunsthuis SYB, June 2011

2010

Karskens, Xander, Rory Pilgrim, Metropolis M, Vol. 4, August / September 2010

Residencies

2024

American Academy of Rome, Italy

2019

The White House, London, UK
MING Studios, Boise, USA

2017

Arts Initiative Tokyo, Japan

2016

DanceWeb, Vienna, Austria

2015

FTHo Residency, Flat Time House, London, UK
Platform Residency at Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

2014

Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
Haus am See, Luzern, Switzerland

Collections

TATE Collection, UK
Arts Council, UK
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands
Stichting CoCA, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands