artist in residence | 2013

Peter Cartwright

PETER CARTWRIGHT began his artist residency in November 2012. Peter is one of the leading artists to emerge from the Royal College of Art, a contemporary of David Hockney and R B Kitaj. Peter works primarily with paint and has exhibited internationally. His work has been purchased by the Arts Council England and East Midlands Arts he and is represented by the BendInTheRiver gallery.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE EXHIBITION 17.10.2013 - 01.11.2013

A site-specific exhibition of drawings by Peter Cartwright, Artist in Residence at the Swedenborg Society (2012-13).This exhibition is the result of work made over the past year, in response to Swedenborg House, a grade-II-listed building and home to the Swedenborg Society since 1925. “In my work I am preoccupied with the endless question of issues of abstraction and imagery. I make intense unpremeditated responses through drawing, to fragments, objects and situations, creating a stock of images that feed the working process. In my paintings, watercolours, and drawings, work continues in a state of flux, of exploration”.

EXHIBITION OPENING: Thursday 17 October, 6- 9 pm. Refreshments will also be served. This event will form part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2013 and is organized in assocition with the BendInTheRiver gallery. Please click here for further information. Please RSVP to


1939 – Born Derby, England
1956–8 – Derby College of Art
1958–61 – Royal College of Art
1965–96 – Lecturer and latterly Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University

Lives in Southwell, Notts and is an Associate of the Royal College of Art

Solo exhibitions

2010 – ‘Where It Goes’, BendInTheRiver

2009 – ‘Peter Cartwright: Retrospective’, Derby Museum & Art Gallery

2008 – ‘New Drawings and Paintings, 2006-8’, BendInTheRiver at x-church
2005 – ‘Paintings 1997–2005’, Bend in the River
1997 – ‘New Paintings’, Bend in the River
1996 – ‘Paintings and Drawings’, Atrium Gallery, Derby
1993 – ‘Paintings’, Nottingham University; Atrium Gallery, Derby
1989 – Nottingham University
1983 – Liverpool University, School of Architecture; Loughborough College of Art
1978 – Coracle Press, London
1974 – ‘Watercolours’, Braithwaite & Dunn, Nottingham

Selected group exhibitions

2008 – ‘The 60th Show’, BendInTheRiver; LAF
2007 – Southwell Artspace
2005 – International Artists’ Book Fair, Dean Clough, Halifax
2001–6 – Wirksworth Festival
2000 – Bend in the River
1999 – Royal Watercolour Society, C21, Bankside Gallery, London
1993 – Oldknows, Nottingham
1990 – ‘Three Artists’ Nottingham University Gallery
1980 – IBM Nottingham, selected by City Gallery, Milton Keynes
1979 – ‘Toasting’, Gardner Centre, Sussex University, curated by John James
1977 – ‘Miniatures’, Coracle Press, London
1975 – Nottingham University
1972 – ‘Four Artists’, Serpentine, London
1969 – John Moores, Liverpool
1968 – ‘Multiples’, Ikon, Birmingham
1968 – John Players Open, Nottingham
1967 – John Moores, Liverpool; ‘Survey ‘67’, Camden Arts Centre, London
1965 –  ‘Peter Cartwright and David Saunders’, AIA Gallery, London; ‘Spatial and Kinetic Art’, Midland Group, Nottingham
1964 – Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford
1963 – John Moores, Liverpool; Summer exhibition, AIA Gallery, London
1960 – Young Contemporaries
1958 – Young Contemporaries

Selected publications

Guardian weekend, Pick of the Week preview of ‘Peter Cartwright Retrospective’ (Derby, 2009), by Robert Clark

Scragdrossdebris. Limited edition artists’ book, woodcuts and woodcut text. 2005
Bilgecraprefuse. Limited edition artists’ book, woodcuts and woodcut text. 2005
The Impact of Engagement with the Visual Arts in John James’s Writing, essay commissioned for a book on the poet John James. Salt Companion to Poetry Series
Survey ’67: Abstract Painters, Camden Arts Centre, 1967, with introductory essay by
Paul Overy


Arts Council England
Royal College of Art
Sussex University
Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Playhouse