John Newling (b.1952) has an acclaimed international reputation within the realm of public art commissioning, creating projects and installing works in the UK and many other countries.

During his time in America in the 80s, as the first recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in visual arts, Newling produced works in hotels, swimming pools, burnt out cars, sales of memorabilia and on the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and New York. This experience marked the beginning of his enduring interest in notions of Place both in terms of cartography and context. This has generated many works over the following decades both gallery based and site specific.

Reviews and critiques of his work have been included in, amongst others, Sculpture in 20th – Century Britain (Henry Moore Institute), Installation art in the new millennium: The empire of the senses (Thames and Hudson) and Leavingtracks: artranspennine98 (artranspennine98).

Monographs on his work include The Sacred and The Mundane, Currency and Belief, Stamping Uncertainty, Westonbirt Wishes, Chatham Vines and An essential disorientation. In 2005 a double volume monograph of his research essays from 1994 to 2005 was also published. Most recently a comprehensive monograph (Spinning) was published to coincide with his first survey exhibition, Ecologies of Value at Nottingham Contemporary 2013.

Last Islands & The Human Nature Table was the artists' first solo exhibition with the gallery in 2016



Nottingham Castle Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Museum & Art Gallery Collection The Arts Council Collection The Wellcome Collection The British Council Collection The Garman Ryan Collection, New Art Gallery Walsall and numerous private collections.


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