Rory Pilgrim
Born in 1988, Bristol UK

Education and Qualifications

De Ateliers, Amsterdam 2008-2010
BA First Class Honours (Fine Art)
Chelsea College of Art and Design, London 2005-2008

ERASMUS made at the Eesti Kunsti Akadeemia- Jan-May 2007


Prix de Rome 2019 - Winner

Dolf Henkes Prize - Nominated

Stichting CoCa - Winner
Starters Stipendium Mondriaan Fonds

Volkskrant Art Prize - Nominated

Solo/Duo Exhibitions and Commissions

'Where the tide takes us' - Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, DE (Duo)
'But I doubt, I tremble, I see (shaking edges) and the wild thorn tree', Pina, Vienna, AT (Duo)
'Gardens and Tides' - De School, Amsterdam, NL

'The Undercurrent', Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, DE

‘The Resounding Bell’ - Between Bridges, Berlin, DE
'Software Garden' - Loop Festival, Barcelona, ES
‘Software Garden’ - MING Studios, Boise, USA

‘The Resounding Bell’ - South London Gallery, London, UK
‘Software Garden’ - andriesse-eyck galerie, Amsterdam, NL

'Sacred Repositories Trilogy' - Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema, UK
‘Software Garden’ - Rowing Gallery, London, UK

‘The Open Sky’ - Flat Time House, London, UK
‘The Open Sky’ - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

‘Violently Speaking’ - andriesse-eyck galerie, Amsterdam, NL
‘Words are not signs they are years’ - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

'Seeds Upon The Dance Floor' - SIC Raum für Kunst, Luzern, CH
‘The Salt and the Leaven’ - Rongwrong, Amsterdam, NL

'De Stille Revolutie' - Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL
'The Rainbow' - Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, NL
'Can we leave things as they are?' - TAG, Den Haag, NL (Duo)

Selected Performances

‘Beyond The Echo’ - Between Bridges, Berlin, DE
'Software Garden' - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
'Software Garden' - Transmediale Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE

‘Episode 7: AS CLOSE TO THE FUTURE AS POSSIBLE’ - South London Gallery, London, UK

'Holographic Bonds' - MAC and Grand Union, Shout Festival, Birmingham, UK
‘Software Garden: Development Performance III’ - Les Urbaines, Lausanne, CH
'Software Garden: Development Performance II' - Baltic, Newcastle, UK (with Circa Projects)
'Software Garden: Development Performance I' - Block Universe Festival 2017, London, UK

'Dwarling, My Darling' - Nachtelijke Dwaling #9, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL (With Susie Green)

'Affection is the Best Protection’ - Land Art Live, Polderland Garden of Love and Fire, Almere, NL
‘The Open Sky’ - Peckham Liberal Club, London, UK

‘Wholeheartedly’ - Kunstwerke, Berlin, DE
‘The loss of hope is more than the loss of everything’, Liste 18, Basel, CH

‘Open’ - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
‘Care’ - ARCO, Madrid, ES

‘Women and Children: What has made this building last?’ - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings

'The Undercurrent', Movies from Earth, MoMA, New York, USA
'Radio Ballads' Serpentine North Gallery, London, UK
'QUALCOSA NELL'ARIA / SOMETHING IN THE AIR' Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT
'Reboot: Responsiveness', Kölnischer Kunstverein and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, DE

Software Garden, Move, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
ZIN EX. BODY AND ARCHITECTURE, Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea Tabakalera, San Sébastian, ES

'MOVE 2020' - Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
'MANIFESTA 13' - Marseille, FR
'Impakt Festival' - Utrecht, NL
'3HD 2020' - HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Creamcake, Berlin, DE
'The Undercurrent' - Zita, Stockholm, SE
'Double Feature' - Schirn Kunthalle Frankfurt, DE
'The Undercurrent' - Glasgow Film Festival, CCA, Glasgow, UK
'Oltre qui' - Magic Lantern Film Festival, MAXXI, Rome, IT

'Prix de Rome 2019' - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
‘Queer Backyard Shorts’ - Sydney, AUS
'I AM THE DANGER!' The Art of the TV Series, Temporary Gallery, Köln, DE
'This is my body, My body is your body, My body is the body of the word' - Le Delta, Namur BE
'Hanging Out' - Tramway with LUX Scotland, Glasgow, UK
‘Made Love Takeover’ - Heart of Glass, St Helens, UK
'For Better for Worse' - Kunstverein Göttingen, DE
‘An Exhibition of Posters’ - Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL
'Conversing Motherboards' - The Studio, Antwerp Art Weekend, BE
'(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies' - Reading International, Reading, UK
'Software Garden' - Images Festival, Toronto, CA

'Freedom of Movement' - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
'6th KUANDU BIENNALE' - Taipei, Taiwan, (The German Library Pyongyang by Sara Sejin Chang)

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

'Dolf Henkes Prijs 2016' - TENT, Rotterdam, NL
'Project Rotterdam' - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
'The Shift' - South London Gallery, London, UK
'NADA & Art Cologne' - Galerie Andriesse-Eyck, Cologne, DE
'Shifting Spaces' - W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

'The German Library and Information Centre Pyongyang’, 5th Guangzhou Triennial / 1st Asia Biennial, Guangzhou, CN
'Ways of Looking' - Hanover Project, Preston, UK
'Beatrix Kiddo' - Global Committee, New York City, USA
'Sfear Fan Ynset' de 1e Triënnale van Beetsterzwaag - Kunsthuis SYB, NL
'Resume' - Galerie Andriesse-Eyck, Amsterdam, NL
'When I give I give myself' - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL
'Violently Speaking' - MING Studios, Boise, USA

'Beating around the bush: Episode #3' - Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL
'The House in the Sky: Artists Reflect on Concrete Utopias' - Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
'Prospects and Concepts' - Mondriaan Fonds and Art Rotterdam, NL
'Sacred Repositories' - Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL
'Platform Residencies: The Artist Proposes' - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
'Wholeheartedly' - Detroit, Bristol, UK
'Performance as Publishing' - Rowing Projects, London, UK
'Liste 18' - Basel, CH
'Public Display of Affection' - Rongwrong, Amsterdam, NL

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

'He Disappeared into Complete Silence' - De Hallen, Haarlem, NL
'Sowing and Weeding' - COBRA Museum, Amstelveen, NL

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

‘When the lightness of Poetry’ Rotterdam, NL
'9x14’, (with Mathilde Rosier) Silberkuppe, Städliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE
‘Terms and Conditions’ - curated by Dominic Eichler, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL

‘’ - released 13th of June, 2008
‘From Across the Sea’ - Chelsea College of Art Degree Show, London UK
'Ainult pool Linnast’ (Only Half the Town) - Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia

‘The Baiji’ - Chelsea College of Art, London UK
‘Flowers Around a Tree’ - Tallinn, Estonia

‘Going on a Pilgrimage with the Estonian Orthodox Church’ - Meeksi to Saatse, Setumaa Estonia, July 2006


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

Arts Initiative Tokyo supported by Mondriaan Fonds

DanceWeb, Vienna

FTHo Residency, Flat Time House, London
Platform Residency at Site Gallery, Sheffield
supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation & The University of Sheffield

Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal supported by Mondriaan Fonds
Haus am See, Luzern, CH


TATE Collection, UK
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
De Hallen, Haarlem, NL
Stichting CoCA, Rotterdam, NL
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL
Private Collections, including The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Austria

Publications and Reviews

'The Open Sky', 2016, Artist Book, published by Flat Time House
'When I give I give myself', May 2015, Exhibition Catalogue published by Van Gogh Museum
'Art Review Online', March 2015, Violently Speaking Review by Robert Jan Muller
'Metropolis M' - No 2, April/May 2015, Conversation with Zhana Ivanova
'Performance as Publishing' - 2013, Exhibition Catalogue, Rowing Projects
'Can We Leave Things As They Are?' - 2012, Essay by Arnisa Zeqo (Galerie Paul Andriesse, Edition 500)
'Beyond Imagination' - 2012, Stedelijk Museum Catalogue
'Rory Pilgrim' - Groene Amsterdammer, October 2012, by Rudi Fuchs
'What does it mean to you?' - Mr. Motley Magazine, April 2012, by Bernke Klein Zandvoort
'The Rainbow' - Art in America, September 2011, by David Ulrichs
'The Rainbow' - Flash Art, May-June 2011
'Waar politiek zich ongemerkt voltrekt' - Tubelight, May 2011, by Jesse van Winden
'For the Birds' - Artist Newsletter, October 2010, by Carole Baugh
‘Metropolis M’ - No 4, August/September 2010, by Xander Karskens
‘Offspring 2010’ - Text by Suzanne Wallinga, edited by Dominic van den Boogerd

Talks, Lectures and Workshops

Mainz Academy of Art, DE, 2019 (Workshop)
Hamburger Community of Art, Roodkapje, NL, 2019 (Month Mentor and Facilitator)
Transmediale Student Forum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, DE, 2019 (Artist Talk)
Master Education of Arts, Piet Zwart Institute, NL (Guest Tutor and Workshop)
Willem de Konning Academie, NL (Artist Talk)
In Conversation, Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth, UK, 2017 (Artist Talk)
'Future Body Talk', AIT, Tokyo, JP, 2017 (Artist Talk)
'The Extraordinary Everyday', ICA, London, UK, 2016 (Artist Talk)
Chelsea College of Art, London, UK, 2016 (3-week workshop)
Cure Master, Sandberg Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, NL, 2016 (Guest Tutor)
Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, 2016 (Artist Talk)
Transmission Lecture, Sheffield Hallam University, 2015 (Artist Talk)
Haus An See, Luzern, Switzerland, 2014 (Artist Talk)
'A Forward Leaning Conversation' - Detroit, Bristol, UK 2013(Artist Talk)
UNIVERS(E)ity, Zolder Museum, Amsterdam, NL 2013 (Guest Teacher)
BA Fine Art Programme KABK, Den Haag, NL 2013 (Guest Tutor)
De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL 2013 (Artist Talk)
De Appel Gallerist Programme, NL, 2012 (Artist Talk)
Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy, Firstsite, UK, 2012 (Event and Screening)
PiST/// Istanbul, TR, 2012 (Talk with Fatos Lubonja)
Impakt Festival Utrecht, NL, 2011 (Artist Talk)
Masters for Artistic Research, Den Haag, NL, 2011 -2012 (Guest Tutor)
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, NL, 2011 (Artist Talk)
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, 2010 (Artist Talk)
Site Gallery, Sheffield UK, 2010 (Artist Talk)
Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL, 2010 (Artist Talk)

Associate Artist for Firstsite, Colchester, UK, 2011-2012