Rory Pilgrim
Born in 1988, Bristol UK

Education and Qualifications

The Syllabus, Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire 2015-2016
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

Awards and Residencies

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

Stichting CoCA Winner

Starters Stipendium Mondriaan Fonds

Selected Exhibitions, Performances and Public Events


'Prix de Rome 2019' - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL (Forthcoming)
'Software Garden' - MING Studios, Boise, ID, USA (Solo Exhibition)
'The Resounding Bell' - Between Bridges, Berlin, DE (Solo Exhibition)
'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
'Software Garden' - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL (Performance)
'Software Garden' - Transmediale Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE (Performance)

'Software Garden' - andriesse-eyck galerie, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Exhibition)
'Freedom of Movement' - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
'6th KUANDU BIENNALE' - Taipei, Taiwan, (contribution to The German Library Pyongyang by Sara Sejin Chang)
'The Resounding Bell' - South London Gallery, London, UK (Solo Exhibition and Performance)
'We find each other floating' - Durham Castle, Durham, UK (Performance with Susie Green)

'Holographic Bonds' - MAC and Grand Union, Shout Festival, Birmingham, UK
'Among Other Things I've Taken Up Smoking - TENT, Rotterdam
'Software Garden: Performance II' - Baltic, Newcastle, UK (with Circa Projects)
'Sacred Repositories Trilogy' - Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema, UK (Solo Exhibition)
'Software Garden: Performance I' - Block Universe Festival 2017, London, UK
'For and Against' - Radar, Loughborough, UK
'Cure Park' - TAAK, Amsterdamse Bos, NL
'Dejima' - GAK, Bremen DE
'Software Garden' - Rowing Gallery, London (Solo Exhibition)

'Dolf Henkes Prijs 2016' - TENT, Rotterdam, NL
'Dwarling, My Darling' - Nachtelijke Dwaling #9, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL (With Susie Green)
'The Open Sky' - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK (Solo Exhibition)
'Project Rotterdam' - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
'The Shift' - South London Gallery, London, UK (Screening)
'NADA & Art Cologne' - Galerie Andriesse-Eyck, Cologne, DE (Screening)
'Shifting Spaces' - W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'The Open Sky' - Flat Time House, London, UK (Solo Exhibition)

'The German Library and Information Centre Pyongyang'
As part of A library project by Sara van der Heide
5th Guangzhou Triennial / 1st Asia Biennial, Guangzhou, CN (Performance)
'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
'Affection is the Best Protection' - Final Performance - Land Art Live, Polderland Garden of Love and Fire, Almere, NL
'When I give I give myself' - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL
'Violently Speaking' - MING Studios, Boise, USA (Screening)
'Words are not signs, they are years' - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK (Solo Exhibition)
'Violently Speaking' - Galerie Andriesse-Eyck, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Exhibition)

'Affection is the Best Protection' - Launch Disco - Land Art Live, Polderland Garden of Love and Fire, Almere, NL
'Seeds Upon The Dance Floor' - SIC Raum für Kunst, Luzern, CH (Solo Exhibition)
'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 (Screening)
'The Salt and the Leaven' - Rongwrong, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Exhibition)
'Platform Residencies: The Artist Proposes' - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

'Wholeheartedly' - Detroit, Bristol, UK
'Wholeheartedly' - Educating Artists, Kunst Werke, Berlin, DE
'Performance as Publishing' - Rowing Projects, London, UK
'Liste 18' - Basel, CH (Solo Presentation)
'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 (Solo Commission)
'De Stille Revolutie' - Supermarket, Stockholm, SE

'Can we leave things as they are?' - TAG, Den Haag, NL (Duo Show with Louwrien Wijers)
'He Disappeared into Complete Silence' - De Hallen, Haarlem, NL
'Sowing and Weeding' - COBRA Museum, Amstelveen, NL
'De Stille Revolutie' - Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL (Solo Show)
'The Rainbow' - Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Show)

‘For the Birds’ - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
‘Women and Children: What has made this building last?’ - ‘Temporary Stedelijk’ Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Commission)
‘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, 21st-27th September 2009. Week long public performance commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam. Curated by Germaine Kruip with artists Alfredo Jaar, David Lamelas, and Roman Ondak
'9x14’, (with Mathilde Rosier) Silberkuppe, Städliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE
‘Terms and Conditions’ - curated by Dominic Eichler, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

‘’ - 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


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