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Johanna Bolton

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Johanna Bolton is a Swedish artist living in London. She works mostly in 3D, often in combination with installation, photography and performance. Johanna received the 2021 Gilbert Bayes Award from the Royal Society of Sculptors, and has upcoming exhibitions in Italy, Portugal and the UK this year. She is currently taking part in Conditions Programme, a one-year mentored studio programme in London.

Johanna has participated in a number of group shows, events and residencies, and had her first solo show in 2018 at Borough Road Gallery. Recent projects include a residency at Kew Herbarium, a commission for a research residency at the Bomberg Archive at London South Bank University and an exhibition at Gerlesborgs Konsthall in Sweden.



2011-2014 BA Fine Arts, Chelsea College of Art

2015-2019 Member of Alt-MFA

Conditions Studio Programme 2019-2020


Solo Exhibition


‘ARCHIVE: Reimagining the Borough Road Collection’, Borough Road Gallery, London


Group Exhibitions, Residencies, Performances and Events


Received the 2021Gilbert Bayes Award from Royal Society of Sculptors

Non Place Collective exhibition, Bath Fringe Arts Festival (online because of COVID)


‘RE:FORM” event for Art Licks, EG-1 Project Space, London

‘Shutters!’, Arebyte Victoria, London

‘Att komma hem’, Gerlesborgs Konsthall, Sweden

Kelder Gallery Residency (AltMFA), London


David Bomberg Collection, Commission and Residency, London South Bank University (April- October 2018)

Koppel Project Gallery Summer Residency, London

‘This Ephemeral Matter’, Bath Fringe Arts Festival, Bath

‘This Might Be The Future’ (AltMFA), Guest Projects, London


Kew Herbarium Residency (November 2017- February 2018)

‘Unknown Futures’ (AltMFA), Guest Projects, London

‘Emergency 2017’, Word of Warning, Manchester

‘Pre-sliced Orange Segments’, Light Eye Mind Gallery, London

‘Word Play’, Forest Gate Arts, London

eYEbAll presents ‘Position 2’, Project Space Wapping, London

‘Solutions’, Rotherhithe Beach Party, Art Licks Weekend


‘The Observer Effect’, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art

‘The Other’ (RCA Feminist Society), Darwin Galleries, Royal College of Art

‘Circumbendibus’ (AltMFA), Guest Projects, London

‘PREFAB-Lab’, Bath Fringe Arts Festival, Bath

eYEbAll presents ‘Position 1′, Project Space Wapping, London

‘I TWANG’ performance at the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens Festival

‘Elastic.’ Performative Art Research at the Nunnery Gallery, London

‘Multi-function’, online exhibition (AltMFA) GalleryELL, New York

‘States of Flux’ (AltMFA), Art Licks Weekend

‘Drawing Utopias,’ IKLECTIK Art Lab, London


‘Off the shelf’, IKLECTIK Art Lab, London

‘The Motion of Matter’, The Rum Factory Project Space, London


Chelsea College Degree Show

ING Discerning Eye


‘Lactose 2’ image used to promote ‘Acrobat’ Short Film by Eduardo Menz, Canada

‘For Every Action there is an Equal and Opposite Reaction’, Westminster Reference Library

‘Editions’, Chelsea College Art Library, London

‘Joyless Unity’, Mori + Stein Gallery, Camberwell, London


Event and publication at TATE Britain; ‘What I talk about when I talk about my thoughts’



‘What I talk about when I talk about my thoughts’, Group Publication and Event at TATE Britain 2012

‘The Study of Elastic Bands in R3 Euclidean Space’, Artist’s book (edition of 50), 2014

‘Circle or Oval?: Concepts, Non-identity and the Lifeworld’, Symposium: Material Others and Other Materialities, Informed Matters, IKLECTIK Labs 2016


Awards & Scholarships

2021 Gilbert Bayes Award from the Royal Society of Sculptors

Shortlisted for the ACME studio award 2014

Shortlisted for the Mead Scholarship 2013


Art works held in UAL Collection, and private collections


Artist Statement

I want to bounce my ideas against matter, against the human body – the resistance they meet there teach me something new every time. I am interested in how concepts and language affects human understanding of the real life-world out there – and in here. The human body is perhaps the first case of matter that has become self-aware.

I make and collect open series of objects going through change. They follow a system, sometimes rational and sometimes intuitive, but the series have no natural end – their start, end and the rules that govern their path is as personal and haphazard as any aesthetic or artistic choice may be. I am interested in the awkwardness of systematic investigations where the end point remains elusive.

I work in many materials; clay, plaster, wood and plastics. The objects tend to be sculptural, human scale and tactile. Arranging the collected series becomes an investigation into the creation of meaning and narratives.

I spend a long time looking at the same object, hoping that by changing viewpoint, I will eventually discover something new. This new, ‘other,’ that I am hoping to catch, is maybe something akin to Adorno’s Nonidentity – the part of any object that eludes capture by the concept. I want to expose those parts of an object that cannot be communicated via language, to take something familiar and create something of universal strangeness.



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