Chris Evans


  • Chris Evans
  • Area

    School of Arts & Humanities


    Visiting Tutor

  • Chris Evans has exhibited internationally since 2000 with solo exhibitions at institutions such as Art Pace, San Antonio; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; Praxis, Berlin and Project Arts, Dublin. He participated in the 6th British Art Show in 2005 and the following year in East International. Since then he has exhibited in several art Biennials: Athens Biennial in 2007, Taipei Biennial in 2010 and Liverpool Biennial in 2014.

    As well as being a Visiting Tutor on the Contemporary Art Practice programme at the Royal College of Art, he is a tutor at De Ateliers, Amsterdam and Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Biography

  • Chris Evans studied Graphic Design (BA Hons) at Leicester De Montford University and completed an MA in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art in Barcelona. In 2007 he undertook the Artpace residency in San Antonio and was the recipient of a Cove Park residency in Scotland in 2011. In 2016 Chris Evans was the recipient of a Bryan Robertson Trust Award. He is currently completing an AHRC-funded PhD.

    Chris has taught widely in Europe on post-grad programmes such as Dusseldorf Art Academy, Nürnberg Art Academy and the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (where he was the External Examiner for Fine Art in 2010). Since 2011 he has been a permanent tutor at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. He has also held posts at UK art schools including Ruskin School, Oxford; Central Saint Martins, London and Liverpool John Moores University as well as contributing to many programmes nationwide as a visiting tutor. 

    Chris Evans’ work is in several public collections including the Arts Council England, Sculpture International Rotterdam and the Lithuanian Parliament.
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  • Practice

  • Chris Evans’ work often evolves through conversation with people from diverse walks of life, selected in relation to their public life or symbolic role. Sculptures, letters, drawings, film scripts and unwieldy social situations created as a result of this, are indexes of a larger structure through which Evans deliberately confuses the roles of artist and patron, author and muse. Since 2005, and on numerous occasions worldwide, Evans has invited representatives from national police forces to give recruitment presentations at art academies, including, in 2008, Pratt Institute, New York and, in 2015 Academy of Fine Arts, Nürnberg.

  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    Hat, Hat, Hat, Uniform, PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2015
    Untitled (Drippy Etiquette) / A Needle Walks Into a Haystack, Markus Lüttgen, Cologne, 2015
    Clerk of Mind, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2014
    Untitled (Drippy Etiquette), Piper Keys, London, 2014
    CLODS, Diplomatic Letters, Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, 2012
    Goofy Audit, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, 2011
    The Cell That Doesn’t Believe In The Mind That It’s Part Of, Marres, Maastricht, 2010
    I Don’t Know if I’ve Explained Myself, Mala Galeria, Ljubljana, 2010
    Take a Bureaucratic Bow, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, 2009
    Point at it, like a farmer at a pig’, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, 2008
    What’s the point of a revolution without copulation, copulation, copulation, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, 2008
    As simple as your life used to be, STORE, London, 2008
    As simple as your life used to be, British School of Rome, 2008

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    I call it Lüttgen, Markus Lüttgen, Cologne, 2016
    At Home, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2016
    Good luck with your natural, combined, attractive and truthful attempts in two exhibitions, CRAC Alsace, 2015
    A Needle Walks Into a Haystack, Liverpool Biennial, 2014
    Regenerate Art, Kunstverien Munchen, 2014
    The Serving Library, Tate Liverpool, 2014
    Les Mots Bleus, Biennale de Belleville 3, Paris, 2014
    The Narrators, The Walker Art Gallery & The Royal Standard, Liverpool, 2013
    Specific Collisions II, Marianne Boesky, New York 2013
    Taipei Biennial 2 Year Project, Taiwan, 2013
    Go Deep or Go Home, ASC Gallery, London, 2013
    Surplus Authors, Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2012
    We Love You, Limoncello, London, 2012
    Glamourie, PSL, Leeds, 2012
    The Indirect exchange of uncertain value, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2011
    Taipei Biennial 2010, Taiwan, 2010
    An Unpardonable Sin, Castillo/Corales, Paris, 2010
    Talk Show, ICA, London, 2009
    Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2009
    A Fantasy for Alan Kaprow, CIC, Cairo, 2009
    The Impossible Prison, Nottingham Contemporary, 2008

    Selected Publications

    Evans, C. (2016) Clerk of Mind, Dublin: Project Arts (Forms of Imagining series)
    Curtis, P., Vishmidt, M. and Zolghadr, T. (2011) Goofy Audit: Chris Evans, Collected Works 1998–2011, Berlin: Sternberg Press and New York: Thea Westreich/Ethan Wagner Publications
    Evans, C., Bradley, W. and Zolghadr, T. (2010) Collected Filmscripts’, London: Institute of Contemporary Arts
    Evans, C., Hamilton, D. and Bailey, S. (2007) Chris Evans, Militant Bourgeois. An Existentialist Retreat, Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Bureau, New York: Black Diamond Press and Birmingham: International Project Space
    Evans, C. (author and editor) (2006) Magnetic Promenade (and other sculpture parks), London: Studio Voltaire
    Evans, C. (author and editor) (2005) Radical Loyalty, London: City Projects, Art Museum of Estonia and Aberdeen: Peacock Visual Arts

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  • Awards and Grants

  • Bryan Robertson Trust Award, 2016

Selected work