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Harold is currently tutor in MA Contemporary Art Practice and a visiting lecturer in MA Print. Working across all the pathways in CAP, he mostly engages with students through one to one tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Harold Offeh was born in Accra, Ghana, but grew up in London. He is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. He studied Critical Fine Art Practice at the University of Brighton (1996–99) and completed an MA Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art (1999–2001). He is due to complete his PhD in 2020. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds, where he is also currently a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths College, Slade School of Art, the Royal Academy Schools, Central St Martins and School of the Art Institute in Chicago, USA.

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Gallery

  • Croydon Keeps Turning

    Croydon Keeps Turning, Video Still, Turf Projects, London, 2019.

  • Croydon Plays Itself, Installation view

    Croydon Plays Itself, Installation view, Turf Project, London, 2019. Photo by Tim Bowditch & Turf Projects

  • Croydon Plays Itself, Installation view

    Croydon Plays Itself, Installation view, Turf Project, London, 2019. Photo by Tim Bowditch & Turf Projects

  • Croydon Plays Itself, Installation view

    Croydon Plays Itself, Installation view, Turf Project, London, 2019. Photo by Tim Bowditch & Turf Projects

  • Mindfully Dizzy. Lenticular Photographic Print. Science Gallery

    Mindfully Dizzy. Lenticular Photographic Print. Science Gallery, London, 2019. Image courtesy Science Gallery London, credit: George Torode

  • Harold Offeh, Painted Mural, Dining Room, Croydon PICU

    Harold Offeh, Painted Mural, Dining Room, Croydon PICU, London. Photo by Damien Griffiths. Courtesy of Hospital Rooms, 2019

  • Stranger in The Village, Video Installation

    Stranger in The Village, Video Installation. Art Tower Mito, Japan, 2019

  • Stranger in The Village, Video Installation

    Stranger in The Village, Video Installation. Art Tower Mito, Japan, 2019. Courtesy of Art Tower Mito

  • Stranger in The Village, Performance

    Stranger in The Village, Performance. Art Tower Mito, Japan, 2019. Courtesy of Art Tower Mito

  • Down at The Twilight Zone 12 hour Live Event Toronto Nuit Blanche

    Down at The Twilight Zone 12 hour Live Event Toronto Nuit Blanche, Canada, 2018. Photo, Andrew Williamson

  • Hairography, Live Performance, FLAM

    Hairography, Live Performance, FLAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018. Courtesy of FLAM

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As an artist, Harold works in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Harold often employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture and is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of history. Recent projects have explored encounters with museum objects and artefacts, forgotten queer histories and intersections of the body and technology. Through performance, collaboration and conversation he develops work that responds to places, situations and histories.

He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain, Tate Modern and South London Gallery, Studio Museum Harlem, USA, MAC VAL, Paris, France, Kulturhusset, Stockholm, Sweden and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 2018 his projects included performances at Publics, a contemporary art space in Helsinki, Finland. Actions: The Image of The World Can Be Different, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK. The Real Thing: Towards a Live Authentic Archive as part of Material Environments at The Tetley in Leeds, UK. Harold also produced a 12-hour live event and film called Down at the Twilight Zone, marking Queer experiences of nightlife in Toronto, Canada.

In 2019, he was artist in residence at the Contemporary Art Centre, Art Tower Mito, Japan and he has had a solo exhibition at Turf Projects, a gallery in London. He is 2019 recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Artist Awards.

In 2020, he will present anew installation for the Wellcome Collection’s season On Happiness, opening in April 2020.

Solo Exhibitions/Projects

2019 Croydon Plays Itself, Turf Projects, London, UK

2016 Choreograph Me, Iniva London Art Fair, London, UK

2015 Covers Performance, MAC Birmingham, UK

Group Exhibitions/ Performances (selected)

2020

Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK

On Happiness, Wellcome Collection, London, UK

2019  

Publicness of the Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan

Kabaret Dada, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway

2018  

Nuit Blanche: Toronto 2018, Toronto, Canada

Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art, South  London Gallery

Faculty of Action, Fargfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden

Flam: Live Art Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Queer City Performance Festival, Regina, Canada

Material Experiments, The Tetley, Leeds

Covers, Publics (Art Space), Helsinki, Finland

Actions: The Image of the World Can Be Different, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, 

Elephant Atlas, LCC, London.

More Than An Avalanche, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2017

Queer Art Here and Now, Tate Britain, UK

Boite en Valise, Portsmouth, UK, Venice, Italy and Syracuse, USA 

Tous, des Sang-Mêlés, Museum of Contemporary Art in Val de Marne, France

Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, New Art Exchange, Nottingham

2016

We Are the Epi Center, P! Gallery, New York City, USA

We Are the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies, New York, USA

An Image of Our Own Making, Museet for Samtidkunst, Roskilde, Denmark

Grace Jones Project, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA

Publications

Fictions and Futures a Goldsmiths Afrofuturist Publication, Repeater Books, 2018

Tous, des sang-mêlés, MAC VAL, Museum of Contemporary Art in Val de Marne, France, 2017

An Age of Our Own Making III (Exhibition Catalogue) Edited by Solvej Helweg Ovesen and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, 2017

In Site of Conversation: On Learning with Art, Audiences and Artists. Edited by Turvey, Walton and Daly. Tate Publishing, 2017

Afropean, Mimicry and Mockery Festival of Performance. Visual and Theatre. Mousonturm Kunstlerhaus, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, 2016.

Paul Hamlyn Visual Arts Award Recipient, 2019

Arts Foundation Nominee, 2018 

Decibel Artists Award Recipient 2006

Arts Council England, Grants for Arts Individuals 2003