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Tom Clatworthy

MA work

Disreali's Plate

Disreali’s Plate is a collection of drawings, texts and film - of maps, things of order, screens, boxes and plans. It is, essentially, a run-through of my youthful wanderings around National Trust homes, squashed between legions of people absorbing history. It is the longing for names, dates, objects and descriptions - things we have decided are authentic and understandable.


  • Tom Clatworthy
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2014

  • For as long as I can remember I have been self-marinating in some kind of hopeful, thoughtless deliberation. Some train of thought or state or feeling that I would only be aware of in retrospect, happily and thoughtlessly, without intent. A thing that can’t be prescribed, taught or learnt, or anything.

    This has lead me, theoretically, to ideas of language and naming: of intent, of placing, of use, holding things up, putting things down. I wonder now, as a famous philosopher proffers, if there are no problems of philosophy, only problems of language. And, if this is so, that language only works to negate and suppress – to suppress being, to suppress flesh and blood, to take reality away from where it once was. If this is true, then I am making things, hopefully, to muddy their use.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Loughborough University, 2011
  • Experience

  • Events Team, Vanilla Galleries, Loughborough, Leicester, 2009-11; Workshop Instructor, Sage Community Arts Warehouse, London, 2013; Artist In Residence, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • LAN Party, Two Queens, Leicester, 2013; Mor Ho!, Red Gallery, London, 2013; Vanilla Galleries Members Show, Two Queens, Leicester, 2013; The News, Two Queens, Leicester, 2012; East Midlands Residency Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2011; Degree Show, Loughborough University, Loughborough, 2011; Snow Blind, Vyner Street Gallery, London, 2011; Old Church Slavonic, Vanilla Galleries, Leicester, 2011; Bang Tidy, Vanilla Galleries, Leicester, 2010; Waiting Room, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2009
  • Awards

  • Shortlist, Deutsche Bank Award, 2014
  • Publications

  • Drawings for: Jesse Bond, 'On the Surface', Arc, 18, 2014