Alex Farrar | Artist in residence

Alex Farrar | Artist in residence

01.12.2021 –


Between 31.01.2022 and
11.02.2022, Alex Farrar’s
‘Notes on Happiness’ were
posted as daily Stories on
our Instagram. They can be
viewed in the story highlights
under the folder ‘On Happiness’.
Read them here


This residency is part
of SEA Foundation’s longer-term
research on art and sustainability
in fold #03 on Happiness.


AIR Tilburg

In residence

Alex Farrar’s practice is based on the artistic use of the exhibition form as a shared space to consider the feelingful ways that social, political, environmental and economic worlds are embodied. His exhibitions are typically made from groupings of individual works, which he develops through a poetic understanding of materials and techniques. Recent projects have been produced through social processes and have highlighted exhibition contexts as civic spaces for open dialogue.


For fold #03 on Happiness, Alex is holding open conversations with the people around him on the subject, exploring how others understand happiness, how they experience it and what role it plays in their lives.


Alex Farrar (Yeadon, UK, 1986) studied at Leeds College of Art (2006), Leeds Metropolitan University (2009), Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2010), before completing a research fellowship at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2016).

Recent solo exhibitions include
‘56 risks, 55 risks transferred and three parts of three risks transferred and embroidered, surround the common cloth for the open embroidery workshop with matiz on silk, a rustic stitch, a water wheel, a Picasso, some Mexican motifs and a Yugoslavian tapestry’ at vaga, São Miguel, the Azores (2021);

‘Faltering, light under two screw holes, with 999 Red, shadows, screws and drilled holes, flushed, then glimmer over pieces of masking tape, with screws, drilled holes and Cherry Bomb’ at SE8 Gallery, London; (2019)

‘Fall, slump, drop on a bedside cabinet in water with behavioural residue (painted violet) and collapse, slide, bottom-out beside low on a bookshelf, with sag on a folding table and slip on a bedside cabinet -both- in water before behavioural residue (painted chartreuse), downswing under a broken curtain rail, and dip, crash, flat on a chest of drawers partially in water’ at Bloc Projects, Sheffield (2019)

‘Ecstatic, darkling with lofty, fumble, reverie, angst, bumble and grumble, lucid, limned with Rubin’s cornice and fifteen-odd semblable stumps’ at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, the Hague (2019).

Recent and forthcoming group exhibitions include ‘Raw’ at Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam (2021–2022); ‘Live from the Rijks – 150 Years of Artistic Practice’, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2021), ‘Where we go it shall be’, Walk&Talk, in São Miguel, the Azores (2021) and ‘Im Frage’ at Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen (2020–2021).

Since 2014 he has published artists’ books under the 7.45 Books imprint.
Recent publications include ‘Sweat’ (2020) and ‘Wimper’ (2021), both receiving the student jury nomination for Best Dutch Book Design.

Website Alex Farrar
Read more about his work on Happiness



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