William Cobbing, Haptic Loop 1, 2019,  Mixed media (Jesmonite, plaster, clay and rope), approx: 75 x 80 x 19cm

William Cobbing, Haptic Loop 1, 2019, Mixed media (Jesmonite, plaster, clay and rope), approx: 75 x 80 x 19cm

2004-10 PhD Fine Art by Practice, Middlesex University, London 

1998-2000 De Ateliers International Artists’ Institute, Amsterdam 

1994-7 BA Fine Art: Sculpture, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London

Selected solo exhibitions 

2019 Haptic Loop Cooke Latham Gallery, London  

2015 The Duddo Field Club Audit Tintype Gallery, London

2014 Transactions of the Duddo Field Club Hatton Gallery, Newcastle 

         Transactions of the Duddo Field Club mima, Middlesbrough

2010 Man in The Planet Viafarini DOCVA, Milan 

         Reversals Furini Arte Contemporanea, Rome

2009 Thoughts from the bottom of a well, Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed

2007-8 Gradiva Project, Freud Museum & offsite project Camden Arts Centre, London   

2006-7 William Cobbing, Netwerk / Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst, Belgium 

2005 Wall to Wall TENT, Rotterdam

2002 Escape Chutes, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam

Selected group exhibitions

2018 CLAY! / LER!  Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark 

          Material Gestures, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, E-WERK Freiburg 

          Concrete Poetries, LOWER.GREEN, Norwich 

          Further Thoughts on Earthy Materials Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen

          Further Thoughts on Earthy Materials Kunsthaus Hamburg 

2016  The Treachery of Objects, Fine Arts Centre Gallery, Arkansas 

2015  Terrapolis, French School, Athens. Organised by Whitechapel Gallery and Neon. 

2014  To Continue / Notes Towards a Sculpture Cycle NOMAS Foundation, Rome

          What’s Love Got To Do With It  Hayward Gallery Project Space, London

           A Journey To Avebury KARST, Plymouth   

2013  The Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London 

           Introspection, Yarat, Baku, Azerbaijan  

2012   Revolver 3, Matt’s Gallery, London

          SV12 Members Show, Studio Voltaire, London

           Arkhe Travel B&N Gallery, London

2011  Wake, Dilston Grove, London 

          RAAK/Touch, SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent 

          Post Fossil, Design Museum Holon, Israel 

          Body Gestures, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel 

2010  So That I May Come Back, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London

          Visibility Good Gallery North, University of Northumbria, Newcastle           

          When Central Met St Martins, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College

          Post Fossil, 21_21 Design Sight, The Issey Miyake Foundation, Tokyo

          TAPS, Matt’s Gallery at Dilston Grove, London

2009  SuperStories / Triennial for Art, Design and Fashion , Z33, Hasselt, Belgium 

2008  L'Angelo Sigillato Museo delle Icone Russe, Peccioli, Italy

          The Enigma of William Tell and Other Tales The Agency, London

2007  Drifting Clouds, Image Furini Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo, Italy

          Medicine Now, Wellcome Trust, London

          Dark Glasses, Standpoint, London 

          Cunning Chapters, British Library, London   

Selected screenings and performances 

2017 Offprint Tate Modern Turbine Hall

2016 PrintRoom, Rotterdam 

2015 What are Words Worth Kammer Klang, Café OTO, London 

2014 Palimpsest with Beth Collar, Dan Graham Pavilion, Hayward Gallery

2013 Exchange Open Weekend, Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath, Scotland 

         Inherent Vice, performance, PAMI Peckham Artists’ Moving Image 

2011 Mobile Home performance, More Soup and Tart, The Barbican Theatre, London 

2010 Excavation performance, Cabaret Melancholique, St Mark’s Church, London

         Excavation performance, Man in The Planet, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan

2009 Eating My Teeth performance, Art Basel VOLTA 5, Basel

2008 Galerie Gradiva performance, Six of One, Camden Arts Centre, London

         Driving and Demolition screening, Marta Herford, Germany

Selected publications

LER/CLAY! Pub: Museum Jorn. Ed: Karen Friis. Pp.24-35. 2018

Reading Art: Art for Book Lovers, pub: Phaidon. Ed: David Trigg. P.271. 2018

The Word is Art, pub: Thames & Hudson. Text: Michael Petry. Pp.84-85. 2018

Inside The Freud Museum: History, Memory and Site-Responsive Art, Pub: I.B. Tauris. Ed: Joanne Morra. Pp.108-9. 2018

Vitamin C: New Perspectives in Contemporary Art, Clay and Ceramics, pub: Phaidon. Text Adrian George. 2017

Transactions of the Duddo Field Club, (solo exh. cat) texts by Louise Chignac, Beth Collar, Aranud Desjardin and Jonathan P. Watts. mima, 2015

Commercial Road Project, Jonathan P. Watts. CURA, 2013

The Art of Not Making, ed. Michael Petry, Thames and Hudson, 2011, pp. 82-83

Visibility Good, (exh. cat.), texts by Helen Baker, Bob and Roberta Smith, Gallery North, Northumbria University, 2010, pp. 12-17

Gradiva Project, (solo exh. cat.), texts by Jon Bird, Rebecca Heald, Joanne Morra and Mignon Nixon, The Freud Museum & Camden Arts Centre, London, 2007

Selected articles

Thomas, Greg, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, ‘Boooook review’, January 2017

Clark, Robert, Guardian Guide, 5 July 2014, p.36 

Tagliafierro, Marco, Artforum, ‘William Cobbing: Viafarini DOCVA’, Jan 2011, p.238-9

Gullì, Damiano, Flash Art (Italian edition), ‘William Cobbing: Viafarini DOCVA’, Nov 2010, p.85

Buck, Louisa, The Art Newspaper (Art Basel Daily Edition), ‘Will gives good head’, 9 June 2009, p.11 

Williamson, Beth, The Art Book, ‘William Cobbing: Gradiva Project’, Volume 15, Issue 3, Aug 2008. pp.23-24

Holman, Martin, Miser & Now ,‘It shouldn’t happen to a dream’, Issue 11, 2007, pp. 32-39

Metropolis M, (front cover image), Nr.5, Oct-Nov 2005

Depondt, Paul, de Volkskrant, ‘De Manifestie Super! Veel kromspraak en modieus discours’, 12 September 2005, p. 10

Selected writing 

Boooook Sanne Krogh Groth, Gustav Metzger, David Toop, Steve Willey, Andrew Wilson, Maxa Zoller.  Eds. William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper. Occasional Papers 2015

Concerning Concrete Poetry. Eds. Bob Cobbing, Dom Sylvester Houedard, Peter Mayer. Reprint eds. William Cobbing, Rosie Cooper, Andrew Hunt. Slim Volume Press 2014

Non-Return Valve Door William Cobbing. pp.28-29 NOIT -1 JL: Time-Based Portraits. Ed. Antony Hudek. Camberwell Press and Flat Time House, 2013 

Gradiva Project William Cobbing. pp.225-238, Vicissitudes: Histories & Destinies of Psychoanalysis , igrs books Volume 7. Eds Naomi Segal and Sharon Kivland. Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2013 


2015 Creator in Residence, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo 

2013 Norma Lipman Artist in Residence, Newcastle University

2009 & 2010 Turquoise Mountain Kabul, Afghanistan

2005/6  Helen Chadwick Fellowship, The British School at Rome, and Ruskin

School, University of Oxford. ( Subsequently Faculty member at British School at Rome 2008-2013. 

Public art commissions

Paradise Garden Public sculpture commission, Oxford. 2018

Gradiva Project Camden Arts Centre and The Freud Museum, London. 2007/8

Long Distance, 2018 (video still)

Long Distance, 2018 (video still)

Text Based, 2018 (video still)

Text Based, 2018 (video still)

William Cobbing  Dorset (2014)  Glazed ceramic   81 x 65 x 4.3 cm

William Cobbing

Dorset (2014)

Glazed ceramic

81 x 65 x 4.3 cm

Installation view: Further Thoughts on Earthly Materials, Kunsthaus Hamburg, 2018

Installation view: Further Thoughts on Earthly Materials, Kunsthaus Hamburg, 2018

Paradise Garden' (2018) public art commission for Greyfriars, Oxford

Paradise Garden' (2018) public art commission for Greyfriars, Oxford