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Cally Spooner

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Cally Spooner was born 1983 in Ascot. She lives and works in London.


Frieze Sounds, New York, May 2014
Frieze Magazine, Artists project, May issue, 2015
Pool, Art from London at the Kestnergesellschaft Museum Hannover, Germany
Production Residency with the La Fayette Foundation Paris, France
Nostalgia, Glasgow Sculpture studios, Glasgow International Festival, UK
RADAR, Talk/ Action commission, Loughborough University's contemporary arts programme, UK
Solo show at Space X gallery, UK, Summer 2014
Solo show at Kunstverein Langenhgen, Germany, Autumn 2014
Solo show at GB Agency, Paris, France, 2014


He's In A Great Place!, Tate Modern, BMW Live Performance Room commission
And You Were Wonderful, On Stage, A Musical, Tate Modern, UK

Seven Thirty Till Eight, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DE
Carol, I Think My Place In History Is Assured, MOTInternational, Brussels, BE
And You Were Wonderful, On Stage, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Performa 13, The National Academy, New York, US


Solo Presentation at Artissima Art Fair, Turin, IT
Collapsing in Parts, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK
Seven Thirty Till Nine, Shanaynay, Paris, FR
Cally Spooner: Footnote 5, (with Dulcie Lewis and Peter Joslyn), ICA, London, UK


It's 1957, and the press release still isn't written, Hermes und der Pfau, WCW Gallery, Hamburg, DE

At Five to Ten, Neue Alte Bruecke, Frankfurt, DE


La Voix Humaine, Kunstverein Munich, Germany
Significant Others (I am small, it's the pictures that got big), High Art, Paris, France

Relaunch, KW Institute, Berlin, DE
DRAFTS, The Drawing Centre, New York
Exile; Schwitter’s in Britain, with Jesse Ash, Late at Tate, Tate Britain, London, UK
A Spoken Word Exhibition, Jeu de Paume, Paris, FR
SNAP 2013 at the Aldeburgh Festival, Ipswich, UK
Provisional Information, Camberwell Space, London, UK
4 Days, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
An Exhibition To Hear Read, curated by Mathieu Copeland, MoMA, USA

Memory Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
And Yet There They Still Are, with Sidsel Meineche Hansen, LUX, London, UK
I Proclaim You Proclaim We Proclaim, Stroom, The Hague, NL (curated by Capucine Perrot)
Making Words Marking Words, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, UK
Triangle Arts, Actoral Festival, Montevideo, Marseille, France
Les Ateliers de Rennes, Biennale D’art Contemporain, Rennes, France
In The Belly Of The Whale (Act II), Montehermoso, Spain
The Starry Rubric Set, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
An Exhibition To Hear Read, curated by Mathieu Copeland, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA
Keeping is not collecting - Jason Hwang for Works Sited, Works Sited, Los Angeles, USA

‘The Observer’s guide to the Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon - Compilled in One Voice’, Serpentine Garden Marathon, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Narrative Show - Act 5, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK
Events, Happenings, Performances, curated by Vincent Honore, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Summer Show, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK
Outrageous Fortune, curated by Andrew Hunt, Hayward Touring Exhibition, UK
Summer Fair, with Am Nuden Da, Norwich Outpost, Norwich, UK
Double Bill with Thai Shani, LOOP Festival, Antic Theatre, Barcelona, Spain
Fluxus Event, French Cultural Institute, London, UK
The Department of Wrong Answers, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK
Café Curio, Simon Starling’s Never The Same River, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK London

Perform A Lecture!, The Office, curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Dieter Roelstraete, Arsenale, Berlin, Germany
Cally Spooner + Seth Pick, MOT International, London, UK
Session_10_Untitled + Words, Four Boxes Gallery, Denmark
IPS Radio, curated by Andrew Bonacina and Vic Brookes, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK
Something Blue; A Curiosa of Contemporary Erotica, curated by Neue Alte Bruecke, Pilot, Landings, Oslo, Norway
Une Exposition (du) Sensible, Synagogue Du Delme, France
Two Dialogues, Occasionals, London, UK
Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Chelsea SPACE London, UK
With Words Like Smoke, Chelsea Space and Resonance FM, London, UK
Stutter, The Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

Session_7_Words , Am Nuden Da, London
Single Plural Multiple , Occasionals, London
Session_6_Lecture, Am Nuden Da, London
December 1952, CHELSEA Space, London

Two Lectures , Neue Alte Bruuke Gallery, Frankfurt

Saturday Seminars
, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London
THE PURE AWARENESS OF THE ABSOLUTE, with Ian Wilson, LIsson Gallery, London, 2012
On Ventriloquism, Construction of a Character - Philip Parreno, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2011
On Janice Kerbel’s - Kill the Workers, Exhibition Tour, Chisenhale Gallery, London
On Action, Wysing Art Centre, The Department of Wrong Answers Public Presentations 2011
On Action, Arcade Gallery, London, Jeremiah Day’s Hannah Arendt research group, 2011
On pop music - Miss B’s Cocktail Salon, Form Content, London, 2010
An Attempt to Evolve Part 6, with Will Holder, Bold Italic Design conference, Voorduit Theatre, Ghent, 2007

F.R.DAVID “Spin Cycle”, Published by de Appel Arts Centre, 2011. Edited by Will Holder & Mike Sperlinger. Designed by Will Holder. ISBN 1874-026X
A Mock-Up
, Published by Wysing Art Centre and Publish and Be Dammed, Designed by UNrealised Projects Act 5, Indirect Language, F.R David, Edited by Will Holder and Mike Sperlinger.
Act 2 (Part 1) - Indirect Language, ‘Une Chorégraphie Polyphonique & Une Exposition à Etre Lue’. Curated by Mathieu
The Erotics of Public Possibility, for ‘Something Blue’, published by Neue Alte Bruecke, and Archive Cabinet, Berlin, 2010
December 1952. By Earl Brown, Published by CHELSEA Space in collaboration with the Earle Brown foundation, 2010. Designer - Will Holder. ISBN 978-1-906203-35-1
The Task of The Translator: A Fine Red Line. A Curatorial Miscellany. IM press, London, July, 2008 Edited by Yannis Arvanitis, Ilaria Gianni, Nazli Gurlek, Isobel Harbison, Rosa Lleó, Gaia Tedone. ISBN 978-1-906424-05-3

The Moveable Column , Ongoing radio series on Kurt Schwitters Merzbau, Produced and presented with Jesse
Ash for Resonance Fm, 2011
The Transcription Programme , Resonance fm, London. Produced and performed with Patrick Coyle for ‘Should I
Stay or Should I Go?’ (curated by RUN Gallery), 2010
December 1952 , Chelsea Space, London (Produced and Directed). With Alice Channer, Will Holder, Stuart Bailey, Lizzie Kew Ross and David Ryan, 2009

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, 2013
The Elephant Trust grant, 2012
Arts Council, Individual Grant For Arts, 2012
Cite Des Arts residency, Paris, in collaboration with the French Cultural Instiute and the British Council, 2012
Cooper Gallery Summer Residency, Dundee, 2012
Department of Wrong Answers, Wysing Arts Centre, 2011
Henry Moore Foundation Publication & Lecture Grant, 2009
Westminster Arts: Live Event Grant, 2009

Butler, A. ‘Cally Spooner: International Project Space, Birmingham’ Frieze January - February 2013

Ziherl V. ‘When Art Speaks: A Report from the Two-Day Performance Event ‘I Proclaim, You Proclaim, We Proclaim’’ November 14 2012
Maidment. I ‘Pending Performance: Cally Spooner’s Live Production’ The White Review, featured article

Maidment. I. The White Review
Robecchi, M Mousse Issue #30 October/November
Eischen, J ‘Cally Spooner’ Artforum November
Allsop L. The Department of Wrong Answers Art Monthly Issue #346 pp.21-23 May
Blumenstein, E & Greuss, F (eds.) Perform a Lecture! The Office

Hunt, A ‘Future Greats’ Artreview March