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Ian Rawlinson

Reader in Fine Art

Ian Rawlinson

Ian Rawlinson is Route Leader of MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art.
As an artist he has worked collaboratively with Nick Crowe since 1994. Their work is primarily concerned with the languages of power, with its grammar and with its rhetoric. Their projects address questions around faith, politics, national identity, the environment and the ideological consequences of an action in regard to its apparent spectacle.
Solo exhibitions include 'Ride Across Lake Constance' (with Awst & Walther), LoBe, Berlin, 2013; 'Six White Horses', Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, 2013; 'The Opera', Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, 2012; 'Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson', SALT, Istanbul, 2012; 'Towards A Free Society', Institute of Jamais Vu, London, 2012; 'Stolen Artifact', Kotti-Shop, Berlin, 2011; 'The Fireworks', Isolation Room, St Louis, 2011; 'No Sign of Helicopters', Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2010; ‘At 25 Metres’, FACT, Liverpool.
Group exhibitions include The Great Outdoors, Schaufenster, Berlin, 2014; Wall-to-Wall, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2014; You are the Company in Which you Keep, NCGA, Sunderland; 2013; A Curator, Team Titanic, Berlin, 2013; MerzBank, Film and Video Umbrella, London, 2013, 'I'll be your Mirror', Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, 2012; 'Synthetic Real', Edel Assanti, London, 2011; 'Kritische Masse' Hochschule für Bilendene Kunst Gallery, Dresden, 2011; 'Dimensions in Contemporary British Art', British Council, Dehli, 2010; 'The Way We Do Art Now' Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, 2010; the Northern Art Prize, City Art Gallery, Leeds, 2009.


Ian Rawlinson is a member of the Art and Performance Research Hub.


Rawlinson, I., 2020. Fireworks, Moskino Zvezda, 19/8/2020 - 25/8/2020.

Rawlinson, I., 2020. Splitting the Atom, CAC/Energy and Technology Museum,Vilnius, 18/9/2020 - 25/10/2020.

Rawlinson, I., 2019. Europe After the Rain, Newlyn Art Gallery, 22/6/2019 - 5/10/2019.

Rawlinson, I., 2019. Future, tete, Berlin, 11/9/2019 - 22/9/2019.

Rawlinson, I., 2019. Sports and Local Amenities, LoBe Block, Berlin, 5/12/2019 - 8/12/2019.

Rawlinson, I., 2018. In the Family of the Carbons, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, 20/1/2018 - 3/3/2020.

Rawlinson, I., Crowe, G.J.N., 2016. Befolgen Sie unsere Befehle, Follow our Orders, Kunsthalle, Memmingen, 27 February - 16 May 2016.

Crowe, N., Bani, A., Abraham, A., Aubry, G., Baloch, J., 2016. digging deep, crossing far, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin; Alhamra Arts Center, Lahore, 10/9/2016.

Rawlinson, I.J., Crowe, N., 2016. Follow our Orders / Befolgen Sie unsere Befhele, Kunsthalle Memmingen, 27/2/2016 - 16/5/2016.

Crowe, N., Acord, J., Mabb, D., Thomson & Craighead, J.A., Schuppli, S., Kobayashi, E., 2016. Material Nuclear Culture, Karst, Plymouth, 17/6/2016 - 13/8/2016.

Griffiths, D., Rawlinson, I., Crowe, N., Acord, J., Autogena, L., Schuppli, S., Weir, A., Treister, S., Williams, R., Mabb, D., Popova, Y., Takeuchi, K., Hashimoto, I., Massart, C., 2016. Perpetual Uncertainty - Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden; Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden, 2/10/2016 - 27/5/2018.

Avissar, G., Bauer, M., 2015. Meeting Point, Kunsterein Konstanz, 24/5/2015 - 30/8/2015.

Rawlinson, I.J., Crowe, N., 2015. Song for Coal, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 10/1/2015 - 19/4/2015.

Chan, S., Manchot, M., Maris, A.S., Ellard, G., Herbert, K., 2014. A Light Shines in the Darkness, Winchester Cathedral, 22/10/2014.

Accord, J., Akagi, S., Thomson & Craighead, J.A., Kramer, K., Massart, C., Mattes, E.F., 2014. Actinium, OYOYO Art Centre, Sapporo, 19/7/2014.

Six White Horses

Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N., 2014. Six White Horses, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, September 2013.

Awst & Walther, M.B., Goldbach, N., Hollywood, A., Kurtela, N., Leiderman, Y., Mudrak, C., Panhans, S., Radic, N., 2014. Something with Performance, Kule, Berlin, 12/6/2014.


Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N., 2014. The Great Outdoors, Schaufenster, Berlin., 1 February - 16 February, 2014.

Radic, N., 2014. Translation, SC Galerie, Zagreb, 11/2014.

Barber, G., Finlay, A., 2014. Wall to Wall, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, 21/2/2014.

Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N., 2014. Wall to Wall, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, 21 February - 20 March, 2014.

Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N., 2013. You Are the Company in Which You Keep, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 28 September - 23 November 2013.

The Opera

Rawlinson, I., Crowe, N., 2012. The Opera, SALT, Istanbul, 17 -29 September.

Rawlinson, I., Crowe, N., 2012. The Opera, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, 14 November, 2012 - 31 January 2013.

Rawlinson, I., Crowe, N., 2012. Towards a Free Society, The Institute of Jamais Vu, London, 22 June - 12 July, 2012.

The HuntersThe HuntersEmpireCitizenshipAnvil

Rawlinson, I., Crowe, N., 2010. No Sign of Helicopters, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 15 September - 15 October 2010.

The Carriers' PrayerThe Fireworks

Crowe, N., 2007. At 25 Metres, FACT, Liverpool, 16 November 2007 - 13 January 2008.

SS PatrisWarm White Insulator

Rawlinson, I., 2005. Ian Rawlinson, The Agency, 8 April - 13 May.

Rawlinson, I., 2005. Insight, St. Andrew's Church, Holburn, London, 27 June - 13 July.

Crowe, N. and Rawlinson, Ian, 2004. Futrology, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, June 2004.

Rawlinson, I., 2004. Futurology 2024, New Art Gallery, Walsall, 30 July - 12 September.

Rawlinson, I., 2004. Jerwood drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, 8 September - 17 October.

Rawlinson, I., 2004. Romantic Detachment, PS1 Moma, New York, 16 October - 7 November.

SS PatrasSS Patras

Rawlinson, I., 2004. SS Patris, Floating IP, Manchester, 19 November - 7 January (2005).

Rawlinson, I., 2003. Explaining Urbanism to Wild Animals, Tmesis Gallery, Manchester, 12 September - 14 October.

Crowe, N. and Rawlison, Ian, 2003. Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Manchester Art Gallery, May 2003.

Rawlinson, I., 2003. Radio Radio, Duplex, Geneva, 14 may - 18 June.

Rawlinson, I., 2001. Ian Rawlinson, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 14 November - 16 December 2001.


Rawlinson, I.J., Crowe, N., Ilzetzky, O., 2017. 'Song for Armageddon', Baltic, Centre for Contemporary Art.

Song for Coal, installation view Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Rawlinson, I. and Crowe,N, 2015. 'Song for Coal', Digital video, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, January - April 2015.


Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N. with Awst, M. and Walter, B., 2014. 'A Ride Across Lake Constance', LoBe Gallery, Berlin, 1 November - 30 November 2013.


Carpenter, E., 2016. 'The Nuclear Culture Source Book', Black Dog Publishing, London, United Kingdom.

Book Chapters

Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N., 2014. 'Both Statues Have Wings'. In Susanne Prinz, Jaspar Joseph-Lester, Julie Westerman (eds.) Tegel: Speculations and Propositions, 1, The Green Box, Berlin.

Rawlinson, I., 2005. 'Artists' pages'. In Mark Crinson (eds.) Urban Memory History and amnesia in the modern city, 1, Routledge London and New York.

Journal Articles

Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N., 2014. 'Song for Coal', Kritische Berichte, Vom Wandel der Reichtümer im Feld der Kunst.


Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N., 2014. 'The Opera', Dada to Data, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 22 February 2014.

Crowe, N., Rawlinson, Ian, 2003. 'Things in Twos', Talks Series, Manchester Art Gallery, 16 May 2003.

Other Outputs

From An, (Form AN pg.10)From An (Form EM, pg.2)

Rawlinson, I. and Crowe, N., 2014. 'From An', Digital artwork.

Rawlinson, I., 2003. 'artranspennine03', curated exhibition of public art.