Carl Rowe

Carl Rowe

Carl is a Senior Research Fellow

My art is a combination of socio-political commentary, humour and culinary methodologies. I make artwork in response to the issues that I feel are of significance, often conflating our contemporary situation with historic references. Outmoded thinking, unsuitable fiscal mechanisms and cultural fragilities threaten the stability of our society. I think of myself as a commentator on these issues.

My practice employs a broad range of technical applications including video, print, performance and cookery. It is generally a process of appropriating and contorting that which already exists, resulting in a layering of historical sediments and collisions of significance. The materials that I use are often intrinsically connected with the image or text that they portray, such as the herbs and spices that make up my special G20 screen ink used in the work ‘Drool’ 2010. The impact of devaluing of an artwork through reproduction is explored in print. Unavoidable destruction of the artwork upon removal is a significant component within my installations. Here, the denial of ownership parries with the reality of the cultural commodity. Carl’s work is available to view on his website.


  • 2021: Somewhere Unexpected, (group) Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
  • 2021: BE, newly commissioned installation for Hospital Rooms at Northside House, Mental Healthcare Unit, Norwich
  • 2021: Territory, (group touring) The Wright Gallery, Texas A & M University, 
  • 2020: Colour, Printmakers Council online exhibition in conjunction with Royal Overseas League, London
  • 2020: Unrealised, May 2020, Group exhibition in virtual gallery PSX including: Fay Nicolson, Marcia Farquhar, Henry Jackson Newcomb, Klanghaus, Sarah Cameron, Krzysztof Fijalkowski and others. Curated by Carl Rowe. 
  • 2020: Essentials, April 2020, Group exhibition in virtual gallery PSX including: Richard Sawdon Smith, Martin Firrell, Cécile Pitois, Sarah Horton, Olivia Bax, Marcus Cope and others. Curated by Carl Rowe 
  • 2019: Hospital Rooms, Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich (with Tal Rosner, Nancy Milner, Rebecca Byrne, Nick Knight and Tim A Shaw)
  • 2019: Territory, (group touring) Lust and the Apple, Edinburgh (May), CLB Berlin (April)
  • 2018: Ecstasy in Norwich, LOWER.GREEN, Norwich
  • 2018: State of Print, (group touring) – Norwich (November 2018), Preston (December 2018), DCA Dundee (March 2019) Cork City Hall (June 2019)
  • 2018: WAC 2018 – Wells Art Contemporary, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset
  • 2018: Cracking, Biblioteca Central, Santander, Spain
  • 2018: 9th International Printmaking Biennial, Douro, Portugal
  • 2017: We Came Here to Conquer, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
  • 2017: BALLOT (touring), CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (June), Contemporary Art Museum Naples (September) Nunnsyard Gallery Norwich (October)
  • 2017: Rudi Dutschke, group show at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
  • 2017: 3rd Global Print 2017, Douro, Portugal (August 2017)
  • 2017: Lasting Impressions: Selected Work from the Printmakers Council Archive, Scarborough Art Gallery
  • 2016: Constellation, group show at Undercroft Norwich. In collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute, Netherlands
  • 2016: We Came Here to Conquer II, Norwich
  • 2015: East/West, Print portfolio (devised and published by Carl Rowe), China Academy of Arts
  • 2015: Art Hub Print Open, Deptford, London
  • 2015: BLAST, Yallops, Norwich (one-person)
  • 2015: Okanagan Print Triennial, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2015: Hidden in Plain Sight, NUA Gallery, Norwich
  • 2014: SAVORR XII, Norwich
  • 2014: We Came Here to Conquer, Norwich Arts Centre (group print show)
  • 2014: Jackpot, Billboard Hoarding, Nuffield Hospital Cambridge (commissioned)
  • 2014: Barbecue (in association with LiveBox Gallery), film-screening event at Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago, US
  • 2013: A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy, Art Laboratory, Berlin. Performance and installation
  • 2013: 12 portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich University of the Arts, curated and edited by Carl Rowe and published at Impact8, University of Dundee. Also, a paper ‘EASTprint’ delivered as part of the ‘Archives’ themed panel
  • 2013: Screen print made for Nuffield Hospital Cambridge collection, image to be used on construction hoarding
  • 2012: Neo:Print Prize, Bolton – prize winner
  • 2012: Print Odyssey Stew Gallery, Norwich
  • 2011: 3rd Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
  • 2011: For Love not Money 15th Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia
  • 2011: KIWA (Kyoto International Woodcut Association), Kyoto, Japan
  • 2010: Global Studio The Bluecoat, Liverpool
  • 2010: Penang 2nd International Print, Malaysia
  • 2009: Cooking Books, performance, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2009: 8 Ways to Cook the Books, 20 page artist’s book published in an edition of 50. Launched at Impact6 printmaking conference UWE. Also a paper ‘8 Ways to Cook the Books: Art, Food and Politics’ delivered at the same event
  • 2009: Market, a collaborative portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich University College of the Arts and Boston University, USA. Edited by Carl Rowe and Professor Deborah Cornell
  • 2008: Tokyo Sat-Nav, Ice Sculpture Trail video projections, Norwich
  • 2008: Outpost Members Show, Outpost Gallery, Norwich
  • 2008: Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton, Group show
  • 2008: Tempura, video work for Aurora International Film Festival, Norwich
  • 2008: Salivate, video projection (6 person) Anglia Square Shopping Centre, Norwich
  • 2007: Ready-Steady-Marinetti, Oliver Cromwell Televisuals, Outpost Gallery/CAN Norwich
  • 2007: Artwork/installation for Neutrinos video ‘one way kiss’, edited by Dan Tombs
  • 2007: Evolution, a collaborative portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich School of Art & Design, California State University, USA and Asagaya College of Art & Design, Tokyo. Curated and edited by Carl Rowe
  • 2007: Guanlan Print Biennial, Shenzen, China
  • 2006: Cyclone, Hat Factory, Luton (one-person)
  • 2006: ‘209 shorts’, 209 Radio Cambridge,
  • 2006: Hayvend multiple, edition of 100 artworks for vending machines
  • 2006: Group Show, Kunstlerhaus Metternich, Koblenz, Germany
  • 2006: Snap, Street Gallery, UCLH London
  • 2006: 5th Egyptian International Print Triennial, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2005: Dislocation, Visions Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. (two-person)
  • 2005: Sound work broadcast on Future FM Radio,
  • 2005: Cultural Transport/Moving Targets, work exhibited at Impact4 printmaking conference, Berlin and Poznan2005: Publish and be Damned, Outpost Gallery, Norwich. Context, (printed multiple) published by Original Projects at Outpost Gallery, Norwich. Exhibited at ‘Publish and be Damned’
  • 2005: Wrexham Print International, Wrexham Art Centre

Other Activities

  • 2004 – present: Artist member of Outpost
  • 2010 – present: Artist member of Axis
photo of course leader Carl Rowe standing with arms leant against a printing table and looking at camera with short hair and a blue shirt with a small lattice print
  • Senior Research Fellow


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