Born London 1948.


North East London Polytechnic (B.A.)

Royal College of Art (MA.)

M.A. Linacre College Oxford


Professor of Fine Art . University of Oxford.

Ruskin School of Art.

Fellow of Linacre College. Oxford.

Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts

Civitella Ranieri Fellow 1999

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award  2001

The Cholmondeley Award. For the achievement and distinction of individual poets across a body of work . The Society of Authors. 2015

Brian Catling was elected as an R.A in December 2015

Solo exhibitions

2011  Quill Two  Matt’s Gallery at Dilston Grove.

2010 Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool bienalle 

2008  Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. Scotland.

2006  Antix .  Matt’s Gallery. London. 16 night Performance installation

2002  Antic ( Norwegian version) Video installation. Trans-Art Gallery Trondheim. Norway.

2002  Buhl Cyclops . Vidio installation. AKW . Stadt Buhl. Germany.

2000  Man In the Moon. Galleri e.s.Bergen. 

1999  Were : The Chamber works, ICA, London,  

1998  Were, durational performance, Matt's Gallery, London, 

1997 Cyclops (video installation in German language), Project  Gallery, Leipzig, 

1997  Country of the Blind, text, drawings & video, The Economist, London, 

1997  Nordic Cyclops  ( video installation), Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo,  

1996 Cyclops  (video installation), South London Gallery, 

1995 Cyclops, Galerie Satellite, Paris, 

1994  The Blindings , Serpentine Gallery, London . 

1993  Ten Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan, .

1993  La Bas , Galerie Satellite, Paris, 

1991  At The Lighthouse , Matt's Gallery, London.

1989  Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 

1988  Atrium, Neuw Gallery, Sammalung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany, 

1987  White Breath / Red Heart , Hordaland Kunstnercentrum, Bergen, Norway.

1987  Lair, Matt's Gallery, London.

1986  On Touching And Haunting A Noble Silent Room, Leifsgade 22, Copenhagen.

Selected recent mixed shows

2015 Art of the Live Experiment, Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool. UICA Grand Rapids Mich. US

2013 Hermetic Garden , Berlin

2012 Totem & Taboo, Freud Museum

2012 Fierce Festival, Birmingham.

2011  Hypercolon.Smart Project Space Amsterdam

2011  Kunst fur Tier.Halle Zoo. Germany. Solo performance and joint photographic work with David Tolley.

2010 Magic Show  , Hayward Gallery Touring.

2010 From floor to Sky. 2011British sculpture P3. London.

Selected Solo performance works commissioned for galleries and art festivals

2011 SMART Amsterdam, Muesumnaght .

2011 Freud Museum.

2011 Performancefestival

Mellom himmel og hav III

2011 Labyrinth of Living Exhibits, Hunterian Museum RCS London.

2010 Night & Day. Modern Art Oxford

2010 Mr, Rapehead. ICA London

2010 To Be Present. Amsterdam.

2010 Magic Show, Quod Derby

2009 SMART Museum Night Amsterdam.

2008 Night at the Music Hall . Rational Rec. Wiltons. London

2007  Long Breath. For ASA. Maschinehaus Essen. Germany

2007  Alma Enterprises, London

2007  THE RAIL. Commission. Ikon Gallery . Birmingham. UK

2007  Alma enterprises. London

2007  Fresh Festival. South Hill Park UK

2007  AIAV . Yamaguchi , Japan

2007  Art Space Tetra  Fukuoka Japan

2005  "Mellom himmel og hav" performance festival,  Bergen Norway  

2005 HALLE CYCLOPS .Handel-Festspiele Halle (Saale) Electric Renaissance

2003  A Certain Turbulence Reykjavik Contemporary Art Museum ,ICELAND

2003  Acts of Faith. La Bisbal, Spain

2002  The Boulevards, Theatre festival. Den Bosch, Netherlands

2002  Steder; more places for ever. Lillehammer. Norway

2002  The Boulavards, Den Bosch theatre festival. Netherlands.

2002  Acts of Faith &Generosity, 1st. La Bisbal art festival, Spain. 

2002  A Certain Turbulence. Reykajavik contempoary art museum 

2001  BBC/Modus Operandi, video commission. 

2001  60 x1 minute performances. Karlsruhl. Germany .

2001 Late Harping Tour. Etruscan ( readings and performances) 

2001  OX1 . Brookes univ. Oxford. 

1999  ASA   Cologne. 

1999  Were you There?,  s'Hertogenbosch.

1999  Bone, Bern Performance festival.

1998  Samtids collection at Listasafn Islands (Iceland).

1998  Virus, Freiwild Festival, Halle, Germany. 

1998  Stadt Gallerie, Bern, Switzerland.

1997  Bergen Performance Festival, Norway, 

1997  Science Museum,  London, 

1997  Flylkingen, Stockholm.

1997  Night Of The Living Tongues, Cambridge.

1997  Cyclops, Tel Aviv, Israel.

1997  Hush, Slaughter House Gallery.

1997  Ontmoeting,  s'Hertogenbosch, Holland.                                                   

1997 One Night Stands, Norwich Gallery.

1997  Madrid Performance Festival.

1996  Freiwild festival, Halle, Germany,.

1996  Clepsydra,  South London Gallery.

1995  Konsum Projekt, Baitz, Brandenburg, Germany.

1995  Hidden Cities, bus tour, Laboratory Gallery, Oxford.

1995  Revenge Of the Reforgotten, Royal Albert Hall.

1994  Samtids museum, Oslo.

1994  Olot Festival & Girona Kulturhall, Catalonia, Spain.

1994  Serpentine Gallery, London.

1994  The Reading Room & The King's Library at the British Library and   The Castle Mound Oxford, Bookworks.

1993  Artifact Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.

1993  Kityakushu Museum of Art, Japan.

1993  Ujazdowski Centre of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland,.

1993  Tate Gallery, London.

1992  Schloss Pluschow, Mecklenburgisches Kunstlerhaus, Germany.

1992  The Melk Fabrike, s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

1992  Gianozzo, Berlin.

1992  Belluard-Bolwerk Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland.

1992  Museum of Living Art, Reykjavik, Iceland.

1992  Naturhistoric Museum, Bergen, Norway.

1991  Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

1990  Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth. 

1990  Trondelec Arts Centre, Trondheim, Norway.

1990 Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Participant in Mobshop 4, Denmark and Sweden and The Nordic Winter Symposium at Geilo, Norway, 1983. 

Commissioned Work

2015 A New Processional Cross for Saint Martin's In The Fields. London.

Modus Operandi.

2006  Winner of the commission by Historic Royal Palaces, for a monument at the site of execution in The Tower of London.

2005  Shuffle a video work for Variety, the opening exhibition  for the Delaware Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea.

2002  Presence. A commissioned work for Broadcasting House BBC

1995  Window,  installed sculpture for the British Embassy, Dublin, PACA & The Government Art Collection, 1995.

1994  A Conceptual Telescope For Bergen , public commissioned work for the city over five sites.

In 2001 I founded the international performance collective:

THE WOLF IN THE WINTER . Since then we have been commissioned to tour and make new work.

2013 The Blind Leading The Blind. Fierce festival Birmingham, Modern Art Oxford, Dorchester Abbey.


2011  Eruption festival. Translyvania.

2010 To Be Present. Amsterdam

2008 Lupus Hiberna. LADA London.

2006  South London Gallery

2005  La Bisbal . Catalonia

2003  National Review of Live Art. Glasgow, Scotland

2002  Wurttenbergischer Kunstverien Stuttgart, Germany.

2001  De Melkfabriek s-Hertogenbosch , Netherlands.

In 2003 The “wolves” were invited to Greenland to tour and make six performances for Inuit audiences. This was documented by a DVD film;  Greenland Gathering,  made with Sarah Simblet

Publications  (solo Poetry books )

2009  A Court of Miracles. Catling compendium. Etruscan Books

2007  Bobby Awl. Etruscan books  

2001 Thyhand  published by Alfred Davis Press.

2001  Large Ghost,  Equipage.2001

2001  Late Harping. Etruscan books 2001

The Blindings, Bookworks. 

The First London Halo (single book), Bookworks.

Thy hand, Parataxis.

Soundings; A Tractate Of Absence, Matt's Gallery.

Future Exiles, Three London Poets, Paladin Press.

The Stumbling Block, Bookworks.

Boschlog, Few Goats Press,  N.Y.C.


2001 TWENTIETH- CENTURY BRITISH AND IRISH POETRY, ed, K. Tuma. New York.  OUP.  ISBN 0-19-512893-1

2004  VANISHING POINTS. Ed. Rob Mengham & John Kinsella . Salt Publishing.

ISBN 1876857137

2002  Pittancer in KULTUREFLASH. On net.

1996  Conductors Of Chaos,  Picador.

1992  The New British Poetry,  Paladin.

The Leipzig Cyclops, catalogue of video installation texts, in English and German. 

Simon Perril's book on my work TENDING THE VORTEX is published by CCCP

Narrative Video films made with Tony Grisoni

(joint authorship, production and direction) 


A narrative video installation supported by an Arts Council of Britain grant. 

Vanished!  showed at:    ESP, The Icon Gallery, Birmingham, 1999.

                                       The South London Gallery, 1999.

                                       For The Laboratory at Freuds  in Oxford, 1999.

                                       Galleri 111. Oslo.     2000

                                        Artsway.   Hamps.  2000

                                       Erin Arts Centre. Isle of Mann 2000

                                       Rio Cinema 2008

& with Palermo and 2 new works at Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool. 2000

PALERMO, video installation, 1998. Shown in Umbertide, Umbria, 1999.

THE CUTTING a narrative feature length work , written , directed and produced with Tony Grisoni.  Realised for festivals 2005.

Catling & Grisoni also produce the yearly  CABARET MELANCHOLIQUE (10)