Catherine Ferguson CV


Lives and works in London and Brighton

Selected Exhibitions  

2020 (forthcoming) Hard Painting, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

2019                             Fully Awake, Edinburgh School of Art, Edinburgh

2019                            This Instead of That, ArtHouse 1 Gallery, Bermondsey, London

2019                            Drift, Thames Side Gallery, Thamesmead, London

2018                            The Secret Life of Stuff ArtHouse1 Gallery, Bermondsey, London

2018                            Painting/Diagram, Diagram/Painting (solo) at Studio1 Gallery, London

2018                            A Road Not Taken, Marylebone Crypt Gallery, London

2018                            Paint North, Ladybeck Space, Leeds

2017                            ‘Creekside 11’, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

2017                            ‘Diagramming Caravaggio and Other Baroque Facades’,

APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2015                            Conference of the Birds, I’klectik, London, SE1 7LG

2015                            Group Show, Berloni Gallery, London, WC2E 7ED

2014                            Summer Saloon Show, Lion & Lamb, Hoxton then at

The Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout, Suffolk,

2014                            ‘Straddle the Line’, APT Galley, London

2014                            ‘Switch’, Pulchri Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands

2013                            RA Summer Exhibition, London

2011                            ‘Diagrams and Machines’, Gooden Gallery, London (solo)

2010                            ‘Rhythmanalysis’, APT Gallery, London (solo)

2009                            ‘Material Matters’, Gooden Gallery, London (with Andrew Graves and Daisy


2009                            Roma Contemporary Art Fair, Rome, Italy

2007                            Galleria Trama, Madrid, Spain (solo)

2007                            John Holden Gallery, Manchester (solo)

2007                            VineSpace, London (solo)

2007                            ‘Painting Unlimited’, APT Gallery, London

2006                            Group Show, VineSpace, London



2020 (forthcoming)    Curator: ‘The Undersides of Practice’, APT Gallery, London

2018                            Curator: ‘The Secret Life of Stuff’, Arthouse1 Gallery, London

2014                            Curator: ‘Straddle the Line’, APT Gallery, London

2014                            Curator:  ‘Hidden (Cache)’ Paintings by Tim Renshaw and Bookworks by John

McDowall, Wild Pansy Press exhibition space, Leeds

2010                            Conference Organiser:  ‘Space, Time and the Image’, APT Gallery, London

2008                            Member of Selection Panel for ‘Salon 08’, VINEspace, London

2007                            Curator: ‘Painting Unlimited’, APT Gallery, London



2018                            ‘Thumb/Rock’ (on the work of Eileen Agar), Arthouse1 Catalogue for The Secret Life                                        of Stuff exhibition

2017                            ‘The Façade and the Picture Plane’, in Journal of

Contemporary Painting, Vol.3, No. 1

2017                            Review of Bernice Donszelman at Five Years Gallery, London in

Journal of Contemporary Painting, Vol. 2, No. 1

2015                            ‘Surface and the Becoming-Body of Painting: A Short Essay on the Work of Sean

Penlington, commissioned essay

2014                            ‘Hidden (Cache)’ in Pages (Wild Pansy Press)

2013                            ‘The Gaze of Discourse’ in Artists as Researchers (Helsinki)

2012                            ‘Painting and the Metaphor of Discourse’ in Painting with

                                    Architecture in Mind, (Bath Spa University Press)

2007                            ‘A Future for Formalism’ in A Future for Modernism?

(Manchester Metropolitan University Press)

2006                            ‘On the work of Tim Renshaw’ in TurpsBanana (2)


Conference Papers


July 2019                       ‘Deleuze, Painting and the Case for Abstract Art’, 12th International Deleuze and

Guattari Studies Conference, Royal Holloway University, London

June 2016                    ‘The Diagrammatic Surface of Painting’ at Surface Value Symposium,

Reading University

November 2015          ‘The Facade Within’  paper at the Dark Precursor conference organised by

Deleuze and Artistic Research (DARE), Ghent, Belgium

July 2015                     ‘Blocs of Space/Time’, Painting in Time symposium, Tetley Gallery, Leeds

June 2015                    ‘The Picture Plane and the Page: Moments of Order in Painting/Writing’:

8th International Deleuze Studies Conference, Konstfack, University of Arts,

Crafts, Design, Stockholm, Sweden

April 2015                   ‘The Bits and Pieces of Painting…’, (detail) symposium, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

June 2014                    A response to ‘Painting as Commitment (Sunil Manghani) at Paint Club East symposium on Painting and Commitment, Firstsite Gallery, Colchester

July 2013                     ‘“Movement-image”, “Time-Image”: Two Modes of Abstraction in the Work of Juan Usle’: 6th International Deleuze Studies Conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal,

January 2013               ‘A Fictional Tale About Painting: Juan Usle in the Underworld’: Techniques de Transmission: l’Autre au Coeur des politiques patrimoniales at Archives Nationales, Paris

February 2012             ‘The Gaze of Discourse: Figures on the Surface, Figures of the Surface’, Changing Identities and Contexts in the Arts (CICA): Artistic Research as the New Paradigm for the Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

May 2010                     ‘The Elusive Surface’, ‘Space, Time and the

Image’, APT Gallery, London

September 2008         ‘Paintings’ “Surface”: Thomas Scheibitz meets Deleuze,

ERI Manchester Metropolitan University

August 2008                ‘Painting at the Surface’ at The First International Deleuze Studies Conference, Cardiff University

March 2006                 ‘A Future for Formalism’ at ‘A Future for Modernism?’

Conference organised by Manchester Metropolitan University

July 2006                     ‘The Life of Forms in Painting (on the work of Juan Usle)’ at

‘The Work of Gilles Deleuze’ Conference organised by

Greenwich University Philosophy Department




2007                PhD: Painting, Deleuze and the Art of ‘Surface Effects’,

Manchester Metropolitan University

1997                MA (Distinction), Chelsea College of Art and Design

1983                BA(Hons) Fine Art (Painting) Class 2:1, Manchester Polytechnic



2018 to date   0.5 Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Painting), Brighton University

2004 to date   Associate Lecturer, Chelsea College of Arts

2008 to 2019   0.5 Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Leeds

2007 to 2009   Associate Lecturer in Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

1994 to 2008   Associate Lecturer in Art History, Open University



PhD Supervisions


Completed 2019         Alaena Turner: Useful Fictions: Re-enactment as a strategy for

Locating the Contemporary in Painting.

Completed 2018.         Jo McGonigal: The AFFECT of Painting as a Physical Space

2014 to 2018               Adam Stone: ‘The Embodied Experience: Creative Process as

Phenomenological Enquiry’

Completed 2017          Sarah Kate Wilson: Durational Painting: gifting, grafting,

hosting, collaborating

Completed 2017          John McDowall: The Time of Reading

Completed 2014         Eirini Boukla: Ichnographia: Arrogation and Alteration


Additional Examining Roles


2017-2021       External Examiner, BA Fine Art Newcastle University

2014-2017       External Examiner, BA Fine Art Coventry University

2016                External Examiner, Fine Art PhD, Lancaster University

2014                  External Examiner, Fine Art PhD, National College of Art and

Design, Dublin

2009                Internal Examiner, Fine Art PhD, University of Leeds