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b. 1973, United Kingdom

Peter Liversidge Biography

Peter Liversidge was born in the United Kingdom in 1973. For the past decade, all of his work has started with the conceptually-based practice of creating proposals for performances and artworks across a wide expanse of mediums. Liversidge types these proposals on an old manual typewriter. Complete with typographical errors and hand annotations, the proposals describe ideas from the practical to the purely hypothetical, ranging from 'I propose to paint the wall that the proposals are hung on a dark grey' to 'I propose to dam the Thames and flood the City of London.' 

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Liversidge usually creates the proposals within a self-imposed timeline that is related to a forthcoming exhibition or project; many are site-specific. The resultant exhibition includes the manifestation of some of the ideas as well as the framed proposals, both realized and unrealized. The first object produced in any series is a book collating the entire set of proposals.

He draws inspiration not just from Conceptual artists such as On Kawara, Fischli and Weiss and Keith Arnatt, but also from artists such as Joseph Cornell and the Reverend Howard Finster, as well as inveterate tinkerers like his own grandfathers. Liversidge is driven by the generative notion of creativity and the idea that art is most successful when it exists slightly outside of formalist notions of fine art. To this end, the physical objects Liversidge produces often include banal, everyday materials that are repurposed or co-opted for his use. He believes that his work is universally accessible and in fact requires the presence of the viewer and their unique interpretation of the proposals to complete the aesthetic experience. The artist’s active engagement with each space and community for which he creates proposals is at the center of his varied and dynamic practice.

Liversidge has worked with a diverse range of institutions, including the Tate Gallery in 2008, the Centre d’art Santa Mónica, Barcelona, Spain in 2008, Bloomberg SPACE, London, England in 2009 and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010. He has also developed projects for the Europalia Festival in 2007, Art Basel Miami Beach in 2009 and Edinburgh’s sculpture park, Jupiter Artland, also in 2009. In 2012, Peter Liversidge began a collaboration with Low, a band from Duluth, Minnesota, which ultimately resulted in Liversidge creating a backdrop for their international tour. In 2013 the Edinburgh Art Festival commissioned Liversidge's Flags for Edinburgh, which invited anyone in the city with a flagpole to fly a white flag bearing the text 'HELLO.' 

Peter Liversidge lives and works in London, England.

Peter Liversidge Featured Artworks

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Pair of Winter Drawings 16vs17 and 16vs20, 26 December 2015 by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgePair of Winter Drawings 16vs17 and 16vs20, 26 December 2015, 2016Black masking tape and watercolour on found book pages, two parts
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Found Effigy (Norfolk brick I) by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeFound Effigy (Norfolk brick I), 2018Found object with bespoke metal museum mount
12.5 x 16 x 9 cm
Ingleby Gallery Enquire about this work
Mask VI by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeMask VI, 201942.4 x 33.9 x 6.5 cm (incl frame) Ingleby Gallery Enquire about this work
Portraits of the Maldives by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgePortraits of the Maldives, 201724 mixed media collages
2167 x 1206 cm
Kate MacGarry Enquire about this work
Pair of Winter Drawings by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgePair of Winter Drawings, 2016Black masking tape, watercolour, found book pages, in two parts
Kate MacGarry Enquire about this work
Carpet Face #3 by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeCarpet Face #3, 2017Persian rug, black felt
220 x 129 cm
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Cady's Hall by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeCady's Hall, 2011Pair of unique Polaroid 600 photographs
Sean Kelly Enquire about this work
Upstate Polaroids, Lone House by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeUpstate Polaroids, Lone House, 2011pair of unique polaroid photographs
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Peter Liversidge Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Jacob's Ladder at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
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26 July–20 October 2018 Group Exhibition Jacob's Ladder Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Fifteen at Kate MacGarry, London
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11 November–16 December 2017 Group Exhibition Fifteen Kate MacGarry, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Liversidge, Civilization? at Kate MacGarry, London
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12 January–18 February 2017 Peter Liversidge Civilization? Kate MacGarry, London

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Peter Liversidge: 'my work is solely about engagement' Related Press Peter Liversidge: 'my work is solely about engagement' 20 October 2016, Studio International

Peter Liversidge is a British artist who became known for his use of 'proposals' tailored to a specific project. The proposals vary greatly in their degree of feasibility, but always begin in the same way, typed on a standard European-sized A4 piece of paper. Liversidge’s recent projects include The Bridge, a choral performance of...

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A playful artist insists gallery staff take a nap Related Press A playful artist insists gallery staff take a nap 17 October 2016, Hyperallergic

Work becomes play in Peter Liversidge’s Twofold installation, though its proposals read so formally: “I propose to drop two hundred and fifty thousand 1 cent coins on the floor of the main gallery space.” What? I walk into the main gallery space at Sean Kelly, New York and yes, I’m walking on shiny, copper coins that are...

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