Joseph Cotgrave


Studied his BA in Leeds Beckett and now an MA student at LJMU, both in Fine Art, Joseph's work delves into the idea of site-specific temporal installation undergoing research into HIV and the issues around a lacking of educated subject matter for this widespread issue in contemporary LGBT culture. Providing spaces in which the audience becomes a participator to negate mis-understood concepts which circulated in the 80s. Inheriting DIY techniques the process of making is informed through a sense of playfulness and spontaneity allows his thinking through making to manifest. Producing filmic qualities through a experiential, navigational space where the viewer can participate. Influences range from Jason Rhodes too Jessica Stockholder. Past exhibitions include 'Work-in-Progress' and 'Mother of Invention' Leeds, 'the Rag Factory' London and 'the Beauty of..' St-Helens.

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My intention is to negate traditional methods of painting through large-scale painterly informed spaces. I have an elemental approach to my practice, materiality, colour and surface apply across mediums setting up an equation to inform making when in a given site. I’m Interrogating paintings discourse through a range of mediums, which adopt site, space, architecture and domestic environment to create an experiential navigation upon viewing my work. My practice relies on a strong sense of craftsmanship, which I believe is key to producing work in an expanded field yet still relatable to a painterly informed practice. Derived through my experiences of making the picture plane becomes destabilised, through the production of a somewhat hap-hazard sense of composition and sculptural forms using a visceral choice of found materials too construction matter.

Joseph John Cotgrave

Born May, 17, 1993

North west based artist | Born in Liverpool

Studio Member at The Royal Standard |

[email protected] | 07568189369 |

My practice deals with site. The amalgamation of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation and found matter allows myself to adapt within reason to a given space. Influenced by a painterly background I like to explore the expanded field and vary mediums, which are used when making through thinking and thinking through making.


2004-2011: St-Anselm’s College – All GCSE/A-Levels attained, A*-C.

2011-2012: Liverpool Community College - BTEC diploma in foundation arts, merit.

2012 – 2015: Leeds Beckett - BA Fine Art, Honorary First Class Degree.

2015-2017: LJMU, MA in Fine Art.


2009: Group Exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral.

2013: Collective Flash Show at Melbourne St. Studios, Leeds.

2014: Group Exhibition at Rag Factory, London.

2014: Group Exhibition at East Street Arts, Leeds.

2015: Group Exhibition at Birds Yard, Leeds.

2015: ‘The Beauty of… a Creative Space’ at Varied Locations, St-Helens.

2015: GIN4 at 6GINS, The Royal Standard, Liverpool

2015: de-(CON)-struction, TPA, Duke Street, Liverpool


Colour Workshop at Leeds Beckett University, Mike Powell/Kevin O’Brian

Curating Space Workshop varied locations in UK, Ben Judd

TPA - emerging collective, bringing you cross-city art. Co-Founder and Director


K2 architects, Liverpool

Roma Galleries, Wirral

Leeds Beckett 3D workshop technician, Leeds

Creative Director and Co-Founder at ‘apparelJC’

Creative Director and Co-Founder of the 'TPA' collective


‘The Beauty Of… A creative space’, Yellow Door Artists, St-Helens


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