Born 1971, West Yorkshire

Born 1967, Norfolk




2000-04 PhD, University of Leeds

1993-95 MFA, Glasgow School of Art

1990-93 BA Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee


1992-94 MFA, Glasgow School of Art

1987-91 BA Fine Art, University of Leeds



Arts Council England

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Collecting Scheme for Scotland (Hunterian Gallery, Aberdeen Art Gallery, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, MacManus Galleries, Dundee, Paisley Art Gallery and Museum) Government Art Collection (UK)

Rhode Island Institute of Design Museum

Fondazione Morra Greco, Italy



2017    «A Proposal To Ask Where Does A Threshold Begin & End», Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

2016     «A petition for an enquiry into a condition of anxiety», The Modern Institute, Galsgow

2014 «Are you LOCATIONALISED», North Uist and Isle of Skye (part of GENERATION 2014)

«DOES THE IT STICK», Bloomberg Space, London

«Is your tesserae really necessary», Tramway, Glasgow (part of GENERATION 2014)

«ATLAS Portree», Isle of Skye, and Taigh Chearsabhagh and Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist (part of GENERATION 2014)

2013 «DOES THE IT FIT», Circa Projects, Newcastle Upon Tyne (co-curated by Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan

2012 «A tool for the making of signs»,Chapter, Cardiff

«The story of how we came to be here, what we did before we got here, how you have forgotten why you asked us here and why we cannot remember why we came, or: Is this what brings things into focus?», Studio Voltaire, London

2011 «The indirect exchange of uncertain value», a Collective off-site project at Fettes College, Edinburgh (Curated by Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan)

2010 «The story of how we came to be here, what we did before we got here, how you have forgotten why you asked us here and why we cannot remember why we came, or: is this what brings things into focus», Tramway, Glasgow (Performance)

Upstairs at The Modern Institute, Glasgow

«Direct serious action is therefore necessary», C.C.A., Glasgow

2009 «Does your contemplation of the situation fuck with the flow of circulation,» Eastside Projects, Birmingham

«You Can Take It As a Thing Or You Can Take it As a Thing,» Salle de Bains, Lyon

2008 «Time has gone on and thinking has gone on about the thoughts we think we had about things that already happned before», Sutton Lane, Paris

«Are you feeling our meaning?» Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

2007 «Lead Rhetoric & Other Category Errors», Galerie Ruediger-Schoettle, Munich

«The This & The That of a Category Error» Smart project space, Amsterdam

«A fee to avoid our expenses», The Modern Institute, Glasgow

2006 «Rhetoric Works & Vanity Works & Other Works», Newhailes, Edinburgh, National Collecting Scheme for Scotland and Contemporary Art Society commission

«Three Lean Meanings», Scotland & Venice touring, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Scotland

2005 «This is what brings things into focus», Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern, Switzerland

Art|36 |Basel, Art Statements, with Sutton Lane (Campoli Presti)

«Oh we will, we will, will we», Studio Voltaire, London, sponsored by the Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation and Lambeth Arts.

2004 «That is the way, it is, it is, that is», Sutton Lane (Campoli Presti), London

2003 «Think Thingamajig and other Things», Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland

«This has reached the limit conditions of its own rhetoric» (with Alan Michael), The Modern Institute, Glasgow

2002 «The Blacks», Cubitt Gallery, London

2001 «HK», Tramway, Glasgow

«The Glamour», The Modern Institute at ARCO, Madrid

2000 «The Glamour», Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

1999 «Deadzone», The Modern Institute, Glasgow

«Regardez-Vous», 24hrs window, Glasgow

1998 «Blow Your Mind», The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

1997 «Magus», Accident, London

«Futura Skulpta», 3 Month Gallery, Liverpool



2016 «The Last Word in Art», The Wilson – Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham

2015  «Alternative 23: Breakdown to Borderlands», Gallery North, Newcastle

«Alternative 23», Gallery North, Newcastle

2014 «Nothing Twice», Cricoteka, Krakow

2013 «The Narrators: works from the Arts Council Collection», Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

«Costume: Written Clothing», Tramway, Glasgow

«Northern Art Prize», Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

2012 «Dovecot Studios», Edinburgh

«40th Anniversary Exhibition», Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow

«There is not and never has been anything to understand», ASC, London

«Object Theatre», RADAR, Loughborough University Arts, Loughborough

2011 «The Writing on Your Wall», Edinburgh Printmakers (Curated by Rob Tufnell)

«You, Me, Something Else», Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

2010 «Rubble Stir», The Glue Factory, Glasgow

«Le Drapeau Noir», Glasgow International Visual Art Festival, Glasgow (comission)

«LOVE», Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow (With Rita Donagh & Richard Hamilton, Gilbert & George)

«From Dusk Till Dawn», Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (DVD screening)

«Ornament and Pride», S.M.A.K., Ghent

2009  «TONITE», The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

«Back of the Head: Alternative Approaches to Portraiture», Cooper Gallery, Dundee

«Blinding the Ears», Artissima, Turin

«Depression», Marres Centre for Contemporary Art, Maastricht

«Running Time: Artists Films in Scotland 1960 to Now», Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

«N’importe Quoi», curated by Vincent PŽcoil and Olivier Vadrot, Musee d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France

«Back of the Head: Alternative Approaches to Portraiture», Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee

2008 «A show of many parts, each part more elaborate and spectacular than the last», City Gallery, Leicester

«The Great Transformation; Art and Tactical Magic», Frankfurter Kunstverein, touring to Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain

«ARTfutures», Contemporary Art Society, Bloomberg Space

«The Great Transformation; Art and Tactical Magic», Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (touring to Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo)

2007 «Through The Looking Glass», CAPC, Musee d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux

«24 November – 22 December», Sutton Lane (Campoli Presti), Paris

Art|38|Basel, Basel (performance)

«Half Square, Half Crazy» Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Villa Arson, Nice

«Enlightenment» Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

2006 «Art Now Live Work», Tate Britain, London

«Falansterio», Supportico Lopez, Naples

«If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it…A partial Showroom history», The Showroom, London

«Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better», Momentum, Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway

2005 Echo, echo Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

«Art From Glasgow», Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

«Spectator ‘T’», Art Sheffield 05

«Selective memory / Scotland and Venice», Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, curated by Jason E. Bowman and Rachel Bradley, touring to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

«Sutton Lane in Paris», Sutton Lane (Campoli Presti), Paris

«(My private) Heroes», MARTa Museum of Art & Design, Herford, Germany

«Reflection part II», Sutton Lane (Campoli Presti) , London

2004 The Slapstick Mystics with Sticks, Invited project, Frieze Art Fair, London

«The principle of hope», Three Colts Gallery/ Cubitt, London

«The Birthday Party», Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

«Gertcha», group exhibition, Glasgow

«Genesis Sculpture», Domain Pommery, Reims

«Ain’t no love in the heart of the city», temporary sited works, Cardiff

«Frozen tears II», publication co-ordinated by John Russell, London

«Brainchild», Magnifitat, Edinburgh

«Publish and be Damned», Cubitt, London

«Hit & Run», curated by SMART project space (Amsterdam) at Platform Garanti, Istanbul

Kunsthaus Glarus at LISTE, Basel

2003 «Natural Decadence», Mini Gallery, Stockholm

«Catterline Art Festival», Aberdeenshire

«Prague Biennale», Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague

«Zenomap Projects», Venice Biennale

«Turpentine», Studio Voltaire, London

2002 «Jahresgaben», Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany

«Very Important Pictures», Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland

«All You Need to Know», Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK

«The Best Book About Pessimism I Ever Read», Braunschweig Kunstverein, Germany

«My Head is on Fire but My Heart is Full of Love», Charlottenbourg Museum, Copenhagen

«Village Hall Roadshow», touring to village halls and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, curated by All Horizons Club

2001 «The Nostalgia of Dum», Edinburgh College of Art

«October», public art projects, St.Vincent Street, Glasgow

«Here + Now, Scottish contemporary art 1990 Ð2001», curated by Dundee Contemporary Arts at venues in Dundee and Aberdeen

«Berlin Biennale 2», Kunstwerke, Berlin

2000 «Then there is no mountain then there is», Generator, Dundee

«Tonight», The Modern Institute, Glasgow

«Museum Magogo», PG Gallery, Melbourne

«The Evil Eye», Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow

«Snowballing», Arthur R Rose, London and Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

«Avalon», The Changing Room, Stirling

1999 «Sordide Sentimentale», Holden Gallery, Manchester

«Museum Magogo», Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow

«Education In Reverse», The Mirror and the Masque by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan at Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, project curated by Sarah Tripp

«Radio Tuesday», Radio project, Glasgow

«Bent Aura», Publication by Stopstop, Glasgow

«Evolution Isn’t Over Yet», The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and touring to Lugar Comum, Lisbon, 2000

«Dot», Teesdale Yard, London

1998 «Wallpapervideo», High Street Project, Christchurch, New Zealand

«This Island Earth», Iain Irving Projects at An Tuireann Art Centre, Skye

«Unbelievable», Ikon Gallery touring, Birmingham

«Various Artists», East Kilbride Arts Centre, Glasgow

«Add Night To Night», The Showroom, London

«Host», Tramway, Glasgow

1997 «Diorama», 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

«Nerve: Glasgow Projects», Artspace, Sydney

«Tutor With An Idea», 3 Month Gallery, Liverpool

«European Couples And Others», Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

«60,70,80:90»,The Showroom, London

«Made In Glasgow», De Markten Arts Centre, Brussels

«Young Parents, The Annual Programme, Manchester, 4 exhibitions curated by 4 artist-run spaces

1996 «World Of Ponce», curated by Toby Webster, Glasgow

«City Limits», Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent

«Art For People», Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

«Chicken Farm», touring video programme, screened at Articule, Montreal; NIFCA, Helsinki; Hunter College, New York; CCA, Glasgow; De Markten Arts Centre, Brussels; Leeds University

«Be-Er Monsta», touring video programme screened in London, Dublin and Belfast

1995 «Volcano», The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

«Making Out», Transmission Gallery, Glasgow



2014 Walker, Zoe, « Talkin’bout our GENERATION », The List, 2014

2010 Bayer, Devrim: ‘Art Lovers – When artist couples work together’, Code 2.0

Chateigné Tytlemann, Yann: ‘Letter on the deaf and mute’, Kaleidoscope Issue 7 «LOVE», Talitha Kotze, The List, Issue 648

2009 «Artist of the week 50 Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», Jessica Lack, Guardian, July

2008 van Rijn, Ilse. «Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan; The This & The That of a Category Error», Metropolis M, , December/January 2007/8, pp 84-85

Smolik, Noemi. «Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan», Artforum, February 2008, pp 303-4

Rathgeber, Pirkko. «Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan», Flash Art, January – February 2008, p 151

2007 O’Reilly, Sally. «Things Fall Apart», Frieze, October 2007, pp 256 – 261

Mullholland, Neil. «Heroin Kills, Rhetoric Works», Texte Zur Kunst, March 2007, pp 165 -167

Mclaren, Duncan. «House of Enlightenment», Map, Issue 9 2007, pp 40-43

2006 Gronlund, Melissa. «Momentum 2006», Frieze, issue 103, pp 159 -160

Mottram, Jack.»Home in on objects of their affection», The Herald, 06/10/06, p. 5

Dewar, Reynaud. «Cynical Monuments; Anti-social Sculpture», Art Press 2, trimestriel no. 3, November -January 2006/7, pp 58 -67

Polly Staple & Melissa Gronlund, (eds.), «Frieze Projects: Artists Commisions and Talks (2003-2005)», Frieze, London, 2006, pp. 70-71

«Ha Ha!, in Magnetic Promenade (and other sculpture parks)», Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Studio Voltaire, London, 2006, pp. 51-62

Vincent, Martin. «Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan», Art Monthly, November 06 No. 301 pp 25 -26

Gale, Iain. «Making history the modern way», Scotland on Sunday, 22.10.06, Review p 9

2005 Garnett, Robert. «Tom O’Sullivan & Joanne Tatham», Untitled, issue 34, Spring 2005, p 67

Mulholland, Neil. «Use Your Illusions», Tate etc, issue 4, Summer 2005, pp 76 – 81

Pethick, Emily. «Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan»,, February 2005

2004 Morton, Tom. «Mirror, Mirror», Frieze, issue 87, November-December 2004, pp 90-93

Firth, Hannah. «Cardiff: Aint no Love in the Heart of the City», Circa, issue 109, October 2004, pp 70-71

2003 Staple, Polly. «50th Venice Biennale», Frieze, Issue 77, September 2003, p112

Hirsch, Helen. «Magische Konstrukte und rätselhafte Dimensionen», Kunstbulletin 6, 2003, pp36-37

Mulholland, Neil. «This has reached the limit conditions of its own rhetoric», The Scotsman, 18 March 2003. S2 Review p 12

Mottram, Jack Mottram. «Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», The List, 13-27 March 2003, p 89

Mulholland, Neil. «All you need to know», Frieze, issue 73, March 2003, pp 91-92

2002 Usherwood, Paul. «All you need to know», Art Monthly, issue 262, Dec 2002, pp 24 – 25

O’Reilly, Sally. «Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», Art Monthly, issue 260, Oct 2002, pp 31- 32

Herbert, Martin. «Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», Time Out, 25 September-2 October 2002, p58

Mulholland, Neil. «Learning from Glasvegas: Scottish Art after ‘the 90’s», Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History, volume 7, 2002, pp 61-70

Tufnell, Rob. «Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», Untitled, Spring 2002, pp. 30 – 31.

Mulholland, Neil. «Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», Flash Art, March – April 2002, pp.106 – 107

Mulholland, Neil.»The Luxury Gap», Flash Art, January – February 2002, pp 54- 55

Mulholland, Neil. «Here + Now: Scottish Art 1990-2001»,Frieze, issue 63, January 2002, p 105

2001 «HK», Elisabeth Mahoney, The Guardian, 22.12.01, p 19

«HK: Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», Sarah Lowndes, The List, issue 431, p 48.

«A question of heroin chic», Graham Sutherland, Sunday Herald, 16.12.01, p 9

«Beyond the obvious», Neil Cameron, The Scotsman, 27.11.01, S2 p 10

«Staggering message writ large», Moira Jeffrey, The Herald, 23.11.01, p 1 9

«Berlin Biennale 2», Dominic Eichler, Frieze, issue 61, September 2001, p 103

«Berlin Biennale», Lars Bang Larsen, Art Forum, September 2001, pp 203 -204

«Then there is no mountain then there is», John Beagles, The List, issue 404, 5 -18 January 2001, pp 77.

2000 «Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», Rob Tufnell, Frieze, issue 55, November – December 2000 pp 118.

«Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», Jack Mottram, The List, June 2000.

«Avalon», Rob Tufnell, Make, issue 88, June 2000, p 34

«Avalon», Jenny Crowe, An magazine, May 2000, p21

1999 «Evolution isn’t over yet», David Burrows, Art Monthly, issue 221, June 1999, pp 31-34

«Reviews: Scotland», Sarah Tripp, Circa, issue 88, Summer 1999, pp 58 -59

1998 «Blow Your Mind», Paul Welsh, The List, January 1998



2008« Scotland & Venice 2003 2005 2007», (exhibition catalogue), Scottish Arts Council/ British Council/ National Galleries of Scotland/ The Scottish Government, Edinburgh

«Great Transformation; Art and Tactical Magic», (exhibition catalogue), Frankfurter Kunstverein and touring to Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Frankfurt and Vigo

2007 «A Charming Meaning, A Solid Meaning, A Struggling Meaning», (monograph), The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd and DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag, Glasgow and Cologne

«Half Square, Half Crazy», (exhibition catalogue), Villa Arson, Nice «Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, in Keep On Onnin», Tate Publishing, London

«Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan», SMART, Amsterdam

2006 «The Pyramid», Fiona Jardine (exhibition guide), The Watchie, Catterline, Aberdeenshire, 2006

«Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better», Annette Kierulf & Mark Sladen, (eds.), (exhibition catalogue), Momentum, Moss, Norway, 2006, pp. 128-131

«Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Rhetoric Works & Vanity Works & Other Works», (exhibition catalogue), Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, 2006

2005 «Scotland & Venice. Selective memory», published by Scottish Arts Council, British Council, National Galleries of Scotland for the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005. Essays by Lisa Le Feuvre, Will Bradley.

2004 «Hit & Run», published by SMART project space, Amsterdam, 2004.

«Genesis Sculpture», published by Beaux Arts, Paris, 2004. Text by Will Bradley, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan pp 82 -83.

2003 «HK», published by Tramway and The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2003. Essay by Lars Bang Larsen.

«Prague Biennale», published by Giancarlo Politi Editore, 2003. Essay by Neil Mulholland pp 250 -251.

2002 «Very Important Pictures», Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, 2002, pp 28 -31.

«October», published by Red Group, Glasgow 2002 pp 40 – 45.

«My Head Is On Fire But My Heart Is Full Of Love», published by Charlottenborg, Udstillgsbygning,

2002. Pages by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan pp 20 -27.

«The best book about pessimism I ever read», published by Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany,

2002. Essays by Lucy McKenzie, Neil Mulholland and Andrea Kusel.

2001 «HK», published by Tramway, Glasgow, 2001. Essay by Lars Bang Larsen.

«Here + Now», published by Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, 2001, pp 124- 125.

«Berlin Biennale 2», published by Berlin Biennale fuer zeitgenoessische kunst, 2001. Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan interviewed by Will Bradley, pp 246- 245. .

«The Glamour», published by Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 2001. Text by Will Bradley.

2000 «Avalon», published by The Changing Room, Stirling, 2000. Text by Cathy Wilkes.

1999 «Evolution Isn’t Over Yet», published by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1999 & 2000.

1998 «Add Night To Night», published by The Showroom, London, 1998. Text by Will Bradley, Chris Evans, Alan Michael, Tom O’Sullivan, Joanne Tatham, Hayley Tompkins, Sarah Tripp, Cathy Wilkes.

«Blow Your Mind», published by The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh 1998. Essays by Will Bradley and Anne Ooms.

1997 «Diorama», published by 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, 1997. Essay by Charlotte Day.

«Nerve: Glasgow Projects», published by Artspace, Sydney, 1997. Essays by Charles Esche and Anne Ooms.

«Made In Glasgow», published by De Markten Arts centre, Brussels, 1997. Essays by Francis McKee and Sam Ainsley.

«Futura Skulpta», published by 3 month gallery, Liverpool, 1997.



Scottish Arts Council Artists Award, 2003

Scottish Arts Council Professional Development grant, 2003

Glasgow City Council Visual Arts award, 2002

Hope Scott Trust grant, 2002

Grizedale Research and Development grant and residency, 2002

Arts Trust of Scotland grant, 2000

Stanley Burton Bursary, Leeds University, 2000-03 (JT)

Scottish Arts Council Research and Development grant, 2000

Glasgow City Council Visual Arts award, 2000

Scottish Arts Council Public Art Initiatives award, 1998

Residency at Artspace, Sydney, funded by the British Council, 1997

Scottish Arts Council Small Assistance grant, 1997

Paul Hamlyn Foundation bursary, 1993-95 (JT)

The Invisible Fourth Wall

28 Jan, 2009-28 Mar, 2009

Sutton Lane (Campoli Presti), London

Time has gone on and thinking has gone on about the thoughts we think we had about things that already happened before.

13 Dec, 2008-17 Jan, 2009

Sutton Lane (Campoli Presti), Paris

Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan
Time has gone on and thinking has gone on about the thoughts we think we had about things that already happened before.
Sutton Lane, Paris
13 December 2008 – 17 January 2009

Sutton Lane is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Paris by Glasgow based artist duo Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan.

The exhibition is conceived by the artists as a single installation. The installation comprises of a collection of smaller pieces – collectively titled Time has gone on and thinking has gone on about the thoughts we think we had about things that already happened before. The exhibition continues Tatham & O’Sullivan’s enquiry into the status, value and functionality of the art-object.

On show are eight distinct works, with each drawing on Tatham & O’Sullivan’s existing vocabulary of motifs. These motifs recur across their practice in different forms, materials and contexts. In this exhibition the motifs have been used to create a sequence of artefacts that appear to refer back to studio based processes of production. Several of the objects on show appear to have first been created as plans or maquettes for other works made at other times. The plinths and frames that are used to present these pieces are all designed and hand-made by the artists. Many of the details of these plinths and frames are deliberately idiosyncratic and have been devised to draw attention to the particularity of their production. Collectively the objects present a narrative around the idea of the artist’s studio.

A hand-painted wall painting has been used to frame the collection of objects within the gallery. The painting is a new motif within their practice. It has a familiarity or resonance of their other works, yet is actually a reworking of a C18th domestic wall painting. The painting brings its own narrative to the installation and allows the component parts to present themselves as a particular and curated collection.

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan work and live in Glasgow. They have exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad. They have a solo exhibition at the Salle de Bain in Lyon in March 2009. They have had recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Francesca Pia in Zurich (2008) and Galerie Ruediger-Schoettle in Munich (2007). They have recently been part of the group show The Great Transformation; Art and Tactical Magic at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, touring to the Museum of Contemporary Art Vigo, Spain (2008).

24 November – 22 December

24 Nov, 2007-22 Dec, 2007

Sutton Lane (Campoli Presti), Paris