Jonathan Kearney artist


4 forthcoming exhibitions
Sept 08 - details of plans for shows in London and Brazil

July 08 - exhibition as part of large arts festival Includes new experimental work

Apr 08 - teaching in Romania

Hong Kong
Feb-Mar 08 - art in residence in Hong Kong

Indian Conference
Jan 08 - City to City conference in Hyderabad

HIV/Aids in China
Dec 07 - exhibition and education in South West China

Huge mural
Sept-Oct 07 - a 110 metre outdoor mural completed at a school

Aug 07 - Jonathan starts working as assistant to large research project

Dental Work
Aug 07 - Jonathan's work is installed at a dental practice

Tansitional Era
July 07 - Jonathan curates show of some the latest Chinese art

Liverpool & Shanghai
July 07 - the ongoing connections go on

Wiseman Village
June 07 - joint exhibtion in unusual setting, China

May 07 - 3 lectures at 3 Chinese universities

May-June 07 - Jonathan is involved in redisgning TCG Nordica

Apr 07 - Jonathan joins 30 Chinese artists for Beijing show

Liverpool & Shanghai
March 07 - more virtual (but real) connections

Artist book
Feb 07 - Chinese art book includes a foreigner for 1st time

Dream & Reality
Jan 07 - exhibition of 2 Chinese artists curated by Jonathan

Chun Qunjie
Oct 06 - retrospective exhibition curated by Jonathan

Sensory Material
Sept 06 - work selected for prestigious exhibition

Shanghai Biennial
Sept 06 - Jonathan is part of a Liverpool exhibition in twin city Shanghai

Contagious Love
Sept 06 - Jonathan curates show with 35 Chinese artists

Gallery Director/Curator
Aug 06 - new role at Sino-Scandanavian gallery in China

WAVE exhibition, London & Seoul
July-Oct 06 - a group exhibition in Britian & Korea

April-May 06 - huge solo exhibition

Colour Play, Shanghai
Mar 06 - joint exhibition with Australian artist


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Shanghai Biennial 2006

Sept 06 - 'Walk On' a Liverpool Biennial exhibition at the Shanghai Biennial.

Jonathan has been working with e-space lab on a project that connects the twin sities of Liverpool & Shanghai. Some of the recent work he has been involved in is included in the exhbition 'Walk On' curated by Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director of Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool.

Jonathan will return to Shanghai on early November to host the China end of a live link between the 2 cities.

Here is an extract from the exhibition catalogue:

'Liverpool and Shanghai are twin cities. Both stage concurrent international art biennials, and this exhibition by UK artists, being shown during the 2006 Shanghai Biennale, is expected to be the start of an ongoing process of dialogue and exchange between the visual arts in the two cities.

The exhibition also reflects particularities of Liverpool itself, a city presently undergoing transformation, both physically through a comprehensive city centre regeneration programme, and culturally, as reflected in the city’s designation as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Some of the artists engage directly with the city and its culture, whilst others strike a more oblique chord with Liverpool’s particular histories, those for instance with an architectural or social dimension. The rituals of popular entertainment are also the subject of several artists.

In his book Liverpool 1907 Walter Dixon Scott described the River Mersey landing stage as a ‘democratic promenade’, through which human traffic passed during the city’s heyday a century ago. No longer a symbol of the seaport described as Britain’s ‘gateway to Empire’, the site’s historic combination of commerce and recreation, a place where – in the words of a popular local anthem – people from all walks of life walk on - is still however pertinent. For today the extent and nature of participation in civic life and in economic growth continue to be critical factors in shaping and defining our cities in transition.

e-space lab (Philip Courtenay, Peter Hatton, Peter Hagerty, and joined for this project by Jonathan Kearney, a China based artist from Liverpool) take as their subject the city in transition and the relationship its inhabitants have to the process of regeneration. Through technology they are developing an exchange of ideas between artists and others in the twin cities of Liverpool and Shanghai. The hybrid space thus created acts as a sort of virtual laboratory within which people, places, spaces, identity, history, urban design and change are examined. The most recent manifestation of this project, staged over three days in February 2006, involved mobile phone cameras and live video streaming between the two cities.'

3 large monitors form the major part of this installation, left hand screen shows Liverpool, the right Shanghai, while the centre screen has interactive documentation of the project.

e-space lab website

for directions to the exhibition space in Shanghai, click on the image above