Edward Clydesdale Thomson Bio
Grazer Kunstverein is moving Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria ongoing
Thuredrith Dordrecht’s Museum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands ongoing
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky Division of Labour, Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2020
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘wild care, tame neglect’. Materials: neon light. 195cm by 17cm by 4.5cm
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘wild care, tame neglect’. Materials: neon light. 195cm by 17cm by 4.5cm
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: In a green shade (Fritids areal). Description: Landscape photographs with overlaid 7 layer screen-printed colour gradient and leave patterns. 2011. 172cm by 130cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the flood’. Baby crib designed to withstand the flood. Materials: laser cut stainless steel keel based on press portrait of Greta Thunberg, repurposed carbon windsurf mast, repurposed green-olive import barrel, woven wicker crib, sheepskin, kite from favourite t-shirt now to old to ware, kite string, carbon rods, seabird feathers, rope and sea shells net. 105cm by 55cm by 400cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the flood’. Baby crib designed to withstand the flood. Materials: laser cut stainless steel keel based on press portrait of Greta Thunberg, repurposed carbon windsurf mast, repurposed green-olive import barrel, woven wicker crib, sheepskin, kite from favourite t-shirt now to old to ware, kite string, carbon rods, seabird feathers, rope and sea shells net. 105cm by 55cm by 400cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the flood’. Baby crib designed to withstand the flood. Materials: laser cut stainless steel keel based on press portrait of Greta Thunberg, repurposed carbon windsurf mast, repurposed green-olive import barrel, woven wicker crib, sheepskin, kite from favourite t-shirt now to old to ware, kite string, carbon rods, seabird feathers, rope and sea shells net. 105cm by 55cm by 400cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the flood’. Baby crib designed to withstand the flood. Materials: laser cut stainless steel keel based on press portrait of Greta Thunberg, repurposed carbon windsurf mast, repurposed green-olive import barrel, woven wicker crib, sheepskin, kite from favourite t-shirt now to old to ware, kite string, carbon rods, seabird feathers, rope and sea shells net. 105cm by 55cm by 400cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the flood’. Baby crib designed to withstand the flood. Materials: laser cut stainless steel keel based on press portrait of Greta Thunberg, repurposed carbon windsurf mast, repurposed green-olive import barrel, woven wicker crib, sheepskin, kite from favourite t-shirt now to old to ware, kite string, carbon rods, seabird feathers, rope and sea shells net. 105cm by 55cm by 400cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the flood’. Baby crib designed to withstand the flood. Materials: laser cut stainless steel keel based on press portrait of Greta Thunberg, repurposed carbon windsurf mast, repurposed green-olive import barrel, woven wicker crib, sheepskin, kite from favourite t-shirt now to old to ware, kite string, carbon rods, seabird feathers, rope and sea shells net. 105cm by 55cm by 400cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm.
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm. 2020
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky
Documentation: ‘River’s crib for the drought’. Baby crib designed to withstand the drought. Materials: repurposed 1000L water containers, galvanised steel frame, shopping bags, cement, coconut matting, moss, sheepskin, obsolete cables, water. 120cm by 100cm by 280cm. 2020

“The shack is always conditional…….The disposition of things is an economy in time…….Like any etymological construction, each shack is a 3D modification of belief” – Lisa Robertson – The office for soft architecture

During Art Rotterdam Edward Clydesdale Thomson will be showing a series of new sculptures that take the form of baby cribs. These cribs are speculative shelters created in a meeting between art, climate chance and conflict. These structures form part of his research project ‘landfall’ in which Thomson intends to further develop his understanding of recycling within artistic practice. The research project was funded by a research and development grant (O&O) from the CBK Rotterdam.

During ‘landfall’, he’s been talking with climate scientists and statisticians while at the same time building improvised shelters. These shelters take shape as cribs and are situated in a predicated speculative near future in which extreme rainfall, soaring summer temperatures and more frequent storm winds come to define our climate. But a shelter can be more that something practical, something physical. The cribs, like with the Robertson quote, embody a hybrid conglomeration of beliefs given form in a new vernacular language.

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Buffer zones Paradise Works, Manchester, UK 2019
landfall O&O funding, CBK, Rotterdam 2019
An exhibition of posters Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2018
wild care tame neglect - exhibition Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2018
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds Into Nature, biennial, Drenthe 2018
how to kill a tree Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam 2018
Tuin van Toorop Jan Tooropstraat, Amsterdam 2018
noon Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2017
the necessity of art Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria 2017
wilder beings command Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2017
wild care tame neglect Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2016
poster club Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
The Society Machine Malmo Konstmuseum, Malmo 2016
Static Gravity Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam 2016
Crossing Borders Expanding Frontiers ramfoundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
As the lake said to the boat Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees Marabouparken konsthall, Sunsbyberg, Sweden 2015
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain CCA Derry~Londonderry, Lismore Castle Arts St Carthage Hall 2015
Belief and Productivity: A Play in the Forest O&O funding, CBK, Rotterdam 2014
The Non Urban Garden: tuinen van de 21e eeuw Afdh & Kunstvereniging Diepenheim 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014 iaspis, Stockholm 2014
The Distracted Gardener & The Plumbing Subverter Yeo Workshop, Singapore 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings Kunstraum, London 2013
25 Years Rotterdam City Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2013
Here is always somewhere else Forum Triangulare, Oud-Rekem, Belgium 2013
Abilities Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2013
Lost & Found at the Flügelbus Lost & Found, Amsterdam 2013
causa finalis Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam 2012
As if an entrance is over there- Lecturis, Eindhoven 2012
Rijksakademie Open 2012 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdamm 2012
The research and destroy department of the Black Mountain College W139, Amsterdam 2012
We are rolling galerie-j, Geneva 2012
There was a Country where They were all Thieves Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2012
Secret Gardens TENT, Rotterda, 2012
FlowerCASTLE Kasteel Keukenhof Art Foundation, Lisse 2011
Rijksakademie Open 2011 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 2011
a green thought, in a green shade Art Amsterdam MK Gallery 2011
Prix de Rome 2011 Smart project space, Amsterdam 2011
Borderline Picturesque & the Recounting Prospect Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway 2010
New Graffiti, Old Revolutions MK gallery, Rotterdam 2010
A group show Croxhapox, Ghent 2010
Done to a dead end & the dead or alive sale SD&G, Rotterdam 2010
Edward Clydesdale Thomson SECONDroom, Brussels 2009
A Leopard, Some Monkeys, Numerous Butterflies, Dozens of Peacocks and a Sublime Vista 4th Issue NOWISWERE, Contemporary Art Magazine, London 2009
Open Office for Words ADA, Rotterdam 2009
Imaginary Cinema - Discussion WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Residency at Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Impromptu Affairs DEK 22, Rotterdam 2009
Selbstzweck Private Collection 2008
Residency at Kysten Tromsø Kysten Tromsø 2008
Small Talk with the Janitor Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show Tent, Rotterdamt 2008
Just what is it that makes that thing so different, so appealing? Expodium, Utrecht 2008
Observing Construction NEST, Netherlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi) Rotterdam 2007
This is how it must feel to be there Pakhuismeesteren, Rotterdam 2007