Skip to content

Brad Downey

Brad Downey

area: Media Art

© Brad Downey

© Brad Downey

© Brad Downey

© Brad Downey

© Brad Downey

© Brad Downey

© Brad Downey

Key Facts




Media Art



recommending institution


time period

March 2010 - April 2010

2003- 2005

Slade School of Art - MFA Painting - London, UK
Pratt Institute - BFA Film - Brooklyn, NY

Solo Shows/ Einzelausstellungen:

The Floor, the Table and the Wall, Kulturzentrum Marstall am Schloss Ahrensburg, Germany
Shallow, Kunstverein Bucholz, Germany
We Are Begining, Cuadro, Dubai, UAE
I Forget What I Wanted To Say, DieAusstellungsstrasse, Vienna, Austria
Broken Horizon, Reinking Projekte, Hamburg, Germany
An Honest Thief, Stolenspace, London, England

Group Shows/ Gruppenausstellungen (Auswahl):


Bios, Concepts Of Life in Contemporary Sculpture, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
reKOLLECT, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Street Smart, Kulturehuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Stuck On The City, Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Prague, Czech Republic

Bits + Pieces, Artitude Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
Farbe Im Fluss, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Weserburg, Germany
Kunstkorperlich, Korperkunslich 3, Bodies, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany
Walk This Way- KOES, Museum Of Art In The Public Space, Koege, Denmark
Do Not Think, Awangarda Gallery at BWA, Wroclaw,Breslau, Poland
Meanwhile In Deepest East Anglia Thunderbirds Were Go, Von Der Heyt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
Wilde Zeichen, Kunsthalle Krems Forum Frohner, Krems, Austria
What is Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde, Denmark
I Don't Need Your Money Honey All I Need Is Love, Traffic Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Hacking the City, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Street as Studio, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Sub-Glob 2, Örebro, Konsthall, Örebro, Sweden
Gestures, Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde, Denmark

Backjumps volume 4 #1, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Urban Art, Museum for Moderne Kunst, Weserburg, Germany

Call It What You Like, Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad, Denmark
Fresh Air Smells Funny, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany

It’s the Thought That Counts, Backjumps Volume 3, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien , Berlin, Germany
Adaptation, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland

Anti Climb Fence, Seven Seven gallery, London, England

Our Work Makes Us Free, Backjumps volume 2,  Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Fresh Milk, Milk Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Santa's Ghetto, Laz, Inc., London, England

The Beauty is the Act, Urban art info, Backumps volume 1, Berlin, Germany

Public Projects (Commissioned)/ Öffentlichkeit Projekt (Auftrag):

Portrait of My Father, Flux Projects, Atlanta, USA
Bike Nettelbeckplatz, Wedding Walls, Berlin, Germany

Operation Beton, KUNSTHALLE Wien, Vienna, Austria
General 21 the Star Destroyer, (in collaboration with Erik Tidemann), Storaas Festival, Sroraas, Norway
The Beginning and the End, Dockville Festival, Hamburg, Germany

McDowney, ARTotale, Lephana University, Urban Art Project, Luneburg, Germany
The Bi-Product of The Process, (in collaboration with Erik Tidemann), Storaas Festival, Storaas, Norway
The Sleeping Policeman, Art-Boom Festival - Krakow, Poland

Bench Marks, Rubbish, and Apple Tree, Names Fest, Prague, Czech Republic

Long Weight, Ashford O Temporary Artworks for the Tour de France and received a SEEDA Arts Plus award, Ashford, England
Ladder Stick Up, Peacock Visual Arts – Aberdeen, Scotland

3 Site Specific Works, Conjunction, London, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent, England
A Rose With A Thorn In Its Side, Rottenrow Workshop and Dragon Bar, London England

The Rules Of Space, (ICA) Institute of Contemporary Art London- London, England

American Paranoia, (in collaboration with Tahu Deans), Lummus Park- Miami, Florida

Awards, Grants, Residencies/ Förderungen:

Kulturstiftung Stormarn

10th Internationaler Syrlin-Kunstpreis

Oxylane Foundation, Artist in Residence, Berlin Germany

Museum Quartier 21, Artist in Residence and Stipendium, Vienna Austria

Goethe Institute, Amsterdam, project production grant/ Residency

SEEDA Arts Plus award, project production grant/ Residency

Anita Shapolsky Foundation, project development award/ Residency

Toy Shop Collective, Evolutionare Zellen award from Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany, Grant
School of Visual Art, Post Production Grant

Public Collections/Sammlungen:
Von der Heydt-Collection
Museum Contemporary Art, Roskilde
The Reinking Collection
The Farook Foundation
The Samawi Collection
The Teuchtler Collection


Never having been to Vienna I was initially just curious to explore the city. It is always a great pleasure for me to explore urban spaces. The city was a cold during my stay, but, I still managed to make a decent investigation.  My first impression of Vienna was linked heavily to how I sense Paris, although the city streets are strikingly similar to Krakow; concentric circles, traffic rings. Like Paris, the facades of the buildings have an untouchable quality. Something self important and permanent about the surfaces. Giving an un-inviting feeling for a outsider. It felt like walking around a giant Museum. 

I became very intrigued by a small Roman site located directly in front of Michaelerplatz. Here I made a video using a rope and a magnet to steal European union coins from the ancient Roman site.

I managed to meet a few interesting people one being Leopald Kessler. I always respected his work and was happy to have the opportunity to meet him. I also met Raymond Pettibon, who I admired immensely since I was a teenager.

I was soon introduced to Philipp Teuchtler, a local Viennese art collector who was infamous around town for having stolen many Items from the street. I decided to make a work which would dialogue with his strange collection. I found many objects in his home which had no definitive author. I chose 12 of these un-authored works and signed them. Giving my artistic credibility to bits of throwaways living in Phillips home. This series "Words Are Poison" were archived in a catalogue produced by the Street art passage with additional support from Kunsthalle Wien, and Michalis Pichler.

My stay in Vienna was extremely productive. Not only in the production of new works and documentation, but also in the friendships and professional relationships I was able to build.  Throughout my stay I was treated with respect and understanding. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable with good access to public transportation. It was also nice to be so close to many of the major institutions and museums.

Back to main navigation

Cookie Settings

This websites uses cookies to give you the best possible service. Detailed information can be found in our Terms of use and Data Protection Regulations.

Technically essential

Technically essential cookies used to ensure the basic functionality of the website.


Functional cookies used to ensure the proper performance of the website.


Target-oriented cookies used to improve user experience.