Maxwell Attenborough’s current work involves translating experiences
of the real world into the hyper-real world of the miniature. The small world
provides an opportunity to have, to control and to explore a situation and more
importantly share it with the viewer. A principle fascination with the process
involves making a fleeting moment permanent, allowing it to be analysed and
become poetic in a cinematic sense. The model removes us in scale but pulls
us into an intimate jewel-like situation. In recreating an event we take
possession of it, and in combination with the miniaturisation of it we are
distanced from it and as Gaston Bachelard states: “We possess from afar, and
how peacefully.” Recent projects have resulted in short digital films that borrow
heavily from cinema, but often show the model by itself. “When I show the
model I relinquish some of the control that I have over the viewer, instead of
dictating how the viewer approaches and experiences the model, they are free
to discover it for themselves.”

2001 - 2003 MA RCA Painting
1996 - 1999 BA (hons) Painting Coventry University
1994 - 1996 GNVQIII Art and Design West Notts College of F.E. - A Level Art and Design
1992 - 1994 A level Art and Design - A Level CDT


Sartorial Contemporary Art May 9 th -June 1st, Group show with Isabel Young and Caroline List
Kaleidoscope 24 th Feb Whitechapel Gallery cur. Damien Roach

Institute of Ape Culture Lecture IDEO design company guest performance
404 Festival Oct-Dec, Electronic arts festival, Rosario city, Argentina
Portobello Film Festival October
Peripheral Visions July, Europe wide Exhibition(City of Culture 2005) Cork , Ireland
Faux Realism Part II April, Group Show Rockwell Gallery, London
Under The Bridge March-April, Group show, Castleford Gallery, Regeneration Scheme

…if you go down to the woods today Nov26-Dec12 - Group show Rockwell Gallery Hackney
Under 5's Oct21-23 - 39, Mitchell Street , Old street, London.
Institute of Ape Culture Review Aug30-Sept5 - Rockwell Gallery Hackney, London
Wide At the Albany Film Festival Aug28 - 2 films, 2 collaborations 240, Gt. Portland St. London
“8i8” Feb - Film music performance night at 291 Gallery, London
‘Half Light' Jan22 – Feb22 - Rockwell Gallery, Hackney, London
F-EST Events:

Space Open Exhibition (18 th October-19 th December) The Triangle, Mare Street , Hackney. Organised to celebrate the opening of
the new building. Selected by Fiona Boundy and Gavin Turk
Video Screening at Gallery 291 to tie-in with F-EST and the Frieze Art Fair. Show Reel (17th – 19th October)
Open Studios at Eastway Laundry Block. Small exhibition, PV and open doors (17th – 19th October)
Portobello Film Festival (1 st August Bowiearts), Westbourne Studios, London
N>VISIBLE , 291 Gallery one night film and video event, London , England
‘The Straight or the Crooked Way ,' Royal College of Art (Curating Contemporary Art Department Final Show) collaboration with
Goshka Macuga, London , England
‘Artbar,' 291 Gallery, one night film and video event, London , England
‘Over the Road,' Artlab, Imperial College , London , England

‘Group show,' Khyber Centre For the Arts, Halifax , Nova Scotia, Canada
‘Diversion, ' Arch 295 Camberwell, London, England


Institute of Ape Culture Lecture IDEO design company guest performance
Institute of Ape Culture- Peripheral Visions Nov, Europe wide Exhibition(City of Culture 2005) Cork, Ireland

Institute of Ape Culture Review Aug30 - Rockwell Gallery Hackney, London
Kristoff and Boyo's Journey . May20 - IAC Review 291 Gallery, London
Institute of Ape Culture Review May12 - 291 gallery, London
2003 Institute of Ape Culture Nov - (Joshua Thomson and Tom Woolner) Wide Riot, The Garage, Highbury Corner.

Press and Publications:

Time Out Nov26 - Dec23 - No.1736 ‘Space Open' The Triangle

2003 Aug Agricultural Diorama for the Science Museum


Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada – 6 Weeks – College based with teaching, regular talks and one to one
tutorials. Including a one week exhibition

1999 Faculdade de Bellas Artes Oporto , Portugal - 3 Months – Studio based and exhibition
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