Mr Adam Gillam

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Senior Lecturer


Reveling in material and visual flippancy, Adam Gillam fidgets, probes and tweaks the abundant dark matter of studio experimentation and collected pound-shop tat. The resulting accumulations present a potential momentary resolution between improvisation and refinement.

Adam Gillam studied at Liverpool John Moores University from 1991-1994 and at The Royal Academy Schools, London, from 1994-1997 and is currently represented by Tintype Gallery, London.

Adam Gillam currently lives and works in London.

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Research expertise

Whilst there are ideas about failure, nonsense and the absurd contained in the objects and installations Gillam creates, the works themselves are physical investigations into thinking, feeling and relating, alongside explorations into context, spatial choreography, colour and composition.

The works form part of a continuous and evolving search for meaning and understanding through a very physical and hands on experience that is prioritized over a foregrounding in language. Individual pieces often emerge from the physical and intellectual processes of fidgeting, impatience and intuition, employing the rejected and discarded matter of experimentation and speculation; where one work often springs from the destruction of another.

Selected solo exhibitions include Stop Bugging Me, Frame 1, Tintype Gallery, London (2015) and Ideal Paste at Tintype Gallery London (2013).

Selected group exhibitions include;

Buffet Ambika P3, London
Abstract Apartment at SPACE Studios, London
Cuartors Egg, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Melanchotopia, Witte De With, Rotterdam
Construction and its Shadow, Leeds City Art Gallery
Brussels Biennial 1, Witte de With, Brussels
Z(Art) Curated by Jan Hoet, AbtArt Gallery, Stuttgart
The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre, London

Co-Founder of Pleasure Centre

Research supervision:
2nd Supervisor to Rupert Norfolk: "The Mobility of Facts: In what ways have our changing relations to things altered the potential of encounters with sculpture?"

Teaching areas & responsibilities

BA Fine Art Joint Course Director

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2016Mental Health Awareness Training Kingston University
  • 2016Appraisal Training Kingston University
  • 2013PhD Research Supervision Training De Montfort University Leicester
  • 2010Assessment and Feedback Training UAL
  • 2010Fairness in Interviewing Students UAL

Conferences & events

Co-founder and curator of Pleasure Centre, 2013 - A symposium and city-wide series of exhibitions in collaboration with De Montfort University, 2 Queens and Leicester City Art Gallery.

Founder of Fine Art Forum at De Montfort University Leicester, a university wide forum for debate, (2011- 2013) with papers on:
Strictly Come Drawing
Improvisation strategies in Fine Art Practice

Vice Chancellors Distinguished Teaching Award, De Montfort University, Leicester, 2010


Internal validation of Foundation Course (Kingston University)

Foundation Advisory Group Member for Princes Drawing School, London

Research groups & programmes

Adam Gillam, Neighbour Six, 2015. Aluminium, silicone, spray paint, rope, mirror, treasury tag 66 x 37cm
Adam Gillam, Neighbour Three, 2015. Cardboard, jesmonite, oil paint, wood 40 x 30 cm
Adam Gillam, Neighbour Two, 2015. Cardboard, jesmonite, gloss paint, oil paint, wood, rubber ball 46 x 37cm