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Sean Dower was active as a performer in the UK industrial music scene in the early 1980s before going on to work internationally with the radical performance art group Bow Gamelan Ensemble.  He studied Sculpture at Camberwell School of Art London (1988-1991) and attended the post-graduate residency programme of the Rijksakademie van Beeldenden Kunsten in Amsterdam (1993-1995). 

Dower's artworks explore the expanded idiom of sculpture whilst incorporating other media such as film, live performance and sound.  His works often engage the viewer in a direct physical experience, even when the work is seen through the lens of documentation.  His output is very diverse, the result of an experimental methodology and a genuinely open agenda.

Much of Dower's recent work draws upon his historical involvement in live performance and addresses the spatial, physical and material aspects of sound.  He has been exhibiting his work publicly since the early 1990’s in a broad range of contexts.  His work was included in the book ‘Sculpture ⦁ vertical horizontal closed open’ by Penelope Curtis in 2017 (Yale University Press) and a monograph of his work with an essay by Dr Jo Melvin was published in 2018 by Dom Omladine Belgrade with the Franklin Foundation.

Dower is currently a Senior Lecturer on the MA Fine Art Course at Brighton University and has previously taught on BA Fine Art at Brighton - on both the Sculpture and Critical Fine Art Practice courses.

Sean Dower has been awarded a Henry Moore Institute Fellowship in 2019.


Selected exhibitions and performances:
A Conversation... – Solo exhibition at Dom Omladine Belgrade, Serbia - 2017
On Air / Off Air
– Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (London UK) - 2015
The Voyeur – Solo exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill UK) - 2012
Musik für Barbaren und Klassiker – Netwerk Centre (Aalst Belgium) - 2010
The British Art Show – IKON EAST (Birmingham UK) - 2007
Single Shot – Tate Britain and touring (UK) - 2006
Break it Down - A Performance – Timothy Taylor Gallery (London UK) - 2006
New Video Art from Great Britain – MOMA New York (USA) - 1998
No Room in Hell – Solo Exhibition at Matt's Gallery (London UK) - 1997
Against – Anthony d'Offay Gallery (London UK) - 1997

External positions

Associate Lecturer, Chelsea School of Art & Design UAL

20 Sept 1996 → …


  • NB Sculpture
  • Spatial perception
  • Performance art
  • NX Arts in general
  • M Music
  • Sound
  • Live performance
  • TR Photography
  • Film and Video


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