Patrick Cole: Grow

15 - 17 February 2018

3 evenings of performance booking essential:


Patrick Cole’s Grow takes place across two floors of The Sunday Painter. Cole embodies the position of everyman, performing vignettes amongst the various constructed environments dotted throughout the gallery space. These environments stand out, spotlit from the surrounding darkness and almost loud in their theatricality. These props or artefacts set the tone and feeling of each environment as well as anchoring the character Cole is playing.


Using the idea of a garden and the act of pruning as a metaphor for self-development, Cole draws
upon experiences of depression and anxiety while often employing humor to engage with a collective consciousness. Showing parallels to the audiences own experiences, Cole serves as storyteller, using monologues, music and physical movements helping to create an almost cathartic experience through the outing of sometimes awkward, and often hilarious and relatable situations.

Storytelling has been connected to the development of society throughout history; from cave paintings to the medieval traditions of the bard, to the actions of the contemporary comic. Stories are told to satirize the lives of the public and act as a social tonic.


Patrick Cole (B. 1986, London) works across sculpture and performance.
He Graduated from Camberwell College of Art in London in 2005, he studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 2013 and completed a Master of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2014. Selected Recent Performances include: Australian Novelty Hat at Catalyst Arts, Belfast 2017. Are We ere Yet at the 57th Venice Biennale, in association with Neoterismoi Toumazou and the Cyprus Pavilion, 2017. Bardisum (BBQ) at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, 2017. Recent solo exhibitions include: Are We ere Yet, Plaza Plaza, London 2017. Diving, e Glue Factory, Glasgow. Bullfighting, Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow International, Glasgow, 2016. Hippy!, Neoterismoi Toumazou, Nicosia, 2016 and A Cowboy’s Rite of Passage, CCA, Glasgow, 2015.