Ron Haselden

Outdoor Sculpture
Gallery Exhibitions
Small Works & Drawings
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Ron Haselden
was awarded an Andrew Grant scholarship to study sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art (1961-66). He taught sculpture in the Department of Fine Art, Reading University and founded the mixed media area in the early seventies. He lives and works in London and in Plouër-sur-Rance, France.
Haselden was awarded the Sargant Fellowship at the British School at Rome, Italy, and during the course of his productions he has received awards and grants from numerous funding bodies as well as being represented in many private and public collections which include The Arts Council of Great Britain, The Lorne Award, The Hamlyn Foundation, The Elephant Trust, The Esmée Fairbaim Foundation, The London Arts Board, The Henry Moore Foundation, The British Council, The RSA Art for Architecture Award Scheme, Alliance Française, Conseil Général Côtes d’Armor and le Fonds Régional d’Arts Contemporain (FRAC) de Brétagne, Bibliothèque nationale de France.


Much of the sculpture is concerned with light as constructions, photographic works and video. The three-dimensional work ranges from a minute scale to large performance productions involving up to 400 participants which take place in major cities in Europe. Some sculpture is permanently installed in public spaces throughout the UK , whilst other work is conceived and installed in galleries or for limited periods of time in rural landscape locations.

Recent Publications and text:

As exciting as we can make it, catalogue for  ‘As Exciting as we can make it. Ikon in the 1980s’, including an essay by Ikon’s current director, Jonathan Watkins, and contributions from Hugh Stoddart and Antonia Payne, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2014

Ron Haselden. Papillon de la nuit. On the construction of Papillon de la nuit, Matthew Reeves, London: domobaal editions 2014

Go and talk to the bees. Ron Haselden, Outrider Commissions, 2014, MA Bibliothèque, 2014

'L’art et la lande', an essay by Céline Flécheux, June 2014.

Arte na Cidade – Introducao. Mario Caeiro, Lisbon, 2014

Luminary interview - Video by Tom Thistlethwaite

Luminary Text by Angela Kingston. Curator of Luminary.

From Light to Dark. Daylight, Illumination, and Gloom. By Tim Edensor. University of Minnesota Press.

Selected Exhibitions, Sculpture, Commissions and Research:


Les Voyageurs. An installation, 32 metres long, in the field at La Lande Chauve. ‘Côté cour, côté jardin’. Plouër sur Rance, France.

Small Box works. Art Paris, Grand Palais. Presented by Galerie des petits carreaux

Echelle. Installed on the spire of St.Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London for ‘Lumiere London’ UK


The Land. A large scale light installation working with drawings by the local farmers and children. Gallery Hå gamle prestegard, Håvegen, Norway.

Small Box works. Approche, Paris. Presented by Galerie des petits carreaux.

Brothers and Sisters and Mille Enfants de Lyon. Solo exhibition continuing to develop new additions from local school children. Rohan Gallery, Landerneau. France.

The Land. Large scale illuminated installation working with drawings by local people based on the farming in that area of Norway. Hå Gamie Prestegard. Håvegen. Norway.

Diver and Brothers and Sisters. Kings Cross and Grosvenor Square. Lumiere London.


Brothers and Sisters and Echelle- for the exhibition 'Neon' and 'Lightpool', Blackpool. in association with the Grundy Gallery Blackpool.

Sealife- A twenty five metre long sculpture for the beach, Toul Gwen, in Brittany, France. Made from lightweight materials of steel rods and fishermans twine, it was totallay submerged by the incoming Autumn Equinox Spring Tides. Underwater film made by Marcel Dinahet to be shown on the website Documents D'Artistes Bretagne. for the exhibition 'Estran'.

Luminary. A five metre high 'walk through' structure supports a number of large scale illuminated drawings by untutored elderly people. An ongoing light-work working with drawings from elderly people from several towns throughout Britain. Fabrica Art Gallery, Brighton.

Brothers and Sisters. Continuing the project with illuminated Drawings by young children which will be 'adopted' by particpating residents around the town of Brighton - in the windows of their homes and gardens for Fabrica Gallery and the Brighton Festival.

Small Box works.Grand Palais. ArtParis. With Galerie des petits carreaux.

Holborn Underground Light-work drawings. 1st prize winner unrealised project. Designology Exhibition. London Transport Museum. London UK


Sleep. Manoir de Coatcouraval, Glomel. Exhibition ‘Lieux Mouvants.’ Brittany, France.

Luminous Landscape, and other works. Group exhibition ‘Topographie’. Galerie des Petits Carreaux. St. Briac. Brittany, France.

Brothers and Sisters. An ongoing light-work working with children and installed throughout the town. ‘Invitation au Royaume-Uni’. Aubenas, Ardèche, France.

White Towers. ‘Hôtel Particulier.’ A group exhibition organised by David Micheal Clarke and Anabelle Hulaut. Musée D’art et Histoire du Pays de Château Gontier. Château Gontier. France


As Exciting as we can make it.
Group exhibition, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Le va-et-vient des choses Solo work, commissioned for the Musée des phares et balises, Phare du Créac’h, Île d’Ouessant, France, until 16 December 2014

I see bees before my eyes, a new light-work, for Outrider. A series of artist’s commissions exploring the Alfred Watkins collection of books about beekeeping and photographs held at Hereford Library accompanied by a publication, Go and talk to the bees. Ma Biliotéche as well as a gallery talk at The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham then touring across the West Midlands.

Forager. An installation. A small flight for a small room. Nook, 138 Twickenham Road, London.  

72-82. A 63-minute film by William Raban commissioned by Acme Studios as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. The film follows on from the archive exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery Supporting Artists: Acme’s First Decade 1972-82. Friday 3 October 2014 at Hackney Picturehouse (Screen 1), Mare Street, London E8.


Plaisir d'offrir. Galerie des petits carreaux. Paris
Aller Retour. Ulysses. L'Autre mer. FRAC Bretagne. Rennes, France
Sorties. Ulysses. L'Autre mer. Phare de Stiff. FRAC Bretagne. Île de Ouessant, France.
Papillon de la nuit. Association l’Art au fil de la Rance. Les Guérandes. Plouër sur Rance. France.
Fête. Lumiere Festival. Durham UK and Derry, City of Culture 2013', Northern Ireland. Artichoke, London.
Paysage. Galerie des petits carreaux, St.Briac, France.


Sino-Francaises Exhibition. Yvan Le Bozec, Ron Haselden, Yves Tremorin. Galerie de CIGU. China
SLICK. Paris. galerie des petits carreaux. Paris.
4:3 Exhibition. 3 artists at Joint Stock. Lamb White, Birmingham
Jaunes. Group exhibition. Galerie des petits carreaux. Paris
La Lande Chauve, A series of temporary works in a field in Brittany, France.
ROOM London in Rio De Janeiro. Homage exhibition to the artist Shelagh Wakely. Brazil.
Brothers and Sisters. Venez Voir exhibition. Galerie Triangle, Rennes. France
Blooming in Southend. A new work for the organization Metal, Southend. UK
Sorties. A series of works from a residency on the Isle of Ouessant, France. A joint exhibition with the artist John Timberlake. Galerie des petits Carreaux, Paris
Being seen to be seen. Invited artist to present a new work for Salisbury Cathedral. UK
A world of bees. Research for a light-work for a new London underground station.
Family Idea. A light-work from drawings by children. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


A Series of Postcards. Solo exhibition, William Road Gallery, London. uk
Brothers and Sisters.Lumiére Festival. Durham. uk
Artist in Residence. Résidence du sémaphore du Créac'h à Ouessant - Association Finis terrae. Isle de Ouessant, France
April in Paris. An installion for Le Sphinx. Studio of Benjamin Swaim, Paris.
Stephen W. A construction at La lande Chauve, France. From a drawing by a prisoner in Durham Jail, UK.
Wall of Names. A commission for a permanent work for Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children, London.


Lost in Translation. Group show. Œvres de la collection du Frac Bretagne. Pont-Aven. France
Postcards and Boats turning on the tide. Solo show, La Galerie Triangle, Rennes, France.
October. A solo work for the opening of the new Angus Hughes Gallery, London. Curated by Richard Ducker, Fieldgate Projects
9 Men drawing. A light-work from drawings by offenders from Durham Jail. Festival Arbres et Lumière. Geneva, Switzerland.
Dürer.Le Pont Mévault. A sculpture for a field. Côté Cour, Côté Jardin. Plouër sur Rance, France
Postcards. An exhibition of a selection of prints from the Postcard Series emailed worldwide over the past two years. Bennetts Associates Architects, London.
The Fan – a new sculpture for The East Wing 9 Exhibition, the colour of the work will change during the exhibition over 18 months. Courtauld Institute, London.


The Crossing. Elsewhere, Group show in the studio of Marcel Dinahet, Rennes, France.
Hijack Reality Let 100,000 Kunstvereine Bloom!
A project by Bob and Roberta Smith with contribution from Phyllida Barlow, Ron Haselden, and Jennet Thomas Exhibition: Mead Gallery. Warwick Art Centre.
Monument. Time is a sausage A new installation and other works within a group exhibition, Domo Baal Gallery, London.
New Street Square Neon. A large scale neon work for New Street Square, London. Designs are activated by local people working in the City area. The Davidson Partnership for Land Securities Limited.
Hippocratic Oath A commissioned light-work for the New School of Medicine, The University of Aberdeen
Queen B. An installation for La Lande Chauve, Brittany, France
Rising Sun. A new work for the group show Ailleurs. Five Year Gallery, London


Metro. A work for the garden and other small works. Camden Art Centre. London. UK. September-October.
Phare. A 60 meter sculpture for a field. Assisted by architects from Bennetts Associates, London. Julie Westerman and Geno and Jan Rodriguez. Au Pont Mévault. Plouër sur Rance, France.
September Solo Show. Domo Baal Gallery, London. UK. September-October.
Turned on. A group show with Michael Craig-Martin, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Dan Flavin, Julian Opie, Paul Schütze and Catherine Yass
Alan Cristea Gallery. London. UK. 14 May – 7 June
Tous nos vœux des bords de Loire.
A large-scale projection work with the residents of ‘Quartiers des bords de la Loire à Nevers’.  Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’art Contemporain. Pougues-les-Eaux. France.
Bothers and Sisters. A large scale light-work installation of children’s drawings for the Festival Arbres et Lumières. Luxembourg. 23 October -30 November.
Aller À Quessant. Cinéma Jean Epstein. Ile d’Ouessant. France.
River a light-work commission for Aybrook Street, London. Working with FutureCity Arts, London.
Animal. Liverpool Biennial. International+ in collaboration with schools and Garston Cultural Village, Metal and Rotunda College. Featured in the Art & Architecture Journal 2nd National Public Art Conference.
TateTube a light-work commission for a bridge in Southwark. Working with the architects, Robert Barnes and Taeko Matsumoto.
13+ Video programme from Domo Baal Gallery showing at Florence Lynch Gallery. New York.
Vidéoism. Ruse. Slovenia. Curated by Charles Jeffrey


Family Garden. La Noche en Blanco. A light performance for 470 people. A series of changing images, based on the theme of Family Garden and drawn by local children. Edificio Espãna. Plas de Espãna in central Madrid. Spain. Fundación Santander, Madrid. Spain.
1000%. La nuit blanche. A multi- screen video projection. A 1000 signatures of people working or visiting the marché d'Aligre see their names slowly scroll and turn through the windows of 100 rue de Charenton in Paris. Working with Yvon Nouzille and Isabel Segovia of John Dory Productions.Mairie de Paris.
Family Idea, A light-work by children from Lastekeskus Tähetorn
Children Center Lighthouse. Tallinn, Estonia.
Vidéoism Lago Film Festival. Lago, Italy, July. Sjoredsfestivalen, Gothemberg, Sweden, August.
Curated by Charles Jeffrey


Animal. Liverpool Biennial. International+ in collaboration with schools and Garston Cultural Village, Metal and Rotunda College. Featured in the Art & Architecture Journal 2nd National Public Art Conference.
Family Idea. Touring to Litchrouten, Lüdenscheid, Germany and GLOW Festival. Eindhoven, Holland.
Brothers and Sisters second showing and development of the light-works of drawings by children from the Isle of Dogs, London. Jubilee Gardens, Canary Wharf Public Arts, London. Installation period November 2006/January 2007.
Tours de Lumiére. Performance collaboration with the residents of three tower blocks in the Quartier des Couronneries, Ville de Poitiers Direction des Affaires  Culturelles et du Tourisme. Poitiers. France.
Travel, group exhibition Clifford Chance building, Canary Wharf, London.
Wish List. Coulby Newham Park Commission. ARTS UK. Newcastle.
Researching - a neon sculpture for New Street Square development, London. Bennets Associates Architects.
Gill Sans. A development of the completed 401 bridge lightwork commission  to bridges 403 and 406. Southwark, London. Working with the architects Robert Barnes and Taeko Matsumoto.
Bee Trilogy and other works. Domo Baal Contemporary Art, Lightworks, drawings and photographic works. London. November  2005/6 Solo Exhibition
Star A new work for a small field, Private Views 2005 Exhibition, Tregaron, Wales.
Bee Trilogy and recent small works and drawings, Ron Haselden and Sharon Kivland. 2 solo exhibitions at the Galerie de l'Ecole des beaux arts. Rennes. France 2005/6
Mains d’oeuvres, St Ouen, France. October
RLBQ Gallery, Marseille, France. November
Galleria 10+36, Medellin, Colombia. November
Curated by Charles Jeffrey


Close up a commission for an interactive lightwork. A peoples archive for the new BBC Broadcasting House, London. Currently installed at Television Centre West London pending relocation to the new building.
Close to You, an ongoing lightwork for the town centre of Gloucester. First installation, Christmas period 2005. Gloucester City Council and South West Arts.
Brothers and Sisters a new lightwork for Jubilee Gardens, Canary Wharf Public Arts, London. Installation period November 2005/January 2006.
Family Idea. Festival arbres & lumières a representation of the work, Family Idea, from Portugal to be installed along the bridge crossing Lake Geneva, Christmas period 2005, Switzerland.
Tightrope Walker a neon lightwork for Battersea Power Station. London 2005
Alight a commissioned period of research for a series of lightworks in the Black Country Region. The Public, Sandwell and Dudley.
Trick of Light. Murmures, biennale d’art contemporain. L’abbaye de Bon-Repos. France. Le Fonds Régional d’Arts Contemporain de Bretagne et l’Office de Développement Culturel des Côtes d’Armor.
Bee Trilogy. A series of small light and sound works. Insolites Mondes d’artistes. L’ODDC.Côtes d’Armor. France and Atelier Marcel Dinahet, Rennes. France


Family Idea. A lightwork for Parco Eduardo VII Bienal Luzboa  2004. Institut Franco-Portugais. Lisbon, Portugal and The British Council.
Voyages  A new ilightwork installation for the opening show of the Salt Gallery, Hayle Cornwall June 2004. Solo show
Whitehouse. A study in light  for an interactive sculpture for the Gary Rowe Dance Company.


Child A small lightwork for the gallery exhibition Independence. Showroom Gallery, London.
Gill Sans. Bridge 401, Southwark, London. A light sculpture for individual bridges in Southwark. An initiative from the Local Residents Association and Southwark Borough Council to develop ideas in the area surrounding the Tate Bankside. Working with the architects Robert Barnes and Taeko Matsumoto. Funded by local business schemes and Southwark Borough Council
Elsewhere/Ailleurs . 6 artists, including filmakers and a writer. Museum of Installation. London .


Gaslight Mobile Home Gallery. London 2002. Solo show.
Rose. A permanent large scale neon work for the Centre North East Building, Middlesbrough. Cleveland Arts. November 2002.
White Light. An artwork in neon commissioned by Nexus for Art on Transport, St. Peter’s Metro Station, Sunderland.
Full Circle. An artwork in neon for Nexus House. Newcastle upon Tyne.
The VisitorAn electronic visitors book for the new Millennium City Project, Durham.


Video, film and related works.


Aeroplane. 13+ An exhibition of the moving image. Domo Baal Gallery. London.
Aeroplane and other works., Curated by Tom Dale. My Blood is Electric. An exhibition of video work. The Spitz Gallery. London.
Mille enfants de Lyon. Video for Dazzle and Attract. Spennymoor Projections. Arts UK.
Au chant du coq. A Light Reading event of 1 minute videos and film. Studios, London.


Aeroplane. The Audible Picture Show.  A programme of short soundworks curated by Matt Hulse. Curzon Cinema, Soho, London.
Borderline, Terre ciel. L’église Saint Joseph. Pontivy, France. Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC)


Decent, a six screen video  working with the artist John Berger. Sculpture of the Screen a programme of film curated by Karen Mizra and Brad Butler in Retrospective of Artists Film and Video, Tate Britain, London, July 2003.
Ron Haselden a personal website commissioned by ‘Luxonline’. Introduction by David Lillington. Lux, London. March 2003
Borderline  A video made with invited artist Marcel Dinahet and writer Jean-Marc Huitorel. L’Ancienne Mairie de Plouër-sur-Rance and Galerie du tnb. Rennes.France
Flowers. A short video for arte, Télévision Française.
Mille Enfants de Lyon Invited artist to produce a new work for the Fête des Lumiere, Lyon. 2003


MFV Maureen a 6 screen film projection for Shoot, Shoot, Shoot. First presented in 1975. 291 Gallery. London. December 2002.
Petites Histoires an evening of short videos by Marcel Dinahet and Ron Haselden. Atelier 21. Rue Alphonse Guerin, Rennes, France. December 2002


Selection of works prior to 2002.

Echelle at Canterbury. Neon sculpture originally commissioned for the Salisbury Festival and now touring. St. Peters Church. Canterbury.  Working with Sandra Drew of Corridor Arts and Jill Robin of the Marlow Theatre Canterbury. Funded by Canterbury City Council, South East Arts and the Marlow Theatre. An image of the work has been included in the Trusts time capsule buried adjacent to the City Wall.
Echelle The church of St.Mary the Virgin, Rotherhithe, London. Cafe Gallery Projects.
The Tower a work for the Gala dinner. Tate Britain Gallery, London.
No GoTadu Contemporary Art. Bangkok, Thailand. Invited by Alliance Française to make a new work for the gallery. Funded by Alliance Française, Tadu Contemporary Arts and The British Council.
Blue Passage A work for 8000 blue Led’s. Commissioned by the BFI for the new IMAX cinema, Waterloo, London.
Frère Jacques et autre pièces Centre d’Arts Plastiques, St.Fons, Lyon, France.1999
Breathing In and Breathing Out. A trilogy of lightworks for North Kensington, collaborating with the architect, Robert Barnes and Iain Goodhew from the Department of Cybernetics at The University of Reading with research and grants funded by The London Arts Board and North Kensington Arts. 1998
Beyond Light  Group exhibition at The Tate Gallery Liverpool.1997
Absent Friends a four artist exhibition in the disaffected synagogue, Liben, Prague, Czech Republic.1997
Diver  A Quality of Light exhibition. Tate Gallery, St Ives.
Tap Dancing, a light and sound work for the Czech Republic and Here and No’  Serpentine Gallery, London.1994
Golden Crescent The South London Gallery. London.1994
Entre nuit et jour  a sound and light work collaborating with Peter Cusack touring to venues in Great Britain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic and Argentina.1993
Occhi di Gatto a solar powered lightwork for the exhibition  Accordi di luce Theatro di Marcello, Rome, Italy.
Illuminated Library small light and sound works. Frith Street Gallery, London,1992
Fête a sound and light work commissioned for The Scottish Connection exhibition, Feeringbury Manor, Essex and then touring to the Serpentine Gallery, London, Canary Wharf, London, The Salisbury Festival and Plouër-sur-Rance, France.and Bianal Lusboa, Lisbon Portugal.1990 onwards.

Selected publications and references

Sculpture at Canary Wharf. A decade of exhibitions. Canary Wharf Group PLC. London. 2012
Exhibitionism. Cat. East Wing 9 Exhibition. Courtauld Institute of Art. London 2010-2011
Lumiere Festival Durham. Review. Harry Eyres Financial Times 28 Nov 2009
Festival Arbres et Lumiéres 2006. Curated by Jean-Claude Deschamps. Grand Chelem Management SA. Geneva. Switzerland.
Nocturnes Urbains. Une traversée de la Fête des Lumiéres Lyonnaise 2002/2004. Claire Peillod. ISBN;2-84562-111-6. 2007
Border Horizons. Photographs from Europe. Doris Frohnapfel. Pub. Salon Verlag, Bergen National Academy of the Arts. 2005/6. ISBN 3-89770-241-X
Film Art Phenomena. British Film Institute. Publication 2003. Nicky Hamlyn.
Building the BBC . BBC Publication. June 2003
New Spirit, New Sculpture, New Money, Art in the 1980’s. Critical Texts by Richard Cork. Pub. Faber & Faber
Penser la ville par l’art contemporain sous la direction de Ariella Masboungi. Projet Urban. Editions de la Villete. 2004. ISBN 2-903 539 92-8
bibliomania. Interpretation. 2000/2001. Second volume of bibliomania publishing project by Simon Morris
Installation Art. Curated by Nicky Oxley and Nico d’Oliviera. Thames and Hudson.
Art & Architecture journal of public art. No 53. Louder or Quieter, an article by Hugh Stoddart on Blue Passage, Echelle and other works. 2000
Terence Conran on London Forward by Ken Livingstone. An article on Breathing Out and Breathing In, a performance with tenants at Trellick Tower, London. Published by Conran Octopus Limited. 2000
The Common Ground Book of Orchards Published by Common Ground, London. 2000 ISBN 1-870364-21-X
In the Place Of An Object Journal of The Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. Editors Sharon Kivland and Marc du Ry. Published by The Centre For Freudian Analysis and Research, London. 2000 ISSN 1351-5470
London. A guide to recent architecture. Samantha Hardingham. Published by Ellipsis London Limited. 2000 ISBN 1 899858 92 X
Entre nuit et jour Office Départemental de Développement Culturel de Bretagne, France, 1993
Frère Jaques et autres pièces Centre D’Arts Plastiques. St Fons. France 1997
Fête Serpentine Gallery, London, 1992
Thames Project De Appel Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1985