9 September 2022: Drift, Society of Scottish Artists, Summerhall, Edinburgh (Ballygunge Phari). Curated by Su Grierson & Lindsay Perth.


17 June – 24 July 2022: Unmute, Society of Scottish Artists, Dunoon Burgh Hall (Breath’s Imprint). Curated by SSA.


4 – 8 May 2022: Body Works, Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (Solo show: These Measures are for Your Protection, Outside the Box, Time Machine, Breath’s Imprint, Ballygunge Phari).  Curated by Leejin Kim.


9 December 2021 - 15 January 2022: Unboxed, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts (Affliction). Curated by the RGI


7 December 2021 - 28 February 2022: Uig Open, Hulabhaig, Timsgarry, Outer Hebrides (The Persistence of Vision). Curated by Andy Laffan.


6 December 2021 - 6 February 2022: Strand, Ely Contemporary Art, Newhaven CT (Chest Study, Flattened). Curated by Megan Shaughnessy.


26 November 2021 - 11 January 2022: Annual Exhibition, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow (Breath's Imprint). Curated by Six Foot Gallery.


18 November - 2 December 2021: Emerging Scene Art Prize, Gallery van de Goudenberg, Dubai (Breath's Imprint). Curated by Rebia Naim.


16 - 26 September 2021: More Space for the People, Salt Gallery, Glasgow (Affliction). Curated by Saltspace Colllective.


23 - 30 August 2021: Petri Dish Project, Tebbs Contemporary Art, London (Affliction). Curated by Kirstie Tebbs.


4 June - 16 July 2021: Color, 3 Square Art, Fort Collins, Colorado (Breath's Imprint).  Curated by Kumiko McKee.


3-26 June 2021: Neoteric Abstract, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY (Breath's Imprint). Curated by Tim Slowinski.


21 April - 9 May 2021: Light, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Seoul (Ballygunge Phari). Curated by Leejin Kim.


2 April - 30 May 2021: Royal Scottish Academy Annual, Edinburgh (Time Machine and Breath's Imprint). Curated by the RSA.


8-26 March 2021: LightSpace Art Trail, ARC Stockton (Breath's Imprint).  Curated by WildVision Collective.


5 December 2020 - 29 January 2021: Interactions of Colour, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts (Breath's Imprint). Curated by the RGI.


5-14 November 2020: Essential Forms, Salt Gallery, Glasgow (Ballygunge Phari). Curated by Saltspace Colllective.


14-21 March 2020: Studies in [E]motion and Time - selected works by Paul Holmes, Bridge Art Space, Bangkok (Gastric Tones, These Measures are for Your Protection, Outside the Box, Time Machine, Ballygunge Phari).  Curated by Bongkok Earng Chansri.


23 October – 3 November 2019:  Fusion, Songjiang Art Museum, Shanghai (Ballygunge Phari). Curated by Xu Chuanghong.


9-12 September 2018  Creative Legacies: Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage, Saint James Cavalier, Valletta (One and Three Discs (after Kosuth)). Curated by Fondazzjoni Kreattività, Malta.


14-15 June 2018: Simply Beaming,  Maruseppu Art Residency, HOPE, Engaru, Hokkaido (Time Machine) Curated by Ed Compson, Oisín Gallagher.


28 January - 28 February 2018: Response Installations & New Media, CIMA 25 (Gastric Tones, Gem Cinema, Kolkata, showing with the Calcutta Media Collective.  Curated by Manas Acharya.


22 November 2017: Letters to the Future, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore (Gastric Tones). Curated by Ramesh Kalkur.


10 December 2017: Little Cinema International Film Festival, Films by Paul Holmes, Theatre for Experiments in New Technologies, Kolkata (These Measures are for Your Protection, The Persistence of Vision, and Time Machine). Curated by Madhuja Mukherjee.


24 July – 6 August 2017: Storm Piece by Paul Holmes, Galeria Wagner, Ericeira (Storm Piece).  Curated by Laetitia Wagner.


22 – 29 March 2017: Life and Time: The Changing Landscape, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (Storm Piece and Ballygunge Phari). Curated by Probir Gupta.


4 – 12 February 2017: Kolkata Art Festival: Shifting Narratives - A Multidisciplinary Art Project, Gem Cinema, Kolkata (Ballygunge Phari). Curated by Manas Acharya.


7 – 11 December 2016: Azimuth Sound/Image, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (The Persistence of Vision). Curated by Katarzyna Kosmala and Kumiko Kushiyama.


21 - 28 April 2016: Azimuth Sound/Image, IA Gallery, TMU and Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo (Outside the Box). Curated by Katarzyna Kosmala and Kumiko Kushiyama.


27 November 2015 – 14 February 2016: Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh (Outside the Box).  Curated by the RSA.


27 – 29 November 2015: Jazzfest, Dalhousie Institute, Kolkata (Outside the Box). Curated by Varun Desai.


29 June – 3 July 2015: Outside the Box, an exhibition of new video works by Paul Holmes, Studio 21, Kolkata (Solo show: Outside the Box, These Measures are for Your Protection, The Persistence of Vision, and Time Machine). Curated by Manas Acharya.


28 June – 17 August 2014: Digital Play: Wendy McMurdo Collected Works 1995-2012, Street Level Gallery, Glasgow (The Loop). Curated by Malcolm Dickson.


24 – 25 May 2014: Burns Festival, Belleisle Park, Ayr (Memory’s Journey). Curated by Jackie Ross.


26 – 27 April 2014: Ayrshire Open Studios, University of the West of Scotland, Ayr (The Persistence of Vision). Curated by the artist.


6 – 13 December 2013: The Hand That Feeds, One Cube or Two, Glasgow (Time Machine). Curated by Robert Singer.


27 – 29 September 2013: Nightcontact Festival, Gillett Square, London (The Loop). Curated by Anna Stevens, Emily Graham, Tim Bowditch and Ollie Harrop.


8 – 10 May 2013: Sealladh, University of the West of Scotland, Ayr (Memory’s Journey). Curated by Robert Sutter.


4 – 22 March 2013: Wendy McMurdo, Tin Shed, London (The Loop). Curated by Catherine Weir and Jonathan Munro.


5 August – 5 September 2009: ALT-W/Edinburgh Art Festival: Reset/Rewind, Inspace, Edinburgh (The Loop). Curated by Mark Daniels.


17 January – 1 March 2009: Wendy McMurdo – The Skater, ffotogallery. Cardiff (The Loop). Curated by Chris Copock.


All are group shows unless otherwise noted.  “The Loop” is a collaboration with Wendy McMurdo.





2021: Affliction (HD video, petri dish, 9 v battery, TFT monitor). Duration: 10 minutes 13 seconds.


2020:  Breath's Imprint (HD video). Duration: 2 minutes.


2020:  Figure Study in Light (LED tubes, acrylic armature).


2018:  One and Three Discs (after Kosuth) (DVD and player, super8 film, speaker).  Duration: 19 minutes.


2017:  Gastric Tones (Audio recording, acrylic speakers). Duration: 21 minutes.


2017:  Storm Piece (Twenty channel audio voice recording, playback equipment, speakers). Duration: 25 minutes.


2017:  Ballygunge Phari (4:3 video, monochrome, silent). Duration: 5 minutes.


2015:  Outside the Box (4:3 HD video, monochrome, silent). Duration: 23 minutes.


2015:  These Measures are for Your Protection (HD video projection, colour, stereo). Duration: 7 minutes.


2014:  Memory's Journey: (Audio voice recording, outdoor speakers, wind-up stands). Duration: 19 minutes.


2014:  The Persistence of Vision: (HD video projection, colour, stereo). Duration: 21 minutes.


2013:  Time Machine: (16:9 HD video projection, monochrome, silent). Duration: 7 minutes.


2009:  The Loop, in collaboration with Wendy McMurdo: (2 channel HD video projection, colour, silent). Duration: 5 minutes.







2015:  "Outside the Box" (ed.), featuring writings from Louise Milne, Paul Holmes, Rory Maclean, Haftor Medboe.  Published by Mutus Liber.




"Video Art as a Tool of Aesthetic Investigation” Keynote speech at the International Forum for Cross Media Art and Design, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, 21 October 2019.


“Figure Study in Light – a work in progress” at the Storytelling and the Body conference, Verona, 15-16th July 2019.


“Storm Piece - a sound work by Paul Holmes” In Media Res Sound edition, 8th February 2019.


"Video Art as a Sculptural Form: An aesthetic investigation through practice" at FICUNAM Film Festival, Mexico City, 2 March 2018.


"Gastric Tones: A Study in Sound" at "Letters to the Future" Cumulus conference, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, 22 November 2017.


“Temporal Sculptures: Beyond Narrative in the Moving Image” at "Troubling Time: An Exploration of Temporality in the Arts", University of Manchester, 1-2 June 2017.


“Outside the Box.” at "Azimuth Sound/Image symposium", Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 7 December 2016.


"An interactive discussion with the artist", Studio 21, Kolkata, 4 July 2015.


“Video Art and Performance” at the British Council's GREAT Scotland India events: Mumbai, 25 November 2015, Bengaluru, 27 November 2015, Delhi, 30 November




Paul currently teaches at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University and has given workshops in Dublin, Vilnius, Tallinn, Helsinki, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Shanghai.  He has served on the following juries:  2015 ECAL Diploma Jury, 2008 and 2012 Croatian One Minute Film Festival -  Jury President, 2003 RTS North East Awards Jury, 1994 BAFTA Scotland TV Entertainment Jury.


From 1990-2011: Directed dozens of hours of television for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, 5, and numerous satellite channels.



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