Michael Forbes lives and works in Nottingham and London. Forbes practice explores contemporary racial politics, migration, blackness and whiteness in relation to universal debates on history and religion. He works with sculpture, installations, photography and digital media. The above areas of interests are incorporated in all his work, but with different levels of focus for each body of work.
Michael Forbes, Untitled (2018), installation view Diaspora Pavilion: Venice to Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2018)
Forbes has exhibited nationally and internationally with exhibitions including; 2021 Space lapse, Royal Sculpture Society, 2021 The World as a Work in Progress Attenborough Arts Society, 2020 London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2020 Tomorrow: London, White Cube Gallery, London, Reformation at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, the Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and CPT: Time, History and Memory, Gallatin Galleries, New York. Alongside his artistic practice, Forbes has curated many exhibitions and supports artists’ professional development.
Forbes future exhibition programme includes: 2021 The World as a Work in Progress, Attenborough Art Centre, University of Leicester
2022 Blk This & Blk That… a state of urgency (solo exhibition), Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham
2021 Untitled – Residency and Exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2021 Cut & Mix: Visual Representations of Black British Masculine Identities, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
He is undertaking a residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and he was awarded an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, having graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA (Hons) in Photography.
Forbes is a co-founder of Primary and Chair of the board of trustees / directors, which is an artist studio complex in Nottingham, where he holds a studio.