Display Book Shelf MDF shelf, 6 feet long, 1 foot wide, 3/4 inch thick, resting on two metal brackets displaying books borrowed from Belk Library. The shelf sags under the weight of its contents in a graceful arc, the top edges of all the books are perfectly flush as a result of a conscious selection of volumes chosen to accommodate (or compensate for) the arc of the sagging shelf.

Daniel Eatock Display Book Shelf (2009). Courtesy the Artist

Daniel Eatock

Stanley Picker Fellow Design


Daniel Eatock’s career has been defined by a series of high-profile commercial design jobs, together with a vast body of ‘self-instigated’ work, that manifest themselves on multiple, often participatory, platforms including his own website as well as  print, exhibitions and performative activity as part of his day-to-day existence.

Eatock has been preparing an exhibition of new material produced during the period of his Stanley Picker Fellowship. The dates, availability of the space and a preliminary budget for the show were all factors agreed in principle with the Gallery, but the remaining decisions – the curatorial premise, potential themes and title, the works to be selected, how and who will be involved in staging the exhibition, and the ways in which the show will reach potential audiences – were all to be made at the time of writing the text for this page.

Starting October 2011, fortnightly meetings between Daniel and Gallery Director David Falkner have taken place to decide upon these and other matters relating to the exhibition development and delivery.  Students and other individuals have been invited to participate in these meetings and others to observe the evolution of the show; making the decision-making process itself the subject of a programme of semi-public events leading up to the final exhibition.