Selected Solo Shows: 

From Darkness, No20 Arts, London

Lush HQ, London
Old Fire Station, Oxford

Stowe, National Trust (Demons Land)
Ashmolean Museum (Demons Land)
Maps (Medicine Unboxed), Cheltenham

Battersea Arts Centre – permanent installation
47/49 Tanner Street – London
RSC (The Other Place): Birmingham University Creative Festival
Bodleian Library: Shakespeare’s Dead

Orpheus and the Minotaur, Bresse Little, London
Frontiers (Medicine Unboxed), Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.

Charnel House, Bresse Little, London
Paintings After Shakespeare, The Globe Theatre, London
Voice (Medicine Unboxed), Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham

Scavengers at Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Tokyo
On Theatre at Breese Little Gallery, London
Shakespeare Paintings at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
The Golem at Centre for Recent Drawing, London

On Falling at Frameless Gallery, London
Scavengers at the British Shakespeare Association Conference, Cambridge
Scavengers at the Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Deposition (permanent installation) at Christ’s College Chapel, Cambridge
The Fall of the Rebel Angels at Michaelhouse Chancel, Cambridge

Exiles: The Brick Lane Gallery, London
Fallen With Him: St. Peters Church, Kettles Yard
Between somewhere and nowhere: Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge

Obsessed by images of humanity on the very edge of disintegration, Tom de Freston is audacious enough to convey our most haunted fears about a world struggling for survival in the twenty-first century.

Richard Cork

Awards / Residencies:

2013 – 2018
Artistic Director, Medicine Unboxed

2016 – 2022
AHRC/TORCH funding for Demons Land

Birmingham University Creative Fellow
Saboteur Award winner for ‘A Fool’s Worlds’
Arts Council GFA for OE exhibition and performances
Battersea Arts Centre and Guardian Artists Bedrooms commission
Arts Council GFA for OE film

Saboteur Award winner for The Charnel House.

Artist in Residence, The Expansionists- Whitstable
Hatley Artist in Residence, Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD)

2010 – 2011
Leverhulme Artist in Residence, Cambridge University

2009 – 2011
Artist in Residence, The Leys

2008 – 2009
Levy Plumb Visual Arts Residency, Christ’s College

Tom de Freston is an artist based in Oxford with his wife, Kiran Millwood Hargrave. His practice is dedicated to the construction of multimedia worlds, combining paintings, film and performance into immersive visceral narratives.

Portrait by Peter Mallet