What is a Michael Borkowsky?
Well, he looks like this. Sometimes his hair is more angular, sometimes he is donning spectacles in a vain attempt to look vaguely intellectual, and sometimes he is sporting an entirely accidental beard.
So, what does he do?
He likes to consider himself a contemporary artist and can often be spotted messing about in his studio space. Having graduated with an M.A in Fine Art from Glyndwr University and relocated to Sheffield, Michael is now and forever on the lookout for opportunities and collaborations.
Mostly, he speculates upon a world where scent is our primary means of communication. In what capacity would art, and artists, exist, if that were the case? And how does such an investigation inform our own reality? He also plays with the notion of the ‘studio space’, investigating it’s place within an artists’ creative process and how the sense of ownership and identity contained within such a personal space is altered when placed within a public realm.
He cites using creative action to provide alternatives to preconceptions is a powerful tool that can instigate change; contribute to knowledge and understanding; and provide new avenues for thinking which can bring people together. Well, that’s what he thinks anyway.
Michael is also founder and manager of Sheffield-based arts initiative Fronteer, which provides exhibition and open call opportunities for all.
And what has he been up to?
Well, just for you, here’s a list of Michael’s exhibitions and events. Click or tap here for details of his Perfume Making Workshops.
2019 – Present: Fragrances of the Future
2017 – Present: Scents of our Time
2015 – Present: Perfume as Practice
May 2020: Pre-Raphaelites: A Dream of the Past – Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
tbc 2020: Fragrances of the Future – Leeds International Festival
March 2021: Scented Souvenirs – Artwaves Festival, Bridlington
June 2019: Perfumer of the People! – Asylum Gallery, Wolverhampton
April 2019: Perfume as Practice SS19 – Lumen Crypt Gallery, London
April 2018: Perfume as Practice SS18 – Bureau, Blackburn
November 2017: Perfume as Practice AW17 – Surface Gallery, Nottingham
November 2016: Perfume as Practice AW16 – Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
June 2016: Speculative Studios – BasementArtsProject, Leeds
May 2016: Bone Cancer Perfume Portraits – The Tetley, Leeds
March 2016: Perfume as Practice – Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
October 2015: Speculative Studio Spaces – Access Space, Sheffield
November 2014: Choosing Choices – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
March 2014: Shelf Life – Exploring Food In Art – KIAC, Sheffield
August 2013: Material as Practice – Forum Cafe, Sheffield
July 2018: Scents of our Time – Access Space, Sheffield
September – October 2017: Perfume as Practice SS17 – Orchard Square, Sheffield
January – December 2016: Perfume as Practice – Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
Self-Devised Group Exhibitions
December 2019: The Fronteer Open 2019 – 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield
October 2019: Perfume as Practice AW19 – Centrespace, Bristol
August 2019: Green City – Kommune, Sheffield
July 2019: Botanicals – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
November 2018: The Fronteer Open 2018 – 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield
October 2018: Desire and Alchemy – BasementArtsProject, Leeds
May 2018: Wonderer – Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece
September 2017: Alternative Portraits – Access Space, Sheffield
May 2017: Coded – Platforms Project, Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
March 2017: FUSE #3 – Access Space, Sheffield
February 2017: The Court of Love – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
December 2016: Sun and Moon – Mugen Tea House, Sheffield
October 2016: FUSE #2 – The Holt, Sheffield
August 2016: Unity – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
July 2015: Flux – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
October 2014: PLAY! – Access Space, Sheffield
September 2014: Sweet Tooth – Funky Aardvark, Chester
June 2014: Far Lands – Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
Selected Other Group Exhibitions
January 2020 – Nice to See You to See You Nice – CASC, Chester
May 2019: House – Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece
May 2019: And Forgive Us Our Trespasses – Halifax Minster
August 2018: Cabinet of Curiosity – Enköping, Sweden
August 2018: They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea – St Johns Unit, Liverpool
June 2018: Measure – Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth
November 2017: Measure – Sheffield Cathedral
October 2016: Curious Cabinets – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
September 2016: RELICS – Tate Liverpool
May 2016: FUSE – Art Athina, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece
May – September 2016: Comprised Collaborations – Media Centre, Huddersfield
January – February 2016: Patterns & Poetry – Unity Theatre, Liverpool
July 2015: Tate Summer Show – The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, London
April 2015: Travel Perfume – ArtMobile, Västerås, Sweden
July 2014: ‘COLONIZE Revisited’ – Arena Gallery – Liverpool
April 2014: Colonize – 3rd on 3rd Gallery, Jamestown, New York
November 2012: Cyfuno – A Sense Of Place, Wrexham
2008 – 2012: MA Fine Art – Glyndwr University, Wrexham
2004 – 2007: BA Fine Art – Chester University