artist | playing with perfume | speculating on studio spaces | commenting with candles


11129689_907254322649595_3038753254322336992_nWhat 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.

Current Projects

2019 – Present: Fragrances of the Future

2017 – Present: Scents of our Time

2015 – Present: Perfume as Practice


Forthcoming Exhibitions 

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 


Solo Exhibitions

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