Neringa Dastoor’s preparation and process are both time-consuming yet both key materials used deliberately have no long-lasting characteristics. The selected textiles are mostly collected remnants and the oak-gall ink, which artist makes herself, is self-destructive as it contains natural iron acid. Since the artwork is not concerned with its long-term preservation the artist is left questioning whether the drive to make art comes from a desire to satisfy her continuous daily need which, in the context of our consumer society, is: to be constantly producing artworks. Her clearly self-centred art avoids any particular theme but through a subtle freehand tease of materials it offers an entertaining platform to broadly explore fundamental values, class and political systems and their effect on individuals and their mental health throughout time.
Born in 1978 in Kursenai, Lithuania, Dastoor completed Applied Design studies at Stepo Zuko Art College in Kaunas and left the country in 1999. She travelled and studied Art Direction in South Africa’s AAA School of Advertising in 2004 and was granted BA 1st in Graphic Arts at Liverpool John Moores University in 2011. Since her MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art in 2013 she has been based in London.
Dastoor’s past cross-disciplinary work has been selected and shown at TATE Modern, part of the Queen Elizabeth Engineering Price Awards Ceremony, BBC Worldwide London HQ and her first solo exhibition of the Drawings on Fabric took place at the Horse Hospital in 2015.
Currently showing: Jun 1 – 15 Jul, Blue Mind, group show, 3rd on 3rd Gallery, Jamestown, NY, USA
Currently showing: May 29 – 15 Jul, The Approaches, Group Show, D Contemporary, Mayfair, London, PV June 11th
May 2019 Cluster, Contemporary Craft Fair, London
Jan 2019 STRUCTURES FORM A FIELD ONCE A SINGLE LINE IS DRAWN EXPOSING FRAGMENTS, a group exhibition & performance as an indirect response to the artist David Raymon Conroy's residency, Seventeen gallery, London. Other artists: Richard McVetis, Archana Pathak and YiMiao Shih.
2017 Drawing Poetry, Artist Residency / Show, Centre for Recent Drawing in partnership with Poetry School, London
2017 Letters & Markers, part of the London Architecture Festival, 5 day pop up installation, 4 visiting cross-disciplinary artists’ talks, with public participation
2016 Artists Open Studios, Kingsgate Workshops, London
2015 Drawings on Fabric, The Horse Hospital, London (solo show)
2015 Metaqua, short film screening, BBC Worldwide London HQ, Winner Creative Challenge, London
2013 Letters From Dew: Please Stay in Touch, an interactive installation with a voice over kindly recorded by artist Lawrence Weiner, poetry in collaboration with writer& film director Anastasia Kirillova, Sustain RCA, London
2013 Metaqua, Interactive installation, in collaboration with Jaap de Matt, group exhibition including Heatherwick Studio, as part of the Queen Elizabeth Engineering Award Prize Awards Ceremony, TATE Modern, London
2013 Metaqua, final degree show, Royal College of Art, London
2013 Future of the Poster*, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2013 Unidentify, work-in-progress show, Royal College of Art, London
2012 Interrupted, group show, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art
2011 Emerge, best of graphic design graduates show, London
2011 BA degree show, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool
2010 12.586, artists Katriona Beales & Nina Edge, Bluecoat, Liverpool
2009 That Light, short film screening, selected for Liverpool Film Night, FACT
Talks, Residencies, Events & Articles (2009 – date)
As part of my on-going research I curate events, plan and organise workshops both with public in galleries and students in universities, do residencies, facilitate discussions but also do talks, make video talks and write articles (occasionally share those).
2017, September, (a video) Talk for Instruments and Data The Theatre of Measurement, FACT, Liverpool
2017, August, Drawing Poetry, Artist Residency (1 month), Centre for Recent Drawing in Partnership with Poetry School, London
2017, June, Letters & Markers, London Festival of Architecture. In response to this year's theme memory, organised and ran travelling workshops/pop up exhibition in collaboration with public in 5 days, facilitated talks with 4 guests in 3 locations
2017 An article for UnMakingThings about Letters & Markers, read it here
2016 On Visual Communication, guest talk & workshop with BA communication & photography students. Richmond, The American International Uty, Rome
2014 Type as Image, a talk and a workshop with young teens in response to Artist Shinko Ohtake's work. Parasol Unit Gallery, London
2014 Identity: Objects & Space, a workshop with BA communication design students and facilitated talk with guest Anna Nazo, Richmond, The American International Uty
2014 Experimental Typography: A to Z. Presented research as a talk and ran workshops with BA fashion communication students, Liverpool John Moores University
2013 Metaqua, a curated symposium, Royal College of Art
2011 Type & Object, a talk and a workshop with BA graphic design students, University for Creative Arts, Epsom, London
2010 Screen Print Your Movie Poster, a hands on screen-printing workshop with public all ages, in collaboration with artist Sam Meech
2010 Hand-Stories, a workshop day with local Liverpool communities, in collaboration with artist Neil Winterburn
2009/2010 Narrative in Stop-Motion Animation, a workshop with teenagers making stop-motion animation, Liverpool John Moores University
2009 Collecting Memories with Liverpool local communities, in collaboration with an art organisation ReDock, Liverpool
Fellow of HEA and RCA Alumna since 2013
2013 MA, Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, London
2011 BA (1st Class Hons), Graphic Arts, Liverpool John Moores University
2004 Diploma in Art Direction, AAA School of Advertising, South Africa
1999 Diploma in Applied Design, Kaunas College of Arts, Kaunas, Lithuania
1984–96 Kursenai Secondary School, Lithuania
2017 Letters & Markers event selected to be part of London Festival of Architecture
2015 Metaqua ( video category) Winner of BBC Worldwide Creative Challenge
2013 Letters From Dew, Please Stay in Touch selected to exhibit at Sustain RCA
2013 Metaqua (interactive installation) selected to exhibit at Tate Modern, part of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Award ceremony
2011 Best of Graphic Design Graduates, Emerge, Part of London Design Festival
2004 Finalist, Loerie Art Direction Awards in Advertising, student category
2004 Top Creative Student, AAA School of Advertising, Johannesburg, SA
Part-time Lecturer BA level, 2013 – 2017
Writing the programme term plans, preparing weekly sessions, on-screen lectures, running hands-on or MAC software workshops, tutorials, individual or group feedback, assessment was part of each teaching job, while considering course philosophy individually. Invited as a guest to present talks and deliver workshops at UAL, Stockport College of Art and also The American International University in Rome, Italy.
Sept ‘14 – May ‘17, Richmond, the American International University in London:
Planning and teaching visual communication to BA students in small groups of 17 at levels 4-6 , concept development, image making by hand&digital, typography, identity, signage, layout and interactive publication design. Key aims: constructively run short sessions to support International students from completely different, some non-art related courses, introduce independent thinking by inviting students to formulate their own briefs bringing their own industry or personal interest into play, while considering relevant current global developments and introducing significant historical case studies of visual communication.
Sept ‘13 – Dec ‘14, BA Fashion Communication, Liverpool John Moores University:
Planning and teaching fashion communication to large BA students groups of 50 at level 4-5, mark-making, typography, concept development, use of mixed media, collage, sculpture, alternative marketing, publication layout. Key aims: introduce available school materials and technical resources, to inquire play & experimentation as a flexible framework, investigate individual visual voice and explore its place & meaning within the broader society and culture.