Study for Tallyman, 2018 Acrylic and collage on paper

Study for Tallyman, 2018
Acrylic and collage on paper


Newcastle born, and Royal College of Art graduate, Keith Roberts developed a recognisable and unique style from a very young age. After a residency at the Delfina Foundation, he had the chance to study at the British School at Rome following the award of the Abbey Fellowship. A deeply rewarding experience that still influences his work.

In the early 2000’s, the artist started experimenting with different ways of making following a stone carving masterclass held at the Portland Stone and Quarry Trust. Following a public commission by Oriel Wrecsam in 2015, Keith developed the use of bells as a compelling image of silence and destruction. His series, each very different and unique, are made of plaster and painted to resemble lead, then laid upon their sides along the length of a low wooden platform. The bells represent the voices of those killed in conflict, voices that once rang out but are now stilled, and have fallen silent. Only two years later, The Estorick Collection commissioned three new ambitious works featured in ‘War in the Sunshine, The British in Italy 1917-1918’. 

Keith Roberts’ pieces encourage a contemplation of silenced voices and mute witness. Many of the works in the exhibition are informed by the geography, both political and physical, of the Middle East often described as The Crucible of History. A crucible millennia old that continues to boil and spit. As fearful populations seeking any kind of safety are pushed from one horizon to another this exhibition reflects on the upheaval and chaos that is caused and to tally the absences and silence that ensues.




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TALLYMAN - Keith Roberts
28 February - 08 April


Exhibition History

2018 - TALLYMAN, No 20, London

2017 - War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection, London

          - Calmington Road Memorial, Burgess Park, London

 - Zeppelin Festival, Passmore Edwards Library, London

2016 -  Write Now! Imagine Festival, Sutton Civic Centre, London

           - Distant Voices, Sir Hillier Gardens, Hampshire, until October

           - Distant Voices II, Braziers Park House, Oxfordshire

2015 - Deptford X Festival, Still Lives, St.Nicholas’s Church, London

          - Oriel Wrecsam Art Vend, off site project, Wrexham, Denbighshire

2014 - Threadneedle Prize: mall gallery, London

          - Oriel Wrecsam Open 2014, Wrexham, Denbighshire

          - Full Circle: Drawing Room/UBM, Ludgate House, London

- On Cloud Nine: Opera by Childe Roland, Plas Newydd, Denbighshire

2013 - Duchamp’s Window: Duchamp  Centenary  Festival, Kent 

          - Combinados: Delfina, Bermondsey, London

2012 - Material Matters, Drawing Room/ UBM, Ludgate House, London

- Regeneration Bell and Kindred Works, Art@42 Gallery, London

          - The Perfect Nude, Wimbledon College of Art       

2011 - The London Group Open Exhibition 2011

          - Creekside Open: APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2010 - Strange Kind of Feeling: Folie a Deux,Utrophia, Deptford, London

          - Ludlow Summer Exhibition: Ludlow, Shropshire

          - Dorset Arts Week: Portland Stone and Quarry Trust,Portland   

2008 - Ex Roma ii, APT Gallery, London

          - Art Futures, CAS, Bloomberg Space, London

          - Solo exhibition at Landscape of Pii: Gallery42, London

          - The Crown Estates, Curwen and New Academy Gallery, London  

          - Solo exhibition at Work, Boycott Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

- Cheltenham and Gloucester Drawing Open, Jerwood Space



TALLYMAN - Keith Roberts

Exhibition catalogue
17 pages; fully illustrated in colour
5.8 x 8.3 inches (14.8 x 21 cm);

Click here to download a pdf version of the catalogue, or please contact the gallery at to request a complimentary paper copy.

...What are your plans for the future of the planet my Lord Hamlet,
what are your plans?
...Ham and Jam
...What are your plans for the future of the planet my Lord Hamlet,
what are your plans?
— Childe Roland, One-act-verse play HAM AND JAM
 Event Horizon I, 2018 Acrylic on canvas

Event Horizon I, 2018
Acrylic on canvas