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Megan Calver investigates sites and situations in a spirit of imaginative discovery. A recurrent theme is her speculative relation to the other-than-human lives with which she co-exists. She makes and uses objects, sculptural interventions and live actions in a process of teamwork with people, places and things.

Since 2016 she has worked extensively with Gabrielle Hoad. Joint projects include: Platform Residency, Exeter Phoenix (2021); Salt-cat (keeps them at home) (2020), a site-based installation for Open-Up, Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset; pigeon steps (2019), a participatory provocation and publication for Walking's New Movements, University of Plymouth; Turn (the) leaves (2018), a public participatory event and 8-channel sound installation for East Devon AONB and Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton; LEAN (2018) commissioned for the Od Arts Festival Somerset; and The Buffer Zone (2016), a shared inquiry with Susie David at Dawlish Warren into human/nonhuman dialogue, supported by a bursary from a-n The Artist Information Company.

Calver is a member of Preston Street Union, an Exeter-based affiliation of artists who initiate new work and learning through social and collaborative processes. Throughout 2019, Preston Street Union are working on two commissions for Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum, funded by Arts Council England.

Exhibitions Events
2022Clouded Border, work in progress with Gabrielle Hoad for Durlston Country Park & National Nature Reserve, Dorset.
2021Platform Residency, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
 Salt-cat (keeps them at home), screen print edition
 Stay-at-home Residency, an artist-led collaboration with Gabrielle Hoad conducted in respective homes
2020(be)wilder, participatory event, Thelma Hubert Gallery, Honiton
 Salt-cat (keeps them at home), 'Open-Up', Hestercombe House, Taunton
 Visit the show of a rival, 12-page artists' publication
2019pigeon steps, enacted at Walking's New Movements, University of Plymouth
2018Materiality: Provisional States, Hestercombe House, Taunton
 Experiencing The Landscape: Art on the East Devon Way, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
 The Art of Rivalry, Od Arts Festival, OSR Projects, East and West Coker
2017Disclosures and Dialogues, a series of seminars with Sarah Bennett and Philippa Lawrence, Hestercombe House, Taunton
 Prospect, Cotley Estate, Somerset
 Street Rockery, part of 'Makers of the Multiverse', Juneau Projects with Spacex, Piazza Terracina Exeter
2016Throw only to an alert catcher, Dawlish Warren beach huts and Exeter Phoenix Gallery 333
 Hanging Instructions, Fringe Arts Bath
2015Past present future, Somerset Art Works, 44AD artspace, Bath
 Second Site, Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton
2014LOVE RULES OK, ArtSpace 101, Plymouth University
 Palaces & Cabins, OSR Projects with Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury Art Centre
 Loiter like a leaf, Knightshayes National Trust, Devon. First commissioned by Somerset Art Works
2013Loiter like a leaf, 'Abundance', Somerset Art Works with National Garden Scheme, Wells
 Oasis-in-a bucket, 'TIVVYfest on Tap', streets of Tiverton
 Palladium Painting Show, Bucca Gallery, Newlyn
2012Open drawing show, Bucca Gallery, Newlyn
 Everything & More, OSR Projects, West Coker
 Interruption, 'TIVVYfest on Tap', streets of Tiverton
 Cultivate 2: A Gift for Somerset, Reveal Somerset with OSR Projects, The Brewhouse Taunton and Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
2011Inter-, with Bournemouth University School of Health and Social Care, Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth
 A Night of Light, Reveal Somerset, Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton
 Under a New Sun, OSR Projects, West Coker
 The Reading Room, with Michael, Julia and Harriet Calver, Wrington Reading Room
 England, My England, Micro-Festival, The Brewhouse, Taunton
2010Jelly and Tea (Be coloured by the landscape), Somerset Art Works with Neroche Scheme, Clayhidon Village Hall and Musgrove Hospital Taunton
 Stowage, a Found Space project, shops in Exeter and Macclesfield
2008Slippage, MA show, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth
2005Cut into Shape, Brewhouse Art and Education, The Brewhouse, Taunton
2004STart04, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Reviews Writings
2017after alert catchers: a response to a collaborative project, Mark Leahy
Megan Calver, Susie David and Gabrielle Hoad - Throw Only To An Alert Catcher, Alistair Fitchett
2014Megan Calver: LOVE RULES OK, Susie David
2013mode, loiter, Sue Palmer