Born in Burnley. Works in Manchester, UK.

Co-founder of Nightshift International. Vimeo / Insta


Social and cultural debates are at the forefront of Elliott Flanagan’s studio practice. The domestic and themes of class and identity reoccur throughout with focus often on the representation of the working classes in the North of England. His motifs are realised via a range of media including installation, illustration, print, photography, text, sound and video.

Flanagan’s most recent work reflects on contemporary masculinity and extols self-expression as a response to the ideas entrenched in the male gender stereotype. Flanagan explores a tension in men’s experience between one’s own consciousness and social expectation, where men mask their identity to conform to society’s model appointed to them. He searches for glimpses of honesty in the chaos of fractured masculinity and marks the value of camaraderie and the communal experience therein.

Nightshift International is a contemporary collaborative, founded by Flanagan & Sarah Boulter. Working with performance and video installation, the duo explore broken communication, budget decadence and modern living by way of late 20th century iconography, creating the polished and poignantly familiar surface of a made for TV world.

Nightshift International pursue the reassuringly mundane and recreate seemingly banal interactions via unresolvable, off kilter on-screen relationships. They study public space, intimacy, expectation, disappointment and loss glossed with a light entertainment sheen.


Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours, Visual Arts, University of Salford 2014-17

Selected Exhibitions

Proforma Pavilion, Corte Supernova, Venice Biennale 2019

Manchester Contemporary, Nightshift International x Proforma, Manchester Central 2018

Island Life, Paradise Works, Manchester 2018

Proforma Contemporary Art Festival, The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester 2018

Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester 2018

LEGROOM presents FÉMININFÉMININ, Sounds From The Other City, Salford 2018

Nightshift International: Love is a 3 Way Game, Co-Curated, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Great Northern Tower, Manchester 2018

Sense of Place, Clifford Whitworth Library, Salford 2017

Politics of Paradise, Exhibition and Open Studios, Paradise Works, Manchester 2017

Create Salford, Degree Show, University of Salford 2017

Nightshift International: KNOW YOUR PLACE, Co-Curated, Pop-up Exhibition, Manchester 2017

20:20, National Touring Exhibition, Neo:Gallery, Bolton 2017

Matters of Order and Chaos, Curated by Lindsay Taylor, The Old Fire Station, Salford 2016

A Strategy for Homesickness, Curated by David Hancock, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester 2016

This Is Not A Polling Station, Islington Mill, Salford 2015

Hidden Salford, Curated by Lindsay Taylor, The Old Fire Station, Salford 2015

Selected Articles and Press

LEGROOM presents FÉMININFÉMININ, Sounds From The Other City 2018

University of Salford, Library art project prepared student for professional career 2017

The Double Negative, "Artists should be in cities and cities need artists..." Introducing: Paradise Works, Salford 2017

The Skinny, University of Salford Degree Show 2017

University of Salford, Welcome to Create Salford 2017

The Double Negative, "Filth..." Playlist: Nightshift International 2017

Residencies, Artist Talks and Awards

Proforma Pavilion, Residency & Artist Talk Series, Corte Supernova, Venice Biennale 2019

Proforma Fellowship Scheme Award 2018/19

Graduate Scholarship Scheme Award, Artist Talk, University of Salford 2018

Nightshift International: Love is a 3 Way Game, Artist Talk, University of Salford 2018

Sense of Place, Artist Talk, Clifford Whitworth Library, University of Salford 2017

Graduate Scholarship Scheme Award, 12-Month Professional Development Program, University of Salford 2017/18

A Critical Examination of Film and Psychogeography, Artist Talk, University of Salford 2017

A Strategy for Homesickness, Artist Talk, University of Salford 2016

Littoral Arts Trust, Group Residency at Kurt Schwitters' Merz Bahn, Elterwater 2016

Other Projects

Proforma, Commission, Showreel Editor 2019

The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair, PAPER Gallery, Exhibiting Artist 2018

FUSE Studios, Commission, Clifford Whitworth Library, Public Artwork 2017

Nightshift International: KNOW YOUR PLACE, Zine, Writer and Contributor 2017

Nightshift International, Co-Founder of Artist-Led Contemporary Arts Events Collaborative 2016

Still, Contribution to Artists' Book, University of Salford 2015

Vimeo: Elliott Flanagan

Insta: @elliottflanaganstudio