Born Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Lives and works in Cambridge, UK

Instagram @roelof_bakker

2019 MA Fine Art, Cambridge School of Art

Roelof Bakker is a Cambridge-based artist and the publisher of Negative Press London

Graduating in 2019 with an MA (Distinction) in Fine Art from Cambridge School of Art, his MA Show was awarded the 2019 Cambridge Artspace Residency.

Selected activity
2021 The Other Side of the Hedge (video film) and Unprocessed (artist’s book) in Bristol Artists Book Event, BABE2021 – The Lost Weekend, 17-18 April 2021
2021 What Colour My Lungs? in Surveillance, Sedition and Shelley, Bookmarks/Riversmeet Press, 27 February,
2020 Unprocessed in Why Publish? at Bower Ashton Library, UWE, Bristol, 1 September to 31 October 2020
2020 These Pleasures a Wayward Distraction in ‘Reality and its Disorders’, Degrees of Freedom, Espacio Gallery, London, 9-19 September 2020
2020 Fragile in ‘Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?’ World Book Night 2020, United Artists, Virtual exhibition
2020 The Spots That Never Went, Cambridge Artspace, Cambridge
2019/2020 Two Hands in ‘Winter Showreel’, The Window Project, Art Language Location/Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge
2019/2020 Not Knowing You, Not Knowing Me, ‘Salon 19’, Photofusion, London
2019 Cambridge Artworks Residency, Cambridge
2019 After the Fall, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
2019 The Spots That Never Went, ‘Print: A Catalyst for Social Change’, Bury Art Museum, Bury
2019 Night Walks, London Independent Photography, analogue slideshow and talk, London
2019 The Spots That Never Went, artist’s talk, Photofusion, London
2018 How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother, talk at ‘Dialogues of the Dead’, King’s College, London
2017 Projected Lies, ‘The Republic of Brexitopia’, Espacio Gallery, London
2017 ‘Yellow’, reading at Polari Literary Salon, Southbank Centre, London
2016 How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother, exhibition and talk at Dutch Centre, London
2014 Strong Room, ‘F Book Show’, 72 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Leap, ‘Oooooh Art’, Bruce Castle Museum, London
2012 Still, exhibition and author event, Foyles, London
2012 Wanderlust, Marginal Arts Festival, Roanoke, Virginia, US
2011 Wanderlust, The Meantime Multiplex 2011, Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham Spa
2010 Still, exhibition, Hornsey Town Hall, London

2020-2021 The Queer Hut, Cambridgeshire
2019 Cambridge Artworks, Cambridge
2015 De Grote Enk, Arnhem, Netherlands
2010 Hornsey Town Hall, London

2021 LGBTQ+ Encompass Network, Cambridge, Open Short Stories, First Prize for Sepia
2019 After the Fall, Winner Cambridge Artworks Residency, Cambridge
2019 The Spots That Never Went, Highly Commended Finalist for the Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, presented by the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
2013 Still, Runner-up Best Mixed Anthology, Saboteur Awards
2011The Strong Room (Archive), First Prize, London Photographic Association Still Life 5 (series)

2020 ‘A Boy’s Own Trauma: Revisiting a Photograph Recorded in a Nazi Concentration Camp First Encountered as a Child’, European Journal of Life Writing, Vol 9, July 2020,
2020 ‘The Spots That Never Went, the Creative Processes and Thinking Behind the Making of an Artist’s Book’, The Blue Notebook, journal for artists’ books, Vol 14, No 2, spring/summer 2020 (Impact Press at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol) Link
2018 ‘Strong Room: Material Memories and the Digital Record’, Jane Wildgoose and Roelof Bakker, European Journal of Life Writing, Vol 7 (2018)

Selected publications
2020 Unprocessed (Negative Press London, 2020)
2019 The Book Arts Newsletter, No 129, December 2019-January 2020, cover artist (Impact Press at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol)
2020 The Spots That Never Went (Negative Press London), 2020 edition
2018 ‘Curtains and Windows’, David Rose and Roelof Bakker, Confingo, issue 10 (Confingo Publishing)
2017 Printed Lies (Negative Press London)
2017 ‘Yellow’ (story), Unthology 9 (Unthank Books)
2016 How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother (Negative Press London)
2015 ‘Green’ (story), Unthology 7 (Unthank Books)
2015 ‘Blue’ (story), Unthology 6 (Unthank Books)

2014 ’Red’ (story), Unthology 5 (Unthank Books)
2014 Strong Room (Negative Press London), Roelof Bakker and Jane Wildgoose
2012 Still (Negative Press London)
2011 ‘Books’, Rethink: Idea, Output, Exchange, Issue 1 (Portland Green)