Daniel Staincliffe is a British artist whose work harnesses chance as a creative force in order to explore our everyday interaction with aspects of the natural world.

He works across disciplines, using live animals, language and installation to create artwork that encourages the audience to recognise the beauty in the world around them.

Having been based in mainland China since 2011, Daniel’s work is increasingly influenced by a Chinese aesthetic, as well as an interest in eastern philosophies.


Daniel Staincliffe
B. Manchester, UK, 1986
Currently based in Xiamen, China
Daniel is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and achieved a Level 6 HSK Chinese proficiency certificate in 2014

2011 - 2013: Sichuan Normal University, Masters in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL), Chengdu, China

2005 - 2008: Manchester School of Art, Interactive Arts BA - First Class (Hons), Manchester, UK


Aug 19 - present - English Teacher, Chengyi University College, Jimei Universtiy, Xiamen, China

Jan 19 - June 19 - Deputy Director of International Projects & Curator, Jurong Art Island, Xiamen, China

Co-founder, Bestroke www.bestrokecalligraphy.com

Jul 10 - April 11 - Arts & Heritage Technician, Touchstones Museum, Rochdale, UK

Sep 09 - April 10 - Creative Programmes Installation Coordinator, Urbis, Manchester, UK

Aug 08 – Jan 09 - Gallery Technician (intern), CUBE Gallery, Manchester UK

Solo Exhibitions

Release, Xiangyunji Vegetarian Restaurant, Xiamen - June 2017

Fauna Automata: British Wild Boar, The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, August 2011 - August 2012

Blind Men Feel Elephants: works in video on the natural world, Prussian Projekte, Nottingham, 15 - 30 May

An urban ecology of chance, easaHQ, Manchester, 17 - 23 October

PAL Functions, The VAULT Gallery, Lancaster, October

Selected Group/Collaborative Exhibitions
Unknown Monsters, CFCCA, Manchester, February 20 - March 29

Unknown Monsters, Blue Roof Art District, Chengdu, China, September 28 - October 13

Ways of Looking, National Media Museum, September 30 - October 30
Re-Covering, Untitled Gallery, Manchester, June 17 - July 31

People’s Art 2010, Touchstones Rochdale, October 23 - December 5
Mirabel Open Studios, Manchester, October 9 - 10
Lines of Desire, Oriel Davies Gallery, August 28 - November 3
Purveyors, Rogue Project Space, August 20 - 28
Northern Futures, the Civic, Barnsley, July 28 - September 10
A Horse walks into a Bar, Castlefield Gallery, June 18 - August 8
Save Us, Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, June 18 - July 4
Mill24, Islington Mill, Salford, April 24

Mirabel Open Studios, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, December
This & That, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, September
Expo Leeds, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, 26-27 September
Didsbury Arts Festival 2009, Sous Chef, Manchester, 26 September - 3 October
Trade City, CHIPS Building, Manchester, July

Startrunning D, Sandbar, Manchester, November
Interactive Arts Degree Show, Holden Gallery, Manchester, June
Cascade, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, February

18 Modern Originals, CUBE, Manchester, June

Fauna Automata: British Wild Boar, residency project in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, July 2011.

Whisper Residency with Sarah Sanders, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, December 2009

An urban ecology of chance, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, April 2009

Northern Futures Awards 2010 - runner up in the Fine Art category.