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Born in 1951, David Ward attended Wolverhampton College of Art (1968-69) and Winchester School of Art where he studied painting (1969-73). [His work includes painting, photography, light, sound, dance and performance – REPLACE AND EXPAND THIS SENTENCE].

He has made numerous collaborations with choreographers, composers, architects and other artists, and both permanent and temporary commissions in the public realm.

Ward was Artist-in-Residence at King’s College, Cambridge (1991), Harvard University (1994), Durham Cathedral (1997-98) and was a Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds (1995). He has curated exhibitions, film programmes and events and writes occasionally, including about the work of other artists.

After giving lectures at many art schools in Britain in the late 1970s, Ward taught at a number of institutions, including Goldsmiths’ College, London (1987-95), Glasgow School of Art (1995-97), the Architectural Association, London (1998-2005) and at the Department of Architecture, Westminster University, London (1998-2005). He continues to lecture occasionally and to contribute to educational events.

Recent solo exhibitions include Light on their Feet: Footfalls for Rambert – Rambert Building, West Facade, Upper Ground, London SE1 (for Lumiere London Festival 2018); In the Air – Kilver Court Gardens, Shepton Mallet, Somerset (2017); David Ward: In a Landscape – Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2016), and wavespeech, a joint exhibition by Edmund de Waal and David Ward – Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney (2015).

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David Ward lives and works in Laverstock, near Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Biography

1951
Born in Wolverhampton, England

1968-69
Wolverhampton College of Art: Foundation Course

1969-73
Winchester School of Art: Dip. AD, Fine Art – Painting

1973-2004
Based in London

1978-79
Year spent travelling and working in USA

Since 2004
Lives and works near Salisbury, Wiltshire

 

ARTISTS’ RESIDENCIES

1997-98
Durham Cathedral Artist-in-Residence

1995
Henry Moore Research Fellowship, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

1994
Harvard University Public Arts Residency, Harvard University, USA

1991-92
Artist-in-Residence at King’s College, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Darkroom

1989
Dance Residency with choreographer Sue MacLennan, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

 

TEACHING POSTS

2003-08
External Examiner: Fine Art MA, University of the West of England, Bristol

2000-06
Visiting Tutor: School of Architecture, University of Westminster, London

1999-2005
Visiting Tutor: Architectural Association, London

1996-97
Lecturer: Glasgow School of Art

1995-96
Lecturer and Research Fellow: School of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

1987-95
Tutor: Goldsmiths’ College, BA and MA Fine Art, University of London

1994
Lecturer and Member of Faculty:  Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, USA (Spring Semester)

1991-95
Visiting Tutor: Ruskin School of Painting and Drawing, University of Oxford

1991-93
Visiting Critic: School of Architecture, University of Westminster, London

1990-95
Teaching visits to the Slade School of Art, University of London
Visiting lecturer: M.A. Photographic Studies, University of Derby

 

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS CURATED BY DW

2016
Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle – Turner Contemporary, Margate
Co-curated by David Ward and Jonathan Parsons with Turner Contemporary

2005
Kettle’s Yard Open – Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Co-selector with Jayne Parker

2004
Terpsicore and the Architects – RA Forum, Royal Academy, London

2003
Filming Dancing Building: Film programme – Architecture Department, University of Westminster, London

2001
Rare Screenings: Artists’ Works for Film – Architectural Association, London

1996-97
Artists’ Works for Film – two seasons of film at Tramway, Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art

1990
The British Art Show 1990: A South Bank Centre exhibition MacLellan Galleries, Glasgow; Leeds City Art Gallery and Hayward Gallery, London
Co-selector with Andrew Nairne and Caroline Collier

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Arts Council of England, London
Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Crafts Council, London (with Susanna Heron)
National Portrait Gallery, London
Goethe Institute, London
Tate, London (with Bruce McLean)
King’s College, University of Cambridge
Fogg Art Gallery, Harvard University Art Museums
Leeds Museums and Galleries
The New Art Gallery, Walsall
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Exhibitions Chronology

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

(* indicates publications)

2018
Light on their Feet: Footfalls for Rambert – Rambert Building, West Facade, Upper Ground, London SE1 (for Lumiere London Festival)

2017
In the Air – Kilver Court Gardens, Shepton Mallet, Somerset (Sound installation, commissioned by Somerset Art Works as part of ‘A Landscape of Objects’)

2016
In a Landscape – Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2015
wavespeech, a joint exhibition by Edmund de Waal and David Ward Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney. Curated by Mike Tooby in collaboration with the Pier Arts Centre  *

2011
Making Foster’s Mill Firmament ‘Aid & Abet’ Artists’ Project Space, Cambridge

2009
RINK: a skating drawing floor – Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London

2008-09
Slow Time – John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge  *

2007
Orinoco: Richard Deacon / David Ward – New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire

2004
Weight & Measure – Sir John Soane’s Museum, London  *

2002-03
Night Light BBC Broadcasting House, London  *

2000
Firmament – Art Space, Barbican Centre, London

1999
Chorus Royal Festival Hall, London (Ballroom Commission)
Plumb – Durham Cathedral

1998
Limina Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland  *
Fable: The Crow and the Pitcher – Fine Art Library, University of Newcastle

1997
Well Royal Pump Rooms and Baths, Leamington Spa  *

1994
Keepers of Light Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums  *
Canopy Harvard Yard, Harvard University Art Museums  *

1993
David Ward The Showroom, London

1991
Cast King’s College Chapel, University of Cambridge  *
Pneûma – Museum of Classical Archaeology, University of Cambridge

1990
David Ward – Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge

1989
David Ward – Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield  *

1988
Charm, Beauty and Strangeness – Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London  *

1984-85
Photographs in Neglected Spaces – Arnolfini, Bristol  *

1984
Light Drawings – Riverside Studios, London
Photowerken – Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Photowerken
– Galerie Ton Peek, Utrecht, Netherlands

1983
Photoworks and Portraits – John Hansard Gallery, Southampton  *

1982
Photoworks – Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands  *

1981
Solo – Angela Flowers Gallery, London

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Neo-Geometry: group painting show – New Art Centre,  Roche Court, Wiltshire

2016
Make Shift Black Barn, Cockley Cley, Near Swaffham, Norfolk. Curated by Jo Melvin [Additional info for project page: Jeff Gibbons, Mike Iverson, Bernice Donszelmann, Lucy Heyward, Bruce McLean, David Ward]

2015
‘Something out there where’ Samuel Beckett in dialogue with King’s College Chapel, including newly commissioned works by David Ward  King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

2015
The Pneûma Project, a dance collaboration with Miranda Tufnell, Sylvia Hallett and David Ward. Light and design by David Ward [venues & chronological order to be added]

2014
It’s All About the River The River Tamar Project, Plymouth
Okeanos I Guildhall Square, Southampton (for John Hansard Gallery as part of the Art at the Heart Festival)

2013
In Cloud Country  Harewood House, Yorkshire. Curated by Iwona Blazwick and Diane Howse

2012–13
Illuminated QUAD, Derby

2012
A drawing while waiting for an idea – Large Glass, London
The Artists’ Postcard Show – Spike Island, Bristol

2011
Artists for Kettle’s Yard – Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

2007/9/11/13
Drawing Biennial – Drawing Room, London

2006
If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history – The Showroom, London
Filmperformance – Modern Art Oxford

2004
Tom Bendhem: Collector – Contemporary Art Society Touring Exhibition *

1999
View R: Works in response to the Rugby Collection by David Ward, Hermione Wiltshire and Daphne Wright – Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry  *

1997
Craft – Richard Salmon Gallery, London   *
Light – Richard Salmon Gallery, London
Video Positive 97: Escaping Gravity – Cream, Liverpool  *
Wish you were here, too – Hill Street, Glasgow

1996
Luminous – Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland  *

1995
Words – Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth  *

1994
Translucent Writings – Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA and USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, USA   *

1993-94
Affective Light – Rear Window exhibition at St Peter’s Hospital, Henrietta Street, London WC2  *

1992
Skulpturen / Fragmente – Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria  *
Power and Providence – Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge *

1988
Made to Measure – Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge  *
…the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to… – Ikon Gallery, Birmingham  *

1987
Gathering Light – Camerawork. London and tour (87/88)  *
Schemata – Riverside Studios, London  *

1986
Conceptual Clothing – Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Camden Arts Centre, London (86/87)  *
Between Identity and Politics – Gimpel Fils, London & New York  *
Twenty for Today – National Portrait Gallery, London   *
Photography as Performance – Photographers’ Gallery, London  *
Interim Jeune: Veronica Ryan, David Ward, Wendy Kloos – Interim Art, London

1984-85
Artists Design for Dance – Arnolfini, Bristol  *
Figures – Cambridge Darkroom and tour  *

1984
Autographs – Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge  *

1983-84
Estratégias – British Council, Portugal and Netherlands  *

1982
Strategies – John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Contemporary Choice – CAS Purchases, Serpentine Gallery, London

1981
New Work in Britain – Photographers’ Gallery, London  *

1977
Whitechapel Open – Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1975
SPACE Directory Exhibition – Martello Street, London  *

1970
Young Contemporaries – Royal Academy, London  *

 

PERFORMANCE WORKS

2013
The Camera Lucida Variations – QUAD, Derby

2012
The Glass Hammock – New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire

2007
Orinoco / Roche (with Liadin Cooke and Daphne Wright) – New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire

2005
Bird Song (with Siobhan Davies Dance Company, contributing artist) – Sadler’s Wells, London and tour

2004-05
Bird Song (with Siobhan Davies Dance Company, contributing artist) – Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London and tour

1992
Casting and Stepping (Light on the Feet) (solo performance) Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
In the Grain of the Body (with Miranda Tufnell and Sylvia Hallett) – All Saints, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Tramway, Glasgow; Riverside Studios, London

1991
Appearance (with Sue MacLennan and Javier Alvarez) – The Place, London

1988
The Invention of Tradition (with Gavin Bryars, Bruce McLean and sound engineer Bill Cadnam, performed at the opening of Tate Liverpool) – Albert Dock, Liverpool
Dancing About Architecture (with Sue MacLennan) – Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
Partition (with Bruce McLean) – Arge 105 + 6, Krems, Austria  *
A Ball is not a Dancing School (with Bruce McLean, Dennis Greenwood and Catherine Tucker, as part of Dance Umbrella programme) – Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1987
Room (with Sarah Matthews, as part of Rambert Dance Company ‘Collaboration V’, first performed 09/09/87) – Riverside Studios, London
H.U.P. (with Sue MacLennan and Jane Wells) – Riverside Studios, London; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool and Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

1986
A Song for the North (with Bruce McLean, Gavin Bryars and P M Hughes) – Albert Dock, Liverpool / Tate Gallery  *
Partition (with Bruce McLean) – Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Against Interpretation (with Sue MacLennan and Steve Montague, as part of EMAS Collaborations) – Riverside Studios, London
No Strings Attached (with Sarah Matthews and Susanna Heron, as part of the Ballet Rambert 1986 Choreographic Workshop Season, first performed on 22/01/86 and subsequently taken into the main repertoire) – Riverside Studios, London

1985
Good Manners or Physical Violence (with Bruce McLean and Angus McCubbine) – Tate Gallery, London and Riverside Studios, London
Urban Weather (with Miranda Tufnell and Stuart Brisley) – Riverside Studios, London; Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham and Arnolfini, Bristol [Miranda’s website mentions ‘Urban Weather’ as ‘with Stuart Brisley’ only; his website says he did the sound for Miranda Tufnell Dance Company and lists Munich and Amsterdam (without venues) as well as the above – to be clarified with Miranda]

1984
Huge Veil (with Miranda Tufnell and Dennis Greenwood) + Lullaby (with Dennis Greenwood) + Anxiety Plays (with Bruce McLean) – Riverside Studios, London

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2011
Foster’s Mill Firmament – Cambridge (Commissions East)

2010-11
Cutty Sark: A Tale – Cutty Sark Station, London (Modus Operandi for Docklands Light Railway)

2008-09
The isle is full of noises… – Jubilee Park, Isle of Dogs, London (Public Art Office, Canary Wharf)

2006
Cromer Prospect – Pier Forecourt, Cromer, Norfolk (Commissions East)

2005-06
Nocturne – St Michael Paternoster Royal Church, London (Modus Operandi for the City of London)

2005
Dwelling – Friar Street, Reading (Art at the Centre, Reading)

2002-03
Night Light – BBC Broadcasting House, London (Modus Operandi)

2002
Here – Priory Cloister, Coventry (Modus Operandi, for The Phoenix Initiative by MJP Architects)
Saint Elmo’s Fire – Claremont Pier and South Pier, Lowestoft (Commissions East)

2000
Analemma – Millennium Square, @Bristol, Bristol (@Bristol)

1997
Well – Royal Pump Rooms and Baths, Leamington Spa (PACA)

Selected writings

2012  
The Glass Hammock –
poems by David Ward
100 copies, signed and numbered
38 pp  ISBN 978 1 870282 03 1

2001
Boulderstone’ catalogue essay
Dalziel + Scullion: Home Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
pp 29-30  ISBN 0 947912 08 8

1997
‘Catherine Yass : The Light and the Blue’
Parveen Adams and David Ward in conversation
Portfolio, No. 25. pp 54-55

1996
Casting the Die: ‘The Age of Bronze’ in Leeds
Text and photographs by David Ward
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
32 pp  ISBN 1 900081 75 X

‘Gabriel Orozco Memos for the Present Moment’
Essay by David Ward
Portfolio, No. 24, pp 10-15 and 50-51

Helen Chadwick – Stilled  Lives – Creative Camera, Oct/No. pp. 34-35

Buster (Keaton) – Tramlines, Tramway and Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow.
ISBN 1 899 551 11

1995
Yves Klein now, 16 Views – Hayward Gallery publication, London.
ISBN 1 85332 139 7

1994
Carpet – Jacqui Poncelet – Arts Council Collection Spotlight, South Bank Board publication, London.
ISBN 1 85332 126 5

Locate: Public Bodies, Private States – Untitled, No. 2, Autumn Issue.

1991
Making Finds – Excavating the Present – Kettles Yard publication, Cambridge.
Part 4, pp. 4-6. ISBN 0 907074 43 X

1990
In the Air – The British Art Show 1990 – South Bank Board publication, London.
pp 17-22. ISBN 1 85332 054 4

1988
4 Notes on 2 Sculptures – Jacqui Poncelet 4 – Riverside Studios publication, London

1983
Objects to Wear – The Jewelry Project – Crafts Council publication, London.
pp 6-13. ISBN 0 903798 69 7

1976
Prunella Clough – Artscribe – No.4, Sept/Oct. pp. 22

1974
Obmokhu: Russian Constructivist Sculpture – One – No.5, Nov. pp. 6-7 + covers.

Jasper Johns Drawings – Arts Review – Vol XXVI No.19, Sept. pp. 516

Roger Hilton – One – No.3, April. pp. 18-19

Bibliography

SOLO PUBLICATIONS

2012   The Glass Hammock – Poems by David Ward
38pp. ISBN 978 1 870282 03 1

2008–9   David Ward: Slow Time – John Hansard Gallery and Kettle’s Yard
Essay by Suzanne Cotter
64 pp. ISBN 978 085432 898 7

2000   David Ward: Chorus – South Bank Centre
Texts by Penelope Curtis and Joanne Bernstein
16pp. ISBN  1 85332 213 X

1997   David Ward: Canopy – Harvard University Art Museums / Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe
Poem by Seamus Heaney and essays by Parveen Adams and Ivan Gaskell
64 pp. ISBN 0-916724-94-8

1996   Casting the Die: ‘The Age of Bronze’ in Leeds – Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Text and 9 photographs by David Ward
32 pp. ISBN 1 900081 75 X

1993   David Ward: Casting and Stepping – Cambridge Darkroom
Essays by Andrew Renton, Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton,
Peter de Bolla and Claire MacDonald
52 pp. ISBN 0 947532 14 5

1989   David Ward: Keepers of Light – Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
Essay by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton
12 pp. ISBN 0 86321 114 3

 

SELECTED BOOKS AND CATALOGUES

2012   Sculpture at Canary Wharf – A Decade of Exhibitions
Texts by Bergne, Elliott, Williams pp 170–171
Canary Wharf Group
ISBN 978-0-9563648-1-4

2002   Landscape Garden Landscape – AA Files 44, Architectural Association, London
Artist’s pages inside cover & pp. 44-49.

2000   Art and Architecture: New Affinities – Ed. Gustavo Gili, Barcelona
Text by Julia Schultz-Dornberg. p 134. ISBN 84 252 1778 4.

1999   View R – Mead Gallery, University of Warwick
ISBN 0 902683 41 4

1998   Public : Art : Space – A Decade of Public Art Commissions Agency
Merrell Holberton, London
Text by Mel Gooding. Cover and pp 18 & 58-59.
ISBN 1 85894 048 6

Craft – Richard Salmon Gallery/Kettles Yard
Text by Simon Watney p 42
ISBN  1 873550 07 4

Escaping Gravity – Video Positive, Liverpool
Texts by Charles Esche, Steven Bode, Catherine Williams pp. 10, 17
ISBN 0 9521221 4 6

1996   Luminous – Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.
Text by Francis MacKee
ISBN 0 905 108 35 3

1994   Translucent Writings – Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York at Purchase.
Curated by Grita Insam, Vienna
Including text by Andrew Renton. pp.72-73
ISBN 3 907509 19 6

Power and Providence – Cambridge Darkroom
Text by Claire MacDonald. pp 15-18
ISBN 0 947532 13 7

1992   Skulpturen / Fragmente – Parkett Verlag, Zurich
Texts by Jonathan Crary, Philippe Dubois, Regis Durand, Herta Wolf pp 70-71.

1990   Body, Space, Image – Virago Press, London
Miranda Tufnell and Chris Crickmay. p 142
ISBN 1 85381 131 9

Das Fotogramme – DuMont Buchverlag, Koln
Floris M. Neussus pp 402, 479
ISBN 3 7701 1767 0

1988   Charm, Beauty and Strangeness – Nigel Greenwood Gallery

Made to Measure – Kettle’s Yard publication, Cambridge. Text by Hilary Gresty

….the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to…. – Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
Text by Fenella Crichton
ISBN 0 907594 22 0

1987   Fotogramme 1918 bis heute – Goethe-Institute, Munich. Text by Floris M.Neususs

1986   Photography as Performance – The Photographers’ Gallery, London. p 18
ISBN 0 9078 79 10 1

Conceptual Clothing – Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
Text by Ted Polhemus
ISBN 0 907594 10 7

Steven Campbell, Tony Cragg, Bruce McLean, David Ward – Summer 1986
Tate Gallery, Liverpool. Text by Richard Francis. pp.22-29
ISBN 0 946590 60 5

Schemata – Riverside Studios, London. Text by Stuart Morgan
ISBN 1 870172 20 5

Figures – Cambridge Darkroom. Text by Pavel Büchler
ISBN 0 947532 06 4

1983   Strategies – Recent Developments in British Photography –British Council and John Hansard Gallery.
Text by Rupert Martin
ISBN 0 865355 002 9

 

SELECTED REVIEWS AND ARTICLES

2009   Richard Dorment – Rink, Saturday Telegraph Review: Nov. 14
Robert Clark – David Ward – Kettle’s Yard The Guardian Review: March 12

2007–08   Simon Martin – A River Runs Through It: Pallant House Magazine: No 13, p 30

2007   Richard Cork – Orinoco, Financial Times: Life & Arts, Sat. October 13

2004   Terpsicore and the Architects – Architectural Review Supplement
Suzanne Cotter – Michael Clark: Cross Over – Afterall issue 9 p 29

2003   Dancing About Architecture – Art & Architecture, winter issue

2002   Jeremy Melvin – The City as Sculpture: Architectural Review Supplement, June

2000   Tony Godfrey – British Art and The British Art Show 1976–2000: The British Art Show 5, National Touring Exhibitions. pp 26-29. ISBN 1 85332 204 0

1998   John Tozer – Craft, Art Monthly. Issue 212, 97/98  pp. 37

1997   Martin Herbert – Light, Time Out. Issue Jan. 22-29

1994   Christine Temin – David Ward sheds light on light, Boston Globe, Jan. 28. pp. 43, 53
Christine Temin – Leading Light, Boston Globe, May 8. pp. 1-2

Harvard’s Talking Trees, Boston Globe, May 13. pp. 31, 38

1993   Rob Kessler – David Ward, Untitled, No. 1, Summer Issue. p. 11
Adrian Searle – David Ward, Time Out. Issue ?

1992   Pavel Buchler – On Reflection, Creative Camera, Feb./March. pp. 47–48

1991   Charlotte Grant – Art in Residence: An Interview with David Ward, Cambridge Architecture Journal, Scroope, No.3, June. pp. 31–34

1990   Peter Alison – David Ward, Art Monthly, No. 137, June. pp. 15–16
Mel Gooding – Bruce McLean, Phaidon. ISBN 0 7148 2613 8  pp. 31, 151–155
Lynne Cooke – Flirting with Disbelief – London Letter, Art International, Summer issue. pp. 75–78
Michael Archer – David Ward: Details of the Body, Artscribe, March/April. pp. 70–71
Brian Hatton – The Glass Submarine, Artscribe, Sept./Oct. p. 11

1987   Three Collaborations – New Dance, No. 39, New Year Issue. pp. 2–3
Sarah Kent – Schemata, Time Out, May 20–27. p. 45
Alistair Macaulay – The new power of non-dance, The Guardian, November 22
Stephanie Jordan – Rich and Poor, New Statesman – November 23

1986   Mel Gooding – Song for the North, Artscribe, Nov./Dec

1984   European Extra – European Photography, No.19. pp. 16–17
Ton Peek Fotogalerie – Bijvoorbeeld (Lieden) – Feb./March/April, pp. 42 + cover

1982   Museum Journal (Amsterdam) – No. 2. Cover
Rupert Martin – David Ward, European Photography, No.7. p. 38