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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.

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

Ward has been 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 on the work of other artists.

After giving lectures at many art schools in Britain in the late 1970‘s, Ward has 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).

Most recent solo exhibitions include David Ward: Slow Time shown at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton in 2008 and at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in 2009 and RINK – a drawing floor, shown at P3, University of Westminster in November 2009. He presented his first collection of poems, The Glass Hammock, in a performance at the New Art Centre, Roche Court in 2012 and his performance, The Camera Lucida Variations, was held at QUAD, Derby in 2013.

During 2014 he has worked with sound, film and performance (see the previous website page: News for details).

David Ward lives and works in Salisbury, England.

Biography

CURRICULUM VITAE

1951  Born in Wolverhampton, England

1968–69  Wolverhampton College of Art: Foundation Course

1969–73  Winchester School of Art: Dip. AD, Fine Art – Painting, Printmaking & History of Art

1973–2004  Based in London

1978–79  One year travelling and working in USA

2005–  David Ward now 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 Gallery

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

1995–97  Tutor: Glasgow School of Art

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

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

2005  Co-selector of  Kettle’s Yard Open, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

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

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

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:  selector with Andrew Nairne and Caroline Collier, South Bank Board, London, MacLellan Galleries, Glasgow; Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds and Hayward Gallery, London

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Arts Council of England, London
Van Reekummuseum, 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

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

Exhibitions Chronology

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

(* indicates publications)

2011  Making Firmament – ‘Aid & Abet’ Artist’s Project Space, Cambridge

2009  RINK – a drawing floor – Ambica 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  –  Ballroom Commission, Royal Festival Hall, London
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   The Showroom, London

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

1990   Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge

1989   Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield  *

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

1985   2 Hands = 1 Head – Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (84/85)  *

1984   Galerie Ton Peek, Utrecht, Netherlands
2 Hands = 1 Head – Riverside Studios, London

1983   Photoworks and Portraits – John Hansard Gallery, Southampton  *

1982   Photoworks – Van Reekummuseum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands  *

1981   Solo – Angela Flowers Gallery, London

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014   It’s All About the River – The River Tamar Project, Plymouth
Art at the Heart – for John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

2013   In Cloud Country – Harewood House, Yorkshire

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 – The 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, Oxford

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

1999   View R – David Ward, Hermione Wiltshire, Daphne Wright – Mead Gallery, University of Warwick  *

1997   Craft – Richard Salmon Gallery, London   *
Light – Richard Salmon Gallery, London
Escaping Gravity: Video Positive – 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   Affective Light: Rear Window– St. Peter’s Hospital, London  *

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 and Camden Arts Centre (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 – Interim Art, London

1985   Artists Design for Dance – Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (84/85)   *
Figures – Cambridge Darkroom and tour *

1984   Autographs – Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge  *

1983   Estratégias – British Council, Portugal and Netherlands (83/84)  *

1982   Strategies – John Hansard Gallery, Southampton University
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, 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, Sadler’s Wells, London and tour

2004–05   Bird Song – with Siobhan Davies Dance Company, Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London and tour

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

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

1988   Invention of Tradition: (with Bruce McLean & Gavin Bryars) – Tate 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 Dennis Greenwood, Catherine Tucker& Bruce McLean) – Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Dance Umbrella

1987   Room: (with Sarah Matthews) – Rambert Dance Company Collaborations 5,  Riverside Studios, London
H.U.P.: (with Sue MacLennan & Jane Wells) – Riverside Studios, London, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool and Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

1986   Song for the North: (with Bruce McLean & Gavin Bryars) – Tate Liverpool    *
Partition: (with Bruce McLean) – Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Against Interpretation: (with Sue MacLennan) – EMAS Collaborations, Riverside Studios, London
No Strings Attached: (with Sarah Matthews & Susanna Heron) – Rambert
Dance Company Collaborations, 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, Nottingham and Arnolfini, Bristol

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 – Docklands Light Railway: Cutty Sark Station, London (Modus Operandi)

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

2006   Cromer Prospect, Cromer, Norfolk (Commissions East)

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

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

2002   Here – Priory Cloister, Coventry, MJP Architects. Coventry Phoenix Initiative (Modus Operandi)
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

38pp. ISBN 978 1 870282 03 1

2002   
Boulderstone: Dalziel + Scullion – Home – Fruit Market 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 – Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Text and 9 photographs by David Ward
32 pp. ISBN 1 900081 75 X

Gabriel Orozco – Memos for the Present – Portfolio, No.24
pp 10-15, 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