Dr Mark Wilsher

Dr Mark Wilsher

I am an artist, critic and curator with a particular expertise in relational art and the politics of social-engagement. This was the subject of my AHRC-funded doctoral research and also several feature articles for Art Monthly magazine (Plywood Utopias 2006, Beyond Public Art 2009, Out of Many, One 2012). I work in many media including sculpture, drawing and live performance and have exhibited at prestigious galleries including the ICA and Leeds Art Gallery. In 2007 I was awarded a fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute investigating British sculpture in the 1960s and ’70s. I also undertook research for a chapter in the catalogue for the landmark Royal Academy exhibition Modern British Sculpture (2011) on the connections between William Tucker, Julian Opie and Liam Gillick.

My work is based on the belief that art is a social process and takes place in a socially embedded context in relation to its various audiences. I work in a wide range of media including drawing, sculpture, installation, film, live performance and text, and have also curated other artists’ projects for galleries and public spaces. Some recent works include temporary collages made from magazine archives in institutional libraries (Gallery Shots 2013-14) and site-specific work at Outpost Gallery (The Yesable Proposition 2010). I often use existing images and objects as the basis for my own works, as a way of establishing relationships with the world beyond the studio. My current research into the public and media reception of contemporary art has resulted in an article (Lost & Found, Art Monthly 2014) and forthcoming exhibition project at the Minories in Colchester (Everybody is an Curator, August 2015).

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015: Everyone is an Curator, The Minories, Colchester
  • 2013-14: Gallery Shots, Chelsea College of Art, touring to the Royal College of Art, University of the Creative Arts Canterbury, and the University of Brighton
  • 2013: One Night Biographical Retrospective, Queen of Hungary project space, Aylsham
  • 2010: cat. The Yesable Proposition OUTPOST, Norwich
  • 2008 & 2009: Unfinished Business Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and CHELSEA Space cat.
  • 2005: The History of Sculpture Chapman Gallery, Salford University

Selected Group Exhibitions, Performances & Projects

  • 2011: Off the Record Resonance FM, Curated by RCA curating course
  • 2010: Wysing Contemporary: Presents Wysing Arts Centre
  • 2009: Father Figures: Responses to mid-century modernism Leeds Art Gallery
  • 2009: 100 Days: Speakers corner Arnolfini, Bristol
  • 2009: Down at the Bamboo Club Picture This, Spike Island, Bristol
  • 2009: Talk Show ICA, London cat.
  • 2008: A Staged Dissent RADAR at Loughborough University
  • 2007: Peer Esteem Five Years, London
  • 2007: Drawing on Sculpture Leeds Art Gallery cat.
  • 2006: Shibboleth Dilston Grove, London cat.
  • 2006: That’s us / Wild combination Three Colts Gallery, London
  • 2006: 60th Anniversary Show Gimpel Fils, London
  • 2006: After Art School, London Gallery West cat.
  • 2005: EAST International 05 Norwich Gallery cat.
  • 2004: Do Something Floating ip, Manchester, curated by Dave Beech
  • 2004: MacDuff Interiors Jeffrey Charles Gallery, with Jane Simpson

Selected Critical Writing

  • Autumn 2015: Contemporary Art in the News Dandelion Vol 6 no.1
  • July/August 2014: Lost & Found Art Monthly no.378
  • September 2013: Archives Digital vs Print Art Monthly no.369
  • July/August 2012: Out of Many, One Art Monthly no.358
  • 2012: Negotiated Text Works The Lead and the Invalid, Banner Repeater
  • 2011: Gillick, Opie, Turnbull (Opie, Gillick) Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy
  • Nov 2009: Beyond Public Art Art Monthly no.331
  • Sept 2006: Plywood Utopias Feature article, Art Monthly no.299
  • May 2005: Against Explanation Feature article Art Monthly no.286
  • 2005: The Aesthetics of the Text Catalogue essay for About Beauty Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt Berlin
  • Oct 2004: Judgement Call Feature article Art Monthly no.280
Portrait of Fine Art academic Mark Wilsher in the studios at Norwich University of the Arts