Approved: 08.10.2006

Gary James Williams

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Teacher, Researcher

Approved: 08.10.2006

Based in Manchester, working in a broad interdisciplinary practice including painting, sculpture, the moving image and ever emerging technologies, Gary James Williams enquires into the creative potentials of the narrative structure in coming to terms with the everyday and real-world phenomena in contemporary art practice. Strategically flaunting our relationship with the representational, the omnipresent

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  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Activities: Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Art historical research, Residencies, Workshops, Community arts, Critical writing, Curating, Gallery education, Visual arts consultancy
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Installation, Photography, Research, Sculpture
 

Biography

Based in Manchester, working in a broad interdisciplinary practice including painting, sculpture, the moving image and ever emerging technologies, Gary James Williams enquires into the creative potentials of the narrative structure in coming to terms with the everyday and real-world phenomena in contemporary art practice. Strategically flaunting our relationship with the representational, the omnipresent and the fabrication of apparent universalisms, a continuing methodology in the artists practice discusses a re-working of familiar cultural imagery. Signifiers become the signified in the works approaches and processes, addressing issues of identity and authorship, where more formal issues realise a uniqueness and authenticity, revealing a quieter sensitivity of our at times complex relationship with the material and the ephemeral. As the spectacle constantly rediscovers its own assumptions more concretely (Dubord), the artists practice intentionally establishes a developing proposition of the viewer and the arena of story telling, recovering an immediacy, finding an opening through the elusive, seductive and sensual world of projection and representation.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2001 - PGCE HE FE in Art & Design, Walsall School of Education, Wolverhampton University, Walsall/Wolverhampton 1999 - Master of Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Solo exhibitions 2009 - In Transcience - incidents & interventions..., Gallery Oldham, Oldham 2009 - In Transcience - incidents & interventions..., NL/UK Touring Exhibition, Gallery Oldham 2009, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield 2008, Gallery Forma Aktua, Groningen 2007., NL/UK 2008 - In Transience - incidents & interventions..., Persistence Works, Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield 2007 - In Transience - incidents & interventions..., Galerie Forma Aktua, Groningen, NL 2001 - new horizons, Bankley Gallery , Manchester 1999 - 24 Hours, The Mall, Bay Area, San Francisco, San Francisco, USA. 1999 - Art Tours Programme, New York City, New York, USA Group exhibitions 2012 - Mystery Land, Z-Arts Centre, Manchester 2011 - Pursuing the narrative, Bankley Gallery, Manchester 2011 - We are all in this together, Bureau Gallery, Manchester 2007 - Deep Fields, Bankley Gallery , Manchester 2006 - Food and Drink, Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast 1999 - 'Blind Date' touring exhibtion , UC Davis CA/UC Berkeley CA/ Manchester Metropolitan University, USA/UK Degree shows 1999 - Everything & More , Grosvenor Building, Manchester Metropolitan University Curated projects 2012 - '60 DRAWINGS', Bankley Gallery, Manchester 2006 - ARTISTS CUT, Bankley Gallery, Manchester 2001 - Phenomena - 11 North West artists coming to terms with the everyday, Bankley Gallery , Manchester Residencies 2006 - Artist in Residence, Van Dijk Maxillo Faciaal Tandtecnish Laboratorium, Groningen, NL 1996 - Artist in Residence , Steim Foundation, Amsterdam, NL 1995 - Artist in Residence , Steim Foundation, Amsterdam, NL Competitions, prizes and awards 2006 - Arts Council of England - Grants for the Arts Individual Award, Residency at the Van Dijk MFT Laboratorium, Manchester UK/Groningen, NL 2003 - Grants for the Arts Organisation Award – to curate ‘Draw in the Crowds’ artist exhibition as part of, Bankley Gallery, Manchester 1999 - Travel Award: Visiting Artist UC Berkeley / UC Davis California USA, Fine Art Department , Manchester Metropolitan University 1998 - Burasry - to attend International Symposium of Electronic Art ISEA'98, Awarded by ISEA ’98. , Liverpool/Manchester 1995 - Bursary Award - Avid non-linear editing, awarded by Liverpool City Council, Mersey Film & Video, North West Arts Board, Liverpool 1995 - North West Arts Board-Grants for the Arts Individual Award , to take up residency at the STEIM Foundation. Amsterdam, NL, Liverpool/Amsterdam