Approved: 08.03.2018

Peter Driver

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Maker

Approved: 08.03.2018

Through a process of social actions grounded in the analogue and the hand-made, Peter Driver addresses his concerns for people and planet. Whether presenting his psychogeographic experiences of durational walks and contested sites, or negotiating the ambiguities of text and interpretation, he confronts viewers with work which can be both a material assertion and a tentative search for understanding. Driver operates in the tradition of the Fool and Mischief-Maker, seeking the transformative in the apparently futile and trite. There is a sense of gift and generosity in the work; that he is journeying and working for others, for ‘us’.

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      Artist Statement

      Through a process of social actions grounded in the analogue and the hand-made, Peter Driver addresses his concerns for people and planet. Whether presenting his psychogeographic experiences of durational walks and contested sites, or negotiating the ambiguities of text and interpretation, he confronts viewers with work which can be both a material assertion and a tentative search for understanding. Driver operates in the tradition of the Fool and Mischief-Maker, seeking the transformative in the apparently futile and trite. There is a sense of gift and generosity in the work; that he is journeying and working for others, for ‘us’.

      Even when the text is a surreptitious punch on the nose, it is delivered with love. The work comes from a love of humanity coupled with a tendency to dissent; both vestiges of a lost faith. His commitment to reaching non-exclusive audiences might find him in the street, handing out free woodcut prints to passers-by, or seeking public venues for his projects, such as K6 Gallery in two decommissioned phoneboxes.

      As a curator, Driver achieves his objectives by making opportunities for others, particularly for young and emerging artists.

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      CV & Education

      PETER DRIVER CV

      EDUCATION:

      MA Fine Art, 2014-15: Winchester School of Art  

      BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2011-14: Winchester School of Art

      Foundation in Art and Design, 1981-82: Cambridge School of Art 

      SOLO/DUO EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS:

      2018  A Walk For Stanley - solo walking project, Instagram #aWalkForStanley

      2017 Imagined Futures - K6 Gallery, Southampton

      2017 For Such a Time as This - Brock Keep, Reading

      2016  A Gaol Ballad and Other Assorted Love Songs - (with Amy-Rose Holland), Brock Keep, Reading

      2016 WordUp! - (with Robert Fitzmaurice), multiple venues across Reading and online.

      2015  ecologies of optimism and dissent, Jam Factory, Oxford

      2014  I'm glad you're alive! - (with Lydia Heath), Brock Keep, Reading

      2013  Peter Driver: Woodcuts - Winchester Discovery Centre

      PUBLICATIONS

      A Walk For Stanley, 2019, (published by Peculiarity Press) https://peculiaritypress.com/awalkforstanley

      CURATION

      Beyond otherness,  2021  details coming soon

      Fire & Water, 2016  OHOS, Reading

      Accretion (with Kirsty Smith and Nicky Bell), 2015, Brightbyte Studio, Southampton

      Print as a Verb (with Chris Mercier), 2015, OHOS, Reading

      Desire Lines, 2015, OHOS, Reading

      Recent History (with Elly Langlois), 2014, Brooks Centre, Winchester

      GROUP EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS:

      2020

      Staurated Space, Sandham Memorial Chapel

      2019

      'silence | absence' - Broad Street Mall, Reading (curated by Richard Bentley)

      'Let Us Dissent' - SPUDworks, Sway (CAS associate artists' group show)

      'The Arborealists and Guests - The Art of Trees'', Turbine House, Reading

      'Triangulations', Brock Keep, Reading (with Sarah Britten-Jones and Robert Fitzmaurice)

      'In The Round', Chapel Arts, Andover (CAS associate artists' group show)

      2018

      Block_Chain>The Power of Two - online residency at 

      block-chain.chapelartsstudios.co.uk (Block_1)

      2017

      'ChaosContrastsChange', Brock Keep, Reading (studio group show curated by Janet Curley Cannon)

      'Footprints', Winchester School of Art, (group show curated by Tessa Atton for the University of Southampton Festival of Doctoral Research)

      2015

      '10Days Winchester: CHALK', Winchester Gallery, Winchester

      'The Laboratory of Dissent', Winchester Gallery, Winchester

      'Meeting Point', Crypt Gallery, London (Blue Curry, Mia Taylor, Ian Dawson, Nicola Thomas, Stephen Cooper, Amy-Rose Holland, Kirsty Smith, et al.)

      2014

      Platform Graduate Award 2014, (selected show) Aspex Gallery Portsmouth

      Someone & Something, Aspex Gallery Portsmouth

      'Tabula Rasa' - The Bargehouse, London

      Insight 2014, New Greenham Arts, Newbury

      Transmediale Festival, Berlin (group installation)

      2013

      'Raison D'etre' - Mottisfont National Trust, Hants

      Outlook Changeable - OHOS group exhibition, Brock Keep, Reading

      Searching, always - arjeea21 group exhibition, Gallery 49, Bracknell

      2012

      Echo - arjeea21 group exhibition, Brock Keep, Reading

       

      TEACHING/TUTORING

      Winchester School of Art - Teaching Fellow in Fine Art

      Open Hand OpenSpace, Reading - Printmaking tutor 

      COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCES:

      Andover March for Optimism, Andover Town Centre, 2015

      'Encounters, Andover': production and free distribution of 200 woodcut prints inspired by Encounters Shop, Andover High Street, 2014

      'March for Optimism', Winchester City Centre, 2014

      Art&Ride, 24 hour project as part of 10Days, Winchester bus routes, 2013 (with Public Works)

      Space for Peace, Winchester Cathedral 2013, (curated by Kimvi Nguyen)

      RESIDENCIES

      Block_Chain>The Power of Two, online residency at block-chain.chapelartsstudios.co.uk, 2018

      Basing House archaeological dig, Hampshire: artist in residence, July-August 2013

      AWARDS

      Arts Council for England grant for the arts to develop March for Optimism, Andover, 2015 (as part of Chapel Arts Studios pop-up project 'The Bureau of Exchange')