Approved: 08.03.2018

Peter Driver

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 08.03.2018

I am a multi-disciplinary artist, collaborator and teacher. Using drawing, woodcut printmaking, banner-making, walking and other procedures, I combine conceptual and experiential elements through a process of social actions grounded in the analogue and the hand-made. Presenting my embodied experience of durational walks and contested sites, or negotiating the ambiguities of signification, text and interpretation, I consider ideas about art, society, environment and the common good.  Whether organising marches for optimism, walking through lowland landscapes, playing with materials or drawing from memory, my works can be both a material assertion and a tentative search for meaning. I favour the idea that, by bringing their own biography and interpretation to an artwork, the viewer participates in creating its meaning.

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  • Location: READING, South East
 
 

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    Artist Statement

    I am a multi-disciplinary artist, collaborator and teacher. Using drawing, woodcut printmaking, banner-making, walking and other procedures, I combine conceptual and experiential elements through a process of social actions grounded in the analogue and the hand-made. Presenting my embodied experience of durational walks and contested sites, or negotiating the ambiguities of signification, text and interpretation, I consider ideas about art, society, environment and the common good.  Whether organising marches for optimism, walking through lowland landscapes, playing with materials or drawing from memory, my works can be both a material assertion and a tentative search for meaning. I favour the idea that, by bringing their own biography and interpretation to an artwork, the viewer participates in creating its meaning.

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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

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS:

    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)

    2016

    'Fire & Water', (curator), Brock Keep, Reading (studio group show)

    2015

    'Accretion' (co-curated with Kirsty Smith and Nicky Bell), Brightbyte Studio, Southampton

    '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.)

    'Desire Lines', (curator), Brock Keep, Reading

    'Print as a Verb', (co-curator with Chris Mercier), Brock Keep, Reading

    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

    Recent History - (co-curator with Elly Langlois), Brooks Centre, Winchester

    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 

    Reading College - visiting artist, Art Foundation and Access courses (2015)

    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')