Peter Driver's multi-disciplinary practice reflects his discontent with the status quo. Through a process of social actions grounded in the analogue and the hand-made, he addresses a constant stream of environmental and political concerns. 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, Peter achieves his objectives by making opportunities for others, particularly for young and emerging artists.

 

 

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION:

 

Born 1962, Littleport, UK.  

 

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

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

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 - OHOS, Reading

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

2016 WordUp! Multi-site collaboration with Robert Fitzmaurice for Reading's Year of Culture

2015  ecologies of optimism and dissent - Jam Factory, Oxford

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

2013  Peter Driver: Woodcuts - Winchester Discovery Centre

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS:

 

2020

ArtAgainstCovid - online, in aid of grassroots non-profits in the North West

Saturated Space - Sandham Memorial Chapel, performance at p.v.

 

2019 

silence | absence - Broad Street Mall, Reading

Let Us Dissent - SPUDworks, Sway

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

Triangulations - OHOS, Reading

In The Round - Chapel Arts, Andover

 

2018

Only The Sunny Hours: contemporary photography with a KODAK Brownie 127 - OHOS, Reading

Block_Chain>The Power of Two - online residency at CAS Andover

 

2017

Winter Print Salon - ONCA Gallery, Brighton

ChaosContrastsChange - OHOS, Reading

Footprints - Winchester School of Art, (for the University of Southampton Festival of Doctoral Research)

 

2016

Fire & Water (curator) - OHOS, Reading

 

2015

Accretion (co-curator) - Brightbyte Studio, Southampton

10Days Winchester: CHALK - Winchester Gallery, Winchester

The Laboratory of Dissent - Winchester Gallery, Winchester

Andover March for Optimism - Andover Town Centre, 2015

Meeting Point - Crypt Gallery, London

Desire Lines, (curator) - OHOS, Reading

Print as a Verb, (co-curator with Chris Mercier) - OHOS, Reading

 

2014

Platform Graduate Award 2014 - Aspex Gallery Portsmouth

Someone & Something - Aspex Gallery Portsmouth

Tabula Rasa - The Bargehouse, London

Encounters, Andover: Andover High Street, 2014

Hanging Tough - OHOS, Reading

March for Optimism - Winchester City Centre, 2014

Insight 2014 - New Greenham Arts, Newbury

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

Transmediale Festival - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (group installation)

 

2013

Raison D'etre - Mottisfont National Trust, Hants

No Working Title - Tate Modern, London

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

Art&Ride - part of 10Days Festival, Winchester , 2013

Outlook Changeable - OHOS, Reading

Searching, always - Gallery 49, Bracknell

 

2012

Echo - OHOS, Reading

 

2011

Would You Like and Why Not? - OHOS, Reading

Still The Day: artists' responses to Holy Week - St Peter's, Caversham

 

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

A Walk For Stanley' 2019 (available from Peculiarity Press here)

thirteen days in spring: walking in relation to the kindness of strangers, 2012

(available from blurb.co.uk here )

 

 

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 (as part of Chapel Arts Studios pop-up project 'The Bureau of Exchange')

 

 

COLLECTIONS:

 

Winchester School of Art (alumni collection)

University of Southampton (artists books collection)

University of Southampton, Department of Archaeology

Reading Borough Council

 

 

TEACHING:

 

Teaching Fellow in Fine Art (part-time), Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, 2016-present