ABOUT

 

Peter Driver is an artist, collaborator, teacher and curator. His multidiciplinary practice grounds social actions in the analogue and the hand-made, using procedures including drawing, walking, painting, performative action, woodcut printmaking and banner-making.

Whether presenting his experiences of durational walks and contested sites, or negotiating the ambiguities of text, signification and interpretation, he considers ideas about art, society, ecology and the common good. The works can be both a material assertion and a tentative search for meaning, opening a dialogue with the viewer and valuing the part they play in the search.   He is committed to engaging non-exclusive audiences, hoping his work can connect with people regardless of their previous experience of art - so you might find him in the street, handing out free woodcut prints to passers-by, or seeking accessible venues for his projects, such as K6 Gallery, in two decommissioned phoneboxes.

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

 

 

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION:

 

Born 1962, Littleport, UK.  Married to Liz Driver since 1984.

Studio: OpenHand OpenSpace, Reading since 2013

 

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

BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class, 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 art auction in aid of grassroots non-profits in the North West

Saturated Space - Sandham Memorial Chapel (curated by Susan Francis) reading from A Walk For Stanley at p.v.

 

2019 

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

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 (curated by Cally Trench)

Block_Chain>The Power of Two - online residency at

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

 

2017

Winter Print Salon - ONCA Gallery, Brighton

ChaosContrastsChange - OHOS, Reading (curated by Janet Curley Cannon)

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

 

2016

Fire & Water (curator) - OHOS, Reading

 

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

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

Hanging Tough - OHOS, Reading

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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')

 

 

TEACHING/TUTORING

 

University of Southampton (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)

 

 

COLLECTIONS:

 

Winchester School of Art (alumni collection)

University of Southampton (artists books collection)

University of Southampton, Department of Archaeology

Berkshire Records Office

Reading Borough Council