Mark Ware MFA is a multimedia artist, a Fulbright Scholar and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. During 1996 Mark had a severe stroke, an event that suddenly and abruptly altered every aspect of his life. Since then, his artwork has become increasingly concerned with how his subjective experience has been altered by the changes in mind and body due to stroke.
Mark creates multimedia, multi-event art projects, often for presentation in unusual places and aimed at large and diverse audiences. One of these projects, entitled Cathedra 900, was staged at Exeter Cathedral throughout 2012 and 2013 and seen by over 90,000 people. During 2016 he is presenting an Arts Council England supported art science touring exhibition of his new digital prints collectively entitled Reflecting Nature at the following locations: The Life After Stroke Centre Bromsgrove (May), Kent Wildlife Trust (June), Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester (July), Gloucester Cathedral (August), Exeter Cathedral (September), Staffordshire University (October) University of Sussex (November). Reflecting Nature is an art science collaboration with psychologist Dr Nichola Street, a lecturer and researcher at Staffordshire University’s School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise. Dr Street has a particular interest in understanding the concept of beauty and her Reflecting Nature collaboration is contributing to her explorations of responses to art, nature and beauty in the world around us.
The Reflecting Nature exhibition is part of Mark’s broader activity entitled, the wavelength project, which is an Arts Council England supported art science collaboration with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, Brighton. The wavelength project is scientifically and artistically investigating how natural versus artificial sounds and light affect the brain and, how we respond to images of the natural environment. The wavelength project is delivering a series of artistic and scientific outcomes. A key message behind this work is that we all benefit from the natural environment in terms of wellbeing and health. Kent Wildlife Trust is a project partner and will advise on and support all activities involving the natural environment.
“Mark is an inspiration to us all and an important voice that deserves to be and should be heard. He is truly an artist for the 21st century” – Steven Brown, Royal Exchange Theatre Company, Manchester. Mark Ware has a 1st class (hons) degree in Fine Art and a Master of Fine Arts (awarded for his studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago). He also has over 15 years experience as a professional video maker and stills photographer working for government agencies and multinational corporations.
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