Mark Ware received a First-class (Hons) Degree for his studies in Fine Art at Northumbria University, followed by a Master of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Subjects included Sculpture, Media (photography, film and video production), Performance, Film History and Film Theory. He has extensive experience in commercial video production and photography, but following a severe stroke in 1996 he has focused almost exclusively on his Fine Art career. Mark is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (University of Sussex) and an Associate Member at The Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research, Staffordshire University.
Mark’s awards and grants include:
1984: Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship for study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
1985: Ford Foundation Scholarship for the study of Fine Art in Chicago, USA
1986: James Nelson Raymond Travelling Scholarship prize awarded for his final Master of Fine Arts show at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1988: National Interactive Video Training Award, for an interactive training simulator for the pre-press industry
1989: National Training Award, for video programmes for the pre-press industry
1992: Excellence in Communication Award, for a video programme designed to encourage young people to vote at local elections, commissioned by Milton Keynes Borough Council
1998: R&D Award (West Midlands Disability Arts Forum), to write a screenplay for a short film dealing with issues of disability
1999: Milton Keynes Arts Association development grant for scriptwriting
2000: Anglia Television development grant for scriptwriting
2003: Arts Council England award to write, develop, produce and direct two pieces of work for stage entitled MIND GAMES (piloted at The Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton 2004)
2005: Winner- Etcetera logo competition
2005: Arts Council England award to develop a variety of work, including a large scale 3D exhibition in Brighton, a video composition, a site-specific light sculpture and digital photography
2006: Arts Council England commission to participate in the ‘Inside Out’ project exploring the built environment from the point of view of disability, as part of Architecture Week
2009-2011: Arts Council England award for the creation of a series of interactive sound sculptures for visually impaired schoolchildren entitled, ‘Sound Posts’
2010: Stroke Association Life After Stroke (Adult Courage) Award
2011: Arts Council England award for a multimedia event that was staged at the Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth Devon. The work included a play, a film, and exhibition of Mark’s digital artwork and a live performance by Jerri Hart, singer and trumpet player. The event was entitled, ‘The Dog That Barked Like A Bird (and other tales)’
2011: Kaleido Arts bursary to develop the ‘Sound Waves’ project. This activity culminated in Mark Ware giving sound workshops for children with autism and cerebral palsy at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
2012: Arts Council England award to produce Cathedra 900, a multimedia event at Exeter Cathedral, celebrating 900 years of the Cathedral’s history. Cathedra 900 included an exhibition of large-scale 3D banners, creative workshops, a multi-channel sound installation, an online exhibition of four other artists, a new short film created by award-winning Michael Bickerton and a multi-media performance featuring live classical music, readings of creative writing, a new HD video composition and lighting sequences.
2014: Brighton and Sussex Medical School Honorary Research Fellow title
2015: Arts Council England award to support development of the wavelength project; a collaboration between Mark Ware and neuroscientists at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, Brighton and Sussex Medical School which is scientifically investigating and artistically interpreting the affects of natural versus artificial sound and light on the brain.
2015: Artists’ Benevolent award to help purchase equipment for the wavelength project.
2016: Arts Council England award to support the Reflecting Nature touring exhibition.
2016: Manchester’s European City of Science partner (Reflecting Nature exhibition)
2017: Brighton and Sussex Medical School Honorary Research Fellow title (renewal)
2017: The Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research, Staffordshire University, Associate Member title
2017: Arts Council England R&D grant to develop a multimedia performance for theatre entitled, ‘Over The Sea Run The Hares’
2017: British Science Festival Brighton invitation to present wavelength project activities