Mark Ware background summary

Mark Ware recording sounds of the natural environment for his art science collaborations  Photo: Sara Ware

Education

1978-1980: Shrewsbury School of Art. Foundation Diploma, Art and Design

1980-1983: Northumbria University. 1st Class (Hons) BA Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Performance, Film History and Film Theory

1984-1986: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Time Arts, Photography, Performance, Film Making, Film History and Film Theory

Work History

1983-1984: Exhibition designer, Madame Tussaud’s, London & Amsterdam

1984-1986: Freelance commercial stills photographer, Snook Studios Inc. Chicago

1984-1986: Freelance video director and cameraman, Francorp Int, Chicago, USA

1987-1989: International Video Production Manager, Crosfield Electronics, a subsidiary of Fuji/DuPont

1989-1996: Spectra Films, UK (Founder).  Trading as an independent video producer, director, cameraman/stills photographer and marketing and publicity advisor. Clients: BBC News, ITV News, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Barclays Bank, Ernst and Young, Bosch, Mercedes Benz and Government Agencies, including Milton Keynes Development Corporation and The Commission for the New Towns 

1996-2004: During the early years following a severe stroke in 1996, as his condition began to stabilise, Mark developed his writing, digital photography and sculptural ideas

2004: Exhibition of digital photographic prints.  Event name: ‘Entitled’. The Dome, Brighton

2005: ‘Mind Games’. Arts Council England supported new work: A play, film & exhibition of digital prints creatively interpreting my experience of stroke. The Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

2006-2007: ‘Mind Games II:’ ACE supported creation of a month-long exhibition of large scale 3D art banners at Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Brighton.  Seen by over 1,000,000 visitors

2006-2008: Sound Posts Phase one: An outdoor, site-specific, interactive, computer-controlled sound sculpture for Toynbee School, Eastleigh, Hants. Supported by Hampshire County Council & Arts Council England

2007: Public screening of my film entitled, ‘The Dog that Barked like a Bird’, accompanied by a talk about the work at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (‘The Dog that Barked like a Bird’ is a film that explores my altered subjective experience caused by changes in mind and body due to stroke. ‘An extraordinary piece of work’ – Alan Bennett)

2007: Collaborative sound & vision installation for the ‘Collaborators’ exhibition at Nottingham Trent University, curated by the Society of British Theatre Designers

2008: X08 International Disability Festival: Screening of ‘The Dog that Barked like a Bird’

2009-2011: Sound Posts: Phase Two: Creation and installation of two outdoor, site-specific, interactive, computer-controlled sound sculptures at Hampshire primary schools together with a dedicated interactive  creative sound design website. Hampshire County Council & Arts Council England supported

2011: The Dog that Barked like a Bird (and other tales), The Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth: Multimedia presentation comprising a new HD version of ‘The Dog that Barked like a Bird’, my play entitled ‘Free Speech’, and an exhibition of digital artwork, with live music performed by Jerri Hart. Arts Council England supported

2011: Sound Waves sound workshops for children with autism and cerebral palsy at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  Supported by Kaleido Arts

2012 – 2013: Cathedra 900: a site-specific multimedia, multi-event project presented at Exeter Cathedral, created to interpret and express Exeter Cathedral’s 900 year timeline.  Events included a large-scale 3D artwork banner exhibition, creative workshops for young children, a sound installation, a multimedia live event involving film and live classical music and an online exhibition of artists from the UK and USA. Arts Council England supported

2013: Solo touring exhibition of photomontage fabric digital print artwork entitled, ‘The Cathedral Series’. Venues: The Life After Stroke Centre, Bromsgrove, The Royal College of General Practitioners London, Wellcome Collection London and Exeter Cathedral. Supported by the Stroke Association

2013: Photography for a book entitled, Of Sirens and Centaurs, an introduction to medieval sculpture at Exeter Cathedral. Author, Alex Woodcock.  Commissioned by Impress Books. ISBN: 9781907605437

2015+: The Wavelength Project, an art science collaboration investigating the benefits of exposure to the natural environment.  A collaboration with Prof Hugo Critchley and his colleagues at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex

2016+: Collaborations with Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research, Staffordshire University.  Investigating responses to visual (photographic) representations of the natural environment

2016/17: Reflecting Nature art science national touring exhibition & pubic engagement activities.  In collaboration with Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research, Staffordshire University.  Arts Council England supported

2016/17: Art commission for the CEDA charity, Exeter to work on a project entitled, ‘Total Immersion’. A multimedia art project investigating how perceptions of self can be affected by disability. Arts Council England supported

2017: Founder and Co-Director of the Reflecting Nature in art & science charity

Awards and Grants

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 Fellowship prize awarded for best post-graduate 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 training 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: ACE award to write, develop, produce and direct two pieces of work for stage (piloted at The Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton 2004)

2005: Winner of ‘Etcetera’ logo competition

2005: Arts Council England award to develop a variety of work, including a large scale 3D exhibition at a shopping centre 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 an interactive sound sculpture project for visually impaired schoolchildren entitled ‘Sound Posts: Phase One and Phase Two’

2010: Stroke Association Life After Stroke (Adult Courage) Award

2011: Arts Council England award for a multimedia event staged at the Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth, Devon. The work included a play, a video composition, an exhibition of my digital artwork and a live performance by Jerri Hart, singer and trumpet player

2011: Kaleido Arts bursary to develop the ‘Sound Waves’ project, working with autistic children and children with cerebral palsy

2012-2013: Arts Council England award to produce ‘Cathedra 900’, a site-specific multimedia, multi-event project at Exeter Cathedral

2014: Honorary Research Fellow title awarded by Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex

2015: Arts Council England award to produce The Wavelength Project, a multi-partner art science collaboration

2016: Arts Council England award to support a touring art/science exhibition & public engagement project entitled, Reflecting Nature 

2016: European City of Science Manchester partner (Reflecting Nature public engagement activities)

2016/17: National touring Reflecting Nature art/science exhibition and public engagement activities, in collaboration with Staffordshire University

2017: Invitation to become an Associate Member of the Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research, Staffordshire University

2017/18: Arts Council England supported ‘Total Immersion’ art commission for the CEDA charity, Exeter

2018/19: Photographer in residence at the Ceda charity, Exeter