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Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Global Futures Speaker Series - David Ward Event

16:00 - 18:00
23 January 2014
Seminar Room 3, Level 1, Westside, Winchester School of Art

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Victoria Walters at .

Event details

The Camera Lucida Variations


David Ward has made numerous performances, including collaborations with choreographers, composers and other artists. This performance lecture draws on the history of one postcard image in relation to Ward’s work since 1973 and relates to light, photography, painting, poetry and performance itself. It includes projected images, readings, the playing of sound recordings, choreographed movement and will also respond to aspects of the architecture of the space in which it takes place. It focuses on selected variations of a piece of music, a poem and a painting and treats the space of the event as a “camera lucida”.


David Ward (b. 1951) attended Wolverhampton College of Art and studied painting at Winchester School of Art from 1969-72. He works in a wide range of media and has undertaken collaborations with choreographers, artists and composers, making numerous works in the public realm. He was Artist in Residence at King’s College, Cambridge and the Cambridge Darkroom (1991), Harvard University (1994), Durham Cathedral (1997-98) and was a Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds (1995). Recent solo exhibitions include David Ward, Slow Time , John Hansard Gallery (2008) and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2009), and RINK - a skating drawing floor , Ambika P3, University of Westminster (2009). In 2012 he exhibited at Large Glass, London and presented his first collection of poems in a performance at the New Art Centre, Roche Court together with works on paper in The Artist’s House (2012). In 2012-13 he exhibited in Illuminated , curated by Peter Bonnell at Quad, Derby and presented a new solo performance, The Camera Lucida Variations, there in January 2013. He exhibited in ‘In Cloud Country’ curated by Iwona Blazwick at Harewood House, Leeds, April-June 2013. For further information see

Reference for image: Negative image of Henry Raeburn's painting circa 1784: The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch .

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