Mark works across a range of media including sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance. Works exist in a wide range of sites and contexts; that space often being a starting point for an idea's development or a contextually relevant backdrop. He is equally interested in how work functions in an arts institution as in a site-specific work; a particular interest being how work can retain its criticality and credibility when positioned outside of an institutional framework, where it is often requested to have a broader relevance to a wider audience. Subjects for work are drawn from the social and political culture he has grown up in; an equal fascination with things he finds so great and so terrible about the world. This often takes the form of a re- evaluation and re-interpretation of contemporary culture and history, provoking us to consider our contribution to the world. Work often incorporates some form of collaboration, whether in its production or engaging a particular community, subculture or professional during the research phase. His primary interest is in how a work communicates as an object in the space that surrounds it; its potential and ability to carry an idea in itself and how this can be enhanced by the context in which it is situated.
He is in the early stages of a PhD, where the primary focus is around ideas of exchange; strategies and methodologies used within the content and structure of a work to heighten this exchange as a reflective, critical and dynamic experience of the work, stepping beyond what might be considered a typical exchange between a viewer and artwork in a traditional context.
His work has been widely commissioned and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions for organisations including Artangel, Turner Contemporary (Margate), Dublin Contemporary, Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth), Postmasters Gallery (NYC), Matthew Bown Gallery (Berlin), Mostyn (Llandudno), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), ICA (London) and PS1 MoMA (NYC).
Residencies/fellowships include URRA International Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011), Standpoint Futures, Standpoint Gallery, London (2010), Cove Park, Scotland (2008), Arts Council of Englands International Fellowship at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (2005) and The Wheatley Fellowship at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (2005).
Permanent public works include commissions for Grizedale Arts, Nottingham Contemporary, Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth) and The Welsh Assembly Government.
- M.A. Fine Art, B.I.A.D., University of Central England
- B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, University of Derby
Mar 2016 Arts Council Wales: Large Project Grant
Feb 2016 Wales Arts International: International Opportunities Travel Grant
Jul 2013 Arts Council Wales: Large Project Grant
Mar 2012 Arts Council Wales: Creative Wales Award
July 2010 Arts Council Wales: Production grant
Feb 2008 Arts Council England Award: Grant to produce new work for The City Gallery show
Nov 2006 Arts Council England Award: Grant to realise Among the Living touring project
Mar 2006 Visiting Arts, Artist to Artist Scheme
Nov 2002 Grizedale Arts: Research and development grant