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Professor Tim Davies BA (Hons), MA, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

Tel: 01792 481043
E-mail: tim.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk

Senior Lecturer on the BA Fine Art Site, Studio and Context course.

Tim Davies has been working as a visual artist for over 20 years and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. In 2011 he represented Wales in a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Art. Tim was awarded a personal chair in 2012 in recognition of his professional achievements as a visual artist and his leadership of the Fine Art programme at Swansea.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Fine Art. Module leader for: Deconstruction and Construction; Site and Audience; Research as Practice; Advanced Creative Enquiry; Major Project, including exhibition and external liaison; Student-led module; as well as dissertation supervision, Venice, Oxford and London study tours.

Recent research has included two main strands:

  1. Investigating the spatial, temporal and social aspects of various environments, exploring what Soja (2010) terms ‘real-and-imagined’ spaces. Tim Davies ’s practice involves navigating, intervening in, observing and responding to sites and representations of sites, by which means he attempts to understand how they are perceived, experienced and negotiated, recognising de Certeau’s theory (2002) that ‘space is a practised place’.
  2. Exploring which media is the most pertinent to the realisation in the presentation of the conceptual impulse behind the work.


Michel de Certeau (2002) The Practice of Everyday Life Berkeley: University of California Press

Edward W. Soja (2010) Seeking Spatial Justice Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

Contemporary visual arts practice in a range of media including video, assemblage, collage, intervention, site specificity, installation and two-dimensional work. Also curatorial practice via the Ground: and strata projects. He also co- initiated Locws International in 1999, leaving in 2005 to pursue solo projects.

Tim Davies has led master-classes on-site responsive practice in Tallinn and Dublin. His work has been purchased for the following public collections:

  • Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London
  • National Museum, Cardiff
  • Harris Museum, Preston
  • Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea
  • British Council
  • Contemporary Arts Society
  • National Library of Wales

He has been awarded the following prizes and awards: 

  • 2008 Major Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales
  • 2005 Wakelin Award
  • 2004 Shortlisted for international Artes Mundi visual arts prize
  • 2003 Fine Art Gold Medal Winner, National Eisteddfod
  • 1998 Winner, Mostyn Open

Selected publications in which Tim Davies’s work is featured include:

Mel Gooding (2014) Art Rules! (and how to break them) London: Redstone Press (ISBN: 978-1-870003-99-5) 

2014 Jeremy Cooper (ed) The Postcard is a Public Work of Art London: X Marks the Bökship 

2013 Alana Vincent Making Memory: Jewish And Christian Explorations in Monument, Narrative and Liturgy Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Press (ISBN 978-1-620320495) 

2013 Visual Art & War Conference, University College Cork, Ireland (featured artist)

2012 Elvis Fuentes Caribbean: Crossroads of the World New York: El Museo del Barrio (exhibition catalogue)

2012 Jeremy Cooper Artists' Postcards: A Compendium London: Reaktion Books (ISBN 978-1-861898524)

Image in the Independent on Sunday 8.4.12

Reviews of In and Amongst exhibition at Fold Gallery in Artlyst and Flux magazine: http://www.artlyst.com/articles/london-gallery-round-up-by-paul-careykent-december-preview


Doro Globus and Ann Jones (Eds) Tim Davies (2011) London: Ridinghouse (ISBN 978-1-905464432) 

Bice Curiger & Giovanni Carmine (Eds) (2011) Illuminations (exhibition catalogue) Venice: Fondazione La Biennale Di Venezia (ISBN 978-88-317 0820)

British Council Film

Review in Art In America

Review in US Cultural Website: Bombsite

Reviews on Arts website Axis http://www.axisweb.org/

Review in US critical forum the Brooklyn Rail http://www.brooklynrail.org/2011/07/artseen/the-54th-venice-biennale

Review in the Arts Desk http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/tim-davies-glynn-vivian-gallery-swansea

Discussion in Groupe d'Etudes Interdisciplinaires en Arts Britanniques http://www.geiab.org/geiab_deux/index.php?lang=fr&cat=article&article_id=97 [link inactive]

The Guardian Guide 3.11.12 & 11.12.10 (reviews) 

The Irish Sunday Times Cultural Magazine 10.5.09 (review)

The Syracuse Post Standard 9.3.08 (review)


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Within Norwich University of the Arts Gallery, Norfolk & Norwich festival

2014 Tim Davies Drift & Capricci Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw

2014 Picturing Castles Oriel y Parc, St David's

2013 Drift National Museum Wales, Cardiff

2012 In and Amongst Fold Gallery, London

2011 Tim Davies Wales at 54th Venice Biennale of Art

2010 Year to Heaven Chapter, Cardiff

2010 Seeriad/Series Kunstihoone Tallinn, Estonia

2009 Between a rock and a hard place Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea

2009 Kilkenny Shift The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

2008 Figures in a Landscape V22Ashwin Street Gallery, London

2006 Cadet and other works Harris Museum, Preston; Collins Gallery, Glasgow; Aberystwyth Arts Centre

2004 Still Life City Gallery, Leicester

2003 Process, Wrexham Arts Centre and Oriel Davies, Newtown

Selected Group Exhibitions: 

2014 Wish You Were Here?  The Atkinson, Southport

2014 The Postcard is a Public Work of Art X Marks the Bökship, London

2012 Caribbean:Crossroads of the world El Museo del Barrio, New York

2012 Welsh Landscapes The Lightbox, Woking

2012 A Focus For Memory The Collection & Usher Gallery, Lincoln

2012 Harlech Biennale X ICAW, Harlech

2012 The Artists' Postcard Show Spike Island, Bristol

2011 Place, Trace & Identity: Art since the 1960s National Museum, Cardiff

2011 Spritz Simons, Muirhead & Burton, London

2010 The Changing Landscape Oriel y Parc, St David’s

2009 A Picture of You? Identity in Contemporary British Art The Graves Gallery, Sheffield

2009 The Light Across the Street W A L L, London

2008 @earthlink.org Cazenovia Gallery, New York

2007 Elixir Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester

2007 Visions in the Nunnery The Nunnery Gallery, London

2006 May you live in interesting times Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

2005 Flourish Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

2005 Over and Over Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2005 Ceremony Pump House Gallery, London

2004 Artes Mundi National Museum & Gallery of Wales, Cardiff

2003 Resist! Crescent Arts Gallery, Scarborough