MARK DIXON a short CV, Selected Exhibitions and Project Highlights:
1975-1978 Worked full-time in archaeology, on sites in Hull, Yorks, Lincs, Essex and Suffolk. 1979-1996 Set up and ran a Screenprinting Company, Squeegee Printers, in Stowmarket, Suffolk. 1982-1983 Taught screen printing and graphic design on the degree course at the Colchester Institute 1990-1992 Ipswich Art College: BTech in General Art & Design. 1992-1995 Norwich Art School: Fine Art, Sculpture, BA Hons degree Dissertation “Figures in the Landscape” exploring ancient British land art.
Selected Exhibitions and Project Highlights:
2015 Sidestrand Castle a work in progress on the North Norfolk coastline.
2013 / 2015 Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts. Working with educationally excluded children.
Massaging materials 2014 / 2015 Working with a blind massage therapist to explore new ways to make new forms of art for visually impaired people
2013 Make Believe at Nottingham Castle Museum. Imagined archeological artifacts found in the grounds of Nottingham Castle with excavation remains. Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts – Residency. Working with excluded children.
2010-2012 Land art research funded by ArtsCouncilEngland. RSPB Fendrayton landscape drawing. Sabbatical journey – a 2000 mile trip around the inland waterways of England and Wales.
Commission for Cambridge Guided busway. Bird landscape water drawing and earthwork ArtsCouncilEast personal research and land art project. Commission for WirelessReactor-IV Breeze Health Centre in Liverpool. ‘Breaking up’ Video installation edit for the waterfront Ipswich.
“Breaking up” completely re-worked video installation at Focal Point Gallery, Southend ”Inside out” Performance at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge Guided Busway: development of in situ paving artworks for a major public infrastructure project by Cambs County Co. Studio artist at Wysing Arts Centre. ”Network” at Arbury, Cambs
“Golden Train” in Velocity festival, Ulverston – Lancaster. ”Golden Train II” in Flow at East of England Regional Assembly office, Brussels. “Network” at _Enter Festival at Cambridge, Takeaway, London and Offload Festival, Bristol. Ipswich Borough Council, public art commission “Lightships” for the new council offices building – a 10m long piece using LED’s. ”Reactive Cinema” Ipswich Town Hall Gallery
Residency and show at Wysing Arts Centre, and The Technology Partnership, Cambridge. “network” live interactive video using mobile phones as trigger devices. St Mary at the Quay, Ipswich ‘Beyond the call of duty’ group show at Ipswich Town Hall Gallery ISEA/ZeroOne Arts Council delegation to San Jose, USA ARENA Commission, image of new work for Arts Council England
Contributed to ‘Dark and Dangerous’, a film festival for artist/film makers. Escalator programme for emerging artists, funded by Arts Council England – GFTA award for research and development to Spring 2006 working with video, surround-sound editing and dvd production. Electrostatic moving images show at Whitechapel Gallery, London “Eternity 1 and 2″ films and “Golden Train” in STAY at Great Eastern Hotel, London International Art Symposium, Sternberk monastery, Residency Czech Republic Digital projection, “Virtual frescoes” Gallery G, Olomouc, Czech Republic “breakin up” video installation at Space4, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery
Group exhibition at Focal Point Gallery, Southend. Ran a series of digital workshops for people with learning difficulties, with Suffolk Artlink funded by Mid Suffolk District Council and Havebury Housing Trust. “Making the Invisible Visible” – Exhibition, using high voltage discharge and working directly onto the walls of the Room Upstairs, Wolsey Gallery, Ipswich. Animated film – “Re:Thinking:Time” exhibition at the Peterborough Digital Arts “Suspended”. Residency and commission at St. Mary at the Quay, Ipswich. Over a 10 day period sculpture installation and wifi video were combined to make an interactive projection environment that changed from day to day.
Period of experimentation working with Southampton University. Site Specific video work, representing Ipswich Bough Council’s Arts Policy. Wireless video projections. Including an exhibition at St Mary at the Quay Ipswich.
Visiting Artist & international lecture program at Kansas State University, with a show at the Beach Galley, Kansas, USA. Invited to participate in Artworks, an 18 month artists’ mentoring scheme. Exhibition of work in progress, at Forefront Gallery, Suffolk College, Ipswich. Organised US/UK artist exchange project for Stowmarket Artists Studios.
”Paper art” project incorporating an international residency supported by grants from ‘Awards for all’, Kansas State University and Norwich School of Art. Working with microscopic imagery using high voltage. ’Awards for Artists’, Cash award from East England Arts – new work using high voltage. Granted an £18,000 award from Regional Arts Lottery Program to provide Stowmarket Artists Studios with a new digital technology facility. Created network scheme for 20 Suffolk artists to gain access to digital art studios.
”Mad Tea-Party” group show, Norwich. ”Seahenge” Solo exhibition at the Sainsburys Centre, Norwich. Experimenting with Electro-chemistry as a new form of expression.
”VISCERA” Screen prints, joint show Red Dot Gallery, Ipswich. Solo “Seahenge Observed” Screen prints, paintings King of Hearts Gallery, Norwich. ”Bog Woman” UK/US collaboration and research, cast iron project Minnesota. Set up Stowmarket Artists Studios. (permanent space for up to 10 artists) ”16×16″ group show, King of Hearts Gallery, Norwich
Three week international residency to make work in cast iron, in Minneapolis USA. Awarded a 3 month artists bursary at the Focal Point Digital Workshops, Southend. Exhibition of new work at Yew Tree Farm, Laxfield, Suffolk.
Iron Pour UK, International artists, iron casting project Set up and running of, “St. Margaret’s Printmakers Experimental Printmaking workshop” and exhibition, in Norwich.
Czech Republic, Sternberk: International Art Symposium (travel bursary from N.S.A.D). Ice sculpture performance, Lowestoft, related to: Moscow International snow sculpture festival. Award for most imaginative work.
Young Blood group at Ipswich Corn Exchange. Clockhouse Group Exhibitions 1, 2 and 3 at Snape Maltings. Norwich Contemporaries at Norwich Gallery . Produced and directed a short TV Film, “Ghost Train” funded by First Take (Anglia TV and Eastern Arts) Broadcast November 1994 and shown at Cambridge film festival. Czech Republic, symposium, funded by Czech Artists Union and Czech Ministry for Arts. ”Sidestrand Castle”, a land art project design for the North Norfolk coastline.