Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts, Robert Williams is helping to install and participate in a major survey exhibition of work by his long-time friend and collaborator, the American artist Mark Dion.
The exhibition opens at The Whitechapel Gallery in London on 14 February, and features a number of projects that they have worked on together. These include their Phylogenetic Trees, a suite of four lithographic prints made at the Institute of the Arts printmaking facility during Dion’s residency with the fine art programme in Carlisle, and the Tate Thames Dig for which Williams wrote the definitive account. The exhibition runs until 13 May 2018.
Professor Williams says, “It is always a joy to work with Mark Dion, particularly so for this long overdue survey of his incredible output over the past thirty years, and all respect is due to director Iwona Blazwick for securing the exhibition at the Whitechapel. Mark’s perceptive, witty and sometimes provocative work has made an immense contribution to art, science, politics and museology since the mid-1980s and we see that contribution made manifest in this show. It is great too that the exhibition features work that we made in Carlisle, and it is such a privilege to be involved”.
As part of the events surrounding the exhibition, Professor Williams, along with fine art programme leader Jane Topping and artist and writer Dr Kate Briggs of the Piet Swart Institute at Rotterdam, will be presenting a workshop based on their alchemical interests at The Whitechapel in early March.
Above: Robert Williams (second from right) with Mark Dion (foreground) making a print with the help of students.
Below: The finished print, one of the suite of four entitled 'Phylogenetic Trees'
Further information on the exhibition is available here: