Alan Ward is an artist, designer and collaborator based in Manchester, UK. His personal projects and photographic works are based around the subject of ‘place’ including Costumbre (ritual), and Chateau Series I & II, the latter resulting in a publication with poet Helen Tookey entitled Telling the Fractures. The projects are often informed by research and archives, whether these be personal or institutional. And increasingly community engagement has become a significant part of outcomes.
Ward has just delivered a major exhibition and publication after a long-term photographic research project based around a collection of re-discovered 1920s glass negatives purchased from eBay. The exhibition and book titled ‘Photographs from Another Place’ showed at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in December 2019 – February 2020, and will tour to Norwich Cathedral in 2021.
He is also completing a public art commission with artist Neville Gabie for Cambridge City Council to commemorate the role of Parker’s Piece as the birthplace of the ‘1848 Cambridge Rules’, which helped establish the modern game of football. It is titled: Written in stone / interpreted worldwide / brought back to Cambridge.
Recent photographic work features in Breaking Ground a publication from an artist residency at the abandoned football ground of Bradford Park Avenue, designed by Ward this book was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017. He also completed an Ex(s)ports european arts commission, again with Gabie, in conjunction with the KAA Gent Ladies football team in Belgium.
In 2014, Citizen Manchester a two year artist residency with Dan Dubowitz at Manchester Central Library during its refurbishment, culminated in an exhibition of interventions at both the Central Library and Manchester Art Gallery. A significant publication by Manchester University Press accompanied the exhibition (designed by Ward).