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.
He is currently working on 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. Ward is also engaged in a long-term photographic research project based around a collection of re-discovered 1920s glass negatives purchased from ebay.
Recent photographic work features in Breaking Ground a new 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).
He also runs Axis Graphic Design Ltd, well known for its work in the arts and cultural sector, delivering highly acclaimed publishing projects for both public institutions and private clients.