Spike Island

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsDavid Alesworth


Saturday 15 July 2017, 2–3pm


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Behind the Scenes Studio Visits

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David Alesworth is a sculptor, photographer and researcher of garden histories, working between Lahore, Pakistan and Bristol.

Behind the Scenes Studio Visits

Chat with artists based at Spike Island, explore their studios and view works-in-progress during these informal encounters. Each artist gives a brief introduction to their practice followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.

David Alesworth

David Alesworth is a sculptor, photographer and researcher of garden histories, working between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. He is former Head of Sculpture, IVSAA (1991–2002), and Professor, BA (Fine Art), BNU, (2006–2015). Over the past decade his work has been organised around an expanded vision of the garden as ‘global forest’ of which we are all part. The garden is his key metaphor with which to question humanity’s culturally specific relationships with the natural world and to better understand the notion of nature as a social problem. His own hybrid identity as a Pakistani National of white British ethnicity informs many aspects of his practice.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and a Stanley Picker Fellowship award holder. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the V&A Jameel Prize.

Alesworth’s recent exhibitions include the Lahore Biennale (2018), Karachi Biennale (2017), Jameel Prize exhibition/s at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, (2016) the Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, Korea (2017) and the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan (2018). Other shows include Taqseem, Koel Gallery, Karachi (2017); The Missing One, OCA, Oslo (2016), How We Mark the Land, Gandhara-Art-Space, Karachi (2016); Hopes of Paradise, Grosvenor Gallery, London (2016); The Architecture of Life, BAMPFA, Berkeley University, California (2016); Dhaka Art Summit (2016); 8th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2014).

David Alesworth currently lives in Bristol and is a studio holder at Spike Island.