Professor Tim Davies

Professor Tim Davies BA (Hons), MA

Senior Lecturer


Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481043

tim davies

Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Fine Art

Tim Davies has been working as a visual artist for over 20 years and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. In 2011 he represented Wales in a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Art. Tim was awarded a personal chair in 2012 in recognition of his professional achievements as a visual artist and his leadership of the Fine Art programme at Swansea.

Member of Board of Trustees of Artes Mundi, the international visual arts prize since 2012.

Contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Fine Art including Major Modules, Visual Studies and Exhibition.

Recent research has included two main strands:

  1. Investigating the spatial, temporal and social aspects of various environments, exploring what Soja (2010) terms ‘real-and-imagined’ spaces. Tim Davies’s  practice involves navigating, intervening in, observing and responding to sites and representations of sites, by which means he attempts to understand how they are perceived, experienced and negotiated, recognising de Certeau’s theory (2002) that ‘space is a practised place’.
  2. Exploring which media is the most pertinent to the realisation in presentation of the conceptual impulse behind the work.


Michel de Certeau (2002) The Practice of Everyday Life Berkeley: University of California Press

Edward W. Soja (2010) Seeking Spatial Justice Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

Full research profile

Contemporary visual arts practice in a range of media including video, assemblage, collage, intervention, site specificity, installation and two-dimensional work. Also curatorial practice via the Ground: and strata projects. He also co- initiated Locws International in 1999, leaving in 2005 to pursue solo projects.

Tim Davies has led master-classes on site responsive practice in Tallinn and Dublin. His work has been purchased for the following public collections:

  • Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London
  • National Museum, Cardiff
  • Harris Museum, Preston
  • Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea
  • British Council
  • Contemporary Arts Society
  • National Library of Wales
  • Artists Pension Trust

He has been awarded the following prizes and awards:

  • 2008 Major Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales
  • 2005 Wakelin Award
  • 2004 Shortlisted for international Artes Mundi visual arts prize
  • 2003 Fine Art Gold Medal Winner, National Eisteddfod
  • 1998 Winner, Mostyn Open


Selected publications in which Tim Davies’s work is featured include:

Mel Gooding (2014) Art Rules! (and how to break them) London: Redstone Press (ISBN: 978-1-870003-99-5)

2014 Jeremy Cooper (ed) The Postcard is a Public Work of Art London: X Marks the Bökship

2013 Alana Vincent Making Memory: Jewish And Christian Explorations in Monument, Narrative and Liturgy Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Press (ISBN 978-1-620320495)

2013 Visual Art & War Conference, University College Cork, Ireland (featured artist)

2012 Elvis Fuentes Caribbean: Crossroads of the World New York:El Museo del Barrio (exhibition catalogue)

2012 Jeremy Cooper Artists' Postcards: A Compendium London: Reaktion Books (ISBN 978-1-861898524)

Image in the Independent on Sunday 8.4.12

Reviews of In and Amongst exhibition at Fold Gallery in Artlyst and Flux magazine:

Doro Globus and Ann Jones (Eds) Tim Davies (2011) London: Ridinghouse (ISBN 978-1-905464432)

Bice Curiger & Giovanni Carmine (Eds) (2011) Illuminations (exhibition catalogue) Venice: Fondazione La Biennale Di Venezia (ISBN 978-88-317 0820)

British Council Film:

Review in Art In America:

Review in Us Cultural Website Bombsite

Reviews on Arts website Axis

Review in US critical forum the Brooklyn Rail

Review in the Arts Desk

Discussion in Groupe d'Etudes Interdisciplinaires en Arts Britanniques

The Guardian Guide 3.11.12 & 11.12.10 (reviews)

The Irish Sunday Times Cultural Magazine 10.5.09 (review)

The Syracuse Post Standard 9.3.08 (review)


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2014 Within Norwich University of the Arts Gallery, Norfolk & Norwich festival
  • 2014 Tim Davies Drift & Capricci Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw
  • 2014 Picturing Castles Oriel y Parc, St David's
  • 2013 Drift National Museum Wales, Cardiff
  • 2012 In and Amongst Fold Gallery, London
  • 2011 Tim Davies Wales at 54th Venice Biennale of Art
  • 2010 Year to Heaven Chapter, Cardiff
  • 2010 Seeriad/Series Kunstihoone Tallinn, Estonia
  • 2009 Between a rock and a hard place Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea
  • 2009 Kilkenny Shift The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • 2008 Figures in a Landscape V22Ashwin Street Gallery, London
  • 2006 Cadet and other works Harris Museum, Preston; Collins Gallery, Glasgow; Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • 2004 Still Life City Gallery, Leicester
  • 2003 Process, Wrexham Arts Centre and Oriel Davies, Newtown

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 2014 Wish You Were Here?  The Atkinson, Southport
  • 2014 The Postcard is a Public Work of Art X Marks the Bökship, London
  • 2012 Caribbean:Crossroads of the world El Museo del Barrio, New York
  • 2012 Welsh Landscapes The Lightbox, Woking
  • 2012 A Focus For Memory The Collection & Usher Gallery, Lincoln
  • 2012 Harlech Biennale X ICAW, Harlech
  • 2012 The Artists' Postcard Show Spike Island, Bristol
  • 2011 Place, Trace & Identity: Art since the 1960s National Museum, Cardiff
  • 2011 Spritz Simons, Muirhead & Burton, London
  • 2010 The Changing Landscape Oriel y Parc, St David’s
  • 2009 A Picture of You? Identity in Contemporary British Art The Graves Gallery, Sheffield
  • 2009 The Light Across the Street W A L L, London
  • 2008 Cazenovia Gallery, New York
  • 2007 Elixir Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester
  • 2007 Visions in the Nunnery The Nunnery Gallery, London
  • 2006 May you live in interesting times Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
  • 2005 Flourish Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2005 Over and Over Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2005 Ceremony Pump House Gallery, London
  • 2004 Artes Mundi National Museum & Gallery of Wales, Cardiff
  • 2003 Resist! Crescent Arts Gallery, Scarborough