Will Foster is an artist and curator based in Melbourne. His projects have taken form as temporary public artworks, large scale messages, investigative social spaces, exhibitions, research networks and socially-engaged pedagogical programs existing in both urban and rural environments.

Will has carried out major artistic and curatorial projects in galleries and public spaces in Glasgow, Berlin, Istanbul, Norway and Melbourne. He has undertaken residencies including Cove Park Artists’ Residency, Scotland (2005 and 2006), Basecamp, Intercult in Stockholm (2011) and Scottish Sculpture Workshop (2006). He is the recipient of grants from the European Cultural Fund (2012), Arts Network Asia (2012), Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK (2008-9), and Goethe Institute Curator’s Research Grant (2011).

Will is the founder and co-director of the Wasteland Twinning Network, Cabin Exchange and A Centre for Everything. As Visual Arts Program Manager at The Substation, Newport, Melbourne Will has curated various exhibitions of local and international artists including Trilogies (2015), Vantage Point (2013), Merchant City (2014), SUB12 (2013 and 2014), and Future Now (2013 and 2014) and The Substation Contemporary Art Prize (2013).

Will completed a BA in Environmental Art & Sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art (2004) and an MA in Arts & Ecology at Dartington College of Arts (2009).

 
 

Selected Solo, Collaborative and Curated Projects

Ongoing
A Centre For Everything
, Collaboration with Gabrielle de Veitri, Melbourne

2015
SHUT DOWN MANUS. CLOSE NAURU. Collaboration with Gabrielle de Veitri and Asha Bee Abraham, Sydney and Canberra
TRILOGIES, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne

2014
SUB 12, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne
Future Now, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne
Merchant City, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne

2013
The Substation Contemporary art Prize, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne
SUB 12, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne
Vantage Point, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne
Palletable, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne

2012
Wasteland Twinning Network Forum, ZKU – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin
The Fallow Games, Wasteland Twinning Network Kreuzberg, Berlin

2011
Three is a cardinal number, XAU Contemporary, Erfurt, Germany
Head As The Seat Of Reason,TÄT, Berlin

2010
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE, Collaboration with Guyan Porter, Curated by Basak Senova, Akbank, Istanbul
Uendelig varsel (endless forcast),Rørsle, Hardanger, Norway
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE, Collaboration with Guyan Porter GI, Center for Contemporary Arts

2009 
DUPLEX, Lowsalt & Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow International
Aller Park Open-air Cinema, Aller Park, Dartington Estate, Dartington, Devon

2008 
Bluss – Low Carbon Temporary Light, Fykse, Norway 
Plotshift – Nomadic Garden design Project, Barselgrad, Norway

2007
Balets Historikk – A History of Bonfires, Barselgrad, Norway
Use – Link Gallery, Functionsuite, Edinburgh

2006 
Tug of cabin – Cabin Exchange, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
Cabin Exchange 2006 – Glasgow International, Dennistoun, Tradeston, Pollokshaws, Glasgow
Big Tub and Rubha Nan Gall – Group Show, An Tobar, Tobermoray, Isle of Mull, Scotland
The Wee Ceilidh Tour – Collaboration with Stewart Murray, Functionsuite, Edinburgh Skills Bank – Functionsuite, Edinburgh
Trident Platter – Cove Park,Argyll and Bute, Scotland

2005 
Return. Porta. – Trajectory Book Launch, CCA, Glasgow
Coming Soon & the anti-monument coalition – Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh
SHOP 111 – Presented by SEAM, Glasgow International, 111 Saltmarket

2004 
Cabin Exchange 2004 – Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh
The Nellery, Rennie Macintosh Building, Glasgow
Coming Soon solo – Merchant City, Glasgow

2003
Cabin Exchange 2003 – (Weeklong Event) Hope S, Vinicombe St, Craigmont Dr, Renfrew St, Kingarth St, Glasgow
Just War – Collaboration with Hans Rosenstrom, Helsinki, Finland

2002
Cabin Exchange 2002 – (Weeklong Event) Bath St,Vinicombe St, Bothwell St, Blythswood Sq, Glasgow
GLASGOW WILL YOU MARRY ME? XXX – Charing Cross Footbridge, Glasgow

 

Lectures and presentations

2015
TRILOGIES, Exhibition, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne

2013
Wasteland Twinning Network, Landscape Architecture and Design, RMIT, Melbourne

2012
Wasteland Twinning Network, Urban Ecologies, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
Wasteland Twinning Network Forum, ZKU – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin
Wasteland Twinning Network, Nottingham Contemporary, England

2011
Wasteland Twinning Network, Basecamp, Intercult Stockholm
Wasteland Twinning Network, Open Platform, Tracingmobility HKW, Berlin

2008
Art practice and the Barselgrad project, lecture,Stavanger Art School, Stavanger
PRAKTIKA– Creating a Critical Context for Socially Engaged Art Practice, Deveron Arts, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

2007
Barselgrad project, lecture, KIT, Art Academy, Trondheim
Art practice, lecture, Alberta Collage of Art & Design, Calgary

2006
Cabin Exchange, Group lecture, Monash University, Melbourne

2005
Extraordinary Everyday, Panel discussion, CCA, Glasgow
Up the Garden path, Group Panel discussion, Networking Artists Networks, BALTIC, Newcastle

2004
Alternative strategies for exhibiting, Group lecture, Organised by a-n, Generator, Dundee

 

Education

2008-2009
Arts & Ecology, MA, Dartington College of Arts

2001 – 2004
Environmental Art, BA, Glasgow School of Art

 

Residencies

Oct 2011
Basecamp, Intercult Stockholm

Oct 2007 – Sept 2008
Barselgrad – Year Long Residency Project, Fykse School, Fykse, Hardanger, Norway

Oct-Nov 2006
Cove Park Artists Residency, – Cove, Argyle & Bute, Scotland

July Sept Oct 2006
Functionsuite – Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh

Nov 2005 – May 2006
Partners Residency Scottish Sculpture Workshop – Aberdeanshire, Scotland

Aug-Sept 2005
Cove Park Artists Residency – Cove, Argyle & Bute, Scotland