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). He was Associate Producer at Next Wave 2017 to 2018.

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).


Positions/ Committees

Climarte Poster Project, Pubic art project, (Curator)

City of Yarra (Visual Arts panel member)

Next Wave, Melbourne (Associate Producer)

2012 –
A Centre for Everything, Melbourne (co-director)

2016 – 2020
City of Melbourne (External assessment panel member)

2013 – 2015
The Substation, Melbourne (Visual Arts Program Manager and Curator)

2011- 2012
Gallery technician and Art handler – Galerie Johann König, Mitte, Berlin

2010 – 2012
Wasteland Twinning Network, Pubic art project, Berlin (founder and co-director)

2008 – 2009
Gallery technician and Art handler- Temporäre Kunsthalle, Mitte, Berlin

2004 – 2006
Market Gallery, Glasgow (committee member)

2002- 2006
Cabin Exchange- Public Art Project, Glasgow (founder and co-director)

Selected Solo, Collaborative and Curated Projects

Shapes of Knowledge (group exhibition), Monash University Museum of Art Climarte Poster Project II, Public art, Testing Grounds and Melbourne suburbs (curator)

ART / POLITICS / ACTION artist-led symposium, A Centre for Everything, Melbourne
Climate Questions for a New Car Park, Public art, Clayton Monash University and Monash University Museum of Art

Visible Hands, Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab, Melbourne Festival           The Display, performance collaboration with Sabrina D’Angelo, Why listern to Animals?, Liquid Architecture at West Space, Melbourne                               This is Hazel Wood, Climarte poster project, Public art, Melbourne
Cornucopia (group exhibition), Shepparton Art Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist talk – Next Wave, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
hair, Artists in Conversation, Climarte, Testing Grounds, Melbourne
Shapes of Knowledge, lecture, Monash University Art and Design, Melbourne

Artist talk, Visible Hands, Public Art City of Melbourne
Panel discussion, Systems of Solidarity: The urgency of socially engaged practice, Bus Projects
Panel discussion, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Bus Projects, Melbourne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cabin Exchange, Group lecture, Monash University, Melbourne

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

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


Arts & Ecology, MA, Dartington College of Arts

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


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