HEATHER & IVAN MORISON

Bio.

Heather Peak was born in Desborough, UK in 1973 and Ivan Morison was born in Nottingham, UK in 1974. They are based in Arthog, North West Wales. Their work has been exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including Tate Britain; the British Art Show 6 and at the Barbican among many others. In 2007 they represented Wales at the Venice Biennale. The curator, Bruce Haines, wrote at the time: “The Morisons’ artworks focus on our spatial relationships with ordinary things, things forgotten and unnoticed, and convey the simple pleasures and passions of their endeavours and of those they meet. The formal outcomes of their investigations have included LED displays of text messages, slide shows, LP recordings of conversations, radio broadcasts, special one-off events and science-fiction novels written whilst in transit. Many of these blend factual recall with fictionalisation, merging information into a shifting narrative that builds on the mythology of Heather and Ivan Morison’s lives and the lives of the people they encounter.

Their work mirrors the passion, process and beauty of their subjects whether an astronomer, an ice fisherman, a florist or a beekeeper, to name but a few. They observe and collect the things they come into contact with, embracing chance encounters and seeking out subjects which are on the edge of daily life. The everyday and the incidental, the unusual, the hidden and the unforeseen, all are considered and brought together in an investigation of the things that surround us and to shed light on our place within these things. The artists take delight in revealing the essence of the mundane and its particularities and peculiarities.”

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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

2016

Unity of Will, Oslo, Norway, commissioned by Situations (permanent commission)

2015

Bronze House, Future Cities, Cambridge (permanent commission)

Cambridge Library (permanent commission)

Love Me or Leave Me Alone, Cardiff Bay, commissioned by Igloo and Chapter, Cardiff (permanent commission)

2014

All’s Well That Ends, Urbane Kunst Ruhr / Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Shadow Curriculum, South London Gallery, London

Knives are Mothers, WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol

Sleepers Awake, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Smile all the While, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2013

Slyk Chaynjis, Diverse Works, Houston

Nuclear Family, commissioned by National Theatre of Wales (touring)

Black Pleasure, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Cross and Cave, Queen Elizabeth II Park, London for LLDC (permanent commission)

2012

Skirt of the Black Mouth, Tate Modern (Permanent commission)

Anna, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

Cave, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (Permanent commission)

2011

Little Shining Man, Dandara, St Helier, Jersey

Sleepers Awake, Artlands, Sittingbourne

Black Pig Lodge, The Southbank Centre, London

Black Cloud, The Hepworth, Wakefield

Mr. Clevver, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Tasmania

Consultant, Kielder Water, Cumbria, curated by Peter Sharp

2010

Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Luna Park, commissioned by Chapter, Cardiff

An Unreachable Country. A Long Way to Go, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

Frost King, Open Satellite, Seattle

2009

Falling Into Place, published by Bookworks, London*

I hate her, I hate her, VOLTA NY, New York

The Black Cloud, Situations, Bristol, including the performance Black Dog Times

The Black Line, Void, Derry

2008

How to Survive (The Bad Years), Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto

The Opposite of all those Things, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

2007

And so it goes, Representing Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007, with Merlin

James and Richard Deacon, touring to Oriel Davies, Newtown and Chapter, Cardiff*

The Land of Cockaign, Bloomberg Space, London

2006

Earthwalker, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London

I lost her near Fantasy Island. Life has not been the same, Situations, Bristol

Camden Arts Centre tree tour, Camden Arts Centre, London

2005

Starmaker, Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver

South London Gallery Dendrology Field Trip and Tree Tour, South London Gallery

Chinese Arboretum, Q Arts, Derby
2004

Heather & Ivan Morison do not understand it, IPS, Birmingham*

Heather & Ivan Morison are spellbound, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery*

Chinese Arboretum / I put you on a mile long string but still you broke away, S1 Artspace, Sheffield*

Heather & Ivan Morison hired an aeroplane, New Art Gallery Walsall*

Heather & Ivan Morison are confused, Danielle Arnaud contemporary art, London*

Still Life, Resonance 104.4fm, London (weekly programme)

Birmingham International Film Club, Springhill Institute, Birmingham

2003

Global Survey, commissioned by Vivid, Birmingham. Partners included Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, Metapod Birmingham, IPS Birmingham, Harris Museum Preston,

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, IBID Projects Vilnius, A2 Radijo Stotis Vilnius,

Helsinki City Art Gallery Helsinki, DEPO Novosibirsk, Red Gate Gallery Beijing , ArtGallery of Western Australia Perth, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, NewMuseum New York

Mr & Mrs Morison would like to inform you that..., LED installation, commissioned by Nigel Prince at IPS, Birmingham

Mr & Mrs Morison would like to inform you that..., LED installation, commissioned by Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

2002

Shrewsbury International Tree Tour, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Flower Stall, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Colours and Sounds..., Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

You Are Lost, N34 Kunst Route, Drenthe, The Netherlands and Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland*

Puppet Show, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool and Gavle Konstcentrum, Sweden

I lost her near Fantasy Island. Life has not been the same, Night at the Museum, Moscow

In/Humano, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo De Monterrey, Mexico*

2013

Plan For a Ruin, Islington Mill, Salford

Tipping Point, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton

Puppet Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Cacotopia, Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

2012

Empire of Dirt, Radar, Loughborough

On the edge of the world, British Council, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

2011

The Narrative Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

As the World Turns, Anna Swartz Gallery, Sydney

Poste Restante, Artspeak, Vancouver

Poste Restante, Limoncello, London

2010

The Crystal Palace (Destroyed), WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol

The woods that see and hear, dertien hectare, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

We have the mirrors, we have the plans, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno

On the edge of the world, British Council, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Oasis, Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk

2009

Trying to Cope with Things that aren’t Human, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, Air Gallery, Stoke and Cell Project Space, London*

Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London*

Flower Power, Villa Giulia, Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Turin

The Fields Sculpture Park, ART/OMI, New York State

Radical Nature, Barbican, London*

Of Vagrant Dwellers in the Houseless Woods, Or Gallery, Vancouver

Modern Nature, K3 Project Space, Zurich

Abstract Cabinet Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Altered Sequence, E:vent Gallery, London

The Boundary Layer, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie

Utopia and Monument, Steirischer Herbst, Graz

Tales of Space and Time, Contemporary Art Norwich09

2008

Fantasy Island, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Journée des barricades, One Day Sculpture, Wellington

Dragged Down into Lower Case, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

The True Artist, Triangle France, Marseille, France

This Is The Gallery and The Gallery Is Many Things, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Give Me Shelter, Attingham Park, Shrewsbury

Let’s pretend we’re from the future, Margate Rocks, Margate

Artfutures, Bloomberg Space, London

Force and Beauty, Galerie Yukiko Kawase, Paris

Tales in Space and Time, Folkestone Sculpture Triennale*

I am so sorry. Goodbye, Tatton Park Biennale, Tatton Park, Manchester*

Paraisos Indomitos / Untamed Paradises, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, Spain and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain*, York Art Gallery, York

2007

Golden Fluffer, Transition Gallery, London

Salon 2007, Portabello Road, London

Zoorama Piccadilly Line, Platform for Art, London*

Wallpaper, Manchester Art Gallery

Venice, Castell Bodelwyddan, Wales

Decadence, Decay and the Demimode, Home House, London

Wildwood, Project Space Leeds

2006

Passionate Collectors, New Art Gallery, Walsall

British Art Show 6, Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol*

Supernova, Reims, Pommery, France*

Everything Must Go, VTO Gallery, London

Crystal Worlds, New Generation Arts, Birmingham

The Starry Messenger, Compton Verney, Warwickshire*

Archipeinture, Camden Arts Centre, London

When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang, Bodgers' and Kludgers' Co-operative Art Parlour, Vancouver

2005

British Art Show 6, Baltic Gateshead*

Human Nature, Pump House, Battersea, London*

Gathering Moss, Q Arts, Derby

Spectator T: Art Sheffield 05, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum

Public structures, Guanzhou Triennial, China

Art of the Garden, Ulster Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery*

Forest, Nottingham Castle Gallery, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales and York Art Gallery*

The Real Ideal, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

Launch Programme, Vivid, Birmingham
2004

Everything's Gone Green: Photography and the Garden, National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford

Pistols and Petals, Fundació Espais d'Art Contemporani of Girona, Spain*

Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, London*

Tempered Ground, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art London / Museum of Garden History, London*

Pleasure Garden, Nottingham Castle Gallery, Nottingham

Forest, Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery, Wolverhampton*

Clash, Fused magazine, Birmingham*

2003

Going a Journey, Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver *

Exhumed, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art / Museum of Garden History, London*

Fly, Kirov House of Culture, Novosibirsk

Innocence, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury

2002

Colours in Ivan Morison’s..., Museum of Garden History, London

Slim Volume, Vilma Gold Gallery, London

Deliberate Regression, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London*

Platforms 1, commissioned by Jubilee Arts, West Bromwich

Outwardbound, Norwich Art Gallery, Norwich

2001

Bring and Buy, Transit Space, London

Record Collection, VTO, London, touring to International 3 Gallery, Manchester and Forde Gallery, Geneva

* denotes a publication

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