Mark studied for his MA in photography at De Montfort University, Leicester, graduating, in 1997. He has worked professionally within the industry for over 25 years. Before joining the University of Suffolk in 2011 he was a lecturer in Contextual Studies at De Montfort University. Following this he wrote and led the BA (Hons) Photographic & Digital Media at UoS’s partner college in Great Yarmouth. Mark has also been a visiting lecturer in photography at; Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Lincoln University, Norwich University College of the Arts, Southampton Solent University and Salford University. He has been awarded numerous Arts Council England Awards to fund new bodies of work and in 2007 he was one of 150 artists, architects and designers commissioned to make a word for the V&A’s 150th Anniversary album. Mark is currently course leader for BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Digital Film Production, BA (Hons) Screenwriting and BA (Hons) Screenwriting and Film Studies.
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The primary focus of Marks’ research is the landscape tradition found in the painting and literature made broadly within the geographical and cultural boundaries of East Anglia and Essex. This inquiry is underpinned by his photographic practice which is included in major photographic collections including the V&A Museum, The Government Art Collection, The Hyman Collection of British Photography and Norwich Museum. It has been published and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions including Spotlight, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich (2019-20), Into the Woods: Photography & Trees, V&A Museum, London and A Green and Pleasant Land, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (2017-18). His work is also currently on display at the British Embassy, Berlin, the British High Commission, Islamabad and the Northern Ireland Office, London.
He has presented his research at numerous conferences including, Paul Mellon Centre University for Studies in British Art, Yale University, (Countless Edens, 2020), University of Amsterdam, School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (W.G. Sebalds’ Artistic Legacies, 2019), The Photographers Gallery, London (Personal Practice, 2019), Tate Britain, London (Constable and the Weather, 2015), V&A Museum, London (John Constable: The Making of a Master, 2014), Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, Norwich (Monuments, 2014) and The Holburne Museum, Bath (Landscape & Practice, 2012).
Selected conference papers
Landscapes & Vanitas, PhotoEast Festival, University of Suffolk, 2016
Messengers, Constable & the Weather, Tate Britain, 2015
Echoes & Affinities, Tate Aspire Project, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 2015
Landscapes & Vanitas, Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton, 2015
We Bloom Where We Are Planted, Constable Study Day, V&A Museum, London, 2014
Monument, Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, Norwich, 2014
Shelter, The Research Colloquium, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, 2014
Space & Place, Vizualising the Rural, University of Cumbria, 2013.
Space & Place
Advanced Photographic Techniques
Degree Project (contributor)
Professional Practice (contributor)
Double Take: Photography & the Garden, A Hestercombe Gallery, Exhibition, Taunton, 2015
Monument. le musée des beaux arts de Calais, France Exhibition, Calais, 2014
Time & Place. A SCVA & le musée des beaux arts de Calais, France Exhibition, Norwich, 2014
Revealed: The Government Art Collection. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Exhibition, London, 2012.
Group exhibitions (selected)
Inheritance, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 2018.
Into the Woods: Photography & Trees, V&A Museum, London, 2017-18.
A Green and Pleasant Land, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, 2017-18.
60 Years On, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 2016
Photo Speaks 2016, Art Space Gallery, SangMyung University, Seoul, Korea, 2016.
John Constable: Observing the Weather, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, 2016.
Collecting in East Anglia, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 2016.
Double Take: Photography & the Garden, Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton, 2015.
Monument, SCVA, Norwich & le musée des beaux arts de Calais, France, 2014.
Places & Landscapes, The Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich, 2014.
Revealed: The Government Art Collection, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2013.
Island Stories; Fifty Years of Photography in Britain, V&A Museum, London, 2012-13.
Solo exhibitions (selected)
Art School, Original Projects, Great Yarmouth, 2017.
The View From Here; new landscape photographs by Mark Edwards, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 2012.
The View From Here; new landscape photographs by Mark Edwards, The Holburne Museum, Bath, 2011-12.
Work in Public Collections
The V & A Museum, London
The Government Art Collection
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
East Contemporary Art
The Hyman Collection of British Photography