Mark Edwards joined the photography staff as lecturer in September 2011. He studied for his MA in photography at De Montfort University. After graduating in 1997 he continued to lecture in Contextual Studies at the university. Marks’ work is represented in major public and private collections including the V&A, The Government Art Collection, The Hyman Collection of British Photography, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. He has been awarded numerous Arts Council England Awards. In 2007 he was one of 150 artists, architects and designers commissioned to make a word for the V&A’s 150th Anniversary album. In addition, he has recently lectured on his work at Tate Britain and the V &A.
He has exhibited his work extensively both nationally and internationally. Recent shows include: Photo Speaks 2016, Seoul, Korea, John Constable: Observing the Weather, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, Monument, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and Le musee des beaux-arts, Calais, France (2014); Revealed: The Government Art Collection, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Ulster Museum, Belfast (2012-13); Island Stories: Fifty Years of Photography in Britain, V & A Museum, London (2012-13); Travelling Light: Government Art Collection (selected by Simon Schama), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2011-12).
In 2011, Mark was commissioned to make a new body of contemporary landscape photographs to be shown alongside the landscape drawings and paintings of Gainsborogh. The resulting exhibition, entitled The View from Here, was shown at both The Holbourne Museum, Bath and Norwich Castle Museum. A full colour catalogue with a commissioned essay accompanied the exhibition.
In 2009, he was one of the ten selected and commissioned international photographers to make a new series of photographs, which explored the theme of identity. The subsequent work formed a large touring exhibition in addition to its accompanying publication which also included an essay by Mark.
Mark was also selected in 2008, as one of the overseas photographers, along with Nadav Kander, for a one man exhibition at the Fourth Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China. His work is featured in the festivals publication, My Camera and I.
Other exhibitions include; The Sleep of Reason (including Bernd & Hilla Becher, Thomas Struth, Petra Wunderlich & Richard Billingham), These Valued Landscapes (Oriel Davis Gallery & Bury St. Edmunds Gallery), Voewood Projects (Voewood House, Holt), Forest Dreaming (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural world, Exeter), The World, Abridged (Kettle s Yard, Cambridge) and Tempered Ground (Museum of Garden History, London).