Henry Ward is an artist, writer, curator and educator living in London.

He works primarily as a painter, but also makes drawings and small sculptures. I am interested in exploring the language of paint by investigating the threshold between abstraction and representation. He maintains three specific sites of practice; his kitchen table, where he makes small objects, his shed, where he paints on paper, and the studio. These three spaces create an ongoing dialogue between different ways of working and different paces.

He was shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize in 2018 and 2019. The first substantial publication about his work, “Shed Paintings – Henry Ward”, was published in February 2021 by Hato Press and features 101 works on paper and a new essay by Ben Street.

He is the Creative Director for Freelands Foundation (www.freelandsfoundation.co.uk) and was Head of Education at Southbank Centre. Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles at Welling School, a Specialist Visual Arts College, where he led on the school’s specialism. In 2002 he established the alTURNERtive Prize, an annual award celebrating outstanding student practice. In 2011 he founded the biannual arts and education periodical, æ (www.wellingvisualarts.org). He is a visiting lecturer at UK art schools including Bath Spa University, Brighton University, Manchester School of Art, Plymouth College of Art, Wimbledon College of Art and Wolverhampton School of Art, and a mentor on the Turps Art School Correspondence course.

He has written and lectured widely on the arts and education. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions. He is an advisor for Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin and curated a two day event investigating approaches to public engagement there in 2018. He is a trustee of Bolton Contemporary and an advisor for Iniva.


email: henryhawksleyward@gmail.com

twitter: @HenzWard

instagram: henzward


Born 1971. Lives & works in London

Solo Exhibitions

“Baffle” Aleph Contemporary, London 2021

“Abracadabra” AMP Gallery, London, 2018

“Henry Ward” Stark Gallery, London, 2004

“Henry Ward – Paintings and Drawings” North Bank Gallery, London, 1995

Selected Group Exhibitions

“Lost in Abstraction 1, 2, 3” Henry Ward & Mark Wright, curated by Alistair Hicks, Aleph Contemporary, London 2021

“On Paper” The Litten Tree, Coventry, 2021

“Oxlade Soup” co-curated with Karl Bielik and Angela Johnson , Terrace Gallery, London, 2021

“Your Foot in my Face” curated by Dan Howard-Birt, Kingsgate Space, London, 2021

“This Year’s Model Part III” Studio 1.1, London, 2021

“Swimming Backwards” Sid Motion Gallery, London, 2021

“Studio Confetti” curated by Karl Bielik, Terrace Gallery, London, 2021

Drawing Biennial 2021, The Drawing Room, London, 2021

“Without Borders” Elysium Gallery, Swansea then touring to Norway, , USA, Canada, Venice and Japan, 2021 -22

Wells Contemporary 2020, Wells 2020

Hastings Open, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings 2020

“Way Out” La Grange Gallery, Cernay-Lès-Reims France 2020

Beep Painting Biannual 2020, Elysium Gallery, Swansea 2020

“Binary” Shift, Cardiff and Terrace Gallery, London, 2020-2021

“This Year’s Model Part II” Studio 1.1 Gallery, London, 2020

“6 Days in December”, curated by Martin Gayford, Thameside Gallery, London 2019

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, touring UK, 2019 – 2020

“A Tapered Teardrop” curated by Karl Bielik, Terrace Gallery, London 2019

“Fully Awake 4.6” Edinburgh, 2019

“Paint” PS Mirabel, Manchester, 2019

“Trade Show” curated by Karl Bielik, London, 2019

Bath Open Art Prize, 4ADD, Bath, 2019

“Super Cuts” Art Hub Gallery, London, 2019

“This Year’s Model Part II” Studio 1.1 Gallery, London, 2019

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, touring UK, 2018 – 2019

“This Year’s Model Part I” Studio 1.1 Gallery, London, 2018

“Peckham Open” Peckham Platform, London, 2015

“Fludde” Farnham, 2012

“Deltiology” Cole Gonzalez, London, 2011

“Atelier” The Berwick Road Gallery, London, 2008

“Jonathan Purday & Henry Ward” Brockley Mess, London, 2006

“Feel ‘it Gushin’” Galleryesque, London, 2005

“Tap”, APT Gallery London, 2004

“Assembly” London, 2000

“That’s All Folks!” The Art House, London, 1997

Lena Boyle Fine Art, London, 1995-1998

South London Open, South London Gallery, London, 1995

“Quite Another Matter” TUC Building, London 1993

“Expanding Evidence” Winchester Gallery, Winchester, 1992

Exhibitions Curated

“Donachie Rhodes Ryan” Freelands Foundation gallery, 2019

“Repeat Repeat”, Freelands Foundation gallery, 2019

“Look”, Freelands Foundation gallery, London 2018

“Prologue”, Freelands Foundation gallery, London 2018

“Mirrorcity Remix”, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London 2014

“Atelier” The Berwick Road Gallery, London, 2008 co-curated with Andee Collard

“Feel ‘it Gushin’” Galleryesque, London, 2005 co-curated with Andee Collard & Jason Welling

The alTURNERtive Prize, Berwick Gallery, London 2002 – 2013

“Quite Another Matter” TUC Building, London 1993


Wolverhampton Art School 2019

Reviews, Articles & Publications

“Baffle” review AN Magazine https://www.a-n.co.uk/reviews/henry-ward-baffle/

“From Gutter to Gallery” Art Daily 2021 https://artdaily.cc/news/137087/From-gutter-to-gallery–Aleph-Contemporary-exhibits-works-by-Henry-Ward-#.YOwugBNKiYA

Shed Paintings – Henry Ward (including essay by Ben Street) Hato Press

Henry H Ward – Glorious Like Guston https://lonelyocean.art/

“Coronavirus – How artists are depicting the lockdown” Ella Wills, BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52296886

“Self help is key for an art world in lockdown” Laura Cumming, The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/29/self-help-is-key-for-art-world-in-lockdown

“A Tapered Teardrop” Terrace Gallery by Geoff Hands https://fineartruminations.com/

“About Abstraction – an interview with Henry Ward” Chris Francis https://www.artpedagogy.com/about-abstraction-henry-ward.html

Talks & Lectures

Henry Ward has lectured on art education nationally and internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Karlsruhe University Karlsruhe, National Art Teaching Conference Dublin, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, Goldsmiths, UCL/Institute of Education, Cambridge University, University of the West of Scotland, Manchester Metropolitan University, Reading University, University of the West of England, Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, the Engage Conference Liverpool and the Zart Conference, Australia


“Utilising the Specialism” Teachers TV Production, 2009

“KS3 Contemporary Art” Teachers TV Production, 2006


Middlesex University, PhD, 2013

Goldsmiths College, PGCE Secondary (Art), 1999

Winchester School of Art, BA Hons (Fine Art), 1993

Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, Foundation Diploma, 1990


Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Advisor 2018 –

Visiting Lecturer, UK Art Schools 2017 –

Freelands Foundation, Creative Director, 2017 –

Freelands Foundation, Head of Education, 2015-2017

Southbank Centre, Head of Education, 2014-2015

South London Gallery Consultant (Teachers’ Forum), 2008-2012

BBC Bitesize, Blast and Broadband Learning Consultant, 2008-2011, 2015

Welling School, Deputy Head Teacher, 2008-2013

Welling School, Director of Art, 2006-2013

Welling School, Head of Faculty of Art, 2003-2006

Welling School, Deputy Head of Art, 2001-2003

Welling School, Teacher of Art, 2000-2001

Langdon School, Teacher of Art, 1999-2000