Pete Williams is a printmaker and artist with a long-standing reputation as a professional working and living within Wales. He is the co-founder & director of the Print Market Project Cardiff established in 1996 to the present day. Originally at Chapter Arts Centre until 2007 the workshop relocated to its present home, a re-converted 18th Century cattle and pig shed located on Market Road Cardiff which now operates as a fully equipped printmaking studio along with a small gallery.
Williams calls it ‘A most Important Space’
Educated at Cheltenham School of Art BA Hons’ Printmaking 1986-89 and then went on to Brighton University completing a Fine Art Printmaking Post Graduate Degree in 1989-91.
Exhibiting both nationally and internationally for over twenty years Williams has formed strong links in the world of Print in particular USA & China. He was made International Projects manager for Wales Arts International during this time and completed many residencies in both Wales and the Republic of Ireland from 2008-11. In 2009-12 he was the temporary exhibition curator for the Howard Gardens Gallery and the CBAT Gallery in Cardiff respectively. Now concentrates on showing work of many different artists who visit the studio to make new work.
He’s currently an Associate lecturer in both Carmarthen School of Art & University Wales Trinity St. Davids - Swansea School of Art and more recently runs various print related projects at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff on their Vertical Studio programme and numerous print related workshops direct from the his studio, the Print Market Project.
In 2014 he was made Fellow of the RSA Wales/Cymru and Chair of the 56GroupWales in 2016 and in 2018.
1989 – 1991 Brighton University Postgraduate Diploma-Fine Art Printmaking
1986 – 1989 Cheltenham School of Art & Design - BA Hon's Printmaking
Alternative Printmaking-Open Access-Artists Edition-Workshops
2009 - 2019 Print Market Project Canton Cardiff
1997-2008 The Print Market Workshop Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff
1995-7 The Chapel Print Workshop - Art Space Portsmouth
Teaching Posts held:
2003-19 Coleg-Sirgar Carmarthen Senior Lecturer BA Hons’ Printmaking Visiting Lecturer
2016-17 Swansea School of Art Senior Lecturer Printmaking (Appointment Contractual)
2006-16 Swansea Metropolitan University BA Hons’ Printmaking all areas Visiting Lecturer
2011-15 Cardiff Metropolitan University Associate Lecturer BA & MA Printmaking Visiting Lecturer
2012/19 Welsh School of Architecture Vertical School BSc 1+2 Guest Artist / Lecturer
2010 University of Wales Newport M.A Associate Lecturer
2007-8 UWIC Cardiff BA Printmaking Associate Lecturer
2003-5 Coleg Gwent Newport Foundation Fractional
2000-6 R.F.O.D & Stroud School of Art Drawing Foundation Visiting Artist
2019 Featured on BBC Victorian House of Arts & Crafts BBC2
2016-18 Chair 56 Group Wales
2014-17 FRSA Fellow Royal Society Architects Wales / Cymru
2012 Group 56 Wales Board Member & Vice Chair.
2011 Wales Arts International - International Opportunities Fund one month working in
collaboration at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York.
Arts Council Wales Art Grant awarded for: Transatlantic Return to Wales Project as linked to Making Space in New York USA.
2007-11 Leitrim Sculpture Centre Rep’ Ireland Projector Co-ordinator New Print Facility
2009 Wales Arts International Project Manager - Wales to China Exchange Residency ProgrammeChongqing Shanghai Chengdu Beijing
2007 UWIC & Howard Gardens Gallery in CHINA Chongqing
2003 The Millennium Centre Wales ‘Hoarding Project’
2018 56 Group Wales Gallery ST.Brides
2013 Between Spaces Curated and Exhibited Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Print Market Project + Aberystwyth University + East London Printmakers
2012/3 Howard Gardens Gallery Cardiff Metropolitan University Beyond the Object Avtarjeet Dhanjai
Portfolio MFA Montclair Uni + Six Artists
2010 CBAT Gallery Cardiff with x11 exhibitions over a two-year period.
2009 Howard Gardens Gallery UWIC Cardiff x5 exhibitions
2019 Shift Cardiff Capital Centre
BIG LiQuid Gallery Swansea
Oreil Canfas New Works Cardiff
2017 ‘Nothing is Old..but just reinvented’ Swansea School of Art Gallery Swansea
2013 Pete Williams ‘Terrestrial Locomotion’ Oriel Mwldan
2012 Art in the Bar Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Wales
New York Commercial ‘Blackburn 20/20 Gallery RBPW New York
2010 Aberystwyth Arts Centre Artist in Residence, Open Studio‘
Invisible Cities and Hidden Landscapes’ Henry Thomas Gallery Carmarthen
2018. Ox Market Gallery Chichester. 56 Group Wales
HeARTh Gallery Cardiff & Vale Hospital. GIG CYMRU NHS WALES
2016 Printers who Print Professional Development Symposium UWE Bower Ashton Gallery
Artists in the Archives 60 years of the 56 Group Wales
Printmaking International Oriel Myrddin Gallery http://orielmyrddingallery.co.uk/events/exhibitions/past/
2015 Print Market presents New Work RKB Gallery Borough London.
Spike Print Studio Last Volume Guest Artist & Printmaking
56 Group Shows Newport Museum & Art Gallery 56:56 Bay Arts Gallery ‘Marking 56 Years’ 56 group
2011 New Works & Guests of 2011 Blackburn 20/20 Gallery New York International Print Centre Chelsea New York
2010 Visual Arts Centre The University of Texas / Austin. Pembrokeshire Open Torch Theatre Milford Haven
The National Eisteddfod of Wales Casgliad
Three International Artists. Republic of Ireland
‘Printmaking to the Edge’ Selective exhibitions in:Venice Italy Sweden Germany USA Norway Korea & Wales
2007 Hapus Ice-Cream Factory Machen Mountain Commission Sculpture Trail Wales Print/Sculpture Commission
KALEID editions Gallery London
Impact6 Contemporary Printmaking Conference Print/Sculpture Commission UWE Bristol Sydney Nolan Trust, Wales ‘Big Prints’
2013 Kids ‘Own Publishing Belfast Northern Ireland & Londonderry Capital of Culture
The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Elizabeth Foundation Arts New York
Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Artist in Residence Supported by Esmee Fairbairn foundation
International Artist in Residence @ Leitrim Sculpture Centre Rep’ Ireland
Awards & Selected Prizes Publications
2019 Arthur Machaen Gothic Horror Stories Publish: Three Imposters
2016 Between Spaces Aberystwyth Arts Centre ISBN 978-1-899095-34-6
56 Years of 56Group Samtida Grafik Contemporary Print Art Falu Triennial 2007 Dalarnas Museum
Contemporary Welsh Printmakers, VM Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
Contemporary Welsh Printmakers, Alhambra Arts Centre, Lahore, Pakistan
Contemporary Welsh Printmakers, Arts Wing: Grand Theatre, Swansea
Printmaking at the Edge: 45 Artists: 16 Countries: A New Perspective. Richard Noyce Contemporary Welsh Printmakers
Contemporary Welsh Printmakers, Alhambra Arts Centre & Pakistan