The sense of community: the theme of the workshop will be centred on ideas around the interaction and body language of the human figure.
David Reekie was born in Hackney, London in May 1947. He studied Glass and Ceramics at Stourbridge College of Art 1967-70 and in 1972 gained an ATD at Birmingham College of Art Education. In 1975-1985 he was awarded a Fellowship in Glass by Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts. In 1976 he was one of the founder members of British Artists in Glass. From 1976-86 he lectured in glass at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. He moved to Norwich in 1986 where he set up his own studio. In 1988 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study Alternative Architectural Glass in U.S.A.
From 1994-97 he was appointed an International Council Member to Pilchuck Glass School. In 1998 he was short listed for the Jerwood Prize for Glass and his work was selected for exhibition at the G8 Summit in Birmingham. In 2002 he was appointed a member of the Advisory Council for North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland. In 2004 David was invited to attend a reception given at Buckingham Palace to celebrate British Design. In 2006 his work was short listed for the Coburg Glass Prize, Germany. In 2007 he was invited to speak at the Contemporary Glass Society Conference at the Eden Project, ‘Looking into Glass’ and in 2008 he was a speaker at the Creative Pathways Symposium in Wolverhampton.
In September 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts by the University of Wolverhampton.
His work is feature d in museums worldwide, including the V&A in London and The new Museum of Glass in Shanghai. David is represented by galleries in the UK. USA, France and The Netherlands.
My work is influenced by man’s reaction and adaptation to the society in which he lives. We live in a world that grows more complex and difficult to comprehend, with its tensions and temptations that pulls us in different directions. These conflicts provide ideas from which I create characters and situations and provide me with a constant source of material for my work. I devise surreal settings showing how we try to cope with the very limited and purely imagined space that we have created for ourselves.
My main medium is glass and over several years I have developed my own lost wax casting technique.
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