I want to learn to SEE and create some works with a painter’s hand,  a poet’s eye and a philosophers mind.

“But as for certain truth, no man has known it
Nor will he know it; neither of the gods,
Nor yet of all the things of which I speak.
And if by chance he were to utter
The final truth, he would himself not know it:
For all is but a woven web of guesses.”
– Xenophanes


1977 B.A. Hons (Fine Art) Sheffield Hallam University; formally Sheffield Polytechnic

Group shows/activity

2016 – Nottingham Castle OpenNottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Place, Nottingham. NG1 6EL – 22 October 2016 – 8 January 2017. Showing three selected works.

2016 – Midlands Open 2016, Tarpey Gallery, 77 High St, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2PQ. 20th August – September 18th 2016.

2016 – “Ways of Seeing”, artsmithLIVE, 109C Monk Street, Derby DE22 3QE. Saturday 9th April to Friday 22nd April

2016 – “Open 27”, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. 12 March – 8th May. Showing three selected works.

2015 – “When death comes”, The Island Gallery, Bridewell Street, Bristol BS1 2LE.

2015 – Wirksworth  Festival’s Art and Architecture Trail Weekend 12-13 September.

2015 – Midlands Open exhibition at Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington 11 July – 15 August.

2015 – 2016 “12 by12”  Moderator for and contributor to on line year long project; A series of photo challenge set by twelve accomplished photographers. Commences 5th March 2015-concludes 7th April 2016

2015 – Leicester and East Midlands “Open 26” Art Exhibition Newarke Houses Museum, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY – Shortlisted for the Attenborough Prize

2015 – “In Evidence” Format International Photography Festival, Derby 36-38 St. Peters Churchyard (off St Peters Street), Derby. DN1 1NN

2015 – International Postcard Show. Surface Gallery, Nottingham [2nd prize winner]

2014 – Open 25. New Walk Museum and Gallery, Leicester

2013 – Open 13. SOCK Gallery, Loughborough.

2013 –  ‘I Would Like to Get to Know You Better,’ project; collaboration with artist Katie Smith; contribution to her work, Sam Scorer Gallery Lincoln.

2013 – “Llanelian Pathways”, Church of St Elian, Llanelian-yn-Rhos, Wales

2013 – Sandergram,  Leicester People’s Photography Gallery.

2013-2014 – 26 by 26 – Moderator for and contributor to on line year long project; A fortnightly photo challenge set by twenty-six accomplished photographers.

2013 – Open 24, New Walk Museum and Gallery, Leicester – nominated for and Joint winner of the Richard Attenborough Prize.

2011 – 2012  “52 by 52 – Moderator for and contributor to on line year long project; A weekly photo challenge set by fifty-two accomplished photographers.

2012 – “Hidden Llanelian”, Church of St Elian, Llanelian-yn-Rhos, Wales

2012 – Annual Open 2012.  Nottingham Castle

2011- 2014  Street Photography Now Community – contributor to on line project of international street photographers

2010 – 2011 Street Photography Now Project (in conjunction with Photographers Gallery/Thames & Hudson) – Contributor to on line, year long project

1978 – Edinburgh Arts, Richard Demarco/Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh.

1977 – Young Contemporaries, Royal Academy, London

1977 – Northern Young Contemporaries,  Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

1976 – Performance works, Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham

1976 – Group show, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

1972 – Asylums Show, Festival Fringe, Edinburgh

1971 – Open Exhibition, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Works in private collections in the UK.

Bibiolography and Publications

2015 Tear Sheet featured in NET magazine; 12by12 article Page 16 April 2015 issue. see

2014 Group published – “26 by 26 – Members Book” –    is available to purchase in softback, hardback, PDF or in EBook (iPhone, iPad or iPad and Android) formats.

2013 Article and interview Leicester Mercury Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013 Article Leicester Mercury Tuesday, February 05, 2013

2012 Group published – “52 by 52 – Members Book” –   is available to purchase in softback, hardback, PDF or free in EBook (iPhone, iPad or iPad) formats.

2011 Self published – Benches; seats and sitting – Mark W. Russell


2015 – 2nd prize winner International Postcard ShowSurface Gallery, Nottingham

2014 – – “Going off-grid” – Judge commended

2013 – Richard Attenborough Prize at Open 24, New Walk Museum and Gallery, Leicester – nominated for and Joint winner.

Talks, Presentations, Workshops

“12 by 12 – an online photography community”. – Pecha Kucha 20×20, Rough Trade, Nottingham. 12th June 2015

Open Session” [Museum series]  Format Photo Forum, Derby. 25th February 2014

“5 by 5 – recent portraits” –  Format Photo Forum, Derby. 24th Sept 2013

52 by 52 – an online community” – Format Photo Forum, Derby. 29th Jan 2013