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Mark Willcox exhibited critically acclaimed artworks at events during Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008 and he worked closely that year with the artist and curator, Terry Duffy, to deliver The International, a major contemporary visual arts exhibition at the Liverpool Independents Biennial.

In 2010 he created public realm artworks at 30 locations across the Merseyrail station network and in 2011 he exhibited at Look11, the International Festival of Contemporary Photography.

His recent work includes 'In Search of the Higgs', a series inspired by the experiments to discover the Higgs Boson Particle at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland in 2012 and he is currently collaborating with musicians, dancers and designers to produce new works which explore abstract concepts embodied in music and dance.

He was Chair of the Liverpool Independents Biennial, leading its two most successful editions in 2008 and 2010 and was a Director of DaDaFest, the world's largest Disability and Deaf Arts Festival, leading its most successful edition in 2010 and winning the Lever Art Prize for DaDaFest in 2012.

He is a prolific promoter of exhibitions and festivals, including: Salvador Dali at Tate Liverpool; the Liverpool Biennial; the Commonwealth Film Festival; Kino, the short films festival; Exposures, the student film festival and Culture Shock, the year-long cultural festival associated with the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

He has been a Creative Industries Adviser to the Faculties of Art & Design at Watford and Croydon Colleges of Higher Education and was a Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design at the Colchester Institute.

In his early career he led award-winning £multi-million international design projects, most notably as Head of Design for Eurostar, the international high speed train operator, a role in which he also commissioned iconic public realm sculpture and developed art galleries at Eurostar's international stations in the UK.

Mark Willcox was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 1991; his work is held in public, private and corporate art collections across the globe.

 

 

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