Hello, I’m David Wills. I read a book by Ian Sanders years ago that spoke about the rise of the slashie, someone who earns income from various professions. I think that fits me to a tee. My eclectic career has seen me work in accounts, publishing, communication and education. I’m curious by nature and an artist. I also hold a PhD and write. Read on to learn more.


Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2009

Bachelor of Arts (Visual), Honours, (First Class Honours, Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation), Australian National University, 2003

Bachelor of Fine arts, National Art School, Sydney, 2002

Grants, prizes & scholarships

First prize, Articulate Art Prize, Newcastle, 2013

ArtStart grant, Australia Council, 2012

New Work Project Funding, Australia Council, 2011

SEED Funding, University of Newcastle, 2011

Short-listed: John Hunter Hospital Art Commission, Newcastle, 2011

P4 Pilot Project Funding, Performance Space/PICA/Australia Council, 2010

Vice-Chancellor’s Higher Degree Research Travel Grant, Australian National University, 2008

artsACT Project Grant, 2007

artsACT Quick Response Travel Grant for Moya Dyring Residency, 2006

Graduate Materials Award, School of Art, Australian National University, 2005

Australian National University PhD Scholarship, Faculty of Arts, 2004

National Association for the Visual Arts, NSW Artists Marketing Scheme, 2003

Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation, Australian National University, 2003

Emerging Artists Support Scheme, Canberra Grammar School Exhibition Award, 2003

Short-listed: St Vincent’s Public Hospital Mural Competition, Sydney, 2003

2002 The L&P Maxwell Optical Industries Award, 2002

Research interests

My PhD, Cultural Mulch, was interested in the significance of mass-produced collectibles as consumer marketing tools. My thesis attempted to put this into perspective by combining writing and two visual components: a large-scale photographic installation and a website called Turnstile. Together the three elements considered how consumerism and collecting connected from different perspectives.

Since then I have become more interested in the idea of futility in relation to capitalist structures that deliver too much to too few and the power of persuasion. Using photography, I document the residue of consumerism creating typologies that question value, responsibility and disparity. My adult life began as neoliberalism came into being, and I’m now looking at what it has delivered. Other threads include loneliness, surveillance, waste and vanity.

Skills & capabilities

Efficient, logical and calm manner with an ability to work across various projects simultaneously, both independently and collaboratively.

Well-rounded communications focus with solid experience crafting concise, well-researched and informative copy for print and online supported by web and graphic design skills.

Strong research and teaching background informing an expansive photographic practice.

Proven track record developing and delivering exhibitions, events and content to diverse communications platforms and audiences.


For ten years before moving to the Netherlands, I lectured in photography and art theory at universities and art schools in Australia. I taught theoretical and practical courses including analogue processing and printing, digital technique and process, studio practice, and conceptual thinking. I mentored undergraduate and postgraduate students, was an active committee member and took part in collaborative projects nationally and internationally.