David Wills



I’m an artist who writes. I build, design and maintain websites and create large-scale photographic installations. I’m curious by nature and hold a PhD from the Australian National University.

I lectured in photography and art theory at the Australian National University, National Art School, Sydney College of the Arts and the University of Newcastle for ten years before moving to the Netherlands. I have exhibited internationally and undertaken artist residencies.

My editorial contributions include Unseen Amsterdam,, SuperKaleidoscope, Art Guide Australia and Muse. I edited I amsterdam’s What’s On and have worked for various EU-funded urban geography research projects.


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 & 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


If not here, where? This is a big thank you to all the people who have helped me over the years. Without your contribution, it is likely that I would not have overcome a hurdle of some kind. So I would like to say thank you to you all. Listed alphabetically by first name:

Alexa Ibadlit, Alison McGarry, Angela Woo, Bert Mellink, Christine Cornish, Claire-Marie Martis, Damian Dillon, Hallie Engel, Isadora Goudsblom, Jennifer Edmondson, Jochem Boeré, Kate Dennis, Kim van Os, Lea Boeré, Luisa Abela, Lynn Eastaway, Marcia Lochhead, Marco Aperti, Martyn Jolly, Marzena Wasikowska, Melissa Lee, Paul Schutes, Pete McLean, Peter Murray, Rebecca Shanahan, Rita Salvador (Vanila Netto), Ruby Davies, Sara Özogul, Susan Werner, Ton Brouwer, Toni Shuker, Tuna Taşan-Kok (love the Almighty Tree), and Xander Stalenhoef.


selected projects

I amsterdam what’s on

I amsterdam what’s on

Now I’m here

Now I’m here



The Garden of Time

The Garden of Time