Huw Wahl works with film, video and photography.

He received a postgraduate bursary from the Royal Photographic Society in 2011 to produce the audio-visual project 'Negotiating Representation in Israel and Palestine', which uses photography and sound to look at how the occupation is perceived by photographers living in the region. In 2014 with the experience of being part of the Castles Built in Sand media collective, he made his first film - and his first feature film - 'To Hell with Culture', which is about the poet, writer and committed anarchist Sir Herbert Read who died in 1968. THWC uses Read's poetry to explore theories of art, politics and philosophy. In 2016 he produced his second feature film 'Action Space', which traverses the family history of the performance and inflatable group set up by Wahl's father in 1968. As part of the project a new giant inflatable was designed and built at Ambika P3 gallery with the help of workers from Architects of Air, a group of student volunteers, and old Action Space members. It provided a performance and event space to be used within the making of the film and later its screening. This featured live events at the Chelsea School of Art, Ambika P3 Gallery, Blackheath Halls and three days of events at the 2016 Flatpack Film Festival. In 2016 he also produced his first short film - on 16mm - titled 'Everything Lives' - an intimate portrait of his father's life in the Cornish town of St Ives as he turns ninety.

Wahl's work has been screened internationally at film festivals such as FILAF in Perpignan, DOKU.ARTS in Berlin, Flatpack in Birmingham and Leeds International Film Festival, with 'Actin Space' winning Prix d'argent (silver) at FILAF. The films have been shown in art galleries, social centres and museums, with universities such as Manchester School of Art and the University of Huddersfield holding conferences and symposiums based on the films 'To Hell with Culture' and 'Action Space'. His films have been written about in magazines like Sight and Sound and The Wire, and he has written about his own work in academic journals such as Visual Studies and given papers on it at academic conferences like CAPPE in Brighton. He has previously received funding from The Henry Moore Foundation, Arts Council England, Michael Davies Charitable Settlement and the Royal Photographic Society.

Wahls's commissioned works include documentation and collaboration with artists, co-direction of film projects with academic and artistic researchers, and professional video production for organisations such as the Museum of Science and Industry, Ambika P3 Gallery and the Welcome Trust. The commissioned work 'Wonderland: the art of becoming human' on which he was cinematographer and editor, won the 2016 AHRC RIFA (research in film award) in the Utopia category. The forthcoming comissioned film 'Reveal', with David Hoyle, will screen at the Whitworth Art Gallery in December 2017.

Email him at huwwahl[at]gmail[dot]com



DIRECTED FILMS
2016    Everything Lives: looking at the artist as father (24m)
            A short 16mm film about my father
2016    Action Space (1h 26m)
            Award winning experimental film and inflatable project about the radical 60s art group Action Space
2014    To Hell with Culture (55m)
            A film about the poet, writer, art critic and anarchist, Sir Herbert Read
2012    Negotiating Representation: In Israel and Palestine (15m)
            A photography and audio project about photographers working in Israel and Palestine

ROLES ON OTHER PRODUCTIONS
2017    (In production) Reveal Project with David Hoyle
            Co-director with Amanda Ravetz on forthcoming film about LGBTQ and recovery
2016    Wonderland: the Art of Becoming Human (17m)
            DOP and editor on award winning short film about AHRC funded, co-produced arts project
            exploring the utopian impulses of recovery, in collaboration with Cristina Nunez and Amanda Ravetz
2013    Helpyourself Manchester (54m)
            Co-director of a collectively made film about DIY music in Manchester in the early 2000s

EDUCATION
2012    MA in Photography, University of Central Lancashire

AWARDS and GRANTS
2016    AHRC research in film Utopia award for Wonderland: the Art of becoming Human
2016    FILAF Prix d'argent (silver), award for Action Space film
2015    Henry Moore Foundation, the Michael Davies Charitable settlement
            and the University of Sheffield Special Collections provide funding to produce Action Space
2013    Arts Council England grant to produce To Hell with Culture
2011    Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary Award

SELECTED SCREENINGS/EXHIBITIONS/WORKSHOPS/TALKS
2017    (forthcoming) Abacus group exhibition at Bluecoat, Liverpool - part of exhibition
            + screening of Action Space film with Q&A
2017    (forthcoming) Krafta International Film Festival, Glasgow - screening of Action Space
2017    (forthcoming) Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester - screening of Reveal Project with David Hoyle
2017    MAC Birmingham - Part of Futuremakers exhibition with Action Space display,
            film and archive
2017    Riga Pasaules Film Festival, Latvia - screening of Wonderland: the Art of becoming Human
2017    Cheapcuts Short Film Festival, London - screening of Everything Lives
2017    Rogue Cinema, Manchester - screening of Action Space
2017    Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield - screening of Action Space
2017    Somerset House, London - screening of Action Space
2016    Regent Street Cinema, London - screening of Action Space
2016    FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris - screening of Action Space
2016    Leeds International Film Festival 2016 - screening of Action Space
2016    FILAF film festival, Perpignan, France - screening of Action Space
2016    Flatpack Film festival, Birmingham - UK premiere screening and 3-day inflatable installation
            of Action Space
2015    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - screening 15min edit of AMM performance
            from Action Space
2015    P3 gallery, Westminster University - 7-day inflatable building workshop for installation of Action Space
2015    Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen - Guest lecture about To Hell with Culture
2014    Modern Art Oxford - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Newbridge Art Project, Newcastle - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    University of Central Lancashire - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Larnaca College, Cyprus - Screening and Talk on To Hell with Culture
            as part of the 'fine arts speaker series'
2014    University of Nicosia, Cyprus - Screening of To Hell with Culture as part of the 'fine arts speaker series'
2014    Upperspace, Manchester - Screening of To Hell with Culture as part of Politika exhibition
2014    The Tetley, Leeds - Screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Chelsea College of Art and Design, London - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Beacons festival, Skipton - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    DOKU.ARTS Film festival, Berlin, Germany - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    The Bluecoat, Liverpool - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Leeds International Film festival - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Goldsmiths University - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Chicago, University of Eastern Illinois - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Anarchist Studies Conference, Loughborough University - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Queens College, Oxford University - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Helmsley Arts Centre - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Federation House/Castlefield Gallery - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Edinburgh College of Art - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Institute of Contemporary Art, London - UK premiere screening of To Hell with Culture
2013    Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada - Public lecture on To Hell with Culture and Herbert Read
2013    Equations film festival, Kingsgate Gallery, London - screening of Negotiating Representation:
            In Israel and Palestine
2013    NTS Radio - audio screening of Negotiating Representation: In Israel and Palestine
2012    Screamstation festival, Horse Hospital, London - screening of Negotiating Representation:
            In Israel and Palestine
2012    Black & White, International AV festival, Portugal - screening of Negotiating Representation:
            In Israel and Palestine
2012    Screengrab New Media Awards, Australia - screening of Negotiating Representation:
            In Israel and Palestine
2010    Manchester Art School Gallery - exhibition of photographs with Jonathan Purcell,
            Observing Occupied Space

SELECTED PRESS/PUBLICATIONS
2017    Film and the Anarchist Imagination, Richard Porton, Verso books second edition
            to include To Hell with Culture
2016    Sight and Sound Magazine, Sukhdev Sandhu print review of Action Space
2016    The Wire Magazine, print review of Action Space
2016    Amuse | iD Magazine, online review of Action Space
2015    The World Today with Tariq Ali, Youtube feature on To Hell with Culture
2013    Now Then Magazine, December 2013, article by Huw Wahl
            on Herbert read's essay To Hell with Culture
2013    Royal Photographic Journal, 'The desire to explore' article on Huw Wahl
2012    Royal Photographic Journal, interview 'Beyond the Obvious'
2011    BBC Northwest Tonight, feature as part of Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra

ACADEMIC OUTPUTS
2016    Symposium: Maker Assembly, Sheffield
            Speaker and panellist
2016    Symposium: Putting Space Into Action, Centre for Sculptural Thinking (CST) Huddersfield University
            Speaker and co-host, symposium is collaboration between Huw Wahl and CST
2016    Symposium: Into Action: The politics of Play and Participation, Primary, Nottingham
            Speaker and performer, symposium is collaboration between Huw Wahl,
            Primary and Loughborough University
2014    Symposium: To Hell with Culture, Manchester School of Art
            Co-organiser, symposium is a collaboration between Huw Wahl and Dani Child
2013    Article: Visual Studies issue 29.1, Routledge.
            Photo-essay on Negotiating Representation: In Israel and Palestine
2013    Paper: CAPPE annual conference Representation, Politics and Violence, Brighton
            On topic of Israel and Palestine, in collaboration with Gary Bratchford
2013    Book: Making Stories. Co-editor with Alice Kettle and Insa Langhorst
2013    Symposium: On Visual Methods, Sheffield University. Presentation and participant