BIO

STUDIO MORISON founders Heather Peak and Ivan Morison have worked together as an artist duo, under the name Heather and Ivan Morison, since 2003, establishing an ambitious collaborative practice that transcends the divisions between art, architecture and theatre. STUDIO MORISON facilitates their practice and the projects that flow from it.

Heather and Ivan Morison are represented by Works|Projects, UK and Clint Roenisch Gallery, Canada.


Heather and Ivan Morison have exhibited widely across UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. Key projects include Sleepers Awake, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2014; All’s Well That Ends, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany; Smile All the While, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2014; Shadow Curriculum, South London Gallery, London, 2014; Skirt of the Black Mouth, Tate Modern, London, 2012-15; Nuclear Family, National Theatre of Wales, 2013; Black Pleasure, Eastside Projects, Birmingham 2013; Anna, The Hepworth, Wakefield, 2012; Cave, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2012; Black Pig Lodge, Southbank Centre, London, 2011; Mr. Clevver, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Australia, 2011; Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, 2010; The Black Line Void, Derry, Northern Ireland, 2009; Black Cloud, Situations, Bristol, 2009; Journée des Barricades, One Day Sculpture, Wellington, New Zealand,2008; And So it Goes, representing Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennial, 2007. Their book, Falling into Place, a fictionalized account of their large architectural shelter works, was published by Bookworks in 2009, and was made into an audio book by Palaver Press, New York in 2014.  A new anthology of their work will be published in 2016 and is edited by Claire Doherty and Gavin Wade.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS


2015                

Bronze House, Future Cities, Cambridge (permanent commission)
Cambridge Library (permanent commission)
Love Me or Leave Me Alone, Cardiff Bay, commissioned by Igloo and Chapter, Cardiff (permanent commission)
Sky Grey / Shell Pink, Koh Rong Samloen, Cambodia (permanent commission)
Consultant, Forestry Commission at Kielder Water
Public commission, Foreground Projects, Bristol
Lead artist, Blueprint for Happiness, Banff Centre, Canada
Lightning Tree, South London Gallery, London
The Cleaving, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto

2014                  

All’s Well That Ends, Urbane Kunst Ruhr / Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bochum, Germany
Shadow Curriculum, commissioned by the South London Gallery, London (permanent commission for Highshore School)
Knives are Mothers, WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol
Sleepers Awake, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Smile all the While, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2013                    

Slyk Chaynjis, Diverse Works, Houston
Nuclear Family, commissioned by National Theatre of Wales (touring)
Black Pleasure, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Cross and Cave, Queen Elizabeth II Park, London for LLDC (permanent commission) 2012
Skirt of the Black Mouth, Tate Modern (Permanent commission)
Anna, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
Cave, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (Permanent commission)

2011

Little Shining Man, Dandara, St Helier, Jersey
Sleepers Awake, Artlands, Sittingbourne
Black Pig Lodge, The Southbank Centre, London
Black Cloud, The Hepworth, Wakefield
Mr. Clevver, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Tasmania
Consultant, Kielder Water, Cumbria, curated by Peter Sharp

2010

Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Luna Park, commissioned by Chapter, Cardiff
An Unreachable Country. A Long Way to Go, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Frost King, Open Satellite, Seattle

2009

Falling Into Place, published by Bookworks, London*
I hate her, I hate her, VOLTA NY, New York
The Black Cloud, Situations, Bristol, including the performance Black Dog Times
The Black Line, Void, Derry

2008

How to Survive (The Bad Years), Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto
The Opposite of all those Things, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool                                                                                        

2007

And so it goes, Representing Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007, with Merlin James and Richard Deacon, touring to Oriel Davies, Newtown and Chapter, Cardiff*
The Land of Cockaign, Bloomberg Space, London

2006

Earthwalker, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London
I lost her near Fantasy Island. Life has not been the same, Situations, Bristol
Camden Arts Centre tree tour, Camden Arts Centre, London

2005

Starmaker, Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver
South London Gallery Dendrology Field Trip and Tree Tour, South London Gallery
Chinese Arboretum, Q Arts, Derby

2004

Heather & Ivan Morison do not understand it, IPS, Birmingham*
Heather & Ivan Morison are spellbound, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery*
Chinese Arboretum / I put you on a mile long string but still you broke away, S1 Artspace, Sheffield*
Heather & Ivan Morison hired an aeroplane, New Art Gallery Walsall*
Heather & Ivan Morison are confused, Danielle Arnaud contemporary art, London*
Still Life, Resonance 104.4fm, London (weekly programme)
Birmingham International Film Club, Springhill Institute, Birmingham

2003

Global Survey, commissioned by Vivid, Birmingham. Partners included Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Metapod
Birmingham, IPS Birmingham, Harris Museum Preston, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, IBID Projects
Vilnius, A2 Radijo Stotis Vilnius, Helsinki City Art Gallery Helsinki, DEPO Novosibirsk, Red Gate Gallery Beijing , Art Gallery of Western Australia Perth, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, New Museum New York
Mr & Mrs Morison would like to inform you that..., LED installation, commissioned by Nigel Prince at IPS, Birmingham
Mr & Mrs Morison would like to inform you that..., LED installation, commissioned by Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

2002

Shrewsbury International Tree Tour, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Flower Stall, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Colours and Sounds..., Ikon Gallery, Birmingham


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2015

Inside Cities: Art and the Built Environment, Arup Exhibition Space, London
The Cleaving, Nuit Blanche, Toronto
Sceance Fiction, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, Canada
Cryropreservation, Syson Gallery, Nottingham
Qwaypurlake, Hauser and Wirth, Somerset

2014

You Are Lost, N34 Kunst Route, Drenthe, The Netherlands and Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland*
Puppet Show, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool and Gavle Konstcentrum, Sweden
I lost her near Fantasy Island. Life has not been the same, Night at the Museum, Moscow
In/Humano, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo De Monterrey, Mexico*

2013

Plan For a Ruin, Islington Mill, Salford
Tipping Point, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
Puppet Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Cacotopia, Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester
2012Empire of Dirt, Radar, Loughborough
On the edge of the world, British Council, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

2011

The Narrative Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
As the World Turns, Anna Swartz Gallery, Sydney
Poste Restante, Artspeak, Vancouver
Poste Restante, Limoncello, London

2010

The Crystal Palace (Destroyed), WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol
The woods that see and hear, dertien hectare, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
We have the mirrors, we have the plans, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
On the edge of the world, British Council, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Oasis, Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk

2009

Trying to Cope with Things that aren’t Human, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, Air Gallery, Stoke and Cell Project Space, London*
Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London*
Flower Power, Villa Giulia, Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Turin
The Fields Sculpture Park, ART/OMI, New York State
Radical Nature, Barbican, London*
Of Vagrant Dwellers in the Houseless Woods, Or Gallery, Vancouver
Modern Nature, K3 Project Space, Zurich
Abstract Cabinet Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Altered Sequence, E:vent Gallery, London
The Boundary Layer, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie
Utopia and Monument, Steirischer Herbst, Graz
Tales of Space and Time, Contemporary Art Norwich09

2008

Fantasy Island, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Journée des barricades, One Day Sculpture, Wellington
Dragged Down into Lower Case, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
The True Artist, Triangle France, Marseille, France
This Is The Gallery and The Gallery Is Many Things, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Give Me Shelter, Attingham Park, Shrewsbury
Let’s pretend we’re from the future, Margate Rocks, Margate
Artfutures, Bloomberg Space, London
Force and Beauty, Galerie Yukiko Kawase, Paris
Tales in Space and Time, Folkestone Sculpture Triennale*
I am so sorry. Goodbye, Tatton Park Biennale, Tatton Park, Manchester*
Paraisos Indomitos / Untamed Paradises, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, Spain and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain*, York Art Gallery, York

2007

Golden Fluffer, Transition Gallery, London
Salon 2007, Portabello Road, London
Zoorama Piccadilly Line, Platform for Art, London*
Wallpaper, Manchester Art Gallery
Venice, Castell Bodelwyddan, Wales
Decadence, Decay and the Demimode, Home House, London
Wildwood, Project Space Leeds

2006

Passionate Collectors, New Art Gallery, Walsall
British Art Show 6, Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol*
Supernova, Reims, Pommery, France*
Everything Must Go, VTO Gallery, London
Crystal Worlds, New Generation Arts, Birmingham
The Starry Messenger, Compton Verney, Warwickshire*
Archipeinture, Camden Arts Centre, London
When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang, Bodgers' and Kludgers' Co-operative Art Parlour, Vancouver

2005

British Art Show 6, Baltic Gateshead*
Human Nature, Pump House, Battersea, London*
Gathering Moss, Q Arts, Derby
Spectator T: Art Sheffield 05, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum
Public structures, Guanzhou Triennial, China
Art of the Garden, Ulster Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery*
Forest, Nottingham Castle Gallery, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales and York Art Gallery*
The Real Ideal, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
Launch Programme, Vivid, Birmingham

2004

Everything's Gone Green: Photography and the Garden, National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford
Pistols and Petals, Fundació Espais d'Art Contemporani of Girona, Spain*
Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, London*
Tempered Ground, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art London / Museum of Garden History, London*
Pleasure Garden, Nottingham Castle Gallery, Nottingham
Forest, Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery, Wolverhampton*
Clash, Fused magazine, Birmingham*

2003

Going a Journey, Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver *
Exhumed, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art / Museum of Garden History, London*
Fly, Kirov House of Culture, Novosibirsk
Innocence, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury                                                                                       

2002

Colours in Ivan Morison’s..., Museum of Garden History, London
Slim Volume, Vilma Gold Gallery, London
Deliberate Regression, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London*
Platforms 1, commissioned by Jubilee Arts, West Bromwich
Outwardbound, Norwich Art Gallery, Norwich

2001

Bring and Buy, Transit Space, London
Record Collection, VTO, London, touring to International 3 Gallery, Manchester and Forde Gallery, Geneva

* denotes a publication


SELECTED PRESS

Oliver Lowenstein, Heather and Ivan Morison, Sculpture Magazine 2015
Francesca Tatarella, Natural Architecture Now, Princeton Architectural Press 2014
Gill Perry, Playing at Home, Reaktion Books 2014
George Vasey, Smile All the While, Artmonthly, March 2014
Oliver Lowenstein, Heather and Ivan Morison, Fourth Door 2014
Molly Glentzer, Slyk takes it’s show to the streets of Houston, Houston Chronicle, Dec 2013
Joshua Simon, Neomaterialism, Sternberg Press 2013
Andrew Brown, Art and Ecology Now, Thames and Hudson 2013
Ryan Bart, 9 Artists, Walker Art Center 2013
Stephen Hoskins, ‘3D Printing for the visual arts’, Bloomsbury 2013
Beth Bramwich, ‘Puppet Show’, thisistomorrow.com
Fatus Ustek, Unexpected Encounters, Zortu Center, 2012
R Klanten, S Ehmann, S Borges, L Feiriss, Going Public, Public Architecture, Urbanism and Interventions, Gestalten 2012
Angeles Hevia, Green Sky thinking: Better Bankside Urban Forest, Architects Journal, Oct 2012
Martin Herbert, Review: Anna, The Hepworth, Wakefield, Artmonthly, May 2012
Amanda Coen, 3D – Printed “Little Shining Man” by Heather and Ivan Morison is a stunning kinetic sculpture, inhabitat.com, Jan 2012
Erika Kim, Black Pig Lodge, designboom.com, Jan 2012
Mark Hudson, Sleepers Awake: review, The Telegraph, Nov 2011
dezeen.com, Little Shining Man, Dec 2011
Leigh DB, Three Cubes Collide, designboom.com, Dec 2011
Oliver Basciano, Eastside Projects, ArtReview 2011
Jen Graves, The Meaning of Trees, The Stranger, Jun 2010
Danielle Egen, Heather and Ivan Morison: Blueprint for Happy Endings, Canadian Art, Winter 2010
Glen Helfand, Trying to Cope with Things That Aren’t Human (Part 1), Artforum, Feb 2009
Laura St Pierre, The Boundary Layer: Between Earth and Sky, Canadian Art, Winter 2009
Roger Luckhurst, Heather and Ivan Morison, Corridor 8, Issue 2, 2009
Helen Stoilas, Volta scores with its fresh, off-beat art, The Art Newspaper, Mar 2009
Colin Martin, Tales of Space and Time, Artichoke, Spring 2009
Jonathan Griffin, Mythologies, Frieze, Apr 2009
Rikke Hansen, Mythologies, Art Monthly, May 2009
Martin Herbert, Trying to Cope with Things that aren't Human, Art Monthly, May 2009
Hari Kunzru, Life on the Edge, The Guardian, Jun 2009
Emma Townshend, Barbican shows how to save the planet with Radical Nature exhibition, The Times, Jun 2009
Laura Cummings, Guernica is back in the East End, The Guardian, Mar 2009
William Shaw, Let’s Hear it for the Vegetables, The Guardian, April 2009
The Week in Art, Heather and Ivan Morison, The Guardian, Mar 2009
Max Delaney, One Day Sculpture, Frieze, June-August 2009
Ian Brown, Trying to cope with things that aren’t human, Airspace Publications 2009
dezeen.com, Black Cloud, Aug 2009
Graeme Sullivan, Art Practice as Research, Sage Publications 2009
Jane Tormey and Gilliam Whitely, Telling Stories: Countering Narratives in Art, Theory and Film, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009
Elisabeth Mahoney, And So It Goes, The Guardian, Feb 2008
Rachel Cooke, There's life in the old gull yet, The Observer, Jun 2008
On the Cover, I’m so sorry, Heather and Ivan Morison, AN Magazine, July-August 2008
Jonathan Griffin, Folkestone Triennial, Frieze, Sep 2008
Dan Chappell, A day in the life..., Artnews, New Zealand, Autumn 2008
Jessica Lack, Artists of the Week, The Guardian,  Nov 2008
Paul Griffiths, Tatton Park Biennial, Shakkei, Winter 2008
Richard Clayton, Who would you buy if you could afford it?, The Times, Jun 2008
Edwin Heathcote, Art that brings life to the leas, Financial Times, Jun 2008
Eliza Williams, Ivan & Heather Morison, Contemporary, Issue 94, 2007
Dan Smith, Unnatural histories, Art Monthly, March 2007
Frances Williams, Germinal Fictions, New Welsh Review, Issue 76, Summer 2007
Edward Fortes, Thin Cities: 100 Years of the Piccadilly Line, Aesthetica, May-July 2007
Colin Martin, And so it goes, Landscape Architecture Australia, Issue 116, Nov 2007
Robert Clark, And so it goes, The Guardian, Dec 2007
Josh Spero, Tube art deserves our attention, The Guardian, Apr 2007
Matthew Weaver, Urban jungle comes alive, The Guardian, Mar 2007
Gae Savannah, Glut but not Rut, Miami, Flash Art 2007
Ben Tufnell, Land Art, Tate 2007
Gavin Wade, You should plant your bulbs in autumn when the wind is..., Axis, Issue 2, 2006
Sally O'Reilly, Heather & Ivan Morison, Frieze,  Mar 2006
Ossian Ward, Art's role in our ecosystem, Time Out, Dec 2006
Sue Hubbard, The new Romantics, New Statesman, Dec 2006
Emma Cocker, Earthwalker, Artists Newsletter, Dec 2006
Waldemar Janusczak, Down, down deeper but down, The Times, Apr 2006
Peter Chapman, Art: Private View, The Independent, Sep 2005
Robert Clark, Spectator T, The Guardian, Oct 2005
Sarah James, British Art Show 6, Artmonthly, Nov 2005
Morgan Falconer, Allotment Art, The Times, May 2004
Paradise Found, RA Magazine, Winter 2004
Laura Cumming, The Tate flower show, The Observer, Jun 2004
Clare Griffiths, A highly cultivated people, The Sunday Times, Jun 2004
Anna Starling, Art of the Garden, Frieze, Oct 2004
Natasha Soobramanien, Outwardbound,  a-n magazine, July 2002
Emma Safe, Flower Power, Ivan Morison Profiled, Art Monthly, July-August 2002
Matt Price, Outwardbound, review, Frieze,  Sep 2002
Dan Smith, Deliberate Regression, Art Monthly, November 2002


RESIDENCIES

2015 - Lead artist, Blueprint for Happiness, Banff Centre, Canada
2013/14 - Artist in Residence, Whitechapel Gallery
2010 - Open Satellite, Seattle, USA
2007 - Arts and Ecology Residency, commissioned by Situations Bristol as part of the RSA and Gulbenkian Foundation Arts and Ecology program
2006 - Drowned Worlds, Camden Arts Centre, London
2004 - New Art Gallery Walsall Residency, New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall
2003 - Vivid, Birmingham, IBID Projects, Vilnius, Lithuania, DEPO, Novosibirsk, Russia, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China


COLLECTIONS

Private and public collections in the UK, Canada, USA, Holland, Denmark, including Vancouver Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, York Art Gallery, Worcester Art Gallery, Royal Caribbean Art Collection, Arts Alliance Collection, David Roberts Collection, Lismore Castle Collection, Tate Collection, Government Art Collection and Artist Pension Trust.


VISITING LECTURERS AND TUTORS AT

Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
Kyoto City School of Art, Japan
Royal College of Art
School of Art, Goldsmiths
The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
Manchester School of Art at the Manchester Metropolitan University
School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Portsmouth
School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth
Cardiff School of Art and Design
School of Art, Aberystwyth University
Birmingham Metropolitan College
School of Art, University of Glamorgan
School of Art, Birmingham City University
School of Art, University of Washington, USA
Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada
College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand
School of Art, Staffordshire University
University of Brighton (Interior Design)
University of Brighton (Critical Fine Art Practice)
School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire
School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University


Heather and Ivan Morison have also delivered many of public talks on working in the public realm, collaboration, public engagement, survival strategies for artists, materials and process, education and play. Most recently these were at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, London School of Economics, Tate Britain, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Banff Centre, Canada, Design Museum, Holon, Israel and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo De Monterrey, Mexico. They recently led a thematic residency at the Banff Centre, Canada in the summer of 2015 entitled Blueprint for Happiness, explicitly engaging in the dialogue around redefining the limitations of where and how it is possible for artists to work.