Mark Houghton's practice highlights overlooked aspects of the everyday, isolating and representing aspects of the urban environment, forging a visual poetry of the commonplace; elevating the irrelevance of the ordinary, whilst attempting to decode and decipher the complexity of the environments we inherit and inhabit.

The use of everyday inspirations and materials is intended in one way to elevate status, but this is not meant to be a subversive act on the part of the artist. It is intended more as a levelling of the playing field in relation to the gathering of presented material, chosen and utilised more for its artistic potential and the possibility of metaphoric reinvention.




Warrington, UK


1994 MA in Fine Art, University of Wales in Cardiff

1983 BA Hons in Fine Art, Middlesex University 


2019/20 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London  

2019/20 VAS Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


2018 Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester

2016 You Me It Now, 13 Herald Street, London

2013 Interference, Chapter, Cardiff

2011 Upstare, The Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire

2011 Occidental Collusions, West Wales School of the Arts Gallery

2009 Inbetweenies, Elysium Gallery, Swansea

2009 Open, Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford

2009 Hole in the Wall, Cardiff

2008 Globe Gallery , Hay on Wye, Herefordshire


2019 Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester

2019 Open19, Galeri Caernarfon, Caernarfon, Wales 

2019 Neoart Prize, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton 

2019 Conversations in Sculpture, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International with the Royal Society of Sculptors

2019 Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, Somerset

2019 Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Conway 

2019 Sculpture Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol  

2019 Alight, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh - Won Richard Coley award for Sculpture

2018/19 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London 

2018 Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, Somerset

2018 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff

2017 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London

2017 Bankley Open, Manchester

2017 We: You,Me, Firstsite, Colchester

2017 FLUX, Centrala, Birmingham, in association with Grand Union

2016 Canwood Gallery, Hereford, alongside Carl Andre

2016 Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham

2016 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Abergavenny

2015 Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham

2015 Summer Salon, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes Gallery, London

2014 Everything Else is Just the Weather, Two person show

with Kelly Best, Arcadecardiff, Cardiff

2014 UNIT(e) G39 Cardiff

2013 Beyond Merely Assembling, Castlefield Gallery Project Space,


2013 HOT-ONE-HUNDRED, Schwartz Gallery, London

2013 AIR Artists, Group Show, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff

2013 Fresh Air Sculpture Biennale, Quenington

2013 Lines, Group Show, London

2012 The Witching Hour, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff

2012 Made in Roath, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff

2011 Arewenotdrawntoanewera?, G39, Cardiff

2010 DIY Exhibition, Surface Arts, Exeter

2010 Backlit Open, Nottingham

2010 The Tomorrow People, The Elevator Gallery, London

2010 After the End, The Elysium Gallery, Swansea

2009 Like A God, A Good Luck Charm Or a Vice, Bristol Diving School, Bristol

2009 Surface / Space / Time Crypt Gallery, London

2009 Wood, Canvas, Steel(?), tactileBOSCH, Cardiff

2009 Overview, Elysium Artspace, Swansea

2008 Traces, The Schwartz Gallery, London

2005 The Art of Love, Oxo Tower, London

2004 Gallery International, Baltimore, USA

2004 Identity, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown

2003 Plinth, The Cube, Leeds

2002 / 2003 Land, Artsway, Hampshire

2001 The International Festival of Light, Westonbirt Arboretum

2001 Twenty Years of Excellence, Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts, USA

2000 / 2001 Wales Drawing Biennale, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth


2014 Castlefield Gallery New Art Space, and Mark Devereux Projects, Manchester, one week residency and open studio with Kelly Best

2014 UNIT(e) G39, Cardiff, 3 month project space

2013 Chapter, Cardiff, one week residency and open studio

2012 La Fragua, Cordova, Spain. 4 week residency

2011 The Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire

1999 Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

8 week residency awarded by the Bemis Centre and the Arts Council for Wales


1999/2000 Wales Drawing Biennale

1997/1998 Wales Drawing Biennale

1996 Angels and Mechanics


2014 The language of Mixed media Sculpture by Jac Scott, published by Crowood Press-ISBN: 9781847977212

2009 Chris Brown for Open Frequency on Axis Chris Brown - Co-Director of G39 Gallery, Cardiff, and Magazine Co-ordinator for AN Magazine

2011 S Mark Gubb for WARP

2011 Artist Focus - Sculpture / Installation Newsletter for


The Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts

The Elmley Foundation

The Arts Council for Wales

The North Weir Trust


2019 The Richard Coley Award for Sculpture 


Lecturer at Hereford College of the Arts on BA Hons Fine Art and MA Fine Art


Royal Society of Sculptors - elected 2014