William Bock is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the connections between people and the environments they inhabit. He uses photography, painting, sound recording, performance and installation to delve into the experiences of living between cultures, landscapes and identities. Collaboration and responsive approaches to working with materials, particular sites and with communities are central to his process as an artist.

Bock’s work encompasses the production and curation of public events, workshops, exhibitions and residencies. He is member of the Wilderness Art Collective and  a founding member of award winning artist group Dig Collective producing projects commissioned by Art Safiental Biennale for Land and Environment Art (2018) in Switzerland and PEER Gallery for Real Estates (2015) in London.  He was co-director of Strangeworks (2006 – 2012) theatre collective, producing projects for the Barbican and New Walsall Art Gallery in the UK and internationally at Leewardan Pop Academy, Netherlands. Bock have a BA in Performance Design and Practise at Central St Martins and MA Fine Art at the City and Guilds School of Art. 






1982                         Born Cork, Ireland
2002  –  2005            BA Hons Performance Design and Practise Central St Martins
2012   –  2013           MA Fine Art, City and Guilds School of Art

Selected Projects

2021/22                   River Residency Commission, Ormston House & Clare Co. Council  2019/20                   Land Walks Project, Arts Council Ireland, WCDP & Create
2018                        A Hole in the Alps, Art Safiental commission, Switzerland
2018                        Beech Bark Book – Baby Forest Art Festival Commission, Ireland
2018                        ReWilders,  Skibbereen Arts Festival Commission, Ireland
2016                        Blow In, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland
2015                        Hoarding: A fiction of accelerated urban development..(DC) PEER Gallery
2014                        Hole Story Project, St Johns Old Rectory, London
2012                        The Last Bock,  The Cube Microplex, Bristol
2010                        Head in the Box (Strangeworks), Barbican Commission, London

Selected Shows

2020                       Wilderness of the Mind, Wilderness Art Collective, Sidney Nolan                                         Trust, UK (online)
2020                       Land Walks Land Talks Land Marks, Uillinn Gallery, Ireland
2018                       ReWilders – Sign of Times, Skibbereen Arts Festival, Ireland
2017                       Still Life, St Joseph’s Hospice, London
2017                       Members Show, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland
2015 – 2017           E20 Foyer Exhibition, Stratford, London
2017                       London Pinhole Festival, Four Corners Gallery, London
2016                       Whithurst Park Art Fair, UK
2016                       Post It, Darnley Road Gallery, London
2015                       Figur[e]ation, GalleryELL. Online Show
2014                       Group Show, Gallery 286, London


2020                       First Prize, Sustainability First Art Award
2016                       Shortlisted Artist (Dig Collective) Volksschule Kleefeld, Bern
2014                       Winner (Dig Collective) ArtLicks Weekender, ArtQuest Workweek Prize
2012                       Fenton Arts Trust


2021                       River Residency Commissioned by Ormston House, Ireland
2020                       Butler Gallery Seed Fund Residency
2020                       Land Walks Land Talks Land Mark West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland
2018                       Acts of Leaving, West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland
2016                       Blow In, West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland
2011                       University of Guadalajara, Mexico