Photo: Jean-Sébastien Veilleux

Born 1978, Swansea, UK; lives and works in Berlin and Wales.
Represented by Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin.


PhD Winchester School of Art, UK (practice-based research into the use of tactical absurdity in post-conceptual art practice)

MA Goldsmiths College, London (Contemporary Art Theory)

BA University of Derby, UK (Fine Art)


Dave Ball: Tactically Absurd, solo show at Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, UK
He Told Me to Remain Silent, two-person show at Feldfünf/Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
Werkschau, Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
Un-Cancelled, HilbertRaum, Berlin

A to Z: The First Seven Years, solo show at Gallery Oldham, UK
The Perennial Art / O Tannenbaum Christmas Card Exhibition, O Tannenbaum, Berlin

Point Quartz: Flower of Kent, Villa Arson, Nice, France
Punctuation Marks in an Eternal Sentence: The Show, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Silent Art Auction, The Drawing Hub, Berlin

Searching for the Welsh Landscape, solo show at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
Travelogue, Palazzo Ducali, Mantua, Italy
Travelling / Reisen, Projektraum Group Global 3000, Berlin
AVI Festival, Cinema City, Jerusalem
A Blind Auction, Farbvision, Berlin
Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment, Winchester School of Art, Winchester

Media Ambages, HilbertRaum, Berlin
, Optica, Montreal, Canada

Picaresque, Ha Gamle Prestegard, Naerbo, Norway
Slowness / Langsamkeit, Projektraum Group Global 3000, Berlin
Fabric, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham, Wales
Open Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales

A to Z: From Aardvark to Axle, solo show at Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
Be Our Guest, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
To Make the Improbable, Est-Nord-Est, Quebec, Canada
Stranded Travelers, Atelier 35, Bucharest, Romania
Preview Berlin Art Fair 2013, Berlin
Sense and Nonsense: A Festival of Absurdity, Centrum, Berlin
The Picture Show, Galerie Jaap Sleper, Utrecht, Netherlands
Kantine Chapters, Galerie Futura (Alpha Nova-Kulturwerkstatt), Berlin
We Were Trying to Make Sense, 1 Shantiroad, Bangalore, India

Ha Ha Road, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales; group show exploring humour; also featuring Fischli & Weiss, Pipilotti Rist, Erwin Wurm, Roman Signer, Bobby Baker, Kirsten Pieroth, Bedwyr Williams and others
Blows to the Temple, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin
The Alumni Show, Markeaton Street Gallery, University of Derby, Derby
Numbers, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
17 Days, Atrium Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, USA

Making Mirrors: Of Body and Gaze, NGBK, Berlin; group show exploring issues of ethnicity and social prejudice featuring Dinner Party project
Ha Ha Road, Quad, Derby, UK; group show exploring humour; also featuring Fischli & Weiss, Pipilotti Rist, Erwin Wurm, Roman Signer, Bobby Baker, Kirsten Pieroth, Bedwyr Williams and others

The Dump: Recycling of Thoughts, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland; group show utilising Maurice Benayoun’s web-initiative for the re-use of concepts
Nude as the News, 91mQ Art Project Space & Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin; 3-person show curated by Sunshine Wong
Stadt am Rande / Cities on the Edge, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; group show exploring urban topology, curated by Melanie Zagrean and Pierre Wollter
Die Kunst der Natur ist die Natur der Kunst / The Art of Nature is the Nature of Art, Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden, Germany; group show curated by Axel Schweppe
Field Broadcast, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK; project based on live works broadcast remotely from fields; also featuring Simon Faithfull, Susan Collins and Juan Cruz
The Box, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales; rotating series of solo video screenings

Artsway Open 09, Artsway, Sway, Hampshire, UK
Extraordinary Days, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
Plus 3 Ferris Wheels, [touring:] CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA; DDT Delavski dom Trbovlje, Trbovlje, Slovenia; Richmond Center Art Galleries, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, USA; Smart Wall, Alfred University School of Art & Design; Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University; Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Tennessee State University

Dave Ball: How to Live, solo show at Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
, The Royal Standard, Liverpool
The Mausoleum of Lost Objects, InIVA, London
Closing Down Sale, Another Roadside Attraction Gallery, London
If You Build It They Will Come, g39 Gallery, Cardiff
Speed is Open, Bearspace, London

Disposable Fetish, The Nunnery Gallery, London
Temporary Measures, Associates Gallery, London
In Their Own Words, The End Gallery, Sheffield

Eco Vandalism, Sydenham Hill Woods, London
Beneath, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Irrational Reels, Rational Rec at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London
Art Video Screenings
, Village, Västerås, Sweden
Teetotum, Fold Gallery, Cumbria

Service Not Included, ADi Gallery, London
SSA 2005, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh
The Working World, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Deptford X, Astra House, London

Love N Bullets, Transition Gallery, London
Max 10, Falmouth Arts Centre, Falmouth
Damn Fine Cup Coffee, Rowse Close, London
Flat, Hackney Road, London

Lux Open, Royal College of Art, London
The Joy of Kitsch, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen
picsel+, g39 Gallery, Cardiff
made@home, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Tabula Rasa, site-specific projections in Croydon, London
Nature Selected Them for Extinction, Charlton Bonds Building, Newcastle

After the Umbilical Cord Was Cut Somebody Smacked My Arse and I Began to Breathe, Britannia Mill, Derby; degree show
Models of Practice, Dilston Grove, London


Doctoral College Research Award (PGR Publication/Exhibition, Level 3), Winchester School of Art

Shortlisted for Jon Schueler Scholarship, Isle of Skye

Shortlisted for Berlin Art Prize 2016

Arts Council of Wales production grant for solo exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
British Council Canada grant to participate in Polyphonies exhibition at Optica, Montreal
Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for PhD at Winchester School of Art

Wales Arts International travel grant to support residency at Est-Nord-Est, Quebec, Canada

Grant awarded for 3-month residency at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany

Shortlisted for New Contemporaries 2008

Open Frequency; practice nominated by Anthony Shapland for Axis survey of new developments in contemporary art

NAN bursary for Strangers on a Train project


Retreat, Northumberland, UK

Summer Lodge, research event at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales; three-month residency at Thomas Heatherwick-designed studios

Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, Canada; eight-week residency followed by exhibition; jointly funded by Est-Nord-Est and Wales Arts International

Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany; grant awarded for three-month residency

Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin; six-week residency followed by solo show

Fold Gallery, Cumbria; part of Teetotum series of artists’ residencies

Curatorial & Collaborative Projects

Dinner Party; collaborative participatory project with Oliver Walker exploring social interaction through remote communicative intervention; shown at NGBK in Berlin, Oriel Davies in Newtown, Wales and Optica in Montreal.

Ha Ha Road, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandundo, Wales and Quad, Derby; group exhibition exploring humour, curated in collaboration with Sophie Springer

Schöne Pleite: Politische Karikaturen von Klaus Stuttman / Pretty Broke: Political Caricatures by Klaus Stuttman, Galerie im Saalbau, Kulturamt Neukölln, Berlin; exhibition curated in collaboration with Oliver Walker and Dorothea Kolland

Airshow, Tempelhof airfield, Berlin & Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK; collaboration with Oliver Walker investigating former airfield through a remotely broadcast aeroplane noise simulation contest

Coryat’s Crudities, various locations in Nottingham, UK; Discotheque project exploring notions of tourism, using the suitcase as a central motif

The Glorious Twelfth, Deptford X, London; Discotheque investigation into the implications of an urban recontextualisation of a traditional grouse hunt
Strangers on a Train, London to Newcastle train route; Discotheque travel and exchange project

Damn Fine Cup of Coffee, Acme Studios, London; Discotheque group show
Flat, Hackney Road, London; Discotheque group show


Lecturer, Humboldt University, Berlin

Visiting Lecturer, Bangkok University, Thailand
Tutor, University of Leeds, UK

Lecturer, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK

Visiting Lecturer, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

Visiting Lecturer, Aberystwyth University, UK
Visiting Lecturer, Kingston University, London

Visiting Lecturer, UQÀM, Montreal

Visiting Lecturer, Kingston University, London

Visiting Lecturer, University of Derby, UK