Bill Wroath

BillBill was born in England and educated at Plymouth College of Art, Cardiff College of Art and at South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education for a Post Graduate Art Teachers Certificate. He then taught ceramics at Falmouth School of Art, in the Fine Art Sculpture Department.

To support his practice Bill worked as a boat builder and fisherman. Commercially Bill has made work for Dunhill’s, Olympia, Earls Court, National Power, Jim Henson and Levi’s. Later in the eighties, he worked extensively in Theatre and Opera as an accomplished sculptor, producing commissioned works for the Welsh National Opera Company, London West-End theatres and several regional theatres. He was the founder of Hullabaloo Theatre Company and Frank Grimshaw’s Compendium of Peculiar Delights, designing, making and performing in their mask/mime shows.

In 1994 he returned to Wales and the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and gained an MA with distinction in Ceramics. Since then Bill has worked as a freelance artist and educator. He has undertaken several public art commissions and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, University of Glamorgan and Associate Lecturer 3D Design at University of Plymouth. Bill also held a proportional lecturing post at Plymouth School of Art in the Fine Art and Applied Art departments. He has exhibited in England, Wales and Germany.

In 2010 Bill contributed a solo live-art performance to the Marina Abramovic, International Live Art Symposium, at the Slaughterhouse, Royal William Yard Plymouth.

He was the lead artist at the Mayflower Sailing Club site in 2008, as part of the Hidden City Festival, Plymouth curated by Part Exchange Theatre Company and the Theatre Royal Plymouth. ‘Seaworthy’ was highly acclaimed and in 2014 he teamed up again with the playwright Shiona Morton and created the video projections for her show A Soldier’s Sketchbook, which won a Critic’s Choice Award at the Exeter Ignite Theatre Festival.

Bill is best known for his thought provoking installations, which often incorporate video.

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