David Cotterrell

David Cotterell works with a range of media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a world both shared and divided. He is particularly interested in the breaks and nuances in the human condition, that can lead to a less ambiguous understanding of the world we inhabit. Encapsulating the roles of programmer, producer, and director, David’s projects inhabit the quieter, less distinct arenas, which may (or may not) be understood more clearly in the future. David was commissioned to travel to Helmland province in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008, where he observed medical teams such as the Combat Medical Technicians of 40 Commando at work. He continues to return regularly to the region, considering the challenges to empathy that occur prior to the descent into the polarised engagement of military forces.


Mazar, Texas

Lenticular print in black stained wooden frame

Mazar, Texas

A lenticular print combining two areas in Afghanistan and Texas, linked by violence, landscape, and creation myth.

9 - Liner

3 channel video installation, 25 mins

9 - Liner

A quiet study of the attempt to bring an injured soldier to the tented entrance of a desert field hospital, exposing the abstraction of experience within conflict.


C-type photographic prints


A series of single photographs and triptychs depicting the handing over of casualties as they pass from Camp Bastion to Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK.

Green Room

Video projection, 30 mins

Green Room

A video document of the anticipation and preparation for treatment of mass casualties within conflict.


HESCO concertainer units, coal waste


HESCO Concertainer units, Built by the 100 Field Squadron of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, Hill33 is one of the most ambitious land art projects in the UK in recent times.

Solo Exhibitions

2017    Three Mirrors and a Wall, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London, UK

2016    Seeing, commissioned work developed in collaboration with Ruwanthie de Chickera for exhibition at the Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2015    Terminus, Scottish Queen Gallery, Sheffield, UK

2014    Code Yellow,  installation at two sites UTD Gallery & Central Trak Gallery, Dallas, Texas, US

2013    The Ostrich Experiments, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London, UK

2012    Monsters of the Id, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

2011    Slipstream, Peckham Space, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018    Age of Terror, Imperial War Museum, London, UK

2016    Buffet d’Art, Ambika P3, London, UK

2016    Pilot I, University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, UK

2015    Trauma: Built to Break,  Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2015    Politics of Amnesia II, CGP London, London, UK

2014    Shock and Awe, Royal West of England Galleries, Bristol, UK

2013    Engines of War, Gasser Grunert Gallery, New York, US

2012    Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict, Imperial War Museum, North, Manchester, UK

2012    Other Surfaces, Poppy Sebire Gallery, London, UK

2011    Uncontainable : Broken Stillness, Sirket-i Hayriye Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2011    Wake, Dilston Grove, London, UK

2011    War and Medicine, Canadian National War Museum, Ottawa, Canada

2010    Afghanistan, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards

2015    Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England and National Lottery funded award to support development of new artworks

2013    Squaring the Circle, AHRC Award (PI) to explore the legacy relevance of ArtLab in considering contemporary artists’ experimental organisations

2010    Philip Leverhulme Prize, Major Research Award to support development of personal research and practice over the period of 2010-2013

2010    Visiting Artist Fellowship, Awarded by Southern Methodist University (Dallas) and CentralTrak, University of Texas (Dallas)

2008    RSA: Arts and Ecology International, research residency with Turquoise Mountain Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan

2007    War & Medicine’ Residency with Joint Forces Medical Group in Helmand Province, Afghanistan