William Arnold                                                

William Arnold (b.1983)


Living and working in west Cornwall, UK, William is interested in the layers of history, human and natural that comprise the making of the landscape and the role played by the photographic surface both literally and metaphorically in recording, interrogating and representing these histories.  

Interested in the politics of representation, exploring themes of temporality and attributes of photography as both art and source of documentation, his works draw from the subjectivity and objectivity involved in the act of photography and in how photographs are perceived.


MA Photography - Photography & The Land (University of Plymouth 2014)

BA (hons) History (University of Lancaster 2004)

Recent Exhibitions :


Upcoming... works from Holdfast  - a collaboration with Mollie Goldstrom - as part of Sea Garden at RAMM, Exeter -  16 November 2019 – Sunday 26 January 2020  

Library of Plants - Engine Room, Exchange Gallery - collected works by particpants in my public workshop of the same name. 

Official Secrets | Cauliflower Fields at Backlane West with Robin Dowell and Mollie Goldstrom.


Anima Mundi - Mixed Winter Exhibition

Suburban Herbarium - Kestle Barton  (SOLO) 

Muir Is Tir (Sea & Land) An Lanntair, Stornoway & Edinburgh College of Art

In Search of Darkness - Project Space, Grizedale Sculpture Park in association with Lumen Studios


'O' - artdoteath - Dartington

Shadows II: Natural Transformations - London College of Communication

Photo Pioneer | Photo Primitive - St. John on Bethnal Green - in association with Photography and The Archive Research Centre, UAL, London


Photo Pioneer | Photo Primitive - Penwith Society Gallery St. Ives (William Arnold, Melanie King, Oliver Raymond-Barker, Andy Hughes)

London Pinhole Festival '16 - curated group show - Doomed Gallery, Dalston


Anima-Mundi, Mixed Winter Exhibition

ESPY Award Show, Elysium Gallery, Swansea

LAPC at Silverprint, London (Invited speaker)

London Pinhole Festival '15 - curated group show - Doomed Gallery, Dalston,


MAKING TIME: New Photographic Constructions - Penwith Society Gallery, St. Ives - co-curator and exhibitor (Nick Hughes, Andy Hughes, Hannah Guy, William Arnold, Oliver Raymond-Barker)

PHOTOMASTERS - Old Truman Brewery, London

Beyond The Camera - Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

Nocturnal - University of Plymouth - Land Water & Visual Arts Symposium - invited film screening.

London Pinhole Festival - curated group show - Doomed Gallery, Dalston

'I' - (PASSING THROUGH THE VEIL OF SOLITUDE) Truro, curated by Anima Mundi. St. Ives


Vignette Awards Show, Bristol

Peaches & Cream III, DreamSpace, London (October

Royal Photographic Society - 156th Annual International Print Exhibition

Photography & The Expedition - Invited Speaker (University of Plymouth)


Cornwall Film Festival

Silverprint, London

Magnum Photos, London – IdeasTap Photographic Award


Photomonth – Old Truman Brewery, London. (October 2011)

Accolades, awards etc.

Shortlisted for the Eden Project/FoAM Residency: Invisible
Worlds (2018).

ESPY Photo Award 2015 (shortlist)

Vignette Awards 2013 (shortlist)

Royal Photographic Society - 156th Annual International Print Exhibition (selected artist - 2 photographs)

Peaches & Cream III - selected by Milim and Crane Kalman Gallery 2013 (shortlist)

Magnum Photos - Ideas Tap Photographic Award - Finalist and Conceptual Category Winner (2011)

Selected recent press, online & print:

The Last Hundred (2019) Guillemot Press

Glasney Flora with Steve Patterson (2018) Self-published

March 2018 - CURCURBITA MAXIMUS on Antler Press

September 2017 - Photo Primitive, Manor Magazine, Issue 21

August 2017 - Financial Times Weekend 'Possessed: The Dangers of The Digital Home' (Paywall) Photographs from Living Spaces for an article by Edwin Heathcote

October 2016 - Oh Comely (Issue 31) 'To The Edgelands' feature on Suburban Herbarium by Frances Ambler

June 2016 - Interview with Diva Harris at Caught By The River

April 2016 - Review of Sacred & Absurd book by Ian Humberstone

February 2016 - Sacred & Absurd: Votive Offerings At The West Penwith Holy Wells (Antler Press)

October 2014 - Making Time (Self-published) 

Writing on Photography

Review of Botanical by Samuel Zeller (Hoxton Mini Press) for Caught by The River (2018)

Field Trips | Public Engagement

Alluvial Strands for Groundwork Art (2018)

Library of Plants - public workshop and exhibition for Newlyn & Exchange Galleries.  (2019)


Public workshops, lectures etc. for clients including: Bath Spa University, CAST, Tate St. Ives, Newlyn & Exchange, Groundwork Art

William regularly teaches photography at Truro & Penwith College, Cornwall

Visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University


Shortlisted for the Eden Project/FoAM Residency: Invisible
Worlds (2018).
In Search of Darkness, Lumen Studios/ Grizedale Forestry Commission (2018)  
Muir Is Tir (Land & Sea) An Lanntair, Stornoway (2017)
Dartmoor Arts Project (2014)