Architectural / Monumental / Relief

Installation / Land / Site-specific



Metal (other)




South West


David Gates is concerned with the furniture object as a contextually-entwined sculptural entity; connected inwards to other objects contained and placed, and outwards to their spatial situatedness. How these relationships are established through viewpoints, sightlines, and juxtapositions establish the work and its placement as time-based, perambulatory, and participatory.

He works with a recurring furniture typology, the cabinet of curiosities, drawing on the forms and structures of agricultural and industrial architecture and infrastructure.

David’s work is exhibited and collected internationally, receiving a Gold Award at the Cheongju Bienalle 2015 and a winner of the Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2010 and Wood Awards 2019. His work is held by the Nasjonelmuseet, Oslo and the UK Crafts Council. He was awarded a PhD by thesis from King’s College London in 2017 for his research on the use of talk in makers’ practices.