Selected works by Bedwyr Williams

Bedwyr Williams
Walk a mile in my shoes


Installation with size 13 shoes, written notes, poster, shelving and foot-rests

Dimensions variable

Bedwyr Williams often draws upon the quirky banalities of his own autobiographic existence to develop his sculptures and performances. His work merges art and life with a comedic twist that is instantaneously sympathetic and relational. In Walk A Mile In My Shoes, Williams presents a display case boasting 45 pairs of used shoes. Not just any old footwear however – each bootie is Williams’s own whopping size 13.

Inviting the audience to share in his own problematics of podiatry, viewers are encouraged to try the gear on: an act that invariably relays the humour and embarrassment of floppy footed clowns and sasquatch clumsiness. The importance that each pair of shoes was purchased second hand underlies the key themes of Williams’s piece – with the knowledge that there are at least over 40 other Hobbit-pawed souls in the world – Walk A Mile In My Shoes celebrates diversity, inclusion, and community; through the simple practicalities of footwear, Williams extols the values of tolerance and individual difference.

Bedwyr Williams


Mixed media

43.5 x 22.5 x 22.5 cm

Bedwyr Williams's Biography

Bedwyr Williams
Born in 1974, St Asaph, Wales
Lives and works in Caernarfon, Wales


Title tbc, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Title tbc, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK

Nimrod, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales

The Jinx, 1857, Oslo, Norway

Nimrod, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Bedwyr Williams, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Methodist to my Madness, The Bakery, Annet Gelink, Amsterdam
One Day Sculpture, Wellington, New Zealand

Der Dinghy Koening, Center, Berlin, Germany
No More Mr, Nice Guy, STORE Gallery, London, UK

Chydig Bach yn Too Much, The City Gallery, Leicester & Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall, UK

Chydig Bach yn Too Much, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales
Lwmp o dda da, Galeri Caernarfon, Caernarfon, Wales

Bedwyr Williams, Store Gallery, London, UK
Basta Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art, Venice, Italy

Tyranny of The Meek, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales and touring to Store Gallery,London, UK

Operation Ferrule, National Eistedfodd of Wales, St. David’s, Pembrokeshire and touring to Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales (2003)
Box Clever de fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherlands


Known / UnKnowns, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Black Mirror: Art as a Social Satire, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

SHIT SHOW, Malgras|Naudet, Manchester, UK
Outdoor P28, Arte Institute, Lisbon, Portugal

Performa Ha!, Performa 11, Club Nutz, New York, USA
THE LAST OF THE RED WINE (THE PREQUEL/SEQUEL), Projects Art Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Government Art Collection: Selected by Cornelia Parker: Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Visual Arts Exhibition, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Wrexham, Wales
HA HA ROAD, Quad Gallery, Derby, UK
SHOW, Jerwood Space, London, UK
Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK

The Last Days of the Empire, G39, Cardiff, Wales
Open Weekend, Wysing Art Centre, Wysing, UK
Black Hole Hums B Flat, 80 Duke Street, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK
We Have the Mirrors, We Have the Plans, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, UK
The Eccentric, The Idiosyncratic and The Unpredictable, Schirman & de Beaucé, Paris
Gallery, Galerie, Galleria, Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin, Italy
DROMOS, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK

Abstract Cabinet Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK
Extraordinary Days, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, UK
Daiwa Shortlist, Daiwa Foundation, London, UK
Mental Puberty, STORE Gallery, London, UK
Grin and Bear it, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Mae Newid yn Change, Galerie Good Friday, Brussels

I am Comedy, Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands
Behind, Monitor Gallery, Rome, Italy
Irregular Pulse, Ferreira Projects, London, UK
Of this tale I cannot guarantee a single word, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Among the Living, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, City Gallery Leicester, UK, MIMA
Middlesborough, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales

The Seven Samurai, organised by Grizedale Arts for the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Tokamachi, Japan
Becks Futures 2006, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, and touring to CCA:Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland, and Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Seamus Harahan/Bedwyr Williams, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Flourish: Contemporary Artists from Wales, Curated by Anthony Shapland and Marek PokornĂ˝, The Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
Art Sheffield 05: Spectator T, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum, Sheffield, UK
Take It Furthur! Part 1 Curated by Gyonata Bonvicini in association with Artprojx for Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, UK
Cumbriana Proof 2005 Coniston Water Festival/Grizedale Arts, UK
Anima Animus, B312 Gallery, Montréal, Canada
Somewhere Else – Artists from Wales, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Over And Over, Again & Again Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Kick out the Jams (with Gordon Dalton and S Mark Gubb) for Star Radio
organised by Jenni Savage, Cardiff, Wales