David Waterworth

David Waterworth BA, PG Dip

Senior Lecturer; Curator - University of Greenwich Galleries

Key details

David Waterworth

Senior Lecturer; Curator - University of Greenwich Galleries

In addition to his lecturing duties, David is Curator of the University Galleries. Since his appointment in 2007 he has overseen the expansion of provision from one gallery, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, to three separate spaces, offering yearly programmes of exhibitions and events to support learning and research at the University. The activities of the galleries have attracted assistance from a wide range of prestigious funders such as Arts Council England, Henry Moore Foundation, Paul Mellon Centre, Daiwa Foundation and Berlin Kanzleramt (among others). Over the years, the galleries have collaborated with numerous exhibitors and many external partners, including Clifford Chance, Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, The Fan Museum, New Art Exchange Nottingham and Ridinghouse Publications.

Further details can be found on the University of Greenwich Galleries website.

David holds a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy Schools (2003). Prior to taking up his current post at the University of Greenwich, he was a lecturer in Visual Art at Goldsmiths' College London. During this time, he also was curator of a number of exhibitions at Gimpel Fils Gallery (London) and London Print Studio Gallery

Responsibilities within the university

Senior Lecturer in Media

Curator of University Galleries

Member Visit Greenwich Events Strategy Group


Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (2018)

Research / Scholarly interests

David Waterworth's research interests lie in mapping processes and practices of representation, production and dissemination in visual culture.

He was selected for a three-month curatorial research residency in 2019 at the Serlachius Museums, Finland where he explored indexical links between the museum's collections and the town where they are located.


Between 2011 and 2015 he directed a series of exhibition projects and accompanying catalogues on London artists' studios, focussing on two South London collectives: Greenwich Artists’ Studios Association and Stockwell Depot. This research is ongoing and feeds into a wider departmental interest in how creative practice is sustained in the city.


Through his curatorial role at the University galleries, David regularly supports research initiatives from across the University, where exhibitions have a valuable part to play in the development of ideas and dissemination of outcomes

Recent publications


Hobbs, James , Waterworth, David, Kennedy, Stephen (2024), "For Want of (Not) Measuring". In: For Want of (Not) Measuring, 25th Jan - 24th Feb 2024, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich , . , (doi: http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/for-want-of-not-measuring/)

Waterworth, David and , (2023), Not Necessarily in the Right Order. In: Not Necessarily in the Right Order, 28th February - 24th March 2023, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich , . , (doi: http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/not-necessarily-in-the-right-order/)

Waterworth, David and , (2020), 10-4. In: 10-4, 21 Jul - 18 Aug 2018, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich , . , (doi: http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/10-4/)

Waterworth, David and , (2019), Pathways in the Serlachius Foundation Collection and its extended constituencies. In: A Parallel Collection, 19-29 Jul 2019, Aleksanterin Linna, Serlachius Museo Gustaf, Mänttä , . , (doi: http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/10-4/)

Waterworth, David and , (2018), Granular: The Material Properties of Noise. In: Granular: The Material Properties of Noise, 16th January - 3rd February 2018, University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street, Project Space, Lecture Theatre 0004 and Studio 2 , . , . ISBN: 9780957343016 (doi: http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/granular-the-material-properties-of-noise/)


Waterworth, David and , (2019), Serlachius residency report for the project: a parallel collection. In: , , , . , (doi: ).