Established in 2003, United Visual Artists are an art and design practice based in London. UVA produce work at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image and digital installation.
UVA’s team members, Ash Nehru, Chris Bird and Matt Clark, come from many disciplines including fine art, architecture, communication design, moving image, computer science and engineering. The cross-pollination of diverse skills inspires new fields of exploration, which is at the core of their ethos.
Pushing the boundaries of research, software and engineering with every project, UVA’s work aims above all to be meaningful and engaging.
UVA’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the V&A, the Royal Academy of Art, the South Bank Centre, the Wellcome Collection, Opera North Leeds, Durham Cathedral and The British Library. Their artworks have also toured internationally to cities including Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Yamaguchi, Taipei, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Barcelona. UVA also have large-scale permanent artworks in Toronto and Istanbul.
UVA’s designs for live performance have led to commissions at venues such as the Tate Modern turbine hall, Madison Square Garden in New York and Trafalgar Square London. UVA have also collaborated with musicians including Massive Attack, Jay Z, U2, The Chemical Brothers and Battles.
In 2007, UVA’s responsive light and sound sculpture "Volume" won a Yellow Pencil at the D&AD awards, and featured in the London Design Museum’s "Design of the Year" show in 2008. "Speed of Light" was also featured in the London "Design of the Year" exhibition, showing the best designs of 2010. UVA were awarded a distinction for their kinetic installation "Chorus" at the 2010 edition of Prix Arts Electronica. In 2011, "Speed of Light" was awarded a Creative Review Annual and listed in the Annual as "Best in Book".