The Harbour Gallery owner, Mark David Hatwood, studied art & media at Bristol. He went on to follow his first love, music, by joining Les Gray’s Mud as drummer in 1983. He toured with them for three years, before working for many well known acts both as drummer and musical director including The New Seekers and Johnny Hates Jazz.
After working with legendary music writer, Harald Faltermeyer (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop), in 1993 Mark moved to Berlin and signed a deal with BMG as in-house songwriter for many bands including The Weather Girls and Culture Beat.
Mark moved to Cornwall in 2004 where he founded two environmental social enterprises, which, over five years, grew to become a multi, national-award winning UK wide scheme. He was offered an unconditional fellowship of the RSA for his environmental achievements in 2009.
Returning to his artistic roots, Mark took over the Harbour Gallery in April 2012 and in four years, increased its turnover by 500%. It has forged some exciting relationships with award-winning hotels like the Scarlet, Bedruthan and the Driftwood and in 2016, expanded by 150% to now exhibit over 35 artists from Cornwall, the UK and internationally. In 2017, The Harbour Gallery was voted best Cornish gallery in a people’s poll.
In 2015, Mark launched the global marketplace for pre-owned and new artwork, ArtRehome, which has been a huge success in its first year and is now expanding to its global demand by building multi-territory, multi-currency sites.
At the beginning of 2018, Mark launched his newest venture, an online-only gallery offering extended benefits for both customer and artists. Within three months, BritishContemporary.art reached the top of Google rankings for British Contemporary Art searches and continues to attract some of the best living UK artists without the locational restrictions of The Harbour Gallery.
In 2019, Mark pen his first business-of-art book, The Artist’s Handbook, which outlines Artist & Gallery relationships in the digital age and gives artists and galleries alike insight into just how Mark achieved such success in both the digital and physical arena of selling art. The book became a bestseller on Amazon and continues to receive rave reviews from its readers.
Mark is also founder editor of the popular not-for-profit social enterprise Roseland Online and writes regular articles for the UK’s best-selling art magazine The Artist and the monthly arts section for Cornwall Today.