Personal profile


Dr Dale Holmes is an artist researcher and Senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. he is module leader for final year modules, strand lead for year 2 contemporary art and final year CA&I alongside supervising research at Masters and Doctoral level.

His research and practice is situated at the intersections of painting, performance and sculpture with the social and spatial relations of infrastructure, temporary architectures and ad-hoc structures in an effort to address our contemporary political and artistic condition. Recently he has been exploring the potential of long distance endurance cycling as an accelerated psycho-geography that reveals new critical cartographies and as a site for sculptural thinking. 

He has been a practicing artist since 1999 and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally both as Dale Holmes and as part of the collective research project Material Conjectures. He received his PhD from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 for a body of research titled Abstract Realism: Non-Anthropocentric Strategies for Constructing Non-Relational Artworks. He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and has taught at Sheffield Hallam University, Goldsmiths College and Wimbledon School of Art.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Painting beyond medium specificity or, the provisional condition of contemporary painting.
  • Collaborations and Collectives or, Adhocism as practical philosophy.
  • Collisionary Aesthetics or, painting as barriers, borders and barricades.
  • Staging Artworks or,exhibition craft and non-relational practice.

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work materials Social Sciences
realism Social Sciences
dialogue Social Sciences
artist Social Sciences
Ecology Engineering & Materials Science
urban planning Social Sciences
school Social Sciences
government policy Social Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2017

Decorative Dormitories for Sleep Workers

Holmes, D. 29 Apr 2017

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Diagonal Diagram of Dispersed Documents

Holmes, D. 17 Oct 2017

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

work materials
urban planning
government policy
work materials

Pressure Chamber

Holmes, D. 12 May 2016

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Atmospheric pressure
Raw materials

The Painting School 1 (New Materialities)

Simmonds, G. & Holmes, D. Sep 2016

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Activities 2016 2017

  • 2 Oral presentation

T.E.N.T.S by Material Conjectures

Holmes, D. (Speaker), Kirsten Cooke (Speaker)
19 Nov 2016

Activity: Oral presentation