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Biography

I am Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield, appointed October 2019. I have previously held senior academic roles at the University of Cumbria, Middlesex University, York St John University and Dartington College of Arts. I gained my MA Contemporary Arts from Nottingham Trent University and my PhD from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.

I am an artist, curator, educator, and writer of thirty years experience. Since formative performance art interventions in urban spaces in the early 1990s, exhibitions and performances of my work have taken place in major international art venues across Asia, Europe and North America such as CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Tramway, Glasgow; CCCB, Barcelona; CGAC, Santiago de Compostela and Ludwig Museum, Budapest. Engaging with art as social and cultural encounter through forms of curating, new media, performance and writing, some of this work appears in the global survey 'Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture' (Phaidon, 2007). My monograph 'Civil Twilight and Other Social Works', edited by Judit Bodor, was published by Trace: Samizdat in 2007.

Since being an active member of Hull Time Based Arts in the mid-1990s I have also developed an intertwined curatorial practice including projects in a range of art spaces, galleries and museums including Richard Saltoun Gallery, London and internationally significant festivals of live and time-based art such as 'Rootless' 97: The Nomad Domain', Hull and 'Span2', London. More recently, Judit Bodor and I were guest co-curators of Contexts 2019: The 9th International Festival of Ephemeral Art, Sokołowsko, Poland. My most recent practice engages with art, curating, networks and performance after the internet, such as through the curatorial project, 'The Next Art-of-Peace Biennale' (www.peacebiennale.info)

My critical, historical and theoretical writing has been published by Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Sculptors' Society of Ireland, Arnolfini, and Gandon Editions, among others. In addition to critical articles, these also include monograph essays for artists such as Alastair MacLennan, John Newling and André Stitt. I regularly speak at international conferences, seminars and symposia including recently, 'Sculpture in Process', University of the Arts Poznań, 'Left Performance Histories', Berlin, 'ReRooted', Hull, 'Doing Performance Art History', Zürich. I have given lectures and workshops internationally including University of the Arts, Helsinki, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. I was also Guest Tutor and Project Leader on the MFA programme at Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.

I have extensive experience of teaching and learning in arts higher education including as an external panel member on programme reviews and validations in Fine Art at Birmingham City University, Plymouth University and the University of Lincoln and as Fine Art External Examiner at Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Worcester and University for the Creative Arts Canterbury. I also contributed pedagogical research on group critique and curriculum design in Fine Art in the Higher Education Academy funded publication, 'Art Crits: 20 Questions – A Pocket Guide' (Rowles, 2013). More recently, I presented research at the 2015 Paradox European Forum conference, 'Alternative Zones: Uncovering the Official and the Unofficial in Fine Art Practice, Research and Education', The University of Arts Poznań, Poland. Committed to excellence and innovation in research-led teaching and learning and supporting graduates into professional practice and careers, I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

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performance art, spatial practice, network theory and practice, curatorial practice, new media

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