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Graduating from the University of Leeds with a PhD in Sculpture and Philosophy (The Philosophy of Sculpture/The Sculpture of Philosophy: Casting Bodies of Thought), I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2009. I am currently the Director of Graduate Education in the School of Art Design and Architecture and Senior Lecturer in Historical and Theoretical Studies. I also run an MA in Digital Media. I lead several modules on the use and application of research methods in creative practice and run innovation and entrepreneurship live projects with postgraduate students. I also coordinate research-led/PGR research training within the School. 

Research Expertise and Interests

My research background stems from sculpture studies. My doctorate investigated the intersections between sculpture and philosophy. This research has since led to several publications on the use of sculptural tropes in the writings of Plato, Kant, Herder and Hegel. I am the author of 'Herder's Sculptural Thinking' (2011), 'Concrete Thinking for Sculpture' (2015), 'Crafting Stories in the Domestic Archive' (2015) and 'Thinking Sculpturally' (2017). 

In 2015-2016, I curated an exhibition for the Arts Council funded programme ROTOR at Huddersfield Art Gallery. Enttiled Thought Positions in Sculpture the exhibition brought contemporary artists together to explore various sculpture archives and existing collections.

I regularly design and chair conference panels and symposia, and have guest edited issues for the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Craft Research and parallax

More recently, I have been working with 'sculptural plasticity' as a concept that intra-acts with the languages and practices of art and neuroscience. This has led to several conference papers and forthcoming publications on the phenomenon of the brainbody in art, philosophy, literature, science and curation. 

For specific details of my publications, please see the 'Publications and Other Research Outputs' section of this research profile.

Current areas of investigation and enquiry:

  • Creative methodologies in art and design practice
  • Sculptural thinking as a mode of philosophical enquiry
  • New materialism and artistic thinking
  • Brainbody phenomena across the disciplines
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) and practices of writing

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhDs on topics and themes related to:

New materialisms in the thinking practices of art and philosophy

Transdisciplinary exchanges between art, science and the humanities

Sculptural thinking across the disciplines

Science and Technology Studies (STS) and materially-discursive practices

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Research Output 2014 2018

Place, Space, Action

Bailey, R. 5 Apr 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
Art School
Digital Design

Where is the Brainbody in the Stories of Curation?

Bailey, R. 18 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) Transimage 2018.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

cultural relations
critical theory
Social Relations

The UK National Arts Education Archive: Ideas and Imaginings

Bailey, R., Adams, J. & Walton, N. 19 Jun 2017 In : International Journal of Art and Design Education. 36, 2, p. 176-187 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

art education
group membership

Thinking Sculpturally

Bailey, R. Aug 2017 Tony Cragg: A rare category of objects. Pheby, H. (ed.). Yorkshire Sculpture Park, p. 11-21 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Henry Moore Institute
Tony Cragg

Thought positions in Sculpture

Redmore, N., Bailey, R., Townsley, J., Macdonald, A. & MacDonald, J. 17 Nov 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access
University Research

Activities 2013 2017

Association of Art Historians Annual Conference

Bailey, R. (Organiser)
6 Apr 2017

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Journal of Visual Art Practice (Journal)

Bailey, R. (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication Peer-review

Sculptural Plasticity and the Brainbody

Bailey, R. (Speaker)
7 Apr 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Brain Imaging and Sculptural Plasticity

Bailey, R. (Speaker)
22 Sep 2016

Activity: Oral presentation

Hegel's Silenus with the Infant Bacchus

Bailey, R. (Speaker)
20 Nov 2016

Activity: Oral presentation