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Research interests

I’m BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research Institute, Northumbria University & BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. I lecture and write about the economic and social construction of public value within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of participation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganisation within artistic and curatorial culture. In my current role I have developed a collaborative space in Newcastle called the Experimental Studio where people from different disciplines – from the university, the BALTIC and from outside these institutions – can come together and test out ideas in a safe setting. Details of past and current events can be seen here https://research.northumbria.ac.uk/experimentalstudio/.

I work closely with artists, curators and arts institutions internationally. I have published books and articles on social concerns in relation to contemporary art, focusing in particular on education and organization. I am currently developing a research project about the history of the UK’s Community Arts Movement, and an international project about Settlement infrastructures. I am writing a book, Contemporary Art and the Production of Inequality, which will bring together discussions on the politics of public administration and management with recent analyses of arts institutions, alongside debates on value (public and private). This is informed by research into the political functions of the art market and personal experience of organising, lobbying, and governing contemporary arts institutions, arts education institutions, and working directly with artists.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University College London

1 Sept 19991 May 2003

Award Date: 1 Sept 2003

Art, MA (Hons), Goldsmiths, University of London

1 Sept 19941 Nov 1995

Award Date: 19 Nov 1995

Theatre and Performance Practice, BA (Hons), Dartington College of Arts

1 Sept 19851 May 1989

Award Date: 19 May 1989

External positions

Birmingham City University

1 Jan 20211 Jan 2024

Glasgow School of Art

1 Jan 20211 Jan 2024

Eastside Projects Birmingham

1 Jan 20191 Jan 2024

The Otolith Collective

1 Jan 20181 Jan 2023

Chisenhale Gallery

1 Jan 20151 Jan 2021

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