Liz Pavey

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Often site-specific or gallery-based, Liz Pavey's practice research focuses on the relationship of the moving body to its environment interconnected with questions concerning embodied knowledge, affect, somatic sensibility and wellbeing.  Recent work at locations including the Shipley Art Gallery, Hexham Abbey and HMS Trincomalee, and for the Great Exhibition of the North FRINGE, investigates basic actions of sitting, rolling, reclining and resting.  Informed by her experience in Shiatsu, Contact Improvisation and Laban Movement Analysis, slowness, gravity, empathy and sensitive touch are key research themes.

Liz is currently focused on two collaborative research projects:

The Other Side of Me (with writer Laura Fish) is a practice-led research project exploring how language and movement engage with a narrative concerning experiences of indigeneity, place, freedom, and young people's experience of the criminal justice system.  The project has included an intensive cross art-form experience for a mixed group of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and young offenders at a Secure Children's Home.  The next stage, funded by ACE, will bring leading Indigenous Australian choreographer Gary Lang to the UK to create of a physical theatre performance.  

Eyemouth People & The Sea (with theatre director Fiona MacPherson) process-led practice research (funded by Creative Scotland) embedded within a contemporary coastal environment and leading to a new cooperatively developed participatory performances.  This work builds on the previous project in collaboration with this community, Get Up and Tie Your Fingers Eyemouth.  



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PGCert, Teaching & Learning

    30 Jun 2001 - 31 Dec 2099
  • MA (Hons), Arts (general)

    The Body & Representation

    30 Jun 2001 - 31 Dec 2099

Professional Qualifications

  • ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring,

    2015 - 2016
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    8 Jul 2015 -