Mark Dunhill - Dean of Academic Programmes
I am an artist and Academic Dean at Central Saint Martins with responsibility for the Art, Culture and Enterprise, Drama and Performance and Graphic Communication Programmes.
Prior to taking up my current post in 2008 I was Head of School of Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol where I also held posts as Course Director in Fine Art and Course Leader in sculpture. In 1994 I was awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship that enabled me to spend a year working at Towsen State University Baltimore, and lecture at other art schools including the Maryland Institute and Maryland University.
I have held numerous external examiner appointments, and was chair of the National Association for Fine Art Education between 2008-12. I have been a trustee / advisor / consultant for independent and public arts organisations and am currently an advisory board member of Artquest, the Caspian Art Foundation and ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts).
Since graduating with an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art in the late 1970’s my work has been shown in group exhibitions at galleries including Ikon, Birmingham; Arnolfini, Bristol; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Tate Britain and Roche Court Sculpture Park, Salisbury. During the 1980’s I produced a number of temporary and permanent public art works and was involved in numerous projects and workshops to promote collaboration between artists and architects.
Since 1998 my art practice has developed in collaboration with my partner Tamiko O’Brien (Dunhill and O’Brien). Rooted in the traditions of sculpture, our work is concerned with the tools and procedures of making in which the objects and images produced are governed by process as much, if not more so than aesthetic decision-making. Elaborate strategies and apparatus have been employed involving motorised elements, remote control, chance encounters and occasionally the participation of others. Recent work explores the cultural status of specific stones and rocks that has led to a large scale installations ‘Stone Appreciation’ i and ii involving a tailored toile of a 15 ton rock in the Lake district, a new video, and a work made from a collection of 80 postcards.
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