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I am fortunate enough to work within a team of passionate and dedicated academics and professional practitioners in my role as Dean of Programmes for Art, Graphic Communication Design, Culture and Enterprise, Drama and Performance at UAL: Central Saint Martins. Following a spell of three years, working as Deputy Dean in the excellent School of Art and Design at Middlesex University, I joined CSM in the role of Associate Dean for Academic Development in September 2016. I moved into the role of Dean in September 2017. I came to CSM expecting a vibrant culture of future facing curiosity, thinking through making and doing, experimental pedagogies and rigorous critical enquiry. Each day, the staff and students do more and go further than any possible preconceptions that I may have held.
I continue as Visiting Professor for Creative Community Engagement with the University of Salford where I work with colleagues and partners to co-design tools for learning endorsement in informal education. Very happily, this is completely consistent with a range of projects that satisfy my research practice interests at CSM and UAL. I belong to two European networks (Open Design & Manufacture and the Co-operative Learning Action Network), each concerned with different and distinct scenarios, both committed to the development and design of learning ecologies and the recognition of experiential and life-wide educational agency.
I am the co-Chair do NAFAE (the National Association for Fine Art Education) and I am Chair of PARADOX (the European Forum for Fine Art Education). I sit on the Subject Associations Steering Group as representative for Fine Art under the stewardship of the Higher Education Art and Design (HEAD) Trust and the Council for Higher Education Art and Design (CHEAD). I am thoroughly committed to a role of advocacy and the promotion of the relevance and currency of contemporary fine art education. I am a Director of the infamous Islington Mill Arts Club in Salford and a Director and Studio member at Ebor Studios on the Pennine Edge in Rochdale, to the North East of Manchester.
Outside of education I remain committed to long term collaborative initiatives that are typically characterised by a role for artists and art producers in processes of social innovation and local change. I am a Director of Guns to Goods CIC, a collaboration with the artist Karen Lyons, dedicated to the reduction and recycling of gun metal through creative design and sculptural practices. I am the co-founder of ColourGround, working with the designer Maxine Kennedy on a long-term mass observation project that is making use of technologies and social interactions to build a global map of colour in the environment.
I paint at weekends.
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