Through research members of staff acquire subject specific expertise, maintain currency with their subject and connect with other academics, all of which feeds into work with students. At Leeds College of Art research ‘clusters’ are predominantly based in programme areas and support specialist practice, pedagogy and related forms of academic enquiry.
For any enquiries about research please contact: Head of Research, Samantha Broadhead on 0113 202 8097 or email@example.com
Samantha Broadhead MA
Samantha is currently Head of Research at Leeds college of Art, however she has also taught on Access courses and undergraduate art and design programmes. She has been involved with projects funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service that aimed to improve Access students' experiences of transition from Further Education (FE) to Higher Education (HE) by the use of Joint Practice Development (JPD). Participatory action research as a means of developing practices within education has also been an area of interest in Samantha’s work. She is now undertaking research that enquires into the experiences of mature students studying art and design at HE level using narrative inquiry as both a methodology and a critical lens. The ideas of Gert Biesta and Basil Bernstein also inform her work. This is a development of her previous interests in pedagogy within the art school institution and forms the basis of her doctoral study at the University of Sunderland. Previous publications include:-
Broadhead, S. and Garland S., 2013,Mind the Gap: An Evaluation of Joint Development Practice between Further and Higher Education Tutors within English Design Education in the Conference Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Vol. 1 14-17 May 2013, Oslo, Norway pp. 225-267 ISBN: 978-82-93298-01-4
Broadhead, S., 2012,Working Together: Cross-Sector practice development in Art and Design as research-led teaching in What is research-led teaching? Multi-disciplinary perspectives, London, GuildHE
Broadhead, S., and Garland S., 2012, The Art of Surviving and Thriving: How Well are Access Students Prepared for their Degrees in Art and Design?Networks, Issue 17: April 2012, University of Brighton found at http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/networks/issue-17-april-2012
Broadhead, S 2012, Using action-research evidence to change art studio critiques Inside Evidence bulletin issue 13 Summer 2012 pp29-30 found at http://repository.excellencegateway.org.uk/fedora/objects/eg:2216/datastreams/DOC/content
Broadhead, S., 2008,Tensions between the construction of design knowledge in Art college and School: Implications for students from schools studying in the college context in Hatton, K. (2008) Design Pedagogy Research, Jeremy Mills Publishing Ltd ISBN: 9781906600358 190660035X
Paula is a Fine Art practitioner and O.4 Tutor on the BA (Hons) Art & Design Interdisciplinary at Leeds College of Art . Her Fine Art practice works mainly in 3D within a feminist context exploring the dilemma of inhabiting a female body. She has found it necessary to distil female to biological difference and uses the maternal body as a point from which to address and subvert perceptions of motherhood. Her research into related feminine objects adapted to create new meanings, is exhibited both nationally and internationally.
The main aim of my research is to work towards demystifying BIM (Building Information Modelling) software for interior architecture and design (IAD) students and professionals, to then identify the most appropriate and relevant interoperable software for them to work with, as the adoption of BIM by the design and construction industry gains pace over the next few years.
As Vice Chair of Research for IE (Interior Educators) the national subject association group and consortium of the UK’s top 50 IAD courses, I intend through applied research, to promote and further investigate the practicalities of up-skilling IAD students and professionals in the role of BIM for their futures. This is being done through an examination and dissemination of good practice by UK practitioners, and similarly from the States in the use of BIM, for Evidence Based – Interdisciplinary Environmentally Sustainable Design pedagogy, in order to see how this might translate into an EU and UK educational and CPD framework.
Resulting in the production of a set of 'models' to disseminate to different age groups, with various levels of expertise and skill sets. This will hopefully be supported eventually by the BIM Academic Forum and their efforts to embed BIM into the Built Environment education system.
Currently Contextual Studies Lecturer for BA (Hons) Art and Design Interdisciplinary at Leeds College of Art and Associate Lecturer for Context at Derby University in Fine Art, Applied Arts and Cloth & Culture. Professional Practice includes working with research interests in Body, Space, image, alternative performance strategies, the ‘wanderer’ and art in restricted/ unusual spaces.
Research interests include: the body in landscape delivering a paper in May at The Affecting Landscape Conference on ‘Benjamin, body and silence’; Performance and performativity in the visual arts; Spatial practices; architecture and the body ; Psychogeography; Text, image and idea; artist/curator positions, altermodernism.
Cheryl’s practice involves a discipline incorporating seriality and repetition through ritualised modes of production. She explores diverse notions of drawing across; lo-fi, hand processes and mechanical means of reproduction. She is concerned with pattern, process and obsessive acts of making. She has exhibited within the U.K, Spain and Germany. She curated the group exhibition; ‘BLANK’ for Leeds City Art Gallery, U.K and recently exhibited in ‘An Exchange with Sol Lewitt’ at ‘Cabinet’, New York, U.S.A. She gained her Masters Degree in Barcelona, Spain and Winchester, U.K and Post-Graduate Cert. Ed (Post-16), U.K. Cheryl is Programme Leader, B.A (Hons) Art & Design Interdisciplinary at Leeds College of Art where she is the GIDE; Group for International Design Education Co-ordinator.
Dr. Dan Robinson
Dan is an artist and lecturer working with images, texts, objects and events – often collaborating with specific sites and organisations. His projects include Mud Office (2005-present, with Charlie Jeffery) and Thinking Space for the North (2005-2007, with Bryan Davies and Grizedale Arts). He makes and presents work with/in a variety of cultural spaces: locally, internationally and online. Recent projects have involved working in nature reserves in Nottinghamshire and France; a gallery and observatory in Nice; the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds; and with UK-European art school exchange workshops. Dan’s practice-based PhD entitled The Noise of Fiction: site, score, document (University of Leeds / AHRC scholarship, 2009) was on site-specific art practice as dialogue. Dan is 0.8 Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Art, where he leads the BA (Hons) Fine Art - Media strand and the Crossing Borders research cluster.
SELECT EXHIBITIONS / EVENTS
Dukes Wood, Commissioned by Ordinary Culture, Nottinghamshire, 2012-13
If Push Comes to Shove, Olsen/Mud Office event, Hyde Park Picture House, 24 June 2012??
A Raft of Measures and Announcements. Installation & exhibited video. Reboot, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2011
A Raft of Measures. Mud Office exhibition. La Station, Nice. 2011
Mud the Rural Retreat. Residency and exhibition. CAC Synagogue de Delme. Lindre-basse, 2010
Blown Up! Sculptural installation as classroom, for Maglioni/Thomson ‘eventwork’. Mains D'Oeuvres, Paris 2009.
Mud in Your Eye, Mud in Your Garden. Commission. Galerie Labo HO, Marseille, 2008
Les Ateliers de Rennes. Mud Office. Commission, Rennes Biennial, France, 2008
To the Left of the Rising Sun. Commission, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2007
The Return of the Seven Samurai, Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, Switzerland, Feb 2007
Virtual Grizedale. A-Foundation, Liverpool Biennial, 2006
ARTICLES / PUBLICATIONS:
Robinson, D. (2012) ‘Processing: Analogue/Digital…’ In: What is research-led teaching, CREST.
Robinson, D. (2012) ‘Processing: Analogue/Digital…’ In: ADM HEA Networks Journal, University of Brighton.
Robinson, D. (2008) The Noise of Fiction: Site, Score, Document. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.
Robinson, D. (2003) ‘Signs in Space.’ In: Subway Special. London, Wimbledon School of Art / AHRB. ISBN 0-948327 16-2000.
Robinson, D. et al. (2000) Pattern Transfer. London, Bluetit. ISBN 0-9538284-0-9
Robinson, D. (1998) ‘Story of G.’ In: Georgina Starr Catalogue. Ikon Gallery / Arts Council. ISBN 090759456 5
Solomon, G. Mud Office in: Les Ateliers de Rennes, Catalogue of Rennes Biennial, 2008
Karen has worked at Leeds College of Art for 17 years as a dyslexia specialist tutor and dyslexia coordinator. A graduate in English Studies, she holds post graduate qualifications in Dyslexia and Literacy and also in teaching. Karen works across the BA programmes and on the MA in Creative Practice.
Her research interests are in developing links between writing and creative practice, particularly amongst students with dyslexia, through exploring the student experience and analysing the role of pedagogy and narrative positioning. This research is ongoing and to date has manifested itself in written, oral and filmed formats. Karen’s doctoral studies are on the theme of Narrative Practices and Culture: how does the art institution generate and engage with the culture and narrative around writing. She has contributed articles on the role of writing in creative practice to the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice and to the journal Research and Practice in Adult Literacy.
She is committed to access to literacy, and to the active participation of students with dyslexia in the development of their critical thinking. Karen is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her own practice is that of a short story writer.
Towards a Progressive Arts Education: inclusion, change and intervention, UAL, British Library, Nov 7th. Paper on Art Students, dyslexia and writing: narrative positioning and the role of the agreement.
The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice: Review Writing in creative practice: exploring layers of meaning, University of Chester, March 2013
PhD in progress:Institutional narratives and writing: how the art institution engenders and generates the culture and narrative of writing
Organisations / networks we work with:
University of Derby: DMARC; Digital and Materials Arts Research Centre & Identity and Landscape research group
DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, DUNDEE
ACADEMY OF DESIGN IN LJUBLIJANA – UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA
SUPSI UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES & ARTS OF SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND
MAGDEBURG-STENDAL UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
LESSIUS MECHELEN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE – DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
La Station | Art Contemporain Nice
Villa Arson, Nice
Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Toulon Provence Méditerrannée || ESART ...
British Council - Erasmus
Art in Unusual Spaces
CREST The Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training
GIDE Group for International Design Education