Marianne SpringhamMarianne is the Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Visual Communication, previous to this she ran the community department and has taught in adult education for 15 years. Her work has included running participatory projects and informal learning across Leeds, developing innovative methods of engaging with people facing barriers to education. Marianne managed the ACLF funded project Messages Across Leeds in 2011 and has since developed further links and ways of developing student involvement within the third sector in Leeds through new projects.

Formal scheduled teaching duties include delivering lectures, Seminars and tutorials, including assessment throughout the academic years. Her areas of specialism are development of multi-discipline ideas /processes within craft/making, textiles, performance, community engagement and education. The department has forged links with external partners internationally with the GIDE project and is working across third sector organisations/ projects. This includes the Tetley Feast project which integrated 70 students into a participatory project based at the Tetley contemporary art space in South Leeds.

Marianne’s creative practice is multi-disciplinary within making and performing and she is a founding member of the performance group ‘Chip Pans people’. She designs publications with under-represented artists in Leeds whilst completing an MA in contemporary art & design. Her research is concerned with local participation as being at the core of socially design-based practice projects and how this can be integrated to benefit students through socially responsible education.