Graham TansleyGraham is Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Visual Communication, having previously taught students part-time on Masters, BA Hons and BTEC courses. Before education he was a founding partner of Graphic Works an ethical design company based in Bradford, having previously worked for a variety of design companies in Yorkshire and London. He has also exhibited his own work in group and one man shows in galleries around Britain and in Europe since 1980.

For his Masters Graham explored the negation of creativity as an active response to the deconstruction of capitalist ideology.

His current role involves the management and leadership of BA (Hons) Visual Communication including the development of social design philosophy and the development and planning of curriculum and learning. His emphasis is on leading a positive working environment for staff and the students who are supported in becoming independent learners who take responsibility for their personal direction and area of practise within the distinctive, highest quality undergraduate provision.

As graphics leader in the area of visual communication with an interest in cultural critique, Graham teaches students in all three years of study. Formal scheduled teaching duties include delivering lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops including assessment throughout the academic years. Areas of specialism are typography, graphic design, political collage, situationist theory and practice, performance, intervention, making and film-making.

Under his leadership the department has forged links with external partners internationally and is working across Europe through a GIDE partnership and the Eramsus scheme and with social design partnerships with universities in the USA.

Graham’s research interests are as an interventionist visual artist producing and exhibiting work that explores boundaries of social, political, ethical and moral conventions.