Dr David Steans is Subject Specialist on the MA Fine Art course and a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course. In 2019 he completed his PhD in Fine Art at University of Leeds in 2019 and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Steans is an artist whose practice encompasses writing, moving image, music, performance and installation. He works with narrative and storytelling, and employs the ‘blurring’ of reality and fiction as a creative method. He is interested in genre, particularly genre horror which is a key reference point. Steans explores ideas around artifice, simulation, and theatricality, and there is a reflexive, meta quality to much of his output. The voice – whether written, spoken, or as a kind of authorial voice – recurs as a subject and feature in Steans’ practice, and he sees the voice as a material and medium.


Steans, D. (2018) From the Lounge. Hastings: Deptford X.


Pandhal, H. and Steans, D. (2020) ‘Hardeep’s Egg’, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 13 (1), pp. 9–11.

Book Sections

Steans, D. (2019) Gravediggers. In: D. Holmes and S. Kivland, eds., The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein. Ma Bibliothèque.

Steans, D. (2014) Letter #2 (Gratitude). In: P. Becker, A. Cecchetti and F. Pedraglio, eds., Cadavere Quotidiano. Project X Foundation.

Creative Projects

Steans, D. (2019) Necrotic Biography Room.


Group Exhibition. (2020) Re-shift, Re-calibrate. Pavilion, Leeds [online]. 10 – 17 August 2020.

Group Exhibition. (2019) Ecstatic Rituals. Humber Street Gallery, Hull. 7 ¬September – 20 October 2019.

Group Exhibition. (2018) DEPTFORD X 2018. Platform Commission, Deptford X Festival, London. 21 – 30 September 2018.

Group Exhibition. (2018) AS MUCH ABOUT FORGETTING. Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark. 7 September – 25 November 2018.

Pandhal, H. and Steans, D. (2018) Lecture Theatre. CAVE, University of Leeds. 3 – 19 May 2018.

Group Exhibition. (2018) MANTEL. Copperfield Gallery, London. 16 February – 10 March 2018.

Group Exhibition. (2017) Medieval City-One. 2 Queens, Leicester. 17 June – 2 September 2017.

Group Exhibition. (2016) Mould Map 6 - TERRAFORMERS. Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University. 17 September – 21 October 2016.

Group Exhibition. (2016) Radiophrenia Festival 2016. Radio Broadcast, Glasgow. 29 August – 11 September 2016.

Group Exhibition. (2016) SNAKE HORSE GOAT MONKEY: 4 Years of The School of the Damned. Guest Projects, London. 25 May – 30 May 2016.

Group Exhibition. (2015) A BRITISH ART SHOW. Meyohas, Manhattan. 23 October – 13 November 2015.

Group Exhibition. (2015) Display Show. Eastside Projects, Birmingham. 19 September – 12 December 2015.

Group Exhibition. (2015) I’MTen. IMT Gallery, London. 17 September – 2 October 2015.


Steans, D. (2019) Award-winning Scarecrow. Fieldwork, Haarlem Artspace. 24 August 2019.

Steans, D. (2018) Gruesome FX. Triangle Arts, Brooklyn. 23 May 2018.

Steans, D. (2017) Crime World. The Tetley, Leeds. 29 March 2017.

Steans, D. (2017) Hiddy Sculpture. Stories from the Sculpture City, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. 8 February 2017