Approved: 16.08.2006

Steve Dutton

Artist, Curator, Consultant, Writer, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006
  • Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Higher education, Practice-based research, Critical writing, Curating, Visual arts consultancy, Studio practice
  • Categories: Curatorial, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Research
  • Tags: art and text, artistic research, artist coaching, painting, sound art


Steve Dutton is an artist and curator who works on both collaborative and individual projects. He is currently working on solo projects and with Andrew Bracey on a Curatorial project entitled 'Midpointness' for the Trans Art Triennial and a forthcoming exhibtion for Airspace in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. In the past he worked closely with Steve Swindells (Dutton and Swindells) since 1998, prior to which he was one half of the collaboration of Dutton and Peacock. He has also enjoyed working in the past with artist Steve Hawley and  the sound artist, Neil Webb. (

Steve is also currently developing a new body work under the working title of “industry” which is including drawings, sound works, animations, objects and texts.

Individual and collaborative projects have been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, including The Stag and Hound at PSL in Leeds for which Dutton and Swindells were nominated for the prestigious Northern Art Prize. (Please see CV for a full list of recent projects). Steve has published in the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (2009) and the Journal of Visual Arts Practice (2007) along with many contributions to various magazines and publications. He also has curated a number of exhibitions including a  co-curated project ( with Brian Curtin ) for an exhibition for Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, entitled Possession. The project included artists from the UK, France, Thailand and Vietnam.

Until June 2017 was Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. which he left in order to spend more time on his own work, consultancy, coaching and mentoring.

Steve has a studio at Yorkshire Artspace In Sheffield UK and he is based in London and  Sheffield.

CV & Education

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Steve Dutton BA( Hons ), MA ( RCA )

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Steve Dutton BA ( Hons ), MA ( RCA )


Born :                                                           Manchester 1961


Current Position:                                 

Professor of Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln.



College of Arts

The University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool


United Kingdom

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1979-82                 BA ( Hons ) Painting Sheffield City Polytechnic


1985-87                 MA ( RCA ) Painting Royal College of Art


2015                       Institute of Leadership and Management. Level 5 ( Pg Cert )


Steve Dutton is an artist/academic who works on both collaborative and individual projects. As Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. he is the lead academic for the development of Artistic Research and was instrumental in the highly successful outcome of the last Research Excellence Framework. He is also responsible for developing international research networks and partnerships. He is a founder member of S1 Artspace in Sheffield and the Founder of LGP in Coventry, a former Director of Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum and the ArtSheffield Biennial programme is currently an AIR Council member.

He designed and was Course Leader for the MA Fine Art Course at Sheffield Hallam University for 10 years, Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam for 3 years, Professor in Creative Practice at Coventry University for 4 years and is currently Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln. Steve is currently supervising 3 PhD candidates.

Individual and collaborative  artistic research projects have been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, including The Institute of Beasts at Kuando Museum of Fine Art in Taipei and more recently The Stag and Hound at PSL in Leeds UK which was nominated for the prestigious Northern Art Prize. Steve’s most recent commission was ‘End of Ends’, an Arts Council Funded project for Bend in the River in the East Midlands of the UK in which he collaborated with  artist Neil Webb ( ) . His solo work has recently been included in ‘Modern Times’ which was shown at numerous sites across the Netherlands including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Centraal Museum Utrecht. His most recent project was for the Lock- Up in Newcastle Australia.

He has published in the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice and the Journal of Visual Arts Practice along with many contributions to various magazines, publications and conferences on contemporary art, the most recent being ‘Sensuous Knowledge 7’ with The Art Museums of Bergen and Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the Arts and Society Conference 2013, Budapest, and 2014, Rome , and key note for ‘Next to nothing: performance stripped to the bone’ at the University of Newcastle, Australia.?

Steve also has curated a number of exhibitions, including ‘Unspeaking Engagements’ for Chulalongkorn Art Centre in Bangkok and LGP in Coventry co-curated with Brian Curtin and Possession  (1) for Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre in 2013.


Selected Exhibitions and Projects ( since 2002 )


Completed ( since 2000 )


2015      Art/Text. NCST gallery. Tangshan, China

2015     Midpointness

The Lock-Up Art and Culture Centre, Newcastle, Australia.

2015      Care + Attend . Curated by Emma Cocker and Joanne Lee for Unconditional Love. Society of Artistic Research. Chelsea College of Arts. London

 2014      Detail. H Gallery Bangkok, Transition Gallery London, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

2014      Possession (2).   Co-Curated exhibition of pan-European and Asian contemporary     art for LGP Coventry UK

2013      Possession (1).   Co-Curated exhibition of pan-European and Asian contemporary     art for Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Bangkok and LGP Coventry UK

 2012      Modern Times – episode 2: Faster-Slower.

 Numerous sites across the Netherlands including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam    and the Centraal Museum Utrecht.

 2012        End of Ends. Arts Council Commission for Bend in The River, Gainsborough, UK

2011       The Stag and Hound-Dutton/Swindells PSL Leeds

2010         Unspeaking Engagements Chulalongkorn Art Centre, Bangkok and  LGP, Coventry

2009        The Institute of Beasts-Dutton/Swindells Kuando Museum of Fine Art Taipei 

2008          Preoccupations: Things Artists Do Anyway-Dutton/Swindells Studio Bibliothèque Hong Kong

2008         Ssamzie Contemporary Art Space International Residency Seoul, Korea

2007        A little bit goes a long way Consortium, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007       Un Jour de Beauté. ( with Alec Shepley )The Nunnery, Bow, London

2007        Autobiobliophiles Dutton/Swindells, Studio Bibliothèque Hong Kong

2006        The Dog and Duck -Dutton/Swindells Kookmin Art Gallery Seoul S.Korea

2006        Text + Work = “Work” Dutton-Swindells Text + Work Gallery Bournemouth UK

2005         project for Art-Omma.

2005         Folklore APT Gallery London(Dutton & Swindells)

2005         Emergency 2 Aspex Gallery Portsmouth UK (Dutton & Swindells)

2005         Laussanne Underground Film Festival Showing Similar to Nothing Hawley/Dutton

2005        VAD Festival Internacional de Vídeo i Arts Digitals the Annual Girona Film Festival                                                                        

2005         Txtrapolis-Dutton/Swindells NAFA Gallery Singapore

2005         Sex Death and Flat Pack Furniture Holden Gallery MMU Manchester

2004         Site for Unbuilding Wrexham Arts Centre and  Oriel Davies Newtown

2004          [Shift} - E merged D. Site specific projects. Leeds UK

2004         S1 Alternative Action Plan-Dutton/Swindellsm,Sheffield UK

2003          Look to this Day Castlefield Gallery Manchester UK

2003          Plaza text intervention into Sheffield Newspapers

                      Dutton/Swindells as Suns of the Desert

2003          Brown - field Site-Dutton/Swindells as Suns of the Desert

                      Sheffield ART 03 Sheffield UK

2003          Entropic Gym Variation Dutton/ Peacock / Swindells Sheperd Gallery

                 Reno Nevada U.S.A.

2002      Power to the People Dutton/ Peacock / Swindells

                 Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener Ontario Canada                                

2002           Entropic Gym Mercer Union -Dutton/ Peacock / Swindells 

                  Toronto Canada



Selected Bibliography


2011                        Moves towards the Incomprehensible Wild Emma Cocker

                   Art and Research- A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods

Volume 4. No. 1. Summer 2011.ISSN 1752-6388


2010                        The work of Dutton and Swindells

                                    Photonet Magazine ( S.Korea ). Jan issue.


2009                        Dissolving boundaries Bangkok Post published on10/09/2009


2006                        Perspectives on practice

                                    AN magazine special publication May 2006



2005                  AN Magazine

                                    Future Space April 2005


2004                  Empire of the Senses

Installation art in the new millennium. Olivera, Petri

Oxley. Pub.Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-23808-1


2001                        Source Magazine.

Upside down and playing backwards

Siun Hanrahan. Issue 27. P38-39


2001                   CIRCA, June 2001, Issue 96, p 43-45

Cartography: The City. By Suzanna Chan


2001                        Province. Guardian Newspaper main review. March 17th                                                                            by Alfred Hickling


2001                  On Vanishing. Guardian Newspaper main review. January 17th  2001.


2000                        Reflected in a Distant Mirror. Toronto Globe and Mail. Oct.7th 2000. By Gary Michael Dault                    


1999                        AN web. Artists’ Stories. Collaborative Working.


2000                        AN Magazine March 2000. Enriched Mix. David Macintosh. P10-13


1999                  AN. November 99-Talking Space .p 12-15


1997                        Frieze. April 1997. p87

                                    Musee Imaginaire

Museum of Installation. Izi Glover


1997                        Untitled  May 1997. No 13. p 25-26

                                    Plague-orgy-time and Musee Imaginaire . Sharon Kivland.




Grants and Awards


2015      Banco Santander Network award. Travel to China.


2013     Arts Council of England G4A award for Possession ( 1 )  Bangkok Arts and Culture

             Centre, Thailand and Possession ( 2 ), LGP Coventry, UK ( £10K )


2012      Arts Council of England funded residency project for Bend in the River UK (£5K)


2011      Major G4A Arts Council of England Award for a two year contemporary art programme for Lanchester Gallery Projects ( LGP )in Coventry, UK. ( £90K )


2010      Pmi2 British Council Grant for developing MA in International Contemporary Art Practice with Kookmin University in Seoul. ( £35K )


2007      Major Arts Council Award for “The Institute of Beasts” Project involving  a S.Korean Residency Project, exhibitions and publications. (£25K)


2005      AHRB award for ‘Similar to Nothing’ with Professor Steve Hawley MMU (£5K )


1988      Royal College of Art Drawing Prize



Selected Books, catalogues and publications ( since 2000 )


2014      Project anywhere; Art at the outermost limits of location specificity.

ISBN# 978-0-692-32297-0


2013      Possession (1). Catalogue published by the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre.


2011      The Institute of Beasts. Published by Site Gallery, distributed by Cornerhouse 9781899926138


2010      Surface Depth. H Gallery, Bangkok


2009      Unspeaking Engagements Published by the Art Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.


2008      Preoccupations: Things Artists Do Anyway  (Dutton & Swindells) Studio Bibliothèque Hong Kong Ed. Cornelia Erdmann and Michael Lee Hong Hwee

ISBN 978-988-17635-1-8


2008      Drawing Breath. Lugar De Desenho, Porto, Portugal


2006      Text + Work = Work. Co-written with Steve Swindells. Published by the Arts Institute at Bournemouth ISBN 0-901196-11-8


2005      Misleading Epiphenomena. Published by Artwords Press Co-authors. Dr Steve Swindells, Dr. Barbara Penner ISBN 0954390873


2003      Site + Sight. Translating Cultures. Earl Lu Gallery,                                                                                          Exhibition catalogue Singapore. ISBN 981-04-6705-2


2002      Daylight. Artist’s publication. Co-author Steve Swindells ISBN 1843870010


2002      Transmission: Speaking and Listening. Vol.1 Pub. ISBN 0 86339   986 X


2001      On Vanishing. ISBN 1 899926 80 1


2000      Entropic Gym Produced for Mercer Union Centre For Contemporary Art

             ISBN 0-921527-56-X


2000     Province Exhibition catalogue ISBN 0863399231


Selected Conference papers, Articles, Journals


2015      The Work is a Score.

Key note for ‘Next to nothing: performance stripped to the bone’ at the University of Newcastle, Australia.?


2015    The flickering Institution

            Material Culture in Action:

Practices of making, collecting and re-enacting art and design.

Glasgow School of Art, UK



2015      Text and work

                  Conference paper for Text Versus Art Conference, The University of Lòdz


2014      Towards an office of institutional aesthetics.

                  Conference Paper for Project anywhere at Parsons New School, New York.


2014     Art Takes residence ( the Office of Institutional Aesthetics )

                  Conference paper, Arts Into Society , Rome


2013     Artists’ Institutes and the Institutes of Art.

             Conference paper Arts into Society 2013 Budapest


2013      On Being There  Essay on Guangju 2012 for Axis Contemporary Art

2012      Inhabiting the Institution  ELIA Conference paper Porto Teachers Academy

2013     The Institute of Ruin. Conference paper ( co-presented with Alec Shepley ) at 

Sensuous Knowledge 7, at The Art Museums of Bergen and Bergen Academy of Art  and Design


2012      Catalogue essay. One + One Brigid Mcleer. Published by Highlanes Gallery.

                  ISBN: 978-0-9554311-4-


2011      On the Specificity of Biennials. AN Magazine. Dec. 2011


2011      Conference Paper at ‘Creativity, Play and the Imagination’ Teachers College,  Columbia University, New York. May 26th-28th


2011      Conference Paper July conference at the ATHENS institute                                                                  for Education and Research. Fine and Performing Arts 2


2011     Cuts in Culture. AN magazine. Co-written with Katriona Beales


2010     Cluelessness Conference paper.

July conference at the ATHENS institute for Education and Research


2010      Catalogue Essay The Mind's eye in the severed head of the works of M.K. Ho. Essay

                  in "Landscapes in the Brain" ISBN 978-957417162-0,. pub. Ho Huang-Ching


2009      The Institute of Beasts Journal of Writing in Creative Practice

                  Print ISSN: 1753-5190 Volume: 2. Issue: 1 Cover date: July 2009

Page(s): 117-125


2008      Post-conceptual artists’ practices  Writing Encounters conference paper.

( Dutton and Swindells ) York St. John University, UK. ( Sept.)


2007      Apocotropes Journal of Visual Arts Practice ISSN: 14702029

Vol 6. Issue 3 pp 251-256


2007      Something like nothing happens anywhere. Co-edited with Jeanine Griffin

                  A-N commissioned research papers Dec 2007


2006.     Curatorial questions around the British Art Show.

                  A-N Magazine. Nov 2006   


2006      Biennials and “Biennials”. Article AN magazine June 2006


2006     Why Sheffield art 05 is not  “Biennial”. Spec T symposium. Sheffield 2006



Associated Art Activities, Editorial Boards, Committees, Panels etc.


July 2014                                                  Co-Founder of the Impossible Constellation




March 2014 onwards                          Editorial Committee member, Project Anywhere.



June 2014 onwards                            Peer reviewer Journal of Artistic Research


Jan. 2011 onwards                              Elected member of the National AIR Council ( Artists Interaction and Representation )


July 2013                                                  Peer reviewer for Orpheus Institute



Jan 2012 onwards                               Lanchester Gallery Projects Steering Group.


2009-2012                                               Founder and Director Lanchester Gallery Projects ( LGP )


Nov. 2010                                                 External Validation panel for London Met/Whitechapel gallery Contemporary Curating MA


Nov. 2008                                                 Peer reviewer for the Vienna Science and Technology Fund/ Art and Science Call 2008


2008-2011                                               Trustee. Coventry Artspace


2004 to 2011                                          Director Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum/ArtSheffield


1991-2004                                               Founder and Trustee of S1 Artspace, Sheffield



Past Employment


Sept. 2007- Oct. 2011. Professor in Creative Practice at Coventry University

2004-2007 Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University

1994-2007 Senior Lecturer/Principal Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University



External  Roles


External Research Excellence Framework  advisor to Sir John Cass Faculty of Art and Design, London Metropolitan University 2013







External Examiner Roles


Steve Dutton has held numerous External examiner roles including;

PhD external examiner ( Viva Voce ) UWE ( 2012 )

BA Fine Art Falmouth University ( 2013-present )

BA Fine Art Northumbria University ( 2012- present )

BA Fine Art MMU ( 2009-2013 )

MA Fine Art Central St.Martins ( 2006-11 )

MA Fine Art Brighton University ( 2007-12 )

BA  Fine Art London Metropolitan ( 2003-7 )

BA Fine Art in Context at UWE ( 2000-4 )

MA Fine Art UWE ( 2001-4 )

MA Fine Art UCL ( 2002-6 )

MA Experimental Film UCL ( emergency cover ) ( 2006 )