Approved: 16.08.2006

Stuart Simpson

Artist, Consultant, Arts development worker, Researcher

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Approved: 16.08.2006

My practice has taken a variety of forms including theatre, musical composition, internet performance and digital installation. Having previously experienced life as a recording artist in bands both in the UK and the USA, I returned to education gaining a 1st class BA in Performing Arts and a Masters with distinction in Contemporary Art. I was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from Nottingham Trent University

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  • Location: Leicester, East Midlands
  • Activities: Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Lecturing, Workshops, Learning programmes, Arts in health, Community arts, Public art, Creative writing, Visual arts consultancy, Project management, Evaluation, Film-making, Photographic documentation
 

Biography

My practice has taken a variety of forms including theatre, musical composition, internet performance and digital installation. Having previously experienced life as a recording artist in bands both in the UK and the USA, I returned to education gaining a 1st class BA in Performing Arts and a Masters with distinction in Contemporary Art. I was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from Nottingham Trent University for research into tourist performativity, digital ethnography and art practice. My interests are in the familiar; from the performance of the smile for tourist photography; mediumistic processes and spirit guides; tourist mementos and mantlepiece shrines; to the day-to-day existence of living with neighbours. My work has been supported financially through grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England and local government. Recent projects have been in schools, nursing and care homes. The central feature to this work has been the documentation and re-presentation of personal history and the celebration of life experience. Portrait photography and sound recordings have been used to explore themes such as identity, community and social and cultural history. My current teaching is in the areas of photography, interactive media and critical practice in both higher and further education.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2012 - Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PCE), University of Bedfordshire, Leicester College 2008 - PhD Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK 2004 - Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 2002 - MA Contemporary Art (Distinction), Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 1999 - BA Performing Arts (1st Class), De Montfort University, Leicester Solo exhibitions 2008 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham 2008 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise 2008 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso, The Courthouse, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, Ireland 2007 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso, Garter Lane, Waterford, Ireland 2007 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso, The Belltable, Limerick 2006 - 3 Piece Suite, The City gallery, Leicester Group exhibitions 2009 - 4 Walls, BBC Big Screen (The Projection Gallery), Walthamstow 2009 - 4 Walls, Lumen Evolution Festival (The Projection Gallery), Leeds 2009 - Eyres Monsell Social Outreach Project, The City Gallery, Leicester 2009 - Mirror2Mirror, 'Pieces of 8' - The City Gallery, Leicester 2008 - 4 Walls, Home is where the art is, Dublin 2007 - 4 Walls, AKI, Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede (The Sitting Room), The Netherlands 2007 - 4 Walls, Artradio, Cornerhouse, Manchester 2007 - 4 Walls, Artradio, Manchester 2007 - 4 Walls, Deviant Art Festival (The Projection Gallery), Sweden 2007 - 4 Walls, Flux Festival, Clonakilty, Cork 2007 - 4 Walls, Futuresonic 07 (Soundnetwork), Victoria Baths, Manchester, UK 2007 - 4 Walls, Marquis of Queensbury, South Wigston, Leicester 2007 - 4 Walls, The Permanent Gallery (The Sitting Room), Brighton 2007 - 4 Walls, The Projection Gallery / Seven Seven Contemporary Art (Projektar), London 2007 - 4 Walls, The Ruskin Gallery (The Sitting Room), Cambridge 2007 - 4 Walls, The Winchester Gallery (The Sitting Room) , Winchester School of Art, Winchester 2007 - 4 Walls, University of West of England (the Sitting Room), Bristol 2006 - 4 Walls, Alsager Art Centre (The Sitting Room), Stoke on Trent 2006 - 4 Walls, BBC Big Screen, Manchester 2006 - 4 Walls, Liverpool Biennial (The Projection Gallery), Liverpool 2006 - 4 Walls, The Big M, Woodhorn, Northumberland 2006 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso, TULCA Festival, Galway, Ireland 2004 - The Slide Show, National Review of Liveart Festival, Glasgow Artist talks 2007 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso - methods and processes, Garter Lane Arts Centre , Waterford, Ireland 2007 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso - methods and processes (2), Garter Lane Arts Centre , Waterford, Ireland 2006 - 3 Piece Suite - methods and processes, The City Gallery, Leicester, UK Workshops 2010 - Video & Sound (2010), The City Gallery, New Walk Museum, Leicester Residencies 2006 - Researcher in Residence, Guthlaxton College, Wigston, Leicester Public commissions 2012 - 'Timelapse', New Walk Museum & Art Gallery , Leicester 2011 - Oral History Project, Learning for the Fourth Age Charity , Leicester 2010 - Artists Rooms Documentation of Talks for Gerhard Richter exhibition, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery , Leicester 2007 - Spirit Guides for Life, Future Factory, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham 2006 - 4Walls, The City Gallery, Leicester 2006 - Smile: Formaggio con Queso, The City Gallery, Leicester Projects 2012 - Radio Project with Mantle Arts / Leicestershire Youth Service, Various Youth Centres, North West Leicestershire Competitions, prizes and awards 2007 - Arts Council England award, Smile: Formaggio con Queso, Support for touring exhibition 2006 - ACE Grants for the Arts Award, Research and development grant for a national tour, Republic of Ireland 2006 - Bursary Award, Creative Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2005 - ACE Grant Funding for the Arts Award: 4 Walls project funding, The City Gallery, Leicester 2004 - ACE Grant for the Arts Award: Smile project funding, The City Gallery, Leicester 2003 - Arts and Humanities Research Council Award, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Educational experience - primary 2011 - Creative Partnerships (Yrs 1/5) Music & Video , Wyvern Primary, Leicester 2011 - Creative Partnerships (yrs 3/4/ 5) Multimedia & ICT, Knighton Fields Primary, Leicester 2010 - Creative Partnerships (Yr3) Photography Project, Parks Primary, Leicester 2009 - Creative Practitioner, Eyres Monsell Primary School / The City Gallery, Leicester 2007 - Creative Practitioner, Sparkenhoe Primary School, Leicester Educational experience - secondary 2009 - Creative Practitioner, Guthlaxton College, Wigston, Leicester 2009 - Creative Practitioner, Rushey Mead Secondary School, Leicester 2008 - Creative Practitioner, Fullhurst Community College, Leicester Educational experience - special needs 2011 - Creative Partnerships (yrs 1/2) Making Music & Instruments (2011), The Assessment and Reintegration Centre, Stonesby Ave , Leicester