Approved: 16.09.2017

Rowan Lear

Artist, Curator, Graphic designer, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 16.09.2017

I am a writer, curator and artist, playing in the space between image and language. My practice can take the form of critical debate, academic query, creative response or performative statement but is consistently rigorous, political and resonant.

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Artist Statement

I am a writer, curator and artist, playing in the space between image and language. My practice can take the form of critical debate, academic query, creative response or performative statement but is consistently rigorous, political and resonant.

The materials I use are old and new media, found images and objects, and language itself, culminating in texts, installations and performative gestures. I’m interested in the search for authenticity, the division of nature and culture, the sound of dissenting voices and the potential of art as a catalyst for social change.

My work is informed and underpinned by philosophical ideas and current debates, particularly those concerning technologies, emancipation, historical revision and queer subjectivities.

CV & Education

Presentations, Talks & Workshops
2017 Tweezers and Squeezers, Nida Doctoral School (participant), Nida Art Colony, Lithuania
2017 Towards Radical Inefficiency, Troubling Time, University of Manchester
2017 A Photographer Moves, Practices & Theories of the Image Symposium, University of West London 
2017 Photography and Revolution, Diffusion Festival of Photography, Cardiff
2017 Artificial Joy, IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki
2017 What Next?, British Art Show 8 Fringe Event, Southampton
2016 How can artists organise otherwise?, VASW Annual Event: What is Art?, Southampton
2015 The Camera and…, Diffusion Festival of Photography, Cardiff
2015 This is not the end, Royal West of England Academy, Art Weekender, Bristol
2013 Constellational Practice, FORUM, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff

2017 Rising from the Hill, Cowhouse, Ireland
2017 Silence Awareness Existence, Arteles, Finland
2016 Flash Artist Studio Residency, 44AD, Bath
2016 Paradise Lost, Artist-led Retreat, Cornwall
2015 No Words Are Needed, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham
2014 Critical Arts Writing Residency, Arvon Foundation
2012-2013 Artist-in-residence in Contextual Studies, Swansea College of Art
2012 Artist-in-residence, Manselton Primary, Swansea

Exhibitions & Performances
2017 Factory of the Mind (#1), St Mary's House, Norwich 
2014 Mither Tongue, Off The Page, Experimentica Festival, Chapter Arts, Cardiff 
2014 Seed Library, Mission Gallery, Swansea
2013 Apophany, Swansea College of Art
2013 Beware, Volcano Theatre, Swansea
2013 The Scrivener, Rogues' Galleries, Chester
2012 Hullaballoo, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2012 Archaeological Word-Search, Disruption Festival, Swansea
2010 Futureproof, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
2010 Found Footage, West Port Book Festival, Edinburgh

2017 Research Assistant, Optics and Aberrations, ACE-funded project, Bristol
2015 Elaine Ling Research Fellowship 2015, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto
2011 Digital Archivist, Craigmillar Archives Trust, Edinburgh
2010-2011 Researcher, Franki Raffles Archive, Edinburgh

2015 Catalogue Text, Smoke Screen. Published by Londret Vandret, Copenhagen
2015 Dear Degree Show, Artist Zine, Hardwick Gallery
2014 Catalogue Essay, Like there's no tomorrow. Published by Rupert, Vilnius
2013 Catalogue Text, From Common Differences. Published by Swansea Metropolitan University

2017 Co-organiser, Institute of Killing Time, Bristol
2017-present Director (non-executive), bside, Weymouth and Portland
2014-2017 Co-director, Bristol Biennial (BB2014 & BB2016)
2015 Associate producer, Art in Bearpit, Bristol
2013 Co-curator, Sraunus, Diffusion Festival of Photography, Cardiff
2013 Curator, In Other Words, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath
2013 Curator, TEXTURE, Swansea College of Art
2012 Organiser, Practice Makes Perfect Symposium, Swansea College of Art

2016 Short Course in Cultural Leadership, Clore Leadership Programme
2015 Travel, Research & Development Bursary, A-N
2012 Critical Art Writing Programme, Axisweb
2012 Interface Critical Writing Bursary, A-N
2010 Futureproof: New Graduate Photography in Scotland, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

2016-2019 Graduate Teaching Assistant, London School of Film, Media & Design, UWL
2015-2016 Course Leader (Language of Photography), Ffotogallery, Chapter Arts, Cardiff
2013-2014 Lecturer in Photography & Contextual Studies, Swansea College of Art
2010-2011 Teaching Assistant, School of Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University

2016-2019 PhD in Art, Gender and Media, University of West London
2011-2013 MA Photography: Contemporary Dialogues, Swansea College of Art
2007-2010 BA (Hons) Photography & Film, Edinburgh Napier University
2004-2006 HND Graphic Design & Illustration, Perth College

Selected Courses
2017 How Movement Works, Trinity Laban, London
2017 Reclaiming the Curatorial, Cubitt Gallery & Studios, London
2017 The Future is Unmanned: Technologies for Corrupt Feminisms, The New Centre for Research & Practice
2016 The Posthuman Glossary with Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova (BAK), University of Utrecht
2016 Art Criticism: Past, Present and Future with Morgan Quaintance, Cubitt Gallery & Studios, London
2016 French Language, Level A2, Alliance-Francaise, Bristol
2014 Film Production Management, University of Newport
2012 Performance Art 1 & 2 with Davida Hewlett, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
2011 Sculpture: Philosophy and Practice, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
2010 Artists' Books, Edinburgh College of Art
2009 Postmodernism in Art, Edinburgh University