Steve Dutton is an artist and occasional curator who works on both collaborative and individual projects. He is currently developing a new body work under the working title of “the phantom industry” which is including drawings, sound works, animations, objects and texts. His work is difficult to classify, as it moves between various media, materials, processes and forms but it might be said to be a form of language-based practice which focus on acts of reading, speaking, writing and drawing.
In the past he has worked closely with Steve Swindells (Dutton and Swindells) since 1998, prior to which he was one half of the collaboration of Dutton and Peacock. 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 Northern Art Prize. He has been published in the Journal of Studies in Theatre and Performance, 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 including Fieldnotes and Soanyway.
Steve’s curatorial collaborations include with Andrew Bracey on a project entitled 'Midpointness' which has had manifestations for the Lock Up Gallery in Newcastle, Australia, The Trans Art Triennial and Airspace in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Other Curatorial projects include collaborations with Dr.Brian Curtin such as ‘Possession’ for Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre and ‘Unspeaking Engagements’ at Chulalongkorn Art Centre, Bangkok and LGP, Coventry.
Up until April 2022 he was Professor of Fine Art at Bath School of Art, Film and Media, Bath Spa University where he was the Director of the Art Research Centre. Steve is now Emeritus Professor at Bath Spa where he still works closely with staff and PhD students in an advisory capacity and he is on the supervisory team for Transart Institute for Creative Research.
Prior to Bath Spa he was Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln in the U.K before which he was Professor in Creative Practice at Coventry University for 4 years preceded by various academic roles including MA Fine Art Course Leader and Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.
CV & Education
STEVE DUTTON MA (RCA)
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Education and Training
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.)
2016 Relational Dynamics (RD1st) Coaching Qualification.
Sept. 2019 -April 2022 Professor of Art. Research Lead in Art.
Director of Art Research Centre. Bath School of Art, Film and Media. Bath Spa University.
Previous Academic Posts
2017-2019 Professor of Art. Head of Art.
Director of Art Research Centre. Bath School of Art and Design. Bath Spa University.
2011- 2016 Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln UK
2007- 2011 Professor in Creative Practice at Coventry University UK
2004- 2007 Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University UK
1994-2007 Senior Lecturer/Principal Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University UK
(MA Fine Art Course Leader)
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS and RESEARCH PROJECTS
Completed (since 2002)
2022 Equinox. St.Paul’s Gallery, Aukland, New Zealand.
2021 Society of Artistic Research. Practice Sharing. Language Based Practices.
2019 Resident Artist. The Museum of Loss and Renewal. Collemachia. Italy.
2019 Convocation- on expanded language-based practices.
Venice Bienniale. 2019
2018 Documents, Alternatives. Verge Gallery, Sydney Australia and BSAD gallery Bath UK.
2017 No-Telos. Artistic Research Project. Venice. Italy
2017 Mind, Language, Matter.Curated byJ.M.C. Anderson. St.Mary’s House, Norwich. UK
2017 Performance Arcade/Performing Writing. Collaborative project with sound Artist Annie Morrad. Wellington, New Zealand.
2017 Aphantasia- 8 Hour Shift. Collaborative project Annie Morrad and Andrew Bracey AND EventSpace. London
2016 Midpointness (2). Co-Curated project with Andrew Bracey. Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
2016 Trans-Art Triennial project 2016 Co-curatorial project with Andrew Bracey for the Trans Art Triennial (New York/Berlin).
2015 Art/Text. NCUST gallery. Tangshan, China
2015 Midpointness (1) (Co-Curated project with Andrew Bracey )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 DetailH Gallery Bangkok, Transition Gallery London, Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2014 Possession (2) Co-Curated with Brian Curtin. exhibition of pan-European and Asian Contemporary Art for LGP
2013 Possession (1) Co-Curated exhibition with Brian Curtin of pan-European and Asian Contemporary Art for Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Bangkok.
2012 Modern Times – episode 2: Faster-Slower.Numerous sites across the Netherlands
2012 End of EndsArts Council Commission for Bend in The River, Gainsborough, UK
2011 The Stag and Hound-Dutton/SwindellsPSL Leeds
2010 Unspeaking EngagementsChulalongkorn Art Centre, Bangkok and LGP, Coventry
2009 The Institute of Beasts-Dutton/SwindellsKuando Museum of Fine Art Taipei
2008 Preoccupations: Things Artists Do Anyway Dutton/Swindells Studio Bibliothèque Hong Kong
2008 Ssamzie Contemporary Art SpaceInternational Residency Seoul, Korea
2007 A little bit goes a long wayConsortium, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007 Un Jour de Beauté.(with Alec Shepley) The Nunnery, Bow, London
2007 AutobiobliophilesDutton/Swindells, Studio Bibliothèque Hong Kong
2006 The Dog and Duck-Dutton/SwindellsKookmin Art Gallery Seoul S.Korea
2006 Text + Work = “Work”Dutton-SwindellsText + Work GalleryBournemouth UK
2005 project for Art-Omma. http://www.artomma.org/NEW/issue%2011/editorial.html
2005 FolkloreAPT Gallery, London UK
2005 Emergency 2Aspex Gallery Portsmouth UK
2005 Similar to NothingLaussanne Underground Film Festival, Hawley/Dutton
2005 VAD Festival Internacional de Vídeo i Arts Digitals the Annual Girona Film Festival
2005 TxtrapolisDutton/SwindellsNAFA Gallery Singapore
2005 Sex Death and Flat Pack FurnitureHolden GalleryMMUManchester
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 PlanDutton/Swindells, 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 SiteDutton/Swindellsas 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 PeopleDutton/ Peacock / Swindells Contemporary Art Forum, Ontario
2002 Entropic GymDutton/ Peacock / Swindells Mercer Union Toronto
2011 Moves towards the Incomprehensible WildEmma 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
2006 Perspectives on practiceA-N magazine special publication May 2006
2005 A-N Magazine Future Space
2004 Empire of the SensesInstallation art in the new millennium. Olivera, Petri Oxley.
Pub.Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-23808-1
2001 Source Magazine.Upside down and playing backwardsSiun 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 17thby Alfred Hickling
2001 On Vanishing. Guardian Newspaper main review. January 17th 2001.
2000 Reflected in a Distant Mirror. Toronto Globe and Mail. Oct.7th2000. By Gary Michael Dault
2000 A-N Magazine March 2000. Enriched Mix. David Macintosh. P10-13
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
2017 Arts Council of England Artists International Development Award. ( New Zealand )
2015 Banco Santander Network award. Travel to China.
2013Arts 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 of England 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
2019 No Telos
2014 Project anywhere; Art at the outermost limits of location specificity.
2013 Possession (1).Catalogue published by the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre.
2011 The Institute of Beasts. Published by Site Gallery, distributed by Cornerhouse
2010 Surface Depth. H Gallery, Bangkok
2009 Unspeaking EngagementsPublished 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
2008 Drawing Breath. Lugar De Desenho, Porto, Portugal
2008 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.
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 GymProduced for Mercer Union Centre For Contemporary Art
2000 ProvinceExhibition catalogueISBN 0863399231
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS, ARTICLES, JOURNALS
2019 Soanyway. Volume 2. Issue 2
Erase the background noise, prepare the ground for the performance.
2018 What can Contemporary Art tell us about the matter of innovation?
2NDInternational Innovation Design Summit.
Shaanxi University of Science and Technnology.
2018 WRITING/ PAINTING/READING/DRAWING: something not yet, and yet, still something STUDIES IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE 2018, VOL. 38, NO. 3, 302–312 https://doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2018.1507201
2017 Towards the Midpoint (Intervention with Andrew Bracey)
Please Specify! Sharing Artistic Research Across Disciplines.
International Conference on Artistic Research.
Society of Artistic Research Annual Conference
2016 A work in Process(with Annie Morrad )
Research Practice Practice Research Symposium
University of Cumbria, UK
2016 Art, Philosophy, Writing and Speech
Society of Artistic Research Annual Conference, University of the Arts, The Hague.
2015 The Work is a Score
Key note for ‘Next to nothing: performance stripped to the bone’ at the University of
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 2014, 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 RuinConference paper ( co-presented with Alec Shepley )
Sensuous Knowledge 7, The Art Museums of Bergen Bergen Academy of Art and Design
2012 One + OneCatalogue essay for Brigid Mcleer. Published by Highlanes Gallery.
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.
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 The Mind's eye in the severed head of the works of M.K. Ho.
Catalogue EssayEssay in "Landscapes in the Brain" ISBN 978-957417162-0,.
pub. Ho Huang-Ching
2009 The Institute of BeastsJournal of Writing in Creative Practice
Print ISSN: 1753-5190Volume: 2. Issue: 1Cover date: July 2009Page(s): 117-125
2008 Post-conceptual artists’ practices Writing Encounters conference paper.
(Dutton and Swindells) York St. John University, UK.
2007 ApocotropesJournal 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 A-N magazine June 2006
2006 Why Sheffield Art 05 is not a “Biennial”.Spec T symposium. Sheffield 2000
EXTERNAL ROLES ( academic )
External Subject expert. West Dean College, revalidation of G.Dip and MFA.
External Research Excellence Framework advisor to Derby University, UoA for Art and Design.
Expert Academic Panel Member, Subject Review for Creative Arts and Design. University of Kingston. ( 2018 )
MA/BA Fine Art External Validation Panel. The University of St. David’s Trinity, Wales ( 2017 )
External Validation panel member for the MA in Chinese Contemporary Art at Birmingham City University ( 2016 )
External Research Excellence Framework advisor to Sir John Cass Faculty of Art and Design, London
Metropolitan University (2013)
External Validation panel for London Met/Whitechapel gallery Contemporary Curating MA
External Examiner Roles
BA Fine Art at The University of Gloucestershire 2015-19
MA Contemporary Art China at Birmingham City University 2016 onwards
BA Fine Art at Falmouth University ( 2013-2017 )
BA Fine Art at Northumbria University ( 2012- 2016 )
BA Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University ( 2009-2013)
PhD external examiner (Viva Voce) UWE (2012)
MA Fine Art at Central St.Martins ( 2006-11 )
MA Fine Art at Brighton University ( 2007-12 )
BA Fine Art at London Metropolitan University ( 2003-7 )
BA Fine Art in Context at The University of the West of England ( 2000-4 )
MA Fine Art at The University of the West of England ( 2000-4 )
MA Fine Art at The University of Central Lancashire ( 2002-6 )
MA Experimental Film at The University of Central Lancashire ( 2006 )
Laura Gonzalez Make me yours: the psychodynamics of seduction through works of art
Sheffield Hallam University.
Dan Pryde Jarman Artists’ run Curatorial Practices
Andrea Hannon The studio in the Mind
Yuen Fong Ling A body of relations: reconfiguring the life class
University of Lincoln
ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES, EDITORIAL BOARDS, PANELS, COMMITTEES
From January 2019.
International editorial board.
The International Journal of Creative Media Research.
Critical Friend. No-Telos project, Venice Biennale.
Co-Founder of the Impossible Constellation
March 2014 onwards
Editorial Committee member, Project Anywhere.
June 2014 onwards
Peer reviewer Journal of Artistic Research
A-N Artists Council
Peer reviewer for Orpheus Institute
Lanchester Gallery Projects Steering Group
Founder and Director Lanchester Gallery Projects (LGP)
Peer reviewer for the Vienna Science and Technology Fund/ Art and Science Call 2008
Trustee. Coventry Artspace
Director Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum/ArtSheffield
Founder and Trustee of S1 Artspace, Sheffield