Approved: 16.08.2006

Steve Dutton


Approved: 16.08.2006

Artist Statement

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.

He currently lives in Bristol UK and holds a studio at Spike Island 

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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.                     


Academic Posts


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)





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.

            Research Pavilion.

            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 WritingCollaborative project with sound Artist Annie    Morrad. Wellington, New Zealand.

2017    Aphantasia- 8 Hour ShiftCollaborative 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

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.





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




2019    No Telos

             Beam Editions


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

ISBN 978-0-692-32297


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


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

ISBN 9781899926138


2010    Surface DepthH 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

ISBN 978-988-17635-1-8 


2008    Drawing BreathLugar De Desenho, Porto, Portugal


2008    Text + Work = WorkCo-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 GymProduced for Mercer Union Centre For Contemporary Art

             ISBN 0-921527-56-X


2000    ProvinceExhibition catalogueISBN 0863399231







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.

            Xi’An. China.

2018    WRITING/ PAINTING/READING/DRAWING: something not yet, and yet, still something STUDIES IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE 2018, VOL. 38, NO. 3, 302–312 


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

            Uniarts Helsinki


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 ConferenceUniversity 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 

            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 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. 

             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. 


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 ) 



Doctoral Supervsion


4 completions 

Laura Gonzalez  Make me yours: the psychodynamics of seduction through works of art

Sheffield Hallam University.

Dan Pryde Jarman Artists’ run Curatorial Practices

Coventry University

Andrea Hannon The studio in the Mind

Coventry University

Yuen Fong Ling A body of relations: reconfiguring the life class

University of Lincoln








From January 2019.

International editorial board.

The International Journal of Creative Media Research.


September 2017

Critical Friend. No-Telos project, Venice Biennale.


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. 2011-2018                   

A-N Artists Council


July 2013                                   

Peer  reviewer for Orpheus Institute


Jan 2012-13                            

Lanchester Gallery Projects Steering Group



Founder and Director Lanchester Gallery Projects (LGP)


Nov. 2008                                

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