Approved: 16.08.2006

Steve Dutton

Artist, Consultant, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006




    Steve Dutton is an artist, researcher 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' which has had manifestations for the Trans Art Triennial and 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. (

    He 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’.

    Steve is a Professor of Fine Art at Bath School of Art and Design, where he is Head of Art and Director of the Art Research Centre.  Before Bath Spa  he was Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. prior to which he was Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam for 5 years and Professor in Creative Practice at Coventry University for 4 years ( where he founded and developed Lanchester Gallery Projects along with Sadie Kerr).

    Along with his practice Steve is increasingly writing and delivering papers on the subject of ‘Artists’ institutes and the Institutes of Art’, drawing on complexities within his own practice and the practice of a growing body of artists ( as opposed to academics and managers ) who seek to rethink the nature of the art educational institution as a process of unfolding ‘epistemic events’ rather than a sequence of ‘progressive’ tiers of knowledge.  This relationship to non-teleological space/time is central to his work both as an artist and as an academic.

    Steve is based in London and and Bath.

    CV & Education

    Curriculum Vitae

    Steve Dutton BA( Hons ), MA ( RCA )


    Born :                                                           Manchester 1961


    Current  academic  Position:                                 

    Professor of Fine Art at Bath School of Art and Design








    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 )


    Selected Exhibitions and Projects ( since 2002 )


    Completed ( since 2000 )

    2016    Midpointness. 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. 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 )