Steve Dutton is an artist, researcher and curator who works on both collaborative and individual projects. He is developing a new body work under the working title of “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. Steve also works in collaborations, currently with Andrew Bracey on a Curatorial project entitled 'Midpointness' which has had manifestations for the the Lock Up Gallery in Newcastle, Australia, 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. (www.endofends.co.uk.)
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 recently been published in the Journal of Studies in Theatre and Performance as well being 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, Bath Spa University where he is 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.
CV & Education
Steve Dutton MA (RCA)
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.
Current Academic Post
2017 onwards Professor of Art. Head of Art. Director of Art Research Centre. Bath Spa School of Art and Design. Bath Spa University.
Previous Academic Posts
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)
2018 Documents, Alternatives. Verge Gallery, Sydney
2017 Broadcaster. Waddintgon, Rural Lincolnshore. UK
2017 No-Telos. Artistic Research Project. Venice. Italy
2017 Mind, Language, Matter. Curated by J.M.C. Anderson. St.Mary’s House, Norwich. UK
2017 Performance Arcade/Performing Writing. Collaborative project with sound Artist Annie Morrad. Wellington, New Zealand.
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
2013 Possession (1) Co-Curated exhibition 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 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
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. http://www.artomma.org/NEW/issue%2011/editorial.html
2005 Folklore APT Gallery, London UK
2005 Emergency 2 Aspex Gallery Portsmouth UK
2005 Similar to Nothing Laussanne Underground Film Festival, 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/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 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, Ontario
2002 Entropic Gym Dutton/ Peacock / Swindells Mercer Union Toronto
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
2006 Perspectives on practice A-N magazine special publication May 2006
2005 A-N Magazine Future Space
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
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.
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 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
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 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
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 Gym Produced for Mercer Union Centre For Contemporary Art
2000 Province Exhibition catalogue ISBN 0863399231
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS, ARTICLES, JOURNALS
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 Ruin Conference paper ( co-presented with Alec Shepley )
Sensuous Knowledge 7, The Art Museums of Bergen Bergen Academy of Art and Design
2012 One + One Catalogue 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 Essay 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.
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 A-N magazine June 2006
2006 Why Sheffield Art 05 is not a “Biennial”. Spec T symposium. Sheffield 2000
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 2016 onwards
MA Chinese Contemporary Art Practice 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
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 onwards Member of the National AIR Council
July 2013 Peer reviewer for Orpheus Institute
Jan 2012-13 Lanchester Gallery Projects Steering Group
2009-2012 Founder and Director Lanchester Gallery Projects (LGP)
Nov. 2008 Peer reviewer for the Vienna Science and Technology Fund/ Art and Science Call 2008
2008-2011 Trustee. Coventry Artspace
2004-2011 Director Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum/ArtSheffield
1991-2004 Co- Founder and Trustee of S1 Artspace, Sheffield