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Prof Craig Richardson

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Professor of Fine Art

Craig Richardson is a graduate of The Glasgow School of Art, with exhibitions since the 1990s at Chisenhale Gallery, London’s ICA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Jack Tilton Gallery, New York. He has curated exhibitions at Pitt Rivers Museum, Milton Keynes Gallery and Aberdeen Museum, supported with significant funding from the Arts Council of England and The Arts and Humanities Research Council. In 2004 and 2005 he was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Artists.

Craig’s first teaching position was at The Glasgow School of Art, and he has held lectureships at the Universities of Derby, Oxford Brookes, Northumbria at Newcastle and Huddersfield. Management positions include Directorship of Postgraduate-Taught Programmes at Oxford Brookes’ School of Arts and Humanities and as an Associate Dean for Regional Engagement at Northumbria. As Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria between 2011 – 15 he collaborated on the development of the THES award-winning Northumbria / Baltic Partnership.

Other research leadership includes leading the Art and Design submission at Oxford Brookes for RAE 2008 and at Northumbria in Newcastle for REF 2014. The 2014 submission achieved a top ten position in Research Power for Art and Design. He was also recently Professor of Fine Art and REF 2021 Lead in Art and Design at the University of Huddersfield during which he devised QR and mentoring strategies.

Following on from a number of AHRC-awarded grants in 2015 he recently completed two terms as an AHRC Peer Review College member, during which he chaired a number of prioritisation panels for Studentships, Research Grants, and in Follow-On Impact. He was the attending member and lead academic in New Delhi for the first UnBox Fellowship scheme in partnership with The British Council. From 2007-10 he was an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Dundee.

He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Craig was a Principal Lecturer in Art at Oxford Brookes until 2010, leading on various UG modules and Programme developments, review and revalidation. At Loughborough he is currently teaching Part C Fine Art students towards their final year exhibition.

His recent External Examinership include Glasgow School of Art’s renowned M.F.A. programme. He is is currently External Examiner for the B.F.A. at Ruskin School of Art (University of Oxford) and Chief Examiner in Fine Art at The University of Brighton.

Current research is concerned with post-conceptual sculptural practices and their interplay with the vernacular, as well as landscape, environment and heritage in the north. Craig’s publications, including Scottish Art since 1960 (2011, Ashgate), have opened up a rich seam of archival discovery, particularly of the reception of the avant-garde reprisal in Scotland and its legacy at the end of the twentieth century.

The impact of this research stems from its use by BBC producers and in a Scottish consultation towards awarding Museum Collections a ‘National Significance’ Status. His research has been cited by various authors including in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research as well asLane Relyea's Your Everyday Art World (MIP Press, 2013). he has recently presented papers include Tate Britain (2010, 2011), The Henry Moore Institute (2016), with keynotes at Hybrid Practices: Art in Collaboration with Science and Technology in the Long 1960s (Kansas) and at National University of Ireland, Galway (2014) for the launch of the region’s European Capital of Culture bid.         

Craig is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Visual Art Practice

Examples of successful supervisions include On the aesthetics, ethics and agency of information: A practice-led investigation into the forms of production, distribution and consumption of information in the 21st century (Northumbria University); on the landscapes and continuities in the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006), Northumbria University; and on The Relationship Between Specialist and Non–specialist Identities in a Dialogical Art Practice. In 2013 he was the founding Director of the Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training.