Craig Richardson is currently Professor of Fine Art at Loughborough University and leading on the preparations for Creative Arts’ contribution to Art and Design’s Research Excellence Framework 2021. Prior to joining Loughborough in 2016 he was a research Professor at Northumbria University and later the Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in collaboration with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art as Principal Investigator of the Northumbria – Sunderland Centre for Doctoral Training (awarded £1.2M from the AHRC). Other research leadership includes leading the Art and Design submissions at Oxford Brookes for RAE 2008 and at Northumbria in Newcastle for REF 2014. The Northumbria 2014 submission achieved a top ten position in research power for Art and Design.
He has published twenty-two chapters, articles or catalogue essays since 2000, mostly on Scottish and British art including the monograph Scottish Art Since 1960 (2011, Ashgate) and also on museum interventions by artists; practice-based art and medicine; and variously on John Latham, George Orwell, Thomas Lawson.
A graduate of The Glasgow School of Art (B.A. Hons, M.F.A. and PhD) with exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery, The Irish Museum of Modern Art and Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, he has also curated exhibitions at Pitt Rivers Museum and Milton Keynes Gallery with 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 other lectureships at the Universities of Derby and Oxford Brookes. Other 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 in Newcastle. As Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria between 2011-15 he collaborated on the development of the THES award-winning Northumbria / Baltic Partnership.
Following on from a number of AHRC-awarded grants, in 2015 he completed two terms as an AHRC Peer Review College member, during which he chaired a number of prioritisation panels for Studentships, Research Grants, and Follow-On Impact. He was the attending member and lead academic in New Delhi for the first UnBox Fellowship scheme in a AHRC-led partnership with The British Council. Recently he reviewed for the Icelandic Research Fund From 2007-10 he was an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Dundee. He is a member of the Venice Biennale Fellows Steering Group, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and the joint Editor-in-Chief of Routledge’s Journal of Visual Art Practice.
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
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.
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.