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Professor Paul Fieldsend-Danks

Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive, Professor of Fine Art

Paul contributes to the development of an emerging research culture at the university, and is Chair of the Research & Enterprise Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (RSA) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). His own research includes both practice-based and pedagogic strands of enquiry, relating primarily to the production of and consideration for, artefacts within an expanded field of contemporary drawing practice; and to the discourses that inform new perspectives on collaboration and interdisciplinary learning in and through art and design higher education.

His studio practice is largely concerned with landscape and place-oriented practice, and the materiality of drawing, with his work exhibited through a wide range of related projects including Anonymous Drawings Archive, Kunsthaus Kannen Museum for Outsider Art and Contemporary Art, Münster, Germany (2019); Imagined Landscapes, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2016); Drawology, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham (2013) and Lanchester Gallery, Coventry (2014); and in a range of public gallery and museums including The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath; The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry; Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon; The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich; and The British Council, Barcelona. Paul has exhibited in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Japan and Australia, and has works in both public and private collections.

Paul is currently on the editorial board for the international journal Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice published by intellect, and was previously a co-director of the international drawing visualisation and research journal Tracey, published by Loughborough University (2011-2014). More recently he has contributed peer-review for The Journal of Visual Arts Practice published by Routledge. He has contributed numerous articles and papers to international journals and conferences including: The Journal of Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education; Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice Journal; Tracey: Drawing and Visualisation Research Journal; UWE Drawing Research Symposium, University of the West of England (2019); Group for Learning in Art & Design (GLAD), Manchester Metropolitan University (2017); Arts Without Borders, Helsinki University of the Arts, Finland (2016); and ENACT: Learning in/through the Arts, 7th ELIA Teachers’ Academy, Netherlands (2015).

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