MFA Fine Art staff
Nick Crowe (staff profile page)
Nick Crowe works in collaboration with artist Ian Rawlinson and their video and sculptural work address itself directly to the rhetoric and grammar of power as a social and cultural phenomena. Of particular interest are questions around faith, national identity, militarism and the environment.
Dr Ros Gray (staff profile page)
Dr Ros Gray's research focus on revolutionary cinema and its global filmmaking networks; the screen as site of radical gathering; postcolonial and political theory; urban cultures and spatial theory; contemporary film and video art.
Andy Harper (staff profile page)
Andy Harper's practice is predominantly studio based and centres on concerns of contemporary painting. His current interests involve neuro-aesthetics and the brain's sense of movement and how these might be brought to bear on the making and reception of painting. Symmetry, mark making, and a crude version of printing, all play a part in trying to explore painting as an instrument to capture thought itself.
Dr Mark Harris (staff profile page)
Dr Mark Harris is an artist, writer, and curator. His approaches to making artwork are linked by an interest in the imagery of intoxication as a form of utopian representation considered as alternative agency to militant strategies of the historical avant-gardes. Primarily working in video, painting, and drawing, he has most recently been reconfiguring photographs derived from hippy communities of the 1960s to consider them as future-oriented wish images.
Mark Leckey (staff profile page)
Mark Leckey works in sculpture, sound, performance, and video to explore the affective power that objects, images, and brands exert on us, as focal points of desire and identity. Leckey taught as professor of film studies from 2005 to 2009 at the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008.
Professor Yve Lomax (staff profile page)
A longstanding research concern has been that of including writing within the repertoire of visual art and placing emphasis on writing as a practice not in relation to ‘art writing’ but also the ‘art’ of writing theory. The research endeavours to question presuppositions held of speaking and seeing and, moreover, practice and theory.
David Mabb (staff profile page)
Mabb's paintings, photographs, textiles and videos work with and against the fabric and wallpaper patterns of 19th-century designer and Marxist William Morris. By contrasting Morris' design work with Constructivism and other early Modernist forms Mabb produces an unstable picture space that is never fixed, where the appropriated forms are never able fully to merge or separate.
Dr Suhail Malik (staff profile page)
Dr Suhail Malik’s research focuses on contemporary art; critical theory and philosophy; critique and liberal democracy, especially American power; technoscientific transformations of experience and life.
Simon Martin (staff profile page)
Simon Martin's practice is an attempt to reflect upon material culture. He is interested in how we understand ourselves through social structures, mythologies and collective memory evidenced in art objects, mass media and the built environment. Employing various strategies of appropriation the work takes the form of moving image, installation and photography.
Professor Michael Newman (staff profile page)
Professor Newman writes art criticism and art history, and occasionally curates exhibitions. Much of his writing is devoted to developing critical and hermeneutic frameworks for the understanding of contemporary art. His main thematic interests lie in the still and moving image, in the trace and the ways that it manifests itself in mark-making and installation, and in the intersections of these two modes. His current research projects concern sovereignty and decapitation, and notions of fetishism, perversion and enjoyment as positive values in art.
Lindsay Seers (staff profile page)
Lindsay Seers’ work takes the form of performances, which narrate the histories of strange transformations. These acts draw inspiration from television and film biographies, which attempt to explain an artist’s work as evolving from their biography.
Ben Seymour (staff profile page)
Ben Seymour's research looks at the relationship between urban regeneration, gentrification and culture; the culture and politics of contemporary capitalism from social precariousness and creative economy ideology to art and financialisation.
Kate Smith (staff profile page)
Kate Smith uses sculpture/installation as a locus for the exploration of subjectivity.
Jemima Stehli (staff profile page)
Jemima Stehli's photographic works are performative experiments where she places herself as either subject or object of the image and often as both. In so doing she explores the relationship between sculpture, photography and performance and underlies the tensions that exist between these mediums. A number of Stehli's works incorporate iconic imagery from other artists, ranging from Helmut Newton to Allen Jones to Larry Bell, investigating the traditions of Art History and exploring a contemporary relationship to them.
Milly Thompson (staff profile page)
Milly Thompson looks at pleasure, desire, the market, women in art and business, the gaze, and humour, using sculpture, video, printmaking, photography, web, collaboration/participation, curation and painting.