"No good artist should teach ... and no-one should teach who is not a good artist."
Paul Klee in: The Thinking Eye: the notebooks of Paul Klee, Jurg Spiller (ed.), 1961
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I am an artist, independent researcher and higher education consultant, and consider these roles to be interrelated and mutually dependent facets of my creativity. My philosophy about the relationship between practice, teaching/learning, and research is elaborated in my Professorial Lecture (1998, The Robert Gordon University. NB some links now not operational).
In 2008 I retired from my post as Research Professor and Director of Research at Gray’s School of Art, RGU, Aberdeen, Scotland. I am currently a Visiting Professor at The School of Art, Birmingham City University.
I contribute to research development at various UK art and design institutions e.g. University of the Arts and Royal College of Art, London, and also have worked internationally in Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Latvia, Mexico, Germany, USA and South Africa (see CV for details).
I was a member of the Art and Design Panel for the UK's 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. I served on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Postgraduate Panel for Visual Arts and Media (2000 - 2004) and was a member of AHRC's Peer Review College and one of their Strategic Reviewers.
In describing my practice as an artist I would call myself a 'maker' of objects and images, an explorer of contemporary technologies and materials (see 'practice' section of website and subsequent 'artworks').
I have a longstanding research interest in experiential learning in Art and Design education, especially at postgraduate levels. Since 1988 on completion of my PhD in art education at Aberdeen University, I have been involved in developing research student education and research supervision (see 'research' and 'consultancy' sections of website).
I live in Scotland, UK.