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Michele Whiting – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Coming from a successful, award winning career as an art director and creative director in advertising, Michele went on to study Fine Art at Bath Spa University to PhD level. Her practice is multi-disciplinary, focused on working in and with spaces and places, encompassing moving image, sound, drawing, and painting. In addition, she works as part of a collaborative studio ‘quilos and the windmill’ with Dr Linda Khatir.

Her research interests, both primarily and continually, investigate issues of space place and site. Primary methods include durational walking and drawing, considering walking and memory as a way to question the role of visual memory back in the space of the drawing studio and considering the effects of drawing as a co-presence.

Research and external activities

A recent paper titled Landandmybody: body from the stillness drinking in, given at the International Association for the Study of Environment Space Place, at CT State University, USA, examined the effects of memory on drawing practice. It was published in Environment Space Place Journal, University of Minnesota Press.

Michele regularly exhibits internationally. The most recent were Loss and Lucidity 1 Appleton Gallery, Lisbon Portugal, Loss and Lucidity 2 Fabrica Braço de Prata Lisbon Portugal 2019, curated by Diana Ali and a PADA residency in Lisbon, Portugal 2019.

External roles

Co-founder and Co-leader of Space Place Practice, a research hub aimed at fostering creative development through shared interests.

Professional memberships

  • Higher Education Academy (FHea) Fellow.

Teaching specialisms 

  • Research Methods
  • Drawing.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Bath Spa University
  • MFA, Bath Spa University
  • BA (Hons), Bath Spa University.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Acts of empathy

Whiting, M (2018) 'Acts of empathy.' In: Maltby, P, ed. Cicatrix: the scar of a healed wound. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon, pp. 10-19. ISBN 9780464893233

Quotidian space in the sites of myth

Whiting, M (2017) 'Quotidian space in the sites of myth.' In: The sites of myth - Aqueel Solangi. Koel Gallery, Karachi, pp. 8-13.

Landandmybody ... body from the stillness drinking in

Whiting, M (2021) 'Landandmybody ... body from the stillness drinking in.' Environment, Space, Place, 13 (1). pp. 111-132. ISSN 2066-5377

Space, place and site through moving image installation art practice: entering elsewhere

Whiting, M (2010) Space, place and site through moving image installation art practice: entering elsewhere. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.

Landandmybody drawing series

Whiting, M (2019) Landandmybody drawing series. In: Loss and Lucidity, Fábrica Braço do Prata, Lisbon, Portugal, 8 September - 18 October 2019.

Q and W losing it

Whiting, M and Khatir, L (2018) Q and W losing it. In: Loss and Lucidity, Santoraspace, Santa Ana, SC, USA, 4 - 18 August 2018.

The Museum Box Project: Something of Place [group exhibition]

Whiting, M (2017) The Museum Box Project: Something of Place [group exhibition]. Trowbridge Town Hall (Arts Centre), Trowbridge, UK, 9 September - 4 November 2017.

Bad Wilma

Whiting, M, Khatir, L and Mars, P (2016) Bad Wilma. Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA, 16 June - 1 September 2016.

The Drawing Quilt Project

Whiting, M and Khatir, L (2016) The Drawing Quilt Project. In: Konst i Påsk Easter Arts Festival, Aguelimuseet, Sala, Sweden, 20 March 2016 - September 2016.

The Art of Research

Whiting, M (2016) The Art of Research. Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK, Permanent Installation.

Flying the black (selected)

Whiting, M and Khatir, L (2015) Flying the black (selected). In: Wells Arts Contemporary, Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, October 2015.

Phoebus and the crow

Whiting, M and Khatir, L (2015) Phoebus and the crow. In: Engagement and Entrapment, Zmart Gallery, Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, Nicosia Cyprus, 24 July - 7 August 2015.

Space Place Practice

Whiting, M (2015) Space Place Practice. In: The Museum Box Project, Aberystwyth University, UK, 8 April - 8 May 2015.

Lost [curator]

Whiting, M (2014) Lost [curator]. In: Lost, Salisbury Arts Centre, Wiltshire, UK, 21 August - 28 September 2014.

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