Art and Design research

Area of research excellence: Art and Design

Recent years have seen unprecedented investment in Art and Design with the opening of the dedicated state of the art space at the city centre Locksbrook Campus, an anchor point in the regional creative industries.

An academic restructure has focused on separate but closely aligned subject areas, and research has been prioritised resulting in significant growth in the number of staff submitted to REF2021, which is up 50% since 2014. Doctoral student numbers have increased, as has grant capture. Art and Design has a long established reputation in the region with strong links to local educational, cultural and commercial sectors.

Our work covers a broad range of disciplines. Art ranges from the more traditional fine arts such as painting and photography to applied arts, particularly ceramics, artists’ books and curatorial projects. The design disciplines are largely aligned with fine art and include textiles and various forms of graphic and visual communication. A growing number of staff are engaged in textual, historical and critical studies and much of the practice based work is supported by theoretical enquiry, in the form of journal articles and catalogue essays.

The work in Art and Design can be described in four established thematic strands through:

  • Participatory curatorial practice
  • Disruptive forms of illustration,
  • The role of contemporary painting
  • Materials and making.

Alongside the Art Research Centre, staff are also working in collaboration with the university-wide Making Books Research Centre hosted by the School of Humanities, which explores the concept of the book as both a designed artefact and object of study with the University’s strategic Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education on diverse ‘Creative Pedagogies’ emerging from creative practice.

There are also a series of more recently formed research clusters, reflecting emerging research strengths in animation, performance, product and interior design, and staff who continue to work independently.

Research and academic outputs

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What is the history in contemporary history painting?
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Dalwood, D (2019) 'What is the history in contemporary history painting?' In: Phillips, M.S and Bear, J, eds. What was history painting and what is it now? McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal, Canada, pp. 204-214. ISBN 9780773558960


Bringing things down to Earth
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Withers, R (2016) 'Bringing things down to Earth.' In: Giusti, L, ed. Roman Signer : a step towards the sea = un passo verso il mare. Humboldt Books, Milan, pp. 121-135. ISBN 9788899385132


Turning around the written mark, opening from a weight of thought
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Luzar, R (2016) 'Turning around the written mark, opening from a weight of thought.' In: Giunta, C and Janus, A, eds. Nancy and visual culture. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 181-198. ISBN 9781474407496


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


Performative problems
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Luzar, R (2020) 'Performative problems.' Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 5 (1). pp. 29-41. ISSN 2057-0384


A quintessentially English glove legacy
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Turner, F.A (2019) 'A quintessentially English glove legacy.' The International Human Sciences Review, 1. pp. 59-67. ISSN 2659-7500


Leopard in kitten heels: the politics of Theresa May’s sartorial choices
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Evans, R (2019) 'Leopard in kitten heels: the politics of Theresa May’s sartorial choices.' Clothing Cultures, 6 (2). pp. 199-213. ISSN 2050-0742


Ceramics and locational identity: investigating the symbolism of material culture in relation to a sense of place
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Bodenham, P (2018) 'Ceramics and locational identity: investigating the symbolism of material culture in relation to a sense of place.' Craft Research, 9 (2). pp. 287-310. ISSN 2040-4689


Rethinking the graphic trace in performative drawing
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Luzar, R (2017) 'Rethinking the graphic trace in performative drawing.' Theatre and Performance Design, 3 (1-2). pp. 50-67. ISSN 2332-2578


Glamorous spaces: public ballrooms and dance halls, 1890 – 1950
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French, H (2015) 'Glamorous spaces: public ballrooms and dance halls, 1890 – 1950.' Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture, 6 (1). pp. 41-57. ISSN 2041-9120


Reportage Illustration as Visual Journalism in Two World Cups (2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Vyner, T (2021) Reportage Illustration as Visual Journalism in Two World Cups (2018) [REF2021 collection].


Reimagining Post Punk: The Buzzcocks & The Fall (2017-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Robinson, N (2021) Reimagining Post Punk: The Buzzcocks & The Fall (2017-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Dressing for Evacuation (2018-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Curtis, K (2021) Dressing for Evacuation (2018-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Pretty Abstract (2015-2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Minott, P (2021) Pretty Abstract (2015-2018) [REF2021 collection].


Fountain 17 (2015-2017) [REF2021 collection]
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Minott, P (2021) Fountain 17 (2015-2017) [REF2021 collection].


Red Work & Wit of the Stitch (2014, 2016) [REF2021 collection]
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Howard, R (2021) Red Work & Wit of the Stitch (2014, 2016) [REF2021 collection].


Formal Legacies (2016, 2017) [REF2021 collection]
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Southall, A (2021) Formal Legacies (2016, 2017) [REF2021 collection].


Making Books: Character Design and Narrative in Illustration (2015-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Little, L (2021) Making Books: Character Design and Narrative in Illustration (2015-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Redesigning Bath Choral Society (2016-2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Henley, S (2021) Redesigning Bath Choral Society (2016-2018) [REF2021 collection].


Mount Athos (2014-2015, 2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Vyner, T (2021) Mount Athos (2014-2015, 2018) [REF2021 collection].


USA Editorial Illustration and Untitled/Re-assembled Exhibition (2014-2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Williamson, A (2021) USA Editorial Illustration and Untitled/Re-assembled Exhibition (2014-2020) [REF2021 collection].


Very clear instructions (2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Wood, J and Harrison, P (2021) Very clear instructions (2018) [REF2021 collection].


A film about a city (2015) [REF2021 collection]
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Wood, J and Harrison, P (2021) A film about a city (2015) [REF2021 collection].


Roman Signer's Library of Marvels (2015, 2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Withers, R (2021) Roman Signer's Library of Marvels (2015, 2020) [REF2021 collection].


Making_Writing (2017-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Wilson, C.J.R (2021) Making_Writing (2017-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Kourion: Earthquake House (2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Vaughan, S (2021) Kourion: Earthquake House (2018) [REF2021 collection].


Zassho-Cascadia (2021) [REF2021 collection]
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Vaughan, S (2021) Zassho-Cascadia (2021) [REF2021 collection].


Portrait of an Egg (2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Turk, G (2021) Portrait of an Egg (2019) [REF2021 collection].


wavespeech (2015) [REF2021 collection]
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Tooby, M (2021) wavespeech (2015) [REF2021 collection].


Cold War Anglia (2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Snell, R (2021) Cold War Anglia (2019) [REF2021 collection].


Erkunde: the study of the Earth (2015-16) [REF2021 collection]
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Wood, J and Harrison, P (2021) Erkunde: the study of the Earth (2015-16) [REF2021 collection].


Writing_Making (2015-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Wilson, C.J.R (2021) Writing_Making (2015-2019) [REF2021 collection].


About the heads (2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Wilson, C (2021) About the heads (2019) [REF2021 collection].


Journey's with 'The Waste Land' (2015-2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Tooby, M (2021) Journey's with 'The Waste Land' (2015-2018) [REF2021 collection].


Outliers (2018-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Snell, R (2021) Outliers (2018-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Rethinking waste and the logics of disposability: Compound 13 lab (2014-2021) [REF2021 collection]
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Parry, B (2021) Rethinking waste and the logics of disposability: Compound 13 lab (2014-2021) [REF2021 collection].


CERN (2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Neudecker, M (2021) CERN (2020) [REF2021 collection].


Plastic Vanitas and Amani Vanitas (2016-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Neudecker, M (2021) Plastic Vanitas and Amani Vanitas (2016-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Arctic / Antarctic (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Neudecker, M (2021) Arctic / Antarctic (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Deep sea (2017-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Neudecker, M (2021) Deep sea (2017-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Forests and trees (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Neudecker, M (2021) Forests and trees (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection].


The project of abstraction (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Medjesi-Jones, A (2021) The project of abstraction (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection].


Demonstrations (2016-2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Luzar, R (2021) Demonstrations (2016-2020) [REF2021 collection].


Sanded steps, standing over stones (2017, 2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Luzar, R (2021) Sanded steps, standing over stones (2017, 2018) [REF2021 collection].


Curious about care (2014-2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Kidd, N (2021) Curious about care (2014-2018) [REF2021 collection].


The Habits of Artists (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Kidd, N and Addison, J (2021) The Habits of Artists (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection].


UGO (2016-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Kelham, J (2021) UGO (2016-2019) [REF2021 collection].


The moon's trick (2016-2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Hong, Y (2021) The moon's trick (2016-2018) [REF2021 collection].


In her dream (2015) [REF2021 collection]
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Hong, Y (2021) In her dream (2015) [REF2021 collection].


Let us dance (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Hong, Y (2021) Let us dance (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection].


5100:Pentagon (2014, 2017) [REF2021 collection]
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Hong, Y (2021) 5100:Pentagon (2014, 2017) [REF2021 collection].


Jerwood Open Forest Commission: Joyride (2017) [REF2021 collection]
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Harrison, K (2021) Jerwood Open Forest Commission: Joyride (2017) [REF2021 collection].


New expressions 3: heavy rock|Plymouth Sound (2015-2016) [REF2021 collection]
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Harrison, K (2021) New expressions 3: heavy rock|Plymouth Sound (2015-2016) [REF2021 collection].


Material soundsystems (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Harrison, K (2021) Material soundsystems (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection].


Social experiments (2017, 2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Harrison, K (2021) Social experiments (2017, 2018) [REF2021 collection].


Public acts (2015-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Harrison, K (2021) Public acts (2015-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Writing, drawing, speaking (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Dutton, S (2021) Writing, drawing, speaking (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection].


Elbow (2015) [REF2021 collection]
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Dunseath, J (2021) Elbow (2015) [REF2021 collection].


An inadequate painted history of Mexico (2021) [REF2021 collection]
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Dalwood, D (2021) An inadequate painted history of Mexico (2021) [REF2021 collection].


Record player orchestra (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Clarke, R (2021) Record player orchestra (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection].


Fragile stories (2014-2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Bonnell, M (2021) Fragile stories (2014-2020) [REF2021 collection].


Sadang B (2019) [REF2021 collection]
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Hong, Y (2021) Sadang B (2019) [REF2021 collection].


Artist boss (2014-2017) [REF2021 collection]
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Dunseath, J (2018) Artist boss (2014-2017) [REF2021 collection].


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