Dr Stephen Felmingham
Head of School | Critical + Cultural Studies and MA Subject Tutor
Stephen Felmingham is an artist and educator and has lectured extensively in drawing, painting, print and contemporary art practice on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the UK, including University College Falmouth, Norwich University College of the Arts and Leeds College of Art. He studied at Middlesex University and the University of the Arts London (Wimbledon) where he completed an MA in Drawing in 1999.
He was nominated a member of the LAND2 Research Network in 2009, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in the same year and was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize, New York, in 2010. He speaks regularly both on drawing and art and design pedagogy and his work is represented in collections nationally and internationally and he has exhibited widely in the UK and in Europe.
Stephen exhibited The Violet Club in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art in 2014, a body of work made in response to the Cold War bunkers of the Royal Observer Corps that still exist, abandoned, across the UK.
Dr Steven Paige
Senior Lecturer & MA Subject Leader
Dr Steven Paige is Senior Lecturer & MA Subject Leader at Plymouth College of Art.
He maintains his practice as an artist, incorporating installation, video, print, performance, drawing and artist publishing. He explores ideas around instruction, and how the body can engage with recent and historic artefacts to generate new knowledge. He attempts to reanimate historic sources through re-enactment strategies where repeating, rhythm, memory and failure test how and when we do and don't learn. Recent practice research has been in exploring moving image archives and their potential in art making - drawn both from analogue and digital sources.
He is keenly interested in the voice of the artist, and how this manifests in research, practice, writing, events, dialogues through commissions, online projects, residential exchanges, curatorial projects and artist-led activity. He has also worked and has strong relationships with galleries and cultural organisations across the South West, including Tate St Ives, Newlyn and Exchange Gallery, KARST, Back Lane West, Plymouth Arts Centre, Exeter Phoenix, Arnolfini and Spike Island.
Recent projects & exhibitions include AHRC IPS Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, 2017, We Lost Our Tails, Proto Gallery / M E N, Hoboken New Jersey, USA, 2016, Let's Go Bowling, Plymouth Arts Centre, UK, 2016, Plymouth Contemporary Open, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, UK, 2016, A Treatise on Beasts (after Physiologus), Forum, Exeter University, UK, 2015, Moral Development, Motorcade Flashparade, BV Studios, Bristol, UK, 2013.
Steven has a BA (Hons) and MA in Fine Art and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He currently sits on the AIR Council, an advisory committee to a-n's The Artist Information Company and completed his AHRC 3D3 Practice Research PhD at Plymouth University in 2019.
Dr Natalia Eernstman is an artist, educator and researcher, specialising in (community) learning through artful and performative means. She is a senior lecturer on the MA Creative Education: Making Learning and runs (research) projects in the field of creative education, community-engaged art practice, intergenerational learning and environmental art. She works in communities and with universities, often around climate change and bridging (social) science and art.
With over 10 years of experience Natalia is a skilled facilitator and she has run large-scale site-specific art events. She was part of the Education Department at Wageningen University in The Netherlands and holds a PhD from University Arts London / Falmouth University.
Current collaborations are with the University of Gothenburg in a project called ‘Imaginative Disruption’. And she is in the process of setting up a CIC that connects children and their families in creative, collaborative learning to translate debilitating feelings of eco-anxiety in agency. She is also involved in organising the biennial symposium Making Learning at Plymouth College of Art.
Dr Kim Bagley
MA Module Leader and MA Subject Tutor
Kim studied a BA (Hons) Visual Art and an MAFA, both specialising in ceramics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She completed the first practice-led PhD in Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in 2014.
Alongside teaching and research, Kim has developed her own practice in sculptural and installation-based ceramics that explore and comment on social issues in South Africa and the UK.
Kim has taught at UCA Farnham, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 318 Ceramics and Surrey Adult Learning. Kim has worked as a research associate at the University of Westminster as part of the Ceramics Research Centre – UK.
Kim contributes to teaching and learning across the 3D Design Crafts programme and delivers specialist teaching in Ceramics and Contextual Studies.
Head of Academic Research and Associate Professor
Judith Noble is our Head of Academic Research here at Plymouth College of Art. She is joint coordinator of the Black Mirror research network with Dominic Shepherd (AUB), Jesse Bransford (NYU Steinhardt) and Robert Ansell and Merlin Cox (Fulgur). Her research interests centre on experimental, avant-garde and artists film and the occult and magic. She has published extensively on Maya Deren and on Kenneth Anger and Derek Jarman.
She has recently completed work on Maya Deren and Surrealism and is preparing a monograph on Deren. In 2014 she organised the Visions of Enchantment conference with Dan Zamani and Rachel Parikh. Before returning to Higher Education in 2007, she worked for many years in arts funding and the film industry. From 1984 - 96 she was Film and Television officer at South West Arts; from 1996 - 2001 she was Chief Executive of the South West Media Development Agency and from 2001 - 2006 she was Head of Production at Sgrin Cymru Wales, where she was responsible for executive-producing and developing feature films supported by the Wales Lottery Film Fund. These included Peter Greenaway’s Tulse Luper Suitcases trilogy (in competition at Cannes and Berlin 2002 - 4), Amma Asante’s A Way Of Life (BAFTA winner 2005), Patagonia (Gruff Rhys) and Sleep, Furiously (Gideon Koppel). In 2007 she joined the staff of the BA (Hons) Film Production course at Arts University Bournemouth. She held an AUB Research Fellowship in 2010-11, trained as a PhD supervisor and became Course Leader for BA (Hons) Film production in 2014 before taking up her current post at Plymouth College of Art.
Judith is a Member of the Modernist Studies Association, ESSWE and a Trustee (and founding Chair) of the Friends of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (Boscastle, Cornwall). Judith holds an MFA from Reading (1980) and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent (1978).
Dr Mohini Chandra
MA Module Leader and MA Subject Tutor
Mohini Chandra’s work on the international flows of people and culture in our globalised world has exhibited in venues such as the Asia Society and Museum (New York), the Queens Museum (New York), the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) as well as the First Johannesburg Biennale, Photo Kathmandu (Nepal) and in ‘Now! Now!’ at Chelsea College of Art (presented by Iniva and BAM).
Mohini has received awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Autograph ABP, the Arts Council England, the British Council, the Australia Council for the Artsand Asialink. Recent projects made in the Pacific region and in India have been exhibited at the Third Oceanic Performance Biennial (Auckland) and in the Biennial Focus Festival of Photography (Mumbai). She has recently been awarded an Australia Council funded Cite Residency in Paris to research the Asia-Pacific collections of the Musée du quai Branly and will exhibit at the next international Houston Foto Fest Biennale in 2018.
For Mohini, the combination of photography, found and archival material, moving image, sound and other installation media enables the visual expression of personal experience and a ‘mapping’ of alternate narratives within the complex conditions of globalisation. Her research encompasses both thinking and making around photography through a range of curatorial, writing and publishing projects. Her recent article Plane Views was published by Taylor and Francis in the Journal of Photography & Culture, while artist publications include the photobook ‘album pacifica’, published by Autograph (ABP).
Her work is held in international collections including the Arts Council Collection UK and included in major survey publications such as Phaidon’s Art and Photography by David Campany. With a PhD from the Royal College of Art, and with extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience both in the UK and abroad, Mohini has a depth of experience in successfully integrating research and professional experience into the academic and studio-based learning environment.
Academic Dean with strategic academic leadership of the School of Arts + Media, and School of Design + Communication.
As Academic Dean, Paul leads the undergraduate and postgraduate portfolios across both Schools, and is a member of the College’s Senior Leadership Team. In addition, Paul contributes to the development of an emerging research culture at the College. 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 in a wide range of related projects including, most recently: Imagined Landscapes, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2016); Anonymous Drawings 2015, Galerie Nord Berlin Germany (touring 2015-16: Galerie ARTQ13 Rome Italy/ Galerie GEYSO20, Braunschweig, Germany); Drawology, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham (2013) and Lanchester Gallery, Coventry (2014). Paul has exhibited in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Japan and Australia, and has work in both public and private collections.
Paul is currently on the editorial board for Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice published by intellectbooks, and a co-editor of the international peer-reviewed drawing research journal Tracey, published by Loughborough University. He was a co-director of Tracey between 2011-2014. Recent research has been published and presented in academic journals and international conferences including: The Journal of Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education; Tracey Drawing and Visualisation Research Journal; ‘Exploring Territories: The Changing Landscape of Art & Design Higher Education’, GLAD Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University; ‘Arts Without Borders’ (conference), Helsinki University of the Arts, Finland; ‘ENACT: Learning in/through the Arts’, 7th ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts) Teachers’ Academy, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Head of School | Design + Communication
Peter Barker is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an MA in Industrial Design graduate from the Royal College of Art and former Head of Industrial & Communication Design at Design School Kolding. His role at Plymouth College of Art saw him return to England after three years in Denmark at Design School Kolding, which is regularly ranked as one of Europe’s top 50 design schools. During his time there Peter created opportunities for students to work with global brands such as NASA and provided design consultancy for brands including LEGO Group.
With over thirty years of international experience in industrial design practice and design teaching, including working with the LEGO Foundation to create a new MA Design for Play programme, Peter joined Design School Kolding in August 2015, first as Head of Industrial Design, then as Director of Education, and finally as Head of Industrial & Communication Design.
Prior to this Peter was BA (Hons) Product Design Course Leader at Central Saint Martins, UAL, Assistant Professor in Industrial Design at California State University, Long Beach, and Programme Manager for Coventry University Industrial Design courses. Before switching to design education, he spent over a decade working first as a designer at the Moulton Bicycle Company, and then as a design consultant in London and the Midlands across a range of disciplines.
As an educator, Peter has facilitated opportunities for students to work with international brands including Oakley, Jaguar Land Rover, Rodial Cosmetics, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Razor USA, and Sebastian Conran.
As the Head of School, Design + Communication here at Plymouth College of Art, Peter has worked closely with our Academic Dean to develop our new School of Design + Communication. As Head of School, Peter brings new ideas and expertise to bear on the consolidation, development, and innovation of the programmes that we offer, supporting the college’s commitment to creative pedagogy, interdisciplinary exchange, collaboration, and social impact.
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