Jon Blyth is Creative Director at Fotonow CIC where the work is focused towards community photographic practice and the development of increasing photographic opportunities and experiences for a broad audience throughout the South West. Fotonow is based in Plymouth and has recently completed a number of innovative projects that include Cameras in the Community, City Through A Lens, Embark and The West End Project.
Recent attendance with Camper Obscura at Fringe Arts Bath, Royal Photographic Society Conference in Plymouth, Format International Photography Festival Derby, Photomonth East London and the Hereford Photography Festival also enables the cultural research to continue in contemporary British photographic circles. Jon also enjoys making images that he understands as intended narratives for himself. They are personal interpretations of his experience that mostly explores experiential and philosophical relationships between water and memory.
Jason is a designer exploring the links between the crafted object and the possibilities afforded by 3D printing and other technologies. He has a degree in 3D Design, specialising in ceramics and an MA in Design from Central St Martins. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Ceramics Manufacture.
His work has been widely exhibited and is held in public and private collections internationally. He also undertakes architectural ceramic commissions. He is passionate about ceramic materials and strives, through the use of technology, to produce new forms and appropriate motifs for the 21st century.
Jason has taught at a range of levels. He teaches across the 3D Design Crafts programme and delivers specialist teaching in computer aided design. He also works in our Fab Lab.
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.
Dr Kim Charnley
Senior Lecturer and MA Programme Leader
Kim Charnley is the Programme Leader of the Masters provision at Plymouth College of Art, overseeing the Graduate School Interdisciplinary Programme, a forum for practice-based research in art, media and design that is attended by all MA students at the college.
Kim completed his PhD in Art History and Philosophy at the University of Essex. He is a theorist who writes about a wide range of subjects related to contemporary art, photography, film and craft.
He is particularly interested in the way that communities, collectives and networks have become more visible across creative disciplines over the last two decades. This focus involves investigation of the politics and economics of contemporary creativity, especially of art activism and its histories.
Kim has edited and provided an introduction for Delirium and Resistance (Pluto Press), a collection of essays by the noted artist, critic and activist Gregory Sholette. He is working on a book entitled Sociopolitical Aesthetics for the Radical Art/ Radical Aesthetic series published by Bloomsbury Press.
Dr Stephen Felmingham
Senior Lecturer, Academic Partnership 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.
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 and environmental art. She works in communities and with universities often in the field of climate change and bridging (social) science and arts practice.
With over 10 years of experience Natalia is a skilled facilitator, and has run large site-specific arts events. She holds a PhD from UAL / Falmouth University.
As senior lecturer on the MA Creative Education: Making Learning here at Plymouth College of Art, Natalia runs all four modules that are part of the course, and engages in research practice related to education and creative learning. She is also involved in organising and running of the biennial symposium Making Learning.
Current collaborations are with the University of Gothenburg and Wageningen University in a collaborative project ‘Imaginative Disruption.’
The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any
changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).