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Prof David Campbell

Professor of Fine Art

Department: Arts

A central focus of David's practice as an artist, writer and researcher, is art’s relationship to contemporary cultures of consumption.

As the founding member of the collaborative art group Common Culture I exhibit internationally; our practice includes the production of video, photography and sculpture and text based work. I’m interested in how issues of taste, class and notions of national identity are negotiated through the transaction of commodities within British popular culture and how this can be critically explored through art. Often our work appropriates familiar cultural conventions to mobilize comedic collisions between venerated and vernacular forms of cultural experience in an attempt to unsettle habitual patterns of consumption.

Recent video projects have involved collaborations with stand-up comedians, bouncers and soap opera ‘actors’ to explore the performance of labour and its consumption as entertainment. This work is framed by a long standing interest in how a sense of the ‘local’ is experienced in a culture often determined by remote global forces, and this thematic is also developed in my writing on contemporary art’s relationship to commodity consumption in co-authored texts and curatorial projects with Mark Durden. 

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Biography

2011- present. Professor of Fine Art, University of Northumbria.

PhD Supervision
I am PGR lead for the Department of Arts in the Faculty of Arts, Design & Social Science at Northumbria University. Currently I supervise five practice-based PhD students at Northumbria, with three successfully completions.

Previous Full time positions

2003 - 2011 Reader in Fine Art. University of Ulster, Belfast , Course Director MFA (2008 -2011)
2000 - 2003 Reader in Fine Art. Staffordshire University.
1998 - 2003 Course Leader MA Fine Art. Staffordshire University.
1991 - 2000 Senior lecturer in Painting, Staffordshire University.
1989 - 91 Lecturer in the History of Art & Design, Brighton Polytechnic.
1985 - 89 Lecturer in the History of Art and Design,Southport College of Art and Technology.

Part time positions

1985 Southport College of Art & Technology Foundation Studies/Art History.
1983- 85 Liverpool Polytechnic, Painting & Art History Departments.
1982 City College, Liverpool, Foundation Studies.
1981- 82 Liverpool Polytechnic, Fine Art / Painting Department.

Visiting lecturing

2011 University College Falmouth. MA Fine Art
2011 Goldsmiths College.
2010 University of Chester, Fine Art & Photography BA Hons.
2007 Newport School of Art, University of Wales. Research group presentation.
2002 Goldsmiths College. MA Fine Art.
2002 Leeds Metropolitan University.
2000 Goldsmiths College. MA Fine Art.
1998 Leeds University Fine art Dept.
1995 Hallam University Sheffield, Fine Art Dept
1994 University of East London, Fine Art Dept.
1993 University College Salford, BA Hons Visual Art & Culture.
1992 Newcastle College, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1986 Lancashire Polytechnic, Painting/Art History.


External Examination and Advisory experience.

2013 External Reviewer: Liverpool Hope University - Fine and Applied Art - Departmental Review, 11-13 June 2013.
2011-15 Faculty Research Degree Board Examiner, Art, Architecture and Design,University of Lincoln.
2010-14 External Examiner Nottingham Trent University, School of Art & Design, MA Fine Art Programme.
2009-13 External Examiner, MA Fine Art, University of Chester.
2007 -11 External Examiner, BA Hons Art & Design. Bradford College of Art.
2004 - 07 External Examiner MA Fine Art. University of Brighton.
2005 - 07 External Examiner BA Hons Fine Art, Leeds University.
2002 - 05 External Examiner BA Hons Fine Art, Painting & Print, University of Central Lancashire.
1999 - 02 External Examiner BA Hons Visual Culture, University of Salford.
1992 Advisor. BA (HONS) Visual Arts and Culture, School of Visual Arts, University College Salford.
1991 -93 External Moderator, Foundation Studies in Art and Design,Lancashire Polytechnic.
1990 Advisor to B.A.Hons Interdisciplinary Studies in Design,Department of Art and Industrial Design,Salford College of Technology.
1989 External Advisor, Foundation / Negotiated Studies in Art and Design, Credit Accumulation and Transfer scheme Lancashire Polytechnic.
1988 Researcher for Granada Television's 'Other Side of Midnight ' programme, 'TheTate of the North'.
1985 Organiser and Course Chairperson,'The Social Context of Art', WEA Extension Studies, Liverpool University.
1984 Director, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.

Qualifications

1977-80 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool Polytechnic; 1982-83 MA Social History of Art, Leeds University

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

A central focus of my practice as an artist, writer and researcher, is art's relationship to contemporary cultures of consumption. As the founding member of the collaborative art group Common Culture I exhibit internationally; our practice includes the production of video, photography and sculpture and text based work. I'm interested in how issues of taste, class and notions of national identity are negotiated through the transaction of commodities within British popular culture and how this can be critically explored through art. Often our work appropriates familiar cultural conventions to mobilize comedic collisions between venerated and vernacular forms of cultural experience in an attempt to unsettle habitual patterns of consumption.

Recent video projects have involved collaborations with stand-up comedians, bouncers and soap opera 'actors' to explore the performance of labour and its consumption as entertainment. This work is framed by a long standing interest in how a sense of the 'local' is experienced in a culture often determined by remote global forces, and this thematic is also developed in my writing on contemporary art's relationship to commodity consumption in co-authored texts and curatorial projects with Mark Durden.

I have extensive experience teaching fine art and art history at every level from Foundation to PhD and have been course director of undergraduate and postgraduate fine art programmes at a number of UK universities.

Current/Recent Projects

2013, Not Necessarily In The Right Order, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 26/09/2013 - 12/01/2014. Commission of multi-channel video/audio installation and solo exhibition.

Key Publications

2013, Warhol always gives us more: The Chelsea Girls, in Warhol in Ten Takes, BFI / Palgrave Macmillan.

2012, Now I Gotta Reason", Jerwood Space, London,

2012, Public Domain, Supermarket Art Fair, Kulturehuset, Stockholm

2011, Endlos Umstritten, Ewig Schon, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig

2011, "Counter-Culture II" Commissioned installation for the opening of the National Museum of Art, Cardiff, Wales.

2010, Manifesta 8, The 8th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Antigua Oficina de Correos y Telégrafos, Murcia, Spain. 09 October 2010 - 09 January http://www.manifesta8.com/manifesta/manifesta8.artist?nombre=Common-Culture-&codigo=4 

 

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