Visual Arts Lead: Dr Dominic Paterson

Visual Arts Lead: Dr Dominic Paterson

Dr Dominic Paterson is Lecturer in History of Art. His work has often involved working closely with visual artists and with arts organisations, and he is particularly interested in forging links between academic research and creative practice.

He has written widely on contemporary art, including art criticism published in MAP magazine, and texts on the work of (amongst others): Claire Barclay; Christine Borland; Martin Soto Climent; Kate Davis; Charlie Hammond; Lucy Gunning; Alex Impey; Ben Rivers; Jimmy Robert; Scott Myles; Faith Wilding; Stina Wirfelt. 

Dr Paterson has organised talks, film screening programmes, and events in collaboration with organisations such as The Common Guild, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Scotland + Venice, and Transmission Gallery, bringing internationally acclaimed artists and writers to the University of Glasgow, including: Gerard Byrne; Duncan Campbell; Phil Collins; Jimmy Durham; Graham Fagen; Susan Philipsz; Ross Sinclair; Corin Sworn; Hayley Tompkins; Jan Verwoert; and Richard Wright. Dr Paterson has frequently been an invited lecturer at art venues including: Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Deveron Arts, Huntly; Inverleith House, Edinburgh; Peacock Arts, Aberdeen; Tramway, Glasgow; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Mount Stuart, Bute; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Stills Gallery, Edinburgh; SWG3, Glasgow; Spike Island, Bristol; The Doctoral School of Art, Budapest.

Other projects include the group exhibitions ‘Adaptation’ at Collective, Edinburgh (with Maria Fusco, Sarah Tripp, Banu Cennetoglu and Philippine Hoegen), for which he produced the lecture-film Adaptation: Ghost Story; an installation and edition for ‘What We Have Done, What We Are About To Do,’ at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, 2012; and a limited edition insert for print project ‘Prawn’s Pee’, The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow, part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, 2012. He has also collaborated with artist Romany Dear for Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, and with filmmaker Liz Greene on a short film 1. Is there Sound or Silence? 2. And for how long? In 2014 he organised a creative residency undertaken by Turner Prize-nominated artist Georgina Starr in the School of Culture and Creative Arts.

Dr Paterson was the chair of the Steering Group for the AHRC Research Project ‘The Glasgow Miracle: Materials for Alternative Histories,’ and a member of the Editorial Board for the Scotland-wide exhibition project ‘Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.’ He was recently invited to join the Board of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow.


To learn more about Visual Arts or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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