Dr Harry Wilson

  • Research Associate (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)

email: Harry.Wilson@glasgow.ac.uk

School of Culture & Creative Art, University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8qq


I am an artist and academic currently based in Dundee.

I completed my undergraduate MA in Theatre Studies in 2008 and an MPhil by research on devised theatre in 2011, both at the University of Glasgow.

In 2018 I completed a practice-research PhD exploring performance and photography co-supervised accross the University of Glasgow and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.

In 2018-19 I was in residence at the National Theatre of Scotland as their 'Digital Thinker', an AHRC Innovation Placement hosted by the University of Glasgow exploring the use of emerging technologies in theatre practice.

I have worked as a freelance artist and theatre-maker, researcher and teacher in further and higher education contexts.

Alongside my work at the University I am also a Lecturer in Performing Arts at Dundee and Angus College.

I am currently working as a Research Associate on an AHRC Rapid Response COVID-19 grant



Research interests

My research interests are focussed on interdisciplinary explorations of live art and performance, photography and documentation, digital art and new media through critical theory and practice-based artistic research.

My doctoral research involved devising intermedial performance responses to Roland Barthes’ influential book about photography, Camera Lucida (1980). The project explored cross-media intersections between performance, photography and writing as well as the radical possibilities of affect and emotion when making and interpreting artworks. The work explored how performance practice contributes to discussions of the body, absence and presence, time, memory and loss that Barthes explores in his book.

My recent research has focused on digital and intermedial performance forms. I explored this in my time as digital thinker in residence at the National Theatre of Scotland, researching innovative uses of new technologies in theatre. More recently in my practice and research I have been exploring theories of virtuality and the intersections between immersive media and intimate performance practices. I am continuing to explore these ideas through a series of works developed in response to the writings of John Berger.



2019 Additional funding from AHRC for NPIF research activity, £15,500

2018 AHRC NPIF Innovation Placement Funding, £17,500

Student Development Fund for Impact Activities, SGSAH, £2,900

2016 Student Development Fund for Skills and Training, SGSAH, £2,940

2015 Cohort Development Funding for ‘Research Blogging in the Arts and Humanities’, 2-day workshop, SGSAH, £2,500

2014 AHRC DTP Scotland, 3-year Stipend, £54,385

2014 Professional Development Funding, Creative Scotland, £3,837

2011 Bursary, McGlashan Charitable Trust, £750

New Initiatives Funding, College of Arts, University of Glasgow, £2,300

2010 Arts Trust Scotland Award, £1,500

Alasdair Cameron Scholarship, £500

2009 Assistant Director Bursary, Federation of Scottish Theatre, £1,500