Steve Fossey

BA (hons), MA, DTLLS, PhD (due for completion January 2017)



07398 762808

b. 1977, Nottingham, UK.

Current Appointments

Lecturer in Fine Art, Lincoln University

Artist, writer, curator working nationally and internationally

PhD practice-based research scholar. PhD title: (The Mechanics of Becoming Social). Upgrade complete with PhD due for completion 2017, Middlesex University London, (fully funded scholarship), supervised by Professor Vida Midgelow and Dr Josephine Machon.

Previous Appointments

Head of Arts and Media Department, Brooksby Melton College, Leicestershire.

Lecturer, Lincoln University, 2013 - 2014

Associate Lecturer in several HE institutions, from 2005

Course Leader/Lecturer – Central College, School of Creative and Enterprise, from 2005


Middlesex University, 2012 – Present

University of Northampton, 2010 – 2012

Nottingham Trent University, 2000 – 2006

South Nottingham College, 1993 – 1996

Arnold Hill Comprehensive School, 1988 – 1993


PhD due for completion Jan 2017 (successfully upgraded from MPhil 01/2013), Middlesex University, London

DTLLS: Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (fully qualified teacher status), South Nottingham College, 2008 – 2010

MA Performance and Live Art (by registered project/thesis), project title: The Ontologies of Social Space. Supervised by Professor John Newling, Emeritus Professor of Installation Sculpture, Nottingham Trent University, 2004-2006

BA (hons) Contemporary Arts (First Class),
Nottingham Trent University, 2000-2003

City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Adult numeracy and literacy
South Nottingham College, 2010

First Aid Qualification, 2004 and 2009

GNVQ Adv. Level 3-Art and Design, 1996

BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design, 1994

GCSE’s (7 pass grades)

Career Details

Lecturer, Lincoln University (BA Drama), 2013 – 2014

Associate Lecturer (MA Contemporary Performance), Brunel University 2013 – Present

Associate Lecturer (BA Fine Art), Nottingham Trent University 2005 – Present

Associate Lecturer (BA Theatre Arts) Middlesex University, 2012 – Present

Associate Lecturer (BA Fine Art), Derby University, 2013 – Present

Associate Lecturer (MA Fine Art), University of Northampton, 2011 – 2012

Associate Curator – The Corner Gallery, Nottingham 2012 – 2013

Main Grade Lecturer (0.2) (Foundation Degree in Visual Arts Practice (installation /sculpture, and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design), School of Creative and Enterprise, Central College Nottingham 01/11 – 09/14

Programme Leader in Art and Design (Teaching also on Levels 2 – 5, including HND in Fine Art and Foundation Degree Visual Arts Practice), Central College Nottingham School of Visual Arts and Digital Media, 09/05 – 01/11

Lecturer, New College Nottingham, 03/05 – 10/06

Manager of Exhibitions, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University 01/04 – 01/06

Assistant to John Newling, Artist and Professor of Installation Sculpture, Nottingham Trent University, 2004 – 2006.

Growing Bolder Project co-ordinator, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire 09/04 – 09/05 (Arts Council funded project).

Gallery Assistant, Nottingham Castle Art Gallery 03/03 – 08/04

Exhibitions and Events Technical Manager, Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham 06/02 – 12/03

Youth Worker (community arts), Nottingham City Council 06/02 – 11/03

Sales and Visual Merchandiser, Schuh LTD. 08/95 – 09/01

Public output from research, exhibitions, commissions and scholarly activity.

2015 - Ways to Wander book publication, Triarchy Press, UK.
2014 - Wrought Festival of One-to-One Performance, Sheffield, UK (October)
2014 - Host, NEAT (Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival), Nottingham, UK.
2014 – Finalist, Georgia Fee Residency, Artslant Commission, Paris, France.
2014 – Performative Processes of Place – The Mechanics of Becoming Social. Peer-reviewed Publication in Body Space and Technology Journal, Brunel University, UK.
2014 – PhD (due for publication September) title: Site, Spatiality and a Re-imagining of the Sculptural Potentials of Place.
2014 – In Dialogue, International Biennial festival of dialogic practice (October), Co-curator and featured practitioner scholar. Nottingham Contemporary and Primary, and supported by Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Trent, Loughborough University, UK.
2014 – I Will Tell You That I Love You and Mean It: Trans-actional sculpture, (July) Commissioned by Bath Festival of Visual Arts, Bath, UK. Further details to be announced.
2014 – Papergirl, Belfast (June – September), Sculptural transactions at sites across Belfast, Ireland.
2014 – Creative Twinning artist in residence (May), Perfekt Futurs, Karlsruhe, Germany.
2014 – Hello I Love You (May – June), installation and performance, commissioned by New Mills Arts Festival, High Peak, Derbyshire.
2014 – Commissioned to make documentary film for Belvoir Castle (release date 09/14).
2014 – Re-iteration and Residue – haunting moments of social space, Article submitted for Platform e-journal of media and performing arts issue 8.1 – Performance Legacies.
2014 – Live Art Dogging – performing one-to-one before an audience. Article submitted for 4.1 Performing Ethos: One-on-One Encounters: Desire, Reciprocity and Ethics, International Journal of Ethics in Theatre and Performance.
2013 – Host, Little Wolf Parade 2, (interactive sculpture and performance), commissioned by Creative Quarter, Nottingham, UK.
2013 – Performative Processes of Place – The Mechanics of Becoming Social, Peer-reviewed Publication in the Video Journal of Performance, University of Hull, UK.
2013 – On imagination: the future of the imaginary in art and argument, University of Sheffield, UK. (delegate)
2013 – Present, article peer-review practitioner-scholar, Platform e-journal of media and performing arts.
2013 – Hello I Love You, (installation and performance), commissioned by Hatch for A Better Tomorrow, Embrace Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.
2013 – Thought Acts, (moving image installation) Shown as part of the Liberated Words Festival of Art, commissioned by Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.
2013 – Love at First (site), (installation and action for participants) commissioned as part of the Walking in the City Festival, The Parlour Rooms and various sites in Bristol, UK (Sep)
2013 – The Heckler. BBC radio Nottingham, commissioned as part of ‘The Heckler’ research symposium in association with Trade gallery, Nottingham and Loughborough University (July)
2013 – Processes as Products: Creative Becoming and Social Collaboration, Perfekt Futurs (lecture series and installation), in association with Karlsruhe University of Art and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany.
2013 – Intersubjective facelessness - the experience of unwitting interaction, (research paper and additional interactive sculpture), INTERACTIVITY/INTERPASSIVITY – 5th Annual Research Conference in Art and Design, Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, UK. (June)
2013 - STEM’ (sculpture), Group exhibition commissioned by The Corner Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
2013 – The Voice and the Object – sculpture, space and reception. Peer-reviewed Article published in Nottingham Visual Arts edition 11, eds. Beth Bramich and Jennie Syson RA.
2013 – Spill Writing – text as sculpture. Live writing performance (writers unpacked), and text published through writing residency, commissioned by Pacitti Company for the Spill festival of Performance and Live Art.
2013 – Re-imagining Social Space through an openness to the Becoming of Place (research paper). Becoming Nomad: Hybrid Spaces, Liquid Architectures, York St John University, York, UK.
2013 – Guided Tours in Contemporary Art – sculpting place with the body, research paper selected for the 3rd International Research Forum on Guided Tours, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Breda, the Netherlands.
2013 – Transfer Panel (submission of examples of practice and written defence of doctoral standard: successful upgrade from MPhil to PHD). Middlesex University, Hendon, UK.
2013 – 52 Artists for Bulwell (sculpture). Group show at the Corner Gallery, Nottingham, UK. Commisioned by Nottart, online at
2012 – Between Karlsruhe and Nottingham (interactive installation/performance). Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK, commissioned by Central College Nottingham and Karlsruhe City Council,
2012 – Hand Movement with Hans Bellmer in Mind (video installation), commissioned by Little Wolf Parade festival of contemporary art, The Corner, Nottingham, UK.
2012 – Is That Wrong ?, Drunken Nights season of site-specific performance, The Trafalgar, London, UK, commissioned by Drunken Chorus,
2012 – Reflections on Honesty and Risk – an hour or so with Ron Athey, Peer-reviewed article published for Nottingham Visuals Arts, October Issue, ed. Jennie Syson RA.
2012 – Toeing the Line – the culture of getting involved, (research paper). TaPRA International Annual Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
2012 – In Dialogue – re-thinking site-specificity and community (guest speaker), International Conference on Dialogue and fine art practice, Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
2012 – Liberated Words from Berlin, commissioned by Mix International Festival of Transmedia Writing and Digital Creativity, The Pound Arts Centre, Bath, UK.
2012 – Performing Relations, Peer-reviewed article and performance images/scores published in Activate journal Volume 2, Issue 1: Figure of the Sensible. Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance, University of Roehampton, UK.
2012 – Berlin – The Space Between (moving image installation). Commissioned by Multitude Festival of Art, The Art Shed, Kentish Town, London, UK.
2012 – Berlin – The Space Between, (moving image). Hidden Cities, International ArtExpo, Istanbul, Turkey.
2012 – The revealing of the Self through being in place (research paper). Journeys Across Media, Department of Film, Theatre and Television Annual Conference, University of Reading, UK.
2012 – The Ontologies of Observation (research paper). TaPRA Interdisciplinary Approaches to Documenting Performance Conference, University of Hull, UK.
2012 – Self and Authenticity in Performance (research paper/performance with Rosanna Irvine). Performing Research Creative Exchanges Conference, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, London, UK.
2012 – What’s So Funny About Piss, Blood: an Understanding? (research paper/performance lecture). With Humorous Intent, Mostyn Oriel Gallery, Wales, UK.
2011 – Digital Hybridities, University of Derby, UK (delegate)
2011 – Landscape/Space/Politics, Annual Doreen Massey Conference attended, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK (delegate).
2011 – Redefining a Sense of Place (research paper/performance). Annual Post Graduate Conference in the Arts and Related Disciplines, University of Northampton, UK.
2011 – Perspectives on Landscapes (conference chair for sculpture and new media panel): East Midlands Universities Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
2011 – In Praxis Research Group: Practice as Research Conference, University of Northampton, UK. (delegate)
2011 – Collaborative Map (collaboration with Daniel Belasco Rogers as part of a LADA DIY commission), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Breton, UK
1998 – 2010 The Tailshakers (touring live performances), co-founder and director. The Tailshakers was a company of artists and musicians producing recordings, live shows, workshops and lectures at festivals in the UK, Holland and Ireland, funded through various income streams including BBC, Arts Council England and the Prince’s Trust.
2006 – Architectures of Growth (sculpture), commissioned by The Bonington Gallery Future Factory in conjunction with the Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK.
2006 – Cartographies of Growth, MA group show (installation). Victoria Studios, Nottingham, UK.
2004 – Light Houses (permanent sculpture proposal refused at final consultation stage). Commissioned for student village by Nottingham Trent University.
2003 – Between Two Places (sculpture), The Powerhouse, Victoria Studios, Nottingham, UK.
2003 – Sleight of Hand (performance and installation). In collaboration with John Newling, Currency and Belief Retrospective, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Breton, UK.
2003 – The Nottingham Bells (live performance, installation and book publication in Nottingham, England and Townsville, Australia.
2003 – Found Letter and a Satsuma (Installation), The Powerhouse, Victoria Studios, Nottingham, UK.
2002 – Preservation (installation), Basement Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
2002 – Path (installation), Arkwright Gallery, Dryden Street, Nottingham, UK.
2002 – Land Pyramids (sculpture), Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
2002 – Derelict Spaces as New Sites for Memorial’ (installations). Various sites across the East Midlands, UK.
2001 – Flat Lights (performance/interactive sculpture), Victoria Flats, Nottingham, UK.


I have a range of teaching expertise and experience across the visual and performing arts, having designed and taught on the following modules:

Practice-as-research and histories, theories of practice
Sonic art (practice and theory)
Life drawing
Contemporary drawing, painting and mark-making
20th Century fashion design
Textile design
Interdisciplinary performance
Live Art (theory and Practice)
Contemporary Theatre and Performance (theory and practice)
Theatre Design (including scenography, set, lighting and sound design)
Site-Specificity (theory and practices across a range of areas in site-specific performance and visual arts)
Moving image, video art, new media and digital practices
Expanded cinema
Ensemble performance making
Solo performance
Script writing
Narrative, storytelling and interactivity in fine art
Art theory and philosophy, including but not limited to Modernism and the avant-garde, postmodernism, post-structuralism, phenomenology, continental aesthetics.
Applied theatre
Post-dramatic theatre
Social and community performance
Dialogic art/conversation art
Collaboration, professional practice and working in the creative industries
Immersive theatre
Body art

Pedagogic expertise

IT based teaching
Course and curriculum development
Staff Management
Course review
Scholarly research in teaching and learning
E-learning, distance and blended learning
Relating theory to practice
Distance travelled
Equality and diversity
Peer review
Reflective journal keeping
Pastoral supportive teaching
Interactive teaching
Hybrid learning
Peer-led team learning

Memberships of relevant groups and organisations

I am a member of TaPRA and regular attendee and contributor to conferences, symposiums and online discussions via SCUDD, PARIP and others forums. I have contributed papers to, and have particular interest in the Documenting Performance, and Performance, Identity and Community Working Groups. Recently I have been instrumental in feeding into the development of the SCUDD early career research group which seeks to debate the issues facing early career researchers. I am a member of the Institute for Learning (IFL), receiving regular updates on developments in pedagogy. I am also a member and contributor to Performance Philosophy, Performance Art|Live Art|Performance and Le Studio Mac Creteil.


Research/practice expertise

I have expertise in practice-as-research, particularly in areas of interdisciplinary performance, intermediality and social spatial discourses. My particular focus is on what I term 'post-substantive site-specificity'. This sphere of research builds from discourses on the performativity of conceptual art and minimalist sculpture in the context of site-specificity, critiquing how fine art practices and theories have responded to subsequent unstable meaning making processes that seek to defer substantive notions of place, space and subject/object. I ask how the impact of these ideas of locational uncertainty might inform a creative agenda for social connectivity when applied as a practical methodology. My research practice merges location/s, documentation and technologies to re-imagine social space, incorporating other ideas from diverse fields including anthropology, spatial theory and new media in the production of multi-media/multi-locational situations. I am expert in analysing and creatively reworking cultural experiences and practices of place to reveal material for the production of art, which in its reception asks questions of our sociality and proposes new ways of thinking about site-specificity, form and artistic processes.

My research connects Doreen Massey's writings on spatial re-conceptualisation with Marc Auge's critique of place and culutral consciousness. I employ elements from nomadic theory and the 'spatial turn' to a practice that plays creatively with how one might re-imagine the ‘throwntogetherness’ (Massey 2004) of societies, and what the political and sociological ramifications/potentials of a multi-locational/post-identitarian consciousness might be. To this end I have conducted wide and varied research through practice into these territories, with my findings and experiments manifested in academic papers delivered at conferences, exhibitions, performances and other creative forms commissioned and presented in professional venues and output in peer-reviewed journals.

Professional life and income generation –

My professional background spans many areas of the visual and performing arts. The various modes I work in have enabled me to present work in a variety of contexts ranging from mainstream contemporary art institutions like the Arnolfini, Mostyn Oriel and Nottingham Contemporary galleries, to independent festivals of visual art and performance. I have toured extensively across the UK, Ireland and Holland as a performer and have had work commissioned by ITV, BBC TV and Radio. I am extremely active in my attendance of conferences in academic and gallery contexts, delivering research papers and presenting practice with funded support from various institutions. This dialogue with the creative industries keeps me abreast of both technological and philosophical advances and industrial developments, strengthening my research profile and adding to the network of professional contacts I continue to develop across the visual arts.

Knowledge of funding streams has been an essential part of my career in the arts, having been successful in gaining Arts Council funding for the facilitation of several projects as well as gaining the funding for my PhD research scholarship. I was successful in securing substantial research funding to facilitate a programme of events aimed at disaffected young people and designed to aid student retention in the school of visual arts and digital media at Central College. I have also been awarded large-scale European funding to create a working relationship with colleges and universities in Karlsruhe, Germany in conjunction with arts and educational institutes in Nottingham as part of a two year initiative.

Gallery work –

My technical and curatorial work in galleries including the Future Factory at Bonington Gallery and the Djanogly Gallery at the University of Nottingham has given me valuable experience of how contemporary gallery and performance spaces operate. I have worked with high profile international artists and developed the ability to curate and technically manage the staging of events, from large-scale installations to multi-media live performances. In my various roles I have gained expertise in the operation of various lighting and sound technologies and have become skilled in areas of exhibition design. At the Future Factory I had responsibility for the physical installation and building of stages and sets, managing and co-ordinating teams of staff and artists to produce shows. I also have vast experience of artist liaison, large budget management and handling, people management and transportation and logistics. I have conducted detailed risk assessments and insurance contracts, and have worked with artists and performance companies ranging from Daniel Chadwick and John Gotto, to Opera North and Goat Island. My time as artist’s assistant has included working with Installation sculptor John Newling and Live Artist/digital technologist Stelarc.

Teaching –

My pedagogical experience has seen me teach and manage across many levels in arts education including extensive course and module leadership. Aside from my permanent position at Lincoln, I am a regular visiting lecturer at various universities including Brunel, Middlesex, Derby and Nottingham Trent, working with both post and undergraduates. I have skills and experience of teaching across many subject areas in the visual and performing arts, writing and delivering modules that teach drawing, painting, sculpture, video and new media, sound editing and composition, design, and live art. I am an excellent administrator, being proficient in all Microsoft Office programmes as well as photo, film and sound editing software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Premier and Sonar.

As a programme leader I wrote regular course reviews and fed into overall self-assessment reports. These reviews were rigorously authored strategies for improving standards of teaching and were part of the assessment criteria for staff appraisal. I am an effective team member and collaborator, with a strong track-record of establishing exciting collaborative projects and networks between various institutions, planning and managing events nationally and internationally, securing funding to do so.

Through completing a full post-graduate teaching qualification, and maintaining and my research into experimental pedagogy, I have an up-to-date knowledge of broad developments and current debates in a variety of educational contexts. I have achieved and maintain an unblemished and consistently high standard of teaching observations through peer and management review. This profile is in recognition of an ability to place the student at the centre of the learning experience, providing a constructive and challenging support environment and outstanding impactful experience. I have been selected on several occasions as an exemplar of best practice in equality and diversity in teaching due to my reputation for creating inclusive and stimulating learning environments. I create teaching situations where the student is thought of as teacher and there is an ethos of learning through doing.


Professor John Newling
(MA Supervisor)
91 Watcombe Circus
0115 9114470

Professor Vida Midgelow
(PhD Director of Studies)
Middlesex University
The Borroughs
0208 4115555

Richard Wain
Central College
Farnborough Road
NG11 8LU
0115 9146452