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John Lavell

Senior Lecturer, Fine Art.

Professional biography:

Graduated in 1991 from Newcastle Polytechnic with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

Worked at Tate Gallery (Liverpool) from 1993-1997.

Lived and worked in Japan and Canada from 1997-2003 holding various teaching posts and regularly exhibited. Returned to the UK (Newcastle) to complete a Masters Degree in Fine Art Practices in 2003-2004.

In 2005 awarded doctoral funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Doctorate completed in 2010.

From 2008-2012 held a variety of teaching posts and roles at Northumbria University and Tyne College.

In 2012 relocated as Senior Fine Art Lecturer to The British Higher School (Moscow).

Research / professional practice interests:

Artist and practice-led researcher whose earlier studio practice centred on general ideas and notions of classification and resulting taxonomies.

Studio Practice was developed on an MA Practice programme through an engagement with criminal forensics procedures, methods and approaches.

MA Activity lead to a Doctoral thesis entitled ‘The Power of Naming’; Co-option in Fine Art Practice a practice-led research project and investigatory journey exploring ‘terrains of interest’ that have opened up, stimulated, and informed, studio and exhibition practices. Plotting a shift from the illustrative via natural history classification systems, the co-option of a forensic glossary to the poetics of creative practice.

Academic qualifications:

2005-2010 Practice-led PhD, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
2003 -2004 MA Fine Art Practice, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1988-1991 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Newcastle Polytechnic, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Professional qualifications / accreditation:

1993 City+Guilds (7307) Art Education

Exhibitions:

2018 Bienal De Cerveira, Portugal.
2017 Such a Small Love, Art Laboratory, Moscow, Russia.
2016 BoConcept, Ukrainian Blvd, Moscow, Russia.
2015 Pushpin, Moscow Contemporary Arts Centre, Moscow, Russia.
2015 Doctoring the Evidence #1: Ten Cities, Square Yard Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
2015 The 2nd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing, China.
2012 The Devil Makes Work For Idle Hands, Toomey Turell Fine Art, San Francisco, USA.

Residency:

2015 (Summer) Swatch Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China.
2014 (Summer) The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy.
2013 (Summer) Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarborg, Iceland.

Publications:

Diversified Colours, Leading Trends, The 2nd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing, China.
Essay: CONVOLUTION Number 3 (USA).
Blunt Force Trauma, Portfolio: Emerging research in Visual Culture.
He is dead and he is going to die: Introductory essay for Adam Hogarth and Sebastian Trend. UK touring exhibition.