Professor Neil Powell is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Norwich University of the Arts where he has overall responsibility for the management and operation of undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses.
Professor Powell previously held the position of Principal Lecturer in fine art at Staffordshire University from 1991-2005 and has taught, examined and been widely involved in academic course reviews in numerous UK, European and international higher education institutions.
In parallel to higher education management, Professor Powell continues to engage in research and practice. Studio practice and written reviews and papers continue to be a focus for the work, and exhibitions and papers have received international acclaim, with some texts being translated into a number of languages. His inclusion on UBU, and written reviews for the contemporary Italian arts magazine not apARTheid‚ continue to provide Professor Powell with the stimulus to continue to research into contemporary and historical practice.
In terms of studio work, Professor Powell continues to produce sculptural objects using a varied range of materials and idioms, from objects through to printed matter. More visible collaborations over the past decade include work with Dr. Michael Corris and Art & Language, (‘The Artist Out of Work’, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2000). Professor Powell has also worked with artists as diverse as Lawrence Weiner, Alfredo Jaar, and the late Ian Hamilton Finlay, whose works formed part of the successful exhibition ‘Spectre at The Feast’, curated by Powell in New York City.
Professor Powell’s sculptural and written works attempt to problematise the linguistic turn in art from the mid 20th Century onwards, and of special interest are areas such as Concrete Poetry, Sculpture in all its guises, and the various forms of Conceptual and environmental art.
The above introduction is symptomatic of a commitment to an engagement with a wide ranging practice and the critical theories that are implicated by such practice.