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Research Degree Supervisors

Find out more about the staff currently supervising research at Norwich University of the Arts.

Hilary Carlisle

Professpr Hilary Carlisle

As Dean of Arts and Design at NUA, Professor Carlisle is responsible for the development and academic health of the BA courses in the Faculty. She is a member of the University’s Strategic Management Group, playing a key role in advising on academic developments and future plans. She has overall responsibility for taught postgraduate courses in the University and supervises research students engaged in practice-led doctoral research. Professor Carlisle continues to be involved in design education and research and her own digital textile design practice. Find out more about Professor Hilary Carlisle.

Professor Lynda Morris

Professor Lynda Morris

Professor Morris is the Curator of EASTinternational the international open submission exhibition, which has been realised in collaboration with a series of eminent invited selectors since 1991. Her activities as a curator and a writer have been concerned with issues of perception, conceptual art, and resistance in art and politics. She was responsible for the first UK exhibitions of several now well-recognised artists including Agnes Martin (1974), Bernd & Hilla Becher (1974-75) and Gerhard Richter (1977). Professor Morris is a Principal Investigator for the major AHRC funded research project ‘Picasso; Peace and Freedom’ with Tate Liverpool, the Albertina (Vienna) and the Louisiana (Copenhagen). Find out more about Professor Lynda Morris.

Professor Suzie Hanna

Professor Suzie Hanna

Professor Hanna’s research includes practice-based collaborations with other artists to create animated films. Recent projects have been selected for international animation and film festivals and for UK broadcasts. She has also given papers at international conferences and industry seminars and has worked as a series consultant for an international children’s animation series ‘Faisal and Friends’. Her recent short animated film ‘The Girl Who Would Be God’, which was commissioned for the 75th International Plath Symposium, focused on previously un-researched aspects of Sylvia Plath’s early adulthood. Find out more about Professor Suzie Hanna.

Dr Krzysztof Fijalkowski

Dr Krzysztof Fijalkowski

The principal focus of Dr Fijalkowski’s research is the visual, literary and intellectual culture of the mid-twentieth century avant-garde, above all the work and legacy of the international surrealist movement. Recent projects have focused on surrealism in Eastern Europe, surrealism’s contributions to the fields of photography, design and psychoanalysis, and the movement’s contemporary legacy and activity. His research activities have included academic writing, exhibitions, translations and visual practice. Find out more about Dr Krysztof Fijalkowski.

Dr Rob Hillier

Dr Rob Hillier

Dr Hillier’s practice and research as a designer is currently focused on ‘Sylexiad’, a series of typefaces he designed and developed for the adult dyslexic reader. The research employed a series of comparative typeface testing techniques concerning legibility and readability to establish data that informed the design of the fonts. ‘Sylexiad’ has been featured in the design magazines ‘Novum’ (May 2008) and ‘Étapes’ (July 2008) and a paper about the research has been peer-reviewed in ‘The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice’ (2008). Find out more about Dr Rob Hillier.

Dr Nicolas Maffei

Dr Nicolas Maffei

Dr Maffei’s research focuses on modernism, consumption and gender in American design 1918-1939. He has published academic articles in Design Issues (MIT Press) and The Journal of Design History (Oxford University Press). He has contributed chapters to Art Deco (V&A Publications) and The Design and Manufacture of Popular Entertainment (Manchester University Press, forthcoming). Dr Maffei has appeared on the Channel Five television series ‘Art Deco’ and was a consultant for the V&A exhibition, Art Deco, 2003. He organised and chaired the Design History Society’s international conference, Sex Object: Desire and Design in a Gendered World, 2003. Find out more about Dr Nic Maffei.

Dr Catherine Baker

Dr Catherine Baker

Over the last three years Dr Baker has been developing ways to represent the understanding of drawing processes and particularly the active way we interact with visual material, focusing on the relations between vision and drawing as a phenomenological contemplation. She has been involved with a number of research projects with the Department for Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. In 2010 Dr Baker completed an Artist‐in‐Residence at CRICBristol, a cutting edge, clinical research facility supporting local, national, and international research. She has also been invited to be International Artist‐in‐Residence at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia and is a peer-reviewer for TRACEY, the International Drawing Research Journal, based at Loughborough University. Find out more about Dr Catherine Baker.

Neil Powell

Neil Powell

Neil Powell produces sculptural objects using a varied range of materials and idioms, from objects through to printed matter. More visible collaborations include work with Dr Michael Corris and Art & Language, (‘The Artist Out of Work’, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2000). He also works with artists as diverse as Lawrence Weiner, Alfredo Jaar, and the late Ian Hamilton Finlay, whose works formed part of the successful exhibition ‘A Spectre at The Feast’, which he curated in downtown Manhattan, New York City. Neil Powell’s sculptural and written works attempt to problematise the linguistic turn in art from the mid 20th Century onward. Of special interest are areas such as Concrete Poetry, Sculpture in all its guises, and forms of Conceptual and environmental art. Find out more about Neil Powell.

Victoria Mitchell

Victoria Mitchell

Victoria’s work draws on anthropology, history, philosophy, biology and critical theory as a way of interrogating relationships between critical and material forms of textile. Examples frequently reference fine and applied arts and architecture, most recently in ‘Drawing Threads from Sight to Site’ (‘Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture‘, 2006). With Cathy Terry (Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service) she developed the ‘Norwich Textiles Project’ www.norwichtextiles.org.uk, from which research on Norwich textiles has grown. Victoria is a co-investigator for ‘Beyond the Basket’, an AHRC ‘Beyond Text’ project, which investigates basketry as process and as cultural reflection. Find out more about Victoria Mitchell.

Tom Simmons, Suzie Hanna and Sally Bayley research

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Academic Staff Profiles

All academic staff at NUA are practising artists, designers, media makers and academics. Read their profiles to find out more about their research and practice.