Curriculum Vitae

MIKE COLLIER

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

5, The Bents Cottages

Sunderland SR6 7NX

 

 

 

Tel                    0191 515 2142 mble 07756 880686

E-mail               mike.collier@sunderland.ac.uk

Web                  www.mikecollier.eu and www.walk.uk.net

 

Current news: On Friday 14 October 2016, there was a launch of the region's ten-year visual art strategy at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. It was presented by Sarah Munro, the new Director of the Baltic.  At the core of the strategy was a plan for a new International Festival of Contemporary Art on Tyneside in 2019. In her introduction, Sarah proceeded to say that the project was based on, and would build upon, The Tyne International which I initiated and ran in the 1990s (see below for a little more detail). She called that project ‘visionary and way ahead of its time,’ and that it 'blew her mind' ... and 'changed the way she thought about contemporary art'. Although this event (The Tyne International) happened many years ago, it is still an example of current impact and demonstrates the value and importance of socially engaged practice (which I talk about in my application). I have now been asked to give lectures at the Baltic about The Tyne International in the coming months as a prelude to the new project, setting the scene.

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

2017

  • Solo exhibition at Cheeseburn

    Solo exhibition at Cheeseburn in the gallery and grounds

2016

  • Contemporary Visual Arts Network launch of a Vision

    Asked to front presentation to Press of CVAN’s (Contemporary Visual Arts Network) launch of a Vision document for the North East Contemporary Visual Arts at the Baltic

  • New commission for Cheeseburn

    New commission for Cheeseburn

  • New Territories

    Group show (six artists) called New Territories at The Brewhouse Taunton, Devon. 

  • Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets

    Curator/organizer/artist of exhibition Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets at Kakimori Bunko, Japan. Thirty UK and Japanese artists (including six staff and two PhD students from UoS. Delivered lecture at opening and wrote introduction and keynote text for the bi-lingual catalogue (September)

  • Seven Ways Up

    Work in an exhibition at the Wordsworth Trust Seven Ways Up; a collaborative project between WALK, Lancaster University and the Wordsworth Trust which focused around contemporary interpretations of Wordsworth’s famous 1791 nighttime ascent of Snowdon from book XIV (1850) of The Prelude

  • Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets

    Chair of International Symposium (Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets) in Itami, Japan (April)

  • Hilton Hotel Exhibition

    Curated an exhibition of work for the new Hilton Hotel in Sunderland including my own large pieces

  • The Internet of Things

    Raised £5K from Software City to curate/present a new commission The Internet of Things

  • Perspectives on Walking

    Presented Keynote paper at Bristol University for the symposium Perspectives on Walking; part of the Open Cities data project run by the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University

2016 to 2019

  • Advisor University of Salford

    Advisor for the MA Art and Design Programme at the University of Salford

  • External Examiner at the University of Derby

2016 to 2017

  • Networked Urban Mobilities

    Essay published in Networked Urban Mobilities – Art, Performance, Impact (Routledge)

2015

  • Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory

    Organised the exhibition Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory for the Atkinson Gallery; 22 August – 29 November, with a book which I wrote and edited. All the work in the exhibition examined, in one form or another, the way we (as culturally and socially informed people) interact with the natural environment, not just in terms of the way in which the landscape is experienced, but also the way in which it is interpreted and imagined.

    This project was presented alongside an exhibition of new work by Sir Antony Gormley under the banner Contemporary Artists of the Sefton Coast.

  • Borderlands

    Included in the exhibition Borderlands, in Gallery North; 24 April - 8 May. A multi media exhibition which brought together artists whose practice engages with issues of boundaries and border zones.

2015 to 2016

  • drawing?

    Co-Curated drawing? (see www.drawingne.org.uk) with Esen Kaya of the Customs House – an international ‘festival’ of drawing in venues throughout the North East of England with exhibitions, talks, events and publications looking at the role and importance of drawing across the arts and society – including architecture, shipbuilding, natural history and glass as well as the fine arts.

    Organised in collaboration with (and financial support from) Newcastle University, The University of Northumbria and Teesside University and also involving staff and students from UoS around aspects of drawing and the A&D curriculum.

2014

  • Earthlines

    Essay published in Earthlines ‘On-Ko Chi-Shin’

  • Cosmobilities conference

    Presented paper at the Cosmobilities conference in Copenhagen (7 Oct)

  • University of Sunderland Exhibition

    Curated the staff and student display of work and produced a catalogue for the Fourth Floor in the Edinburgh Building, University of Sunderland
  • Earthlines

    Feature article about my work and practice in Earthlines (a quarterly magazine about ‘the culture of nature’ and reviewed by George Monbiot, Jay Griffiths and Robert McFarlane (www.earthlines.org.uk)

  • University of Sunderland exhibition

    Curated the staff and student display of work and produced a catalogue for the Fourth Floor in the Edinburgh Building, University of Sunderland.

  • Earthlines Article

    Feature article about my work and practice in Earthlines (a quarterly magazine about ‘the culture of nature’ and reviewed by George Monbiot, Jay Griffiths and Robert McFarlane.

  • Sea Change

    Included in exhibition Sea Change at The Atkinson

  • Walking Through the Sands of Time

    Appearance on the BBC’s Countryfile  to discuss ‘Art Walking’ and in particular a walk I was commissioned to make along the Sefton Coastal Footpath over four days/two weekends in July 2014 with a photographer, a poet, a sound artist and a natural historian. This project (called Walking Through the Sands of Time) was funded by The Sefton Coastal Partnership and The Atkinson in Southport – and a film of the project was screened at the Atkinson later in the Autumn of 2014

  • Wordsworth and Basho Walking Poets

    Artist/curator/writer and editor of catalogue and exhibition Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets, at Dove Cottage (The Wordsworth Trust) with key essays from UK, Japanese and US writers and artists from the UK and Japan. This project has received substantial funding from ACE; HLF; The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and the Sasakawa Foundation

2014 to 2018

  • External Examiner at Bath Spa University

2013 to 2016

  • Art Editions North

    Co-Director of Art Editions North (AEN),with a back catalogue of 40 books

  • External Examiner UCLAN

2013

  • A walking Tour of the Border Landscapes of Berwick-upon-Tweed

    2013 Artist for A walking Tour of the Border Landscapes of Berwick-upon-Tweed, funded by the Scottish Referendum and organised by the University of Northumbria (2nd November 2013)

  • What is Drawing

    Co-curator of What is Drawing at The Customs House – an exhibition of mixed media work from the UK and abroad which explored various aspects of drawing from traditional approaches to those using the body through performance.

  • IGU Kyoto Regional Conference

    Paper for the international conference IGU Kyoto Regional Conference at the Kyoto International Conference Centere, August 4–9

  • Art Walking

    Artist, walk and panel chair of Art Walking Weekend event at VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities), Highgreen, North Northumberland (catalogue)

  • On-Walking

    Organiser of conference On-Walking at the University of Sunderland – co-author of introductory chapter to on-line On-Walking an edited publication of conference proceedings (Dec. 2013)

  • The Resilience of the Wild

    Solo show (The Resilience of the Wild) at Customs House as a part of the Festival of the North East

  • Walk-On

    Artist, writer and editor (for catalogue) and Curator of Walk-On, showing in London, Sunderland, Birmingham, Southport and Plymouth

  • Their Colours and Their Forms: Artists Responses to Wordsworth

    Curator and artist for Their Colours and Their Forms: Artists Responses to Wordsworth at Dove Cottage (The Wordsworth Museum). Edited and published book for the show

  • Active Countryside Tourism

    Paper for the international conference Active Countryside Tourism, 23-25 January 2013, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

2013 to 2018

  • Reader at the University of Sunderland

    Appointed Reader at the University of Sunderland. I currently (2016) teach on the Foundation Programme in A&D, the Degree in Fine Art, the MA in Curating and I supervise research students. Two students under my supervision graduated in 2014/5 and I am currently DoS for four PhD students (three of whom will shortly graduate) and supervise two more (one of whom is about to graduate)