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About Lee Campbell

Lee Campbell is a Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Fine & Performing Arts, College of Arts. Dr Lee Campbell is an artist, curator and academic. His practice plays with the parameters of contemporary art that draw attention to the performative and the participative within an art historical vernacular and seeks to theorise, articulate and demonstrate how we may construct meaning between politics of space and the politics of artist/performer/protagonist articulated through visual and verbal languages. In Summer 2017, he published ‘Anticipation, Action and Analysis: A new methodology for Practice as Research’ in PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, Volume 1, Issue 2, Summer 2017 (Participation in/and Research: Ethics, Methodologies, Expectations). His most recent publication related to technology enhanced learning and can be accessed here: CURRENT RESEARCH AGENDA Broadening access is inherent to my pedagogical approach and is a fundamental issue of inclusion in vision impairment (VI) communities. Never has there been a time in which the meanings of access are so broadened via technological mediation—that draw on all senses. As teachers, we are encouraged to make our teaching visual to engage students without realising that we may be alienating some students – teaching needs to use all the senses and provide possibilities for kinaesthetic learning. Relying all senses, then, becomes an aspect of public pedagogy that is more inclusive. My current research focuses on pedagogic strategies for accommodating students with visual impairment and I have recently published an article for Royal National Institute of Blind People’s ‘In Sight’ online magazine sharing useful adaptations drawn on my experience to help make learning about art accessible for students with visual impairment ( I aim to improve the breadth and depth of knowledge about human culture in relation to increasing understanding of VI by engaging both sighted and non-sighted persons in a series of practical experiments that promote experiential learning through a deployment of performative pedagogies. I have carried out a full literature review on this topic finding very little across the disciplines (Performance Art and VI) and have found a gap to explore. Digital pedagogy is also another key area of my teaching approach and I am also currently looking at ways in which to use technology to support students with little/no vision by offering feedback through auditory forms i.e. providing these students with sound recordings of me reading individual feedback. This will form part of a project, ‘Technoparticipation’, that I have engaged in since 2015. Technoparticipation is a project which aims to explore how social media (Skype, Google Docs, Textwall) as digital ‘realia’ (objects from everyday life used to improve students’ understanding of real life situations) can be integrated into arts education. As technologists Paige Abe and Nickolas A. Jordan in ‘Integrating social media into the classroom curriculum’, About Campus,  suggest, ‘using social media in the classroom creates a new pattern of social encounter’.  CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, INVITED KEYNOTE SPEECHES AND RESEARCH PAPERS GIVEN 2017 Developing Theory into Practice in Higher Education, City University, London 2016 Go Bananas! Performance Art and Provoking Participation (invited solo lecture), Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London 2016 Performative Pedagogy (invited guest speaker), University College Cork 2015 Inspiring Research, Loughborough University 2015 Performance Politics and Protest, University College Cork 2015 eLearning 2 Conference 2015, Brunel University 2013 Documenting Performance Working Group, Theatre and Performance Research           Association Annual Conference, University of Glasgow 2013 Beyond the authority of the ‘text’: performance as paradigm, past and present (invited guest speaker) Cambridge University 2013 Impoliteness and Interaction (with Mel Jordan) Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland 2013 Performing Documents, Arnolfini, Bristol 2011 (with Lucy O’Donnell) MIRIAD Carnival Manchester Metropolitan University RECENT CURATORIAL PRACTICE 2017 Curating in the Dark, Artasdmin, Lonon 2017 Sight(Un)Specific, Metal, Southend-on-Sea 2016 Tactics of Interruption, Artsadmin, London 2016 You Don’t Need Eyes To See, You Need Vision, The Queen’s Head, Holborn, London 2011 Copycat!, Five Years, London 2010 TEFL-TASTIC!, Bethnal Green Library Lecture Hall, London 2008 Stage Struck, Southwark Playhouse, London           Play On Words, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich           Suburbia, The Foreign Press Association, London 2007 The Curse Of Me, Boiler House, Brick Lane, London 2006 All For Show, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, Nexus, Philadelphia, KX, Hamburg 2005 Trivial Pursuit, Art Basel, Miami RECENT SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES 2015 Bluetooth Cinema, Bodies that Resist, Athens School of Fine Art, Athens, Greece 2015 Bluetooth Cinema, Spike Island, Bristol 2012 The Comedy of Curatorial Performance, Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester           Experimental Comedy Training Camp Public Performances, The Banff Centre, Canada 2011 Testing Grounds, South Hill Park, Bracknell           On Your Marks (with Lucy O’Donnell) Parfitt Gallery, Croydon           Archipelago, Cafe Gallery Projects, London 2010 Tongue Tied, The Agency, London SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY/ PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATIONS/INTERVIEWS 2015 The Last Laugh, Art Monthly February 2015, Author: Bob Dickinson 2013 BBC Radio Nottingham interviews with Andy Whittaker 2012 THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL/FREE SCHOOL catalogue.  Author:  Five Years, London           ‘Archipelago’ catalogue. Author: Gary Stevens/Artsadmin 2011 Testing Grounds at South Hill Park. Author: Corrine Felgate 2008 Free Art Fair 2008 catalogue. Author: Free Art Fair          Hijack Reality: ‘How to put on a topnotch art festival‘. Author:  Bob and Roberta Smith          BBC Radio 4 Midweek interview with Libby Purves (25/6/2008) SELECTED ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE 2017 Open Lab Barbican Guidlhall, London 2017 Time and Space residency, Metal, Southend 2015 Summer Lodge 15, Nottingham Trent University Fine Art Studios, Nottingham 2012 Experimental Comedy Training Camp, The Banff Centre, Canada 2011 Parfitt Gallery, Croydon (with Lucy O’Donnell) Forthcoming research publications include: Lee Campbell: “You Don’t Need Eyes To See, You Need Vision: Visual Impairment, Performative Pedagogy and Technology” in Journal of Pedagogic Development. Volume 7 Issue 2 (November 2017) Lee Campbell: “Collaborators and Hecklers: Performative Pedagogy and Interruptive Processes”  in Scenario - Journal for Drama and Theatre in Foreign and Second Language Education. Volume XI, Issue 1/2017

Department Responsibilities

- Module leader for ‘The Fine Art Body’ In this module, students apply their own definitions of the performative to art practice and generate artworks that provoke exciting dialogue between theories of performativity that forefront discussion of identity politics and the body as the core principle for making work. - Module tutor for ‘Provocations and Imaginations’ - Fellow of The Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute - Member of the Special Interest Group: Collaboration - Member of the Inclusive Practices Sub-group Committee

Subject Specialism

Fine Art, Live Art, practice -as- research, audience, participation, performativity, humour


  • PhD in Art — Loughborough University, 2016
  • MFA Painting — Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, 2007
  • BA (Hons) Painting — Winchester School of Art, 2000
  • Trinity Tesol Certificate (to teach English as a foreign language) — Trinity College London,


  • Best Practice Award for Promoting Equality — University of LIncoln ,
  • Loughborough University Teaching Innovation Award — Loughborough University,
  • TaPRA Conference 2013: Postgraduate Bursary recipient — TaPRA,
  • Sir Richard Stapley Award (sponsorship for MA studies at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London) — Sir Richard Stapley Trust,

Research Interests

  • Audience participation

  • Fine Art

  • Humour and comedy in art/performance

  • Interruption

  • Performance Art

  • Relational Aesthetics / Socially engaged practice

  • The body in contemporary art and performance practice

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow