Dr Lee Campbell

    Lecturer in Fine Art

    School of Fine & Performing Arts
    College of Arts

    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.


    An important realisation in 2015 about how visual his teaching was owning to the first presence of a student with vision impairment in his class, has led Dr Lee Campbell to explore how teaching styles may be adapted to accommodate those with visual impairment, and how art (and particularly performance art) may be adapted to make it more accessible. He aims to improve the breadth and depth of knowledge about human culture in relation to increasing understanding of visual impairment by engaging both sighted and non-sighted persons in a series of practical art/performance art experiments that promote experiential learning to explore the question: How can acts exploring visual negation be used to generate public pedagogy and what may it bring to the experience of removal of sight? His work on this topic has already been published by Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) http://www.rnib.org.uk/insight-online/fine-art-adaptations-student-vision-impairment


    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

    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


    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


    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)


    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

    Lee Campbell: ‘Anticipation, Action and Analysis: A new methodology for Practice as Research’,
    PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research
    Volume 1, Issue 2, Summer 2017 (Participation in/and Research: Ethics, Methodologies, Expectations)

    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


    • Loughborough University Teaching Innovation Award — Loughborough University, 2015
    • TaPRA Conference 2013: Postgraduate Bursary recipient — TaPRA, 2013
    • Sir Richard Stapley Award (sponsorship for MA studies at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London) — Sir Richard Stapley Trust, 2005

    Professional Affiliations

    • Higher Education Academy — Fellow
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