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About Matt Hawthorn

My research and professional activity is centred in two areas: Mediated Environments -  this is an artistic research process which deploys performance and new media to interrogate environments and narratives. This has included works created across Europe, USA and Canada. More recently the practice has been focused on public engagement through the use of pervasive media and performative public art. Co-Creative Pedagogy -  this aspect of my work is an intensive practice based research into teaching and learning both within institutions and in society. It is a process of co-creation undertaken in dialogue and collaboration with students into both the subject of study and the process of learning itself. The focus of the research is into the creation of a critical toolset and scaffolds for collaborative knowledge production and enquiry based learning which stimulate and structure student initiated curiosity into sustained critically and socially engaged research outputs. The work has also been awarded two teaching development grants (2011, 2012) from the Higher Education Academy and has been presented at various conference and events including a workshop at the ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) Teachers Academy in Porto in 2012, and papers for the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (2011, 2012), Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts (2013) as well as consulting and advising for academic departments in UK Higher Education Institutions. Previous roles include Interim Head of the Lincoln School of Design / Deputy Head of the Lincoln School of Architecture & Design (2016 - 2018); Head of Art & Design at York St John University (2013 - 2016), Chair of Bonington Gallery and Public Programmes at Nottingham Trent University (2009 - 2013), Programme Leader of Theatre Design at NTU (2003 - 2008) and Field Chair of Combined Arts at University of Gloucestershire (2000 - 2002).

Subject Specialism

Interactive Art, Design and Performance; Creative Pedagogy; Community and Environmental Change


  • MA Architecture and Critical Theory — University of Nottingham, 1997
  • BA Performing Arts: Theatre — De Montfort University: Leicester, 1994


I have served as External Examiner for the University of Brighton and for the University of Hull. I also undertaken consultancy in creative approaches to environmental change for various organisations.

Research Interests

  • creative bureaucracy

  • Critical Pedagogy

  • environmental consultancy

  • immersive design

  • improvisation

  • Interdisciplinary design

  • performance

  • performative design

  • pervasive media

  • practice based research

  • research based teaching

  • social impact

Research Projects

  • Erewash Mysteries (environmental consultancy) — Erewash Valley Partnership (Natural England funding) in 2015
  • Everything There Is To Be Known (public art work) — York Curiouser in 2014
  • Angels and Pins (pervasive media event) — York Festival of Ideas in 2014
  • Regulus (video performance) — Low Lives International Festival of Mediated Performance in 2012
  • Mercier and Camier (media archaeology presentation) — International Symposium of Electronic Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012
  • Susquehanna Shanty (video performance) — EAPSU, Pennsylvania in 2009
  • Artery (curatorial project) — Bonington Gallery in 2007
  • Shanty Town (public art work) — Festival of Extreme Building: Birmingham in 2007
  • Shanty (public performance) — Art Surgery & Newlyn Art Gallery in 2006
  • Haunt (performance investigation) — 7a11d Festival: Toronto, Canada in 2004
  • [g]host (environmental media work) — Radiator Festival of New Technology Art in 2003
  • Bound (performance video work) — Arnolfini & Bonington Gallery in 2001
  • Degenerate Art Book — Arnolfini: Bristol & Arts Council England in 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Senior Fellow