David Collins leads the Third Year of the BA (Hons) Visual Communications at Leeds College of Art. He has 30 years professional experience as an artist, graphic designer and educator with a focus on social justice and gender issues. His artistic practice is generally public, interventionist, collaborative and site specific. He has been commissioned widely in the UK with clients and partners including: IKON gallery, Birmingham; MOMA Oxford; Leeds Art Gallery; BBC Radio Leeds; Anglia TV “First Take”; VisionFest, Liverpool; Arts Council Year of the Artist” 2001; St James’s Hospital, Leeds; British Council, Saudi Arabia. His best known work was produced under the pseudonym Saatchi & Someone in the early 90s.
Marianne Springham is currently the year two tutor on BA (Hons) Visual Communication at Leeds College of Art, she has also been involved in informal community education for fifteen years, managing engagement projects across Leeds, developing innovative methods of engaging with people facing barriers to education. Marianne is also a performer, interventionist, designer of site-specific plush and edible art, preferring a game of bingo to exhibiting in a gallery. This year, Marianne has managed the ACLF funded project: Messages Across Leeds and has set up a publishing company Springham Books to publish a student illustrated book Magic Oak. A member of Bradford zine collective Loosely Bound and a member of cabaret act Chip Pan’s People, Marianne focuses on working at a local level with local people.
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Cheryl Huntbach is Programme Leader, B.A (Hons) Art & Design (Interdisciplinary) at Leeds College of Art, Leeds, U.K. She has programme managed, externally examined and lectured across a number of H.E programmes in the U.K. She is the GIDE; Group for International Design Education Co-ordinator at LCA, U.K. Her academic background includes undergraduate study in the U.K, Masters study in Barcelona, Spain and Winchester, U.K and Post-Graduate Cert. Ed (Post-16), U.K. Cheryl’s practice involves a discipline incorporating seriality and repetition through ritualised modes of production. She explores diverse notions of drawing across; lo-fi, hand processes and mechanical means of reproduction. She is concerned with pattern, process and obsessive acts of making. She has exhibited within the U.K, Spain and Germany. She curated the group exhibition; ‘BLANK’ for Leeds City Art Gallery, U.K and recently exhibited in ‘An Exchange with Sol Lewitt’ at ‘Cabinet’, New York, U.S.A.
Dan Robinson works as an artist and educator with images, texts, objects and events – often in collaboration and with specific settings. He is co-founder of Mud Office (with Charlie Jeffery) and Thinking Space for the North (with Bryan Davies and Grizedale Arts). He has exhibited internationally (in 2011 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and La Station, Nice). In 2009, he received a doctorate from the University of Leeds (with an AHRC scholarship) for his practice PhD on site-specific art practice as dialogue. Dan is a 0.5 tutor on BA (Hons) Art & Design Interdisciplinary at Leeds College of Art where he leads the Interdisciplinary practice-research cluster.
Paula Chambers is the 2nd year tutor on the BA(Hons) Art and Design (Interdisciplinary) at Leeds College of Art. Paula is a Fine Art practioner working mainly in three dimensions and within a feminist context. Paula has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and will be showing a new body of work in the Leeds College of Art Gallery from March 26th 2012. The exhibition will be titled “Regretfully Hopes and Dreams Cannot be Exchanged or Refunded”.