Prof. Ken Neil

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Deputy Director (Academic)




Professor Ken Neil
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Professor Ken Neil


Prof. Ken Neil

Professor Ken Neil MA (Hons) MFA PhD PGCert FHEA FRSA

Ken Neil is Deputy Director (Academic) at The Glasgow School of Art. Ken studied painting and the history and philosophy of art at Edinburgh University as an undergraduate, before achieving an MFA in painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 1995. He completed a PhD in art theory in 2003 while teaching Humanities and History of Art at ECA and the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. From 1999 he was lecturer in Contextual and Critical Studies at Gray's School of Art, taking on the Headship of Fine Art and Fine Art Critical Studies in 2002. In 2005 he led a new MFA in Critical Social Art Practice for Gray's before being appointed Head of Historical and Critical Studies at The Glasgow School of Art in 2006. Since joining GSA he has been a National Sector Lead for creative and cultural practice disciplines for the Scottish Enhancement Theme 'Research-Teaching Linkages' and has served on the AHRC Fellowships Review Panel. Ken has also served on the Editorial Board of the journal 'Art & Research' and the AHRC Peer Review College. From January 2014, he was appointed a Trustee of the UK Association of Art Historians, and chaired the Association’s Further and Higher Education Special Interest Group. Ken was awarded a Personal Professorship in Art and Design in July 2014, and was formally appointed as GSA’s Head of Research in August 2014. In August 2016 he was appointed GSA’s Deputy Director (Academic). Ken is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts. Ken has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees of community arts organisation, Impact Arts. His research and writing relate to three fields: contemporary art and art theory; issues for creative education; and the visual culture of the everyday.

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Ken Neil on RADAR

Artistic Intensity: Redescribing Redundant Dualism

Artistic Intensity: Redescribing Redundant Dualism Neil,...

20/07/17 9:41

Key Ideas in Artistic Research

Key Ideas in Artistic Research Neil, Ken (2009) Key Id...

05/05/16 11:07

Accessing and Decoding Communities of Cultural Capital

Accessing and Decoding Communities of Cultural Capital N...

05/05/16 10:45