Heather teaches across the MA/BA Fine Art courses and is a research active member of staff. She is currently undertaking a part-time practice-based PhD at Newcastle University due for completion in 2022. Her PhD research concentrates on Kurt Schwitters' 'Merz Barn Wall' (1947). More generally, Heather's research interests include: practice-based approaches to art history; re-staging events, re-performance/re-enactment; creative responses/interventions in the archive; site responsive artworks; the legacy of Kurt Schwitters' Merz; Dada and FLUXUS.
Heather's current role involves contributing to the teaching programme across the BA and MA Fine Art courses, PhD supervision and being research active (submitted to the REF 2020 and is a member of CRPA). Heather's practice is multi-disciplinary and has involved the use of print, painting, performance, moving image and sound based work. She brings this experience to her teaching role and works across various modules - for example teaching on the BA moving image and printmaking electives, to contributing to the MA research methods and professional practice talks.
Heather has been teaching at UCLan since 2015 and is a member of the Creative Practice Research Academy. Prior to her appointment at UCLan has worked as a Visiting Practitioner at Chelsea College of Art (2015-17) London, and a Lecturer in Painting at Grays School of Art (2006-12), Aberdeen. She has also taught various life drawing and painting courses privately. Heather has been a panel chair at the Sonica Festival (2015), a panel member with LUX at the Oberhausen Film Festival (2014) and has been involved in various collaborative and curatorial projects. She has a studio at The Birley, Preston.
Heather has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and recent projects include: 'The Losses' (2020), 'All The Better to Hear You With' (2019) and 'The Loud and the Soft Speakers' (2018), Hatton Gallery, Newcastle; 'Merz Women and the Daughters of DADA' (2018 with Jackie Haynes) University of Cumbria; 'The Caravan Press' (2017 with Lukas Hornby), Florence Mine, Cumbria. She has been selected for the Casablanca Biennale 2022. She often collaborates with other practitioners and is currently engaged in the creation of a Kurt Schwitters practice-based research network with artist and researcher, Jackie Haynes.
Her recently published articles include: 'The Loud and the Soft Speakers: A Contemporary Iteration of Kurt Schwitters' 'The Silence Poem' Sch...The Journal of the Kurt Schwitters Society (2020) (International); 'Towards a Gestural Archaeology of Kurt Schwitters' Pointless Collage (or how I learned about Schwitters' work through painting leftovers)' (2018) JAWS, Intellect Journal, London and 'The Caravan Press: Making Visible the Archive of Gwyneth Alban Davies' 2017 (artist book, limited edition) copies are distributed in The Sprengel Museum (Hannover); British Library (London); Glasgow Women's Library, Armitt Museum (Ambleside) St. Bride's Print Library (London).
Heather's PhD research has involved working in response to the Hatton Gallery's Archive (Newcastle) and in dialogue with Kurt Schwitters' work, disseminated through three solo exhibitions within the Hatton Gallery (2018-20). She has also undertaken research in the Manx Museum (Isle of Man), The Imperial War Museum (London) and The Kurt Schwitters archives (Germany). She represented the UK at the recent '100 Jar Merz' Symposium held at the Sprengel Museum, Hannover (Germany) in 2019, where she also screened her work 'The Loud and the Soft Speakers'.
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