Dr Ian Heywood

Visiting Researcher

Research Interests

Personal research

Fine art, historical and contemporary; fine art practice and pedagogy; classical and contemporary social theory and philosophy; visual culture; aspects of leisure theory.

Research fellowships

Awarded sixteen month Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Research and writing of book on visual art and new theories of modernity

Editorial roles

Associate Editor of Journal of Visual Art Practice,1999 onwards

Research Project Organisation and Management

Responsible for running and development of RQA Art and Design unit at Leeds Metropolitan University, including seminars, research training, conferences, and preparation and writing of RQA submissions,1994-2000.

Co-initiator and leading role in 'Poetics and Visual Art' collaborative and inter-disciplinary project, 2001 onwards.


Extensive undergraduate teaching in the studio (fine art practice) and historical and critical studies, including eight years as course leader of BA (Hons) Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic (at that time a course with one of the best reputations in the UK). During my time as course leader the programme was awarded the highest possible grade by independent government inspectors.

MA teaching in art theory

Research degrees: supervision of four successful doctoral candidates; external examination of theory and practice doctorate at Lancaster University, cultural and social theory at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire

External examining

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Falmouth College of Arts,1997-2001

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths' College,1998-2000

MA Fine Art, City and Guilds London Art School, 2000-2003

BA (Hons) Art and Philosophy, University of Dundee, 2002-2006

MA Sociology of Contemporary Culture, York University, 2006-

BA s in Art and Design subjects, visual culture modules, University of the West of England, 2007-

Painting: Some Deeper Questions of Surface.
Heywood, I. 2005 In: Art in the Making: Aesthetics, Historicity and Practice.. Bern, Peter Lang 163 p. ISBN: 3-906764-93-1.

Deleuze on Francis Bacon.
Heywood, I. 2002 In: A Companion to Art Theory. Blackwell Publishing 370 p. ISBN: 0-631-20762-7.

Social theories of art: a critique
Heywood, I. 1997 London : Palgrave Macmillan. 230 p. ISBN: 9780333668955.