Professor Neil Powell is Chair of Art and Design Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), England. In 2017 NUA achieved a coveted Gold Award for Teaching Excellence in the government’s national TEF assessment of University teaching quality. Alongside his higher position as a senior arts university academic, he is perhaps best known for his work with national public and private sector creative arts bodies. These include Arts Council Collections and Hayward Touring alongside work with commercial galleries such as Simon Lee (London, New York, Hong Kong) and Annely Juda, London. Research-wise, Powell continues to explore the nexus between making and critical thinking through the lens of practice. In addition he is an accomplished writer and curator, with over 30 shows to his credit over the past decade alone. He was invited to be on the curator selection for the Hayward Open Curatorial 2014-15 (‘Listening’) and was closely associated with the latest edition of the national touring exhibition, British Art Show 8, which featured the work of over 40 artists across four major UK cities.
Powell has written and exhibited extensively on the international stage, with past projects including a major showing of Art & Language at MoMA PS1, New York, with Professor Michael Corris, and has curated and organised shows by luminaries such as Claude Cahun, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Michael Craig-Martin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Avis Newman, Coracle Press, Alfredo Jaar, John Craske, Roger Ackling, Ana Maria Pacheco and Ian Hamilton Finlay. In 2016 Powell was appointed to the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China. The recent ‘Mutator’ show with Professor William Latham was originated for Norwich but toured to the Venice Biennale 2017 and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
He writes a monthly column on arts and culture for Wall Street International, is a guest columnist for Arts and Museum Magazine and has made recent appearances on BBC television and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. Amongst other projects, he is currently working on 2 volumes; the first on the work of the artist Claudio Parmiggiani and the second title, Contested Territories: Art and Science, an anthology of critical essays for Ridinghouse.
Born Manchester, and Lives and works in Norfolk, UK