Professor Neil Powell is Chair of Art and Design Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), England. Alongside his position as a senior academic, he is known for his work with public and private sector creative arts bodies. A former Henry Moore Scholar, his art education was influenced by artists and teachers such as Phillip King, Helen Chadwick, Richard Deacon, Shelagh Cluett, Eduardo Paolozzi and Roger Ackling.
Since 2014 he has contributed a monthly column on arts and culture for Wall Street International, is a guest columnist for Arts and Museum Magazine and was recently commissioned to write a piece on Luciano Fabro for the The Brooklyn Rail in NYC. He has made numerous appearances on BBC and ITV television and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. His work features in the Imago Mundi – Art Theorema #1 exhibition, at Salone degli Incanti in Trieste, Italy (2018), and he is currently working on a project with the artist, Claudio Parmiggiani. In May 2019, Powell curated an exhibition featuring the work of the late Sir Anthony Caro, Iron in the Soul, to coincide with the 2019 Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
For a number of years Powell has worked with Arts Council Collections and Hayward Gallery Touring alongside work with commercial galleries such as Simon Lee (London, New York, Hong Kong) and Annely Juda, London. He is a curator in his own right with over 100 shows to his credit over the past three decades. He has previously been involved in the curator selection for the Hayward Open Curatorial and was closely associated with the last edition of the UK’s major survey exhibition, the British Art Show.
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 the likes of Claude Cahun, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Tess, Jaray, Michael Craig-Martin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Alison Wilding, Alfredo Jaar, John Craske, Roger Ackling, Ana Maria Pacheco and Ian Hamilton Finlay. In 2018 Powell worked with Mario Codognato and the Houghton Estate to bring Damien Hirst’s ‘Hymn’ to Norwich. The ‘Mutator’ show with Professor William Latham was originated for Norwich but was included in the 57th Venice Biennale and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
Powell leads the research group ‘Created and Contested Territories’, who were recently awarded a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant to pursue sustainable print technologies 2018-21. This project is in collaboration with the Alle School at the University of Addis Ababa. Recent projects in 2019 include the ‘Territories’ exhibitions at Lust and the Apple, Edinburgh (March 2019) and Collaboratorium I’m Aufbau am Moritzplatz (CLB), Berlin (April 2019).
Born Manchester, and lives and works in Norfolk, UK.