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 University academic, he is known for his work with public and private sector creative arts bodies.
He writes 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. 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 major exhibition project with the artist, Claudio Parmiggiani and will curate an exhibition featuring the work of the late Sir Anthony Caro, Iron in the Soul, to open in May 2019 to coincide with the 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 40 shows to his credit over the past decade. 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, British Art Show 8.
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, Michael Craig-Martin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, 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 recent ‘Mutator’ show with Professor William Latham was originated for Norwich but was included in the Venice Biennale 2017 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 for Ethiopia to promote sexual health awareness in the region 2018-21. This project is in collaboration with the University of Addis Ababa. Forthcoming projects in 2019 include Lust and the Apple in Edinburgh (March 2019) and CLB in Berlin (April 2019).
Born Manchester, and lives and works in Norfolk, UK.