Professor Neil Powell is Chair of Art and Design Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Norwich University of the Arts – one of the UK’s original, iconic art schools whose name is associated with Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Antony Gormley and a great many other illustrious artists, designers and film makers.
He’s is currently working on a number of major curatorial projects and is closely involved with the forthcoming British Art Show 8 in 2015-16, a major Hayward Touring Exhibition, on which he leads for the region.
Previous exhibition projects include ‘The Artist Out of Work’ at MoMA PS1, New York, with Professor Michael Corris and Art & Language in 2000. Powell works regularly with national bodies such as the Arts Council Collections and Hayward Gallery at Southbank in London and was involved in the curator selection of 'Listening', the Hayward Open Curatorial 2014-15.
Powell has also programmed/curated/delivered shows by artists as diverse as Michael Craig-Martin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Ana Maria Pacheco, Coracle Press, Lawrence Weiner, Alfredo Jaar, and Ian Hamilton Finlay; the latter’s works formed part of the successful exhibition ‘Spectre at the Feast’, curated by Powell in New York City in West Chelsea.
Powell has written, published, exhibited and curated widely in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan, and his essays are included on UBU.com and other online resources as well as in paper copy. Powell’s ‘hands-on’ approach to leadership, curation and critical writing are informed by his passion for making. In parallel to his role as a higher education manager and leader, and as Chair of Art and Design Education, Powell continues to explore the nexus of making and critical thinking as a scholar and practitioner.
Powell has held a number of roles with arts and design education over the past 27 years and has taught, managed, examined and led academic development in a number of UK, European and international higher education institutions.