Lecturer in Creative Industries and Cultural Management


Tel: 0131 474 0000

I am a practising artist and researcher who has worked nationally and internationally, including residencies in Iceland, USA, Canada, Pakistan, Finland, The Netherlands and South Africa, among others. I work in participatory manner, and central to my practice is a discussion about the place of art in a social context. 

  • Overview
  • Research Overview
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

My practice-based PhD - completed in 2016 - explored the relationship between artists, institutions and the public, looking specifically at a productive nature of conflict within institutionally supported participatory/public art projects.

I have been the recipient of numerous awards including The Hope Scot Trust, Creative Scotland, British Council, the Dewar Arts Award, the 2011 Standpoint Futures: Public residency award, as well as a Henry Moore Artist Fellowship. In 2015, I walked 2638 km from the north of Scotland to the Venice Biennale to explore the place of participatory artworks within the public realm.

The artist Nathalie De Brie once referred to his practice as 'Fearless'. The writer Marjorie Celona once said: ‘Anthony, you have a lot of ideas. Not all of them are good.’


My general research overview includes cultural policy, institutionally-supported art projects, and examining how ‘art’ and ‘culture’ is supported in wider institutional frameworks. I am specifically interested in exploring the relationship between artists, institutions and the public, looking specifically at the productive nature of ‘conflict’.

Other research interests include the history of participatory practices (Socially Engaged Art/Community Art/Dialogic practices, etc) as well as how this type of practice is ‘professionalised’. This includes other interdisciplinary/trans-disciplinary experiences of art in ‘non-art’ contexts, in the lineage and legacy of the Artist’s Placement Group.

Another main interest includes the roles of - and relationship between - arts and health, and exploring how art can remain critical art within that context, (rather than in service to ‘health’ criteria).

Active research interests:
Participatory Practices; Socially Engaged Arts; Cultural Policy; Arts Management.

Research methods: Practice research


For information on my research publications see my eResearch profile.

Santander Research Funding for internationalization of research (May 2017).

I teach on the postgraduate MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management, specifically on the modules: Understanding Research, Managing Cultural Projects and Festivals, and Arts Management in Practice Module.

I also co-teach on the Undergraduate Independent Research Project, as well as lead on a new course The Only Way Is Ethics: Art, Participation and Ethics, exploring the issues surrounding cultural work with others.

I teach on the following modules:

Level 3+ 4

T3186 – Independent Research Project

T4613 – The Only Way Is Ethics: Art, Participation and Ethics


TM166 – Managing Cultural Projects and Festivals

TM170 – Understanding Qualitative Research

TM175 – Arts Management in Practice