Portrait of Dr Dale Holmes Dr Dale Holmes

d.c.holmes@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472243


Dr Dale Holmes is an artist, researcher and Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Illustration Course at the University of Huddersfield. He is also a supervisor for a number of Masters by Research and PhD students.

He has been a practicing artist since 1999 and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally both as Dale Holmes and as part of the collective research project Material Conjectures. He received his PhD from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 for a body of research titled Abstract Realism: Non-Anthropocentric Strategies for Constructing Non-Relational Artworks.

Research and Scholarship

My research interests are located in the neighborhoods of painting, abstraction, architecture and philosophical realism. These can be described in the following ways:

  • Painting beyond medium specificity or, the provisional condition of contemporary painting.
  • Collaborations and Collectives or, Adhocism as practical philosophy.
  • Collisionary Aesthetics or, painting as barriers, borders and barricades.
  • Staging Artworks or,exhibition craft and non-relational practice.

Recent research activities have focused on the phenomena of Crisis Architecture and is primarily concerned with investigating through paintings processes and conventions these temporary architectures, from ad-hoc refugee camps, barricades and repurposed structures to officially financed military field hospitals, migrant holding centres in Europe through to epidemic treatment clinics. These are architectures that appear in both real and fictional contexts and are one of the most prevalent and enduring images of our contemporary global situation. There are numerous instances of crisis architectures from refugee camps across the developing world, in Calais, France, on the Italian coast and the Greek islands, to the British funded Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone. Architectures that are also manifested in the images presented in TV series and films, such as, The Walking DeadChildren of Men and Contagion among many others. In both fictional and real scenarios these are architectures that are constructed quickly to cater to a very particular and immanent need. The research is invested in exploring these temporary and ad-hoc structures to discover what they might share and how they are informed – architecturally, materially, ideologically - in relation to the focus on socialism, austerity and health central to architectural and artistic modernism and how these ideals are repackaged for contemporary political agendas.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Holmes, D (2017) ‘Ruin in Reverse - City Reach/The Skyline: a timeline of events’. In: Hard Engineering: Critical Cartographies, 3rd November 2017, Colegio dos Cobros, National Museum of Natural History and Science, Lisbon

Holmes, D (2017) Decorative Dormitories for Sleep Workers by House of Hysteria [Show/Exhibition]

Holmes, D. and Simmonds, G. (2017) ‘A is for Abstract’. In: Visibility Conference: Askance?Oblique, 31/03/2017, Sheffield Hallam University, UK


Holmes, D. and Cooke, K. (2016) ‘T.E.N.T.S by Material Conjectures’. In: Heritage Immigration and Temporary Fabrications, 19th November 2016, Beaconsfield Gallery, London

Holmes, D. and Cooke, K.(2016) Abandoned Temporary Crisis Facility [Show/Exhibition]

Holmes, D (2016) The Painting School (New Materialities) [Show/Exhibition]

Holmes, D (2016) Pressure Chamber: Nematodes [Show/Exhibition]


Holmes, D. and Cooke, K. (2015) ‘Material Conjectures presents Asymmetrical Cinema’. In: Beaconsfield Chronic Epoch. London, UK: Black Dog Publishing. p. 166. ISBN 978-1908966575


Holmes, D. and Cooke, K.(2014) Material Conjectures presents Kwartz Kapital Konstruktion Kollider [Show/Exhibition]


Holmes, D (2013) ‘Landing at Tegel/Concrete (Fata Morgana)’. In: Tegel: Propositions and Speculations. Germany: The Green Box. . ISBN 9783941644595

Research Degree Supervision

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Dale Holmes

  • Provisional Conditions: painting in the age of expanded practice (M-Res full-time)
  • Provisional Conditions: painting in the age of expanded practice (PhD)
  • Provisional Conditions: painting in the age of expanded practice (M-Res part-time)
  • Collisionary Aesthetics: Adhocism and collective art making (M-Res Full-time)
  • Collisionary Aesthetics: Adhocism and collective art making (PhD)
  • Collisionary Aesthetics: Adhocism and collective art making (M-Res Part-time)
  • Barricades and Borders - exhibition craft and non-relational practices (M-Res full-time)
  • Barricades and Borders - exhibition craft and non-relational practices (PhD)
  • Barricades and Borders - exhibition craft and non-relational practices (M-Res part-time)

Teaching and Professional Activities

I joined the University of Huddersfield in May 2015 in the role of Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Illustration. Previously I have been employed as an associate lecturer at Huddersfield, and for six years regularly at Sheffield Hallam University working across all programmes in the Fine Art Department designing and delivering both studio practice and theory modules to BA (hons) and MA level courses. I Have also been a Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Goldsmiths College and Wimbledon School of Art.

I hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

I am currently Year 1 Tutor for Contemporary Art and Illustration responsible for Modules TFD 1360 - 1361, strand leader for year one Contemporary Art and Illustration, strand leader for Year 2 Contemporary Art, strand leader for Year 4 Contemporary Art and Illustration.