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I am Course Leader on BA (Hons) Photography, joining the University of Huddersfield in January 2015. My early career as a freelance photographer was predominantly in the music industry, producing photographs for sleeve artwork and promotional images for publication. I returned to education in 2011 to attend the MA in Photography at the London College of Communication, successfully completing late 2012, and since has been making, exhibiting and publishing new work. In my role as Course leader, I am dedicated to continue building the quality and relevance of the photography course, and the range of opportunities we can offer to our students. I have recently begun a practice-based PhD here at Huddersfield University which will provide the opportunity to build research interests and profile in the subject of Photography.
My current research seeks to create a dialogue between the inadequacy of the photograph to definitively document, and the evasive nature of the everyday. To explore, celebrate and highlight the small unwitting activities of the individual that can be seen as resistant to the propriety of sanctioned social behaviour in the micro-sociological spatiality of the everyday. The theoretical frameworks surrounding the everyday propose a provisional state, it is this that forms the intersection with the photograph both as image and theoretical study of its properties, linking the direct relationship of the temporal, iconic and the indexical with a fallibility (inadequacy) of proposing definite readings.
This is the starting point for a practice based PhD in which commenced Oct 2015, I am currently working on the first publication, I am part of G research centre, and will be making applications to conferences regularly as part of my research outcomes.
Mulhearn, R (2017) ‘A home we dont recognize as ours Home and the Subjective State’. In: Visualising the Home, 13-14 July 2017, University of Cumbria
Mulhearn, R (2017) Kerb - Photographs by Richard Mulhearn - February 2017 [Artefact]
Mulhearn, R., Devlin, L., Beldea, A., Sailor, L., Eyre, S., Higginbottom, R. and Kurtis, S.(2017) Discursive Documents. [Show/Exhibition]
Member of the Executive of Association for Photography in Higher Education. The APHE is an dynamic network for engaging in discourse pertinent to a whole range of issues in the subject and educational environment. My responsibilities include being part of a team who plans, delivers and promotes two interim events, Autumn and spring and the main annual summer conference, which is regularly attended by staff from over 30 UK based Universities.
External Examiner for BA (Hons) Photography courses at UCLAN, South Essex University, and Birmingham City University, which specifically involves assessing Degree courses in Thailand and Hong Kong.
I am interested in supervising research which considers the following themes:
• The Photographic Moment
• The encounter between photographer and the subject
• The subjective document, narrative and sequence
• The Photobook - publishing photography
• Collaborative approaches to making and disseminating photoic work
Two Publications via Tidepress: Ante Meridiem as part of group of artists October 2015. Lizards Tail: a collaboration with another photographic artist – to be published May/June 2016.
Admissions Tutor. Course Promotions and Events.
I currently teach across year 02 and the final year BA (Hons) Photography course. Key to my methodology is to enable students to gain the skills and confidence to move forward into the next stage of their career with a high level of understanding of their own practice in order to be best prepared to enter the professional environment. With this in mind, it is vital to provide a learning environment that is well-structured and educationally rigourous, which draws influence from the progress made personally and by other staff via research activity and outcomes. Also key to teaching practice is to embed competitions, live briefs, bursaries in to course content, and encourage collaboration: in university, and where possible with external partners, it is also an ambition to continue to create ‘live’ events for the students, that engender ownership, authenticity in the learning experience, and finally and importantly are enjoyable for all concerned!