Portrait of Dr Rowan Bailey Dr Rowan Bailey

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r.bailey@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471837


Graduating from the University of Leeds with a PhD in Sculpture and Philosophy, I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2009. I am currently Programme Leader for the MA suite of courses in digital media, graphic design, fashion textile practices and international fashion management. I lead on several modules in research methodologies in art and design and creative innovation. I also provide contextual studies support to undergraduate students specialising in art and design subjects.

Research and Scholarship

My current research explores practitioner approaches to archives and existing collections, with a view to addressing strategies and methodologies of ‘interventions-in-practice’, including different materials and modes of archival engagement in art and design. I am also a member of the CST (Centre for Sculptural Thinking) http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/st/. Within this centre, I am currently exploring how sculptural processes such as carving, moulding, shaping and forming provide other disciplines with the rhetorical tools they need to think. My research shows that whilst sculpture is often registered as an explicit object-example in writing the implicit use of sculptural processes signals modes of productive activity not yet accounted for in existing research on sculpture.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Bailey, R (2017) ‘Thinking Sculpturally’. In: Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects Exhibition Catalogue. : Yorkshire Sculpture Park. pp. 11-21.

Adams, J., Bailey, R. and Walton, N. (2017) ‘The UK National Arts Education Archive: Ideas and ImaginingsThe International Journal of Art & Design Education , 36 (2), pp. 176-187. ISSN 1476-8062

Bailey, R (2017) ‘Sculptural Plasticity and the Brainbody’. In: The Power of Plasticity, 7-9 April 2017, Loughborough University

Mills, A., Power, J., Bailey, R. and Walker, M. (2017) ‘The persistence of character: Sir Alec Clegg’. In: 20th GLAD Conference 'Exploring Territories: the Changing Landscape of Art & Design Higher Education', 6th April 2017, Manchester, UK


Bailey, R (2016) ‘Hegel's Silenus with the Infant Bacchus’. In: Past Time: Art, Anachronism and Anchronisticism, 18th November 2016, University of York - Department of History and Art

Bailey, R (2016) ‘Sculptural Plasticity and the Brain’. In: Approaching the 3s: The spatial, the social, and the sensorium, 2nd - 7th October 2016, University of the Applied Arts, Vienna

Bailey, R (2016) ‘Brain Imaging and Sculptural Plasticity’. In: 7th International Conference on New Materialism: Performing Situated Knowledges: Space, Time, Vulnerablity, 21st - 23rd September 2016, Warsaw


Bailey, R. and Barber, C. (2015) ‘The Sleeping Bag LandscapeC+de , 7. ISSN 1837-445X

Bailey, R (2015) Thought Positions in Sculpture [Show/Exhibition]

Bailey, R (2015) ‘Editorial: Craft and the Handmade: Making the intangible visibleCraft Research , 6 (2). ISSN 2040-4689

Bailey, R (2015) ‘Active ArchivesHenry Moore Institute: Essays on Sculpture , 73. ISSN 2047-2471

Garside, J., Bailey, R., Tyas, M., Topping, A., Stone, G., Ormrod, G. and Gillibrand, W. (2015) ‘Developing a Culture of Publication: a joint enterprise writing retreatJournal of Applied Research in Higher Education , 7 (2), pp. 429-442. ISSN 2050-7003

Bailey, R (2015) ‘Concrete Thinking for SculptureParallax , 21 (3), pp. 241-258. ISSN 1353-4645

Mills, A., Power, J., Bailey, R. and Walker, M. (2015) ‘Democracy: Time for Renewal or Retreat in Educational Leadership: How the leadership style of Sir Alec Clegg could impact educational renewal through retreat today.’. In: British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society BELMAS Annual Conference, 10th - 12th July 2015, Wokefield Park Conference Centre, Berkshire, UK

Bailey, R (2015) ‘Crafting Stories in the Domestic ArchiveJournal of Modern Craft , 8 (1), pp. 29-46. ISSN 1749-6772

Bailey, R (2015) ‘Rowan Bailey in conversation with Sheila Gaffney -in the exhibition Class Forms @ Leeds College of Art Gallery’. In: Rowan Bailey in conversation with Sheila Gaffney in the exhibition Class Forms, 16 January 2015, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK


Bailey, R (2014) ‘Re-writing the Archive - Writing-PAD workshop event’. In: Re-writing the Archive - Writing-PAD event, 22 October 2014, University of Huddersfield, UK

Heys, P., Temple, N., Adkins, M., Bailey, R., Tibbetts, S., Briers, D., MacDonald, J., Powell, A., Devlin, L. and Gfader, V. (2014) ‘The making of the Allure of the Archive – an index of assemblies by Art (&) Currency: Institute of Vanishing Principles and Spells, 2013–2014Journal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 511-516. ISSN 17535190

Bailey, R. and Reeve, H. (2014) ‘Sculptural Substance - An Interview with Hester ReeveJournal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 545-556. ISSN 1753-5190

Mills, A., Power, J., Bailey, R. and Walker, M. (2014) ‘That which is not yet thereJournal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 517-531. ISSN 1753-5190

Bailey, R. and Power, J. (2014) ‘EditorialJournal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 353-357. ISSN 1753-5190

Garside, J., Tyas, M., Ormrod, G., Topping, A., Bailey, R. and Stone, G. (2014) ‘Developing the culture of publication’. In: NETNEP 2014 5th International Nurse Education Conference, 22-25 June 2014, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands

Bailey, R., MacDonald, J. and Beverley, K. (2014) ‘Interdisciplinary Imaginations: Using Creative Methodologies to Solve 'Wicked Problems'’. In: Interdisciplinary Imaginations: Using Creative Methodologies to solve ‘Wicked Problems’., 14th January 2014, University of Huddersfield, UK


Bailey, R. and Barber, C. (2013) ‘The Sleeping Bag Project’. In: The Subversive Stitch Revisited, 29th November 2013, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Unver, E., Swann, D., Bailey, R., Govindarajan, I. and Dollan, F. (2013) The Art of 3D Sculpted Printing : Royal Coat of Arms Case Study [Artefact]

Bailey, R., Perren, N. and Barber, C. (2013) ‘Archival Interventions’. In: HEA - Storyville, 29th - 30th May 2013, Brighton

Bailey, R., Tinker, A. and Hill, P. (2013) ‘Ensuring Progression in Learning Development’. In: 10th ALDinHE Conference 2013: Celebrating Learning Development, 25th – 27th March 2013, Plymouth University, UK

Abbott, A., Bailey, R., Bradshaw, A., Bristow, L., Brown, N., Carmichael, Y., Crouch, A., Drozd, L., Hill, J., Lloyd, C., Ronalds, D., Rowson, E., Thomas, D. and Welding, P. (2013) Are you the enemy? Are you losing it? Black Dogs Quarterly [Artefact]


Bailey, R (2012) ‘Five steps toward a radical pedagogyRadar , 1 (3), pp. 6-10. ISSN 2049-4327

Bailey, R., Taylor, A. and Lewis, L. (2012) ‘Themes of drawing and digital context: student engagement with theory and practice using the tool of the integrated learning portfolioNetworks (18). ISSN 1756-9648


Bailey, R (2011) ‘The Sculpture of Philosophy - The Philosophy of SculptureRadar , 1 (2), pp. 5-6. ISSN 2049-4327

Bailey, R (2011) Art Collaboration between Phil Welding and Rowan Bailey: The Effects of Involuntary Thinking in the Workplace [Show/Exhibition]

Bailey, R (2011) ‘Book Review - Andrew J. Mitchell, Heidegger Among the Sculptors – Body, Space and the Art of Dwelling Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 2010, 144pp., 32 illustrations, £44.50. ISBN 9780804770224Sculpture Journal , 20 (2), pp. 284-286. ISSN 1366-2724

Bailey, R (2011) ‘Herder's Sculptural ThinkingParallax , 17 (2), pp. 71-83. ISSN 1353-4645


Bailey, R (2010) Lost in Transition - Exhibition by the art collective Fictional Museum [Show/Exhibition]

Bailey, R (2010) ‘Herder’s Sculptural Thinking – A Philosophy for the People?’. In: Guest Lecture, April 2010, University of Leeds


Bailey, R (2009) The philosophy of sculpture: the sculpture of philosophy Casting Bodies of Thought Doctoral thesis, University of Leeds.

Bailey, R (2009) ‘Monochromatic Productions: The Ends of Photography and the Beginning of Writing’. In: The object of photography: exhibition catalogue. Leeds: Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery. .


Conference Panel organiser for 'Archival Interventions in Sculpture' - AAH, Royal College of Art, April 2014.

Language/Copy editor for Kivimma, E. (ed.) (2012) Working with Feminism: Curating and Exhibitions in Eastern Europe. Tallin: Tallin University Press.

Editorial Board Member for Evental Aesthetics - http://eventalaesthetics.net/

Research Degree Supervision

I am willing to supervise PhDs on the following topics related to my current research activity:

SCULPTURE AND THE ARCHIVE • Archival legacies of sculptural production. • Inheritances and receptions of British sculpture and its thinking. • Thinking worlds of the sculptor – poiesis, praxis and production in and through the archive.

SCULPTURE IN PUBLIC: • Sculpture Parks and Public Festivals – re-thinking site specific orthodoxies through the sculptural. • Behind the scenes of sculptural production: foundries, workshops, studio cultures, public art making, community engagement, global/international sculpture exhibitions. • Sculpture and sites of public engagement.

SCULPTURE AND MATERIALITY: • Re-thinking materials through sculpture: stone, marble, concrete, plastic, etc. • The languages of sculptural form and the vocabularies of sculptural process. • Technical histories, theories and cultures of sculptural making.

SCULPTURE AND EDUCATION: • Art School models and the teaching of sculpture. • The ‘educational turn’ in sculptural practice. • Intersections between sculptural practice and pedagogy.

SCULPTING ACROSS BOUNDARIES: • Sculptural thinking and making in science, neuroscience, engineering, architecture, forensics, archaeology and philosophy. • Sculpture in craft, design, architecture, graphics, textiles and fashion. • Sculptural models and cognitive capabilities, e.g. neurological plasticity and sculptural form. • The sculptural language of material science (casting, moulding, modelling, etc.), the aesthetics of microstructures and material properties. • New technologies of the sculptural – 3D printing, scientific modelling, material innovations, data capture and visualization.

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Teaching and Professional Activities

Bailey, R. and Tinker, A.(2013)Second Year Blues: Developing Interactive Resources for Progressive Curriculum Design (TALI funded project).

Advisory Board Member for the National Arts Education Archive (NAEA) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Garside, J., Graham Omrod, Annie Topping, Moira Tyras, Graham Stone, Rowan Bailey (2013) Developing a Culture of Publication (TALI funded project).

I currently teach undergraduate history and theory to students in Textile Craft, Textiles with Surface Design, Contemporary Art and Costume Design. I am also responsible for the coordination of the Taught Cross Disciplinary Masters Programme within the School of Art, Design and Architecture