Left: Co-researchers looking at the Duveen studios pre instalation. Right: Tate Encounters workshop at Tate Britain.

Researchers Biographies

Professor Andrew Dewdney: Project Director/Principal Investigator

Professor of Media Education at London South Bank University and the Principal Investigator on the Tate Encounters project. His teaching focuses upon new media and visual culture and his most recent book – The New Media Handbook (Routledge, London, 2006), co-authored with Peter Ride – develops a framework for thinking about the emerging academic field of study of new media. He is Chair of the Board of DA2, (Digital Arts Development Agency) and Chair of the Board of Southwark Theatres Education Project. He is a member of the South Bank Cultural Quarters Directors Group. Originally trained as a fine art painter in the 1960s he went on to become involved in the Sociology of Art and Cultural Studies and was a founder member of the Department of Cultural Studies at the Cockpit Arts Workshop. He is interested in and concerned with the concept and practical utility of critical reflexivity and really useful knowledge in the service of progressive cultural change.

Dr Victoria Walsh: Co-Investigator

Walsh is Head of Adult Programmes at Tate Britain. Previously, she worked as a freelance curator, project manager and consultant in the fields of visual arts and architecture. She holds an MA in Art History (Courtauld Institute of Art 1993), in Curating (Royal College of Art 1995) and a doctorate on the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1996). She has also worked as a Research Consultant at the London School of Economics on a report into the creative impact of national museums in the UK. As a freelancer, she co-ordinated the competition to select an architect for Tate Modern, organised the opening of Tate Modern and assisted with the opening of Tate Britain. She has worked for the Mayor’s Cultural Office, organising the Fourth Plinth Project in Trafalgar Square, and has published on the post-war British artists Nigel Henderson, Francis Bacon and Gilbert & George.

Dr David Dibosa: Co-Investigator

Dibosa writes on issues of spectatorship in relation to contemporary British visual culture. He has published work on art and cultural difference in a wide variety of outlets, ranging from the Times Literary Supplement to The Morning Star. His current critical concerns, centring on the relationship between art criticism and spectatorship, are reflected in his essay ‘Fatal Distraction: Art-Writing and Looking at Art’, which appeared in the book Put About: A Critical Anthology on Independent Publishing (2004). During the 1990s, David curated public art projects. He trained as a curator, after receiving his first degree from the University of Cambridge. David was awarded his PhD in Art History in 2006 from the University of London. He currently lectures on Fine Art Theory at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London.

Morten Halvorsen: Research Assistant

Halvorsen is a part-time Research Assistant to the project.

Dr Isabel Shaw: Research Assistant

Shaw did her first degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in History of Art and Archaeology (Africa/Asia). She then obtained an MA in the Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture at University College London. During her MA she became especially interested in anthropological approaches to material culture and consumption. After this MA she carried out a sponsored ESRC CASE PhD studentship in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Here she was influenced by perspectives on socio-material relations from the study of science and technology, and in particular theories such as Actor Network. Her PhD was an organisational ethnography of a multinational producing everyday consumer goods.

Sarah Thomas: Research Assistant

Thomas was born in Britain but has spent half of her life living and studying in Kenya. She took a BA in Anthropology at the University of Durham, during which time she became interested in photography and travelled extensively. Following this she continued to travel and lived abroad. In 2005 was awarded an AHRC grant to study for an MA in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, where she had the opportunity to explore her interest in ethnographic filmmaking. Her graduation film from this course, shot among the Samburu of Northern Kenya, is now touring the international short film festival circuit.

Dr Mike Phillips: Project Consultant

Phillips was formerly Curator of Cross-Cultural Programmes at Tate. Mike was born in Georgetown, Guyana and came to Britain as a child, growing up in London. He was educated at the University of London and the University of Essex, and gained a PGCE at Goldsmiths College, London. From 1972 to 1983 he worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcaster on programmes including The Late Show and Omnibus, before becoming a lecturer in media studies at the University of Westminster. He is best known for his crime fiction and was winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction. He also co-wrote with his brother Trevor, Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (1998) to accompany a BBC television series telling the story of the Caribbean migrant workers who settled in post-war Britain. His book, London-Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001), is a series of interlinked essays and stories, a portrait of the city seen from locations as diverse as New York and Nairobi, London and Lodz, Washington and Warsaw. He is also a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Co-researcher Biographies

Mary Ampomah

“Mary Ampomah is 33 years of age, born and raised in Ashanti Ghana West Africa. She is from a family of eight: four boys, two girls, mum and dad. She is currently an undergraduate media student in London South Bank University.  Also, she is a co-researcher on the Tate Encounter project under the supervision of Professor Andrew Dewdney. Her project is based on the transformation of a migrated Ashanti lady (herself) from Ghana to London.  Particularly, in relation to her understanding and interpretation of art works, and in reflection with the awareness of a younger generation (her daughter) born and raised in London”.

Aminah Borg-Luck

“Currently a student at South Bank studying some stuff at 3rd year BSc level. Initial interest in the project was provoked by a pre-existing fascination with the conundrum of the mesh of nation, personal and other identities that make up a single person. Having been a resident of South London for over two decades, bar a little to-ing and fro-ing here and there, a fairly firm quasi-British identity has been established, with a few qualifications.”

Adekunle Detokunbo-Bello

“Adekunle Detokunbo-Bello, also known as ‘Toksy’, was born in Ibadan, Niegeria, in 1960. He studied a Masters degree in Creative Media and Arts at London South Bank University where he investigated diasporic nostalgia in Nollywood cinema. He has continued his studies at London South Bank University as a doctoral research student. He is co-researcher with the Tate Encounters research project under the management of Professor Andrew Dewdney. For the research project he has picked up on this theme by making a Nollywood film inspired by the Tate Encounters project at Tate Britain”.

Tracey Jordan

“I am a London South Bank University student about to complete my BA in Arts Management. I have been involved in this project from its inception. It has been an interesting experience and a good opportunity to voice my opinion about experiencing one of London’s major galleries, and to share from my perspective of being a Barbadian studying in the UK. I am 33 years old and have been involved in culture for 15 years as a performer, teacher, and choreographer”.

Dana Mendonca

“I was born in Slovakia, and have lived in England for 12 years. I am a second year student of Digital Photography at London South Bank University.  I joined the Tate Encounters project to explore my own ideas about my nationality and national identity. My film and project called ‘Tate Collection’ is about diverting audience attention away from the art collection at Tate Britain towards a second ‘Money Collection’. These collection boxes and money become objects of art and the audiences’ gaze”.

Nicola Johnson Oyejobi

“My name is Nicola Johnson Oyejobi. I am in my second year of studying Criminology at London South Bank University. Born in 1989 in England, in Hackney, London, I am half Dominican and half Nigerian. I became involved in the research project by volunteering to be a research participant for discussions about national culture and identity”.

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Deep Rajput

“Deep joined the Tate Encounters project in 2008. He is currently studying for a BSc in Criminology at London South Bank University. Originally a trained actor, he still has a keen interest in the arts. Deep was born in West London and lives in the town of Hanwell, situated in Ealing”.

Jacqueline Ryan

“I was born and raised in the Lincolnshire town of Scunthorpe and moved to London two and a half years ago to study Arts Management at London South Bank University. I enjoy creating art and studying dance. This project has encouraged a deeper knowledge about my cultural heritage and brought me closer to my family. This is my first film”.

Robbie Sweeny

“I am an Irish photography student based in South London. I have been living in London for two years now. I grew up in the suburbs of South Dublin. I joined the project to better understand Tate and its contemporaries: what is the point of artistic institutions and how do they run? My interests are gender, sexual studies, and darker sides of life”.

Patrick Tubridy

“Born in West Clare in 1964, Patrick Tubridy began working in the medium of fine art for many years before moving into photographic art gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Photography.  His often surreal and dark style is influenced heavily by his life experiences growing up in rural Ireland where the Catholic Church had a large influence and by leaving home at a young age travelling to many UK cities before finally settling in London. This brings uniqueness to his photography in both technique and creativity.  Patrick has exhibited his work in The Quakers Gallery, Leicester Square and St. Martin’s Crypt, Trafalgar Square. Patrick is currently working on producing a photographic history of his family lineage, which will culminate in a final piece that integrates digital media, and elements of fine art.”

The following people external to the research team took part in helping generate the data.

Faisal Abdu’Allah – Artist
Felicity Allen – Head of Learning, Tate Britain
Richard Colson – Artist and Reader in Digital Arts, Thames Valley University
Anna Colin – Director, Gasworks
Sarah Cook – Research Fellow for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at University of Sunderland
David Garcia – Dean of Chelsea College of Art and Design and Professor of Design for Digital Cultures, HKU
Marc Garret – Net and new media artist from Furtherfield and HTTP Gallery
Charlie Gere – Head of Department and Reader in New Media Research in the Department of Media, Film, and Cultural Studies, Lancaster University
Will Gompertz – Director, Tate Media
Honor Harger – Artist and curator
Graham Harwood – Artist and educator
Janet Holland – Professor of Social Research, London South Bank University
Roshini Kempadoo – New media artist, photographer
Hew Locke – Artist
Matt Locke – Commissioning Editor, Education & New Media, Channel 4
Munira Mirza – Director of Policy, Arts, Culture and the Creative Industries, Greater London Authority
Sandy Nairne – Director, National Portrait Gallery
Ross Parry – Programme Director of Museum Studies at University of  Leicester
Mike Philips – Reader in Digital Art & Technology and Director of i-DAT  [Institute of Digital Art & Technology], University of Plymouth
Keith Piper – Artist and Reader in Fine Art at Middlesex University
Malcolm Quinn – Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London
Peter Ride – Principal Research Fellow at The University of Westminster
Irit Rogoff – Professor of Visual Culture, Goldsmiths College, University of  London
Paula Roush – New media artist and lecturer at London South Bank University and the University of Westminster
Veronica Sekules – Head of Education and Research at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Marquard Smith – Principal Lecturer in Visual Culture Studies, University of Westminster
Gary Stewart – Head of Multimedia at InIva since
Damien Whitmore – Director of Public Affairs, Victoria and Albert Museum
Paul Willis – Professor of Social/Cultural Ethnography, Keele University