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Dr Shirley Chubb

Reader in Interdisciplinary Art | +44 (0)1243 816196

Dr Shirley Chubb, Reader in Interdisciplinary Art (full time)

BA Hons Fine Art, University of Brighton.

PG Dip. Fine Art Printmaking, University of Brighton

PhD, School of Arts & Architecture, University of Brighton

Shirley coordinates the MA Fine Art programme at the University of Chichester.  She also teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate modules with a particular interest interdisciplinary and collaborative practice.

For more information on Shirley’s research visit and click on related links.

Academic Roles:

  • Teaching across contextual and studio modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • MA Coordinator
  • Contextual Module Coordinator Levels 6
  • Visiting Lecturer Coordinator
  • International Exchange Coordinator
  • Research Coordinator
  • Member of the Academic Board

Specialist Areas:

  • Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Video & Film
  • Printmaking
  • Personal Study
  • Contextual and Critical Theory of Art

External Examining:

2013 - 15 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Staffordshire University

2008 - 12 BA (Hons) Fine Art & Crafts, Doncaster College, University of Hull

2008 - 02 BA in Combined Studies, Edinburgh College of Art


Tel: (01243) 816169




2015     ‘Narrative Cloth’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

2012-15 ‘Significant Walks’ Wellcome Trust funded collaborative research project with the Clinical Research Centre for Health Professions, University of Brighton

2014     ‘Pen Rest’ commissioned by ACE & Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery as part of the Shrewsbury Museum redevelopment project

2013     ‘Thinking Path’ at Medical Research Council Centenary Celebration, Centre in Genome Damage and Stability, University of Sussex

2013     ‘Liminal’ Fine Art staff exhibition The Otter Gallery, University of Chichester

2012     ‘A World Away’  Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire. Group exhibition from the Arts Council Collection with work displayed amongst the National Trust collection of colonial administrator William Blathwayt

2011     ‘One Hour & One Minute’  The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant.  Exhibition resulting from research in the Photographic Archives of Hampshire Museums Service

2009     ‘Voyages of Discovery‘ Falmouth Art Gallery. Group exhibition Darwin 200 Bournemouth Natural Science Society. Bi-centenary exhibition

2010     ‘Thinking Path’ Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington.  Long-term loan facilitated by Verve Arts, the arts programme for South London Healthcare NHS Trust

2008     ‘Intervention’ Worthing Art Gallery & Museum.  Group exhibition

2007     ‘The Art of Research:  connections between research and art/design practices’. Group Exhibition. Lume Gallery, University of Art & Design, Helsinki

2004-5  ‘Thinking Path’ (Tour) Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Feb-April 2004.   Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, May-August 2004.   Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth Sept 04 –Jan 2005.   Down House, Kent Feb-May 2000

2000     ‘Worcester Treasures’  Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. Group exhibition 'Through The Looking Glass’ Essex University Gallery. Group exhibition


2014      Member of ChArt Management Committee

2013-14 Member of Pass it On Steering Group as part of Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment of Chichester Festival Theatre

2013      Mentor to Shropshire Artists Continuing Professional Development programme as part of Arts Council England funded Contemporary Art Interventions Programme and the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Redevelopment Project

2013      Member of Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) Pass it On Steering Group - Role: development and evaluation of the The Pass It On Learning and Participation Heritage Project.

2012      Member of Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST)

2009-15  Visiting Fellow, Centre for Research in Clinical Health Professions (CRCHP), University of Brighton.  Fellowship awarded in recognition of the development of collaborative research within the Significant Walks project a the CRCHP

2004      Trustee, Fabrica, Brighton   Role: recruitment and supporting curatorial programming, Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council and Interreg funded contemporary art gallery

1994-99 Trustee of Aspex Visual Arts Trust, Portsmouth   Role: supporting curatorial programming and funding

1993-96 Advisor to South East Arts Visual Arts & Craft Department   Role: reviewing applications and funded exhibitions.

1994-96 Advisor to Brighton Health Care Arts Advisory Group   Role: developing visual arts strategy.

1991-     Member of AXIS Contemporary Art Resource




Convener ‘Animated Spaces’ Panel, Performing Place 3 Symposium, University of Chichester (19-20.06.15)

‘Significant Walks’, Where To? Steps Towards the Future of Walking Arts Symposium, Falmouth University, (16.04.15)

Joint Coordinator ‘Performing Place 3 Symposium’. Lead: Animating Spaces Working Group, University of Chichester (19-20.06.15)

‘Looking Through Movement & Stillness’.  Performing Place Symposium, University of Chichester (14.06.14)

‘One Hour: visual practice exploring a collective history’. Working Wonder Conference, Newcastle University (14.07.13)

‘Significant Walks’. On Walking Conference University of Sunderland and NGCA (28-29.07.13)

‘From Thinking Path to Significant Walks’.  Somatics & Technology Conference, University of Chichester (22-23.07.12)

‘One Minute’.  University of Newcastle Postgraduate presentation (25.05.11)

‘Thinking Path’.  The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant.  Public presentation (16.02.10)

‘Thinking Path: Considering Darwin Through Synchronic Forms of Photography’. Photography & the Archive Research Centre, London College of Communication (18.11.09)

‘Hold, Ubique, Thinking Path: visual expressions of encounter’. Centre for Museology, Univ. of Manchester (12.10.09)

‘Thinking Path: a synchronic visual narrative’. Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London (10.02.09)

‘Location and intervention: visual practice enabling a synchronic view of artefacts and site’. (Paper) Material Worlds Conference, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, University of Leicester (15-17.12.08)

‘The Thinking Path as Conceptual Space’ (Paper) Mobility of the Line International Symposium, University of Brighton (10-12.01.08)

‘Thinking Path’ Biography, Art & Education Conference, School of Education, University of Southampton (02.11.07)

‘Hold & Thinking Path: Encounter and Empathy at the Core of Material Practice’ (Paper) The Art of Research: Connections between Research and Art/Design Practices. University of Art & Design, Helsinki (01-03.10.07)

‘Thinking Path & Darwin’, Darwinism after Darwin: New Historical Perspectives Conference, Division of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds (03-05.09.07)

Thinking Path’, British Society for the History of Science, Friend’s Meeting House, Brighton (23.05.07)

‘Thinking Path’, Radical Lives, Ruskin College, Oxford (17.03.07)

Thinking Path’, Researching Lives, Centre for Life History Research, University of Sussex (10.06.06)

‘Thinking Path’, Vision in to Practice, West Dean College (02.03.06)

‘Thinking Path’, Cross-Fertilisations Interdisciplinary Conference, University College Chichester (17.07.04)


‘Inspired by’  Nicol, G. Ed. (2014) Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

‘Significant Walks’ (2013) Chubb, S. in Selected Essays from the On Walking Conference (2013) Heather H. Yeung (ed.) with the assistance of Mike Collier. Sunderland: Arts Editions North and the University of Sunderland ISBN: 978-1-906832-18-6 (e-book).

‘Location & Intervention: Visual practice enabling a synchronic view of artefacts and sites’. Chubb, S. (2011) in The Thing About Museums: Objects and experience, representation and contestation.  (2011) Dudley, S., Barnes, J., Binnie, J., Petrov, J. & Walklate, J. Eds. London: Routledge

‘Thinking Path’ Keynes, R., Coulter-Smith G. & Forgan. S. (2004)  Shrewsbury Museums Service

‘Location: Polly Binns & Shirley Chubb’ Patrizio, A., & Theophilus, L. (1998) King’s Lynn Arts Centre

‘Collections and Reflections: the transformative and assimilative uses of art objects’ Sekules, V., & Tickle, L. Eds. (1997)  London: The Arts Council of England

‘Hold, Acquisition, Representation, Perception: Work by Shirley Chubb’  Shelton, A., Hilty, G. & Reason, D. & (1995Brighton: The Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery & Museums

‘Through the Looking Glass: artists investigating family life’ (2000) Clarkson, J. Colchester: Palladian

‘History: The Mag Collection; image based art in Britain in the late twentieth century’ (1997) Betterton, R., Beckett, J., & Sulter, M. Hull: Ferens Art Gallery

‘Cartographers’ (1997) Lapaine, M., Storr, R., Blom, I., Safred, L., Millett, C., Rogoff, I., Curnow, W. & Gunther, I. Zagreb: Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti

‘Art Unlimited: Multiples of the 1960s and 1990s’ (1994) Lane, H. & Patrizio, A.  South Bank Centre

‘The Sussex Scene: Artists in Sussex in the twentieth century’ (1993) Johnson, P., Wilcox, T. Eds. Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Towner Art Gallery & Local History Museum

‘East & South’ (1992) Allthorpe-Guyton, M. Arts Council of Great Britain

For further information visit the UoC Eprints Repository 



Shirley’s research involves collaboration with curators, scientists and archivists through the creation of visual responses to specific collections and sites.

Current projects include the Wellcome Trust funded, Significant Walks, where Shirley leads a collaborative research team including experts in physiotherapy, bio mechanics and digital media. Significant Walks explores the reality of walking for individuals with chronic lower back pain and involves working with a group of participants from Sussex. The project synthesizes eye level video documentation of participant’s personal walks with simultaneously gathered biomechanical data.  Using the interpretive qualities of visual effects processes participants then explore the most effective way to express the nature and challenge of their personal movement. The research builds on the resonance of walking as an interpretive tool and stems from Shirley’s exhibition Thinking Path, which took Charles Darwin’s daily ritual of walking the same path in the grounds of his family home Down House as inspiration.

Shirley recent film work Whomade formed part of the collaborative Narrative Cloth project where she worked with colleagues from the Fine Art and History departments at UoC. The project developed visual responses to social historian Dr Danae Tankard’s research on the clothing of the rural poor in 17th Sussex and took place at the Weald & Downland Museum where Dr. Tankard is Museum Historian.

In 2014 Shirley completed a second body of work based on Darwin, Pen Rest.  One of a series commissions by contemporary artists funded by Arts Council England, her work contributed to the major Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery redevelopment project. Pen Rest focused on Darwin’s memories of childhood and involved the use of site specific video, archive photography and natural history specimens. 

Shirley has contributed papers and presentations to a range of conferences within the visual arts research environment as well as to the fields of walking based research, photography and archive research, museum studies, narrative research and the philosophy and history of science.

PHD Supervision


External Supervisor Practice based PhD by Publication.  Candidate: Catherine Baker.  Thesis Title: An Artistic Investigation into the Relationship between Eye-Tracking and Drawing Awarding Institution: University of Bedfordshire. Completion: February 2012

External Co-Supervisor: Interdisciplinary Arts & Health Practice-based study. Candidate: Peter Marsh.  Institution: University of Brighton (MPhil: Health Professions)

Internal Supervisor: Practice-based PhD. Candidate: Natalie Rowland. Institution: University of Chichester

Internal Supervisor: Practice-based PhD. Candidate: Virginia Farman.  Institution: University of Chichester 

ChiPrints Repository