Jonathan Carson

Interim Dean of Students

Office Times

By appointment


I have taught art and design in further and higher education since 1999, working at a number of institutions in the UK. At the same time I have maintained my creative practice as a visual artist as well as undertaking other work in the creative industries that supports my practice and research interests. My undergraduate and masters level training is in art and textiles, particularly in art practices that are based in textile traditions and methodologies, as well as in the contemporary fine art disciplines of installation, performance, print and publication. 
I joined University of Salford in 2004 as an hourly-paid lecturer, and was subsequently appointed as a Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies in Art & Design. In 2009 I took on the role of Critical & Contextual Studies in Art & Design Area Leader. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and was Associate Head (Academic) in the former School of Art & Design before being appointed to my current role of Associate Dean Academic (Enhancement) in 2013 in the then newly formed School of Arts & Media.


At University of Salford I have taught critical and contextual studies across all undergraduate design programmes offered by the University, as well as teaching at masters level and undertaking PhD supervision.
Much of my teaching has focused on the area of fashion – its production, meaning and future development. In relation to fashion and to other creative disciplines I am particularly interested in gender, sexuality and identity. I have also developed modules that explore critical and reflective thinking in relation to personal creative practice. I value interdisciplinary approaches to creativity and explore this within my teaching.
As Associate Head (Academic) for the former School of Art & Design I led academic programme development and quality assurance for the School. My current role as Associate Dean Academic (Enhancement) focuses on the continued improvement of the academic and student experience in the School.

Research Interests

I have worked as a solo artist in a wide range of settings but I am now almost solely engaged in collaborative practice with fellow artist and academic Rosie Miller. As Carson & Miller, we have created a substantial body of work since we began to work together in 2000, producing a range of creative outputs, particularly within an exhibition context and in the production of a number of artists’ books. In 2009, we curated The Story of Things for Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. In 2015, our exhibition Archive Games was at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Other work has featured in exhibitions in the UK, Finland, Argentina and Germany. 
We have played a series of games – as performed artworks – in galleries and other settings in Berlin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Nicosia, and have spoken and written about our work in a number of contexts. We have given conference presentations in Belgium, Canada, the US and the UK and have contributed texts to, amongst others, the edited volume Not A Day Without A Line: Understanding Artists' Writings (Academia Press), the journals Image [&] Narrative and the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (Intellect).
As Carson & Miller, we have received funding from North West Arts Board, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections and Righton Press. We have also contributed to successful collaborative funding bids to the Economic & Social Research Council, Arts Council England, The British Council and Country Arts South Australia. My artwork, as both solo and collaborative artist, has been acquired by a number of collections, including Arts Council Ireland (Republic of Ireland), Laurence Sterne Trust (UK) Limfjordscentret (Denmark), PrintROOM (Netherlands) and Southern Cross University (Australia). I am a founding member of Suite Studio Group, Salford, and I served a member of the steering group for the ESRC funded seminar series Generating Alternative Discourses of Childhood as a Resource for Educational Policy Making.

Qualifications and Memberships

MA Textiles – 2000, Manchester Metropolitan University
BA (Hons) Textile Art (first) – 1998, Winchester School of Art
Member of Suite Studio Group, Salford