Sam Ingleson

Senior Lecturer in Art

Office Times

Mon – Friday 8am – 4pm


I have worked across the University in various part time roles since 2001, from Technical Demonstrator to Widening Participation officer to Research Project Management through to my current full time position as Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Art & Design. I am also the Create Festival Director for The School of Arts & Media.

Prior to my current position I have worked as a socially engaged artist on various public arts projects across the region. I have also worked as a project Manger implementing projects for the Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail and working with Creative Partnerships and Creative, Culture and Education, The International foundation for Creative Learning. I was the Co-founder of and Artistic Director of Artists and Education C.I.C 2002- 2010.  Artists and Education devised, delivered, monitored and evaluated artists residencies with young people and provided CPD courses for artists and teachers. I was the Visual Arts Director for the Step Up festival and worked for Arts Council England as Artsmark Validator for 3 years.


I am Programme Leader for  MA Art & Design and teach across the Contemporary Fine Art and Creative Education pathways.
I am also part of the BA Visual Arts staff team and work across the undergraduate programme.
I am Module Leader for the Art & Design International Foundation Year

Research Interests

As an artist with a socially engaged Practice, my main focus has been the design and use of board games and game-based learning techniques for community engagement and knowledge transfer. This practice borrows from the visual language of board games in order to create new games that are site specific and relevant to the people involved in helping to create them. The emphasis on the creation of the game is to use the activity firstly as a prompt to discuss individual and group memories/ recollections about the subject or area. The memories are then documented either on the board or made into playing cards or artefacts to collect whilst playing the game. This enables a visual document (The Board Game) to be created that is both a means of presenting recollections around the topic and a means for generating further discussion and potentially capturing additional recollections that can be added to the game. Within the game mechanics prompts are included to encourage players to discuss events or add personal recollections/ opinions to the game. I am interested in the kinaesthetic triggers that linked to the playing of a game and creating appropriately nostalgic tactile imagery to enhance this.

Qualifications and Memberships

Vice Chancellor Early Career Researcher, Scholar 2012
PG Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Salford, July 2012
Master of Contemporary Fine Art, University of Salford, July 2008.
BA (Hons) Visual Art & Culture, University of Salford, July 1998
Professional Memberships:
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member: Art & Design Research and Engagement research group  (AnDRE)
Member: Games and Learning, an association for Learning Technologies Special Interest Group


Aug 2013  'An artists approach to board games ', in: Moseley, A & Whitton, N (eds.), New traditional games for learning A Case Book. , 1 edition, Routledge, New York, USA.
Feb 2011: *      ‘Supporting Arts and Enterprise Skills through Creative Engagement  with the Local Area.’ International Journal of the Arts in Society, 5, co-author; Paul Haywood.
May 2008 *      ‘REdGENERATION: Social Art; Social Action’: Refereed Journal Paper, International Journal of the Arts in Society: Volume Co author; Paul Haywood
Conferences (from 2007):
Sept 2012 *    ‘The Art of Enterprise Activism’; 7th Conference of the European Research  Network,Sociology of the Arts. Institute for Music Sociology, Vienna, Austria. co- presenter; Paul Haywood.
May 2011: *   ‘Goods to Guns; Arming Social Enterprise with the Arts.’ 6th International Conference on the Arts in Society. Theme: Social, Political and Community  Agendas. Berlin. Paper submitted for publication, co-author; Paul Haywood.
Sept 2010:  *     ‘Supporting Arts and Enterprise Skills in Communities through Creative  Engagement with the Local Area’; International Entrepreneurship Educators  Conference, Cardiff University co-author; Paul Haywood.
April 2010:        Workshop Title: ‘”Speculating for Gold”; Socio-Geographic Painting and the Artist as researcher working within Regeneration and Urban Renewal.wit  co-authors Max Kennedy and Paul Haywood.  International Conference on  ‘Claiming Creativity: Art Education in CulturalTransition’.  
Columbia College Chicago in partnership with ELIA.
Jun2 2009         ‘Proposal’ SAGSET – 39th Annual Conference, Society for the Advancement of  Games & Simulations in Education and Training. Leeds Metropolitan University. Conference & Paper.
April 2007:  *     ‘Social Art; Social Industry’, conference paper (co-author Paul Haywood), Common Work: Socially Engaged Practice Conference by University of Stirling, Glasgow.
March 2007: *   ‘REdGENERATION: SALFORD’ conference paper (co-author – Paul Haywood), 6th International Conference on Discourses, Power and Resistance: Talking Truth to Power.