School of Arts and Media
Associate Dean; Engagement, Enterprise & Partnerships
I have worked in the School of Art and Design since 2000 in a variety of in both teaching and industry based knowledge exchange. My current role is Associate Dean; Engagement, Enterprise and Partnerships within the school.
I am also a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art. I am socially engaged artist working across a range of media. I am currently undertaking a practice based PhD into the social, political and economic impact of individual artistic actions within a local community.
I was co-founder and Artistic Director of Artists and Education C.I.C from 2001 until 2010. Artists and Education devised, delivered, monitored and evaluated artists residencies with young people and provided CPD courses for artists and teachers. Sam was the Visual Arts Director for the North West Step Up Young Peoples Arts Festival and through Artists and Education worked with University of Salford, Creative Partnerships, the Arts Council and Salford City Council and Manchester City Council and worked for Arts Council England as Artsmark Validator.
Sam’s research focus is on embedded artistic practice within a specific site over a sustained and indefinite period of time. This research explores the role and value of the artist as an insider, an engager and representative of their community, when the activity is self-initiated and has no funding deadlines. The research is Practice based, working in the visual arts, drawing on a socially engaged model that in the past has focused on using a games based approach to gather, organize and display information that culminates in bringing a community together to play, review and add to the body of knowledge.
Previously Sam was the co- investigator and project Manager of the The Arts and Humanities Research Council Knowledge Transfer Fellowship 3 year project Fellowship ‘Supporting Arts and Enterprise Skills in Communities through Creative Engagement with the Local Area’ This focused on an Arts and Enterprise methodology of community enterprise. The KTF bid proposed the development of a transferable framework of artistic and creative social intervention to empower and support engagement with communities of people affected by change in their local environment. This involved working with communities and 3rd sector organisations, including Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area, (CARISMA). Armory and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) International. I have also worked closely with Public Sector organisations including Greater Manchester Police Serious Crime Unit and Armory division.
- Vice Chancellor Early Career Researcher, Scholar Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
- Masters in Contemporary Fine Art: Distinction
- BA (Hons) Visual Art and Culture 2:1
- Fellowship of Higher Education Council
- Member of the Art+Design Research and Engagement group(AnDRE)
- External Examiner MA Fine Art and Education, Northumbria University