BA (Hons) coursesFine Art

Richard Waring

BA (Hons) Fine Art Course Leader and Principal Lecturer

The student experience and ensuring excellent teaching and learning takes place is always at the heart of my planning; I have over 20 years successful experience of working in education and within the fine art industry.

I am a painter and have exhibited my work widely in the UK.

I became well known for my exhibition organisation and promotion work in London in the late 1990’s, having curated for the Blue Note (Hoxton Sq. London) and the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art London) Many of the exhibitions included well known contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk, Gary Hume, The Chapman Brothers and many others.

I have a Masters Degree in Fine Art Painting from Chelsea, University of the Arts London and a ‘First’ Degree in Fine Art from Cardiff School of Art.

I have been awarded Senior Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and have a Certificate in Education, Further Education.

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Andy Weir

Senior Lecturer and First year leader

MA(Hons), MFA(Goldsmiths), PGCert

Andy Weir studied Masters degrees in Fine Art and in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also currently completing a PhD, researching concepts, affects and politics of ‘deep time’ through collaboration with various futurologists.

He is a practicing artist and writer, exhibiting, discussing and publishing work internationally, and co-founder of allsopp&weir. Recent projects include work with Transmediale 2014 and The Anthropocene Project, HKW Berlin; Project Anywhere at the New School, New York; The Matter of Contradiction at Treignac Projet, France; residencies with LUX and [space] in London; talks at LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images and Film Philosophy; texts in the Sternberg Press collection Realism, Materialism Art, and Journal of Curatorial Studies; and shows including with Monitor Gallery, Rome; Momentum, Vienna; Loop Barcelona; The British Council Bangkok and Tokyo Wondersite. Research interests include: artist uses of video, sound, and digital technologies; modes of collaboration, workshops and productions of subjectivity; realist and materialist philosophies, capitalism and contemporary art; relations between theory and practice; time, the contemporary and the future; diagrams; nuclear cultures; panic, knowledge and the interface in the geological Anthropocene; material fictions and the internet. More info. at

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Paul Finnegan

Senior Lecturer and Second year leader

Studied Fine Art – Sculpture at Central St. Martin’s College of Art. He is a practicing artist with an extensive exhibiting history. He has had solo exhibitions at the Entwistle Gallery and One in the Other Gallery, both in London, and participated in many group shows including, Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection at the Royal Academy and Ideal Standard Summertime at the Lisson Gallery. His work is represented in the Arts Council Collection. He completed a year-long residency at the Arts Institute where he investigated fictional ‘natural histories’ and the relationship between morality and form. He uses a broad range of media including fibreglass and colour photographs.

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Harry Meadows

Senior Lecturer Fine Art and Third year leader

Based in London, Harry Meadows is an artist working across media and exhibiting internationally. Since gaining an AHRC award and completing an MFA at Goldsmiths College he has exhibited with institutions such as The Barbican, Southbank Centre and Hayward Touring, as well as commissions for the Whitstable Biennial, Supernormal Festival and The Black Maria at The Granary, Kings Cross. Participatory projects include Coracle Regatta, an annual event on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 2006 – 2012 and Slow Bike Race at Pump House Gallery, Battersea 2012. Harry has worked as artist in residence at London Metropolitan, Brazier’s Park and Studio36 Spike Island.

After graduating from an MFA at Goldsmiths College, I went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at The University Of The Arts, London. The qualification was focussed on teaching Art and Design in Higher Education. Since then I have worked as visiting lecturer at University of the West of England, Wimbledon School of Art, London Metropolitan University and Central St. Martin’s College before taking up a full time post at Arts University Bournemouth. An area of specialism is in E-Learning: producing mobile and electronic learning materials in order to meet the flexible needs of today’s students and utilise the new opportunities that web based forums and software allow. I am an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy.

My practice led research investigates how municipal projects such as public services and land redevelopment are presented through branding and visualisation. I am interested in how the social, political and economic changes in municipal imagery have led away from the use of heraldic symbolism and depictions of mythical creatures, towards a more reductive postmodern geometry. This area of research also extends to the use of Computer Generated Images (CGI) through 3D digital rendering techniques and image manipulation in the production of architectural visualisations. The visual language of CGI landscapes and branded municipal services affects how we imagine and describe potential utopias. My work imagines ways in which these visualisation technologies can offer us a view of potential futures but also reflect on the lived experience of inhabiting a world closely networked with the virtual.

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Associate Prof. Dominic Shepherd

Senior Lecturer

BA (Hons), MA (Chelsea School Of Art), PGCE

Born in England in 1966 Dominic Shepherd studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art at both BA and MA level. Among other awards in 2004 Dominic was a prize winner at John Moores 23. He has exhibited internationally, with an extensive record of group and solo shows in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, Helsinki, Munich and Miami and is represented by Charlie Smith London. He is included in, and has written for, various publications.

As well as his practice Dominic is currently co-creating and managing ‘Black Mirror’, an AUB based international research network that is engaged in actively promoting research and practice that explores enchantment, occultism and Magic in relation to Modern and contemporary Art. As well as initiating projects, events and discussion ‘Black Mirror’ will be realised through a series of peer reviewed publications.

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Simon Granell

Senior Lecturer and MA Fine Art course leader

BA (Hons), MA (Slade School of Art), PGCE, Associate Lecturer & Level 5 Co-ordinator

Born in England in 1964, Simón Granell studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art and The Slade School of Art, London. He has been nominated for the Picker Fellowship at Kingston University in 1991, and in 1992 was nominated for the Barclays Young Artist of the Year Award and shortlisted for the British School at Rome. He has exhibited widely in the UK and Spain, and has worked with artist Tania Kovats on the Drawing Quarters symposium at Bristol School of Art. He has also been Artist in Residence at the Escola Massana in Barcelona while also teaching on the Winchester School of Art European MA. In 2007 he collaborated in underground with Roger Ackling and Eric Butcher, a site-specific project in the basement rooms at Shoreditch Town Hall, East London. In the same year he took part in Meeting Place at the Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, in association with text + work, The Arts University Bournemouth. In 2009 his work was presented at Galleri Pluss Minus in Trondheim, Norway, in an exhibition titled a Sanchez Cotán.

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Supporting staff

Zoe Sinclair - Visiting Tutor

Born in 1976, Zoë Sinclair grew up in Poole, and studied at the AIB and then Central Saint Martins, London. In 1998 Zoë was the first student and second woman to win The Observer Hodge Award. Her collaboration with fellow St Martins alumna Andrea Blood spans over twelve years, they work under the moniker ‘The Girls’. The Girls have exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the ICA, and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; and have been published in The Guardian, The Observer, The British Journal of Photography and Creative Review. The award-winning duo are currently working on their first book of self portraits. Education: 1998 Central Saint Martins, London BA (Hons) Graphic Design (2:1) Specialisation: Photography 1995 Arts Institute, Bournemouth Foundation Studies.

Marisol Malatesta - Visiting Tutor

Born in Lima-Peru, 1976. Works and lives between London and Milan. Studied BA Fine Art in Universidad Catolica del Peru. Post Graduate Diploma and a Masters Degree at Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins 2003. Recent exhibitions include: Conecting Worlds, Drawing Room, London, The Europe Triangle at the Royal College of Art, as part of Europe (the power of)n Project supported by Goethe Institute, London, Flujos Simbólicos / Movilidades de la Capital, Telefonica Foundation, Lima, Solo show Parts of the Face are Not Likely to Move Much Either, Peruvian Embasy in London. Awards include Jerwood Contemporary Painters 2007 y Marmite Painting Prize 2019, as well as The Cow House Recidency, Wexford Art Centre, 2010, Wexford.

Laura Joy - Visiting Tutor

1995: BA Fine Art / Art History Camberwell College of Art

2004: MA Fine Art Printmaking (Distinction) Winchester School of Art

2014: DTLLS / CTLLS Diploma and Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, City and Guilds, Bournemouth & Poole College

Laura’s practice encompasses printmaking, film and artist’s books. The starting point of her work is often a found object or image, which she explores using collage, drawing or photographic techniques and develops through a variety of printmaking processes, such as etching, photo-litho and screenprinting.

An interest in why we collect and classify objects and how we decide whether they are precious or significant informs her work, as well as seeking connections between the intimate and the immense. Inspired by the cut-up techniques and fanzines of the Dada and punk movements, often made with nothing more than a photocopier and whatever is at hand, Laura often combines disparate fragments of material to explore the idea that:

“…things which happen to be soiled, imperfect, broken or nondescript can still be treasured as vehicles of insight, reminding us of our lapsed affinity with matter”

(R. Cardinal: ‘The Case of Kurt Schwitters’, cited in ‘The Cultures of Collecting’, Ed Elsner and Cardinal, 1994).

Since 2009 Laura has worked with unwanted books and has facilitated an annual ‘Altered Books’ project in Bournemouth Central Library with AUB students and members of the public who transform the books into all manner of objects and interpretations.

Laura works mainly with printmaking and artists books, alongside teaching and delivering arts education programmes in diverse contexts including the National Trust, the British Library, Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth and Poole College. An example of her artist residency at Southampton University Special Collections can be seen here.

Please contact Laura if you would like to be informed of exhibitions, workshops or forthcoming Altered Book projects:

Mary Cork - Visiting Tutor

Laura Eldret - Visiting Tutor

Annabel Frearson - Visiting Tutor

Stewart Geddes - Visiting Tutor

Isobel Harbison - Visiting Tutor

Chook Ly Tan - Visiting Tutor

Luke Mintowt Czyz - Visiting Tutor

Rachel Pimm - Visiting Tutor

Rehana Zaman - Visiting Tutor

Guest Lecturers

  • Martin Creed
  • Mark Titchner
  • Ilona Sagar
  • Steven Pippin
  • Jordan Baseman
  • Sara Davidmann
  • Annie Whiles
  • Thorsten Knaub
  • Martin Newth
  • Marta Marce
  • Jenny Jones
  • Gordon Cheung
  • Nicola Durvasula
  • Grenville Davey
  • Diann Bauer
  • Sara Budzik
  • Dr Joy Sleeman
  • Susan Stockwell
  • Georgia Touliatou
  • Ross Hansen
  • Kate Terry
  • Emilia Telese
  • John Danvers
  • Virginia Verran
  • Emma Bennett
  • Cally Spooner
  • Andrew Bracey
  • Tom Denny
  • Robert Holyhead

Honorary Fellows

  • Grenville Davey
  • Frank Bowling
  • Basil Beattie
  • Ian McKeever
  • Alison Wilding
  • Roger Dean