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Dr Hayley Newman
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
Tel: 020 7679 2331 Ext: 32331
  • Reader of Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I was born in Guildford, Surrey and received a BA (hons) at Middlesex University before gaining a Higher Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the Slade School. In 1995 I took up a DAAD scholarship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, after which I was awarded a Stanley Burton research scholarship at the University of Leeds, completing my PhD in 2001. I started teaching at the Slade School in 2011 and am co-ordinator of the practice-led PhD option within the department.

Research Themes
Research Summary

I am interested in performance and performativity, documentary practices, humour, subjectivity and fiction. Over the past few years, I have worked both individually and collectively and have learnt as much about how collectives function as I have about how I function as an individual. My commitment to working creatively around the current economic, social and ecological crises forged The Gluts (Hayley Newman, Gina Birch and Kaffe Matthews) and our eco-electro musical Café Carbon which we took to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009 and subsequently performed at Whitechapel Art Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Café Oto and Modern Art Oxford in 2010. For Café Carbon we wrote songs about food and climate; cheap chicken, food-transportation, over-consumption, water, allotments, mechanization and the beginning of modernity were all on the menu. The Gluts are on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user9406355

Other work has included Milton Keynes Vertical Horizontal (MKVH, 2006), a public event in which volunteers were driven around the Milton Keynes road grid until their coach ran out of diesel. MKVH (the screenplay), published in 2008, was based on this journey. The book built on ideas around intersubjectivity, memory and narrative, commenting on peak oil with particular relation to the car-dependent culture of the new city of Milton Keynes. 

In 2009, writer Andrea Mason and I inaugurated the self-help group Capitalists Anonymous (CA), a forum for people to come and confess their capitalist tendencies. Originally set up for bankers in the wake of the economic crash, CA was seen as a therapeutic intervention that took place on the steps of the Royal Exchange in the City of London. 

My pre-Occupy novella Common, written as 'Self-Appointed Artist-in-Residence' in the City of London over the summer of 2011, was published by Copy Press in 2013. In Common I wrote about the economic crisis from within; as it was happening on the streets of the Square Mile. Alongside fantastical imaginings and writings from the heart, the book documents the crash in global markets caused by the downgrading of American debt, turbulence in the Eurozone and the protests/riots that started in London before spreading across Britain. 

In 2014 I completed the work Histoire Economique; frottage renderings of the fronts of banks in the City of London and Domestique a series of used dishcloths embroidered with faces. I am currently engaged with a related writing project Facadism (2012 - present); a novella about memory, faces and building facades.  


Teaching Summary

The Slade appointed me in 2011 to help set up the new practice-led PhD option within the school. 

I have supervised 8 doctoral students to completion and have examined 14 PhD candidates. 

SEP-2011 Part-time Lecturer Fine Art The Slade School of Fine Art, United Kingdom
2011 – 2015 Reader (0.2) Research Chelsea College of Art and Design, United Kingdom
2009 – 2011 Reader (0.6) Research Chelsea College of Art and Design, United Kingdom
2005 – 2006 Research Tutor in Sculpture Sculpture Royal College of Art, United Kingdom
2005 – 2008 Graduate Tutor Research Chelsea College of Art and Design, United Kingdom
1998 – 2005 Senior Lecturer Fine Art Media Chelsea College of Art and Design, United Kingdom
1997 – 1998 Associate Lecturer Fine Art Media Chelsea College of Art and Design, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2001 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Fine Art University of Leeds
1994 HDFA Higher Diploma in Fine Art – Fine Art Media University College London
1992 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Fine Art Middlesex University
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