I am an artist/researcher based in Nottingham working internationally in the UK, Europe and USA.
My research concerns art-and-translation as a conflated, transdisciplinary practice. I am particularly interested in practice-based research, specifically how art practice can create new ways of thinking about and engaging with linguistic translation and encourages a critical approach to intercultural communication.
I often work collaboratively, seeing facilitation as an essential part of my art practice: creating the conditions to enable transdisciplinary dialogues. This is evident in the projects that I have initiated, for example: I am co-founder (2012-ongoing) and co-curator of InDialogue a biannual international symposia, which examines alternative ways that artists utilised dialogue within their work and New Research Trajectories (2009-11) a cross institutional interdisciplinary, supported by the AHRC, network for PHD students share their research in process and progress through a series of events hosted outside of academic institutions.
I joined Birmingham City University (BCU) in Feb 2015 as a post doctoral researcher for the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) during which time I have be instrumental in developing its new MA programme Contemporary Arts China and supporting its growth and expansion, co-convening 8th Annual Symposium, writing funding bids, assisting artists and developing external partnerships.
Selected artist-research activity and conference presentations
My PhD research/arts practice has been performed and discussed in various modes at conferences and events in UK, Art in Translation conference Iceland (2014, 2012), Estonia (2010), and Italy (2015, 2013): part of Ricada Vidal’s AHRC Translation Games project (2015); Summer Lodge at NTU (2014); Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies: East and West in Dialogue. Institute for Modern Languages Research. London (2014); Bodies in translation a workshop for the AHRC funded network (Translating Cultures programme) (2012) Beyond Text: Making and Unmaking event, (AHRC) 2011.
Selected Action Research Projects that informed my current research:
Further information on these projects can be found at my website: https://heatherconnelly.co.uk
2008-9: Homemade – an action research project: part of ‘Beyond Borders: making connections’ funded by AHRC knowledge transfer scheme. The work was presented at A Sense of Belonging, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Stories of Migration: Theories, Research and Everyday Life’ – a postgraduate conference at the University of Nottingham (School of Sociology & Social Policy) and The Whitworth Museum and Art Gallery Sept 2009.
2006-7: Incubate – I spent a month in Weedpatch, California undertaking an action research project in as part of (CoLab an artist collective that I co-founded). We worked with the local communities (Mixteco, Mexican and American) that was exhibited in USA and disseminated across the East and West Midlands through a number of events, exhibitions, workshops, presentations and discussions in conjunction with Architecture Week, Longhouse, Making the Connections: arts, migration and diaspora regional network.
Selected professional experience
2004-07: I was Lead Artist (consultant) for Groundwork East Midlands, where I devised a public arts strategy for this regeneration agency, working with five separate trusts spread across the East Midlands – each with their own particular focus and agenda. I co-ordinated five other artists, was tasked with capacity building staff, delivering projects, fundraising, managing budgets etc. and the initiative was funded by ACE East Midlands. I wrote grant applications with a variety of individuals (housing officers, landscape architects, community groups, artists etc.), raising substantial funds for public art projects, events and activities from a variety of sources including Heritage Lottery, ACE, Local Authorities, Regeneration agencies, winning competitive public arts awards and so forth.
Selected Lecturing positions
1993-2015: I was a lecturer at Loughborough University teaching on the Fine Art (BA hons), Fine Art area of the Foundation Course and Critical and Historical Studies.,From 1993-2015 I was a lecturer at Loughborough University teaching on the Fine Art (BA hons), Fine Art area of the Foundation Course and Critical and Historical Studies, De Montfort University on the International Foundation course (2014) and visiting lecturer at various institutions. I have also mentored numerous PhD, PGR, PGSE and artists focus on on research skills and professional practice etc. and been a visiting lecturer at various institutions (UK, France, USA).