Dr. Paula McCloskey


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I am a talented early career practice-led contemporary art researcher working with live performance, drawing, film, and installation across a range of topics including maternity (including a special interest in maternal subjectivity and ‘future maternities’), contemporary art as encounter, climate change, animal studies, critical posthumanism, and the family as a site of radical imagining. I have spoken at international conferences about maternity and art, art as encounter, posthumanism and art, autobiography, and about art practice as research. I am a well-known writer and artist practitioner in the field of art-encounters, contemporary art and the maternal, and performance art and the maternal and have had work published in international peer reviewed journals and artist catalogues.

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My own work is carried out through three channels - my own art practice, my own art research/theoretical writing, and my collaborative work as a place of their own.

I was awarded my PhD in Art, Maternal and Matrixial Encounters in 2013 from the University of Sheffield. My research uses mixed experimental art research methods and art practice to explore the ideas of art-encounter and maternity to develop insights into the conditions and characteristics of potentially subjectivising encounters. I have published writing from the thesis, exhibited the drawings, and spoken about the work in the UK and internationally.

I am currently a temporary Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham and I am a Resident Artist Researcher (2017) at Site Gallery in Sheffield. I am the Arts and Cultural Programme Manager working on a year-long Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded arts and cultural fund working with South Yorkshire Housing in partnership with Yorkshire Artspace and Darts Doncaster.

From 2013-2015 I was a Research Assistant at the University of Derby: The Birth Project (http://www.derby.ac.uk/health-and-social-care/research/centres-groups/birth-project/). This was an AHRC funded interdisciplinary art research project that used the arts to explore traumatic birth using creative research methods.