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Dr Jane Watt

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

Jane studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Since the completion of her PhD in 2002 at Manchester Metropolitan University, she has developed modes of critical engagement in site-specific installation and writing through practice-based and field research.  She has undertaken a number of large-scale temporary and permanent public art commissions and exhibited nationally and internationally.


Jane teaches across all levels of Fine Art and leads the following modules:

Drawing: representing and recording

Professional Engagement

Degree Project

She is a primary PhD supervisor in the fields of public and engaged art practice, site-specific and installation in practice-based and case study research

Research interests

Jane’s research interests focus on how artists negotiate with, and involve, people and place through examining practical, social and political issues of site and how these aspects influence the artist’s creative process. Her on-going research project East to East seeks to enable students, academics and practitioners to examine, question and reflect on the particular contemporary landscape of the UK east coast. How can we use visual (and other) representations to decipher the east coastal landscape (rural and urban) in which we live? How do perceptions and experiences of the east coast change from north to south? How have past and present histories, geography, migrations, climate and culture influenced our understanding and experience of the east coast?

Publications, exhibition catalogues and entries

Watt, Jane The Cabinet of Curiosities (Brighton: LMNOP Books, 2015) ISBN 9780956956361[monograph 110 pages]

Watt, Jane East to East: from Aldeburgh Beach to Landguard Point (Ipswich: UCS, 2013) [exhibition catalogue 28 pages]

Watt, Jane, Open Space: conversations on people, place and art (Chelmsford: Essex County Council, 2010) [monograph 35 pages.]

Bannerman, C., Sofaer, J. and Watt, J. (eds.) Navigating the Unknown: the creative process in contemporary performing arts London: Middlesex University Press, 2006), ISBN 1904750559 [co-edited 33%, 269 pages.]

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

Still on the Beach Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, Aldeburgh (2017)

The Cabinet of Curiosities Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich (2015)        

A Portable Collection The View Tube, London (2015)

Outside In, Eleven Spitalfields, London (2008)

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

Alive in the Universe, Palazzo Pesaro, Venice (2019)

Aller Retour, Fort de Tourneville, Le Havre, France (2019)

Landscape and Light II, Letheringham, Suffolk (2018)

Ice Carnival The Art Station Saxmunham (2017)

Parasol, Appel d’Air 2 Festival, Arras, France (2016)

Landscape and Light, Letheringham, Suffolk (2016)

Experimental Village Cyprus College of Art, Paphos (2015)

Art Moves, Queen Elizabeth Park, London (2014)

East to East: from Aldeburgh Beach to Landguard Point Waterfront Gallery (2013)

Art Geo Köln Schlosspark-Köln, Stammheim, Cologne (2009)

Sunbeams giving the air a kiss: Birds in contemporary art, Millais Gallery, Southampton (2008)

Public Art Commissions (selected)

Reflections on Home Alton Estate Artist in Residence in collaboration with Sara Heywood, to create a series of site-specific work as part of the Alton Estate Regeneration Programme commissioned by Artscape, with Redrow and Wandsworth Council (2017-19)

Loom to the Moon permanent artwork commission for John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Source of funding: John Radcliffe Hospital Charitable Funds, Oxford (2016-2019)

The Cabinet of Curiosities Darwin Green Artist in Residence series of temporary site-specific works. Source of funding: Artscape Management/Barratt’s (2013-15)

Hand in Hand temporary installation on Pershore Road, Birmingham part of Love Stirchley More Festival. Source of funding: Place Prospectors/Arts Council England (ACE). (2012-13)

Trip the light fantastic temporary largescale light installation in Archway, north London. Source of funding AIR (Archway Investigations and Responses) at Byam Shaw School of Art and Islington Borough Council, with ACE and Transport for London (2008-2010)

Genius Loci Open Space Programme Curator. Source of funding: Essex County Council and Commissions East (2007-2009)