Dr Deborah Jackson is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, she teaches Visual Culture in the School of Art on the BA programme and also on the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme. She is also the Course Organiser for MA Contemporary Art Theory - Curating; Practices; Methods; Self-Organise, and BA/MaFA - Artistic Research; and BA Visual Culture 4th Year. Deborah co-supervises MPhil/PhD students and is always interested in new enquiries in the areas associated with her research.
- Daniela Lara Espinoza: Co-supervision with Dr. Juliette MacDonald & Lindy Richardson, School of Design, ECA
- Jessica Wiesner: Co-supervision with Maria Fusco, School of Art & Dr. Michelle Bastian, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
- Rosa Santibanez: Co-supervision with Dr. Angela Dimitrakaki, History of Art, ECA
- Mary Mulvehill: Co-supervisor with Dr. Sophia Lycouris, Interdisciplinary Art Research, ECA
- Biung Ismahasan: Co-supervisor with Dr. Sophia Lycouris, Interdisciplinary Art Research, ECA
Deborah is the convenor for the School of Art research cluster group Futurity/Society/Action: The group brings together a range of researchers interested in the ways in which we conceive of the future and recontextualise history in the now. At its core is the need to counter social, political, geographical and economic turmoil with visionary futures of new cultural, aesthetic, ideological and political processes. We are specifically interested in applying these core issues to: artist-run culture; self-determination; models for sustainability; alternative economies. She is also a curator, writer, Visiting Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, and the Lead Editor for Visual Culture in Britain, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge.
From 2006-2008 Deborah was co-Director of Embassy (est. 2004), an artist-run gallery in Edinburgh. She has also worked as Curator/Producer for the Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland’s largest annual visual art festival. She also works as a Curatorial Researcher at Talbot Rice, the public art gallery of the University of Edinburgh.
- 2013 PhD, University of Edinburgh
- 2006 MSc in Contemporary Art and Art Theory, Edinburgh College of Art
- 1999 BA Hons: Fine Art Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art
Contemporary art; self-organising; curating and exhibitions; museology; instituting art; historiography; collaborative and participatory practice; artist-run initiatives; critical practice; art and social process; the political economy of creativity; communities of practice, interest and value; models for sustainability; alternative economies (e.g. participatory budgeting).