Programme: Art - PhD/MPhil

Start date: September 2017

Mode of study: Part time

Research title: Art, Praxis, Transformation

Beth Dynowski is based in Glasgow, Scotland. She makes sculpture, installation, performance and text based work. Her most recent work uses expansive and distributive forms of sculpture, performance, poetry and public projects that explore how individuals and communities are shaped by their socio-economic circumstances.

Selected past exhibitions and projects include: Songs for Work Generator Projects, Dundee; MAPP Lead: What does open learning look like here? School of Commons, University of Zurich; Magnetic North Lead Artist in Residence MacRobert Theatre, Stirling;  Cool Down COP26 Fringe, Glasgow; Songs for Work Glasgow International; Beyond Perception University of Aberdeen; Creative Scotland Funded Fellow, ZKU Berlin; Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Fellow, Florence, Italy; Drawing Connections Siena Art Institute.

Beth's poetry has been published by Adjacent Pineapple, Gutter and Dancing Girl Press and was shortlisted for The White Review Poet's Prize. She runs a small local independent press, Leven Street Press, that distributes poetry on postcards and prints and open educational resources.

Beth also organises public projects that explore access, power and equality in and through the arts. She co-founded projects and spaces including Free Association GlasgowThe Pipe FactoryTemporary Art School, was Lead Artist in establishing the young people's programme at the Fruitmarket Gallery, undertook extensive research on self organisation in the arts across the US, and has run several public lecture series across libraries and public spaces.

She holds a First Class Honours in Sculpture from Glasgow School of Art, a Masters in Modern Thought from the Centre for Modern Thought on the philosophy of Jacques Rancière and a TQFE with Distinction from the University of Aberdeen where her written research has focused on emancipatory learning and open educational practices.


Beth is a part time Lecturer at Forth Valley College where she teaches a range of courses in Art & Design from Access to Honours level. She is primarily responsible for co-leading and delivering an Honours Studio Practice module to University of Stirling students with Ewan John and leading and delivering on the BA Independent Contextual Studies module for Art & Design students.

Beth also works with people in a range of arts and community settings. She has worked with young people in gallery settings, care experienced young people, adults in supported living settings, lifelong learning provision for adults and co-creates peer learning projects and networks.

Beth teaches on the Contemporary Art & Open Learning module at Edinburgh College of Art with Professor Neil Mulholland and Dr Jake Watts.

Beth's research experientially explores the relationship between the cognitive, affective and structural conditions for subject formation through and within the context of contemporary art, education, capitalism and the commons. It adopts commoning as a practice - focused within art and education but applicable to other forms of the commons - while exploring and extending its poetics. This takes the form of experimental ways of writing, performance, installation, self organised study groups, teaching and public projects and events.

Beth's research is funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities Doctoral Award.