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Job title:

Teaching Fellow

Office:

Main Building, Lauriston Place

Biography

Beth Dynowski is an artist and writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work takes the form of performance, installation, exhibition-making, writing, publishing, public projects, teaching and organisational praxis. Her most recent works explore how individuals and communities are shaped by their socio-economic circumstances. 

Selected past exhibitions and projects include: Songs for Work Generator Projects, Dundee; 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; Drawing Connections Siena Art Institute.

Beth was shortlisted for The White Review Poet's Prize and has been published by both critical and literary journals and magazines, including Adjacent Pineapple, Gutter and Dancing Girl Press. She runs a micro independent press, Leven Street Press, that distributes poetry and open educational resources. 

Beth co-founded the arts space The Pipe Factory in Glasgow and has initiated a range of public projects that foreground knowledge as a commons including; Free Association, a peer-led learning commons at CCA Glasgow with Sacha Carr and Alice Brook, Community Out of Bounds funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation with Jonathan Baxter, Temporary Art School with Peacock Visual Arts, KINship a parent and carer network for artists with Sacha Carr, Alice Brook and Kathryn Ashill and she was Lead Artist in establishing the young people's programme FreshFruit at the Fruitmarket Gallery. As a result of her activity in the UK, she was commissioned to publish extensive research on self organisation and public resource creation in the arts across the US. 

She holds a Masters by Research from the Centre for Modern Thought on aesthetics and politics in the work of Jacques Rancière, a Masters in Education with Distinction from the University of Aberdeen and a First Class Honours in Sculpture from Glasgow School of Art.

Research interests

  • Aesthetics and politics
  • Epistemic and social justice
  • Intersection of performance, writing and sculptural practices
  • Open education and public resource creation
  • Artists writing practices

Teaching

Beth is a Teaching Fellow within the School of Art where she teaches on the MA in Contemporary Art Theory and on Undergraduate modules in Art in Context. She is also a part time Lecturer in Art & Design at Forth Valley College where she teaches a range of courses from Access to Honours level. She is primarily responsible for leading the BA Year 3 Independent Contextual Studies module for Art & Design students, co-leading and delivering Honours Studio Practice for University of Stirling students with Ewan John and BA Studio Practice.

Beth has worked with people in a range of arts and community settings both independently and for the public sector. She worked as Artistic Pathways Manager in Aberdeen, overseeing a team of arts officers to offer lifelong learning provision for children, young people and adults across the city. This included leading on a sector wide review for the city of Expressive Arts provision in secondary schools and pathways into and beyond FE/HE across the third sector. She set up the city's first post-academic programme for socially engaged practice with Jonathan Baxter, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Previous to this Beth worked as a care worker for adults in supported housing for several years across Greater Glasgow.

Research

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 and education. 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.

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