Jake Watts is an Artist, Curator, Artwriter and current practice-led PhD Candidate (awarded funding by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities: Doctoral Training Partnership 2014-2017) in the School of Art. Jake is also currently a Co-Director of EMBASSY Gallery in Edinburgh.
Jake’s practice-led PhD investigation is into workshops and developing participatory environments for artistic learning. His research is invested in deconstructing the myth of the lone researcher in arts education, doing so through excavating the social roots of artistic learning through the form of workshops. His exploration into the form and practice of workshops centres on how we as artists research, and how these practices can be developed and communally explored.
Jake’s research is currently focusing on ludic participation, play, speculation and probe design within systems of knowledge production and exchange.
Jake has also taught across the BA pathways for Intermedia, Painting and Sculpture, MFA Contemporary Art Practice & Theory at ECA. He has also devised and delivered modules of professional practice teaching at BA & MFA level for ECA as part of EMBASSY Gallery.
Current and recent projects include:
What we heard – Is a workshop programme challenging ideas of unsanctioned and improper knowledge. The programme has been coordinated by EMBASSY Gallery, hosted at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and has been co-curated with Artist Sarah Rose. The project has also been supported by University of Edinburgh’s Devolved Researcher Fund.
Cursor – A collaborative publishing project examining data production and labour within quantified-self technology and taking the form of a fitness application, produced in collaboration with artists Kirsty Hendry & Dave Young, and funded by New Media Scotland’s Alt-W fund.
800,000+ Neighbours – A research workshop into notions of neighbourhood in the age of social media and campus ideology, produced in collaboration with artist Gordon Douglas for The Garden is our Wall programme at Glasgow’s CCA.
Time Without Time – was a two-day symposium and workshop event held at Edinburgh College of Art & Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop focusing on arts practice in the 24/7 era, co-ordinated by Jake Watts & Patricia Healy McMeans. International, national and local speakers were invited to contribute to conversations and activities over the course of a two-day programme of activities. This project was funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities Cohort Development Fund and the University of Edinburgh’s Devolved Researcher Fund.
Into the Atelier: A User’s Guide – Is a publication produced in response to the Into the Atelier workshop programme and funded by the University of Edinburgh’s Innovative Initiative Grant. It included a range of critical and generative contributions by participants from the programme.