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David Osbaldeston

David Osbaldeston is Reader in Fine Art in the Department of Art & Performance at Manchester Metropolitan University where he leads the Memory & Matter research cluster of artists and filmmakers from across the School of Art. He is also Visual Arts Pathway Lead for the AHRC funded North-West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.

As an artist and academic his interests engage with the legacies of conceptualism and the artist as publisher to draw upon properties of objecthood and materiality. His research interests utilise collage as a medium to activate the spatial characteristics between printed matter and sculpture and draw as much upon the visual characteristics associated with eighteenth century literature of the Enlightenment as those associated with High Modernism. Central to his research remains the assertion for drawing as a porous and democratic medium for the construction of sensations to flow.

Prior to his academic career, from 2003-5 David held roles on the Visual Arts curatorial team at former Arts Centre, Cornerhouse, in Manchester (now HOME) where he realised important commissions with emerging and established artists including Zineb Sedira, The Otolith Group, Ryan Gander, and IRWIN. From 2006-8 he was Lecturer in Painting & Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art. As an artist he is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.

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