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Dr. Lisa Stansbie is Head of the Department of Art and Communication and teaches across the courses within the department alongside supervising and examining research students in the area of art. Her practice crosses the disciplines of film, sound, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies, commissions and exhibited across Europe and the U.S.

Head of The Department of Art and Communication (2012 – Present)
The School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield

Acting Director of International (2014)
The School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield

Joint editor and co-founder of the experimental online publication soanyway (2009 - 2012)
Joint editor for a total of 16 editions of the publication between 2009 and 2012. Soanyway is an international creative project centred on words, pictures and sound that tell stories. To date it has shown the work of around 160 artists including pieces from Turner Prize nominees and work that spans 20 countries.

Course Leader B.A (Hons) Contemporary Art and personal tutor for M.A Fine Art students. (2008 – 2012)

Senior Lecturer B.A (Hons) Contemporary Art (2008)

Research and Scholarship

Stansbie’s PhD Zeppelinbend: Multiplicity, encyclopaedic strategies and nonlinear methodologies for a visual practice, was the first ever entirely web based PhD in the U.K. As a researcher recently submitted to the REF 2014, her outputs were a combination of exhibition based art practice and publications. The book chapter ‘Establishing the Cybertextual in Practice based PhD’s’. In: SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses used her own PhD as a case study for innovative approaches to practice based research in creative disciplines. The chapter focuses on UK based PhD study in art and design (linked to practice-based research) tracing the historical developments of formats of submission of such doctoral study. She has a continued interest in practice-based research and forms of digital publishing.

Recently the research has continued to be innovative by situating practice and publications in the transdisciplinary realm. Research around The Arts and Sport has resulted in a number of exhibitions, book chapters and papers that have established that this is a new and evolving area of research. Such collaborative research seeks to challenge discipline boundaries and provides opportunities for joint research funding and projects. Recent work investigates the narratives, processes, rituals, performativity and apparatus of sports. The work combines both object based sculpture, photography, drawing and films that research sport by a direct involvement and performance within it. Documentary processes and re-enactment are engaged, with Stansbie as the subject of the study.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Stansbie, L (2015) ‘Structures for Digital Collaboration and Interaction’. In: Collaborative Learning in Media Education. Santa Rosa: Informing Science Press. pp. 89-103. ISBN 9781932886931


Stansbie, L (2014) /seconds Exhibition (Swimming Machines) [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2014) ‘The Archive of Unrealised DevicesJournal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 447-457. ISSN 1753-5190

Stansbie, L (2014) Nothing Great Is Easy [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2014) ‘Exploring Bodies in Time and Space: The Performance of the Channel Swimmer: Time-Based Rituals and Technology’. In: Exploring Bodies in Time and Space. Oxford, UK: Interdisciplinary Press. pp. 263-272. ISBN 978-1-84888-246-1

Stansbie, L (2014) ‘The Performance of the Channel Swimmer: Time-Based Rituals and Technology (Extended)’. In: Body Tensions: Beyond Corporeality in Time and Space . Oxford, U.K: Inter-Disciplinary Press. . ISBN 978-1-84888-286-7

Stansbie, L (2014) The Beach [Audio]


Stansbie, L (2013) ‘Extreme Exposures: The Practice and Narratives of Channel Swimming as a Methodology for the Creation of Contemporary Art’. In: Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport. : LSA Publications. . ISBN 978 1 905369 43 0

Stansbie, L (2013) ‘The Performance of the Channel Swimmer: Time-based Rituals and Technology’. In: Time, Space and The Body Global Conference, 10th - 13th February 2013, Mercure Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Stansbie, L. and Borlescu, A. (2013) Reflections on Narrative: Interdisciplinary Storytelling . Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press. ISBN 978-1-84888-245-4


Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Extreme Exposures: The practice and narratives of channel swimming as a methodology for the creation of contemporary art’. In: Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport, 29th November 2012, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘The Absent Presence of Voice in Contemporary Artists Film’. In: 2nd Global Conference on Storytelling: Reflections on Narrative, November 7th - 9th 2012, The StieglBräu, Salzburg, Austria

Stansbie, L (2012) Diaphone [Video]

Stansbie, L (2012) Channel Swimwear Rules [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Testing the Limits: Contemporary Art and Channel Swimming’. In: Endurance Sport, 11 September 2012, Wolfson Research Exchange, The University of Warwick

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Contemporary Art and The Open Water’. In: 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, 21-23 September, HMS Queen Mary, Los Angeles, California.

Stansbie, L (2012) Sandettie Lightship and Shipping Lane [Image]

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Sandettie Lightship and Shipping LaneCorridor 8: The Fast Slow Edition (3). ISSN 9780955267260

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Establishing the Cybertextual in Practice based PhDs’. In: SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. London: SAGE. pp. 390-404. ISBN 9780857027399

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Structures For Digital Collaboration and Interaction’. In: Higher Education Academy Exploring Collaborative Learning In Media Studies Programmes, May 3rd 2012, University of Winchester

Stansbie, L (2012) Flight (ROTOR) [Show/Exhibition]


Stansbie, L (2011) ‘Appropriation and the Hack: New Forms of Production’. In: Transitory Network Forum, 21st-22nd July 2011, Salon Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia

Stansbie, L (2011) A Century of Artists Film [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2011) Portmanteau [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2011) Hunter Gatherer [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2011) A History of Background [Audio]


Stansbie, L (2010) Totemic Objects [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) Borders/Crossings/Journeys [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) /seconds issue 12: ARCHETYPE: GOING UNDERGROUND / THE CRUEL SCENE OF THE IMAGE [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) Art for Everyone Exhibition curated by Axis [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) Short Cuts (Spitfire Beach) [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) ‘Wings of apprehensionRadar , 1 (1), pp. 26-27. ISSN 2049-4327


Stansbie, L (2009) The Emperor of The Moon (2006) [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2009) Pan-demonium [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2009) The Wings [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2009) ‘A film still from the film 'The Messenger' (2008)’. In: Pan-demonium. New York: AC Institute in conjunction with the exhibition. . ISBN 978-0-9841309-0-0

Stansbie, L (2009) ‘Apprehension/seconds (11). ISSN 1751-4134

Stansbie, L (2009) ‘The Fluid Archive’. In: Thinking About 'Things': Interdisciplinary Futures in Material Culture, 5-7 May 2009, UCD, Dublin

Stansbie, L (2009) ‘Connecting the Unconnected’. In: Telling Stories: Countering Narrative in Art, Theory and Film. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 125-134. ISBN 978-1-4438-0532-2

Stansbie, L (2009) Hackamore [Show/Exhibition]


Stansbie, L (2008) The cloud collector [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2008) Emperor of the moon [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2008) ‘The cloud collector/seconds (Issue 8: 4/2008). ISSN 1751-4134


Stansbie, L (2007) The cloud collector . .

Stansbie, L (2007) The Zeppelin Bend [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) The cloud collector [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) ‘Connecting the unconnected’. In: Objects and Narratives Symposium, 2007, 21st September 2007, Loughborough University

Stansbie, L (2007) ‘Landscapes and communities - ‘multiplicity and mobilised place’’. In: AVPhD 6 ‘North’: Regional Workshop, 14th-15th September 2007, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

Stansbie, L (2007) Archive H [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) ‘The Emperor of the moon/seconds (Issue 06: 07/2007). ISSN 1751-4134

Tsegmid, T., MacDonald, J., Smith, M., Morgan, J., Andersson, A., Stansbie, L. and Heald, K.(2007) Odoo/Current [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) The Emperor of the moon [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) Apprehension [Show/Exhibition]


2014 – current. Member of The British Philosophy of Sport Assoiciation
2009 - current. Member of The National Association of Fine Art Education (NAFAE).
2012 - current. Member of The Association of Art Historians.
2012 - current. Member of CHEAD (Council for Higher Education in Art and Design)
2011 – current Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
2010 - 2012. Member of The CHEAD Gallery Network Steering Group.

Board Membership
2013 – present. Member of Board of Directors of Axis.
2013 – present. Member of The Board of Directors of HOOT Creative Arts, Huddersfield.
2013 – present. Member of The Board of Trustees of Beam: Arts, People, Places. Wakefield.

Advisory and Consultancy Work
2014 External Reviewer PhD by Publication applications, University of Chester
2014 Internal panel member for the validation of the MSc Turbocharger Engineering. The School of Computing and Engineering, The University of Huddersfield.
2013 External Panel Expert for Bradford College Validation CAVA Access to Higher Education Award in Art and Design.
2013 External Panel member (Art Department) for the subject review and validation of The Postgraduate Network in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University (26 named Master routes).
2013 Internal panel member (Art and Design) for The Validation of The International Foundation Year. Study Group, The University of Huddersfield.
2012 External expert for the subject review for Art at The University of Staffordshire.
2010 External consultant for Craven College B.A Fine Art course.
2009 External panel member for The University of Cumbria validation BA(Hons) Visual Arts.
2007 External panel member for Oldham College Foundation degree in Fine Art validation.

External Examiner Appointments
2014 - Present MA Visual Communication, University of Gloucester
2014 - Present MA Art and Design, Birmingham City University
2014 - Present BA(Hons) Art and Design, Birmingham City University.
2013 – Present CAVA Access to H.E Award, Bradford College.

Research Degree Supervision

2014 – current. Main Supervisor. PhD. John Kelly. Exploration of Data Shadows in the generation of written and visual narrative.

2014 – current. Main Supervisor. PhD: Stewart Worthy. Fragmented Perception in Sound-based Installation.

2014 – current. Main Supervisor. PhD: Nicola Perren. Activating The Amateur in Arts Practice.

2014 - current. Co-Supervisor. PhD: Robin Kiteley. Re-animation and Queer Theory

2014 - current. Co-supervisor. PhD: Adrian Evans. The Dialogue between the Western Scottish rural House and its landscape context at the turn of the second millennium

2013 – current. Main Supervisor. MRes: Richard Edmunds. Embodiment in Data Sculpture.

2011 – current. Co-supervisor. MRes: Alice Bradshaw. AHRC funded. Museum of Rubbish: Artists Use of Waste Materials.

Completed (2013). Co-supervisor. MRes: Kevin Taylor. Advanced 3D Production with Narrative.

Areas of supervision: Peformance (art) methodologies and documentation, The Archive, narrative in artists film, sound, sculpture, analogue and digital processes in contemporary art, interdisciplinary practices, the sports and art.

Teaching and Professional Activities

My teaching consists of working within a range of undergraduate and postgraduate research programmes including the BA Graphic Design and BA Contemporary Art and Illustration. My teaching reflects my cross-discipline research interests and feeds into both studio practical sessions (specifically in areas of sculpture and film) and theoretical lectures and seminars. Currently I lead the Year 1 BA Contemporary Art and Illustration Module, Contemporary Practice in Context planning and delivering theoretical cultural studies and philosophical themed lectures to students.

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