Paul Stewart is an artist, writer, and curator based in the North east. His practice is interdisciplinary across installation, performance, workshop, video and artist-led curation; investigating critical practice and social engagement, critical pedagogy, educational aesthetics, and the commons. His often works in collaboration and in participation with groups and communities. Recent commissions include the Assembly of Actions Series with the Hatton Gallery, Natural England and The Ignorant Art School (2022-23) and curation and performance activities with Bad Spirits, incl Saleh at Durham Castle and with Context is Half the Work with Barbara Steveni at BALTIC 39. Recent publications incl Art Critical Pedagogy and Capitalism (Routledge 2021) and Curating the Digital (oncurating 2021) and his next book with Richard Hudson-Miles explores educational aesthetics and the commons.
Alongside his practice he is currently Principal Lecturer: Art Programmes at Teesside University as part of the MIMA School of Art and Design. Co-Course leader for BA (Hons) Fine Art and Co-Course Leader for the first Degree Apprentice MA Curating in England specifically dedicated to the engagement of and with of publics and constituents. Stewart completed his PhD in 2018; titled the Alternative Art School and completed the MA Art and Politics Programme at Goldsmiths (2012). He was the co-founder of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender in 2017, a contemporary arts festival now in its 6th iteration and the largest in the North East , and previously the Learning Research Co-ordinator at TATE , previous to this I founded the Alternative Art College, a nomadic art school (2011-2014).