Dr Inês Bento-Coelho


I am a scholar and interdisciplinary artist working across performance, installation, and movement practice. I am the Curriculum Redefined Fellow at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. I completed two post doctorates in learning and teaching in artistic research (School of Film, Music & Theatre, University College Cork) and hold a practice-based PhD from GSA (funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, 2019). Previously, I thaught at Glasgow School of Art in the Sculpture and Environmental Art department.

I hold an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (UAL) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and received several awards such as the PhD Scholarship (FCT Foundation), the Fulbright Fellowship (declined), the Postgraduate Welcome Scholarship Award (GSA) and the Inov-Art Grant (Portuguese Ministry of Culture). I previously taught in several institutions including the University of Glasgow, University of the Arts London, the Croydon College of Art and the University of Derby. Throughout my career, I worked as an arts administrator and project coordinator in arts-related organisations in the UK, Portugal and USA. 


  • Curriculum Redefined Fellow

Research interests

My research interests span across two major areas: intersections across visual and performing arts and enhancing learning and teaching. 

Over the last few years I developed an international research profile working towards quality enhancement in doctoral education in the arts. I collaborated with peers at Glasgow School of Art, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and EQ-Arts in the Erasmus+ projects Advancing Supervision for Artistic Research Doctorates and Creator Doctus. The research explores innovative supervisory approaches, doctoral policies and international best practices, peer learning, research training programmes, student wellbeing, and institutional, trans-institutional and trans-national research environments. Previously at University College Cork, I created research-informed recommendations and policies for the development of the new Doctoral School in Film, Music, and Theatre and produced innovative open educational resources (funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning). Major outputs include Artistic Doctorate Resources and an International Seminar Series which brought together staff and students to explore key issues in doctoral education in artistic research. Further outputs include chapters in the Creator Doctus manual for 3rd cycle education, non-normative performative audio-visual works, and open access publications such as Survey Analysis: European Practices in Artistic Research Doctorates and Situating Supervision in the Research Environment

My previous research explores interdisciplinary encounters between visual and performing arts. In my practice-based PhD, Performing Sites: Choreographic Approaches in Installation Practice, I investigated the choreographic in installation art focusing on performativity within site responsive contexts. Through a practice-based research approach, I produced five site-responsive installations to investigate how choreography contributes to and manifests in a visual art making process. My artworks have been shown in partnership with several institutions in Scotland, Portugal, and England, including at the House for an Art Lover, The Work Room (Tramway), the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow) and the Reid Gallery to name a few. I presented my research at the International Journal of Art and Design Education Conference (2021), the National Association for Fine Art Education Symposium (University of Cumbria, 2016), the Light Moves Symposium (2017, Limerick, Ireland), and the University of Glasgow International Conference (2015). 

International research projects 

Open educational resources and selected outputs 

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, 2019
  • MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, 2013
  • Licentiate Fine Art Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon, 2007

Professional memberships

  • Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow
  • National Association for Fine Art Education, Member