Professor Chris Taylor
I am Professor of Fine Art Practice at the University of Leeds specialising in the field of contemporary printmaking and focusing on the role of the artist’s book as primary medium.
My current research draws on material housed in the university’s Special Collections for the exhibition Shifting Borders: Journey to the Centre of Our World(s). Curated for The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery (2023), it is a comparative exploration between historic artifacts and contemporary artists’ book works examining how travel and movement by individuals or groups has been documented and illustrated through maps over the centuries within the arts and sciences.
I am co-Director of PAGES, promoting the development of artists’ books, and their dissemination and reception through activities including the biennial International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair (Leeds) and touring projects such as ARCHIVE (2003–) and New Voices (2019–), and co-Editor of the Wild Pansy Press, advancing publication in its widest sense as both distributional strategy and mode of production.
My artist books and printed matter can be accessed in numerous collections including MoMA and Cooper Hewitt, New York, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Chicago Institute of Art, AGO, Toronto, Tate Britain and V&A Museum, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
- Currently on Faculty and School research leave
- Artists' Writings & Publications Research Centre
- Centre for the Comparative Histories of Print
- Wild Pansy Press
- MA Art & Design
- BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Printmaking)
Studio Tutor: MA Fine Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art with History of Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art with Contemporary Critical Theory, and dissertation supervision.
Research groups and institutes
- Artists’ Writings and Publications Research Centre (AWP)
- Centre for the Comparative History of Print