Professor Chris Taylor

Professor Chris Taylor

Profile

I am a practising artist, curator and publisher with specialist knowledge in the field of contemporary printmaking, artists' books and curation. I am particularly interested in the role of artists' books as primary medium within contemporary art practice and the relevance of the page and the book format as a vehicle for visual communication and audience development. 

I am co-Director of PAGES, an ongoing initiative which provides the structure and impetus for wide ranging activities which promote the development of the medium of the artist's book and their dissemination and reception to a growing and diverse audience. This includes an annual curated projects series and the International Contemporary Artists Book Fair held in partnership with The Tetley centre for Contemporary Art.

I am a Co-Editor of the Wild Pansy Press, a collective art practice and small publishing house, based in the school which has built up a considerable catalogue of books and projects, often linking a publication to an exhibition in ways which extend and confound the usual notions of a catalogue. WPP actively develops partnerships with other groups to build a network of practitioners who explore and advance publication in its widest sense as both a distributional strategy and medium of practice, an approach recently pursued through the Wild Pansy Press Project Space and the Portable Reading Room, a nomadic atelier.

Since 1999, I have has worked in collaboration and exhibited nationally and internationally with artist Craig Wood, developing a series of concepts that address issues such as authorship, creativity, interactivity and dissemination through the unlikely medium of repeat pattern wallpapers.

Artists' books, wallpapers and printed matter are included in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt, New York, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Chicago Institute of Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, The Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum, London, the Pompidou Centre, Paris and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Responsibilities

  • Deputy Head of School
  • MA Fine Art Programme Director

Research interests

Artists' Writings & Publications Research Centre: https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/fine-art-research-innovation/doc/artists-writings-publications-research-centre

Wild Pansy Press: http://www.wildpansypress.com

PAGES: https://thetetley.org/21st-international-contemporary-artists-book-fair

<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>

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MA Art & Design
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Printmaking)

Student education

Programme Director: MA Fine Art

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, BA (Hons) Fine Art with Museum Studies.

Research groups and institutes

  • Artists’ Writings and Publications Research Centre (AWP)
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>