Dr Lynn Wray
- Position: Post Doctoral Research Assistant
- Areas of expertise: Curatorial practice; Fine art practice; Curating as a Political Practice; Curating Political Art; Exhibition-Making; Political Art practice; Design practice; Museum Studies; Participatory practice
- Email: L.M.Wray@leeds.ac.uk
I am a visual artist, curator and researcher, with a specific interest in art-making and techological processes, politics and display methodologies and co-production. I do practice-based, collaborative and partipatory research at the intersection between art, curating, politics, technology and museums. I have extensive experience of curating and exhibition-making in both insitutional (art and science and technology museums, universities) and non-insitutional spaces (site-specific installations and artist run spaces).
I am interested in art and exhibitions as making processes and political practices, in ‘making’ as agency, and in the representation and legitimation of non-professional cultural practice and working class culture in museums, cultural policy and funding. I am passionate about ‘learning through making’ and exhibition-making as a collaborative political and civic practice.
I am currently a Post Doctoral Research Assistant and Curator working in partnership with the National Science and Media Museum, and a number of community collaborators, on the Bradford’s National Museum Project https://bradfordsnationalmuseum.org/. This particiaptory, systemic action-research project explores how the NSMM can become better connected with Bradford, by writing Bradford into the museum and the museum into Bradford. As part of this role I worked as lead curator of the co-produced exhibition ‘Above the Noise: Fifteen Stories from Bradford’, National Science and Media Museum, 15 March- 19 June 2018, working with over 100 community collaborators to explore how Bradfordians have bypassed mainstream media to record, share and create their own histories and culture.
Prior to this role I worked as a researcher at National Museums Liverpool, researching the hidden LGBTQ+ histories in their fine and decorative art collections. I also worked as a research assistant in the Fab-Lab at Liverpool John Moores University, exploring the potential of 3D printing and scanning technology as interdisciplinary research tools across the university. I completed my doctorate in curatorial practice in 2016. For this collaborative doctoral award I conceived of and co-curated a major exhibition with Francesco Manacorda, Director,Tate Liverpool. Entitled, ‘Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013’ this exhibition explored how artists have put their political values into practice through the way they make and do their work. I also designed and editied the accompanying publication.
My art practice encompasses site-specific installations, drawing, photography, print-making, painting and artist book production. I make work that explores and deconstructs the aesthetics of power and cultural hegemony. My focus is on experimenting with how the form, material and process that I use can subvert or counter symbols of power or cultural domination. I also use drawing, print and paint to tell stories and reveal hidden histories and processes. I am interested in the potential of art practices to make visible, intangible practice and processes in museum exhibitions and displays.
I have undergraduate teaching experience and module development in curatorial practice, fine art practice and art history at the Art and Diesign Academy, Liverpool John Moores University and previously worked as a print-making technician at Leeds College of Art and Design.
I am interested in curating and exhibition-making as counter-hegemonic practices.<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 Curatorial Practice and Theory, Collaborative Doctoral Award, Tate Liverpool
- MA RCA Communication Art and Design - Royal College of Art, 2007
- BA Hons Visual Communication/ Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art, 2004
- BTEC National Diploma in Foundation Studies, Fine Art, Leeds College of Art and Design, 2001
- Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy