Paul Alexander Stewart

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Dr Paul Stewart

Researcher and Curator in critical practice and social engagement with expertise in art, curatorial strategy, digital communication and critical theory for socio-political change. My research focuses on democracy and knowledge exchange, and critical pedagogy as a curatorial and artistic methodology. Key highlights:  Curated over 20 exhibitions across the UK and Europe. Author of Art, Critical Pedagogy and Capitalism (Routledge 2021) co-author a new monograph on Educational Aesthetics with Bloomsbury (due 2024). Founder of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender and The Alternative Art College. Innovation in academic study and curatorial learning.

 He is a Principal lecturer and co-leads the MA Curating Apprentice. Completed a PhD in Art and Philosophy (2018) Teesside University and a MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths College as well as a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art from Lincoln University (2011). He co-founded the Middlesbrough Art Weekender in 2017 and has set up collectives including the Alternative Art College (2011-2014) and currently co-running Bad Spirits with Dawn Bothwell. Core elements in his practice and research include the effects of neoliberalism on Higher Education, democracy and art practice and Critical Pedagogy as a methodology in art making. Alongside research into digital communities in art making and the effects of digital making on curation and collection processes. His book with Routledge: Art, Critical Pedagogy and Capitalism was published in Dec 2020.

PhD and Research Opportunities

PhD Areas

Post digital practice 

Arts and Moving Image 

Hegemonic and agonistic practices 

Curatorial strategies 

arts and public engagement 

pedagogical approaches to arts production and arts education

Current students 

Alyson Agar
First/primary/lead supervisor
Project title: The Documentation of a City In-Flux: What Position Can Topographic Photography Occupy in the Transition From Industrial to Digital City?

Atakan Akcali
First/primary/lead supervisor
Project title: A Social and Gamified Digital Experience: Digital Engagement in Museums

Rosie Carr
Second supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Project title: Creative social action for ecology: Can community gardens provide a model for a new world(s)?

Anouk Hoogendoorn
First/primary/lead supervisor
Project title: A lull nearby: textural, social, and temporal explorations of language in artistic practices

Jonathan Lovell
Second supervisor
Project title: Reconsidering the act of creation, reproduction and dissemination within Image making and a Post-Digital context

Aidan Moesby
Second supervisor
Project title: Under the Clouds : A practice based investigation at the intersection of Art, Digital and Disability within a weather based metalogue

Russell Pollard
Second supervisor

Linda Stannard
Third supervisor
Project title: A Practice Based Research into the Effects of Modernism and Modernity on the Lives of the Inhabitants of the Jewel Streets in Middlesbrough between 1886 to 2016.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Editor for
  • co-organiser for Gentle Gestures Research group 

Peer Review for

  • Arts and Humanites Education Journal - Sage 
  • Post Digital Science and Education Journal - Springer 
  • Art and the Public Sphere - Intellect
  • Routledge Books - Art and Design


External positions

External Examiner BA Fine Art (Critical Studies), Goldsmiths, University of London

1 Apr 20221 Apr 2025

External Examiner BA Fine Art, University of Lincoln

15 Dec 202015 Dec 2024

Committee Member , DECR Committee for the Association for Arts Historians

1 Aug 2020 → …

Advisory Board , North East CVAN

11 Jan 2018 → …


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