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Academic Biography

Rob Burton is a researcher, academic, and critical artist working in the discipline of textile art whose research explores themes of memory, post memory, hauntology, identity and space, loss, and transformation. Rob Burton’s textile and fibre art practice intertextuality develops a conceptual dialogue between the innovative use of analogue, traditional approaches to making, and contemporary, emerging techniques and digital technologies.

Key highlights:   Rob Burton regularly exhibits in solo, group and biennial visual art and textile and fibre art exhibitions globally. For the past four years he has been invited to exhibit annually in the Busan Craft Artists Association exhibition in Busan, South Korea. Key collaborations include regular projects with international screendance practitioners WECreate Productions creating innovative costumes for site specific video and performance works – globally screened and award-winning video dance works. Rob has contributed conference papers and journal publications as well as book chapters in Reading The Thread, (Bloomsbury due 2024) and Responsible Fashion (Routledge due 2024).  

Rob is Associate Dean International in the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

Rob Burton completed his PhD (2021) at Teesside University and a MA in Textile Design (1989) from Birmingham Polytechnic. He studied his BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion Textiles at Liverpool Polytechnic (1987)


PhD and Research Opportunities

Memory, Post-Memory, Nostalgia and Hauntology

Objects, Thing Theory and Materiality

Making and Meaning

Myth and Narrative Storytelling

Textile Art Practice

Responsible Fashion

Art and Fashion

Digital Fashion

Critical Fashion and Textiles

Current students 

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

Wenwen Lui
Director of Studies
Project title: Creative art practice in response to climate change: How art transforms and frames new approaches to speculative ecological and sustainable futures


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