Dr Mike Collier
Dr. Mike Collier is a lecturer, writer, curator and artist. He studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College before being appointed Gallery Manager at the ICA in London. He subsequently became a freelance curator and arts organiser, working extensively in the UK and abroad and initiated many major exhibitions whilst working at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, including the Tyne International. Throughout his career, Mike has maintained his artistic practice. Much of his work is based around walking - through the city, the countryside and urban Edgelands. He integrates image and text, often drawing on the poetic qualities of colloquial names for places, plants and birds. In 2010 he co-founded WALK (Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge), a research centre at the University of Sunderland which looks at the way we creatively engage with the world as we walk through it. He has been responsible for a number of high-profile exhibitions under the auspices of WALK including co-curating Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – Forty Years of Art Walking, an exhibition which toured the UK in 2013/4; Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets (an exhibition of manuscripts by William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Matsuo Bashō and Yosa Buson shown alongside newly commissioned work by twenty leading contemporary artists from the UK and Japan, Dove Cottage 2014 and touring to japan in 2016). He is also a Co-Director of the publisher Art Editions North.
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