Dion Ellis-Taylor

Coventry Biennial

I am an artist, experienced tutor and researcher starting a 4-year AHRC-funded PhD in Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick in collaboration with Coventry Biennial. The research project is entitled Beyond Evaluation: Legacy and the Cultural Ecosystem – post City of Culture. The project explores notions of culture, city, citizens, policy, contemporary visual arts, Coventry, influencing factors, infrastructures, modes of evaluation, people, and legacy. This research project addresses legacy in the widest sense, pressing into questions surrounding future-oriented plans emerging from the UK City of Culture 2021.  

With a Masters in Interactive Media and Cultural Theory (Goldsmiths, University of London), and BA(Hons) Fine Art, I have over 25 years’ experience in the Arts and Creative Industries. As Digital Artist exploring socio-political issues, creating public-facing, engaging experiences using video, interactive media, text, sound, objects and installation, I have received awards, bursaries, residencies and site-specific public commissions. Passionate about contemporary arts, culture and collaboration, in 1996 I co-founded a publicly funded arts organisation working with video, archives and collections, building partnerships across sectors, and managing and co-producing a series of residencies across the South East.  I am interested in Helsinki Biennial for many reasons, not least its “desire to be a pioneer in sustainability matters in the field of art” (Impact Study of the Helsinki Biennial 2021, p.47). 

Secondment destination:
University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland, June / July 2023

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