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James Johnson-Perkins

Preliminary Tutor in Art and Design , CELE


Post Graduate Certificate of Education (New College Durham)
MA Fine Art (Northumbria University)
BA Fine Art (University for the Creative Arts)




Expertise summary

I am an Art and Design Lecturer and an Artist. I recently worked at The British School of Art and Design, Moscow, Russia and The Scientific College of Muscat, Oman. In the last 20 years, I have been internationally involved as: Head of Department, Art Lecturer/Associate Professor and Exhibition Space Director/Curator.

This has also included working in the UK, as a BA Fine Art lecturer at Northumbria University and as a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University. I also taught on the Interactive Media courses at one of the UK’s leading new ‘Outstanding (Ofsted)’ colleges, Gateshead College, and I was an Arts Facilitator on the education team at the internationally renown The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK.

I have exhibited in leading venues in Europe, Asia and North America, Including: The IMAC Theatre, New York, USA, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia, FABRIKA, Moscow, Russia, The Chinese European Arts Centre, Xiamen, China, Toyota Museum of Modern Art, Japan, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow and The Royal College of Art, London. 

Major research interests

I am currently researching the use of Gigapan Technology and cutting edge Photomontage techniques. Gigapan Technology enables a robotic machine to connect a camera to take hundreds of high quality images, which can be stitched together using computer software, to create enormous panoramic photographs. In my new work these images form the bases of enormous digital montages. A paper was published on this research in the International Journal of Scientific Research and Innovative Technology in April, 2016, ‘Gigapan Technology and Montage: A Case Study of 5 New Works by James Johnson-Perkins’

In the past my research interests included radical art movements: Da Da and Fluxus. My research into Fluxus led me to participate on the Emily Harvey Foundation Residency in Venice in 2017, 2014 & 2010. Emily Harvey was one of world’s foremost exhibitors and collectors of Fluxus work, with a large research library and collection of rare Fluxus artefacts.

As well as this, as a consequence of my work in these regions I have developed a strong interest in: China, the Middle East and Russia. In these areas I have conducted a considerable amount of research into: Artists, Movements and the history of culture in these localities. With a focus on: Contemporary Chinese, Russian and Middle Eastern Art, The early 20th Century Russian Avant-garde, Folk Culture in China and Oman, and Islamic and Asian relationships to western cultural ideas and symbolism.




International Journal of Scientific Research and Innovative Technology
ISSN 2313-3759, Vol. 3 No. 4, April
Ningbo Focus Magazine, April
Xiamen News, China, Website 28/7/2015
Ningbo University Press, China, May
PTC2, Serbian TV
Wave Radio, Czech Republic, March
Digimag Magazine, Italy, May
BBC West Midland TV, 'Today Program' News Feature, UK, TX 9/2/10
'Teaching out of the box', Teachers TV - TX 2,3,4/6/09
Supersweet Magazine, UK, February
Building with Colour, Catalogue, Gallery North, Northumbria University,
ISBN 0-9561206-0-1
The Guardian, UK, 11/1/09
The Crack Magazine, UK, 1/1/09
The Metro, UK, 9/5/08
BK Magazine, Thailand, 8/5/08
Relavant Magazine, Barcelona, Spain, March
Fefe Magazine, 6th Edition, Rome, Italy, March
art, art, art Magazine, UK, March
Sunday New York Times, USA, 10/11/07
Sunday Long Island Newsday, P3, USA, 10/11/07
The Chronicle, UK, 18/5/07
The Guardian, March
The Times, UK, Critics Choice, 10/7/02
Billy Connolly’s World Tour, BBC 1 - TX 01/04/02
Metro, UK, Art Review, Lee Fenwich, 17/6/02


Key outputs


Selected Solo

Liangzhu Culture Centre, Hangzhou, China (Curated by Zhanna Khromykh)
Please Wait Whilst...Monkey Magic Sings Chinese Covers of 80's Pop Classics in Times Square, The Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen, China
The Starry Sky Lights Up Because of You, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
The Great Battle, ARTPLAY, Roland Academy, Moscow, Russia
Back to the Future, Arts Student League of New York, USA
The Box, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK
The Sturovo Super Hero Society, The Bridge Guard Residency, Štúrovo, Slovakia
New Works, The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy
Who Killed Top of The Pops, Nospace, Bangkok, Thailand
Robot Invasion, The Public, West Bromwich, UK
Retro Robot, Kube Gallery (Now Poole Museum), Poole, Dorset, UK
Pixel Talk, Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furnace, Cumbria, UK
Meteoric Toy, DLI Musuem Gallery, Durham, UK
How Does it Feel?, Nospace, Bangkok, Thailand
50 Robots, Exhibit Gallery, London, UK
Robot Dreams, Red Gallery, Hull, UK
Turn me On, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Jet Pack, The UK Arts Council, Newcastle, UK


Selected Group

The Reserrection of Cosmicman (With Dina Johnson-Perkins), The City Gallery, Peterborough, UK
BodySpace, Hangzhou Public Library, China
I AM, 9 Arbat St, Moscow, Russia
DIY Reality
, 17 Nastavichesky, Moscow, Russia
When Suspicions are Becoming the Norm, FABRIKA, in association with Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia
The Legacy of Emily Harvey, Curated by Berty Skuber & Henry Martin, Emily Harvey Foundation Archive Exhibition, Venice Biennale
Papyri Guestbook and Similar Departures
, Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy
KC Dunaj, Bratislava, Slovakia
Strange Objects on a Lawn, Scientific College of Design, Muscat, Oman
Dinefwr Festival, Gwly Lendyyiaeth, Wales
Portrait to Portrait, (Antonio Nodar), Vol. 2, Patan Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phelwidek Photo 12, Artbázis Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Bus Stop Venice, curated by Elysium Gallery, Venice Biennale, Galleria Perela, Italy
Bus Stop, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK
Sturovo Super Hero Society, The Hay-On-Wye Festival, Wales, UK
Athens Photo Festival 10 (In collaboration with Domosthenes Agrafiotis), Athens, Greece
Wolf and Badger/Salon Contemporary, Selfridges Department Store, Oxford St, London, UK
Building with Colour, Curated by Professor Helen Baker, Gallery North, Northumbria University, UK
Greatings Programs, (In collaboration with Conor Lawless), Tron, Glasgow, UK
Digital Showcase, Austin Museum of Digital Art, Austin, Texas, USA
Attitude, Center for Contemporary Public Arts, Bitola, Macedonia
Video Art and Architecture VI, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Illuminators International, (In collaboration with Conor Lawless), Yekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport, Russia
Urban Identity, Monkey town, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Harry Smith Anthology Remixed, (In collaboration with Matthew Cowan), Curated by Rebecca Shatwell, The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow, UK
Robots, Durham International Festival of Art, Durham, UK
Digital Long Island Media Festival, IMAC Theater, New York, USA
The International Experimental Film Festival, Florean Museum, Baia Mare, Romania
Video Art & Architecture III, The Cultural Communication Centre of Klaipeda, Lithuania
Video Art & Architecture II, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
First Play Berlin, Hau 2, Berlin, Germany
Nostos, (In collaboration with Nicholas John Montgomery), Northern Lights Film Festival, Side Cinema, Newcastle, UK
Lux Artist Film, The Royal College, London, UK
Video Art & Architecture I, Culteral el Molino Atomic, Barcelona, Spain
Crossovers Japan
, Curated by Tomomi Iguchi,Toyota Museum of Art, International House, Kyoto, Japan



The Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen, China
The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy (Second Appointment)
The Art Student League of New York, USA
The Kathmadu Contemporary Art Centre at the Patan Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal
Coachwerks, Brighton, UK
The Bridge Guard Residency, Štúrovo, Slovakia
The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy
Rednile, Exhibition - I Won the Maths Prize at School (In Collaboration with Conor Lawless), Sunderland, UK
Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan


Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
Banyan Art House, Hangzhou, China
Yale University (NUS), Singapore
The Art Student League of New York, USA
The Bridge Guard, Štúrovo, Slovakia
Building With Colour Symposium, Northumbria University, UK
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK