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James Johnson-Perkins

Academic Content Team Leader (Humanities and Social Sciences) & Preliminary Tutor and Convener for Art and Design courses , CELE


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Current: Doctorate Researcher (Lancaster University, UK)
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (New College Durham, UK)
MA Fine Art (Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK)
BA Fine Art (University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK)




Expertise summary

I am the preliminary tutor in Art and Design and the Academic Content Team Leader for Humanities and Social Sciences for CELE. I recently worked at The British School of Art and Design, Moscow, Russia and The Scientific College of Muscat, Oman. I also worked as a visiting Fine Arts lecturer at Xiamen University, China in the summer of 2018. In the last 20 years, I have been internationally involved as: Head of Department, Art Lecturer/Associate Professor, and Exhibition Space Director/Curator and as an Artist.

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 renowned 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, The Chinese European Arts Centre, Xiamen, China, Toyota Museum of Modern Art, Japan, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, The Royal College of Art, London, UK and recently at The Liangzhu Culture Centre, Hangzhou, China.


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.



  • 2017
  • Rapsodia Magazine, Italy, Fall/December ISBN 2532-1838
  • TV Interview, In Conversation with Dr Helen Adkins, The Emily Harvey Foundation, Margin Productions, Italy, July
  • TV Documentary, Indefinite Memories Film, Margin Productions, China, July
  • A5 Magazine, UK, August
  • United Projects International Newsletter, August/September
  • 2016
  • International Journal of Scientific Research and Innovative Technology
  • ISSN 2313-3759, Vol. 3 No. 4, April
  • Ningbo Focus Magazine, April
  • 2015
  • Xiamen News, China, Website 28/7/2015
  • Ningbo University Press, China, May
  • 2012
  • PTC2, Serbian TV
  • 2011
  • Wave Radio, Czech Republic, March
  • 2010
  • Digimag Magazine, Italy, May
  • BBC West Midland TV, 'Today Program' News Feature, UK, TX 9/2/10
  • 2009
  • ‘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
  • 2008
  • 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
  • 2007
  • 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
  • 2002
  • 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

  • 2017
  • Liangzhu Culture Centre, Hangzhou, China (Curated by Zhanna Khromykh)
  • 2015
  • Please Wait Whilst...Monkey Magic Sings Chinese Covers of 80's Pop Classics in Times Square, The Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen, China
  • 2014
  • The Starry Sky Lights Up Because of You, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
  • 2013
  • The Great Battle, ARTPLAY, Roland Academy, Moscow, Russia
  • 2012
  • Back to the Future, Arts Student League of New York, USA
  • 2011
  • The Box, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK
  • The Sturovo Super Hero Society, The Bridge Guard Residency, Štúrovo, Slovakia
  • 2010
  • New Works, The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy
  • Who Killed Top of The Pops, Nospace, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Robot Invasion, The Public, West Bromwich, UK
  • 2009
  • 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
  • 2008
  • How Does it Feel?, Nospace, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 50 Robots, Exhibit Gallery, London, UK
  • Robot Dreams, Red Gallery, Hull, UK
  • 2007
  • Turn me On, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle, UK
  • 2006
  • Jet Pack, The UK Arts Council, Newcastle, UK


Selected Group

  • 2017
  • The Quickest Distance is Not Always Via a Straight Line, The Wrong Bienalle
  • The Reserrection of Cosmicman (With Dina Johnson-Perkins), The City Gallery, Peterborough, UK
  • 2016
  • BodySpace, Hangzhou Public Library, China
  • 2015
  • I AM, 9 Arbat St, Moscow, Russia
  • 2014
  • DIY Reality, 17 Nastavichesky, Moscow, Russia
  • When Suspicions are Becoming the Norm, FABRIKA, in association with Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 2013
  • 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
  • 2012
  • 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
  • 2011
  • 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
  • 2010
  • Athens Photo Festival 10 (In collaboration with Domosthenes Agrafiotis), Athens, Greece
  • Wolf and Badger/Salon Contemporary, Selfridges Department Store, Oxford St, London, UK
  • 2009
  • Building with Colour, Curated by Professor Helen Baker, Gallery North, Northumbria University, UK
  • Greetings 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
  • 2008
  • 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
  • 2007
  • 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
  • 2006
  • First Play Berlin, Hau 2, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005
  • Nostos, (In collaboration with Nicholas John Montgomery), Northern Lights Film Festival, Side Cinema, Newcastle, UK
  • 2004
  • Lux Artist Film, The Royal College, London, UK
  • Video Art & Architecture I, Culteral el Molino Atomic, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2003
  • Crossovers Japan, Curated by Tomomi Iguchi,Toyota Museum of Art, International House, Kyoto, Japan



  • 2017
  • The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy (Third Appointment)
  • 2015
  • The Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen, China
  • 2014
  • The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy (Second Appointment)
  • 2012
  • The Art Student League of New York, USA
  • The Kathmadu Contemporary Art Centre at the Patan Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2011
  • Coachwerks, Brighton, UK
  • The Bridge Guard Residency, Štúrovo, Slovakia
  • 2010
  • The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy
  • 2007
  • Rednile, Exhibition - I Won the Maths Prize at School (In Collaboration with Dr Conor Lawless), Sunderland, UK
  • 2003
  • Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan



  • 2018
  • The China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • Xiamen University, Xiamen, China (Second Presentation)
  • 2015
  • Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
  • 2014
  • Yale University (NUS), Singapore
  • 2012
  • The Art Student League of New York, USA
  • 2011
  • The Bridge Guard, Štúrovo, Slovakia
  • 2009
  • Building With Colour Symposium, Northumbria University, UK
  • 2002
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK