Dr. Steve Fossey FHEA


BA (Hons), MA, DTLLS, PhD


Current Appointments 


Senior Lecturer and Fine Art Programme Leader, School of Fine and Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK.


Artist and Researcher working nationally and internationally.




Middlesex University, 2012 – 2017


University of Northampton, 2011 – 2012


Nottingham Trent University, 2000 – 2006


South Nottingham College, 1993 – 1996




Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2018


PhD. Title: Site-Specific Performance and the Mechanics of Becoming Social, supervised by Professor Vida Midgelow and Dr Josephine Machon, 2017.


DTLLS. Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (fully qualified teacher status), Central College Nottingham, 2008 – 2010


MA Performance and Live Art (by registered project/thesis), supervised by Professor John Newling, Nottingham Trent University, 2004-2006


BA (hons) Contemporary Arts (First Class),

Nottingham Trent University, 2000-2003


City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Adult Numeracy and Literacy

Central College Nottingham, 2010


GNVQ Adv. Level 3-Art and Design, 1996


BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design, 1994


Career Details


Head of Department, Performing Arts and Media FE and HE, Brooksby Melton College, 2014-16


Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Drama, Lincoln University, 2013-14


Associate Lecturer, MA Contemporary Performance Practice, Brunel University, 2014


Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, 2005-2016


Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Theatre Arts, Middlesex University, 2013-14


Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Derby University, 2013


Associate Lecturer, MA Fine Art, University of Northampton, 2011-12


Lecturer, Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Foundation Degree in Visual Arts, School of Creative and Enterprise, Central College Nottingham 2011-14


Programme Leader, Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design, Central College Nottingham School of Visual Arts and Digital Media, 2006-11


Lecturer, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, New College Nottingham, 2005-07


Exhibitions Technical Manager, Future Factory at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University 2004-06


Assistant to John Newling, Professor of Installation Sculpture, Nottingham Trent University, 2004-06


Growing Bolder Project co-ordinator, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire 2004-05 (Arts Council funded project).


Gallery Assistant, Nottingham Castle Art Gallery 2003-04 


Exhibitions and Events Technical Manager, Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham 2002-03


Youth Worker (community arts), Nottingham City Council 2002-03


Selected Publications, Artistic and Practice-as-Research output (selected)


Composing the Material of Our Inner Voices: Creative Listening and the Dialogic Self, published in Leap Into Action Companion: Critical Performative Pedagogies in Art & Design Education by Peter Lang, ed. Campbell, L. ISBN 1433166445, 9781433166440



Fossey, S (2019) An imbricated drawing ontology: Economies of pattern, chaos and scale, published in Drawing, Research, Theory, Practice Journal by Intellect

Fossey, S (2019) Bites of Passage: Thresholds, Permeability and Hand-Fed Food for Thought published in Body, Space, Technology Journal by Open Library of Humanities



Fossey, S (2017) ‘Site Specific Performance and the Mechanics of Becoming Social’.  Practice-as-research PhD.



Fossey, S (2016) Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. [Reviewer]


Fossey, S (2016) Periodic Review of FdA Performing Arts and Validation of BA (hons) Performing Arts, Arts University Bournemouth, UK. [External Panel Industry Expert]




Fossey, S (2015) Love at First (Site), published in Ways to Wander, Triarchy Press, Hind and Qualman. ISBN: 978-1-909470-72-9





Fossey, S (2014) Host(s).  Commissioned by the European Arts and Theatre Festival, UK. [Performance]


Fossey, S (2014) Seen This.  Arts Council England commissioned essay for Seen This exhibition of Contemporary British Art, Hopkinson Gallery, Nottingham, UK. 


Fossey, S (2014) Watching/Hoping, Finalist in the Artslant Commissioned Georgia Fee Residency, Paris, France.


Fossey, S (2014) Performative Processes of Place.  Published in Body Space and Technology Journal, Brunel University, UK. ISSN 1470-9120ISSN 1470-9120 470-9120


Fossey, S (2014) In Dialogue, International Dialogic Practices Conference, Nottingham Contemporary Gallery, Nottingham, UK. [Selection Committee expert]


Fossey, S (2014) I Will Tell You That I Love You and Mean It.  Commissioned by Bath Festival of Arts, Bath, UK. [Performance]


Fossey, S (2014) Papergirl, various sites across Belfast, NI.  [Performance]


Fossey, S (2014) Host, Little Wolf Parade Festival of Live Art, Nottingham, UK.  [Performance]




Fossey, S (2013) Performative Processes of Place (1), Published in the Video Journal of Performance, University of Hull, UK.


Fossey, S (2013) Platform e-journal of Theatre and Performing Arts. [Reviewer]


Fossey, S (2013) On imagination: the future of the imaginary in art and argument. University of Sheffield, UK [Delegate]


Fossey, S (2013) Hello I Love You.  In A Better Tomorrow, Embrace Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK. [Performance]


Fossey, S (2013) Thought Acts, Liberated Words Festival, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK. [Digital Media]


Fossey, S (2013) Love at First (site), Walking in the City Festival, The Parlour Rooms and various sites in Bristol, UK. [Performance/Installation]


Fossey, S (2013) The Heckler.  BBC radio Nottingham, in ‘The Heckler’ research symposium and exhibition, Trade gallery, Nottingham, UK. [Performance]


Fossey, S (2013) Creative Twinning, Guest Artist, Perfekt Futur, Karlsruhe, Germany. [Performance]


Fossey, S (2013) Intersubjective facelessness - the experience of unwitting interaction, INTERACTIVITY/INTERPASSIVITY – 5th Annual Research Conference in Art and Theatre, Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, UK.  [Research Paper/Performance]


Fossey, S (2013) STEM.  The Corner Gallery, Nottingham, UK. [Installation]


Fossey, S (2013) Cultural Twinning, The Space, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK and Karlsruhe, Germany. [Performance]


Fossey, S (2013) The Voice and the Object.  Published in Nottingham Visual Arts edition 11, eds. Bramich and Syson. [Essay]


Fossey, S (2013) Spill Writing.  Writer in Residence at Writers Unpacked, Spill Festival of Performance and Live Art. [Performance Writing and Digital Text]


Fossey, S (2013) Re-imagining Social Space through an Openness to the Becoming of Place, Becoming Nomad: Hybrid Spaces, Liquid Architectures, York St John University, York, UK. [Research Paper].


Fossey, S (2013) Guided Tours in Contemporary Art.  3rd International Research Forum on Guided Tours, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Breda, Netherlands. [Selected Research Paper]


Fossey, S (2013) Transfer Panel.  Middlesex University, Hendon, UK. [Submission of practice and written defence of Doctoral standard: successful upgrade from MPhil to PHD.  Chair: Professor Susan Melrose]


Fossey, S (2013) 52 Artists for Bulwell.   In Nottart, Corner Gallery, Nottingham, UK. [Installation]




Fossey, S (2012) Hand Movement with Hans Bellmer in Mind.  In Little Wolf Parade Festival of Live Art, Nottingham, UK. [Digital Media]


Fossey, S (2012) Is That Wrong?  In Drunken Nights, The Trafalgar, London, UK, commissioned by Drunken Chorus. [Performance]


Fossey, S (2012) Reflections on Honesty and Risk – an hour or so with Ron Athey.  Published in Nottingham Visuals Arts, October Issue, Syson. [Essay]


Fossey, S (2012) Toeing the Line – the culture of getting involved, TaPRA International Annual Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. [Research paper]


Fossey, S (2012) In Dialogue: Re-thinking Site-specificity and Community. International Conference on Dialogue in contemporary fine art practice, Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK. [Research Paper]


Fossey, S (2012) Liberated Words from Berlin, Mix International Festival of Transmedia Writing and Digital Creativity, The Pound Arts Centre, Bath, UK. [Digital Media]


Fossey, S (2012) Trying to make more sense? – An introduction, beginning and reflection of a dialogic performance.  Images and Essay published in Activate Journal Volume 2, Issue 1: Figure of the Sensible. Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance, University of Roehampton, UK. [Essay/Performance Images]


Fossey, S (2012) Berlin – The Space Between.   Multitude Festival of Art, The Viewer Gallery, London, UK. [Digital Media]


Fossey, S (2012) The Revealing of the Self Through Being in Place.  Journeys Across Media, Department of Film, Theatre and Television Annual Conference, University of Reading, UK. [Research Paper]


Fossey, S (2012) The Ontologies of Observation.   TaPRA Interdisciplinary Approaches to Documenting Performance Conference, University of Hull, UK. [Research Paper]


Fossey, S and Irvine, R (2012) Self and Authenticity in Performance.  Performing Research Creative Exchanges Conference, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, London, UK. [Research Paper/Performance]


Fossey, S (2012) What’s So Funny About Piss, Blood: An Understanding? With Humorous Intent, Mostyn Oriel Gallery, Wales, UK. [Research Paper/Performance]


Fossey, S (2012) Digital Hybridities, University of Derby, UK [Delegate]




Fossey, S (2011) Landscape/Space/Politics.  Annual Doreen Massey Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. [Delegate]


Fossey, S (2011) Redefining a Sense of Place, Annual Post Graduate Conference in the Arts and Related Disciplines, University of Northampton, UK. [Research Paper/Performance]


Fossey, S (2011) Perspectives on Landscapes - Literature and Social Landscapes, East Midlands Universities Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University, UK. [Panel Chair]


Fossey, S (2011) In Praxis.  Practice as Research Conference, University of Northampton, UK. [Research Paper]


Fossey, S and Belasco Rogers, D (2011) Collaborative Map.  LADA DIY commission, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Breton, UK. [Performance]


Fossey, S (2006 - 2011) The Tailshakers.  Musician and Artistic Director.  Recordings, Live Performances, Workshops and Lectures across UK and Europe.  Supported by BBC, Arts Council England, Prince’s Trust among others.



Professional Affiliations



Higher Education Academy


Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA)


National Association of Fine Art Educators (NAFAE)


Contemporary Performance Network


Performance Philosophy



Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise




Art Criticism

Contemporary Theatre

Continental Philosophy

Dialogic Art

Live Art



Relational Aesthetics

Site-specific Art

Socially-engaged Art

Visual Culture