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Mick Wilson

Director of studies

HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg


The Crafts and Fine Art
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Mick Wilson

  • Mick Wilson is an artist, educator and researcher based in Gothenburg and Dublin. He is currently Professor of Art. and Director of Studies for Research Education, at Hdk-Valand, University of Gothenburg.

  • Trained as both an artist and as a historian of art and design–with graduate degrees in art & design history; information technology and education; and visual culture–he is a research professor at University of Gothenburg, appointed on both academic and artistic grounds (according to the Swedish University protocol.) Having approximately three decades of experience in higher arts education, research, development and leadership, he has worked in a wide variety of roles and institutions, including as: former Director of Valand Academy, Gothenburg (2012-2018); Fellow at BAK, basis voor aktuele kunst, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2018/2019); Editor-in-chief PARSE Journal for Artistic Research (2015-2017); Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Ireland (2007-2012); chair of the SHARE network of 40 higher arts education institutions across 30-plus countries (2010-2014); Head of Research, National College of Art & Design, Ireland (2005-2007).

  • Current research interests include questions of: art as public culture; political community with the dead; foodways and the political imaginary; exhibition-making as enquiry; and the rhetorical dynamics of knowledge conflict and symbolic violence.

Current projects include:

  • PARSE On the Question of Exhibition (GU, 2020-2021) with Prof. Jyoti Mistry, Kjell Caminha, and Nick Aikens;
  • Our Many Europes (EACEA, 2018-2022) with Dr. Corina Oprea et al. - and the L'Internationale museum confederation;
  • Open Up (EACEA, 2019-2023) with Dr. Sarah Tuck, Behjat Omer Abdulla, Andreas Engman - and the Open Up network;
  • Public Art Research Report II (GU, 2020-2022) with Kjell Caminha; and
  • Fontänen: Ett konst-teknologiskt socialt drama (FORMAS, 2020-2024) with Maddie Leach and Prof. Lars-Henrik Ståhl (LTH)

Co-edited volumes include:

  • Curating After the Global (MIT Press, 2019)
  • Public Enquiries: PARK LEK & the Scandinavian Social Turn (BDP, 2018)
  • How Institutions Think (MIT Press, 2017)
  • The Curatorial Conundrum (MIT Press, 2016)
  • Curating Research, Open Editions/De Appel (2014);
  • Curating and the Educational Turn, Open Editions/De Appel (2010)
  • SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education, ELIA (2013)

Current doctoral supervisions include: ‘Political Imaginaries: Practice-led research into sites of nationalism and internationalism, the 1990s and the present’ Nick Aikens (2018-2022), ‘Ten Tongues to Talk / Tio tungor att tala’ Jennifer Hayashida (2018-2022); ‘Pace and Place for Cospecies Cultivation’ Åsa Sonjasdotter (2018-2022); ‘Noun to Verb: an investigation into the micro-politics of publishing through artistic practice’ Eva Weinmayr (2018-2020) co-supervisor with Prof. Jyoti Mistry; and ‘Ultimology, or the study of endings, as a point of entry for imaginative discourse’ Fiona Hallinan (2019-2023) external co-supervisor with Prof. Nancy Vansieleghem, LUCA Ghent.