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Dr.Cathy Gale (MA: RCA / SFHEA) Course Leader MA Communication Design: Graphic Design is a research-led educator and graphic artist specializing in critical and performative approaches to design as a social praxis defined by speculative play and the politics of public life. In a research-led approach through design pedagogy she subverts conventional design tools to operate as counter-cultural political devices in unconventional contexts. The recent focus of her research has been on collective systems, dialogic design and non-tribal community identities. She leads the Open Art School Collective (OASC) and the Alternative Art School (AAS) in a shift towards social agency rather than isolated precarity in contemporary culture. The Disco Dissent collective forms a transformative extension of the AAS in which creative dissent and enterprise meet as innovative modes of practice in the third places of social life. Dr.Gale is a PhD supervisor, external examiner (Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL; Arts University Bournemouth), and Professor of Ludic Heterotopias at The Free University of Seething Wells.
Gale, Cathy (2020) Art school as a transformative locus for risk in an age of uncertainty. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 19(1), pp. 107-118. ISSN (print) 1474-273X
Gale, Cathy (2019) Free!* Reclaiming 'freedom' from the neoliberal lexicon. Message, 4, (In Press)
Gale, Cathy (2017) #AlternativeArtschool // an interstitial space for creative dissent. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 16(1), pp. 99-115. ISSN (print) 1474-273X
Gale, Cathy (2016) Critical design practice : mapping a new territory for the discipline (or 'Are we nearly there yet?)'. Message : Communication Arts Research, 3(6/6), pp. 85-106.
Gale, Cathy (2015) Problem-finding as a research strategy connecting undergraduate learning with staff research in contemporary education institutions. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 14(2), pp. 145-159. ISSN (print) 1474-273X
Renton, Lucy and Gale, Cathy (2014) Blog post describing HEA funded one day Seminar at Knights Park campus entitled "Collecting as a form of material knowledge across design disciplines: a narrative research method from FE to HE to lifelong learning.". Higher Education Academy blog,
Gale, Cathy (2019) Wall of words : dialogic activism in collective design. In: Bieling, Tom, (ed.) Design (&) activism : perspectives on design as activism and activism as design. Mimesis International. pp. 139-153. ISBN 9788869772412
Renton, Lucy [Research team member], Postle, Paul [Research team member], Gale, Cathy [Research team member] and Blair, Bernadette [Research team head] (2012) Presentation on Open Educational Resources in FADA. In: Practising Open Education: developing the potential of open educational resources in art, design & media; 15 Sep 2012, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)