Mark Anstee

About

I've been a practicing artist and designer for 30 years and I've been teaching for half that time across art & design at numerous universities, colleges and institutes throughout the UK.

Drawing is my primary subject and my practice, and I value it's power as a democratic language independent of curated territories, subject areas, cultural hierarchies or educational privilege. 

As a teacher, I'm interested in how drawing is used reflectively throughout the design process and, how drawing can help us relate to the natural world through direct engagement with material.

My own practice uses drawing as the focus of witnessed performance, as a mnemonic and, as a marker of place and identity. I've been invited to make site-specific drawing interventions at Imperial War Museum North; John Hansard Gallery; Bluecoat Liverpool; De La Warr Pavilion; Fabrica Brighton; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Whitworth Art Gallery; RAMM Exeter; In Flanders Fields Museum Belgium; Stonehenge and the Neolithic site Castanheiro Dos Vento, Portugal.

I've worked as collaborating artist/designer in theatre and opera with the National Theatre, BAC, The Gate, Jerwood Space, Southwark Playhouse, Synergy-theatre and as associate director with Sound & Fury.

I was awarded a Leverhulme scholarship at Manchester University for my work on a new visual culture for the Stonehenge Cursus Monument, and an Honorary Research Fellowship for setting up The Cursus Bureau - an open forum for all subject areas to discuss making stuff up, at The School of Arts Histories and Cultures.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer & Pathway Leader Fashion Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice.

Qualifications

  • MAFA
  • BA (1) Fine Art-Goldsmiths College London University
  • BA (2) Performance-CSSD
  • BAAT Certificate for Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Human Anatomy For the Artist: University of London College Hospital

Teaching and learning

I have taught as a visiting lecturer across Fine Art & Design at all levels including Foundation, Undergraduate, Post Graduate, PhD and at independent art & design schools, prisons and schools.

Currently, I'm Senior Lecturer and joint Pathway Leader for Fashion & Costume on Foundation Studies, but I've been lecturing and planning content for modules at Kingston University since 2006, firstly as a Lecturer and Assessor on the Masters programme 'Drawing as Process' then, as visiting lecturer on the Visual Culture Module - Media Technology BSc and Drawing and drawing tutor for the areas Fine Art; Fashion; 3D Design and Visual Communication on Foundation Studies.

I have worked at University of Brighton as a regular Lecturer and tutor on Fine Art Sculpture, Fine Art Printmaking BA; Fine Art Critical Practice BA; Illustration BA; Fine Art MA

Other visiting Lecturer positions include Liverpool John Moores University, Fine Art BA; Plymouth University BA Fine Art; Northbrook College BA/Foundation Fine Art; Dunstable College BA/Foundation Fine Art; University College for the Creative Arts BA Fine Art; West Kent College BA Fine Art

Other positions and appointments in Education include - University of Manchester appointment Leverhulme Award & Honorary Research Fellow with Archaeology MA/BA; Arts & Visual Culture BA Art History MA and Creative writing MA.

And as Lecturer and workshop leader for The National Society for Education in Art & Design (NSEAD) Drawing for educators, 'Drawing as  Provocation' Mac School Glasgow, University of Gloucester, Kingston University.

I am currently the Drawing tutor for Marc Fish Furniture Design School.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fine Art/Drawing MAFA, BA
  • Performance BA
  • Human Anatomy; 1 year course with surgeons at University of London Hospital (diploma)

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

Drawing, as a subject and in its widest interpretation, is my primary practice, academic research and teaching specialism. I teach drawing at all levels across all art & design areas, and, as a tool for thinking, within and outside art & design.

Drawing for me, is a singular and distinct language, independent of the parameters of academic study, curated subject areas and instrumentalism.

I studied Fine Art at Goldsmith's College, Performance at Central School of Speech & Drama and worked as a performer in Theatre, Film, TV for 10 years, before returning to do a Masters in Fine Art at University of Brighton. 

Here, I combined experience and training in drawing, set design and performance to create a new practice.

Collectively known as 'Drawing Monuments', I have been commissioned to make site-specific installations for Imperial War Museum North (lead artist WW1 centenary), Stonehenge, Bluecoat Liverpool, De La Warr Pavilion, Fabrica Gallery Brighton, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, RAMM Exeter and In Flanders Fields Museum Belgium.

In practice and research, other outputs include collaborations and interventions with archaeologists and archaeological sites.

I was Awarded Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at Manchester University, for my work on the Stonehenge Cursus Monument and then, as Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Arts, Histories & Cultures, where I set up a Lecture tour to disseminate this work and 'The Cursus Bureau' a forum for discussion of 'made -up stuff ' within the School.

I have collaborated with various theatre companies as associate artist and designer, including National Theatre, Jerwood Space, Battersea Arts Centre, Southwark Playhouse and Synergy Theatre at HMP Brixton & Wandsworth, and was awarded Jerwood designer of the year for KAPPA at the Gate Theatre.  

I also make paintings, posters and Neon drawings and have commercial representation in the UK and Belgium.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Drawing MA
  • Fine Art MA
  • Performance BA

Areas of specialism

  • Drawing
  • Fine Art
  • Perfomance
  • The Stonehenge Cursus Monument
  • WW1 Figurative Memorials

Business, knowledge transfer and international

RAMM Contemporary Artists & Cultural Heritage lecture and artist's panel group, chaired by Martin Thomas. Speakers Camilla Hampshire, Sonia Boyce, Serena Korda, Rod Dickinson, Jill Constantine, Matt Burrows and Kathy Norris 

Red-Blue-Red-Blue 7 Podcast interviews published by Imperial War Museum AudioBoom channel, made in collaboration with the Royal Lancashire Regiment; Southwark Boxing club; Manchester United FC and Manchester city academics and fans Stonehenge Grand Tour Podcasts - (published on Soundcloud) 'Edgar Barclay, painting Stonehenge' and Henry Moore Stonehenge Suite made in collaboration with Wiltshire Museum, Devizes and Young Gallery, Salisbury 

50x50=75; Methodology of Edition, a project on art and culture exchange through contemporary printmaking art for knowledge acquisition and academic cooperation

'Stonehenge, the Grand Tour' 1 year online blog detailing observations, interviews and encounters at the world archaeological site including 'Knowns and Unknowns' Interview at Stonehenge by U.S.Television Channel KSL Guardian Guide:The Leverhulme Trust Newsletter: 'Mystery of the Stonehenge Cursus' article British Archaeology Magazine: 'Drawing Stonehenge'  'Touchstone' (catalogue) with essays by curator Kim Chittick and Dr Helen Wickstead Salisbury and Wiltshire Museum'Fabrica

The First Ten Years' (gallery catalogue) Mark Anstee Early Redemption 'Assignments' Press Photographers Year: 'Early Redemption' Fabrica Gallery, photo Roger Bamber

'Red-Blue-Red-Blue' Short documentary film by Gabi Cowburn on IWMN WW1 Centenary  commission screened at John Hansard Gallery Southampton

'Encounter' documentary film by Gabi Cowburn in association with Film Council UK screened at John Hansard Gallery Southampton and Pitzhanger Manor London Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin Fabrica Brighton and Cemea Lille Imperial War Museum London; British Film Council International Festival Tour De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill

'Encounter' (catalogue) In Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium: Essays by Piet Chielens, Dr. Catherine Moriaty and Mark Espine

'Drawing On Glass' a drawing film in collaboration with Gabi Cowburn screened at Bluecoat Liverpool

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • NA

Areas of interest

  • Drawing
  • Performance
  • Fine Art
  • Memorial Sculpture
  • Archaeology

Industry links

  • Imperial War Museum North
  • In Flanders Fields Museum Belgium
  • Liverpool Bluecoat
  • De Queeste Gallery Belgium
  • De La Warr Pavilion
  • RAMM
  • National Theatre Studio
  • Sound & Fury Theatre Company
  • Synergy Theatre Company
  • Splinter - Scenery and Prop makers

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Drawing, as a subject and in its widest interpretation, is my primary practice, academic research and teaching specialism. I teach drawing at all levels across all art & design areas, and, as a tool for thinking, within and outside art & design.

Drawing for me, is a singular and distinct language, independent of the parameters of academic study, curated subject areas and instrumentalism, and is universally accessible to all.

I have been some kind of artist or other for last 30 years, with an eclectic education and various practices. 

I studied Fine Art at Goldsmith's College, Performance at Central School of Speech & Drama and worked as a performer in Theatre, Film, TV for 10 years, before returning to do a Masters in Fine Art at University of Brighton. 

Here, I combined experience and training in drawing, set design and performance to create a new practice.

Collectively known as 'Drawing Monuments', I have been commissioned to make site-specific installations for Imperial War Museum North (lead artist WW1 centenary), Stonehenge, Bluecoat Liverpool, De La Warr Pavilion, Fabrica Gallery Brighton, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, RAMM Exeter and In Flanders Fields Museum Belgium.

In practice and research, other outputs include collaborations and interventions with archaeologists and archaeological sites and I was Awarded Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Manchester University, for creating a new visual language for the Stonehenge Cursus Monument.

I have collaborated with various theatre companies as associate artist and designer, including National Theatre, Jerwood Space, Battersea Arts Centre, Southwark Playhouse and Synergy Theatre at HMP Brixton & Wandsworth, and was awarded Jerwood designer of the year for KAPPA at the Gate Theatre.  

I also make paintings, posters and Neon drawings and have commercial representation in the UK and Belgium.

Qualifications and expertise

  • NA

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • NA

Leadership and management

Pathway Leader in Fashion & Costume Foundation Studies

Qualifications and expertise

  • NA

University responsibilities

  • Module Content for Fashion & Costume Pathway Foundation Studies
  • Delivery of Content for Fashion & Costume Pathway Foundation Studies