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Ms Helen Potkin

Associate Professor


I am an art historian interested in the relationships between art and education and the role of participation in both. As Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Fine Art and Art History, I am engaged with the various ways in which history, theory and practice interact.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, interested in pedagogy and the nature of learning, in and as art. Specifically, I explore the role of participatory practices in contemporary art and how participation itself is central to the learning process.

I have lately been working on a project in which students and I co-created our second-year module as a way of designing a relevant, dynamic and current curriculum. I speak and write widely on the topic; most recently in October 2017 at the Equality Challenge Unit's Annual Conference, Inclusivity, intersectionality, action: moving forward the equality agenda in higher education.

Areas of specialism

  • Co-creation
  • Pedagogy
  • Modern and contemporary art history
  • History and theory of sculpture
  • Participation


  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2016
  • MA Sculpture Studies, University of Leeds, 1990
  • BA (Hons) History and History of Art, University of York, 1988
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