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About Dr Jeremy Turner

Jeremy is a sculptor and Fine Art practitioner who has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe. He is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and has sculptural works held in private collections


My teaching interests are predominantly studio based and encompass all Fine Art disciplines with a particular emphasis on sculptural practice, process and technique. I teach into modules at all undergraduate levels, have some MA input and have joint supervision responsibilities for a number of PhD researchers. I have held a number of academic posts at UK institutions where my practice has informed and underpinned my teaching.


  • 2007 ~ present: Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Chester
  • 2005 ~ 2007: Lecturer, Fine Art, University of Chester
  • 2005: Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design, University of Lincoln
  • 2004 ~ 2005: 0.5 Lecturer, Sculpture, Department of Contemporary Art Practice, University of Leeds
  • 2000: Visiting Lecturer, The Arts Institute, Bournemouth
  • 1998 ~ 2004: 0.5 Lecturer, Sculpture, Department of Fine Art, Bretton Hall University College
  • 1996 ~ 1997: Sculpture Research Fellow, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
  • 1994 ~ 1995 P/T Sculpture Technician, Department of Fine Art, Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds

Research Supervision

  • One PhD supervision successfully completed, with a further three students currently being jointly supervised at various stages of their research. I have also acted as internal examiner for one PhD and MRes student.

External Examiner & External Advisory Roles

  • 2009 ~ 2013: Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education, University of Hull. External Examiner, BA (Hons) Fine Art & MA Fine Art programmes.
  • 2016: Open University, Hull College Group. External panel member for Fine Art programme revalidation.
  • 2013 ~ 2017: Bangor University. External Examiner, BA (Hons) Fine Art & MA Fine Art programmes.
  • 2013 ~ 2017: University of Wales Trinity St. David, Swansea College of Art. External Examiner, MA Contemporary Dialogues: Fine Art.


My research is predominantly practice based and sculptural in output, with drawing as a related and emerging field of activity. Interests that inform this practice include history and anecdote, memory, the phenomenology of materials and form and the construction of narrative and meaning. 

Published Work

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009: Refulget Labores Nostros Coelo, Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, Villa Favard, Firenze
2008: Stories and Structures, Grosvenor Museum & Gallery, Chester
2003: Talking Point, Offices of Manning, Selvage & Lee, London
2001: Leisure State, Centre for Sculpture, Bretton Hall campus, University of Leeds
1996: Back to Source, Diorama Gallery, London

1994: Body Politic, Willoughby Memorial Gallery, Corby Glen, Lincolnshire

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018: Inspired by Nature, Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Ambleside

2017: Grosvenor 12th Open Art Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum & Art Gallery, Chester

2014: Diffrazioni, Firenze Multimedia Festival, Villa Bardini, Firenze

2013: Zeitgeist Open Exhibition, 2013, Bond House Gallery, ASC Studios, London
2013: Above & Below, Alvanley Cliff Woodland, Curatorial Project and Exhibition
2011: In The Woods Today, Alvanley Cliff Woodland, Curatorial Project and Exhibition
2010: Intro, Cube Gallery, Manchester
2010: Here Lies Art, Nunhead Cemetery, London
2009: Thoroughly Modern Dora, Brent Artists Resource, Willesden Green, London
2009: Encounter, Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool
2008: Mobilise, University of Chester
2008: EdgeCentrics, Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, Liverpool
2007:18@108, RBS Gallery, London
2006: Beauty & the Beast, Stourhead National Trust, Wiltshire
2006: Eating Out in the Great Outdoors, MODA, University of Middlesex
2005: Art in the Garden, Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, University of Leicester
2004: Outdoor Habitats, MODA, University of Middlesex
2001: Ida Branson Memorial Bequest Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset
2000: Means of Production, New Greenham Arts Centre, Greenham Common

2000:Crossing, Mrura Gallery, Bellharbour, Eire
1999: Art & the Engineers, British Engineerium, Brighton

Awards / Prizes

2004: Royal Society of British Sculptors, (elected associate member)
2003: Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust, (sculpture research grant)
2002: Yorkshire Arts, (research and development grant)
1993~94: Scottish Arts Council (bursary/ residency, Scottish Sculpture Workshop)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles / Chapters

Turner, J (2016) “Double Edged Sword” in Davis R. & Tilley A. (Ed.) 2016, What They Didn’t Teach You in Art School: What you need to know to survive as an artist. London, Ilex Press.

Turner, J (2001) "From Parochialism to Internationalism, a Sculptural Journey." Journal article published in The Cutting Edge, Volume 4, ISSN 1366-8005

Other refereed and/or non-published conference contributions

Turner, J (2009) "Crossing the Border, a Right Bloody Performance." Paper delivered at Aberystwyth University, Living Landscapes conference.

Turner, J (2009) "The Silence of Dormant Information & Other Stories." Paper delivered at the University of Chester, Silence conference.

Turner, J (2009) "Original Sin." Paper delivered at the University of Chester, The Art of Appropriation & Kurt Schwitters in England conference

Turner, J (2007) "In Praise of Gawping: A Topographical Study of the Lincolnshire Landscape." Paper delivered at The University of Nottingham, Space, Place & Visuality symposium

Turner, J (2005) "Mixed Media." Paper delivered at the Royal Society of British Sculptors, London


  • 2006: PGCTLHE, University of Chester
  • 2001: PhD, Sculpture by Practice, University of Leeds
  • 1995: MA Fine Art, Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds
  • 1992: BA (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester Polytechnic
  • 1989: BTEC ND General Art & Design, Lincolnshire College of Art & Design