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Every something (is an echo of nothing)… (John Cage)   Glass and folded drawing.  J.S. Grant

Dr Jennifer Grant ba (hons) mafa mag mrss


Summary of main research interests


Conceptual Materialism.  Notational and observational practices. The integration of glass and drawing. Contemporary drawing issues. Drawing taxonomies, pedagogy and innovation. Core practice and complexity in drawing.  Sculpture. Perceptual language. Multi and Cross Disciplinary working. Sustainable work practices and context in art and design. Defining art practice within the low carbon economy. Environmental arts. Sound and Form.


PhD Research  (Practice orientated research comprising practice and theory)


Glass and Drawing, Integrating theoretical and contemporary drawing issues with studio glass practice.

Department of Glass and Ceramics, University of Sunderland.

Academic Qualifications


2007 - 13 PhD University of Sunderland

2004 - 05 MA Glass. University of Sunderland.

1989 - 91 MA Fine Art. University of Northumbria.

1982 - 85 BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture). University of Northumbria.

1981 - 82 Foundation Diploma. Art & Design. York College of Arts & Technology

1980 - 81 General Drawing. Edinburgh College of Art.

Teaching and professional qualifications include

1988 -2014 Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust. Mandatory and specialist training, OPD.

2012            PTLLS Level 4 certificate

2010            Academic Tutors Accreditation Training. University of Sunderland

2007            Newcastle Society for Blind People Sighted guide training,

Waterjet drawing

overlaid on visual score

Drawing Presentations  include


Jan 2020    Drawing and the Art of Biosemiotics The Ruskin. University of Lancaster.

00/05/14    Drawing strategies within studio glass practice. Talk, Department of Glass, Edinburgh College of

                     Art, University of Edinburgh

06/12/13    Working with Complexity. Drawing in the Glass Studio.“ UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, New  York.

                     Presenter. Issues in Glass Pedagogy”. 05/12/13 – 07/12/13 The Robert M. Minkoff Foundation

                     Academic Symposium

23/10/13    What is Drawing?  Panel discussion The Customs House, South Shields. Chaired by Esen Kaya,

                     and Dr. Mike Collier.

Sept 2012   A Drawing Taxonomy Drawing Knowledge. The Drawing Research Network Conference.

                     Loughborough  University.

Sept 2010   Observing Notational Drawing. Drawing Research Network Conference. University of Brighton.

                     Poster presentation 

Mar 2009    Parallels and Connections. A Ceramics and Glass Research Student Conference. IIRG, Department

​                    of Glass and Ceramics,  University of Sunderland.                 

2008            Drawing; Research and Practice. The Drawing Research Network, University of  Loughborough.

                     (1day) Powerpoint presentation.

Feb 2008     Glass and Ceramics Postgraduate Open Day. Powerpoint presentation.

Academic Teaching, Lecturing and Mentoring

  • Higher and Further Education includes for Edinburgh College of Art and for the Universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland. Loughborough and Lancaster.

  • Departments have included Fine Art, Glass, Environmental Arts and Architecture, Landscape and Planning.

  • Levels encompass Sixth Form entry, Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD

  • Private mentoring for individual students

Additional Teaching and Training includes

  • Training and Mentoring for early to mid career artists, with Armstrong Studio Trust

  • AST Studio Work Placements and Work Experience

  • Museum and Gallery Education for Tyne and Wear Museums - Blind and Visual Impairment

  • Adult Education work includes WEA Northern Branch - Courses in Drawing, in Sculpture and in Art Appreciation

  • Primary, Middle & Secondary Schools projects - drawing, sculpture and environment

Related  Employment


Through my core practice as an artist I have worked in a wide variety of contexts and settings, through academic and non academic teaching, training and mentoring. Specialist and perceptual learning employment includes work with visual impairment and as a member of the Arts Project, a pioneering initiative within the Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust for Child and Adolescent Services, Forensic services and for adults with mild to severe learning difficulties, neurological issues, head injury and other complex needs.

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