Mr Stephen Monger

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  • Qualifications:MA, PG Cert, BA(Hons), FHEA
  • Position:Programme Leader: MA Graphic Arts
  • Department:ACE - Art and Design
  • Telephone:+4411732 84764
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About me

I have been working in the arts and higher education for over twenty-five years. This broad experience has taken me throughout the UK for consultancy work and as a panel member on periodic curriculum and portfolio reviews, validations and as an external examiner. Since 2011 I have worked as a consultant for The Open University Validation Services. At The Open College of the Arts, I have been involved in teaching through blended learning approaches and course writing for online open access degrees in Graphic Design and Visual Communication.

At UWE Bristol I hold a 0.6 position in the School of Art and Design and am Programme Leader for MA Graphic Arts. I work with a diverse range of highly motivated postgraduate students from across the world. This remains exciting and challenging. I am also Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design teaching into the undergraduate programme.

My skills have enabled me to work in the voluntary sector with communities and local government, to instigate grant funded projects and enhancements in community public space. One such project was the building of a large wildlife pond (2018) and the design of signage to zone a wildlife area (2022) with Friends of Prince Consort Gardens and North Somerset Council.

I have exhibited large format photographs in the UK and Europe. My practice explore the representation of place and an ongoing interest is in how the medium of photography can overlap and integrate with other forms of representation such as digital drawing and 3D making. Works have been shown at the Drawing Hub, Berlin (2017) and in 'The Graphic Arts of Photography' exhibition, Bristol (2018). I have received a number of awards and commissions including: a commission to explore 3D printing from The Phoenix Gallery, Exeter (2012) in collaboration with CALM at the University of Exeter; a residency in Harghita County, Transylvania (2005); being short-listed for the Tate St. Ives residency (2004); and being selected for EAST International, Norwich by the American artist Lawrence Weiner (2002).

Previous solo projects include: 'Urban Documents' which was shown at The Architecture Centre, Bristol (2006), The Lighthouse Glasgow (2006), and The Solent Centre for Architecture & Design, Winchester (2007); and 'Switches and Other Works' at Nottingham Castle (2004), Folly Gallery Lancaster (2004), the Biennial VIII, Lisbon, Portugal (2004), and ImagoLucis Fotogaleria, Porto, Portugal (2003). I have also exhibited in numerous group shows.

More recently, I curated a series of public talks called 'Shifting Screens: Conversations on Motion Graphics' held at Arnolfini, Bristol, February 2020. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a postgraduate and undergraduate external examiner at Solent University and Winchester School of Art respectively.

I first started teaching at UWE in 2003.

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