Staff profile

Professor Ang Bartram

Professor of Contemporary Art

Ang Bartram reading book about dog theory to Oscar the dog


Art and Design


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am Professor of Contemporary Art and Head of Arts Research in the School of Arts within the College of Arts, Humanities and Education. I also lead the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre (DMARC) in the School of Arts, and co-lead the animal research group with Professor Steve Baker.

Since 2017 I have been a member of Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands (CVAN EM) Steering Group, which I now co-Chair (from 2019), and from 2018 an Executive Board member of the Society for Artistic Research (SAR). I peer review for Project Anywhere global exhibition programme (University of Melbourne).

I gained a PhD in Fine Art practice and theory from Middlesex University and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I work as an External Examiner to the undergraduate programmes in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University, Solihull College and University of the Creative Arts: Farnham (theory), and to MA Fine Art at De Montfort University.

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Professional interests

Research interests

I work as an artist and artistic researcher. My research focuses on documentation as an act of ephemeral art process, and with animality and empathy (as acted and/or intuitively behaved) in human-animal companion-species relationships. These subjects are analysed through live art, video, sculpture and published texts.

The research with companion species is specifically with dogs (and more recently horses and cats) and the critical and social contexts in which they have relevance. I lead the research project The Alternative Document (since 2015), which includes exhibition, published texts and symposia. This project interrogates and seeks appropriate strategies for the legacies of experiential and transient art practice. My work with interspecies connectivities informs animal, an interdisciplinary research group that I co-lead with Professor Steve Baker. 

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International experience

I regularly exhibit and speak at conferences internationally (see below). Additionally, I'm an Executive Board member of the international organisation The Society of Artistic Research.

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