Staff profile

Dr Rhiannon Jones

Post Doctoral Researcher


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am an arts practitioner and resident artist at Primary Studios, Nottingham, UK. I am currently a Post Doctoral Researcher for the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre (DMARC), College of Arts at the University of Derby. I co-founded InDialogue (2012 - present), an International biannual symposium for artists, researchers and industry, exploring the use of dialogue through practice.

I am Chair of Contemporary Art working group for Cumulus, (2019-present) and a Trustee of New Art Exchange, Nottingham. I am a steering group member for DerbyCAN Producing Hub (2019-present)Until very recently, I was General Manager of Third Angel Theatre Company (ACE portfolio), and Associate Lecturer at NTU in the school of Art and Design. I am a freelance mentor to the arts industry and professionals and often advise new and emerging artists.

I am cofounder and curator of InDialogue a collaborative research project with Dr Heather Connelly (2012 - present). InDialogue hosts a range of International Arts Symposia and Artist Residencies.  In November 2019 InDialogue is working with 16 cultural partner organisations across 3 midland cities in Derby, Nottingham and Lincoln.

The Social Higher Education Depot (S.H.E.D) touring nationally from summer 2019-22. I am also a selected artist in the Expanded Studio Project, supported by ACE and Belfast City Council.

In parallel to this activity I have recently authored a chapter for Intellect Playtext Series –The Trilogy: Acts of Dramaturgy and an article in Staging the Wreckage, for Performance Research Journal. I am  co-editing the publication InDialogue: an anthology and S.H.E.D: transforming spaces for cultural, social and political discourse, both publications with Palgrave. 

Teaching responsibilities

PhD Supervision

Professional interests

Research interests

I have a PhD by practice from Nottingham Trent University (2016). In which my thesis The Artistry of Conversation looked at the performative and tactile nature of Conversation. 

My research continues to be focused on the artistic and spacial curation of conversation, and the design of dialogue within the arts.

I co-founded InDialogue (2012 - present) an International biannual symposium for artists, researchers and Industry, to explore the use of dialogue through practice. I have a keen interest in performative and socially engaged practices. I am also interested in new modes of artistic documentation that can be considered as practice.

I often work closely with Industry and Academia in order to generate spaces for conversation between HE and Creative Cultural Organisations.  My research process is always collaborative and typically the work makes manifest in the form of exhibitions, published texts and symposia operating both Nationally and Internationally.

I am also a co-founder of Thinking Through Practice Research Group.

Membership of professional bodies

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Experience in industry

I have been the Marketing Director for Backlit Gallery, Nottingham and General Manger of Third Angel Theatre Company both ACE Portfolio Organisations.

I have produced, curated and toured works Nationally and Internationally, most recently in Gent, Belgium, Athens, Georgia, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy and USA. I have regular conversations with arts industry and professionals and is active within the arts industry. I produce International residencies for artists as part of InDialogue in partnership with Dance4 in 2014 and 2016 and InGoodCompany for 2019. I am co-founder of InDialogue for industry and artists and researcher to come together biannually to discuss dialogic modes of artistic practice and research.

I have made work that has exhibited at venues such as Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, Sheffield Theatres, Backlit Gallery, Bromley House, Nottingham City Council, Little Theatre Leicester, Surface Gallery. I have successfully fundraised for major arts projects from ACE and Trusts and Foundations.

In the media

Various regional and national print, radio and television interviews, examples including:

Recent publications