Staff profile

Rodger Brown

Pathway Leader for MA Arts (Fine Art) and Programme Leader for the Foundation Arts Year

Rodger Brown


Art and Design


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am currently Pathway Leader for MA Arts (Fine Art) and Programme Leader for the Foundation Arts Year. I also teach on the BA (Hons) Fine Art Programme.

My own practice involves contemporary sculpture and installation based work, utilising aspects of site, location and history. Other interests are in the use of text as a visual means of expression, integrating place, space and page. Complimentary to this I have also engaged in exhibition and curatorial work.

I have exhibited a wide range of sculpture, drawing, installation and text based work in various galleries nationally and internationally, including Galerie Der Statt, Esslingham, Germany, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Royal Festival Hall, London, Barbican Centre, London, ICA, London, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax.

I was a founding member of the UoD Research Group for Artists Publications and I've been the recipient of several University of Derby research awards. I was awarded a Wingate Scholarship, 1988-91.

Teaching responsibilities

I am Joint Module Leader for the following MA Arts modules: 

  • 7FA503 Practice, Theory, Curation 
  • 7FA502 Reflective Processes in the Visual Enquiry   
  • 7FA506 Critical Study  
  • 7FA504 Negotiated Study
  • 7FA997 Independent Scholarship and Critical Reflection in Fine Art 

I am Module Leader for the following Foundation Arts Year:

  • 3FF503 Creative Studies
  • 3FF504 Creative Technologies
  • 3FF511 Negotiated Project

I also conduct group and individual tutorials and seminars for the studio-based modules on the BA(Hons) Fine Art programme. 

Professional interests

Previous Professional Work has included:

UoD contact for the ArtCore organisation: Working on 'Bridge the Gap' Project to select artists for Residencies. The Project offered Artist Residencies, Exhibitions, Mentoring opportunities and a platform for Arts graduates from University of Derby and practising artists from the East Midlands region, providing a platform to continue their practice and research-based projects to develop into exhibitions held at Artcore, Déda, Derby Museums and Derby Hospitals (Air Arts). Bridge the Gap, consisted of 8 Art Studio Residencies, 4 Visual Arts graduates of University of Derby and 4 practising artists in East Midlands, for a period of 8 weeks per artist from September 2016 to August 2017.

UoD Lead for the British Council Venice Biennale Student Fellowship Scheme: Co-ordinated applications by 6 Fine Art students, resulting in 1 being selected. The selected Yr. 2 student participated in the 2018 Venice Fellowships student scheme during November. 

UoD Lead for International Artists Residency, Lab Derby, 2019: A Project that invited a group of international artists for a month-long international artist residency and experimental laboratory in Derby, in collaboration with the Art House in Wakefield and QUAD in Derby, exploring and experimenting with the urban environment, addressing how artists can act as catalysts and be socially engaged in the contemporary metropolis.

UoD Contact for National Association of Fine Art Education (NAFAE): Disseminating information to colleagues on conferences and symposia. Attendances have been made at: Correlating Theory and Practice in Fine Art Research, Artist as Superconnector/Superconductor: Pedagogical Provocations, Research Practice Practice Research: Fine Art Research Network Symposium.

Academic Contact for AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) National Scheme: Selection and interviewing of artists for the Scheme. Attendance at annual conference.

Contact for Surface Gallery, Nottingham, Artists Residency Scheme: Facilitating student applications for the Residency Scheme. To date 3 Fine Art UG students and 2 Fine Art PG students have been successful in applying.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Experience in industry

External Examiner and Advisor Posts

2021 - present: University of Chester: MA Fine Art

2016-2021: University of Central Lancashire: Art & Design Foundation Course

2013-2017: University of East London: Level Zero (Extended Degree) Humanities

2012 - 2015: City College Norwich: BA(Hons) Arts and Wellbeing (validated by UEA)

2011 - 2014: City College Norwich: BA(Hons) Creative Practices and Enterprise (validated by UEA)

External Advisor, Cleveland College of Art and Design, validation panel for Year Zero Art and Design.

External Advisor, University of Plymouth, validation panel: Year Zero Art and Design.

Curatorial Work

Curator for Construction, Storage, Despatch: The work of Martin Rogers, exhibition at Conway Hall, London and University of Derby.

Joint co-ordinator of the London Artists Book Fair, Conway Hall, London 2003 to 2012.

Additional interests and activities

Previous Posts at University of Derby

2012 – 2021: Programme Leader, MA Fine Art

2010 – 2021: Programme Leader, Year Zero Art & Design

2014 – 2018: Acting Deputy Head of Department – (Head of Art)

2012 - 2014: Acting Assistant Subject Manager (Art)

2011 - 2012: Acting Programme Leader, BA(Hons) Fine Art

2009 - 2012: Programme Leader, BA(Hons) Applied Art and Design and Programme Leader, BA(Hons) Crafts

2006 - 2008: Subject Leader, BA(Hons) Creative Design Practices (Joint Honours)