Staff profile

Dr Victoria Sharples

Early Career Academic - Creative Industries in Research & Innovation


I am a Sheffield-based artist, researcher and Early-Career Academic for the University of Derby in the School of Arts. I am a Co-director of GLOAM (Gallery and Studios) in Sheffield and Co-lead of the New Materialist Reading Group (NMRG) with Dr Rebecca Howard.

I am part of the British Academy Early-Career Researcher Network (ECRN), the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre (DMARC), and a member of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA). I am currently on Bloc Project's Community Board as part of GLOAM.

In 2021, I was awarded a PhD in Fine art from Leeds Beckett University, examined by Professor Lisa Stansbie, Dean of Leeds School of Arts, and Professor Minty Donald of Contemporary Performance Practice at the University of Glasgow. I hold an MA (with Distinction) in Performance Practice from York St John University.

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Research interests

My practice-led research meditates on post-humanist performativity and ecological philosophies relative to macroscopic and microscopic matter. I often work with people and non-human bodies across spatial, temporal and linguistic situ. This has included facilitating international and interdisciplinary practice-led research projects with artists, scientists and spiritual participants across Saudi Arabia, the Russian Federation, Turkey, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Nepal, and the UK. The works produced as part of this practice take the form of time-sensitive performances where videos, artefacts, photography and scores record the project through phonetic, numerical and audio-visual matter. Research areas include microperformativity, (im)materiality, (im)perceptibility, the technoscientific and necro-ecologies/economies.

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Experience in industry

I am a Co-Director of GLOAM, a collectively-run exhibition and studio space located in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter Conservation Area (CIQ). GLOAM was set up at 95b Mary Street in 2017. In 2020, GLOAM became a co-operative (with Co-Directors: Stu Burke, Thomas Lee Griffiths, Sam Francis Read, Mark Riddington, Victoria Sharples and Rose Hedy Squires), gained LTD status, and moved to 160 Arundel Street; the former location of the DIY music venue, The Lughole.

GLOAM has professional connections through practice-led research, consultancy, commissions, HE teaching, collaborations, residencies, exhibitions, curation, event management, fundraising, communication and technician work with industry partners such as (to name a few):

Recent GLOAM exhibitions (funded by Sheffield City Council (SCC) and Arts Council England (ACE): 

International experience

I have collaborated internationally with:

Additional interests and activities

In 2021, I was awarded the Early-Career Researcher Development Fund (ECRDF). My position as an Early-Career Academic is supported by the SURE fund (Sustaining University Research Expertise). 

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