Karen Heald

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Film and Photography

Biography

Karen is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MA Art and Design Suite, which consists of four programmes:

MA Art Interdisciplinary Practice

MA Design Interdisciplinary Practice

MA Arts in Health

MA Creative Production and Curatorial Practice

Karen leads on the MA Art Interdisciplinary Practice and the MA Design Interdisciplinary Practice programmes and together with teaching, exhibiting, writing and presenting at conferences, Karen is also a visual artist, filmmaker and researcher. Her research explores the concepts of time, creativity and its relationship to video, site-specificity, and the philosophical complexities of arts and science collaborations. 

Her artwork has evolved out of working site-specifically and on international residences. She has engaged in a variety of collaborations with diverse practitioners such as artists, sound artists, dancers, musicians, scientists, medical doctors and numerous other academics. The research as collaborative practice is set within the context of:

  • Contemporary Art
  • Arts and Science Research
  • Feminist Action
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Site-responsive approaches

Through a variety of media primarily video, installation, photography and performance, Karen has evolved her own poetic visual language that engages with the differences and similarities between painting, photography and film, creating a language of 'painterly reverie' that communicates difficult social issues with oblique, visual stanzas.

Karen has disseminated her work in Europe, America and Asia, through diverse artist residencies, exhibiting in gallery contexts and non-traditional spaces, presentations at film festivals, conferences, as well as writing for publications. 

Previous held posts include, mentor for artists creating work for Arts and Science exhibitions, Arts Council Wales (2018 –2019), Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences (2012 – 2018), Bangor University and Lecturer on the MA Fine Art programme, School of Creative Studies and Media (2014 – 2018), Bangor University. From 2011 – 2014 Karen was an Honorary Researcher / Artist in Residence in the psychiatric department at Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board. In 2012 she became a board member of the Northern Arts and Science Network. Her research within the University of Salford’s, Contemporary Fine Art Practice Group (2009-2012), focused on narrative, sensory intelligences and kinaesthetic learning through creative frameworks.

 

Qualifications

Aurora, Advanced HE’s leadership development initiative for women, 2020.

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Bangor University, 2017.

Practice-based PhD, titled ‘Dream Films’ and Research as Collaborative Practice through Contemporary Art and Science Methodologies, Faculty of Arts, Environment and Society, The Leeds School of Contemporary Art and Graphic Design, Leeds Beckett University, 2014.

MA (Merit) Contemporary Fine Art Practice, Leeds Beckett University, 2004.

BA (Hons) First Class, Visual Arts, University of Salford, 2002.

Research

Karen is a Principle Supervisor for MPhil / PhD students in Art and Design in the Faculty of Art, Science and Technology (FAST) at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Her research as collaborative practice is set within the context of:

Contemporary Art

Arts and Science Research

Feminist Action

Socially Engaged Practice  

Site-responsive approaches

Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Praxis

Karen’s specialist areas include:

Contemporary Art

Expanded Fields, Cinema and Photography

Moving Image

‘Dream Films’

Installation and Performance

Critical Theory - Julia Kristeva 

Research Methods

Creative Education

Courses

MA ART AND DESIGN SUITE

Programmes:

MA Arts Interdisciplinary Practice

MA Design Interdisciplinary Practice

MA Creative Production and Curatorial Practice

MA Arts in Health

Modules:

Engagement, Immersion and Practice

Transitional Skills

Transdisciplinary Practice

Creative Research Methods

Thesis and Exposition

MA ART AND DESIGN PRACTICE

Programmes:

MA Arts Practice

MA Design Practice

Modules

Transitional Skills

Dissertation and Master’s Art Practice

Dissertation and Master’s Design Practice

Principle Supervisor – MPhil/PhD

Publications

Books | Chapters in books

Heald, K (2021) ‘Slowness as a Strategy of the Contemporary through Films’, Airea: Arts and Interdisciplinary Research, No 3 (2021): Interdisciplinary relationships within spaces and bodies of collaboration, pp, 82-102. University of Edinburgh.

Heald, K. & Garton, M. (2017) book Synergy 17. Preface by Professor Paul Haywood, Central Saint Martins, London. Bangor, Bangor University. 

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. (2017) book chapter Visual Arts, Mental Health and Technology. In: Earnshaw, R. ed. Art, Design and Technology: Collaboration and Implementation. Foreward by Professor Daniel Thalmann. Switzerland, Springer Briefs International Publishers.

Heald, K. (2015) Interiors Interiors. In: Tyson, A. ed. Eglurhad | Explication. Ruthin, Arts Council Wales & Ruthin Craft Centre.

Heald, K. & Garton, M.  (2014) Suspended Narratives. Preface by Professor Paul Haywood, Middlesex University, London. Salford, University of Salford.

Heald, K. (2014) ‘Dream films’, Women’s Time and Sleep. In: Front, S. & Bemben, A. eds. Hours like Bright Sweets in a Jar – Time and Temporality in Literature and Culture. Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.143-169.

Heald, K., & Liggett, S. (2014) Time and the chora: ‘Transitory strata’ and ‘in-between-ness’ within ‘dream films’. In: Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, B. ed. Time & Temporality in Language and Human Experience. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, pp.401-409.

Earnshaw, R., Liggett, S. & Heald, K. (2013) Interdisciplinary Collaboration Methodologies in Art, Design and Media In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 2013), September 10-13, 2013, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University, pp.381-388.

Chapters in Books

Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC), University of Chester, with Susan Liggett, 2015.

Woman Fine Art Society, Bond Street, London, (16th – 17th November, 2013) with Susan Liggett, 2013.

Play Serious following participation in a two-day event for practitioner-researchers, 2022 Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK with Susan Liggett, 2012. www.playserious.info.

Hamburg Vending Machine Kunst Altonale, Hamburg, Germany, Bird-Jones & Heald, Susan Liggett and Elizia Volmann, 2012.

Venice. The Vending Machine: An Installation Serra dei Giardini and the Contemporary Art Galleria Perela, Venice (15th -30th September 2011) Bird-Jones & Heald, Susan Liggett, pp.21 & 51), 2011.

Hel Goleuni / Gathering Light, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2010.

Odoo/Current Genghis Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2007.

Everything will be Fine (Alles Wird Gut), Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg University, Germany, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2007.

Vidro Contemporaneo, following an exhibition at Lugo - Galicia, Spain, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2007. IV Bienal Internacional de Artes Plasticas 2006 Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo en Vidrio de Alcorcón-MAVA

Madrid, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2006.

Collaborations1 Makers working with Makers, Public Sited Pieces at the Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge, UK, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2006.

Online Articles

Bird-Jones & Heald (2014) Once a Mother always a Mother: The Swing and the Hook, Mewe Arts Collective. Available from: <http://www.eggwombheadmoon.com/hook/>

In Conversation

Bird-Jones & Heald in conversation, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Glyndwr University, 2016.

Bird-Jones & Heald in conversation with Amber Hiscott and Catrin Jones, Mission Gallery, Swansea, 2015.

Radio Interviews

In-between-ness: Using art to capture a sense of self, interview with David Williams on Community & Charity Focus, Calon FM, Glyndwr University Radio, with Susan Liggett, 2013.

Talking Art & Mental Health, interview with Denise Oliver on Feed Me, Calon FM, Glyndwr University Radio, with Susan Liggett, 2013.

Conference Presentations | Papers | Lectures

Heald, K. (2017) A Suitcase of Her Own: Women and Travel. In: Proceedings of the Department of Postcolonial Studies and Travel Literatures, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, September 20-23, 2017, Szczyr, Poland. Katowice, University of Silesia. http://www.suitcase.us.edu.pl/

Cwmni'r Fran Wen, Menai Bridge, Presentation and Workshop (2016).

Liggett, S., Heald, K., Earnshaw. R.A., Thompson, E. & Excell, P.S. (2015) Collaborative Research in Art, Design and New Media - Challenges and Oppoetunities. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 15), September 8-11, 2015, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University.

Earnshaw. R.A., Liggett, S., Cunningham, S., Heald, K., Thompson, E. & Excell, P.S. (2015) Models for Research in Art, Design, and the Creative Industries. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 15), September 8-11, 2015, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University.

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. (2015) In-Between-ness. In: Proceedings of Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference, 10th March 2015, Chester, UK. Chester, Chester University.

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. (2014) In-between-ness: Creativity, Film and Wellbeing. In: Proceedings of AXISweb symposium, Creativity, Health and Wellbeing, 26th June 2014, Llandudno, UK. MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK.

Heald, K. (2014) Research as Collaborative Practice.  MA Fine Art, Bangor University, UK, 11th March, 2014. 

Heald, K. (2014) Fine Art: Collaboration and Film. In: Proceedings of Creative Futures, March 3-6, 2014, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University.

Heald, K. (2014) In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment. School of Social Sciences Research Day, Bangor University, UK, 26th February, 2014. 

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. (2013) In-between-ness: Using art to capture a sense of self. Public Lecture, Gallery Sycharth, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales (30th October, 2013).

Earnshaw, R., Liggett, S. & Heald, K. (2013) Interdisciplinary Collaboration Methodologies in Art, Design and Media In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 2013), September 10-13, 2013, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Tranter, R. & Poole, R (2012) In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment. In: Proceedings of The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) 12th Biennial Conference: Art, Science and Society: Art Questions, Art Knows, Art Matters, November 8-10, 2012, Vienna, Austria. Vienna, University of Applied Arts (Die Angewandte.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Tranter, R. & Poole, R (2012) Time and the Chora: ‘Transitory strata’ and ‘in-between-ness’ within ‘dream films’. In: Proceedings of the TIMELing 2012 Conference: Time & Temporality in Language and Human Experience, October 11-13, 2012, Lodz, Poland. Lodz, University of Lodz.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Hogan, C., Poole, R. & Tranter, R. (2012) In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during anti-depressant treatment. Poster presentation In: Proceedings of the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, July 10 -13, 2012, Liverpool, UK. London, Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Poole, R., & Tranter, R. (2012) The Art of Recovery in Depression. In:  Proceedings of the Beating Bipolar: Bipolar Disorder and Psychoeducation, April 4, 2012, Llandudno, Wales. Cardiff, Cardiff University.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Poole, R., & Tranter, R. (2010) Visualising the Invisible: Artists work in mental health. In: Proceedings of the Capturing the Patient Experience, June 21, 2010, Wrexham, Wales. Wrexham, Glyndwr University.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Poole, R., & Tranter, R. (2010) Visualising the Invisible: Arts and Science Collaboration. In: Proceedings of the Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition April 21 – 24, 2010, Chicago, USA.  Chicago, Columbia College.

Heald, K., Haywood, P. & Liggett, S. (2009) Horizons and Timelines. In: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association: European Society or European Societies? September 2-5, 2009, Lisbon Portugal. Lisbon, University of Lisbon, p.58.

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. (2009) Artist Residency: Psychiatric Unit. In: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association: European Society or European Societies? September 2-5, 2009, Lisbon Portugal. Lisbon, University of Lisbon, p.57.

Heald, K. (2009) Descriptions of Time & Cultures of Sleep: focusing on the discourse of women’s sleep, time and location from an art and science perspective. In: Proceedings of Talking Research, February 18, 2009, Leeds, UK.  Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Heald, K. & Hislop, J. (2007) Intimate Space: Sleep, Art and Sociology. In: Kirchberg, V. et al. eds. Proceedings of the Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Network for the Sociology of the Arts: New Frontiers in Arts Sociology: Creativity, Support and Sustainability, March 28 – April 1, 2007, Lüneburg and Hamburg Germany. Lüneburg, University of Lüneburg, p.46.

Peer Reviewer

TROOP 2021 – ongoing (various papers) for book publication in 2022 on the scientist Francis Bacon and Arts and Physics.

Earnshaw, R. (2016), Research and Development in Art, Design and Creativity. Switzerland, Springer International Publishers.

Metoudi, A. (2016) The Dovetail Journal: Phenomenology, Literature, Creative Arts and Media. Issue 2 Autumn 2016. Bangor, Dovetail: ILCAM (based at Bangor University).

Invited Expositions

Heterotopic Encounters, film installation, group exhibition, UnDegUn, Wales, 2020.

The FRIDAm Series: Frida travels to Ibiza film screening at A Suitcase of Her Own: Women and Travel conference, held in Szczyrk. University of Silesia, Poland, 2017.

The Disappearing L... Women's Only Night, filmed performance screening of Paper Interior, Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Wales, with Susan Liggett, 2017.

Trywydd . Voyage film screening and in-conversation, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Glyndwr University, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2016.

Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference video performance / installation and exhibition of Paper Interior, Arts Council England (ACE) funded Contemporary Art Space (CASC), Chester University, with Susan Liggett, 2015.

Golau / Light site-responsive exhibition, Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wales, with Angela Davies, Ant Dickinson, Francesca Simmons, Angelina Kornecka & Paula Budd, 2014.

Videoformes film screening and live performance event, Trinty Church, Salford live streamed to Maison du Peuple, Clermont-Ferrand, France, with Daisy Farris & Susan Liggett, 2012.

Song Books live dance performance and recorded multi-screened film projections, The Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, with Daisy Farris, 2011.

Venice. The Vending Machine: An Installation dual sited installation, Serra dei Giardini and Contemporary Art Galleria Perela, Venice, Bird-Jones & Heald, Susan Liggett, 2011.

Film to Change Series film White screened, Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall, with Susan Liggett, 2010.

She dreamed of… Leeds International Film Festival, with Susan Liggett, 2010.

Odoo/Current exhibition, Genghis Gallery, Mongolia, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2007.

Everything will be Fine exhibition, Halle für Kunst, Lueneburg, Germany, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2007.

9th Biennial International Women’s Glass Network group exhibition, GIG Gallery, Sydney, Australia showing The Box an experimental film/installation, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2006.

International Festival of Glass 2006 exhibited site-specific video installation titled Breath at The Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge, Bird-Jones & Heald with Simon Eccles, 2006.

EXHIBITIONS | FILM SCREENINGS

National Art Exhibition 2017, exhibition of film/performance and paintings, Ellesmere College, England, 2017.

Lumiere Visible Film screenings at La Grange aux Verrières, Saint-Hilaire en Lignières, France, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2016.

Trywydd . Voyage Premiere of film exhibited in the […] space, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2015.

Weaving Narratives film screening of Lateral Flight, St Asaph Cathedral, Wales, with Angela Davies & Angelina Kornecka, 2015.

the egg, the womb, the head and the moon, video installation, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2014.

The National Art Exhibition 2014, exhibition of film and paintings, Ellesmere College, England with Susan Liggett, 2013.

Engage Cymru exhibition of artworks produced by hard to reach young people, with Engage Cymru, Oriel Mostyn and AFASIC, Oriel Mostyn with mentee artists Jan Miller & Alana Tyson, 2013.

Moreton Hall Centenary Art Exhibition film screening, Fine Art Society, Bond Street, London, with Susan Liggett, 2013.

Engage Cymru exhibition of artworks produced by young people in collaboration with Engage Cymru, Oriel Wrecsam and the Youth Offenders Team. Oriel Wrecsam, with mentee artist Angela Davies, 2013.

In-between-ness exhibition of video installations, video stills and paintings, Gallery Sycharth, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, with Susan Liggett, 2013.

Maker in Focus, video installation, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2013.

Helfa Gelf/Art Trail Glyndwr Collective, School of Art & Design, Wrexham, Wales, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2013.

In-between-ness: Using art to capture the changes to the self during antidepressant treatment collaborative exhibition of video installations, video stills, paintings and artist books, Royal College of Psychiatry International Congress, Edinburgh, UK, with Susan Liggett Rob Poole, Richard Tranter & participants, 2013.

Be Our Guest site-specific response, multi-media installation at Oriel Davies Gallery and The Gro Guest House, Newtown, Wales, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2013.

In-between-ness video stills / installations and paintings from R&D project at Ysbyty Bangor Hospital, Oriel Pendeitsh, Caernarfon, UK, with Susan Liggett & participants, 2013.

Blinc film projection, blinc Digital Arts Festival, Conwy, with Daisy Farris, 2012.

PlaySerious participation in a two-day practitioner-researcher event, 2022 Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK, with Susan Liggett, 2012.

Helfa Gelf /Art Trail Glyndwr Collective, School of Art & Design, Wrexham, Wales, Bird-Jones & Heald, Susan Liggett, 2012.

Bow Arts Open Show 2012, video installation selected by Bob and Roberta Smith, Emilie Faure and Skye Sherwin. Bermondsey Project Space, London, with Elizia Volkmann, 2012.

Adain Avion Film screening, LOCWS International, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2012.

Hamburg Vending group exhibition, Kunst Altonale, Hamburg, Germany, with Bird-Jones & Heald, Susan Liggett & Elizia Volkmann, 2012.

Helfa Gelf / Art Trail Cartref Building, Ysbyty Bryn y Neuadd Hospital, Llanfairfechan, Conway, Wales, with Susan Liggett, 2011.

Helfa Gelf / Art Trail Glyndwr Collective, Principals House, School of Art & Design, Wrexham, Wales, with Susan Liggett, 2011.

7 Quiet Acts of Domestic Violence (7qADV) 7 live art acts over 7 weekends, 58 Shelmerdine Close, Bow Arts Trust, London, Act 7, with Eliza Volkmann, 2010. http://www.58-Shelmerdine-Close.blogspot.com   

Visualising the Invisible, exhibition of video installations and artworks, Durber Gallery / Caitrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, with Susan Liggett, 2010.

In the Round Video performance at The Round Room, Swansea, Bird-Jones & Heald with Sigridur Asgeirdottir, Hannah Atkins and Aydee Latty, 2009.

Manchester Literature Festival Video stills, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, UK, with Susan Liggett, 2009.

Soanyway Film exhibited on an online arts gallery/magazine curated by Derek Horton & Lisa Stansbie, 2009.

Eternal Wound Film exhibition at Zion Arts Centre, Manchester, with Sally Turner & Thieo Maddix, 2007.

The Dream Space Touring exhibition of filmed performances, IAMAS, Nagoya University, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, with Takeko Akamatsu, Yosuke Kawamura and Rachael Kearney, 2007.

Embryonic video installation, touring exhibition, MuseoMunicipal de Arte de Alcorcón-MAVA Madrid & Museum University of Alicante-MUA, Spain, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2006-2007.

Wrecsam Open Wrecsam Art Centre, Wrecsam, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2006.

Leftfield Group exhibition, The Cube, Manchester, 2006.

On the Shelf Group exhibition at Compartment, Rogue Studio’s Manchester, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2005.

Leftfield Group exhibition at the Borland Gallery, University of Salford, 2005.

Projections video installation, Stroud House Gallery, with Elizia Volkmann, 2005.

Testbed 3 video and sound installations, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, 2005.

Untitled Collective Group exhibition, Chapman Gallery, University of Salford 2004.

Transience Site-specific installation, Liverpool Biennial, Marriot Hotel, Liverpool, 2004.

EX008 Exhibition of films at Timber Wharf, Manchester, 2004.

Cow Lane Open Group exhibition, Cow Lane Studios, Salford, 2003.

Sited video installation, The Great Northern, Manchester, 2003.

Testbed Multi-screened video projections, Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds, 2003.

North West Filmmakers Films screened, Manchester Reel North, Granada TV, 2003.

Exposures Experimental films showing at the Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2002.

Raindance Untitled (IV) Raindance International Film Festival, London, 2002.

Guerilla Films 48 Hour Digital Guerilla Film Challenge, The Curzon, London, 2002.

Aconvention Film screening, conference, Adephi Hotel, Liverpool Biennial, 2002.

Digital Art Festival, Collect Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, 2002.

Exposures Experimental video, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2001.