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DR John Cockram

Senior Lecturer

John Cockram teaches in the Visual Arts area and currently runs Level 6 modules for Graphic Design students on dissertation.

    John Cockram has a long career in the visual arts as a Senior Lecturer and academic, where he has inputted at undergraduate, post graduate and PhD levels. His teaching role runs concurrent with his work in healthcare as a registered nurse; the themes of health and the environment underpin much of his studio and socially engaged practice as a Fine Artist. He has been interviewed on television and radio, mentioned in various books and publications and received awards. His doctoral thesis explored the role and impact of art student residencies and placements within Higher Education and upon Fine Arts pedagogy. He has worked as an external examiner, an arts consultant and an independent arts evaluator for numerous bodies. He has organised conferences and symposia, chairing the same and presenting papers. He had also fund-raised for numerous collaborative and participatory arts projects. John currently assists Graphic Design students with their final dissertations.


    Art Practice research and development includes:

    Project ROOM. Arising from Cockram's short-listing in 2009 for Arts Council England's 'Artists Taking the Lead' intiative for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad [link 1/ below]

    HEAL group [Healthcare & Environmental Artist Liaison]: a Fine Art
    practice and exhibition initiative to stimulate debate between these fields. [Arising from a Gunpowder Park/Haring Woods 'Bright Sparks' Award, for Cockram's project 'Environmental Health' 2006-2009 - link
    2/ below]

    The ARTemis project: A creative collaboration with dutch marine engineer and master mariner, Johan Visser, and his ship Frisian Lady. From 2012, this industrial barge will be an East London centre for arts events and programming; involving inputs from the statutory education, Higher Education, Healthcare and Environmental sectors.


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    Examples: see 'Links' below



    Studio and Socially-Engaged Fine Art practice. Recent creative research centres on issues relating to health, science and the environment. This has been underpinned by key thematics from his doctoral study exploring Fine Art pedagogy: inter-disciplinary working; knowledge transfer; institutional / community synergy; the inter-dependence of context, competence and confidence; transferable skills; and the exchange of specialist & lay discourse in the formation of new knowledge.



    VT 3004 Practical Theory
    VT 2002 State of The Arts 2
    External examiner BA Hons. Fine Art - Middlesex University
    Mentoring programme supervision - cSPACE arts organisation