James Bell

James Bell


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Dr James Bell (he/him) is an artist and researcher specialising in queer and trans art, activism, culture, and social histories.

James has a background in education and production in artist-led and contemporary arts organisations. He has working knowledge of and interests in arts education, exhibition making, access and equities, social justice, and social practice in contemporary art. Graduating with a BA (Hons) Time Based Art and an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee (2011), James was a committee member of artist-led spaces Generator, Dundee (2011—12), and Rhubaba, Edinburgh (2013—15). He was the Producer (Learning) at Collective, Edinburgh (2013—17), researching, developing and delivering the contemporary art organisation’s learning programme; served on the Board of Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Glasgow (2015—18); and was a youth worker at LGBT Youth Scotland (2021). He has also taught onto the MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at Glasgow School of Art.

Education/Academic qualification

Visual and Material Culture, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Queering Archives and Archiving Queers in Contemporary Art, Northumbria University

1 Oct 20172 Jul 2021

Award Date: 2 Jul 2021

Fine Art, Master of Fine Art, University of Dundee

Sept 2010Aug 2011

Time Based Art and Digital Film, Bachelor of Arts, University of Dundee

Sept 2006Jun 2010


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