Prof Matthew Cornford

Matthew Cornford

arts research University of Brighton

After graduating from St Martins School of Art, Professor Matthew Cornford completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1991. His teaching experience encompasses the development and delivery of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in addition to PhD supervision. He has experience in successfully bidding for external funding (AHRC, ACE), managing Fine Art research staff, and he participated in the 1996, 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). He was awarded a professorship from the University of Wolverhampton in 2006, and joined the University of Brighton as Professor of Fine Art in April 2009.

Working in collaboration with David Cross, Matthew Cornford has gained national and international recognition as an artist. Together Cornford & Cross investigate arts ability to test concepts, boundaries and definitions in an open society. Their work engages with the spatial, social and historical contexts of specific sites, forming a critical interaction with the people and organizations that occupy them.

Cornford & Cross have carried out an Arts Council residency at the London School of Economics, and a British Council residency at Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou, China. In addition to a number of site-specific projects in England, their work has been exhibited in Bologna, Brugge, Pancevo (Serbia) Rome, and Stockholm; in the USA in San Fransisco, Philadelphia and New York; in London at Camden Arts Centre, the ICA, Photographers' Gallery and South London Gallery.

Matthew Cornford has given numerous talks and lectures about his work, in galleries and educational institutions across the country including the Arnolfini, V&A, Whitechapel, Bartlett School of Architecture and The Royal College of Art. He has been an external examiner to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Central St Martins College of Art & Design, Leeds College of Art & Design and the Byam Shaw School of Art, London.