Dr David Paton
David is a Module Leader in Drawing BA(Hons) and a Lecturer in BA(Hons) Fine Art. He is an artist-researcher and a craftsperson with a specialism in Cornish granite. He is currently working on a commission for Leach Pottery, as part of their LEACH 100 centenary programme. He's been a practicing artist and stone sculptor since 1993, and for many years worked extensively in the public sphere, initiating a number of artist-led and socially engaged projects across the UK. David has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships, residencies and research posts for a wide range of projects throughout his career.
In 2005 David moved to Cornwall and began working with Trenoweth Granite Quarry, leading him to start a PhD in Cultural Geography titled ‘The Quarry as Sculpture: The Place of Making’ (2015). David’s research attended to the deep relations that grow over time between place, making, people and material. His PhD research has led to a series of explorations around the socio-economic and cultural impacts of Cornwall’s granite districts, such as post-doctoral work with the National Trust, the ‘Tracing Granite’ Groundwork commission (2017) and South West Creative Technology Network Fellowship (Immersion Fellow 2018/19). David has published widely on place, materiality and craft, and has recently initiated a ‘Crafted Pedagogies’ project, exploring alternative educational platforms and graduate mentoring, currently supported by Cultivator.
Publications and research outputs
|Paton, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2790-7687 (2016) Stitch-Split: The Breath of the Geologic. Architecture and Culture, 3 (3). pp. 267-270. ISSN 2050-7828 Item availability may be restricted.|
|Paton, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2790-7687 (2020) Place-crafting at the edge of everywhere. In: The Routledge Handbook of Place. Routledge, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781138320499 Item availability may be restricted.|
|Paton, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2790-7687 and DeSilvey, Caitlin (2014) Growing Granite: The Recombinant Geologies of Sludge. In: Making and Growing: Anthropological Studies of Organims and Artefacts. Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception . Taylor & Francis, Farnham, pp. 221-237. ISBN 140943642X Item not available from this repository.|
|Lees, Jonty ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1445-1262 (2019) Pool School Gallery CIC Contemporary Artist Programme 2019/2020. [Exhibition] Item availability may be restricted.|