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Research Profile

  • John completed his Doctorate at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2015 joining the University of Northampton in 2021. John has taught Graphic Design at The Equator Academy of Art and Design, Penang Malaysia, The University of the West of England Bristol, Coventry University, and Visual Communication at the National College of Art & Design Dublin. His teaching is informed by his research into dialogical art and design practice, and his current interest in ecological perspectives in creative practice.

    John writes dialogical texts as part of his practice-led approach to research. Recent examples include  ‘A Corpus Poem – A Virus’ for Art-In-Quarantine’ 2020, and ‘A Dialogue on Vaccination’ as part of Immune Nations at UN AIDS, Geneva Switzerland in 2017.

  • John is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has been a visiting speaker at numerous venues throughout the UK, including Arnolfini Bristol, Dundee Contemporary and the Lanchester Research Gallery Coventry. In 2019 he was awarded an Innovative Pedagogies award to develop Creative Hothaus, a design lab in the city, with collaborator Lisa Webb. John’s transdisciplinary approach to art and design education is informed by his previous work as a cross-cultural trainer, language teacher, and academic study skills tutor.


  • Recent publications include:

    Knowles, R.V., Tonoyan, M., Mahon, P., Hammersley, J. and Webb, L. (2020) ‘VacZineNations!, A Critical Dialogue.’ Immaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies 11 (2), 37–55

    Hammersley, J.M. (2019) ‘Language games: Reimagining learning conversations in art education’.
    Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 18 (1), 49–59

    Hammersley, J.M., Davies, R. & Saul, D. (2018) ‘A reciprocity of care: a dialogical reflection on the artwork Winter’. Scottish Journal of Performance 5 (1) 103-118


    John is a founding member of The Dialogic artists research network and has participated in public dialogues-as-artworks at Danielle Arnaud Gallery, Res Art Space London, The Welsh School of Architecture, Birkbeck University London, Oxford University, Modern Art Oxford, and Loughborough University.