Alia Syed

Associate Lecturer, Faculty of the Creative Industries



Alia Syed teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art| studio units.

She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at the University of East London before completing a master's degree at the Slade School of Art, University College London.

Part-time lecturer:
University of East London (1994/99)
Central St Martins (1997)
Central St Martins (2001)
Surrey Institute of Art and Design

Visiting lecturer:
St Martins School of Art (1989)
Central St Martins (1992-93)
University of East London (1992/94)
Maidstone (1994)
Wimbledon School of Art (1994)
Birbeck College (1994/95)
Glasgow School of Art (1994)
Chelsea School of Art (1996/2000)
Southampton Institute (2003)  

Industry experience


Reina Sophia Museum of Contemporary Art Madrid, February 2009 – April 2009 
Talwar Gallery New Delhi, December 2008 - April 2009   
The New Art Gallery Walsall, 1 February – 17 March 2002 
The Space Gallery, London, 6 February – 15 March 2002
Gallery Of Modern Art, Glasgow, 7 June - 8 September 2002
Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, 22 June – 3 August 2002
Gimple Fils Location UK Group Show, 24 July – 7 September 2002
Talwar Gallery New York, 11 January – 13 February 2002
Spike Island Bristol, 22 November - 6 December 2002
TheSpace @inIVA, 16 October – 22 November 2003
Talwar Gallery New York, 10 January – 24 February 2003
Arts Depot London, 28 February - 30 March 2005
Deptford X, 29 October – 27 November 2005
National Review of Live Art, Glasgow 2005
British Arts show 2006, 24 September 2005 - 17 September 2006
Biennale of Sydney 2006, June - September 2006
The Millais Gallery, Southampton,  28 April – 3 June 2006

Recent publications

Life is More Important Than Art, Ostrich Publication edited by Gilane Tawadros.
The Journal of Media Practice, 'Sensing Narrative'.
A History of Experimental Film and Video. Al Reese, BFI.
A Directory of British Film and Video, edited David Curtis, Arts Council.


Research grants and awards

1991 ICA Biennial Completion award for 16mm print 'Fatima’s Letter'
1989 Production Award. Arts Council of England for 'The Watershed'
1995 Production Award Arts Council Of England for 'Spoken Diary'
1998 Completion Award Arts Council Of England for 'Spoken Diary'
2002 London Production Award production 'Eating Grass'
2003 Completion Award Arts Council Of England 'Eating Grass'
2004 AHRC research Fellow Solent University
2006 Arts council England Award 'A Story Told'
2007 Welsh Arts council
2008 Capability found Southampton Solent University
2008 Glynn Vivian Art gallery

Work in progress


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