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Jessica Holtaway

Dr Jessica Holtaway


Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Jessica is a lecturer on the MA Visual Communication course where she leads the Digital Media unit. Her teaching spotlights the creative significance of theory and she runs sessions and workshops that help identify and contextualise key concepts within art and design practice. She also teaches across a number of BA courses within the School of Art, Design and Fashion.

With a background in fine art, history of art and contemporary art theory, Jessica’s research centres on politically-engaged artworks and performances. She is interested in the relationship between creativity and crisis. She completed a PhD in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths with a thesis that explored micropolitical art interventions through reading the philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy.

Jessica is a co-editor of the book 'artWORK: Art, Labour and Activism' (published by Rowman and Littlefield International in 2017) and is currently working on a monograph – ‘World-forming and Contemporary Art’.

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Jessica was shortlisted in 2020 for Masters Teacher of the Year (2020 Postgrad Awards) by and

The Masters Teacher of the Year award aims to celebrate the individual who has created the most positive and encouraging learning environment, gives their students high-quality constructive feedback, is passionate about their subject, and always put the students first - the teachers who inspire students to think beyond the programme, and ultimately give their students an excellent foundation for their future careers.