John Gillett is Programme Leader for Fine Art, Module Convener for MA Studio-based Research Skills, and Special Considerations and Extensions Coordinator
John is a curator of contemporary art exhibitions, with his own practice as a digital video artist, publication designer and writer. He has specialised in issues of audience engagement and the interpretation of art for the viewer, an interest developed as a trainee with the Arts Council of Great Britain at Southampton City Art Gallery, and later as Keeper of Art at Worcester City Museum, and Director of The Winchester Gallery.
His most recent projects are mainly collaborations with other academic disciplines. The Seven Billionth Citizen is a global video project on the implications of population growth, developed with the Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, and artists around the world, with exhibitions in Southampton, Cambridge, Cairo, and Porto Alegre in Brazil. He is co-curator of Still, a post-Olympics contemplation of repose in contemporary art, developed for exhibition at Southampton Solent University. He is catalogue editor for Setting the Scene, an exhibition on drawing in contemporary ceramics for the Craft Study Centre in Farnham. He is working with psychologists in the Centre for Visual Cognition, University of Southampton, and colleagues at the University of Lancaster on a project to use eye-tracking techniques and viewer utterance to improve understanding of compositional aspects of contemporary and historical paintings.