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1981-1983 Master of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts, U.S.A.
1976-1977 Advanced Diploma in Fine Art, Ulster Polytechnic, Ireland
1973-1976 B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art, Ulster Polytechnic, N. Ireland
1970-1972 Nottingham University, Department of Architecture

Academic Posts

2006-2016 Regina and Marlin Miller Professor of Art, Head of the School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
1999-2004 Principal Lecturer in Fine Art, Course Director for B.A. Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London (UAL)
1991-1999 Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (CSM)
1984-1985 Lecturer in Fine Art & Photography, National College of Art & Design, Dublin
1977-2004 Visiting Artist / Lecturer at various schools & colleges in Britain, Ireland, Europe, U.S.A., Australia & New Zealand

Professional Experience

2007-2009 External Examiner for B.A. Fine Art Sculpture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
1977-2004 Arts consultant for various organisations including BBC TV, Public Art Development Trust, Arts Council of England, London Arts, Temple Bar Properties, Bartle Bogle Hegarty Advertising & Levi's Clothing, Motorola European student art competition, Olay Award for Women Artists, TRBI (Marketing), De La Warr Pavilion, Sculptor's Society of Ireland, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. Dublin, E.L.I.A. (European League of Art Institutions) and referee for several AHRB applications.
1998-2001 External Examiner for BA (Hons) in Art & Design, University of Ulster (formerly Ulster Polytechnic)
1993-1997 External Examiner for BA (Hons) Fine Art, Winchester School of Art
1992-1998 Chair of London Electronic Arts (later to become LUX Centre)
1989-1991 External Examiner for BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of East London
1986-1991 Production Director 'Artangel' - production & promotion organisation for non-permanent public art projects
1984-1985 Visual Arts Organiser, Grapevine Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland Academic & Institutional Responsibilities at Central Saint Martins

Academic & Institutional Responsibilities at Central Saint Martins

1999-2006 Course Director, B.A. Fine Art
2003-2004 Teaching in part-time B.A.Year 4
1999-2006 organiser of Guest Lecture Programme
1999-2006 responsible for Professional Practice course component
2000-2004 Member of CSM Academic Committee
2001-2003 Member of ADAG (L.I. Academic Developments Approvals Group)
1999-2000 Teaching in full-time Stage I
1991-1999 Coordinator of Placements, External Projects & International Exchange

Research Reports

2002-2004 Member of ELIA sub-committee researching International Mobility in the Arts, resulting in 'Quicksilver Conference' in Tilburg Holland, October 2003 and publication of report February 2004
1999 Organised 'Out of the Bubble' – a symposium on the role of Contextual & Professional Practice in visual arts education, held at CSM (18th-19th Mar 1999). Edited papers from conference published in book form with funding from London Arts (Mar 2001)
1998-1999 Report for Arts Council on improving provision of professional practice within Fine Art education
2001-2002 Contributed section on initiatives in London, Newcastle & Glasgow to 'Making Space for the Arts' report for Cork & Dublin City Councils

Selected Publications

2011 'Afterimage' magazine article by Scott Turri , May/June 2011, published by The Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York
2009 'The Visual Force' group exhibition catalogue by Dr. Slavka Sverakova, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Sep 2009, ISBN 978-0-9557469-6-3
2008 'A Shout In The Street' group exhibition catalogue published by Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Sep 2008, ISBN 978-0-9557469-2-5
2004 'Something Strange' group exhibition catalogue published by The Aine Art Museum Finland, Feb 2004, ISBN 951-8949-07-7
2002 'Space, Action, Location', catalogue for performance series, published by HOME, Flodden Road Camberwell
2001 'The Tastemakers U.K., Art Now' by Rosie Millard, (page 175) published by Thames & Hudson 2001, ISBN 0-500-51060-1
2000 'as it is', group exhibition catalogue published by the IKON Gallery Birmingham, Jul 2000, ISBN 0-907594-68-
2000 ‘Out of the Bubble’ - Approaches to Contextual Practice within Fine Art Education', edited by John Carson & Susannah Silver, published by The London Institute, CSM & London Arts 2000, ISBN 0947-784-527
1999 '00 44' group exhibition catalogue, published by Crawford Municipal Art Gallery & Gandon Editions Cork, Sep 1999 ISBN 0946 846 24
1996 'Thinking Long', Contemporary Art in the North of Ireland by Liam Kelly, Gandon Editions Cork, ISBN 0946641-66
1995 'Evening Echoes', catalogue & CD for touring exhibition by John Carson & Conor Kelly

Selected exhibitions, performances etc. since 1997

2011 ‘Timelines’, solo video installation, Melwood Screening Rooms, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 28th Jan - 13th Mar 2011
2009 ‘Timelines’, screening, NvTv, community television channel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 25th-28th Sep 2009
2009 ‘Blackpool Pet-Tastic’, performance event, Princess Parade / Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK, 13th Sep 20
2009 ‘The Visual Force’, group exhibition, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 18th Sep-7th Nov 2009
2009 “Timelines’ screening, Tudor Cinema, Comber, Northern Ireland, 8th Feb 2009
2009 ‘Timelines’, solo video installation, Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 8th Jan - 7th Feb 2009
2008 ‘Illustrations of Catastrophe and Remote Times’, group exhibition, 18th Jan - 11thMay, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh
2006 ‘Bexhill Bow-Wow’, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 26th August
2004 'Ten Out of Ten', solo performance at Camberwell Leisure Centre for Camberwell Artsweek, 18th June
2004 'Something Strange', group exhibition at The Aine Art Museum Tornio Finland, 6th Feb - 21st Mar 2004
2003 'An Evening With John Carson', Hammersmith & Fulham Irish Centre London, 2nd May 2003
2002 John Carson Xmas Special, solo performance at HOME, Flodden Road Camberwell, 13th Dec 2002
2001 Cathedral Arts Quarter Festival Belfast, solo performance
2000 'Just For You', musical performance for SALON series at HOME, Flodden Road Camberwell, 10th Nov 2000
2000 'Future Directions', artists residency with architect Robert Mull, culminating in environmental artworks and performance at Open Day, Cove Park, Scotland, 1st Aug- 28th Oct 2000
2000 'as it is', group exhibition of 24 artists at IKON Gallery and locations around the city of Birmingham, 26 Jul - 10th Sep 2000
2000 'Becoming When A Time Is Right', Islington Arts Factory London
2000 'John, I'm Only Dancing', Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans Herts
2000 'Because a Fire Was In My Head'. group exhibition by 14 artists, South London Art Gallery, 5th Apr - 21st May 2000
1999 ‘00 44' touring group exhibition: P.S.1. New York, Albright Knox Buffalo, Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast & Crawford Art Gallery Cork
1998 'Days', solo exhibition, works on paper, Central Point Gallery, London
1997 'Expanding Pictures', Arts Council BBC2, video for television with Donna Rutherford & Deborah May, broadcast 4th Dec 1997

Complete List of Projects

2009 'Timelines', Videos and website tracing lives of people involved in 1975-76 'Friend Map' project.
2009 ‘Blackpool Pet-Tastic’, performance event, Princess Parade / Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK, 13th Sep 20
2006 'Bexhill Bow-Wow', Performance with 4 piece band featuring dog themes songs for August Bank Holiday event at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea.
2005 'Peckham Pet-Tastic', Performance with percussionist John Say featuring dog themed songs as part of public art event in Peckham Square.
2004 'Something Strange', Sculptural work, within group show of staff from CSM, made as homage to local resident 'Bottle Eric' and his recycling efforts.
2004 'Ten Out of Ten', Performance at Camberwell Swimming Pool, assisted by Mairead McClean, celebrating 10 years of Camberwell Artsweek.
2004 'Read All About It' (with Conor Kelly), Audio and photographic work for survey show examining the history of the newspaper industry in Scotland.
2003 'Be My Guest', Interactive performance for ELIA conference with Polly Gould and 8 CSM students and invited guests.
2002 'The John Carson Christmas Special', Performance for Laura Godfrey-Isaac's HOME, London.
2001 'An Evening with John Carson', Performance at Catalyst Arts for Catherdral Quarter Festival, Belfast.
2000 'Paradise & So Bad', 2 x one minute audio loops.
2000 'On the Road - Again', Ten minute singing performance with related 'traces' on the gallery wall.
2000 'Citywatch', A set of 9 computer prints on the theme of surveillance made for display on CCTV camera columns in Birmingham.
2000 'Future Directions', Site specific artworks and performance in collaboration with architect Robert Mull at Cove Park, Scotland.
2000 'Just For You', Musical performance with Sue and Livia Harris for SALON series at Laura Godfrey-Isaac's HOME.
1999 'Days', A series of works on paper based on diary pages.
1999 'Kebabarama', A series of photo-based works featuring London Kebab shop signs.
1996-97 'You Don't Say' (with Donna Rutherford and Deborah May), Arts Council/BBC 2 video commission, as part of the 'Expanding Pictures' series of performance artists' works for television. Soundtrack by Coner Kelly.
1996 'Sandman', 24 hour performance for Beaconsfield at St. Thomas's Hospital.
1996 'Be Me' (with Giorgio Sadotti), Performance and installation 'pretending' to be the artist Giorgio Sadotti.
1995 'The Wee Johnny Carson Show', Radio project for 'Hearing is Believing' festival in Liverpool.
1994 'Ireland's 32', Commission for new Irish Centre in Hammersmith. Etchings on windows featuring outlines of the 32 counties of Ireland with a few lines from a song about each.
1993-95 'Evening Echoes' (with Coner Kelly), Touring installation featuring photographs and recordings of newspaper sellers from 23 cities in Ireland, England and Wales. The recordings were also presented as a 12 minute composition on CD.
1992 'Planet Perth', A series of 8 postcards produced as a 'site-specific' artwork during a residency at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in Western Australia.
1991 'Partial Recall', An al fresco collage diary of the eighties commissioned by The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin for the survey exhibition 'Irish Art of the Eighties'.
1990 'Head Honcho', 1 minute video for television commissioned by Arts Council of England and BBC 2.
1989-90 So What', A performance interplaying stories, songs and slides. Adapted and performed at various types of venue over a 2 year period and eventually made into a 15 minute video.
1985-87 'Off Pat', Performance featuring stories, songs and slides.
1984-86 'Leader of the Pack', Performance, tape/slide presentation and video concerning Marlboro cigarette advertising.
1984 'Made in Newcastle', Video collaboration for Project U.K. with teenagers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1982 'Flip It', Performance collaboration with Fred Truck.
1982 'Block the Missiles' (with Mary-Lou Arscott), A game of nuclear chance for anti-nuclear event in Los Angeles.
1981-86 'American Medley', A tour of 50 places in the USA famed in song. Presented as an installation in various locations with a juke-box featuring 50 records and an adjacent set of 50 postcards and Polaroids. Eventually made into an 11 minute performance and video.
1981-82 'Change', Mail Art project.
1981 'Upstairs / Downstairs', Durational performance at College of Art & Design, York Street, Belfast.
1981 'Loughview Bungalows', A screen print documenting beach bungalows due for demolition in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.
1980 'Men of Ireland', A performance examining Irish male stereotypes.
1980 'One Year Beside the Mast', A collage/diary of 1 year working at the Belfast pilot station.
1979 'To Slemish for St. Patrick's Day', A 2 day pilgrimage.
1978 'A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana', Booklet documenting an 11 day artwork, featuring correspondence with the Guinness company.
1978 'I'd Walk From Cork to Larne to See the Forty Shades of Green', A 320 mile, 14 day photographic walk based on song by Johnny Cash. Made into a poster.
1978 'Mural at Ainsworth Avenue' (with Maureen Davis), Mural depicting Belfast shipyard workers, commissioned by Belfast City Council, involving local consultation and help.
1978 'Converging Walk' (with Philip Roycroft), A 2 part outdoor indoor project.
1978 'Loughview Slideshow', Tape/slide presentation.
1975-77 'Friends, Walks, Hills, Invisible Lines & Belfast Lough', Booklet documenting 5 outdoor projects concerning the environs of Belfast Lough.