Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Newcastle University
Dr Venda Louise (Vee) Pollock is a Senior Lecturer in Art History within the Fine Art department at Newcastle University. Her work considers the relationship between art and the, largely, urban environment - considering both representations of cities and art within cities and exploring the dynamics of place-making that contribute to senses of individual and place identity. Part of this involves a keen interest in participatory and public-facing practices, and the organisations that are often involved in initiating them. She has written widely in this field, and spoken at national and international conferences. Vee is also the Arts and Cultures theme champion for the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal (NiSR), and works closely with Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice (NiCAP). Through her role with NiSR she works with the cultural sector looking at the relationship between artistic practice and broader processes of change (and the effect and implications of these processes on the arts). This builds on Vee’s earlier work with Intersections, a platform that sought to generate collaborations between the University and the cultural sector on areas of mutual interest and concern. Vee joined Newcastle University in 2006 having previously worked as a Research Fellow in Urban Cultural Regeneration within the School of Geography and Geosciences at Glasgow University. She has an MA (Hons) First Class in Art History and a PhD from the University of St Andrews.