Ms Mandy Ure

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Associate Professor, Head of Department of Fine Art


Mandy Ure is Head of Department and Associate Professor in Fine Art. She graduated with MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, after undertaking BA (Hons) Fine Art (Drawing and Painting) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Prior to joining Kingston in 2015 she was Head of Art and Design at UWE, Bristol.

Mandy is a painter. She has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Council and between 2003 and 2007 she worked as part of the collaborative group scenery to investigate modes of display and curated environments. Ure has also produced collaborative drawings/writing with the poet Peter Manson.

Ure is an occasional visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools, London and over the last 15 years has taught at Goldsmiths College and Wimbledon School of Art, London, The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, Bath Spa University, UCE, Birmingham and UWE, Bristol.

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Research expertise

In Ure's paintings there is an absurd investment, a committed doubt, in producing paintings that address temporality, belief and scepticism in a paintings ability to signify anything. Testing the capabilities of the media, through a nod to the deceptions of the mechanisms of painting, the paintings fluctuate – by way of production and forms implied – between a simulation of meaningful activity and a belief that the temporality of painting can (still) allow for an alternate (s)pace of understanding.

Recent exhibitions include Native (Durden and Ray, LA, 2016), Here, There and Somewhere in Between (Horatio Junior, London, 2015) and There are no lines here...only the slow curve of the horizon (APT Gallery, London 2013).

Research supervision

The Expansive Gesture: locating the value of a contemporary painting gesture in an expanded art field. (Melissa Gordon) Centre for Contemporary Art Research, Kingston University.

Pepper's ghost and I: drafts, proofs and multiple sightings. Investigating the material presence of new digital technologies in literary texts and experimental book production. (John Hughes) Centre for Contemporary Art Research, Kingston University.

Is Vulgarity the highest form of Art? (Luke Gottelier) Centre for Contemporary Art Research, Kingston University.

Peer networks: Informal Peer Learning between contemporary artists in Bristol and selected UK regional cities (Megan Wakefield, Doctor of Philosophy) June 2012, University of the West of England, Bristol.

Teaching areas & responsibilities

Head of Department of Fine Art, teaching into Undergraduate and Postgraduate Fine Art awards, PhD supervision.

Professional activity

  • 2012 - 2013Chief External Examiner, Art and Design, University of Derby
  • 2012 - 2016BA (Hons) Fine Art / BA (Hons) Film, Lancaster University
  • 2009Swindon College, validation of Foundation degree routes
  • 2009 - 2014BA (Hons) Fine Art, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2006 - 2010BA (Hons) Fine Art / BA (Hons) Practice and Theory of Visual Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London
  • 2005 - 2009BA (Hons) Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee
  • 2003 - 2006BA (Hons) Visual Arts Extension Degree, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 1996MA Fine Art Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • 1991BA (Hons) Fine Art DJCA, University of Dundee


Native, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, USA

Here, there and somewhere in between, Horatio Jr, London

Welcome to Corfu, Depot, London

Festival of Portunalia, Peer, London (performance)

There are no lines here...only the slow curve of the horizon, APT Gallery, London

Friendship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London

Marred Epaulettes, various sites (collaboration with P.Manson), Whitstable Biennale

Mandy Ure, Holly Snapp Gallery, Venice (50th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art)

British Painting, Galerie Hollenbach, Stuttgart

The Portrait, V22 at Ashwin Street, London

Arrangement, Rhodes+Mann Gallery, London

scenery, Nuova Icona at Santa Maria del Soccorso, Venice

scenery, Richard Salmon Gallery, London

Nightwood, Rhodes+Mann Gallery, London

Once Again, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton


2015-16 External Advisor, MA Fine Art validation, Oxford Brookes University

2011-2012 Advisor, Motorcycle Showroom, Bristol (Gallery and artist studios)

2010-2012 Advisor / Selector, BV Studios, Bristol

2009 Advisor, Bristol Diving School (collaborative exhibition and studio network)

2005-2012 Advisor, Spike Island Associates, Bristol

2006 Selector, Situations New Writing Bursaries, Bristol

2005-06 Steering Group member, Spike Island Associates Scheme, Bristol

2009 Swindon College, validation external reviewer, Foundation Degree routes

Grants, funding and awards

  • 2014 - 2015HEIF - Creative Industries Mapping Project
  • 2008AHRC – Collaborative Doctoral Award
  • 2003British Council Award (Venice Biennale)

Research groups & programmes

Painting no. 108, 2015
Painting no.71, 2005
Painting no.52 For the Good of Liars, Manson, P, Barque Press, London (2006)