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Ms Josie Cockram

Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curation

I am an artist, lecturer and contemporary art producer. I teach primarily on the MA International Contemporary Art: Curation and Business, and contribute to BA Art History and Visual Culture.

I have worked in a number of galleries in London and the South West, and I have developed artist-led projects and independent programmes that engage with the specificity of place and audiences locally and internationally. In my studio practice I work with moving image, sound, drawing, photographic print and sculpture.

I am co-founder and co-curator of Aller Aller (formerly Aller Park Studios), a project founded in Devon in 2019 presenting artist film screenings, talks, workshops and performances. Aller Aller activity is ambitious, cooperative and informal - international and UK-based artists and performers visit for a contemporary art programme that engages with the experimental, cross-disciplinary traditions of the Dartington Trust

Previously I worked at CAST in Cornwall where I produced the Groundwork programme with Director Teresa Gleadowe. Groundwork was a three year project, bringing exceptional international art and artists to Cornwall and culminating in a five month season of exhibitions and events in 2018. With an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme presented new commissions and acclaimed works by artists including Steve McQueen, Francis Alÿs and Tacita Dean, exploring place as the terrain of past, present and future activity.


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Research through practice

2019/current - Aller Aller (formerly Aller Park Studios), Dartington Trust: Artist in residence and co-founder of a public programme of contemporary art talks, screenings, workshops and performances. Awarded ACE Project Grant as lead artist.

2020 - Pool School Gallery, independent project evaluation for the period 2018-2020

2019 - Hmn 16, curated by Chris Fite-Wassilak and Anne Tallentire

2018 - Regurgitate, podcast curated by Nicole Morris and Maria de Lima, Jerwood Arts

2018 - Late at Tate, Tate St Ives, artist introduction to a screening of Derek Jarman’s Blue

2016/17/18 - Producer of Groundwork, a three-year international contemporary art project, culminating in a five month season of exhibitions, events and learning workshops, presented by CAST, Cornwall.

2017 - Stories from the Sculpture City, curated by Chris Fite-Wassilak for the Henry Moore Institute

2017 - Co-founder of LUX Critical Forum at CAST, Helston, Cornwall

2016 - Plymouth College of Art, Exhibitions and Events Coordinator

2016 - Batter Street Residency, Plymouth Arts Centre, Devon

2016 - Royal Academy of Arts, Women in Focus artist panel, chaired by Hilary Robinson

2015-2016  - Artquest Award to produce Camden Peer Forum, Camden Arts Centre, London

2012-2015 - Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), London, Exhibitions and Events Administrator

2015-2016 - Land Securities Trust 12 month Studio Residency Award with Bow Arts Trust, London. Artist award for 2015 Royal Academy Schools Graduate Show

2016 - Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Show tour

2014 - Selected artist residency at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

2011-2012 - MFI (Mental Furniture Industry) Graduate Award: Flat Time House, Peckham, London

2011-2012 - LUX Critical Forum, a monthly discussion platform for artists, London

2011-2012 - Recipient of the Acme Camberwell Studio Award 2011/2012

2010 - CCW Moving Image Initiative: production award for new moving image work



I have a postgraduate teaching certificate in academic practice (PGCAP, Stage 1) and I am an HEA Associate Fellow.

In addition to my role at the University of Exeter, I am a lecturer on MA Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Plymouth and MA Fine Art (online) at Falmouth University.

I am interested in pedagogies that aim to build knowledge cooperatively, create space for a breadth of voices and experiences, and acknowledge the contingency of the social and ecological conditions we are all working in. It is important to me that the methodology of my teaching is in dialogue with the critical discourses that students are invited to participate in – that theory lives in practice.

Modules taught


I studied BA English Literature at Cardiff University and have a BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture from UAL Camberwell College of Art, London. I have a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy Schools.