C u r r i c u l u m  V i t a e

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2010

MA Environmental Philosophy: University of Lancaster, 2006

BA Hons Fine Art Sculpture: Glasgow School of Art, 1993

Judy Spark is an artist and lecturer in Contemporary Fine Art Practice at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. Her visual art practice seeks to explore the gaps and overlaps that reside within contemporary human experience, in relation to the natural world.

Key research interests:

Nature, phenomenology, technology, Buddhist/Zen practices, indigenous experience, energy, environmentalism, drawing, writing, poetry, sound, acoustic ecology, radio, electromagnetic fields.


   Guest on Paperweight - Episode: 'Mixed Media' Resonance FM, 10th July 2014.

  Visibility Sometimes Wandering and Sometimes Reassembled: On Being in Rain. Conference  paper, Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC) / Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University, St Catherine's, Ontario. May 2014.

Selected Exhibitions


  Seeing sound, Hearing Colour: Collaboration with composer Peter Relph as part of

    'Sound' Scotland's festival of new music; Gray's School of Art / University of Aberdeen

     - 2013

  North Light Festival, Dunbar, Scotland - 2012

  Back to the things themselves: Two person exhibition with Lesley Punton, The Briggait

   Glasgow, as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art - 2012

 One Touch of Nature and all is Kin: John Muir's Birthplace, Dunbar, UK - 2011

 Treasure: Ardo House, Aberdeenshire, UK (NEOS) - 2010

 Tuning to the Ether: Cupar County Court House, Fife, UK - 2009

 Wall of Statements: Gray's School of Art/ Art EZ, Enschede, NL - 2008

 The Secret Life: Chatelherault Country Park, Lanarkshire, UK - 2006

 What In The World Is More Beautiful? St Andrews Botanic Gardens, Fife, UK - 2004

 Three: East Kilbride Arts Centre, UK - 2003

 Succession: Glasgow Botanic Gardens, UK - 2003

 Arvidsjaur Kommun: Medborgarhuset, Arvisjaur, Lapland, Sweden - 2002

 The Great Divide: Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK - 2002

 Message Sent: The Travelling Gallery, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK - 2002

 Northern Exposure: Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, UK - 2001

 The Precautionary Principle: Intermedia, Glasgow, UK - 2001

 Lapplands Konstnarskoloni: Museum of Gällivare, Lapland, Sweden - 2001

 Wallpaper Video: High Street Project, Christchurch, NZ - 1999

 This Island Earth: An Tuireann Arts Centre, Island of Skye, UK - 1998

 Resound : Highland Park Distillery/ Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, UK - 1997

 New Art in Scotland: CCA Glasgow, UK - 1994

•  Echo Location: Intermedia, Glasgow, UK - 1994

Selected Papers / Publications / Reviews

  'The Environing Air: A Meditation on Communications Structures in Natural

     Environments' in PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory

     and Culture Vol 8, No1 (2013) PP 185 - 207.

  One Touch of Nature and All is Kin: exhibition publication. John Muir's Birthplace,

     Dunbar, UK - 2011

  Sparking Interest in Cupar: Fife Herald, 15th July 2011

  Treasure: exhibition publication. Ardo Studio Gallery, Aberdeenshire - 2010

  Cake Magazine: Anonymous Projects, Aberdeen - 2008

  Cross-Currents: Transcript Book Series, Duncan of Jordanstone School of

     Art/Manchester University - 2005

  Message Sent: exhibition catalogue. The Traveling Gallery, City Arts Centre,

     Edinburgh - 2002

  Graham Square: New Housing in Glasgow: Visual Arts Projects/Molendinar Park

     Housing Association - 2001

  The Precautionary Principle: Remote/The Millennium Foundation. ISBN-13:

978-0954015701. Ed of 1000 - 2001

  Resound: exhibition catalogue. Pier Arts Centre, Orkney Accompanying CD in edition of

     500 - 1997

  New Art in Scotland: exhibition catalogue. CCA, Glasgow - 1994

Awards / Residencies

   Residency with Cupar Visual Arts Projects, Fife, UK: CVAP / Creative Scotland  - 2011
   Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, (HEA) - 2010
   Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding to undertake a part-time MA in
   Environmental Philosophy - MA Value and Environment (MAVE), Lancaster University

    Residency with Lapplands Konstnarskoloni, Arvidsjuar, Lapland, Sweden - 2002
    Residency with Lapland Visual Artists, Gallivare, Lapland, Sweden - 2001
    Scottish Arts Council Artists Award towards the production of new work - 2001
    Glasgow Visual Artist Grant Scheme Artists Award towards supporting the costs of The
    Precautionary Principle exhibition -  2000
    Glasgow New Opportunities Millennium Award towards a research project with a
    number of community councils in the Glasgow area into the health and social effects of
    mobile phone technology - 2000
    Graham Square Millennium Space Project Commission. Visual Arts Projects/Molendinar
    Park Housing Association - 1999
    Pier Arts Centre / Scottish Arts Council Residency, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland - 1996
    Scottish Arts Council Small Assistance Grant -1994


    Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice, Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University,
    Aberdeen: 2007 - present.
    Worked with Hamilton and McGregor Environmental Acoustic Consultants on the
    Scottish Noise Mapping Project in accordance with the EC's Environmental Noise
    Directive, 2005 - 2007
    Worked with the Wise Group as Higher Education Co-ordinator on a number of
    Government sponsored recycling and energy efficiency education programmes: 2004 -
    Lecturer at Cardonald College, Glasgow teaching courses in CAD and drawing, 1998
    - 2006
    Tutor on the Greater Opportunity of Access and Learning with Schools project (GOALS)
    at Glasgow University (Ethics and Public Art strands) - 2005