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Dr Gary Anderson

Drama, Dance and Performance
0151 291 3697

Short Biography

I read Philosophy and English Literature at Leeds University and went on to study Directing at The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. After a stint in Thailand in the Higher Education sector I returned to the UK upon winning a fully funded PhD scholarship at the School of Arts and Performance at The University of Plymouth.
I joined Liverpool Hope University in 2007. My research interests reflect my wide training and learning but my principal area of publication and exhibition is in the field of Live Art. My current areas of research are triangulated by my interest in critical/radical education, social justice and activist performance practices.
I am regularly invited to speak at conferences and events. I have also won a series of funding bids for projects I have co-founded, including The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and The Free University of Liverpool, Artists4Corbyn and the Family Activist Network.
My research interests revolve around the question of what a white, male working class art-activist can do in the interests of social and economic justice. This spills over into publications, performances and events that I co-create with artists, scholars and activists. My latest publications are collaborations with key international scholars in the fields of Live Art and Drama. I am a social and ecological justice activist and a firm believer in the idea that education is liberation. That is the sort of education a student at Liverpool Hope can expect to receive.

Teaching Specialisms:

Performance Art/Live Art

Activism and Performance

University Roles:
Chair of University and College Union

Recent Publications:
10: The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home (2019)
Four Boys [for Beuys] (2016)
5: The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home (2014)

Recent Works:
The Institute for the Art and Practice if Dissent at Home (2007-2019)
Artists4Corbyn (2015-19)
The Free University of Liverpool (2010-2014)

I sit on numerous public bodies related to performance excellence and experimental performance practices, including The Live Art Development Agency.