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Chloë Brown

Fine Art BA Course Leader


Chloë is an artist and Senior Lecturer/Course Leader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. She has an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London (1994), and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading (1987). She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including three international biennials (Istanbul Biennial, Mardin Biennial and the British Ceramics Biennial). From 1995 to 2013 Chloë was a member of The Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP) and in 2015 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

  • About

    Chloë is an artist and Senior Lecturer/Course Leader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. She has an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London (1994), and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading (1987). Chloë has exhibited widely in Europe and in the UK and from 1995 to 2013 she was a member of The Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP).

    Using a range of media including film, sculpture, taxidermy, book works, and drawing, Chloë explores various strands of research: she is interested in animals and how they interact with humans, and vice versa, considering specifically the representation of animals in society and culturally. This has led her to interrogate ideas of ‘the (extreme) North’, in particular in relation to the mythical place called Hyperborea, which further developed into work that questions the notion of the industrial ruin, architecture and extinction. 

    Finally, Chloë has a longstanding connection to the field of artist’s publications and was a member of RGAP until 2013. She believes that the element tying these strands together is a melancholic preoccupation in – and questioning of – the diametrically opposed positions of hopelessness and hopefulness. Not surprisingly she has a long-standing interest in the notion of Memento Mori, literally translated as ‘remember you will die’. From this rather sombre and expansive starting point Chloë makes work that is thoughtful, provocative and sometimes uplifting.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Post-industrial ruins
    Northern Soul
    Animal/ Human Studies

  • Teaching

    Department of Art and Design

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Fine Art

    Fine Art BA

    Fine Art Studio 3

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    Dancing in the Boardroom – since 2015

    The project explores connections between the post-industrial cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Detroit, and asks what happens when the economic engines of a city slow down, but the people don’t? It aims to articulate an emotional response to post-industrial ruins and by bringing together seemingly unconnected things: people, places, music, and dance, it creates a friction that leads to new readings that have optimism, not despondency, at their core. 

    Returns – since 2012

    This is part of an on-going collaboration between Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Established in 2012, it formed out of an International Research Project titled 'Topographies of the Obsolete', initiated by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway; and initially focused on the disused Spode ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

    The aim of the research is to question the notion of the post-industrial. What began as a response to the ruins of industry has developed into a series of approaches that consider the remnants of industry in both Sheffield, Nottingham and beyond. 

    Topographies of the Obsolete – since 2012

    This is a collaborative project that both deepens and develops understanding of the post-industrial landscape with reference to the industrial ruin.

    The project emphasises the use of site as ‘raw material’ through which participants organically develop individual approaches via experimentation and dialogue. 

    Via a series of initial workshops and with the participation of cross-disciplinary artists/educators from a range of international institutions, the socio-economic histories, industrial architecture, and production remnants of the former historic Spode site at Stoke-on-Trent were explored. 

    Animal Human – since 2010

    This strand of research considers the representation of animals in society and culturally.

    This strand of research considers the representation of animals in society and culturally. Through the work I ask how do humans interact with animals, how are animals displayed and how does our relationship with animals shape our understanding of them philosophically, culturally and socially? Using video and audio field recordings, I observe particular groups of animals in specific culturally loaded circumstances and edit the footage to create films that highlight my concerns.


    This strand of my research investigates a particular use of animals as substitutes for human experience, questioning notions of anthropomorphism and through this, narrative fictions. The resulting work makes specific references to animal characters found in children’s narratives, cartoons and films highlighting the use of the animal as a signifier of human emotion and experience. Through practice-based research using film, sound and sculptural approaches, I question the role of the animal in this exchange both ethically and morally, often employing taxidermy as a way of using the actual body of the animal to generate a narrative, engaging with specific ethical debates that surround this issue within the context of contemporary art and beyond.

    Looking For Hyperborea (a search for a mythical North)

    This strand of my research considers notions of ‘Northerness’, specifically that found in the most Northern parts of Norway above the Arctic Circle and revolves around Hyperborea, a place in Greek mythology behind the north wind, where the sun never sets.

    Artists' Publications

    I have long been involved in the field of artists’ publications and I am particularly interested in the impact that Sol LeWitt has had on the field. I was a member of the Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP) from 1995 to 2013 supporting the publication of artists book works and editions, disseminating these works, and pursuing debates relating to this area of practice through publications, symposia, conferences, workshops, and the annual Small Publishers Fair run by RGAP in Conway Hall, London each Autumn.

    Dancing in the Boardroom
    The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

    Fine Art researchers at Nottingham Trent University: Andrew Brown, Joanne Lee, Danica Maier, Debra Swann and Christine Stevens.

    Topographies of the Obsolete
    The key collaborators are Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway (KHiB), the British Ceramics Biennial, and researchers from art academies from Norway, Denmark, Germany, USA, and UK (The Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Germany and Art and Design Departments at Nottingham Trent University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne University, Bucks New University, and Sheffield Hallam University).

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    External examiner at

    Oxford Brookes University – Fine Art BA (Hons)
    Solihull College - Fine Art BA (Hons)
    Hereford College of Art - Fine Art BA (Hons)

  • Postgraduate supervision

    • Reiterative Drawing as Translation: Making, Resistance, and the Negotiated Encounter
    • The neuroaesthetic uncanny: a filmic investigation of twenty-first century hauntology

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