Polly Macpherson

Mixed Media | Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in 3D Design



Education and Qualifications

2010 - Accredited Coach - Dynamics of Leadership Performance Coach, Cultural Leadership Prog. - Arts Council E, CCSkills & MLA funded

1999 - City & Guilds 7307/02 Teachers' Certificate

1998 - Preparing for business N.V.Q.

1996 - Master of Arts Ceramics, University of Wales, Institute Cardiff, Wales

1994 - Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Ceramics, University of Wolverhampton

1993 - California State University, Long Beach, USA (6 months exchange)


2010+ Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer, University of Plymouth

2008+ Award Leader BA (Hons) Designer Maker & MA Contemporary Designer

Recent Exhibitions / Projects


‘Cabinet: Connection and Collection’ Exhibition Peninsular Arts Gallery

‘Cupola’ Film presentation, Pairing conference Manchester Metropolitan University


Presenting 'THE BACKS', Exhibition at The Devon & Exeter Institution.

“Observation, Mapping, Dialogue” Poster/Paper, Drawing Research Network Annual Conference University of Brighton

‘Ambulation’ Exhibition, Plymouth Arts Centre.

‘Renewal & Regeneration’ Exhibition, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

‘Reading THE BACKS’ Academic Paper Presentation, Creativity & Place conference, Exeter University, Geography Department

‘The Purpose of Drawing’, The Cube Gallery, Plymouth

‘Cupola’ Film Spacex Contemporary Art Gallery, Film Spring Screen’10

‘Exchange’ Exhibition – Avenue Gallery, Northampton


‘A Light Walk’ Film Spacex Contemporary Art Gallery, Exeter.


‘A Light Walk’ Film, Sound and Film-Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2008 Plymouth

Roots of Learning, Schumacher College


‘Mobile Machinoeki’ Commissioned Art works, Arts Council funded


2011 (Jan-March) Visiting Professor Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

2009+ Artist in Residence – The Devon & Exeter Institution

Artist in Residence, International Socrates Intensive Programme, Exeter

Artist/Research & Teaching Residency 3 weeks, Hvammstangi, NW Iceland

Artist in Residence, Ridgeway School, Plymouth, Devon

Ceramic residency for children at Vatsalya Educational Centre, Jaipur, India

Relevant memberships

CAN - Craft Action Network

DRN - Drawing Research Network

NACHE - National Association of Ceramics in Higher Education (Uni. Rep.)

CHEAD - Council Higher Education in Art & Design (Uni. joint-rep)


2010 Conference Poster Prize. Drawing Research Network Annual Conference, University of Brighton.

1995 The Watt Memorial Trust Award

1994 The Watt Memorial Trust Award

1993 Honours List for Excellence - Study & Research, California State University, Long Beach

Creative Research Statement

My research comes under the themes of Mapping, Journey and Movement. I am interested in the different ways in which this theme can be presented, organized and structured to create both cohesive pieces of visual composition as well as strengthening the original identity of the individual components. There are a variety of different ways in which I have successfully executed these ideas through the mixing of materials (e.g. clay & combustibles), sound investigation & film/stills to produce objects, drawings and images.