AFY Core Staff

Heather Connelly

Connelly. Fig 1.Video Still TranslationZones

Translation Zone(s): A Stuttering, Library of Birmingham 2016

Heather is Senior Lecture and the AFY programme leader, joining the University of Lincoln in February 2018 to design, develop and create the AFY year, consulting with degree programme leaders within the College of Arts to develop a common first year of an integrated 4 year programme. The programme draws upon her extensive experience of lecturing on Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree courses and PhD supervision at Loughborough University, Birmingham City University and others, personal artist and research practice and professional experience within the arts in UK, EU, USA and Asia.

Heather holds a PhD in Fine Art from Loughborough University, she is an artist-researcher and co-founder and co-curator of InDialogue. Her personal research concerns art-and-translation and linguistic hospitality and how art practice can be used to engage people in the complex issues of translation, language learning and more broadly transcultural communication. She established Translation Zone(s) in 2016, during a AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship at Birmingham City University, an arts research project that aims to encourage and facilitate transdisciplinary research in this field, devising works, curating events, panels and exhibitions nationally and internationally (EU & Asia). Translation Zone(s) has been the subject of a number of recent publications: Beyond representation: Translation Zone(s) and intersemiotic translation (2019) and Translation Zone(s): an experimental approach to linguistic hospitality (2018). 

Connelly’s experimental, transdisciplinary approach to research and advocacy of the potential of artistic-led research in generating new ways of thinking about language and generating new knowledge within other disciplines.


InDialogue 2019


Giuseppe Belli


Sir John in Love: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Giuseppe  is a part time lecturer on the Arts Foundation Year and leads the 3D design elements of the programme.

As a Theatre Designer and Artist, he produces work internationally in theatre and opera and has also worked widely in film, TV, Commercials and other creative industries. Recent designs for Scottish Opera have featured at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris. With Belli and Belli he is currently developing a designer led opera with Transported Arts and an Opera with novelist and screen writer Phil Cosker.

He has also produced art works for other artists and theatre designers internationally including Damien Hurst, Alexander McQueen, David Fielding, Ultz, and many others and is a longtime collaborator with sculptor John Humphreys. He  delivers lectures and master classes at several universities in Theatre Design and Cross Art Form Collectives, and Mentoring Within Working Practice.

Belli and Belli are Regional Ambassadors for the Society of British Theatre Designers in the Midlands and have helped to partner The National Centre for Craft and Design and SBTD to bring STAGING PLACES to the NCCD in Sleaford

‘As an Artist/Scenographer my interest in cross art forms is founded upon exploration of process and practice within the traditional fine art labels of painting and sculpture.’


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Nick Wilson

Nick is part-time lecturer on AFY leading the 2D design elements of the programme. he joined the University of Lincoln in 2016 as an Associate Lecturer on the Interactive & Graphics Design Degree course until 2019.

Nick is also a practicing artist and runs the General Practice Studios and Gallery [gP] in the centre of Lincoln, which he co-foundered in 2012.

Nick’s interests lie in promoting exchange between artist led initiatives nationally and internationally and [gP] seeks to stimulate a critical discourse, and sustain an engaged visual arts culture in the city through the programming of exhibitions, events and workshops.

Nick’s teaching style is heavily influenced by his experimental approach to making work and enjoys exploring many disciplines with his students, including sculpture, painting, printing, performance, sound, digital, photography, video, animation, and curatorial study.

Nick began his own academic journey by completing a Foundation course at Bradford College before coming to study BA Fine Art at the University of Lincoln and then on to an MA in Curatorial Practice.

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