Juan Cruz appointed Director of University's School of Art and Design
21 May 2012
Juan Cruz has been appointed Director of the Liverpool School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University.
Juan is Professor of Fine Art at LJMU, a subject he has taught at the University since he came to Liverpool in 2008.
Prior to coming to LJMU, Juan was a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London.
Juan is a practicing artist, with a studio at The Bluecoat. His practice-based research has regularly concerned itself with text and translation as a metaphor for visual representation, and as an embodied and performative process.
He has worked in a range of media including performance as well as video and installation, and his work has been exhibited widely since 1998 across Europe, Australia and Japan in institutions such as the Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Melbourne Festival, Serralves Foundation Porto, Camden Arts Centre and the South London Gallery. His work has also been included in survey books published by Thames and Hudson (Place, Ed. Tacita Dean and Jeremy Millar 208pp ISBN 9780500930076 on Art and Place) and Serpents Tail (The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B. and Other Stories, Ed. Jeremy Ackerman and Eileen Daly 224pp ISBN 9781852429263 on Artists Writings).
Juan received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 1999 and in 2000 he was the Kettle's Yard Artist Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is represented by Matt's Gallery, London and Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid.
Juan is a member of the Council of Tate Liverpool, was a Trustee of the A Foundation and is currently serving as a member of the REF2014 sub-panel 34 (Art & Design History, Practice and Theory). He is a member of the steering group of Tate Liverpool’s research centre.
Commenting on his appointment, Juan said: "I am really excited about taking up the position of Director at the Liverpool School of Art and Design. The school has an extraordinary heritage and sees itself now working within a university with which it shares tremendous ambitions for the future.
"I have identified very deeply with Liverpool since I came here in 2008, and I know that our future success is intimately tied to the prosperity and quality of life that we can help to develop here. I look forward to working with students, colleagues in the School and University and collaborators in other institutions on our shared ambition to enhance opportunity in this amazing place."