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Olivia Glasser's creative practice spans arts development, education and research, and is driven by finding ways to embed art and creativity in society. In 2020 Olivia programmed an ambitious programme of arts workshops and events for young people in non-traditional art spaces across Salford, including Re-Dock’s interactive a/v installation Portals in a holiday club and experimental sound workshops with Tony Hall in the back room of a church. She sees teaching as part of an expanded art & research practice and is an Associate Lecturer at Manchester School of Art and the School of Arts & Media at the University of Salford. Recent publications include Instructions Manual for Times of Crisis, collaboratively made with international art collective LAUKKU, and Creative Futures, made to celebrate 27 years of the interdisciplinary BA course Interactive Arts.
Manchester & Salford, UK

2018 Masters Certificate in Higher Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

2015 Gained Fellowship status at the Higher Education Academy

2015 Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Manchester Metropolitan University

2010 BA (Hons) Interactive Arts, Manchester School of Art

2009 Erasmus Study Abroad Programme, Klasse Jetalova, Akademie der Bildenen Künste, Munich (DE)

2007 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Bucks New University, High Wycombe

Academic / Editor / Conferences / Features
2020 Film presentation and talk, Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia Summer CircleNordic Summer University (online) 
2018 Sauna as a communal space for ‘those who have nothing in common’, web presentation, Learning and Bildung in   Times of Globalisation Summer Circle, Nordic Summer University, Fårö (SE)
2017 Paper presentation, ‘Political activism on an institutional level: democratic and educational implications’, Appearances of the Political Summer Circle, Nordic Summer University, Saulkrasti (LV)
2016 Paper presentation, ‘Slow Spontaneity’, Practicing Communities: Transformative Societal Strategies for Artistic Research Summer Circle, Nordic Summer University, Orivesi (FI)
2016 Official blog coverage, Inspire – Sharing Great Practice In Arts And HumanitiesTeaching And Learning Conference, The Higher Education Academy, Brighton
2015 Academic poster presentation, ‘Manifesto!’ CELT Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University
2012 Featured in Triin Tulgiste's Leidžiant laika / Taking Time: Kopos, pušys ir šiuolaikinis menas / Dunes, pines and contemporary art in Nida Art Colony Log / 2 (4): Taking Time / Leidžiant laika (LT)

2018 Éncore Room, WARMTH Sauna, Islington Mill, Salford

2017 Massia, Häädemeeste Parish (EE)

2013 The Penthouse, Manchester

2013 Cha:let, Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester

2012 A Specific School, various locations, Manchester

2012 Departure Lounge, IKEA, Ashton Under Lyne

2012 Kurt Schwitters DIY Summer Art School, the Merz Barn, Cumbria

2011 summer:studio:camp, Shedhalle, Tübingen (DE)

2010 Hld Tght, The Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 All Good Things – A celebration of 27 years of Interactive Arts, Vertical Gallery, Manchester School of Art

2018, 2019 - Paradise Works Open Studios + 2020 (Online edition)

2017 Sexy Boy Unites Salford, Paradise Works, Salford

2015 Compression Culture, Vertical Gallery, Manchester School of Art

2015 Project Radio, &Model, Leeds

2015 One o’ those, curated by Rob Carter, 9 Valerie Walk, Manchester

2014 What We Cannot See From Here, Link Gallery, Manchester

2013 Lot No, a Lionel Dobie Project off-site project, Capes Dunnes Auction House, Manchester

2012 Taking Time: only the expanse of snow could be seen, white as this page, Gallery Akademija, Vilnius (LT)

2011 Postcards from Europe, Wem Town Hall, Shropshire

2011 Rogue Open Studios, Rogue Studios, Manchester

2011 GLEICH ZEIT, Shedhalle, Tübingen (DE)

2011 Do it Together, The Forum, Sheffield

2011 Sessions Polivalents #2, Foxy Fax, Hangar, Barcelona (ES)

2010 MILL 24, Islington Mill, Manchester

2010 TEST, EASA HQ, Manchester

2009 Jahresaustellung, Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich (DE)

2008 Made in 24HRS, London Design Festival, London

2017 Tour Guide, Listening to the Dark, Peak Cavern (AKA the Devil’s Arse), AND Festival, Castleton

2017 24 Hr Party People: Redux, produced by Richard DeDomenici, presented by HOME, Manchester

2016 MULL IT OVER WITH THEM, as part of LEGROOM_COMPANY, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Visiting Artist / Facilitator
2020 CG Associates end of year Winter Wassail [Artist / facilitator]
2015 Play Harder 2, TOAST Gallery, Manchester [Artist Walk]

2014 Shed Show, TOAST Gallery [Artist Dinner, as part of Black Thumb Growers]

2014 FUTURES, BA (Hons) Contemporary Art History, Manchester School of Art [Lecture]

2013 TV Dinners with Hugh Fernaly Wittingstall (sic), Merz Barn, Cumbria 

 [Workshop delivered collaboratively with Robert Carter (UK)]

2012 In Our Own Words, [Performative Event], Malonioji 6, Vilnius (LT)

Solo / 2 Person Show Exhibitions
2013 One Night Stand, with Monty (UK) Islington Mill, Manchester

2012 Chinese New Year, in collaboration with Lu Di, The Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

Commissions / Grants / Awards
2018 a-n and Castlefield Gallery, Artists’ International Delegation 2018, Budapest (HU)

2017 Grant awarded to participate in study circle Appearances of the Political at NSU Summer Session, 2017 (LV)

2012 Maxonian Cocoon, commissioned in collaboration with Lu Di, as part of And Let the Walls Loose,
 curated by Clarissa Corfe, Paradise Silk Mill, Macclesfield

2012 Promo, film work commission for, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

2010 Selected to participate in Roche Continents, Salzburg (AT)

2007 Alternative Santa's Grotto commission, Storey Gallery, Lancaster

Selected Employment
2021: Creative Educator, Bubble Up Programme, Curious Minds, Greater Manchester 

2021 – Ongoing: Project Coordinator, Waymarking, Manchester 

2019 – Ongoing: Associate Lecturer, Critical & Contextual Studies, School of Arts & Media, University of Salford

2016 – Ongoing: Associate Lecturer, BA Interactive Arts and Art Theory in Practice, Manchester School of Art 

2018 – 2020: Assistant Arts Development Officer, Salford Community Leisure

2017: Project Assistant, the Art of Recovery, Bravo 22 Company, Manchester

2013 – 2016: Graduate Teaching Assistant, BA Interactive Arts, Manchester School of Art

2013 – 2015: Co-Director, Black Thumb Growers, Farm Start, Manchester

2013 – 2015: Logistics, Contracting & Accounting, Annex Agency, Manchester

2012: Assistant Curator Intern, Nida Art Colony, Neringa (LT)

2012: Studio and Teaching Assistant, Manchester School of Architecture

2011 – 2014: Workshop Artist & Technician, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

2011: Cultural Strategy Assistant, Manchester City Council

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