School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Iain Wheeldon

Lecturer

Background

Background

Iain is a graduate of the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies Gallery Studies course at Newcastle University (2001-2003) and is currently the Programme leader for ICCHS' MA in Art Museum & Gallery Studies, and module leader for Art Curatorship 2 as well as the Placement provision within the Centre  

Alongside core teaching, Iain's focus has been on E-learning within the University over the last few years. In 2014-2015 he co-developed a new suite of postgraduate E-Learning Modules which launched in 2015. Alongside this project, Iain is currently a member of the NUTELA E-Learning group. Recent events and initiatives by the group include the conference 'What are MOOCs'?. He also sits on the ELSI group (E-Learning and Student Information sub-committee) and the University's VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) Steering group, contributing to the developing use of e-technologies and policy in the support of e-teaching/ e-learning. 

Iain is currently the Academic lead for the University’s Mobile App and chairs the Mobile Users Group which is responsible for developing new pedagogical uses for Mobile technologies in the University. In 2015 the project won a University Innovation award to develop new features to improve Student Staff Committee Communication across the university through the development of direct contact tools, polling features and improved feedback streams within the app. The group has since worked closely across LTDS, NUITs and also with NUSU’s Representation & Democracy Coordinator & Education Office.

In 2015 Iain became a Faculty Programme Liaison Officer (FPLO) for the University's postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice Programme (CASAP). The function of this role is to support new members of University Staff/ PGRs through the various CASAP modules/ routes. This primarily involves being a regular point of contact for staff/ PGR participants, monitoring their general progress on the programme, providing advice on obtaining credit for prior learning a well as conducting appreciative observations of participant’s teaching. Iain is also tasked with providing mentoring, tutoring for specific assignments and assessing associated work as well as teaching on the core CASAP taught modules in September/ January and April each year.

Before returning to the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (Now Media, Culture & Heritage) in October 2003, initially as the course Placement Manager, he worked with the Education and Public Programme Team at BALTIC, the International Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead where he helped to set up and deliver the venue’s first year programme of educational activities. He also contributed to the development of BALTIC’s initial primary and secondary teaching resources: The B.CREATIVE and B.INFO books as well as assisting in the development of BALTIC’s newly opened Library and Archive, which is responsible for the documentation of BALTIC’s activities, residencies and arts programme.

Iain then went on to work as Curatorial Assistant at the Hatton Gallery where he worked with both the permanent collection, which comprises of over 3,500 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings and also a wide range of temporary and touring exhibitions. He was also responsible for administrative duties within the gallery and played a central role in the Hatton's collections management programme as well as assisting in the development of several temporary and touring exhibitions for the gallery.

At the Hatton he co-curated the touring exhibition ‘Poems from the Catalan’ which featured the work of key Catalan artists Antoni Tapies & Joan Brossa. Iain was then appointed as the North East’s Manager for the en-quire gallery research programme, which is a national action-research programme with the aim of exploring, assessing and articulating the special learning benefits to young people of working with contemporary art and the gallery space.

The eighteen month programme aimed to identify key success factors that will build an evidence base to support the provision of more gallery education, contribute to policy, resources and good practice in the gallery sector.

The en-quire programme was funded jointly by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Education and Skills as part of the Strategic Commissioning initiative. It was carried out through three clusters or consortia of galleries and higher education institutions across England. The three selected consortia were in the North East, East London and the South Coast.

Led by BALTIC, which has education and public access at the heart of its mission, the North East consortia included the Laing Art Gallery, Isis Arts, the Hatton Gallery potentially working in partnership with the Gateshead and Newcastle Teachers networks. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Academic Lead/ Chair of the University Mobile User Group

NUTELA/ UNITE (University Network for Inforation Technology and E-Learning)

ELSI (E Learning and Student Information Sub-committee)

VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) Steering Group

E-learning Working Group

Degree Programme Leader: Heritage Management & Tourism (PGT E-Learning)

Programme Leader: Art Museum & Gallery Studies

Module Leader: Placement Module ICS 8015 (Heritage, Education and Interpretation, Museum Studies & Gallery Studies), ICS 8006 Art Curatorship 2

Module support for Specialist Option Modules ICS 8005 Art Curatorship 1,  ICS8001 Issues & Ideas, ICS8002 Management, ICS 8003 Communication & Interpretation & ICS8099 Dissertation

Qualifications

MA Gallery Studies (Distinction), International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle.

BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class Honours), Department of Fine Art, University of Newcastle.

Previous Positions

(2003-2007) Placement Manager: International Centre for Cultural & Heritage Studies, Newcastle University. Module Leader: Placement Module ICS 815 (Heritage, Education and Interpretation, Heritage Management Museum Studies, Art Museum & Gallery Education & Gallery Studies).

(2005) North East En-quire Project Administrator/ Manager: Based at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom

(2004- 2005) Curatorial Assistant, Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom.

(2002 & 2003 -2004) Gallery Assistant, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom.

(2002 -2003) Education and Public Programme Team (Acting Officer), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom.

Teaching

Degree Programme Leader: Heritage Management & Tourism (PGT E-Learning)

Programme Leader: Art Museum & Gallery Studies

Module Leader: Placement Module ICS 815 (Heritage, Education and Interpretation, Museum Studies & Gallery Studies) & Art Curatorship 1, Issues & Ideas (E-Learning), Communication & Interpretation (E-Learning)

Module support for Specialist Option Modules: Art Curatorship 1, Issues & Ideas, Management, Communication & Interpretation, Work Based Projects and Museum/ Gallery/ Heritage Dissertation