Professor John Hyatt
Director of MIRIAD
Primarily, an artist and musician John became Head of Department of Fine Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1991 - 2002, he received a personal Chair of Fine Art and Art Research in 1993. In 2003, he created and became Director of the acclaimed arts research and postgraduate centre, MIRIAD (the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design).
John represented British Art as the featured selected artist of Arts Council of England’s The British Art Show. A detail of his Art Wars: Division and Design painting (on display, permanent collection, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK) was used on the catalogue and publicity.
John is lead singer, lyricist and co-songwriter in the legendary band, The Three Johns, and continues to write, perform, record, produce and collaborate. He currently is writing and performing with his new band, Glamogoth.
John uses both old and new technologies. As Board member of ISEA, he directed ISEA98 in Manchester (International Symposium on Electronic Art), still the UK's biggest new technology art event and is currently on the Board of the Digital Arts Committee, Siggraph. He exhibited digital prints in the Krakow Print Triennial 2013.
A much-loved UK artwork by Hyatt is the large-scale public sculpture, Manchester’s Tilted Windmills in Exchange Square in his home city centre.
He has worked in research collaboration with Huang Zhuan of Shenzhen, China, in the visualisation of political history, including a large exhibition of Chinese contemporary art, State Legacy (Manchester and Shenzhen, 2009). He is currently working to deliver the Manchester Asia Triennial 2014.
A large painting show, This Paradise We Never left, toured UK and Portugal 2011/13. John exhibited at Paris Art Week 2013. A show, John Hyatt: New Romantic in England, is touring, from Munich to Brazil and Argentina 2014. Digital video work - such as his Pilot of Bee Patrol series - is available to view on Youtube on his Hyattmovies Channel.
Specialties:Whilst being an experienced manager and project leader, John is a polymath adept at spotting and realising creative opportunities in many fields and has a multitude of skills, crossing boundaries and linking people being prime talents.
One person exhibition of 23 one metre square oil paintings Published: Sé Catedral de Idanha-a-Nova and Raiano Cultural Centre, Idanha-a-Nova Portugal. Date: 4 February 2012 – 4 July 2012 and October – December 2012 The semi-automatic process, taught as invited British Council workshops (Oman 2012), is developed from an innovative combination of theories from Surrealism, mathematics and autopoesis (Ernst/Fibonacci/Turing). Details…
This was a millennium project for Exchange Square in Manchester, the site of the IRA bombing. After winning a competitive bid to design a Public Art piece for the newly built square, designed by Boston-based architect, Martha Schwartz, I installed five, ten-metre high, stainless steel motorised double windmill sculptures that can still be seen on site. Details…
Professor John Hyatt’s (1991-present) work as a researcher, artist and theorist has led to civic development and regeneration and has contributed to the branding of city space. As a practicing artist he has pursued transdisciplinary research projects which have influenced his collaborators’ practices and public understanding. Details…
Computer animated video (16 minutes), Published: Ahmedabad International Arts Festival, http://www.aiaf. Details…
Co-curation - Exhibition with catalogue and events in UK and China - Artists: Wang Guangyi, Lu Hao, Wang Jianwei, Zeng Li, Sui Jianguo Published: UK - Cornerhouse and The Holden Gallery – China - OCAT, Shenzhen. Dates: UK 3 April - 24 May and 3 April - 8 May 2009 China 19th September to 19th November 2009 A large exhibition co-curated, in China and the UK, from a two-year project (involving three Chinese research trips and frequent teleconferencing) by Hyatt and researcher/curator/author, Huang Zhuan, Director of OCT, Shenzhen, China. Details…
Digital movie and animation series Published: 22 January 2011 – 25 December 2013 Social media and the internet demand a new aesthetic, contextualising Hyatt’s experiments through a new form of movie. Technological availability allows the adventurous, risk-taking, punk DIY spirit (historically a feature of Hyatt’s globally recognised Three Johns’ music) to be applied to film-making, with one person (Hyatt) usually originating all aspects. Details…
John Hyatt is a member of the Art Research Centre.
A selection of recent research outputs.
Hyatt, J., 2006. 4th International Symposium of Interactive Media Design, Istanbul.
Hyatt, J., 2005. GROUNDSWELL: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape, MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, February 25–May 16, 2005.
Hyatt, J., 2005. HIBRIDA, YORKSHIRE CRAFT CENTRE and CARTWRIGHT HALL, BRADFORD, UK and THE GALLERIE MLYDACH, BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC, 6 May 2005 - 30 June 2005.
Hyatt, J., 2003. INTERSCULPT 03, THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, MANCHESTER, 10 Oct – 26 Oct, 2003.
Hyatt, J., 2003. JOHN HYATT’S TMESES, THE BASSOON CLUB, TMESIS, MANCHESTER, 16 Oct - 13 Nov, 2003.
Hyatt, J., 2003. PRICELESS, CONVERTED STORE, SHUDE HILL, MANCHESTER, 2003.
Hyatt, J., 2003. THE WAR EFFORT, THE HOLDEN GALLERY, MANCHESTER, 2003.
Hyatt, J., 2003. THE WAR EFFORT 2, The Foundry, London, 8 November – 22 November 2003.
Hyatt, J., 2003. TREACLE, OVE ARUP, MANCHESTER, 2003.
Hyatt, J., 2003. TREACLE: HOME SWEET HOME, ROSSENDALE MUSEUM, ROSSENDALE, UK, Sept 6 – 5 Oct, 2003.
Hyatt, J., 2002. HYBRIDA, CARTWRIGHT HALL AND YORKSHIRE CRAFT CENTRE, BRADFORD then to THE GALLERIE MLYDACH, BNO, CZECH REPUBLIC as selected works and then the full show again at THE HOLDEN GALLERY, MANCHESTER, 2002 and 2003.
Hyatt, J., 2002. HYBRIDA (Selected works), THE GALLERIE MLYDACH, BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC, 2002.
Hyatt, J., 2002. THE SOFT WAREHOUSE/POTENTIAL HITS, CHAPMAN GALLERY, SALFORD, 2002.
Hyatt, J., 2001. HERE AND NOW, YORKSHIRE CRAFT CENTRE, BRADFORD.
Hyatt, J., 2001. 'Carpet-Map for Arup, Consulting Engineers', A commissioned, unique hand-tufted wool carpet, 4m x 5m, designed on Photoshop, Arup, 8th Floor, St.James's Building, Oxford St., Manchester, April 2001 - present.
Hyatt, J., 2009. 'Personal websites', A linked nest of over 30 websites, http://www.hyattartandlife.com.
Hyatt, J., 2005. 'How do we maximise the role of universities in developing culture, innovation and regeneration?', Culture, Innovation and Regeneration The Key Importance of Creativity for a Sustainable Future, Commonwealth House, London, Friday 28 January 2005.
Hyatt, J., 2004. 'PLACING JARS', URBAN DESIGN GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE, CUBE and THE MANCHESTER CONFERENCE CENTRE, UMIST, Nov 11 and 12th 2004.
Hyatt, J., 2004. 'THE IN-FILL', SENSUOUS KNOWLEDGE: Creating a Tradition, KHIB, BERGEN, NORWAY (at Solstrand, close to Bergen, Norway), 26- 28 Oct, 2004.
Hyatt, J., 2004. 'THE SEARCH FOR TREACLE', SENSUOUS KNOWLEDGE: Creating a Tradition, KHIB, BERGEN, NORWAY (at Solstrand, close to Bergen, Norway), 26- 28 Oct, 2004.
Hyatt, J., 2005. 'Graphic Identity for CRAG', Logo and promotional video.
Hyatt, J., 2005. 'HUMAN GENETICS AND SOCIETY', Curation: Photographic exhibition from a public competition.
Hyatt, J., 2004. 'A VIEW OF THE BRIDGEHEAD: An Evaluation', Professor John Hyatt and Ruth Brown, November 2004.
Hyatt, J., 2003. 'BIDDING TO BENEFIT, COMMONWEALTH GAMES CONFERENCE', GRAPHIC ID/LOGO.