Lecturer in Curating and Exchanges Coordinator
Dena is a pedagogical designer, who explores the wellbeing benefits of manipulating clay in a gallery setting. Before working in an academic context, Dena led health-based pedagogical programming in the gallery sector. She has led programmes at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, and the British Ceramics Biennial (Stoke).
Dena’s AHRC-funded PhD, which she will complete in 2025 and is based at the University of Sunderland, aims to understand the specific impact of clay-working on mental health recovery. The social, cathartic, and perceptive ‘power’ of the material are of particular interest.
Dena has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate-level at Manchester School of Art for five years, in and around the area of curation and social curation/gallery-based engagement in the arts.
Her work is governed by methodologies that encourage a ‘collective’ learning design process, with strong beliefs in the value of co-authorship in participatory/pedagogical happenings in the arts; these beliefs are core elements of her teaching philosophy.
Practice based PhD, The University of Sunderland Clay Pedagogy An Exploratory Study of the Transferal of Ceramic Making Methods into the Context of Addiction Recovery via Pedagogical Design: Reported Impacts from Praxis’ Research question, Dena Bagi, 2022 https://northumbria-sunderland-cdt.northumbria. Details…