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Johnny Magee FHEA

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Johnny Magee

Johnny Magee is Principal Lecturer for Student Experience. He is also School of Art Admissions Coordinator and Timetabling Champion and a Fellow of the HE Academy

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As a practitioner, Johnny's research interests are in the developing field of 'Documentation Art'. He has completed work with the NHS, Police, Hallé Orchestra and Museums. He has recently completed a one year associate artist placement with Arts Council England, where he has been 'visualising' a range of their research projects.

Current work is as the Documentation Artist within The HAT Project - an international research fellowship programme based in the UK, India, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


Explore, Expand, Exchange (E3)

Explore, Expand, Exchange By experimenting with low cost, temporary and innovative solutions to the problems of gallery and museum interpretation, Explore Expand Exchange provides entirely new alternatives to dry factual explanations and technologically complex solutions beyond the budgets of many institutions. . Details…

HAT, Here and There, Australia/UK

This project followed the work of 17 artists. and focused on the 'process' they undertake which forms the reserch that leads to the creation of new work. Details…

International Practice Exchange

The proposed research will examine the nature and relevance of tension which exists between tradition and innovation within the Indian Sub continent, and South Asian diaspora in England. This tension is in part due to an increasing globalisation of culture, through influences from the western traditions. Details…

Investigations of a Dog

An exhibition at Site Gallery, Sheffield which explores 'interactivity' through new presentations of the 'documentary'. Details…

On Dog Hair and Sand

On Dog Hair and Sand The South Yorkshire Police Service with a force of 3,000 regular policemen and women, covers an area of 6,000 square miles which includes a population of 1. Details…


10 short films woven together which explore elements of the city. The films were projected on a giant screen above the stage, and music performed live with members of the Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Details…

Royal Hallamshire Hospital Laundry

This work looks at the hidden world of the Hospital Laundry. Soiled linen from all over the hospital - wards, operating theatres, uniforms etc. Details…

Sex Death & Flat Pack Furiture

Sex death and flat pack furniture Sex death and flat pack furniture Explorations of narrative through lens and book A forum for Artists and Photographers to respond / re-act/ consider their practice in relation to ideas and concepts around narrative/ non-linear/ non-conventional narrative forms. Details…

Spirit of Change

This work produced four short films which are a 'creative' and 'abstract' response to the work of the Hallé Orchestra. Each film examines a different mode of documentation. Details…


The programme involves 20 individual research fellowships. Partner countries include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia. Details…


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Johnny Magee is a member of the School of Digital Arts Research Hub.


Magee, J., Dixon, S., 2017. Heart:Beat, Bapugaon village, Palghar District, Maharastra, India, 22/1/2017.

Magee, J., Dixon, S., 2017. Refugee Tales: viewing the Belgian refugee crisis of the First World War through the lens of contemporary experience, British Ceramics Biennial 2017, 23/9/2017 - 6/11/2019.

Dixon, S., Magee, J., 2017. Refugee Tales: viewing the Belgian refugee crisis of the First World War through the lens of contemporary experience., British Ceramics Biennial 2017, 23/9/2017 - 5/11/2017.

Magee, J., Dixon, S., 2015. Resonance: Reflections on the Great War through artwork inspired by Staffordshire collections., Cannock Chase Museum, Staffordshire County Museum, Ancient high House Stafford, and touring to four other venues, 6/3/2015.

Dixon, S. Magee, J, 2015. Resonance: reflections on the Great War through artworks inspired by Staffordshire collections., Museum of Cannock Chase., March 9 to April 26, 2015.

Magee, J., Dixon, S., 2015. Resonate: remembering the lost soldiers of North Staffordshire., British Ceramics Biennial, Spode factory site, Stoke-on-Trent, 26/9/2015.

Dixon, S. Magee, J. Welsh, A., 2015. The Lost Boys: Remembering the Boy Soldiers of the First World War., Holden Gallery, Manchester, November 5 to 11, 2015.

Dixon, S., 2007. THE HAT PROJECT: Here and There., The British Council, New Delhi, India., 28 March to 24 April..

Magee, J., 2006. Pensions For Artists On Line Exhibition,, 2006.

Hawley, S., Waltering, S., Jones, A., Magee, J., Crow, D., Butler, J., Bellingham, D., Fox, S., 2005. 'Sex, Death and Flat Pack Furniture', Holden Gallery, MMU, Grosvenor Building, Manchester, 14/4/2005.

Magee, J., 2005. AUSTRALIAN TOUR: Here and There Australia/UK, Jam Factory, Adelaide / Object Gallery, Sydney / Faculty Gallery Monash University, Melbourne / Toowoomba: Regional Art Gallery, Queensland), 2005 (touring).

Film Still 6 BOULDER - Camera ObscuraFilm Still 5 BOULDER - David AshworthFilm Still 4 BOULDER - Geomantic Surveyors at the Whitworth Art GalleryFilm Still 3 BOULDER - The Glacial EraticFilm Still 2 BOULDER - Borrowdale FarmersFilm Still 1, BOULDER - Leaving the Whitworth

Magee, J., 2004. 500 Metres, Explore, Expand, Exchange, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, November 2003 -March 2004.

Magee, J., 2004. UK TOUR: Here and There Australia/UK, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, The HUB, Sleaford, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Timber Wharf, Urban Splash, Manchester, 2004.

Fox, S., Coode-Adams, B., Robbins, F., Magee, J., Chuhan, K., 2003. Explore Expand Exchange E3, Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester. Manchester Museum, Manchester, 10/2003.

Police ControlBullets & LaserTelevisionsEvidenceHorse Hair in Bottle

Magee, J., 1997. Investigations of a Dog, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 1996.

Laundry SkipWhite Coats DrierLaundry WorkerLinen StoreInfected Linen MachineLoading Bay

Magee, J., 1993. New Contemporaries, ICA, London, 1993.


Garden FlysEmpty Manchester StreetAeroplaneFlysPigeonManchester

Magee, J., 2001. 'Promenade', Bridgewater Hall, 2000.


Magee, Johnny, Magee, Joe, 2004. 'Damage', Periphery.

PolicewomanGun being passedUnderwater 2 - Diving SuitsUnderwater 1 - Searching for Gun

Magee, J., 2004. 'On Dog Hair and Sand', Righton Press.

Magee, J., 2004. 'The HAT Project, Here & There, Australia/UK', HAT.

Internet Publications

Johnny Magee

Magee, J., 2003. 'The HAT Web Site', HAT,

Other Outputs

Magee, J., 2006. 'The HAT Project South Asia', International Research Fellowship Programme.

Magee, J., 2005. 'Spirit of Change', 4 films.