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Martha Lineham


Martha's research sits at the intersection of art and geography. She works with auto-ethnography via returned visits to a site or series of sites, field notes, lens based media, sound-walking and creative, critical modes of writing. Martha interacts with environments and embraces the sensuous experience of the researcher, with particular interests and emerging expertise on place, light and dark, and listening geographies. Her part-time PhD entitled ‘The Amusement Arcades Project’ is due for completion in 2024; with site-specific artist residencies and exhibition of work in progress part of this ongoing project. Parallel projects/outputs include a Routledge book chapter. Martha is committed to developing as a Researcher within the Department of Art and Performance, with core research membership status and membership to the Visual Culture Research Group.

With eight years’ experience of teaching on the Foundation in Art and Design course at Manchester Metropolitan University, Martha has gained a wealth of skills and knowledge that enable her to make significant contributions to the ongoing development of this outstanding course. In her role as Lecturer, she draws on her art and design pedagogic and leadership roles at levels 2-6 in a number of further and higher education institutions to review and develop best modes of practice. During 2021-2022 Martha progressed to the role of co-leadership of the Fine Art pathway on the course, timetabling an engaging programme of content and assessment. Martha adopts a process approach to education that facilitates appropriately challenging and differentiated learning, working collaboratively with colleagues to create an inspiring and valuable student experience.

‘Between Illumination and Darkness: Blackpool’s Contemporary Amusement Arcade Atmosphere.’ Book Chapter In Consuming Atmospheres: Designing, Experiencing, and Researching Atmospheres in Consumption Spaces. London: Routledge / Due for publication 2023.
Insights: Bitesize lecture on research and coastal connections to / Holden Gallery, Feb 2020
Rethinking Seaside Amusement Arcades through Sensation and Affect / Conference Paper / Royal Geographical Society Mid-Term Conference, MMU, April 2019
Sensation and Affect down at the Seaside Arcade / Conference Paper / The RCA NAFAE Student Research Conference, March 2019
Slots o’ fun! / Article / Holiday Issue of Modernist Magazine, Autumn 2018
Sounding the Seaside Amusement Arcade / Presentation / Institute of Place Management, Manchester, May 2018
Sensing the Amusement Arcade / Conference Paper / Provoking Discourse: Annual Postgraduate Research Conference / Man-chester Metropolitan University, March 2018
Reconsidering British amusement arcades in the 1980s through the sensory and the temporal / Conference Paper / Recording Leisure Lives: Men’s Women’s and Children’s Leisure in 20th Century Britain Conference / University of Bolton, April 2017

Barber Shops of Levenshulme / Artist’s Film in collab with Kamran Ali / FACT Film Festival, Liverpool in July 2021 / Bankley Studios & Gallery, Nov 2021 / HOME Open Call and Exhibition Jan-Mar 2022
Sounding the Seafront / Series of seaside arcade soundwalk-works exhibited at A-N Assembly 2021 Conference, Sept 2021
Sounding the Seafront / Artist Residency as part of 2021 AN Conference / Abingdon Studios, Blackpool / 2021
Instagram Researcher in Residency / Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University / May 2021
Coin-Operated: Seaside Amusement Arcades / Artist Residency and Solo Exhibition / Fish Factory Studios & Gallery, Cornwall, July 2019
Images of Research / Group Exhibition, shortlisted photograph and accompanying abstract on my current research / Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, March – Sept 2019
Sense of Place / Series of arcade photographs in Group Exhibition / White Room Gallery, Sheffield, Dec 2018 – Jan 2019
Fruit Machine / Film at Bankley Open Studios & Open Call / Bankley Studios & Gallery, Oct 2016
Process / Group Exhibition / Bankley Studios & Gallery, May – June 2016
*see instore for details / Virtual Solo Exhibition / The Trafford Centre via Social Media, Dec 2015 10am – 10pm
Mapping Memory / Unfold: British Art Show Fringe / Photo-drawing collage / 42 New Briggate, Leeds, Oct – Dec 2015
The Amusement Arcades Project soundscape / Bankley Open Studios & Open Call / Bankley Studios & Gallery, Oct 2015
The Imaginary Museum: Art Library as Archive / ‘Postcard photo slide photo postcard’ artefact in Group Exhibition / Leeds Col-lege of Art and Leeds Central Library, March – May 2015

Project Co-ordinator: Exhibiting Research: A Training Programme for Academics / MMU, May 2018 – June 2019
Project Co-ordinator / Archives Alumni: Social Media Student Work Campaign Project / The Visual Resources Centre MMU, 2014
Exhibitions and Contemporary Interventions Developer / The Manchester Art Gallery, 2012
Permanent Galleries Audio-guide Project / The People’s History Museum, 2012
Advertising Developer, Axis Web (Freelance project) / Axisweb, 2012
Art Publications Marketing Developer (Freelance project) / Cartwheel Arts, 2012
Workshop and Exhibitions Facilitator / Sutton House, Hackney, The National Trust, 2011
Creative Campaigns Project Manager / Redstone, 2011. Clients included The Department for Culture, Media & Sport, BBC, TATE, UKTV, Big Lottery Fund.
Business Development Account Manager, Key Account Manager / Bridgeman Art, 2007 – 2011. Clients included Pearson Group Ltd, Penguin Books, The Guardian, The Times, The National Portrait Gallery, Historic Royal Palaces, TATE. Also co-responsible for developing and promoting Bridgeman’s Contemporary Artist’s Archive.
Exhibitions and Events Assistant / The Association of Illustrators, 2007
Exhibitions Assistant / Imagination Ltd, 2006


Martha Lineham is a member of the Art and Performance Research Hub.

Book Chapters

Lineham, M., 2023. '(TBC) Atmospheres at the British Seaside Amusement Arcade through a focus on Light and Dark'. In Steadman, C., Coffin, J. (eds.) Consuming Atmospheres: Designing, Experiencing, and Researching Atmospheres in Consumption Spaces, Routledge, London.