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Mr Jon Adams

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
  • Role Title: Research Fellow; Artist in Residence
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5149
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  • Department: School of Art and Design
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I graduated from Kings College, University of London in 1982 with a degree in Geology, specialising in vertebrate palaeontology and stratigraphy.  I worked as a natural science and archaeological book illustrator from 1984 to 2005.

I joined the University in 2005 through the AA2A Artist Residency scheme where I developed my contemporary art practice with an arts and science focus.

In 2006 I was awarded an ArtPlus public art award by Arts Council England as Artist in Residence on the rail network. In 2008 I was awarded a Levehulme Artist in Residency with the Institute for Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG). 

My work draws upon a wide range of materials and processes which include photography, video, sound recording and digital sound and visual manipulation, 3D installations, traditional sculpture and illustration.


My recent research and arts practice has focused on arts sciences and creativity as a person with Aspergers, including synaesthesia, systemising and sequencing. My Wellcome Trust funded project Konfirm led me to explore these themes with the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge. My interests include playing with the transformation and metamorphosis of the 'ordinary' found object or pattern and concepts of ‘hidden’ and 'normality'. I continuously correlate and reference elements of arts, sciences and investigate autobiographical reinterpretation of living with Aspergers combined with a subversive and/or geological sub context.  I have worked with the British Geological Survey on ways of using geological investigation to map intimate story and the passing of time.  My current research involves digital accessibility and taking processes from art or science and overlaying onto another domain.


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