MR Robert Walton

MR Robert Walton

Positions

  • Creativity and Emerging Media (Performance, Art, Installation, Smartphones, Mobile Screens, Transmedia, Tablets, Immersion)
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (Contemporary Practices, Actor Training, Performance Making)
  • Live Art (Contemporary Practices, immersive performance, intimate performance, site specific performance, physical theatre, performance art, body art)

Overview

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  • Robert Walton is a collaborative artist whose work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art.

    Robert's core studio practice is as a director in experimental theatre and live art. However throughout his career he has also created interdisciplinary works that are more difficult to categorise including correspondence projects, durational performances, events for small groups or one-to-ones, interactive encounters and work with portable media devices. He has created performances and installations for a wide range of unconventional sites including cafes, restaurants, bars, schools, youth hostels, gardens, national parks, public toilets, shops, supermarkets and streets.

    Robert moved from Glasgow, Scotland to join the VCA in April 2011. In Glasgow he was Associate Head of Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Robert was the Programme Leader for RSAMDs BA Contemporary Performance Practice programme.

    Robert trained as a theatre maker at Dartington College of Arts (England), Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (The Netherlands) and TheaterForumKreuzberg (Germany) and was recently described by The Times (London) as "an original and talented thinker and theatre-maker."

    In 2001 Robert co-founded Reader Performance Group (readreader.org) and took a central role devising and performing in each of the groups 16 performance projects until the company's dissolution in 2005. In 2005 Robert co-founded "Scotland's Live Art super group" (The Skinny Magazine) Fish & Game (fishandgame.org.uk) with long-term collaborator Eilidh MacAskill and was the company's Co-Artistic Director until 2013. With Fish & Game he has directed and toured a wide range of work that has been described as "hilariously funny and pungently perceptive" (The Herald) and which "anyone who is remotely serious about theatre in Scotland should see" (The Times).

    In 2011 Robert created    

Affiliation

Member of

  • Higher Education Academy. Fellow 2011 -
  • Culture 2014 for The XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow. Curator, Hot: New Dance and Performance from Australia 2011 - 2014
  • Next Wave Curatorial Committee. Selection committee for Kickstart Programme and Next Wave Festival representing theatre and performance 2011 - 2014
  • St Martin's Youth Art Centre, Melbourne. Artisitic Council Member 2013
  • Fish & Game. Co-Founder and Artistic Director 2005 - 2013
  • Reader Performance Group. Co-Founder and Artistic Director 2001 - 2005

Publications

Selected publications

Awards

Education and training

  • PGCERT, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2011
  • MSC, The University of Glasgow 2004
  • BA (Hons), Dartington College of Arts 2001

Awards and honors

  • Regional Training and Engagement Fund - FRISK: Festival of New Work (Natimuk), Creative Victoria and The Victorian College of the Arts, 2015
  • Positive Champion Award - Received on behalf of The Victorian College of the Arts, Living Positive Victoria, 2015
  • Dean's Discretionary Fund - Delegation of students & staff to attend UNESCO International Theatre Institute Asia-Pacific Bureau of Drama Schools, University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Regional Training and Engagement Fund - FRISK: Festival of New Work (Natimuk and Benalla), Creative Victoria and The Victorian College of the Arts, 2014
  • Special Project Funding - ENUF is Enough project in collaboration with Living Positive Victoria, VCA Foundation Board, 2014
  • Digital Theatre Fund with Arts House Melbourne, Australia Council For The Arts, 2014
  • Regional Training and Engagement Fund - ‘Three Performances of Community’ project in partnership with Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Creative Victoria and The Victorian College of the Arts, 2013
  • Conference and Creative Research Activity Fund, University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), 2011
  • Made in Scotland - Curated Edinburgh Festivals Showcase Fund, Creative Scotland, 2011
  • National Touring Fund, Scottish Arts Council, 2008
  • Seed Funding, Scottish Arts Council, 2006
  • SURGE! Commission, Tramway, Glasgow, 2006
  • Creative Lab Residency 2005 (year long), Centre for Contemporary Art, 2005
  • Creative Lab Residency 2004 (year long), Centre for Contemporary Art, 2004
  • Dark Lights Commission, Tramway, Glasgow, 2003

Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Robert welcomes research proposals from students who are interested in creative, practice-led projects particularly in the fields of live art, contemporary theatre, experimental performance, multimedia and transmedia performance, performance art, intimate and immersive performance, body art, and actor and performer training.