Dr Liz Stirling, Senior Lecturer

Dr Liz Stirling

Senior Lecturer

Dr Liz Stirling is a creative practitioner using performance, collaborative production and art activism to explore how we connect with each other. She has performed, published and run projects extensively in the UK including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern Summer School and toured with the British Art Show 8.

Dr Stirling has a collaborative practice, Robinson Stirling, with artist Laura Robinson. They have worked on a range of projects using play and non-verbal communication to engage in unique experiences with people across generations and backgrounds. They use performance employing mask, low-maintenance costumes and recycled materials to understand through humour and embodied experience the meaning of being a human, and other animals.

Robinson Stirling played and performed for two days in the Tate Britain History Galleries and with teachers/art workers at the Tate Modern Summer School in and around the building and exhibitions. They have now set up an arts collective 105 Women with women asylum seekers in Leeds and East Street Arts, developing a sustainable space for learning and sharing creative skills in a safe, equal and social environment.

Dr Stirling is also an Art Doctor with artist Alison McIntyre, specialising in participatory events and workshops, aiming to help break down barriers to participation in contemporary art whilst playfully questioning the idea that art is good for you. The Art Doctors toured with the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016 and are now continuing this with arts organisations nationally.

Dr Stirling is also a founder member of the feminist art collective F= based at Leeds Beckett University. F= embrace humour and playfulness in engaging people in debate around social issues, using spectacle as an invitation for collective action; ritual, public acts, burnings of symbolic objects, exhibitions, performances and disruptive moments.

Current Teaching

  • Director of Studies for Practice Based PhDs, MRes, Mphil in Art, Architecture and Design
  • Senior Lecturer BA Graphic Arts and Design
  • Research Student Co-ordinator School of Art, Architecture & Design

Research Interests

Dr Stirling approaches research through practice applying and developing feminist methodologies through each project with an emphasis on equality, collaboration, inclusivity, embodied experience and multiple perspectives. Impact happens at a local level in everyday lives, through public events and published writing, in education and in art environments locally and nationally.

F= believe in the power of art as a platform for social change. It is a unique research space that emphasises core feminist themes of care, connectedness and flexibility in thinking and doing. It is in Donna Haraway's words a 'Refugia', a space for replenishment, growth, safety, to be disruptive in, to feel able to resist and to laugh. F= has shaped the curriculum of Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Beckett, transformed student experiences, organised public walks and performances for International Women’s Day in Leeds and accompanied these with unconferences, articles and exhibitions.

The 105 Women project is a unique space developing a new model of practice around nurturing, empowering, non-hierarchical organisations using ideas of alternative economies. What is the need and what have we already in our resources? The project is impacting positively on the health and wellbeing of everyone taking part from asylum seekers to cultural workers and sharing practice with related migrant organisations.

Dr Stirling currently supervises seven students across the School of Art, Architecture and Design including; the film essay; mobilising illustration and bricolage; feminist art practices; play, chance and creative beginnings; place and meaning; architecture and pedagogy. She has extensive expertise in practice based art and design PhD's with UK and international students, She has supervised 5 PhD students to completion including creativity in the digital domain; film, performance and place; painting / collage practices on Sri Lankan conflict; autobiography, identity and Armenian history.

Dr Stirling and F= welcome proposals for PhD by Practice in these areas.

Dr Liz Stirling, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Stirling E (In press) ‘Occupy the Wood’.

  • Stirling E (In press) We are F= (Speak, Body: Art, the reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life).

  • Stirling E (In press) We are F= (Women in the City).

  • Stirling E (In press) Festival of the Body.

  • Stirling E (In press) ‘Resilience’.

  • Stirling E (In press) Robinson Stirling Photographic pieces from performances for The Cultural Sisters in the The Workshops Exhibition.

  • Stirling E (In press) 105 Women.

  • Stirling E; McIntyre A (2017) The Art Doctors. Engage: the international journal of visual art and gallery education, 40 pp. 102-109.


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  • Stirling E (2016) Paper, Women Visibility and Playful Acts (Using Play to Empower, Educate and Act in Public Spaces). Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation, Vol.3 (No.1),

  • Stirling E (2009) 'Book Review’ of Illustration by Alan Male. T. The Journal of Art & Design in Higher Education, University of the Arts.

  • Stirling E (2017) Women Visibility and Playful Acts. Annual Walk and Burning Ritual celebrating International Women’s Day in Leeds, UK. In: 14th AHRA Conference, 1 November 2017, Birmingham..

  • Stirling E (2017) Revolting Women & Disobedient Design. In: Graphic Design Educators Network Conference, 1 September 2017, Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Stirling E (2017) Permission to Play. In: Learning Conference, 1 July 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Stirling E (2016) 105 Women. In search of a safe, free space for a diverse group of women to meet, make, play, share, learn and exchange skills in. In: 13th AHRA conference, 1 November 2016, Stockholm.

  • Stirling E (2016) Art Doctors, Presentation at Participation Matters. BAS8.

  • Stirling E (2015) Participatory intervention.

  • Stirling E; Hassall J (2014) International Women's Day. In: iJade Conference 2014. Collaborative Practices in Arts Education, 24 October 2014 - 25 October 2014, Tate Liverpool.

  • Stirling E (2013) Symposium of Sorts.

  • Stirling E (2013) ‘Under the beach the pavement’. Co-produced action paper by Graphic Arts and design staff at Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching.

  • Stirling E (2013) ‘Playing Out.’.

  • Stirling E (2012) ‘Action paper’.

  • Stirling E (2012) The Den Project.

  • Stirling E (2009) ‘A place of constraint, a promise of happiness’.

  • Stirling E (2009) From PhD to Post Doc.

  • Stirling E (2009) ‘The Den Project.’.

  • Stirling E (2008) ‘Research-based teaching practice’.

  • Stirling E (In press) ‘Digitess’.

  • Stirling E (In press) ‘Dogs’.

  • Stirling E (In press) Speak up.

  • Stirling E (In press) Art Doctors (British Art Show 8, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh).

  • Stirling E (In press) Burn the Bra (Walk and Burning Bra Public Event).

  • Stirling E (In press) 'Academic ID’.

  • Stirling E (In press) Art Doctors (Love Arts Festival).

  • Stirling E (In press) This is me.

  • Stirling E (In press) Broken Arts Collective Joshua Tetley’s Birthday.

  • Stirling E (In press) Festival of the Body.

  • Stirling E (In press) Leeds Cultural Conversations.

  • Stirling E (In press) A Big Tri-ump.

  • Stirling E (In press) Art Doctors (British Art Show 8 at Norwich Castle and Museum & Norwich School of Art).

  • Stirling E (In press) Art Doctors. British Art Show 8 (Broken Arts Collective).

  • Stirling E (In press) Art Doctors (Leeds Art Gallery).

  • Stirling E; Robinson L (In press) Drag.

  • Stirling E (2015) Project Radio.

  • Stirling E (2015) F=.

  • Stirling E (2012) ‘Groundsheet.’.

  • Stirling E; McIntyre, A; Digby P (2015) Broken Art Collective.

  • Stirling E eds. Long J; Parry J; Sandle D; Spracklen K (2014) Fields of Vision. The Arts in Sport. LSA Publication.

  • Stirling E (2017) Art Doctors (Leeds City Art Gallery).

  • Stirling E (2016) Tate Modern, Educational Resource.

  • Stirling E (2016) F= how to measure impact?.

  • Stirling E (2015) F=.

  • Stirling E (2015) Performance & paper Symplasium.

  • Stirling E (2015) Dance Hall Daze.

  • Stirling E (2015) After Nature15.

  • Stirling E (2015) Freedom Bin Walk for International Womens Day.

  • Stirling E (2015) Robinson Stirling.

  • Stirling E (2014) ‘Burn The Bra. Collaborative teaching for a public event.’.

  • Stirling E (2014) Story Goddess.

  • Stirling E (2013) ‘Day 1’ of Call & Response, Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art.

  • Stirling E (2013) ‘Magic and Illusion’.

  • Stirling E (2013) ‘Protest’.

  • Stirling E (2012) Chapel Allerton Arts Festival.

  • Stirling E (2012) Den-making workshops in Harehills School and at Project Space Leeds.

  • Stirling E (2012) Jump and Draw.

  • Stirling E (2012) Participatory Installation and Schools Workshop.

  • Stirling E (2010) ‘42 The Briggate’.