Craig Atkinson BA MA FHEA

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Graduated from Leeds Met 1999 — BA (Hons) Fine Art.

Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire 2007 — MA with Distinction in Fine Art.

Presented with the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching and Learning, and gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority in 2017.

Research submitted for Research Excellence Framework 2014 and 2021 with Impact Case Study.

I have been teaching at HE level, across Fine Art and Illustration since 2008, before which I taught at FE level between 2000–2008. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire.

Until 2004 I made paintings. My 'final' exhibition was alongside John Hoyland, John McLean and Maurice Cockrill. I then decided to return to drawing, exhibited internationally in parallel with working as an illustrator for clients including: The New York Times, Adidas, Orange, Esquire, GQ, La Cigale and Ju Musica.

Since 2006 I have been primarily involved with making / using photographs. My photographs are in many international collections and are exhibited and commissioned frequently.

I set up the publishing house, Café Royal Books in 2005. CRB is collected, sold, and cited internationally as a primary resource for photographers, researchers, historians, and academics. More importantly, it gets the previously unseen work of many photographers seen, by many. Collectors are wide and varied but include, MoMA NY, Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The British Library, The Hyman Collection, Martin Parr Foundation, TATE, V&A / National Art Library). There is a lot of information available online regarding CRB.


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