Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Professor of Fine Art Education

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Professor Terry Perk

Terry Perk is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University for the Creative Arts, where he is also Professor of Fine Art Education.

Professor Terry Perk


An alumnus of UCA’s Foundation course, Terry studied sculpture at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in both the UK and USA, before gaining his PhD in the History and Theory of Art in 2007, researching the work and writings of Olafur Eliasson.

Terry has a range of experience developing curricula for the arts and in his own research has worked extensively in developing and curating work for the public realm. His sculptural practice is concerned with issues of geometry, embodiment and our relationship to places, particularly the fictions we create within them. His most recent work considers the landscapes of Kent and the South East of England, which he reflects on through the invention of imaginary visualising technologies.


  • 2001-2008: University of Kent, PhD History and Theory of Art
  • 1999-2000: St. Martins College, PGCE Art & Design
  • 1997-1999: Bennington College, MFA Sculpture
  • 1994-1997: Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds, BA (Hons) Fine Art - 1st Class
  • 1993-1994: Kent Institute of Art & Design, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Distinction.

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Research statement

Terry’s research interests are concerned with questions of embodiment, perception and architectural programming as they relate to contemporary sculpture.

Exploring the situational dynamics of given sites as a question of sensual engagement, Perk's practice examines the way an embodied sense of place can be restructured to invite and question forms of individual and social engagement.

Terry is also the Lead Academic for the university’s MAKE Research Cluster, exploring the role three-dimensional models play in articulating ideas in and across different disciplines.

In this role Terry has led a series of research projects, exhibitions, publications and lecture series both nationally and internationally.

Research interests:

  • Sculpture
  • Installation art
  • Spatial studies
  • Model-making.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

2011: Awarded a capital bid to develop the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Intervention at UCA Canterbury alongside Dr Judith Rugg.

The project was directed at bringing together the activities and strengths of the research clusters, Critical Spatial Practices (CSP), the Model as an Articulation of Knowledge (MAKE) and three external cultural partners: the Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury); the Museum of the Royal Dockyard (Chatham) and the Royal Engineers Museum (Chatham), with the intention of forming a central 'hub' to develop innovative research in contemporary art, performance, architecture and design.