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Tyler Denmead


University Lecturer of Arts and Creativity in Education

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+ 44 (0)1223 767634


  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge (Queens’ College), Education, May 2011
  • M.Phil. (distinction), University of Cambridge (Queens’ College), Education, May 2008
  • B.A., Brown University, History of Art and Architecture, May 2007

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • National Art Education Association
  • Editorial Review Board, Art Education
  • B.A., Brown University, History of Art and Architecture, May 2007

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I began my career in arts education as an undergraduate at Brown University, when I founded New Urban Arts, a youth arts collective for high school students and artists based in Providence, Rhode Island (1997). I led the organization for a decade, and now New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized organization that serves hundreds of young people each year. For two decades, I have been primarily invested intellectually in how to create pedagogic opportunities in the arts and outside schools where young people of colour from working-class and low-income backgrounds can be their best selves. That is to say, I am seeking to develop and theorize strategies that redress social, economic, and cultural injustices for youth. I am unapologetically interdisciplinary in my work and I am drawn to the social, cultural, political and economic implications of the aesthetics of youth and the aesthetics of cities.

Academic Area/Links

  • Culture, Politics, and Global Justice
  • Arts and Creativities
  • Race, Empire, and Education Collective

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Research Topics

  • Youth and cities research
  • Race and arts education
  • Unravelling White supremacy
  • Decolonizing the arts education curriculum
  • Cultural Studies, and in particular, Stuart Hall
  • The pedagogies of Black contemporary art
  • Ethnography
  • The arts in educational research
  • Creative workforce development and education
  • Community-based arts education


  • Arts, Creativity, and Education MPhil program
  • Creativity and Thinking Undergraduate Tripos
  • Researching Practice MEd.

I am accepting PhD students.

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Current Research Projects

Denmead, T. (forthcoming) Creative Underclass: Youth, Labor, and the 21st Century City. Durham, North Carolnia: Duke University Press.

This book project examines how youth and creativity figure into state plans for urban redevelopment in ways that produce uneven and contradictory effects for working-class and low-income youth of colour. Within urban contexts, I am invested in how and why youth might cultivate aesthetic strategies that oppose racial capitalism and settler colonialism. This project is the culmination of decades of educational practice and ethnographic research at New Urban Arts, a vital learning community for youth in Providence, Rhode Island. My theoretical orientation is Cultural Studies, and, in particular, the work of Stuart Hall.

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Principal and Recent Publications

Denmead, Tyler. “The Creative Underclass: Youth, Culture, and the 21st Century City” (in press, Duke University Press).

Denmead, T. “On the concept of youth in art education: A review of the literature,” for Studies in Art Education (in press).

Winkler, H. and Denmead, T. “The future of homegrown teaching artists: Negotiating contradictions in the professionalisation of the youth arts and humanities field,” for International Journal of Education and the Arts vol. 7. No. 10 (2016).

Denmead, T. “Remixing the released imagination,” for Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education vol. 32 (2015): pp. 72-87.

Denmead, T. “Dialogue and democracy through museum education: A review essay,” for International Journal of Education & the Arts vol 15. Review 1. (2014): Retrieved December 3, 2015 from

Denmead, T. and Brown, R.N. “Ride or die: An instructional resource,” for Art Education vol. 67. No. 6 (2014): pp. 47-53.

Denmead, T. “Artists against despotic nations? The muddle of creative workforce policy,” for International Journal of Education Through Art, Special Issue: Creative Industries vol. 9. No. 3 (2013): pp. 327-341.

Denmead, T. and Hickman, R. “Viscerality and slowliness: An anatomy of artists’ pedagogies with reference to time and material,” for International Journal of Education and the Arts vol. 13. No. 9 (2012): pp. 1-18.

Denmead, T. “The makers of new words: A principally ethnographic account of community artists’ language,” for International Journal of Education Through Art vol. 8. No. 3 (2012): pp. 239-252.

Denmead, T. “Being and becoming: Elements of pedagogies described by three East Anglian creative practitioners,” for International Journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity vol. 6. No. 1 (2011): pp. 57-66.

Denmead, T. “Meeting and extending: Pedagogies of three community artists,” for Journal of Arts and Communities vol. 1. No. 3 (2011): pp. 235-246.