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Tyler Denmead


University Lecturer of Arts and Creativity in Education

E-mail Address

td287 (at)


+ 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 am currently working on a book titled, The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City, which examines the problematic contradictions of my own leadership of a youth arts and humanities program within the particular context of a city that has transformed itself through the discourse of creativity. This book proposes critical and cultural pedagogic strategies for and with youth of color from low-income and working class backgrounds to confront and challenge the cultural and economic injustices associated with gentrification. My next book project will examine the arts activism of Stuart Hall. I also occasionally make and exhibit art, including my most recent performance, Tier Two Worker Remote Office. An article examining that performance and its implications for resisting the marketization of higher education will be published in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. 

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
  • Research Methods MPhil
  • Researching Practice MEd

I am accepting PhD students.

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Current Research Projects

Denmead, T. (forthcoming) Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City. Durham, North Carolnia: Duke University Press.

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Principal and Recent Publications

R.N. Brown and T. Denmead, Or Stay Home: A resource of self-preservation. (in progress).

Denmead, T. “The aesthetic labor of creativity," for Educational Theory. (under review).

Denmead, T. "Humility as White profitability in the age of Trump," for Humility in the Age of Self-Promotion (in press). 

Denmead, T. “Tier Two Worker Remote Office and Resisting the Marketization of Higher Education,” for Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. (in press;

Denmead, T. “On the concept of youth in art education: A review of the literature,” for Studies in Art Education vol. 59. No. 1 (2018).

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.