Dr Tom Baugh

Dr Tom Baugh

Visiting Specialist

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



BA Fine Art programme leader, and lecturer in Fine Art. 

PhD Director of studies, in Art and Media 

Res-M (Art) supervisor

Arts Institute programming group lead for the visual arts.

ECR strand leader for medical humanities within the school of Art, Design and Architecture. 

Joint coordinator of “Test Space; expositions of practice-led research for doctoral and early career researchers”.

Faculty Advisory panel member for Art, Design and Architecture


2016 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy York, England, UK

2015 PhD in Art and Media University of Plymouth

2010 Masters in Fine Art University of Plymouth

2002 Certificate of Education University of Central England

1999 BA Fine Art, Exeter School of Art

Professional membership

Fellow Higher Education Academy



Teaching interests

Thomas leads the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme. 

Thomas's expertise in teaching revolves around moving image and filmic projection, photography, installation art, sonic arts and socially engaged art practices. He leads the majority of 3rd year BA Fine art modules, and is also the personal tutor for students on stage 3 of the programme.

Thomas supervises Res-M art and, PhD students in Art and Media. 
Thomas's current PhD supervision, as director of studies, includes the following students and their provisional titles :
Karen Abadie. “Humanity Undone – a practice-led enquiry into self-injury”.
Emma Bush. Memoir, Materiality and the Intimate Encounter”.
Duncan Cameron. “The conflicted relationship between collecting and museological organisation in society and art practice”.
Laura Hopes. “Being Vulnerable: Distances of the Sublime Anthropocene”.
Sally Charlesworth. " 'A research into the value of practice led workshops within the primary school arts curriculum'.



Research interests

Dr Thomas Baugh employs film, projection, sound and photography to produce visual equivalences of diagnostic and non-diagnostic discourses, which surround obsessive-compulsive disorder. By questioning the distinction between the body and mind, Thomas's artistic research attempts to make manifest how mimicry, through immersion, in the context of installation, can act a mechanism and method for another person to access the mind – body dichotomy to question the value of equivalence, in artistic and medical contexts. In doing so, Thomas’s research aims to provide alternative responses of understanding mental health that are accessible, empowering and non-stigmatising and that lead to recovery and autonomy. 

Thomas is also the ECR research strand leader for medical humanities within the school of Art, Design and Architecture. 

06/2020 International Association for Medical Humanities conference, Limerick, Ireland 

02/2020 Film screening of the film “Dialogues of Disorder", at the Art, Aesthetics, and the Medical and Health Humanities Conference, University of Kent, Aesthetics research centre, sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics.

12/2019 Conference Paper: “Stereotypes and Storytelling. Research Strategies for Art Education”. ASP Katowice, Poland. 

11/ 2019. Conference paper and film screening: " Understanding Obsessive- compulsive disorder, through artistic intervention" Existential Medical Humanities, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University, Sweden. 

06/2019: Conference paper and film screening: “Body as object: equivalence through enactment”. Material Medicine: Objects and Bodies, Association for Medical Humanities, University of Plymouth

12/2018: Conference paper: “Known, (Unknowns)”, presented as part of the second Parallax forum 'Art, Society and Political Correctness'. 

05/2018: Exhibition: “Prawo Serii: Agency of Error”. Strefart Gallery, Tychy, Poland

04/2018: Artist in Residence - Katowice Academy of Fine Art, Poland

11/17: Conference paper, ‘Research through Practice, issues of the art academy’, Katowice Academy of Fine Art, Poland, presented as part of the “First Parallax Forum” 

05/2017: ‘Appropriate Movement’, Film screening, Exeter Art Week, Spacex Gallery, Exeter

01/2017: Solo Exhibition, "Embodied Disturbance’, Institute of Photography, Falmouth University

10/2016: Public talk, "Equivalences", Livewell Festival, Jill Craigie Cinema, University of Plymouth

07/2015: PhD exhibition "Equivalence of OCD", University of Plymouth 

05/ 2015: PhD thesis "An artistic equivalence of obsessive compulsive disorder", uploaded to Pearl, University of Plymouth library. 

04/2013: Artist in Residence, Plymouth Arts Centre 



Conferences organised

09/2019: PhD and Post Doc Conference - "Test Space" Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth. 

04/2017: BA Fine Art conference - "Practice as research", Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth.

04/2017: Conference and workshop "Perceptual Disturbances", as part of Artistic Research Collective, University of Plymouth. 

04/2016: BA Fine Art conference - "Practice as research", Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth.

Other academic activities

Member of Faculty Advisory Forum.

Academic link partner to: PETROC, Barnstaple, Weymouth College, Exeter College and Cornwall Collage. 

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