Mike Collier is the Keymaker for SelfScapes; he has supported the direction of the research cluster. He is a lecturer, writer, curator and artist. He studied Fine art at Goldsmiths College before being appointed Gallery Manager at the ICA in London. He subsequently became a freelance curator and arts organiser, working extensively in the UK and abroad. In 1985 he moved to Newcastle to run the Arts Development Strategy at the Laing Art Gallery, where he initiated the Tyne International Exhibition of Contemporary art.
For the last 15 years he has worked in education and is currently Professor of Visual Art at the University of Sunderland.
Throughout his career, Mike has maintained his artistic practice and he is now based in Cobalt Studios in Newcastle. He has shown work in a number of one-person and group shows in the UK and abroad.