John is an artist: painter, digital artist, video artist, photographer, designer, musician, printmaker, curator, author and sculptor. Since 2010, Hyatt has exhibited in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Portugal, Japan, the UK and the USA. He has a long and varied career and involvement in cultural practices, pedagogy, industry, urban regeneration, and communities.
A transdisciplinary theorist, he is a polymath with an interest in arts and sciences. Hyatt's big show of his own work in 2017, John Hyatt: ROCK ART, at HOME, Manchester, has been hailed as highly influential as has his 2009, STATE LEGACY exhibition, co-curated with Huang Zhuan of OCAT, Shenzhen, China, and shown in Manchester and China where it is recognised as being groundbreaking. Music fans know John in many incarnations and collaborations but primarily as singer/songwriter with legendary post-punk band, The Three Johns.
As a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, following 10 years as Head of Fine Art, Hyatt originated and developed the Research Institute, MIRIAD, and as its Director for 15 years he made it the UK’s 6th highest-rated arts research centre. In September 2016, John moved to become Professor in Contemporary Art at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design where he currently works, appropriately, from the John Lennon Building. In October 2016, he became Research Leader for the School and Director of ART LABS, a networked set of specialist Artistic Research and Technologies Laboratories.
In Spring 2019, the University approved that ART LABS Research Centre had been developed exponentially in quantity of researchers and quality of research to become an official Research Institute of LJMU. As Institute Director, Hyatt managed the transition as a transformational development from ART LABS Research Centre to the newly-minted but already embedded Institute of Art and Technology, launching in Autumn 2019. With a broader transdisciplinary trajectory whilst maintaing and valuing subject depth, this included greater research possibilities and has initiated new cross-subject research collaborations across the wider University and externally.
Director of the Institute of Art & Technology, University Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer, Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, LJMU, 2017 - present
Professor of Contemporary Art/Director of ART Labs, School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 2016 - present
Professor of Fine Art/ Director of MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design), MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, 2001 - 2016
Head of Department of Fine Arts, Fine Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, 1991 - 2001
Hyatt J, Langford J, Brennan P. 2017. Face on Mars Author Url
Hyatt J. 2016. Introduction to 'As in Judy', Rosie Garland Publisher Url
Hyatt J. The Rossendale Fairies Public Url
Hyatt J. My Brush with Angels Public Url
Hyatt J. Echoes Author Url
Hyatt J. The Gift of John Heartfield
Hyatt J. The History of Scottie Press Author Url
Hyatt J. I.C. Rapoport – A Gap in the Media where the Truth Shone Through Author Url
Hyatt J. The Try & Lilly Archive Author Url
Hyatt J. Anthony Donovan – The Tabloid and the Truth Author Url
Hyatt J, Styx T. Pseudo-Psychedelic Adventures of Clean Machine Author Url
Hyatt J. A Liverpool Bestiary Publisher Url
Hyatt J, Mitchell C, Rees-Sheridan R, Thomas O. Heartfield: One Man’s War Publisher Url
Hyatt J, Morgan E, Large J, Sykes L, Mistry J, Madonna A, Johnson M, Donovan A. MIMOIDS Performance 1
Hyatt J, Preston E, Liu J. In Sea Author Url
Hyatt J. Club BIG at the Boo Author Url
Hyatt J. Club BIG at the Fashion Hub Author Url
Hyatt J, Morgan E, Sykes L, Large J, Madonna A, Donovan A, Mistry J, Johnson M. MIMOIDS Performance 2
Hyatt J. FAB ART - A Public Art Strategy for Liverpool's Fabric District FAB ART - A Public Art Strategy for Liverpool's Fabric District :1-16 Author Url
Engagement & Impact
Membership of professional bodies:
Board member, Siggraph Digital Arts Committee, https://www.siggraph.org/. 2010
Other Professional Activity:
Artist-in-residence at Sensor City, Liverpool.
Club Liverpool Ambassador.
Director of the Fabric District CIC, Liverpool.
External Advisor for the REF at Sunderland University.
External Research Advisor to Education University of Hong Kong.
External Validator for Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation.
International Jury member for 'The Urgency of Reality in a Hyper-Connected Age', digital exhibition, Siggraph 2018.