Roy Claire Potter

Liverpool School of Art and Design

I am a practising artist specialising in performance art and experimental writing with a specific interest in production constraints, editorial methodologies, and socially and politically framed subject areas such as sociolinguistics, violence, and the temporality of traumatic experience. My current practice-research projects reflect on improvisational collaboration methods in performance, and respond to the methodological potentials of autistic language use.

I teach on the studio module for second and final year students of BA Fine Art, and I'm module leader for the Critical Research and Publication module for final year students. As a visiting academic to post-graduate programmes across the UK, I develop workshops that explore experimental writing as research practice methods for masters-level and doctoral candidates. I'm a short-course tutor of Hybrid Writing for the public literary organisation, Arvon Foundation.

Since 2015 I have taught on both undergraduate and post-graduate fine art and theatre programmes at universities and art schools across the UK, and also in France and Holland. I have delivered interdisciplinary workshops and symposia for PhD research students of fine art, and I have acted as external examiner for studio and thesis at post-graduate level in both the UK at Huddersfield University, and in Holland at the Sandberg Instituut.

My bachelor degree is in Contemporary Creative Practice and was awarded by Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008. After graduation I worked in a variety of highly gendered service roles in lap dancing bars and elderly care settings, where, latterly, I specialised in dementia care and took a specific interest in delusional temporal shifts and aphasia. These highly complex contexts of performative interpersonal communication have greatly influenced my practice-research as an artist, and my pedagogical approach to listening practices and linguistic frameworks for audiences.

Between 2011 and 2013, I studied as a part-time student under Prof. Maria Fusco and received a post-graduate diploma in Art Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. The following year I completed and published my first book of experimental fiction, and received a grant award from Arts Council England to programme a series of public events that explored modes of art writing with audiences across England and Scotland.

In 2015 I was awarded the Erna Plachte Scholarship and graduated with distinction under the supervision of Dr. John Cussans on the MFA Fine Art programme at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, where I presented a body of work that examined experimental writing and performance collage and bricolage methods in relation 'the lad' as an embodied practice of gendered and classed figuration.

My art works have been commissioned and presented across the UK, and in Canada, Norway, France, Germany, Italy, and the Republic of Ireland. I have given live and broadcast vocal performances and readings, exhibited film and installation works, published experimental writing in collections and as single-authored books, and I have worked with musicians to produce audio works for commercial release and performance.

A sample of commissioners between 2019 and 2022 are: Book Works, London; Primary, Nottingham; Reduced Listening for BBC Radio 3; Tate Britain and Tate Publishing, London; Cafe OTO, London; Counterflows music festival, Glasgow; Mostyn, Llandudno. My art works are commercially represented by A plus A Gallery, Venice.


University of Oxford, UK, MFA Fine Art
Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, PGDip Art Writing
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, BA Contemporary Creative Practice

Academic appointments

Interim Programme Leader, Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University, 2023 - present
External Examiner, Huddersfield University, 2020 - present
Visiting Lecturer, Fine Art, Newcastle University, 2020 - 2020
Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art, 2020 - 2020
Visiting Speaker, University of Oxford, 2020 - 2020
Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - 2023
Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2019 - 2020
Visiting Lecturer, University of Reading, 2019 - 2019
Visiting Lecturer, Newcastle University, 2019 - 2019
Visiting Lecturer, Teeside University, 2019 - 2019
Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art, 2018 - 2019
Visiting Lecturer, Norwich University of the Arts, 2018 - 2018
Visiting Lecturer, Leeds Arts University, 2017 - 2017
Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art, 2017 - 2017
External Examiner, Sandberg Instituut, 2017 - 2017
Visiting Lecturer, York St John University, 2017 - 2017
Visiting Lecturer, Bath Spa University, 2016 - 2016
Visiting Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - 2019
Visiting Lecturer, Reading University, 2016 - 2016
Visiting Lecturer, York St John University, 2015 - 2015


Potter R, Jiha P. 2022. To Call Out Into The Night

Evans C, Potter RC. 2022. SUDDEN WEALTH with Roy Claire Potter Author Url Publisher Url

Potter RC, Piercy K. 2020. Three Sweep Between Publisher Url

Potter RC. 2020. Entrance song; last time Publisher Url

Potter RC, Piercy K. 2019. Adjurst Publisher Url

Potter RC, Piercy K. 2019. Eyes Rifle Publisher Url

Potter RC, Hayden B. 2018. I am come from a place Publisher Url

Potter RC, Hayden B. 2015. Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child Publisher Url


Potter R. 2021. Synopsis In Error Praxis :285-285 Dostoyevsky Wannabe. Manchester 9781838015664 Publisher Url

Potter RC. 2019. A bridge can tell a flood nothing Wallis C, Coustou E. Tate Publishing. UK 978 1 84976 634 0 Publisher Url


Potter R, Leahy O, Gat O, O'Rielly S, Carr A. 2018. She sees the shadows Leahy O, Carr A.


Potter C. 2017. Round That Way Kivland S. MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE 978-1-910055-38-0

Potter RC. 2016. Writing as research: Claire Potter Tate Publishing Author Url Publisher Url

Potter C. 2014. Mental Furniture Very Small Kitchen. Hastings 978-1-909925-04-5 Publisher Url


Potter RC. Roy Claire Potter, solo exhibition

Potter RC. Rich Curtains Pending Performance


Potter RC, Jiha P. Roy Claire Potter and Park Jiha on The Late Junction Author Url Publisher Url

Potter RC, Ziúr . Roy Claire Potter and Ziúr live Publisher Url

Potter R. The Shooting of Aftershave Man Publisher Url

Potter R, Jiha P. Roy Claire Potter and Park Jiha Publisher Url

Potter R, Jiha P. Roy Claire Potter and Park Jiha Publisher Url

Potter RC. An evening out at Primary with Roy Claire Potter and Kieron Piercy, and their special, special guests.

Editorial boards:

Corridor 8 - Contemporary art and writing in the North of England, Regional Editor for Merseyside and Cheshire, 2021

Conference presentation:

Performance on Stile, Working Class Academics Conference, Oral presentation. 2021

Writing in the Retreat, Postgraduate Research Conference, Reading University, Oral presentation. 2019

"Is this what I'm supposed to be doing?", AUTO—, Royal College of Art, Oral presentation. 2019

Restrictive Writing, Consortium Postgraduate Research Conference, Sunderland University, Workshop. 2018

Writing CHAVSCUMBOSS, Writing Photographs, London College of Communication, Oral presentation. 2018

Under Under Under: Claire Potter and Alan Dunn, Circles of Recognition, Henry Moore Institute, Pre-recorded Sonic Presentation. 2018

External collaboration:

Arvon Foundation, Joanna Walsh. 2021

Other Professional Activity:

Co-convened the Hybrid Writing short course with Joanna Walsh for Arvon Foundation.. 2021

Other invited event:

Embodied Art Practices Symposium, Huddersfield University, Embodied Art Practices symposium for the 'MA (___)' cohort at the University of Huddersfield. The symposium responds to the body, movement, voice, and gesture in artistic research and practice. Guest speakers are artist writer and Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Roy Claire Potter, and DR Ben Spatz, Director of the Centre for Performance Research.. 2021

UnConference Symposium, University of Reading, Invited speaker. The UNCONFERENCE is organised by the PhD Fine Art cohort and responds to the roles and methods that community structures play in generating knowledge within Fine Art Practice.The day will operate as an epistemological inquiry into the generation of knowledge within a community context acknowledging the importance of active connections within an academic cohort.. 2020

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Huddersfield, MRes, A walk in the countryside: exploring memory through painting. 2020