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Professor Nick Wilson

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Nick Wilson joined CMCI in September 2009. He was previously Principal Lecturer in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Kingston University, and founding Director of the Programme of Master's courses in the Creative Industries & the Creative Economy. Nick studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and singing at the Royal College of Music, London and the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, performing professionally across Europe and the USA, before moving into music management, working for a leading artist management and concert promotions company. After completing his MBA, he joined the Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University as a researcher and lecturer, subsequently completing his doctoral thesis on the emergence of the early music performance labour market in the UK.

Nick founded the MA Arts & Cultural Management in 2014 at King's. He teaches modules relating to creativity, art(s) and management. Nick's research and teaching is energised and motivated by a deep-rooted interest and belief in artful living - living  life with (a maximal) openness to relational / aesthetic knowledge (our energising emergent experiences of being-in-relation). His current research focuses on 'cultural development' with a particular emphasis on inclusivity and sustainability. This includes a focus on cultural capabilities; everyday creativity; care (and associated relational ethics); critical realism and aesthetics; art-based learning and education; and arts and cultural management.  

In 2015-16 He was Principal Investigator (PI) for the integrated Get Creative research project, commissioned by the BBC, What Next? and the Cultural Institute, which culminated in the publication of Towards Cultural Democracy: Promoting Cultural Capabilities (June, 2017); and 33 Thousand Everyday Artists (a 64 Million Artists project in partnership with the Cultural Institute). In 2017 he was PI on a research project exploring the cultural learning ecology in Harrow, commissioned by A New Direction (AND), culminating in the report Caring for Cultural Freedom: An Ecological Approach to Supporting Young People's Cultural Learning. In collaboration with AND Nick then researched the Creative People and Places action research programme (funded by Arts Council England) in a project titled: "Creating the environment: What are Creative People and Places projects finding is needed in order to create a thriving cultural ecology in areas of low engagement / access / infrastructure?"  His first monograph The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age was published by OUP in 2014. Together with Dr Lee Martin (Warwick) he co-edited The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work (2018). He published The Space That Separates: A Realist Theory of Art (Routledge) in 2020. This introduces an argument for art and for aesthetic critical realism. 

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