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Leslie Johnson, Head of the Valand School of Fine Arts, leaves her position

News: May 30, 2011

Leslie Johnson, Head of the Valand School of Fine Arts at the University of Gothenburg, is leaving her position.
Leslie Johnson, who has been Head of the Valand School of Fine Arts since 2003, leaves behind her a school with an extensive number of international contacts and where there is strong competition for places on courses/programmes.

During her years as Head of the Valand School of Fine Arts, Leslie Johnson has actively engaged in structuring and expanding the Fine Arts’ programmes there. Teaching in the fine arts has been developed here and the Valand School of Fine Arts has grown to be an educational environment with an extensive number of international contacts and collaborations.

Leslie Johnson was the promoter of Valand’s collaboration with Concordia University in Montreal and with California College of the Arts in San Francisco. During her time as Head of School, cooperation with Russia and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Moscow has become more intense and a number of international workshops for students have been carried out; these include workshops in Tbilisi, San Francisco, Glasgow and Istanbul.

During Leslie Johnson’s time at Valand, experimental and cross-disciplinary collaborations have become a considerable part of the Valand School of Fine Arts’ activities. The Valand School of Fine Arts’ summer courses have included collaborative relationships with many external actors; among just a few of these are the Culture Association called ‘BOB’ in Bergsjön, a suburb of Gothenburg, the Gothenburg Culture Festival, the borough of Jönköping, the Ajtte Sami (Lapp) Museum in Jokkmokk and the Natural History Museum in Gothenburg. Valand’s summer courses attract many international students every year.

In 2008 the first dissertation in Fine Art was presented at the Valand School of Fine Arts. During her time at Valand, Leslie Johnson has not only supported research and artistic development work among staff at Valand but has also been engaged in the present work to build up a research environment, which is being led by Professor Bryndís Snaebjörnsdóttir.

Leslie Johnson now plans to devote herself to her own artistic work before she resumes her post as Senior Lecturer at the Valand School of Fine Arts.
- It has been a tough time, but also creative and great fun, says Leslie Johnson. Now it’s time for me to focus on my own artistic work, which has had to be put to one side during the past eight years.

- Leslie Johnson has meant a great deal for the development and continuity of Valand during her long period of office as Head of the Valand School of Fine Arts, says Anna Lindal, Dean of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg. I’m glad she’ll now have the opportunity to concentrate on her own artistic work after she has left this time-consuming position.

Leslie Johnson will be handing her position over to the Deputy Head of the Valand School of Fine Arts, Mats Olsson, who will take on a temporary replacement as Head of School.
Leslie Johnson leaves her position for personal reasons.
 

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