• me@johnwhall.art
  • Derby, UK


Personal Profile

  • Leading developing practice in Digital Participation in Arts and Culture
  • Passionate about participatory practice, cultural and creative democracy
  • Experienced at delivering projects within a variety of arts, performance, and digital media


2014              PG Certificate (Dis), Visual Communication, University of Derby, UK

2014              Lv3 Award in Education and Training, Derby College, UK

2013              UG Credits in Computer Games Modelling and Animation, University of Derby, UK

2003              BA (Hons) Performing and Media Art (II-1), University of Derby, UK

Awards, Grants and Residencies

2023              Marsh Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement

2023              Digital Project of the Year – The Stage Awards (MBD Limited)

2021-2022    LEVEL Residency Lab, LEVEL Centre, Rowsley, UK

2021              Arts Council England – Developing Your Own Creative Practice (DYCP)

2020              Digital/Creative Ambassador of the Year – Mainframe Awards, UK

Exhibitions and Festivals

2024 Solo Exhibition, PlayLAND, LEVEL Centre, Rowsley, UK

2023              PlayLAB, Frequency Festival, Lincoln, UK

2023              Solo Exhibition, PlayLAB, LEVEL Centre, Rowsley, UK

Press and Publications

2022              Action Learning Resource, To Blend or Hybridise: The Spectrum of Phygital Participation, AxisWeb, UK


2022              VR Audio Play, Odyssey, Derby Theatre, UK

2021              Online Immersive Festival, FORMAT Online, FORMAT International Photography Festival, UK

2021              Online Immersive Exhibition, Citizens of Robot World, Institute of Engineering and Technology/Derby QUAD, UK

2020              Digital Stage Management, SAN LDN Digital Meet Ups, Social Art Network, UK

2020              Online Immersive Exhibition Design, Newcastle University APL 2020 Virtual Degree Show, V21 Artspace, UK

2020              Digital Artist, Lock-down the Line, Barrow Hill Roundhouse & Growth Activities, UK

2018-19        Research Programme, Digital Participation Expedition, East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum (EMPAF), UK

2018              VR Gallery Experience, Anim18 VR Gallery, Derby QUAD, UK

2015              Mixed Reality Game, FORMAT Detect, FORMAT International Festival, UK

2015              Mixed Media Participation Exhibition, The Grand Space Tour, Derby QUAD

2013-16        Multi-film Participation Project, Shine A Light, Derby QUAD, UK

2009-11        Large Scale Puppetry Project, Imagination: Our Nation, Kinetika, UK

Professional Experience

2021 – Present          Participation and Outreach Lead – MBD (Metro Boulot Dodo),UK

2021 – Present          Creative Mentor – Derby Theatre, UK

2020 – Present          Creative Digital Producer and Consultant – Freelance

2019 – Present          Specialist Interest Rep – Digital (Previously EM Area Rep) – Engage Visual Arts, UK

2020 – 2023              Digital Participation Mentor, AxisWeb, UK

2020 – 2022              Trustee – Evolve Music, UK

2020                          Artist Mentor, International Teaching Arts Conference (ITAC5), UK

2014 – 2021              Digital Participation Curator Derby QUAD

2018 – 2021              Project Trustee – Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership, UK

2013 – 2016              Sessional Trainer in Game Development Derby College, UK

2010 – 2014              Puppeteer and Workshop Leader – Freelance

2009 – 2011              Lead Artist/Technical Coordinator (Puppetry) – Mandela Arts Project, UK