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Daniel Fountain is an artist, curator, and researcher. Daniel has taught and managed a range of programmes at fifteen institutions worldwide and they are currently senior lecturer in art history and visual culture at University of Exeter (UK), where they teach from undergraduate to doctoral level. Daniel's research broadly explores representations of gender, sexuality and identity in modern and contemporary art and visual culture. Daniel is the editor of Crafted with Pride (2023) and their research has recently been published in MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture and The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality and Culture (2022).

As an artist and practice-based researcher, Daniel primarily works with traditional craft and textile techniques to explore themes of marginality and queerness, resulting in a 'non-binary' approach to making that blurs the binaries between art and craft. They often use discarded objects and found textiles, adopting a scavenger methodology which celebrates the unloved, the overlooked and the forgotten. Daniel has exhibited internationally and their work has been featured in several publications including Surface Design Journal, Crafts, and Embroidery: The Textile Art Magazine. Daniel was awarded a PhD from Loughborough University for a practice-led project titled 'All That Glitters Is Gold: Queering Waste Through Campy Craft', funded by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Feminism, Sexual Politics and Visual Culture.


Daniel has extensive curatorial experience and is regularly commissioned to work with leading arts and cultural organisations. They recently curated an exhibition of Angus Suttie's ceramics and established an LGBTQ+ public programme at Crafts Council, wrote interpretation material and a catalogue essay for Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, co-curated First Outing at Grundy Art Gallery and Abingdon Studios, and organised a symposium for National Museums Liverpool and Queer British Art. Daniel has also delivered research papers and keynote presentations at various museums and galleries, including the Whitworth Art Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, the Museum for Art in Wood, and Tate Britain.


PhD in Feminism, Sexual Politics and Visual Culture, Loughborough University

MA in Arts and Cultural Management, Distinction, King’s College London

BA in Fine Art and English Literature, First Class Honours, Aberystwyth University


2023-Pr – Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture, University of Exeter

2021-23 – Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture, University of Exeter

2021-21 – Senior Research Assistant (Art & Performance), Manchester Metropolitan University 

2018-21 – Lecturer in Creative Arts and Design, Loughborough University 

2018-21 – Lecturer in Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University

2018-19 – Faculty of Arts, Design and Media Employability Tutor, Birmingham City University

2017-18 – Lecturer in Art & Design, South Staffordshire College

I have also been a visiting academic across the UK, US and Canada at: University of British Colombia, University of Victoria, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, Kent State University, Arts University Bournemouth, University of Southampton, University of Glasgow, and Royal School of Needlework.



WINK WINK, The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery

it's a joy to be here, 87 Gallery



ALPHA, AIR Gallery, Manchester

Diverse Voices in Textiles, Martin Hall Gallery, Loughborough University


Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace

Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham

Breeding Grounds, Two Queens, Leicester


Two Queens Members Show, Leicester

Touch Me, Online Show

Queer Contemporaries, AIR Gallery, Manchester

Red Flags, Margate Pride

Riposte III, Riposte London, Virtual Gallery X Club

Queer Art(ists) Now, Archive Gallery, Rose Lipman Building, London 

LANDED, Loughborough University

Spectral Matter: Slippery and Subversive, Wellington B.Gray Gallery, North Carolina, USA


SWITCH, Loughborough University

Crafting Change, Birmingham City University, Parkside Gallery [Solo Show]

Re-Imagining Citizenship, European Cultural Centre, Venice Biennale

Re-Imagining Citizenship, Martin Hall Gallery, LU Arts


Edinburgh Collage Collective, Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Collage Collective, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh

HeforShe, University of Leicester and Attenborough Arts Centre

Reactive Maker, Wedge Gallery, Lichfield


Young Wales, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy

Fine Art Degree Show, Aberystwyth School of Art, Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth Printmakers 10 Year Anniversary, Oriel Q, Narberth

Aberystwyth Printmakers, Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes


Winter Show, Aberystwyth School of Art, Aberystwyth


Emily Collins, ‘Out and proud: makers celebrate 50 years of Pride at the Crafts Council Gallery’, Crafts Council (2022).

Nia Thomas, ‘First Outing’, Corridor8, (2021).

Matt Lambert, ‘Détournement: Daniel Fountain’, Surface Design Journal (2021), pp. 12-17.

Francesco Ferranati, ‘The Beauty of the Discarded: recycling and queerness in Daniel Fountain’s work’, Gender is a construct (2020).

Ellen Bell, ‘Beyond the Boundaries of Stitch’, EMBROIDERY: The Textile Art Magazine (2021), p.44-48.

‘Daniel Fountain’, The Art of Being Queer (2021).

‘Daniel Fountain: Faggoting’, Festival of Quilts Magazine (2020), p.9.

‘Art and Pride: 7 LGBTQ+ Artists Challenging the Canon’, Rise Art (2020).

'Craft and Gender Artist List’, Craft Conscious (2020).


Queer/Disrupt (Runner Up), 2021

Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award (Shortlisted), 2020

Pride in London Art Competition (Shortlisted), 2020

Bridgeman Studio Award, The Art of Diversity (Shortlisted), 2020

REACH Space, Arts & Humanities Research Institute, King’s College London, 2019

Queer Museology Pop-Up Residency, King’s College London, 2019

HeforShe Artwork Campaign, University of Leicester and Attenborough Arts Centre, 2017


‘The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt’, Norfolk Makers Festival, 13 March 2023

‘Chase of The Wild Goose’, University of Exeter and Bookbag, 14 February 2023

‘Queer + Metals’, Midlands Art Centre (mac), Birmingham, 2 February 2023


‘Collecting Trans and Non-Binary Material Culture’, Queer History and Heritage Workshop, King’s College London, 27 June 2022

‘Queering Craft: Stitching Identity’, Critical Crafting: Textiles, Universities of Alberta, Manitoba and Victoria, 25 February 2022

‘A Stitch in Time: Fashioning Queer Identities’, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, 14 March 2022

‘First Outing’, The Coast is Queer, a-n Assembly, 28-29 September 2021

‘Queering Collage: The Camp Cut-Ups of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell’, Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, Tate Britain, 13 October 2021

‘AIDS Quilts’, Histories of Making During States of Emergency, Peopling the Palace Festival 2021, Queen Mary University of London 2021

‘Affect and the Abject: Trash(y) Desires in Queer Artistic Practice’, Association For Art History Annual Conference, 16 April 2021

‘Faggoting: Crafting The Queer Body’, A Not Unruffled Surface: Contemporary Sculpture and Dress, Henry Moore Institute, 24 February 2021

‘Queer Cut-Ups: The Collaged Library Books of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell’, Queering Collage, Collage Research Network, 4 December 2020

‘Queer Craft: Sexuality, Textiles and Art Practice’, LU Arts, Loughborough University, 15 July 2020

‘All That Glitters Is Gold: Queer Worldmaking Practices and Trashy Textiles’, Craft(ing) the Body, University for the Creative Arts, 22 May 2019

‘Cut and Paste: Hannah Höch and the Queer Art of Collage’, Queer Modernisms, University of Oxford, 25-26 April 2019


2023    Paul Mellon Centre, Publication Grant, £3,243

2023    University of Glasgow, Research Grant, £650

2022    Arts and Culture Exeter, Creative Research Grant £1,000

2021    Arts Council England and UKNA, Future Producers Grant, £5,000

2021    Association For Art History, Scholarly Research Grant, £575

2021    Paul Mellon Centre, Research Continuity Fellowship, £5,000

2021    Pasold Research Fund, Research Activity Grant, £225

2021    The Henry Moore Foundation, Research Grant, £350

2019    The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Research Grant £275

2019    Arts and Humanities Research Institute, King’s College London, £3,600

2019    Loughborough University, John Guest Phillips Prize, £500

2019    Loughborough University, Dennis Holt Travel Scholarship, £585

2018    Loughborough University, Graduate Studentship, £48,000

2017    King’s College London, Outstanding research award, £250

2015    King’s College London, Graduate Scholarship, £23,500

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