Adrian Heathfield

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Adrian Heathfield is a British writer and curator.


Heathfield works on contemporary art practices, particularly those involving live elements such as performance art, experimental theatre and dance. His writing has focused on questions of time, memory[1] and the "ethics of the encounter between the spectator and the artwork".[2]

He is the author of a monograph on the Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh.[3] He has edited a number of books on live art and was the co-curator of the Live Culture events at Tate Modern, London (2003).[4] He is co-director of a three-year AHRC funded research project, Performance Matters, on the cultural value of performance.[5]


Heathfield received his PhD from the University of Bristol (1997).[6] He was President of Performance Studies international (2003–07).[7] He is currently Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton, London.[8]


Heathfield is the son of trade union leader Peter Heathfield (General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers 1984–92) and the feminist activist Betty Heathfield (co-founder of Women Against Pit Closures during the 1984–85 miners' strike).[9]



  1. ^ "On Memory", Performance Research, edited by Adrian Heathfield and Andrew Quick, 2000. Product description by the Centre for Performance Research. Accessed 31 January 2012.
  2. ^ Adrian Heathfield's profile at the University of Roehampton.
  3. ^ "Out of Now: the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh", MIT Press book profile. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Live Culture: organisers and participants", Tate Modern website, accessed 30 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Performance Matters: people", Performance Matters Website staff profiles, accessed 30 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Representation and Identity in Contemporary Performance", citation and abstract, Mendeley reference manager, accessed 30 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Performance Studies international: former presidents & sponsors", Performance Studies international site, accessed 30 January 2012.
  8. ^ Adrian Heathfield's profile at the University of Roehampton.
  9. ^ "Betty Heathfield", The Guardian, 22 February 2006. Accessed 30 January 2012.

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