Dr Ele Carpenter is Professor of Interdisciplinary Art & Culture, and Director of UmArts working directly with the School of Architecture, School of Art, School of Design, the Department of Creative Arts and Bildmuseet to support and develop new arts research. UmArts was founded in 2021 and focuses on some of the most important issues of our times including: planetary care, decolonisation, the commons and the Nuclear Anthropocene.
Ele Carpenter is a research-based curator and scholar of interdisciplinary politicised art and social networks of making, with over 25 years curatorial experience in public museums and galleries, research networks and academic contexts. She is convenor of the international Nuclear Culture Research Group; a member of the AHRC Research Network for Nuclear Cultural Heritage in partnership with the University of Kingston and Linköping University, Sweden; and Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria, UK. She regularly advises on the inclusion of radioactive materials in contemporary artworks, and 2019 she was awarded her Radiation Protection Supervisor Certificate.