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Prof Sally-Jane Norman

Post:Director of the Attenborough Centre Forthe Creative Arts (Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts)
Other posts:Acca Director (Media and Film)
 Professor of Digital Technologies (Music)
Location:ARTS B B156

Telephone numbers
Internal:3339 or 3667
UK:01273 873339 or 01273 873667
International:+44 1273 873339 or +44 1273 873667

Research expertise:
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After obtaining an MA at the University of Canterbury, Aotearoa/ New Zealand, I received a Doctorat de 3ème cycle (1980) and Doctorat d'état (1990) from the Institut d'études théâtrales, Université de Paris III. My work on art and technology has involved collaboration with organisations including the Performing Arts Laboratory of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Unesco, and the French Ministry of Culture, and constant navigation between theory and practical experimentation (for documentation of practice-led projects, see In 1993 I directed the Louvre “New Images and Museology” conference, and have led research initiatives for organisations including the International Institute of Puppetry (Charleville-Mézières), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe) where I was engaged on European Framework Information Society Technology projects, and the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (Amsterdam) where I was Artistic Co-Director from 1998-2000. As Director General of the Ecole européenne supérieure de l'image (Angoulême/ Poitiers), I piloted the school's administrative transformation and multi-million euro funding scheme, and launched a practice-based Digital Arts PhD programme. I then moved to Newcastle University to found and direct Culture Lab which physically opened in 2006 as a SRIF-funded interdisciplinary research facility, and was awarded £12M as a Digital Economy hub in 2009. In January 2010 I came to Sussex to found the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, an interdisciplinary resource to develop and consolidate cross-campus research and teaching initiatives such as the "Music and Sonic Media" MA programme (School of Media, Film and Music), Digital Humanities research, and activities in partnership with regional, national and international cultural organisations.

International links include status as Honorary Professor with the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, Visiting Fellow in the University of Porto's M4M - Music for Media - network, and co-founder and regular jury member for the Vida Art and Artificial Life Competition launched in 1999 by Fundación Telefónica in Madrid. I am also member of the Scientific and Artistic Advisory Board of School of Arts, Design and Architecture for Aalto University in Finland.

In addition to regularly reviewing grant applications for UK Research Councils, I ensure expert/ reviewer roles for international bodies including the European Research Council, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), Swiss National Science Foundation, and Programm zur Entwicklung und Erschliessung der Künste in Austria. Research advisory missions have additionally involved the Swedish Strategic Research Foundation, Portuguese Foundation of Science & Technology, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture, and Conseil de Recherche at the French Ministry of Culture.


Professor of Performance Technologies

Director, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (2010-2014)

From 2015: Co-Investigator, Sussex Humanities Lab, Leader of Digital Technologies/ Digital Performance (


Community and Business

Trustee engagements include past roles with the AV Festival (Newcastle-Gateshead), and The Public (West Bromwich), and current work on Sonic Acts International Advisory Board (Amsterdam), Mute Advisory Board (, and DanceDigital (Essex). I undertake lobbying and policy interventions at numerous national and international levels.