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Dr Clio Padovani PhD, MA RCA, SFHEA

Deputy Head of School (Education)

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Dr Clio Padovani is Deputy Head of School (Education) for Winchester School of Art, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton.

Clio is a graduate of Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art.

Her PhD is from the University of Southampton, awarded in 2019 for a thesis titled: Banal and Splendid Form: revaluing textile makers’ social and poetic identity as a strategy for textile manufacturing innovation.

Clio has a track record as an exhibiting artist and academic, teaching textiles between 1995 and 2014 as Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Between 2003 and 2008 Clio was Director of Undergraduate Studies at WSA, leading on School wide curriculum restructure and programme development. She has held External Examiner posts at Manchester Metropolitan University and Norwich University of the Arts. She is Senior Fellow of the HEA, since 2012, and a mentor and panel reviewer for the University’s HEA accreditation scheme.

Since 2009, she has been working with other international stakeholders on EU funded projects, exploring design heritage as a driver for innovation policy in the textile industry. As an independent researcher, she is exploring the narrative and material culture of textile production , publishing on interdisciplinary thinking through film, weaving and writing. She is co-author of Sustainability and the Social Fabric - Europe’s new textile industries, 2017, Bloomsbury Academic.

Research interests

Specialism: Community narratives and textile heritage.

As a weaver and digital media artist, I have built a body of work that visually explores how cloth can function as a repository of personal narratives and material histories. Working with post production techniques to construct the digital screen as a fabric, I have developed an original visual language where video images are informed by textile methodologies such as folding, weaving, layering, quilting and lace. The consistent aim of the research has been to engage audiences with valorising and recovering textile skills, the shared cultural significance of making cloth and the renewal of industry informed by heritage and social values.

Scholarly activity: in 2017 Sustainability and the Social Fabric. Europe’s new textile Industries was published by Bloomsbury Academic. Ongoing research explores how public policy can help retain textile manufacturing heritage, and to what extent the creative social capital of skilled textile manufacturing communities is enabling growth and innovation in EU textile and fashion SMEs. This underlying question is at the centre of all recent outputs. My research findings indicate that textile making can be understood as a social and progressive process of identity creation, inflected by the clustering of diverse narratives.

I am interested how these narratives of construction engage with social values, and by extension, policy agendas and entrepreneurial environments in support of the creative industries. I am involved with the Creative Industries Federation, Creative Skillset, Westminster Media Forum, and SMEs that have developed educational accreditation to upskill fragile local communities. My most recent research is aimed at exploring collaborative creation of new products and socially sustainable manufacturing models.

PhD Research

Banal and Splendid Form: revaluing textile makers’ social and poetic identity as a strategy for textile manufacturing innovation (2019).

Competitively funded research projects: 

Academic project leader: EurotexId, EU Culture Programme programme project, 2008-2010

Research fellow: Plustex, Interreg IVC project, European Regional Development Fund, 2011-2014.


I lead on implementation of a School education plan that delivers the Faculty education strategy and ensure compliance of the School’s educational activity.

I work with the Associate Dean Education and academic colleagues to promote high quality curriculum developments, programme validations, academic support.

I am a long-standing member of the University Collaborative Provision sub-committee of AQSC and Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Collaborative Provision sub-Committee, leading on quality assurance of progression agreements in international and UK partnerships.

I work with colleagues to maintain good standing and development of education practice, serving as an experienced mentor and panel reviewer for the University’s Professional Recognition of Educator Practice (PREP) HEA accreditation programme.

I am one of the leads for the University-wide Researching Assessment Practices (RAP) group, working on improving assessment practice across the University, one of the winning teams the 2018 CATE national Awards.

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