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Ms Tessa Atton 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Tessa Atton is a postgraduate research student at Winchester School of Art.

During a career in education management and consultancy, she was awarded an MBA with Distinction at the University of Nottingham and co-wrote two books with Professor Brian Fidler at Reading University: Poorly Performing Staff in Schools and How to Manage Them (1999) and The Headship Game (2004), both published by Routledge, and had several articles published, including a series on performance management in Managing Schools Today.


Light in a church

After retirement she completed a BA in Fine Art at Winchester, specialising in New Media. Her final project, an installation whose key element was a book containing the responses of visitors to a particular village church, confirmed her interest in creating environments which reflected the atmosphere of particular places.

Research interests

Tessa's research explores how the affect of a specific place is disrupted when superimposed on another place, creating a “new” place with its own affect and asking the question Where am I? For example, she has projected video and audio footage of an imposing Parisian church in a large, empty lecture theatre to create an environment that was neither the viewer’s expectation of a church nor of a lecture theatre but a disorientating elision of the two.

Exhibition of Tessa's work

Ms Tessa Atton
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire. SO23 8DL United Kingdom

Room Number: 63A

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