Paul Holmes

Paul Holmes

Paul Holmes MA, BSc (Hons), MInstP, FHEA, FRSA

Academic Lead, International


After completing a physics degree, Paul Holmes spent two decades as a director in film and television before redirecting his practice towards visual art.

Paul’s practice focuses on the gestures and actions of the human body. Pared-down and isolated, frequently viewed in close-up and robbed of their context, these simple movements and expressions carry meanings that go unseen in standard spatial and temporal frames.

Often taking his own face and body as the model, Paul uses still images, light, film, graphics and sound to renegotiate our understanding of modes of expression and viewing, of narrative and performance.

His work eschews narrative, rather shifting and altering shape in time in a way that suggests a temporal sculpture. These works are installed sculpturally too, using the display equipment: monitors, projectors, and audio speakers, to create the appearance of three dimensional artefacts within space.

Paul joined Edinburgh Napier in 2006 as film directing tutor and subsequently ran three post-graduate programmes in the moving image, at the same time as developing numerous international collaborations.

Paul now heads up overseas partnerships for the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • BAFTA Scotland TV Entertainment Jury 1994.
  • Royal Television Society North East Awards Jury 2003.
  • ECAL Film School, Lausanne, Diploma Awards Jury, June 2015.
  • Consultant to Play Poland Film Festival 2015.
  • Croatian One Minute Film Festival, Jury President, May 2008
  • Croatian One Minute Film Festival, Jury President, May 2012.
  • Member of the Board of the French Film Festival from 2015.


External Examining/Validations

  • BA (Hons) Media Production, Northumbria University, 09/10 – 09/14.
  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking and Creative Media, University of the West of England, 02/12 – 02/15.
  • BA (Hons) Film Production, The Northern Film School, from 09/15.


Fellowships and Awards

  • BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film for “A Small Deposit”, 1994.
  • Scottish BAFTA nomination for Best Children’s Programme for “Fully Booked”, 1995
  • Scottish BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film for “A Small Deposit”, 1993.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Media Activity

  • Power of the Face in Video Art. Business Economics Kolkata 1-15 August pp. 56-57.
  • When the Body Speaks. The Telegraph, Kolkata, 27 June 2015. Available: [Accessed: 10 August 2015].
  • Filmmakers and video artists talked video art, Andy Warhol, Godard and more at Studio 21. The Telegraph, Kolkata, 8 July 2015. Available: [Accessed 20 January 2016].
  • Four Videos, Four Stories. The Telegraph, Kolkata, 22 June 2015, p. 18.
  • Kolkata gets its first video-art installation show. The Statesman, Kolkata, 20 June 2015. Available: [Accessed 10 August 2015]
  • It's a blast: destruction and serenity steal show. The Times, London, 30 November 2015.


Current Post Grad projects