Giles Lane


Since 1990 I have worked as an artist, designer and researcher, devising and leading numerous transdisciplinary and cross-sector creative projects, working with funders and partners across the arts, business, academia, civil society and government. In 1994 I founded Proboscis, a nonprofit creative innovation studio, which became the first artist-led organisation to be given “Independent Research Organisation” status by the UK Research Councils (2005). I am skilled in strategy, analysis, problem-solving, innovation, facilitation & project management.

My core interests are in how people create and share knowledge, stories and experiences – making the ephemeral and invisible tangible; giving shape and form to abstract knowledge and unfathomable experiences; allowing us to perceive the world and our relationships to it anew.

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Professional Affiliations

2016 Research Associate, Human Centred Computing, University of Oxford
2014-18 Honorary Research Associate, ExCiteS Research Group, University College London
2010 Research Affiliate, Crucible Research Network, University of Cambridge
2008 Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacture, London.
2001-10 Research Associate, Media Dept, London School of Economics & Political Science

Employment History

1994-present Founder and Managing Director of Proboscis, a non-profit artist-led social and cultural innovation studio. I lead Proboscis’ research & consultancy activities as well as specific creative projects.

2019 Specialist Researcher in Art-Science, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London

2014 Creativeworks Entrepreneur in Residence, Pervasive Computing Lab, Birkbeck College, University of London

2014 Visiting Practitioner, MA Communication Design, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London

2007-10 Visiting Tutor & Research Consultant, Design Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London

1998-2002 Research Fellow, Royal College of Art, London
Research Fellow in School of Communications, 2001-2002
Writer, Editor & Curator for Computer Related Design Research Studio (founding editor of CRD RESEARCH publishing imprint), 1998-2001

1992-1993 Founder and Curator, KROL, Bloomsbury London
Artist-run space curating exhibitions, performances and screenings of experimental film & video

1990-1996 Freelance writer and filmmaker
Writing, editing and filmmaking mainly with independent architecture practices in London

Guest Lecturing & Speaking

Since 1995 I have given Guest Lectures at numerous international universities and colleges and spoken at conferences and other events:

United Kingdom
Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London), Birkbeck College (University of London), Central St Martins School of Art (University of the Arts London), Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (University of Dundee), Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths College (University of London), Imperial College London, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, John Moores University Liverpool, Kingston University, Surrey, London College of Communications (University of the Arts London), London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), Middlesex University, Royal College of Art, Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art (University of Oxford), Slade School of Art (University College London), University of Cambridge / Cambridge-MIT Institute, University of East London, University of Westminster, Wimbledon School of Art, London.

Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (Holland), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam (Holland), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

North America
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), New School University, New York, New York University, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Canada), School of Visual Arts, New York, University of Alberta (Canada), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Waterloo (Canada), University of Western Ontario (Canada).

South America
UFBA (Federal University de Bahia, Brasil).

Asia-Pacific / Australasia
University of Goroka (Papua New Guinea), University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Sydney (Australia).


1996 Goldsmiths College, University of London
BA Hons (1st Class), English Literature and History/Theory of Art

1990  Reigate College, Surrey
A Levels –  English Literature, History & Latin
AS Level – Ancient Greek

1988  Whitgift School, South London
GCSEs – English Literature, English Language, Maths, History, Latin, Ancient Greek, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology.
AO Level – French
O Level – French