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Gareth Neal


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Research interests

Gareth Neal is a furniture designer, craftsman and educator.  His furniture design practice was established in 2002 and has since gained international recognition. His practice-led research questions perceptions of history and the contemporary, the material and immaterial, and joins debates on digital fabrication and sustainable making practices.

Scholarly biography

Gareth Neal's list of clients, sponsors and associates include: Zaha Hadid, Glenlivet, Vauxhall Motors; Global material manufactures LG; Aesops; The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Arts Council; The Crafts Council; SCP; Heals; Case; The Newcrafstman; Sotheby’s; Bonham’s;

Through his joint role as a senior lecturer on Design and Craft, his practice-based research investigates the intersecting point between art, design and craft, evading any simple categorisation into a specific discipline. This innovative approach provides a critical framework for his research, through combining 3D computer drawing and CNC processes, with the intricacy of professional craftsmanship. The designs question traditional practice and develop new and diverse territory.

His work has received international critical acclaim and has featured in numerous, publications, public collections, and exhibitions, both in the UK and internationally. Neal’s selected exhibitions include ‘Telling Tales’ and ‘The power of Making’ at Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘Against the Grain’ Museum of art and Design New York; Out of Hand ‘Post modernising the digital’ The Power house Sydney, Australia.   ‘The State of Things’ at The Design Museum, Holon, Israel. ‘Hand Work’ Traditional skills in the digital age, Vienna, Austria. The International Hokuriku Kogei Awards, Toyama, Japan. 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Brunel University London

9 Jan 19936 Jan 1996


  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • Sculture
  • Furniture
  • Digital
  • Wood
  • Craft
  • Design

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Manufacturing Arts & Humanities
Furniture Designer Arts & Humanities
Furniture Design Arts & Humanities
Design Week Arts & Humanities
Completion Arts & Humanities
Locality Arts & Humanities
Fabrication Arts & Humanities
History Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2009 2019

Shoulder to the wheel

Neal, G., 10 Sep 2019, p. 16-19. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Rural Life

The Certainty of UnCertainty

Neal, G., 1 Oct 2019.

Research output: Working paper

open access
Craft Council
Saatchi Gallery
Thought Processes

Activities 2015 2019

How design can be enhanced by contemporary robotics

Gareth Neal (Presenter)
1 Mar 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Crafts Council Collect 2019, Saatchi Gallery

Gareth Neal (Participant)
28 Feb 20195 Mar 2019

Activity: EventsExhibition, performance

People Prosess Place

Gareth Neal (Presenter)
20 Feb 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

The Commission

Gareth Neal (Presenter)
18 May 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

Hacking Craft: Taking Ideology out of Crafts:

Gareth Neal (Presenter)
4 May 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk