As a practitioner Paul Haywood has diverse interests. He mostly collaborates with other artists, designers, educators and community governance professionals and volunteers.
He has a continuing interest in 'live' performance and installation through a more regular engagement with social intervention, regeneration and public art projects. In recent years
he has developed a range of approaches to the use of art processes to encourage pedagogic engagement. Over the past five years he has maintained a steady involvement in
projects that employ creative research in public planning and development of the built environment.
Since 2000 Paul Haywood has been working with various partners and individuals to extend their role as social facilitators and activists. One of his core interests is to question
the logic and rationale of urban redevelopment. He shares an interest in hidden histories, social memories and 'derelict' landscapes that have resulted in a range of entirely
'process' led investigations of site or place.
Paul Haywood's collaborations with Maxine Kennedy largely focus on outcomes that are funded as public art. They utilise creative survey and observational strategies to accrue
knowledge and information from specific sites. The normal process is to build a portfolio of evidence; visuals, sound, stories, from a site in question. The usual outcome is one or a
series of design briefs for products that will add to the identity of a site or specify a particular history. They have further collaborated with architects, manufacturers and engineering
companies to evolve products that are very precisely located to the communities of
Paul Haywood's performance and installation activities are similarly connected to site or setting. They attempt an improvised response to context and utilised either plagiarised or
fictional narratives to extend the range of possible structures that frame the experience of the work. He has been working with ideas related to scale and composition, limiting the
timeframe to short and concise phrases. He has been collaborating with sound artist Helmut Lemke since the late 80's and has started to experiment with film media. Most
performance work is concerned with legacy and evidence of action.