Aitchison is an accomplished teacher and researcher of performance who is able to introduce and mentor students in artistic processes. His emphasis is upon helping students find and strengthen their artistic voice. An essential part of this is the transmission of skills and criticality but this is always at the service of individual creativity and not practiced as an end in itself.
Since 2001 he has worked as a freelance teacher and lecturer giving artistic workshops, talks and mentoring. Some of the areas he has covered are live art, acting, site-sensitive performance, sound art, creating tours, performance for the camera, mime, performing as self, gender/performativity and visual anthropology.
Within China, Last Minute Live Art is very activate stimulating, mentoring and giving opportunities to the next generation of artists and performance makers. They can be contacted in English or Chinese to discuss opportunities. Online teaching and artist’s talks combined with video screenings are also available.
He has taught and presented his work at such venues as, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University, Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art Shenyang, SOAS London, Chinese University of Hong Kong, CCCD HK, HK Academy of Performing Arts, Xiamen University, Nanjing University, Sichuan Academy of Music Fine Art School, First Light Xiamen, G Museum Nanjing, Guling Lu Art Space, V Art Centre Shanghai, Chinese European Art Centre Xiamen, IFP Beijing, Penghao Beijing, Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai, IIFUT Festival Tehran, AMNUA Museum Nanjing University of the Arts, Beihe Dance Studio Nanjing, The Studio Jerusalem, Water Tower Art Festival Sofia, Liverpool University, York St John University, Northampton University, Brunel University, Central School of Speech and Drama London, CEPIA Portugal, NYC Int. Fringe Festival, Birkbeck College University of London, Goldsmiths College University of London & Portsmouth University.
He was previously an associate research fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Theatre Birkbeck College University of London, has held lecturing positions in Xiamen University, Nanjing University and is currently an associate professor at UIC Zhuhai