Head of Department of Fine Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1991 - 2002, he received a personal Chair of Fine Art and Art Research in 1993. In 2003, he created and became Director of the acclaimed arts research and postgraduate centre, MIRIAD (the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design).
John represented British Art as the featured selected artist of Arts Council of England’s The British Art Show. A detail of his Art Wars: Division and Design painting was used on the catalogue and publicity.
John was the lead singer, lyricist and co-songwriter in the legendary band, The Three Johns, and continues to write, perform, record, produce and collaborate.
John uses both old and new technologies. He was on the Board of the, then, Montreal-based ISEA and co-directed ISEA98 in Manchester and Liverpool (International Symposium on Electronic Art), still the UK's biggest new technology art event. John designed the ISEA98 publication.
A much-loved UK artwork by Hyatt is the large-scale public sculpture, Manchester’s Tilted Windmills in Exchange Square in his home city centre.
He has been working for two years in collaboration with Huang Zhuan of Shenzhen, China, on a research project in the visualisation of political history, including the co-curation of a large exhibition of Chinese contemporary art, State Legacy (Manchester and Shenzhen, 2009), with associated conferences and events.
In 2009, as a part of The Birthplace of the Industrial Resolution fringe events to John's co-curatorial project, the State Legacy exhibition and The Visualisation of Political History Research Project, artist/animator Vanessa Cuthbert curated a project called Windhorse. It commissioned artists to make banners with an environmental theme, based on the idea of Buddhist prayer flags which send their prayers with the wind.
His work is extensively displayed at: