In my role as Assistant Dean, Learning & Teaching, Quality Enhancement I am constantly reminded of the links between educating and curating, a form of critical practice with which I have been engaged for over 30 years. My recent research crosses these disciplinary boundaries as I am working with projects and people in the region, nationally and internationally in the areas of learning and teaching, visual arts practice and curating. Locally, I am pleased to chair the ongoing programme, Desired Futures; a discussion and development forum for artists, curators, writers and creative arts practitioners in partnership with Platform Arts and mima.
For me, curating is sometimes an act of smuggling; across boundaries of disciplines, politics and culture and always about enabling conversations, encounters and different ways of thinking and being in the world. I am delighted to be working with mima in exploring how curating and research may lead to new opportunities in education, training and social and cultural exchanges.
My visual arts practice is concerned with womens’ histories and narratives and often revolves around flowers, photography, performance and painting.
Recent and current projects:
Installation of flower arrangements and drawing that re-visits debates about women, flowers and design
The Orchid Garden
Paintings and short films that investigate desire, parting and a far off garden
Previous PhD completions in the area of practice-led research include:
Sadie Murdoch, Drag acts: the politics of form and the structure of impersonation
Liz Stirling: A place of Constraint, a promise of happiness: scrutinising structures of surveillance and control in suburbia
Shezad Dawood: The Killing of Chief Crazy Horse: binaries of representation in the first and third world investigated through performance art practice
Juliet MacDonald: Drawing round the body: the manual and visual practice of drawing and the embodiment of knowledge
and many congratulations to Priyantha Udagedara, Tsegmid Tsendpurev and Shakila Mumtaz who have all recently successfully completed their Phd and MPhil research and are now helping to develop and change visual arts practice in their respective cultural contexts, locally and globally.
I am always pleased to discuss how I can support research projects in contemporary art practice with a focus on feminism, cultural history and curating. I am currently supervising the following PhDs:
Carol Sommer: Feminine Form and Formlessness in the novels of Iris Murdoch – what can a fine art reframing offer the ethical debate in literature?
Judith Phillips: Joséphine Bowes: collector and museum founder, in the context of mid 19th century attitudes to gender, society and culture
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