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Tiffany Black is a collaborating visual artist working with Leora Brook as brook & black. As artists, researchers and creative facilitators their work develops through a process of shared investigation, dialogue and making. They have undertaken year-long residencies and commissions with international art institutions in which process and artwork respond to specific historical works within the collections and museum context. They also work in partnership with local people, planners and architects to undertake permanent and temporary works for the public realm. brook & black have received awards from Arts Council England, The National Heritage Lottery Fund, The Paul Hamlyn Trust, London Development Agency, Banque Populaire de France, Architecture Week, London, and various local authorities. See her portfolios on vimeo and on Axisweb.
Clair’s practice includes sculpture, photography, drawing, video, sound, performance and artist’s books. Her research stems from an interest in the roles that institutions occupy in individual and collective consciousness. Recent projects focus on the historic interrelationships of human and animal subjects using ‘mimicry’/’imitation’ and ‘hybridity’ to explore and critique strategies of European colonialism. This research utilises resources and methodologies of scholarship from across disciplinary divides. The results of this conceptually unusual approach can be seen in Clair’s extended project Cuculus Prospectus (2011-present), and her giant ‘human nest’ sculptures, the forth of which was recently commissioned for Wytham Woods' 75th anniversary.
Stephen joined Brookes in 2009 as an Early Career Research Fellow and now predominantly teaches BA Fine Art. His artistic practice spans media installation and audiovisual performance. He has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Bergen, Berlin, Brighton and London, and group exhibitions at the ZKM Center for Art & Media (Karlsruhe) and ICC (Tokyo) among many others. Several of his works are included in the forthcoming MIT Press catalogue of Sound Art. Stephen studied at the Slade and Dartington. He is a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art where he is researching the materiality and operation of digital image sensors.
Janice is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art teaching students on the MFA and BA (Hons) Fine Art programmes and supervising PhD by practice (Fine Art) in the School of Arts. She is also Liaison Manager for the School of Arts collaborative Art and Design programmes. Janice's practice based research spans video installation, sound, photography, performance, drawing and text. Her research contributes to a field of contemporary art which is informed by feminism and focusses on critical questioning with regard to representation. Her research draws on a wide range of disciplinary knowledge and engages in methods of autoethnography and video making to blur boundary concepts of public and private, natural and cultural. Her work has been shown internationally at the Whitworth Gallery Manchester, The Hepworth Gallery Yorkshire, Oriel Mostyn, The Serpentine Gallery London, Cambridge Darkrooms, Stills Gallery Edinburgh, Collar Works New York, Flood Gallery Fine Arts, North Carolina and Czong Institute of Contemporary Art South Korea, as well as at many international festivals.
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art working part-time on the Foundation Art & Design and periodically on the Fine Art Degree course. An artist practitioner and lecturer teaching all disciplines within Fine Art including painting, print, sculpture, performance, film and photography. She encourages students to become independent imaginative artists to professionally enter the world of contemporary Fine Art. Myfanwy achieved a Doctorate in 2005 researching the significance of digital print and its relationship to the functional and ornamental, with specific reference to architecture. She has exhibited Nationally and Internationally, her work can be followed on: myfanwyjohns.com/
Dr Paul Kilsby is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory, specialising in Fine Art photography. He has exhibited internationally including Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, France and has work in many public and private collections in France, America, Italy, Russia as well as the UK. His work has featured in many international magazines and books. Paul Kilsby’s work is largely concerned with exploring hierarchies of perception, often conflating imagery from seventeenth century paintings in reproduction with actual three dimensional objects, creating photographs which seamlessly blend these sources into trompe l’oeil images. In other works, again often alluding to seventeenth century painters both in their iconography and aesthetic, Kilsby revisits the genre of still life painting but as a vehicle for contemporary anxieties about genetic modification and cloning.
Shelley Sacks is a social artist, cultural activist, performance artist, author and thinker internationally known for her inspirational lecture-performances, radical social sculpture projects and new pedagogies that connect imagination and transformation. Extending the ideas of Joseph Beuys, her teacher, Shelley has developed the field of contemporary social sculpture within and beyond the art-world and academia, to include change-makers, farmers, educators, health-care workers and activists in many countries and contexts. Global frameworks like Earth Forum, Exchange Values and University of the Trees: Lab for New Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future focus on our capacity to shape a humane and ecologically viable future.
Dr Alexandra Trott is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory, specialising in Modern and Contemporary art and culture. Her research engages with European arts from the nineteenth century to the present day, and is especially concerned with the role of art as an agent for change. Her PhD, completed in 2015 (Royal Holloway, University of London, supervised by Professor Christopher Townsend), presented the first critical monograph of the proto-anti-art collective, Les Hydropathes (1878-1880). Alexandra is a co-founder and leading member of the Fine Art Research group (FAR) at Oxford Brookes, and convenes the Fine Art guest lecture series. As Subject Coordinator, she is responsible for leading the Fine Art undergraduate programme. Alexandra previously taught at Queen Mary, and Royal Holloway, University of London, and holds an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute.
Lucy Turner is a Knitwear Designer who came from Industry into teaching in 2008. As the Course Leader and Fashion Textiles tutor of the foundation art and design course Lucy loves the challenge of creating exciting and challenging learning experiences for the students. Live projects are a passion and each year Lucy will encourage new collaborations and opportunities for students across the course. After forging strong relationships with creative industry colleagues over the years Lucy is able to provide an informative and varied portfolio of opportunities. More recently Lucy has been working with scientists at the John Radcliffe Hospital to illustrate the research within Tuberculosis through the medium of Fashion Textiles.
Paul Whitty is a composer, sound artist and field recordist whose work has featured at the Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, ICA and Huddersfield Festival. Recent BBC broadcasts include This is what happens when nothing happens (Hear & Now); and Love (Late Junction). Paul is a founder of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) and co-directs audiograft, an annual festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art. At present Paul is working on two field recording projects: somewhere a field - a close study of the sonic conditions of a field in Devon; and Get Rid! - an investigation of the sound of grassroots football. Both projects are part of the Sound Diaries project developed with artist Felicity Ford. AHRC funded research includes the sonic archaeology project Vauxhall Pleasure created in collaboration with artist Anna Best.