School of Arts

  • Tiffany Black

    Tiffany Black

    Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

    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.

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    Clair Chinnery

    Dr Clair Chinnery

    Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

    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.

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    Stephen Cornford

    Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

    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.

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    Janice Howard

    Janice Howard

    Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

    Janice Howard is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art teaching students on both the BA (Hons) Fine Art and MFA programmes and supervising PhD by practice (Fine Art). She is also Liaison Manager for the School of Arts collaborative Art and Design programmes. Her practice based research spans video installation, sound, photography, performance, drawing and text. Much of her research is about memory and time and she works with repetition and duration in various forms. She draws upon various disciplines including feminist phenomenology and is interested in the projected image in contemporary art. Janice studied at the Slade and the Ruskin School of Fine Art. Her educational background in art spans study of the Early Renaissance and anatomy through to current art theories and practices. Her experience as a viewer, participant and maker of art has enabled her to build knowledge of non-mainstream practices which challenge contemporary audiences and offer new ways of communicating and thinking through art.

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    Sally Hughes

    Dr Sally Hughes

    Principal Lecturer in Publishing, Programme Lead for MA programmes

    Prior to joining the School of Arts, Sally Hughes worked for museums in the United States and southern Africa. Her research focuses on book production by art galleries, particularly the writing, design and readers of publications for temporary exhibitions. She is currently writing a book on museum and art gallery publishing which includes case studies from Singapore, US, Korea, Australia and UK. For the MA Publishing Media, she addresses the economically important area of children’s publishing. Students taking this module visit the annual Bologna Book Fair where international rights to children’s books are bought and sold.

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    Dr Myfanwy Johns

    Dr Myfanwy Johns

    Senior Lecturer

    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: www.myfanwyjohns.com

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    Paul Kilsby

    Paul Kilsby

    Senior Lecturer

    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.

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    Shelley Sacks

    Professor Shelley Sacks

    Director of the Social Sculpture Research Unit, Subject Coordinator: Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts; Masters in Social Sculpture

    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.

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    Alexandra Trott

    Dr Alexandra Trott

    Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory, Undergraduate Subject Coordinator for Fine Art

    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.

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    Lucy Turner

    Lucy Turner

    Subject Coordinator

    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.

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    Paul Whitty

    Professor Paul Whitty

    Professor of Composition

    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.

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    Louise Williams

    Louise Williams

    Lecturer Art and Design Foundation

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