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Fine Arts - Research informed

Fine Art student Sarah Trew's artworkOur research interests inform the curriculum significantly. Our work in research is led by practice, understanding that art is about discovery and enquiry. This research is exhibited, published and recognised nationally and internationally. Our teacher-practitioner-scholars enjoy high-profile recognition in networks of professional practice that they can bring to bear on enhancing the student learning experience. Staff work in the fields of advocacy, curating, educating, exhibiting, making and writing as practice in the field of contemporary fine arts. Research interests are diverse but will very often integrate contemporary fine art practice with broader aesthetic, cultural, historical, political and sociological concerns. These activities inform our teaching of studio practice and create opportunities for students to gain experience in curated projects in the public domain. We believe that students should gain opportunities to work as researchers in practice and that academics should exploit their research interests and networks to introduce students directly into the world of professional practice. This approach can also mean attracting income and support streams.


‘Creative Practice/Creative Research’ Symposium

Senior Lecturer Dr Vanessa Corby drew upon her own research practice to develop this international symposium which drew on emerging and established voices in the practice, criticism, history, and curation of creative arts. The symposium explored the particular logic, diversity and implications of the work of art both for its own sake and for the history of art and art criticism, cultural theory, curatorial practice and the pedagogies of art. The symposium took place at York St John University and provided an opportunity for direct student involvement through attendance. Student learning also benefitted through the involvement of practitioners in artist talks and workshops beyond the conference.