Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Head of School exhibits at The Collection, Lincoln

[sic] at The Courtyard Gallery at The Collection, Lincoln- 29 September – 27 October 2012

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Daniel Buren, the renowned French artist once said that it is in the studio that the artwork is closest to its own reality – beyond this place it is prone to endless manipulations, interpretations and vested interests.

In this exhibition, Head of Lincoln School of Art and Design, Dr Alec Shepley takes his studio as his ‘text’ and sets out to transcribe it, purposefully informing the viewer that any mistakes or apparent errors in the transcribed material do not arise from transcription faults but have been repeated intentionally, i.e., they are reproduced exactly as set down by the artist.

There is sense of playfulness - even a form of ridicule or humorous comment on institutional frameworks at large, drawing attention to mistakes, running repairs, wonky constructions, calamitous assemblages, emphasizing erroneous logic and resisting the commodification of art. 

You still have time to visit Alec's installation as it doesn't close until 27 October.  If you can't make it to the show, here is a selection of images taken on the opening night, using the Hipstamatic app on a smart phone.  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Season of talks to be given by visiting Fine Art lecturers

A new season of talks given by visiting Fine Art lecturers is to start next week, which are open both to our students and the general public.  All talks are to be given at 3.0 pm at The Collection, Lincoln and are free of charge.


Samantha Donnelly works in sculpture, photography and film. One of her concerns of her process based practice is of the body and how this is mediated / edited / performed for us and by us through representations; from the historical to the Consumerist.

Forthcoming shows include 'Reception', Standpoint Gallery London
(September - October 2012), London Art Fair Projects (January 2013) and a
solo show at Ceri Hand Gallery (Autumn 2013). She is long-listed for the
Northern Art prize. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Contour States' The
Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2012; 'No.3', GlogauAIR, Berlin, 2012; 'The Shape
We're In', Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2011. www.cerihand.co.uk


Amanda Coogan is a Performance Artist based in Dublin, Ireland. The centre of her practice is the live durational performance. She has exhibited her work widely including the Whitworth gallery, Manchester, The Plymouth Arts Centre, The Liverpool Biennial. In October 2012 she will be exhibiting a live durational exhibition for the Beacon Art Project at Ascoughfee Hall and showing her new film at the Moving Art Fair at Freize in London.


Sophia Crilly is a curator, artist, writer and lecturer based in. Manchester. She has curated over seventy exhibitions and projects and is Curator and Co-Director of Bureau, Manchester.

Crilly was previously Curator of PureScreen;the inaugural Curator of Rogue
Project Space, Manchester and Curator and Programme Manager at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Her current research for her PhD focuses on the divergence and intersection of curatorial and art practice, and draws on her ongoing interest in ideas and practices revolving around concepts of authorship, appropriation, institutional critique, exhibition formats and structures of display.
www.sophiacrilly.com www.bureaugallery.com


Tim Davies works in installation, sculpture, performative video and two dimensional processes. In 2011 he represented Walesat the Venice Biennale and in 2004 was short-listed for the inaugural Artes Mundi International Visual Art Prize. He is currently conducting research for a site-responsive project in Xiamen, China and is exhibiting at the Caribbean: Crossroads of the World show in New York. His works are included in a number of private and public collections including Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Council and the National Museum of Wales.


Alison Green is an art historian, critic and curator and the acting Course Leader for MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins. She is writing a book on artist-curators for Reaktion that will come out next year.


Artist Emma Smith has a site-specific and social practice producing participatory events through collaborative endeavour. Previous exhibitions include Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery and Camden Arts Centre. Emma is currently working on a new commission for Mistaken Presence at the Greyfriars, Lincoln.


Catherine Bertola was born in Rugby in 1976; she studied Fine Art at NewcastleUniversity, and currently lives and works in Gateshead, UK. She has worked on a number of commissions and exhibitions, nationally and internationally with institutions such as; Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA), Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Kiel, Germany), Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK), V&A (London, UK), Artium (Vitoria Gastiez, Spain), Millennium Gallery (Sheffield, UK), The National Trust and Vital Arts (London, UK). She has work in several public and private collections and is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead and M+R Fricke, Berlin.


Marcia Farquhar is an artist working in performance, installation, video and object-making. Farquhar’s performances are conceptual in nature and often precariously balanced between the prescribed and the unpredictable – socially open, broadly embracing of circumstance, and resolutely focussed in the live and unrepeatable moment. They have also made frequent and subversive use of pnpular cultural forms such as TV cookery, pop-psychology, the Punch & Judy show, the fashion catwalk and the guided tour. Among her recent works are a play for radio in six parts, "The Common Room" (2011) developed while a Cocheme fellow at Byam Shaw School of Art, and "Mind Your Heads" (2012) an installation and performance in the 13th Century Lincoln Greyfriars friary.


For further information about any of the above talks, please contact either The Collection, Lincoln on 01522 550959, or email Programme Leader for MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice, Andrew Bracey.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Vitrine brings art and design to the heart of Lincoln

An opportunity to have an exhibition of postgraduate work in the heart of the city of Lincoln was one not to be missed.  With the kind support of the Lincolnshire Co-operative, the proposed MA Degree Show exhibition moved from its usual home at Greestone, to two empty retail outlets in Sincil Street, Lincoln, which is in the very heart of Lincoln's downhill shopping area.

Dr Catherine Burge, Programme Leader for MA Fine Art, writes in the exhibition catalogue "It can be argued that for research and creative practice to be relevant it must be able to withstand the scrutiny of both the general public as well as that of peers, professional, researchers and academics".  This is what makes this year's exhibition more interesting; its interaction with the other street occupants, as well as the general public at large, even our canine friends!

Vitrine is part of a concerted move to bring the School's activities out of the School and into a much bigger public domain.  Works from students of MA Design and MA Conservation of Historic Objects can be seen at no 38 Sincil Street, whilst work from MA Fine Art is on show on both floors of no 47.

The shows open to the public on Tuesday 11 September until Saturday 15 September, and again from Tuesday 18 until Saturday 22 September, 10 am - 4 pm.  Entrance is free, and comments are most welcome in the guest book provided.

MA Fine Art graduate Becky Barmby, who has just secured a position working in the art sector as a PR consultant, was highly instrumental in coordinating this year's show.  "It's been a really sharp learning curve as we have had to create an exhibition from scratch.  It's been much more of a real life experience as this is what artists have to do in the outside world".

Steve Dutton, Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the School commented that "Lincoln is currently buzzing with a rapidly growing number of artists and designers who are electing to stay in the city and the end of their studies.  These artists are proceeding to set up a huge range of projects, events, gallery spaces and studios and are making a real contribution to the cultural life of Lincoln and the region".

Emma Sneddon, spokesperson for Lincolnshire Co-Operative added: "We are delighted to be able to support the efforts of these postgraduate students. We've been involved with the University for a number of years and providing exhibition space is jut one of many ways we work together".

Friday, September 7, 2012

Illustration students brighten up Lincoln

During the summer, students from our BA (Hons) Illustration programme returned to Lincoln to brighten up a   walkway and cycle path along the river Witham which leads directly into the Brayford Pool.  Using their artistic skills they have completely transformed a city warehouse with their illustrative graffiti.

The students had long been looking for an area in the city to try out their street art legally and approached owners of the warehouse, William Sinclair Ltd, a local company specialising in commercial and domestic horticultural products.

The project got underway when the students asked local residents what they would like to see painted on the warehouse before initial sketches were even put to paper.

Illustration student and skateboarder Myles Hamilton was part of the project. [Picture: Anna Draper, courtesy of the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper].

Student Alison Rattigan told the Lincolshire Echo "We have wanted a space to practice our skills for a long time.  We asked Sinclairs if we could do anything on their property and they went away and thought about it before coming back and saying yes...We have never worked on this scale before so it was a challenge and an experience but we are delighted with how things have turned out".  In fact Sinclairs supplied all the art materials.

Although this was not a brief set by tutors from the Illustration programme, they were keen to try their art on this scale and to challenge the somewhat negative attitude shown towards graffiti.  Local response has been very positive, and I for one appreciate the improvement to the area as I cycle home along the pathway. Here are some of the images I took on my way to the University this morning.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Degree Celebration for Class of 2012

Yesterday saw the graduation of the Class of 2012 for students from the School of Art and Design.  As always seems to happen during Graduation week, the sun was shining brightly throughout the day.

Above image shows Fine Art students celebrating in the castle grounds following the ceremony in the Cathedral.  From left to right: Leanne Robinson, Rose Mower, Laura Johnson, Sarah Jane Barnett, and Nealie Harding.

We are so lucky to be able to hold our graduation ceremonies at Lincoln Cathedral, which must surely be one of the best graduation venues ever.  Students were emotional as they waited to shake hands with the Vice Chancellor Mary Stuart, and walk across the stage infront of a packed Cathedral.

Professors and Lecturers make their way into the Cathedral at the start of the graduation proceedings.

Fine Art student Kim Woodard was chosen to give the speech during the ceremony on behalf of all the graduating students.  Below Kim is pictured getting ready in the Cathedral centre before the ceremony began.

Graduates meeting their friends and family outside Lincoln Cathedral immediately following the graduation ceremony.

Celebrations followed in the beautiful grounds of Lincoln castle.  Here's just a snapshot of some of yesterday's graduates.

Hats on!

Hats off!