Participant Artists 2016


Maggie Ayliffe, Wolverhampton School of Art.
Maggie Ayliffe is a painter and a cultural theorist. Ayliffe’s work focuses upon questions of gender and the feminine within the broad field of visual culture. She is an experienced lecturer in both Visual Culture theory and Fine Art practice and is an active member of a wider research community – having contributed to numerous symposia and public debates.

Ayliffe’s artistic practice engages the relationship between the feminine and painterly abstraction. She has shown her paintings extensively in the UK. More recently she has participated in exhibitions in the Netherlands and St Petersburg. Situated as it is within ongoing debates around art and gender and the current role of abstract painting, her work has been reviewed extensively in the art and national press.

Andrew Bracey, University of Lincoln.

Andrew Bracey Senior Lecturer in Fine Art.  Andrew Bracey is an artist and curator based in Waddington, Lincolnshire. Bracey’s practice hovers on the fringes of painting as it crosses over and expands into curating, installation, sculpture, drawing and animation. He often uses existing sites and the readymade as alternatives to the traditional canvas support for painting, creating tensions between the hand-made and the man-made. His practice-based research focuses on the slippage and overlap between the artist and the curator, as a move into curatorial practices as a creative act and an exploration of parasitical tendencies of the contemporary artist using existing artworks as a host for new artworks.

Holly Crawford, Artist, New York, US.

My art practice has been varied and changing.  I got my hands very dirty as a child. My first art project, at the age of 5, was the repurposing of the toy iron, toy washing machine and clothes line that I was given for my birthday.  I made my own paper for my WC.  Much later, I entered UCLA as an art/design student, but being very curious about the world, as well as being very good a research.  After working for a number of years which allowed me to travel widely for the first time I returned to art. After several years of exhibitions of my painting, drawing and monotypes with pressure on sales and cultivating curators and critics I started to think about art differently. I will make an object but within a context.  I think an artist needs as many skills as they can acquire.  My projects draw categories themselves into question through transformative juxtapositions. My practice is research about relationship, structure and power.  Many projects are ongoing, site specific, performative and participatory.

Ph.D. from the University of Essex in Art History and Theory, B.A & M.A. in Economics & M.S. in Behavioral Science from UCLA.  I founded and run, AC Institute, a non-profit art space in NYC.

Prof Rebecca Fortnum, RCA, London.

Rebecca Fortnum read English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before gaining an MFA from Newcastle University and taking up a fellowship at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, USA. In 2009 Fortnum became Reader of Fine Art at University of the Arts London and in 2013 she was appointed Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University, London. She has also been a Visiting Fellow in Painting at Plymouth University and at Winchester School of Art; a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; a Senior Lecturer at Norwich School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art and an Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and Central St Martins School of Art, London.

Claire Hickey, Birmingham.

Claire Hickey is a visual artist who makes self-responsive sculptural objects, installations and multiples. Beginning with her hands, matter is physically manipulated, fingerprinted and shaped by her body and its experiences. This act of making captures a personal moment in time and gestures towards the performative. She uses materials intuitively, working with moulding and casting techniques in clay, wax, concrete and plaster. Somatic, familiar and functional, they reflect the tensions and flux of the female condition. Her current practice uses brick stacks, embedded casts and moulds to examine notions of pregnancy, labour, women’s work, and the dichotomy of being both an artist and mother.

Sarah Gilbert, Pitzer College, Claremont CA, US.

Sarah Gilbert is an interdisciplinary artist/scholar in the Art Field Group at Pitzer College. Her work explores changing definitions of the human and posthuman, focusing in on questions of materiality and collective subjectivities. A consummate maker, she is interested not only in how objects shape our experiences, but also the ways in which we define ourselves through the labor of our bodies. Drawing on a wide range of materials and processes, her sculptural practice synthesizes traditional craft techniques with emerging technologies.

Simon Harris, Wolverhampton School of Art.

Simon Harris is a painter whose PhD research provides a distinct focus for a studio-based investigation. The main aim of the research is the re-negotiation of formalist modes of painting practice through an exploration of Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical processes. Contextually the research acknowledges the critiques of painting, specifically the genealogy of the pictorial plane as it advances from an Albertian perspective to a Modernist flatness and the Post-Modern arrest.

A framework for a Deleuzian investigative methodology has been developed, of which, the concepts of ‘haptic space’, ‘the fold’, ‘duration’ and ‘beauty’ have been explored. As methods these concepts have enabled research into constructing a mode of thinking through the idea of space, duration and the encounter within, upon and of painting. The notion of ‘haptic’ space as a visual touching of the surface and subsequent layers of space; and the concept of ‘the fold’ as the hinge between maker, surface and viewer provides a potential philosophical model employed in order to re-think the illusionist space in painting.

Danica Maier, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.

Originally from the USA, Danica Maier completed an MFA in painting before receiving an MA in Textiles from Goldsmiths in 2002. Maier is an artist and academic whose practice often references textiles but seldom uses them directly in her artwork.  Over the last 15 years she has exhibited and curated exhibitions nationally and internationally and is currently part of a year-long research and residency project within the abandoned Spode Factory in Stoke on Trent led by Bergen Art Academy, Norway.  She has recently taken on the role of director of The Broadcaster, an exhibition  venue in the guise of a village notice board.

Maier has participated in numerous artists residency programs including;  Braziers in the UK; artist in residence at Fundación Migliorisi in Asuncion, Paraguay; textile research residency with Gasworks/VASL in Karachi, Pakistan; did the apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.

She is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and coordinates The Summer Lodge, a two-week research residency for professional artists held in the vacated fine art studio at NTU.

Christian Mieves, Wolverhampton School of Art.

Christian Mievesis a painter and Senior Lecturer at Wolverhampton School of Art, UK. He received his PhD in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). Research themes in Mieves’ work to date have included the beach and other border spaces as metaphors for semantically uncertain fields. His paintings have been shown in exhibitions in Germany, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom

Recent publications include journal articles on Luc Tuymans, Dana Schutz, Peter Doig and the Beach in Contemporary Art. He has been co-editor of the special edition of the Journal of Visual Art Practice9.3  (2010).He is co-editor of the book Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice (Routledge, 2017).

Annie Morrad, University of Lincoln.

Artist who works in image, sound, improvisation, installation and a mixture of all. I have worked in China, USA and Europe for different professional entities. Main interests are football, music, arts and how to combines these. Am London centric.

Gavin Rogers, Wolverhampton School of Art.

Gavin Rogers is an international artist, performer and socially engaged researcher living and working in the United Kingdom. His practice is situated across a range of media from performance to sculpture. Gavin has particular interest in the area of identity; juxtaposing, stereotyping and discovering personal, social and psychogeographical identities though visual, textual and verbal languages.

Christine Stevens, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.

Elizabeth Wright, University of Lincoln.