Monday, 10 September 2012

Process in three directions

CMCR Research Seminar

Thursday 13 September
2.30—4.00pm
Studio 55, Keyworth Building,
London South Bank University
Keyworth Street SE1

Process in three directions

Felicity Allen


Examining three very different projects of her own – one institutional, one commissioned, and one self-generated – Felicity Allen considers the process of developing each. In particular, she reflects on the nature of developing and pursuing an open-ended rather than a target-led process in different circumstances: alone, in dialogue, and collaboratively. The three different projects under discussion are:

  • the dialogic Progress project which mixes traditional elements such as watercolours and portrait painting with reflexive writing and collaborative interviews with sitters, to form an archive from which she is making a series of works;
  • Nahnou-Together, a collaborative art project plus exhibitions, with students, artists, educators and curators from Syria, Jordan and the UK that she led, facilitated and curated from Tate;
  • the book Education, a reader she edited that came out last year as part of the Whitechapel / MIT Documents of Contemporary Art series.

Each of these three very different productions has involved an elemental and organic process, with an initial germ of an idea which gradually evolves into a considered series of questions / actions that emerges in the form of a co-ordinated assemblage of voices, images and ideas.

Felicity Allen is a visiting research fellow in the Centre for Media & Culture Research, and until recently was a guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She previously led Tate Britain's Learning department (2003 – 2010) and is the author of Education (MIT / Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art, 2011) and Your Sketchbook Your Self (Tate, 2011). Having studied at Exeter University and the Slade, Felicity has taught on fine art and curatorial programmes in art schools such as Goldsmiths and Winchester, while also working in social and community environments. A founder member of the Women’s Art Library, she was the first director of the UK-based gallery education organisation Engage, and founder-editor of the journal of the same name.