MA Visual Arts Research Methodology Lectures 2013-14

2pm-3.30pm (Unless stated)

Wilson Road Lecture Theatre

9 October 2013

2pm Wilson Road Lecture Theatre

Nick Gorse

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The lecture will initially explore academic definitions of the language of research. It will then examine (using cinematic examples and references) different approaches and tools that can be used to develop research and a research question. It will touch on the pitfalls of research methods and methodologies and the happy mistakes.
Mobile phones (wifi capacity) tablets and laptops should be turned on during the lecture

16 October 2013

Jonathan Kearney

Implications for practice based research in a digital environment

Looking at new literacies and digital tools that can enhance research methodologies

23 October 2013

Paul Coldwell

Working from Archives & Collections

Paul Coldwell will discuss his recent exhibition Re-Imagining Scott; Objects & Journeys (Scott Polar Research Institute) in terms of his ongoing engagement with collections and archives as starting points for bodies of work.


Professor Paul Coldwell is a practising artist and researcher. His art practice includes prints, book works, sculptures and installations. He has exhibited widely, and his work is included in numerous public collections, including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the British Museum, the Arts Council of England and the Musee d’art et d’histoire, Geneva. He was selected for the Ljubljana Print Biennial in 1997 and 2005; for the International Print Triennial, Cracow in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009; and the Northern Print Biennial in 2009 and 2011. In 2013 the Universities of Canterbury and Greenwich presented a survey exhibition of his prints, A Layered Practice Graphic Work 1993-2012. In the same year he also had a solo exhibition at the Scott Polar Research Institute entitled Re-Imagining Scott which included prints, postcards, sculptures and glassworks.

He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Digital Responses, V&A, Morandi’s Legacy; Influences on British Art at the Estorick Collection, London, (accompanied by a book published by Philip Wilson) and The Artists Folio at Cartwright Hall, Bradford (2014). He published a major survey of print-making, Printmaking: a Contemporary Perspective (Black Dog Publishers-2010) and is a regular contributor to a number of publications including, Art in Print, Printmaking Today and Print Quarterly where he has been on the editorial board since 2009. In 2011 he was chairman of the selection jury for the Imprint International Graphic Art Triennial in Warsaw, Poland and Keynote Speaker at Impact 7 International Printmaking Conference, Melbourne, Australia. In 2013 he was commissioned to write the catalogue essay for the exhibition of Rego and Daumier at the Casa das Historias, Museu Paula Rego.

30 October 2013, 2-5pm

CCW Graduate School Symposium

In Form Express and Admirable (in a sense lying, in a sense not)


6 November 2013

Jim Threapleton

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The Corroded Surface: Portrait of Entropy

(De-composition as a means to a pictorial end)

The talk will present an over view of a research project that explores painting as a destructive/ deconstructive business – it looks a potential relationship between painting and corrosion in relation to the aesthetics of the sublime. Through experimentation with the ruination of both content and painting’s material properties the project examines how subtraction, erasure, negation and the abject might relate to the un-representable.