Taking inspiration from the themes raised by ‘Louise Bourgeois. Turning Inwards’ at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, this one-day symposium will look at some of the relationships between women, art and printed matter. Chaired by Fiona Bradley, Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery, the panel comprises Sarah Bodman, Clare Johnson and Mandy Ure, who will each represent one of the following categories: Book making, book art and printmaking; book writing and research; and art making and painting.
This symposium has been organised in collaboration with The Visual Culture Research Group,UWE, University of the West of England, Bristol. The day will include time to view the exhibition and lunch will be served in the Roth Bar & Grill.
About the Speakers:
Fiona Bradley has an MA in art history from Cambridge University and an MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute London, where her research was in surrealism and blasphemy. She started her curatorial career at Tate Liverpool, where she made exhibitions with Rachel Whiteread, Andreas Gursky, Paula Rego and Susan Hiller, and the Hayward Gallery, London, where, among other exhibitions, she co-curated Douglas Gordon’s major solo exhibition ‘what have I done’. She has been Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh since 2003, where she has curated exhibitions and produced important publications with Scottish and international artists including Louise Bourgeois, Ellen Gallagher, Cai Guo-Qiang, Fred Sandback, Eva Hesse, Bill Bollinger, Callum Innes, Christine Borland, Tony Swain, Martin Creed, Claire Barclay, Lucy Skaer, Jim Lambie, Stan Douglas and Gabriel Orozco. In 2011 she commissioned Martin Creed’s award-winning Work 1059, a work of permanent public sculpture on Edinburgh’s historic Scotsman Steps. She was a member of the Turner Prize and the Paul Hamlyn Award juries in 2007 and the Max Mara Art Prize for women in 2016, and in 2011 was the curator for Scotland’s contribution to the Venice Biennale. She is currently working on an exhibition of Mark Wallinger’s work to be shown at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Dundee Contemporary Arts in early 2017.
Sarah Bodman is an artist and researcher at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, UK. Sarah is also Programme Leader for the MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking course at UWE. She is the editor of the Artist’s Book Yearbook reference publication, the Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. Sarah also writes a regular column on artists’ books for a_n, ARLIS and Printmaking Today. Her own artists’ books explore the darker side of nature and human nature. They appear beautiful in order to lead the viewer into the underlying meeting point between the opposites of tenderness and cruelty. Some books include: ‘Viola’ the story of a serial killer baker; ‘Closure’ the end of an affair between a plane spotter and flower arranger, and ‘How Do I Love Thee’, a collaboration with JP Willis. Her latest work ‘GIFT: I made this for you’ is about the ‘Angel of Bremen’.
Clare Johnson is an Associate Professor (Art & Design) at UWE where she teaches Visual Culture. She is the Director of the Visual Culture Research Group and a member of the Gender and Culture Research Group at UWE. Clare’s primary research interests are feminist approaches to art history, inter-generational approaches to contemporary art and visual culture. Her recent work argues for an understanding of femininity as an embodied relationship to time in artworks made by women in the 1970s and 1990s/2000s. She has published on the work of Tracey Emin, Vanessa Beecroft, Eleanor Antin, Carolee Schneemann and Yoko Ono. Clare’s monograph, ‘Femininity, Time and Feminist Art’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
Mandy Ure studied Fine Art at undergraduate level at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee and then gained an MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London.Prior to joining Kingston in 2015 her most recent role was as Head of Art and Design atUWE, Bristol, having oversight of a large art school campus and the broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes based there. From 2005 to 2010 she led Fine Art and Art and Visual Culture programmes and has taught at the Ruskin, Oxford, Oxford Brookes and the Royal Academy Schools, amongst others. She is currently External Examiner at Lancaster University and has held previous examining and validation roles at Goldsmiths College and Chelsea College of Art and Design (UAL).