Matthew Cornford, our tutor has started a sabbatical. In his absence we have Dr Alistair Payne, (acting course leader, also my personal tutor) and a new visiting tutor; Sophie Hope. the account below is from her organisation - B&B - www.welcomebb.org.uk
Sophie Hope's work inspects the uncertain relationships between art and society. This involves establishing how to declare her politics through her practice; rethinking what it means to be paid to be critical and devising tactics to challenge notions of authorship.
From 2006-7 Sophie carried out a residency with the Beyond Action Research Programme in Leidsche Rijn, Holland, where she worked with residents to produce a one-day performance of life in 2007 told from 1000 years in the future. Other current projects include publishing a Manifesto of Possibilities for commissioning public art and Reunion, a programme of meetings, residencies and exhibitions between artists and curators based in the UK and South East Europe. The most recent manifestation of Reunion was The 2007 Almanac of Political Art, now available to download from the Reunion website.
Sophie is currently undertaking a practice based doctoral study on the economics of socially engaged art at Birkbeck College, University of London where she is also a lecturer on the MA Arts Management and Cultural Policy.
Weird, Michael Schwab is the perfect practitioner for Chris and I feel I can learn stacks from Sophies practice who's work is close to my own interests. She is also keen for each of us to lead a seminar, we each have to propose a text and deliver a conversation.
Read the blog entries of two MA fine art students. Nathaniel Pitt and Chris Hodson are studying at Wolverhampton and Birmingham respectivly. This blog is a recording of their experiences in these two seats of learning