The Artist Thinker

The Metacademy or The Artist Thinker is the research I developed in my Masters degree in Fine Art. This research became Dialogue a teaching space for BA Fine Art students that I have delivered with academic Hester Reeve since 2009. My research created a model that helps thinking about the non-spoken connections between the institutions involved in the artworld (museum, government, media, art school). The model draws from ideas based on Institutional Critique with authors such as Andrea Fraser, and also from Nicolas Bourriaud’s Relational Aesthetics. The aim is to empower the artist.

In 2009 I showed The Metacademy to Hester Reeve and she spoke to me about her experience with Bohmian Dialogue. Months later, after interesting conversations about both of our research, and looking into how would they both fit together, we implemented Dialogue, an experimental module for art education at Sheffield Hallam University, Art Department. Since then we have been holding Dialogue sessions opening up a space for thinking collectively as artists.

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As part of the Metacademy research, I drew a series of political drawings. One featured in Art Monthly, in the article The Economy of Art by Professor Michael Corris.

Creating cultural capital

My political drawing Portrait of the Artist based on the Metacademy model was cited in the book Creating Cultural Capital: Cultural Entrepreneurship, in Theory, Pedagogy and Practice (2015) ed. Eburon Academic Publishers, Netherlands. Series Pioneering Minds Worldwide.

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My political drawing The Artist Thinker was cited in the article The Context for the Artist, UNESCO Cooperations, in the journal Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, by Professor Dr Elona Lubytė from the Vilnius Art Academy, in Lithuania. Dr Lubyté is the UNESCO Chair for Culture Management and Culture Policy.