The Artist Thinker

The Metacademy or The Artist Thinker is the research I developed in my Masters degree in Fine Art. My research created a model that aims to empower the artist through conversations about the often unspoken connections between the institutions involved in the art world (museum, government, media, art school). The model draws from Nicolas Bourriaud’s Relational Aesthetics and Institutional Critique ideas with authors such as Andrea Fraser. This project became Dialogue, a teaching space for BA Fine Art students that I implemented and have delivered with artist and academic Hester Reeve since 2009. The pilot was funded by The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

That year 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 fit together, we implemented Dialogue. Since then, we have been holding sessions, opening up a space for thinking collectively as artists about our wider constellation.

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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.