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The internal quality audit: how artists judge themselves

Fortnum, Rebecca and MacDonald, Claire (2008) The internal quality audit: how artists judge themselves. In: Sensuous Knowledge 5: An international working conference on fundamental problems of artistic research and development, 2008, Bergen Academy of Art, Norway. (Unpublished)

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Fortnum, Rebecca and MacDonald, Claire

The context of this presentation is ongoing research into contemporary artists’ methods and approaches within their practices. Based on case studies, including work already done as part of the Visual Intelligences Research Project run by Rebecca Fortnum, the presentation asks how artists’ decision making informs the quality of their process, and the work that emerges from that process.It will look particularly at how artists experience and assesses their own work.

This presentation is offered in order to stimulate discussions about the relationship of value, quality and artists’ methods. It will relate to the wider issues of the conference, and to the approach of Sensuous Knowledge in developing knowledge through practice, with artists and in terms of artist-centred research that aims to open up practice to the wider field of research enquiry.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Rebecca Fortnum

Research Interests

Painting, Documentation, Visual Intelligence, Feminism

Rebecca Fortnum read English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before gaining an MFA from Newcastle University and taking up a fellowship at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, USA.

With a distinguished history of teaching in the arts, Rebecca Fortnum has been a Visiting Fellow in Painting at Plymouth University and at Winchester School of Art; Visiting Artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Senior Lecturer at Norwich School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art; and Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and Central St Martins School of Art. She is currently Senior Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts, London and Research Fellow at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University.

She has received numerous awards throughout her career as a visual artist, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the British Council, the Arts Council of England, the British School in Rome and the Art and Humanities Research Council. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, The Winchester Gallery, Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, The Drawing Gallery, London and Gallery 33, Berlin; her work has been shown in group shows in New York, Maine, Budapest, Salzburg, Marseilles and Gdansk as well as numerous UK exhibitions. Recent group shows include 'Fluent: painting and words' (2002) at Centenary Gallery, London and 'Unframed: the politics and practices of women's contemporary painting' at Standpoint Gallery, London in 2004. Artist, writer, curator and researcher, she has contributed to various conferences, journals, magazines and books and was instrumental in founding the artist run spaces Cubitt Gallery and Gasworks Gallery in London.

Artists Statement

"My current research has evolved from my visual art practice, writing and curatorial work and includes the following:
• A chapter in 'Unframed: the politics and practices of women's contemporary painting' (ed Rosemary Betterton) entitled 'Seeing and Feeling': By positing the notion of the spectator as 'the site where the work happens' I explore the 'choreography' of the viewer. My account of the viewer's engagement positions 'looking...as a serial activity' that unfolds over time and is 'materially situated'. I also raise the question of the ethical relations between the artist, the work and her audience.
• My book, 'Contemporary British Women Artists: in their own words', (I.B. Tauris 2006), contains the interviews made during an AHRC research project. The book documents an important and influential sample of contemporary British women artists' thought. My introduction to the book reflects on the interviews themselves, drawing out issues of the artist's influences and processes.
• My curatorial project 'Inspiration to Order' is one outcome of the Visual Intelligences Research Project, an initiative within the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts that I have lead since 2004. Visual intelligence is used here to investigate the way visual artists think and make and the relationship between their thinking and making. Its overarching research question asks if documenting and evaluating artists' processes can demonstrate visual intelligence. The exhibition 'Inspiration to Order' documents artists' processes and outcomes.
• My exhibition at The Drawing Gallery, London in 2005, contained two series of works. The 'Rococo' series examined earlier critical accusations of decorativeness and the uncanny nature of symmetry. The work attempts to explore the emotional resonances of the purely decorative in order to ask questions about its communicative powers. A second series 'Lyric', incorporates disjointed lyrics and continues an earlier enquiry about the nature of looking and reading visual works."

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RPE
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Date: May 2008
Event Location: Bergen Academy of Art, Norway
Projects or Series: How Art Thinks
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 08:50
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2011 14:48
Item ID: 2339
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/2339

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