Collaborative research within the Fine Art Practices group has focussed on the themes of Pleasure, Materiality, Drawing, Colour & Perception in Painting, Art & Science and Art in the Public Context.
Research on Pleasure has resulted in the curation of 'Doubtful Pleasures' at APT, London and a publication ‘Miser and Now’. Two symposiums on Pleasure extended the work on this theme, included keynote speakers Professor Steven Connor (Cambridge University) and Professor Morten L Kringelbach (Oxford University).
The Materiality/Sculpture theme resulted in a curated exhibition at the Royal Society of British Sculptors called 'The Thought of Stuff' including work by Alison Wilding and Jonathan Callan and provided a platform for research and debate referencing contemporary Sculpture.
Fine Art staff have also exhibited at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and Arena 1 Gallery (in LA) and have undertaken international residencies related to the Contemporary Drawing cluster research enquiries. The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art and Music (distribution 30,000) was guset edited and the Big Draw at the Natural History Museum, V&A and British Museum was co programmed
The Painting/Colour/ Abstraction research theme has resulted in the exhibition by FA staff called Colour Shifting Boundaries at Creative Hinkley in Leicestershire and Lancaster's dual exhibition Armonia at the Scuderie Aldobrandini Museum in Italy.
Senior Research Fellow work in sculpture has gained commissions for public spaces including Riverside (Lewisham Hospital, London), Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust (Gloucestershire), Salt Bridges at the Biochemistry Department, University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. Using three-dimensional digital data produced from the MRI/FMRI and Faro scans, in combination with sculptural and drawing techniques, her work explores the relationship between new technologies and methods of digital scanning inside the human body and in the natural environment. Cattrell has recently shown this work in Medicine and Art at the Mori Museum in Tokyo, Carbon 12 at the EDF Foundation in Paris and Human + at the Dublin Science Gallery.
A regular series of Artists Lectures and Forums organised take place throughout the academic year. Forum themes have included: Pleasure, Strictly come Drawing, and On Humour. Recent lectures have included: Clunie Reid, Andrew Bick, Suky Best, Dan Hays, Emma Hart, Daphne Wright and Paul Winstanly.
External associations and partnerships have included:
- Ingenious Media, London
- Saatchi Gallery Magazine, London
- Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam
- Wellcome Trust, London
- New Walk Museum, Leicester
- Arena1 Gallery, Los Angeles
- The Curve, Leicester
- Scuderie Aldobrandini Museum, Italy
- Phoenix Square, Leicester
- Pier Art Centre, Orkney
- V and A Museum, London
- Creative Hinkley, Leicestershire
- Deptford X, London
- Hancock Museum, Newcastle
- Tate Modern, London
- Mori Museum, Tokyo
- Sheffield Millennium Gallery
- Royal Society of British Sculptors, London
- Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
- Many private galleries nationally and internationally
Fine Art Practices are currently developing new projects on the Pleasure theme in association with the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, The Phoenix and CUSP in Leicester.