In 2017 I conceived a lecture series, 'Are Life Models Artists?', the first of which I delivered at Mall Galleries, London in 2019 and then at venues including Hampstead School of Art The National Gallery Examining Life Modelling through art historical and experiential perspectives I discuss the existential realms within which the practice exists. While not claiming in an absolute sense that Life Modelling is an artistic practice, I advocate a more enlightened perspective proposing that it might be given particular motivations on the part of the practitioner and given particular contexts. My first lectures all sold out. I will continue delivering 'Are Life Models Artists?' throughout 2021, my next lecture due to take place online via the RCA Drawing academic research portal in January. You can view a mini-version of my lecture, recorded in December 2020, here.
In preparation for my lectures I interviewed the Directors of several major galleries, museums and private collections, practicing artists, Life Models and curators to gain their insight into the question I posed. Included within the group of interviewees was Christopher Le Brun, Past President, Royal Academy of Arts; Simon Martin, Director, Pallant House Gallery; Jo Baring, Director, The Ingram Collection; Lara Wardle, Director Curator, The Jerwood Collection; Gill Saunders, Senior Curator, V&A Department of Word and Image; JJ Delvine, Artist (BP Portrait Award 2018, 2011, 2006); Desmond Healy, Artist and Fine Art Tutor; John Close, Artist and Fine Art Tutor; Suzon Lagarde, Portrait Artist and Life Model; Robin George, Life Model.
Charleston Trust 2021 Exhibition Catalogue
Darren Clarke, Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions at the Charleston Trust, invited PhD candidate Aurélie Debaene and I to write an essay for publication in the exhibition catalogue for Charleston's upcoming exhibition (postponed due to the pandemic but which will take place in Autumn 2021). Aurélie and I came together in 2019 having bonded over our shared experiential, philosophic and academic belief that the role of the Life Model is misunderstood within art theory and practice.
Book | Symposium
Following an initial research stage, Aurélie and I commenced work on a book that will be published at the end of 2022 and stocked in The Mall Galleries and The National Gallery Bookshops. Our book, 'Revaluing the Life Model in Art Practice', will be published in tandem with a symposium sharing the same title that we are co-curators of at the University of Kent's Aesthetics Research Centre. Our successful application to the British Society of Aesthetics was awarded the maximum level of funding in 2019. Prominent members of the academic and art communities will participate through panel discussions and lectures including Jo Baring, Professor Anita Taylor, Professor Jean Wainwright and JJ Delvine. I will be one of the keynote speakers and sit on the panel with Aurélie Debaene, (Aurélie will also be a keynote speaker). Further details to follow.
Art for All Magazine
'Photographic performance art in the digital age', article, due for publication in Los Angeles based AfA's Summer Edition 2021.
Universal Records / KScope Records
In parallel with but distinct from my literary work relating to art practice, I am currently retained by two major record labels as a writer. I recently completed work on a book exploring the evolution of the psychedelic rock band Ozric Tentacles, due for publication in October 2021 and will start working on four other books across each label moving into 2024.