Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Speakers Profiles


Jeffrey Dennis was born in Colchester, England, 1958 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, 1976 - 80. He lives in London. His past paintings have embedded glimpses of contemporary urban life within landscapes, an organic matrix which seems to offer the potential for continual mutation and evolution.

He recently wrote about his paintings: My work is rooted in the daily experience of the city: how people move around, inhabit spaces and make sense of their daily routines. Of particular relevance to this and to the structure of my paintings are the ideas of proximity, contiguity and adjacency: these terms express the abrupt collisions of incident and thought, the habits nurtured by travellers and inhabitants to protect personal space and the interrupted narratives of encounters and conversations. The paintings themselves provide a fluid, mutable net to hold narrative fragments and connective elements in place; a landscape corresponding to the fragmentary mental maps which people construct in order to give their existence some measure of meaning.

He has been a tutor in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford (1991-7), and Chelsea College of Art and Design (1990-2012)



Thomas Cuckle studied Curating at the Royal College of Art where he co-curated a major exhibition of film and video artist John Smith. He is Gallery Manager at IBID PROJECTS, a commercial gallery based in Hoxton Square.
In September 2012 Thomas will open Kunstraum, a project space with a focus on showing artists from Western Europe.



Anna Baker is a UK based artist. Her work examines the notion of the party. Amassing energy, collecting, grouping in order to improve, impress, alter, intimidate or overwhelm. Events devised by, with and for groups of people deal with the invitation as concept. The following rhetorical formula is tied up in the work: to achieve a celebration - to celebrate an achievement.

Anna graduated from Camberwell College of Art with an MA Fine Art degree in 2011. She previously studied at Goldsmiths and Cardiff School of art. Researching art education and the possibility of education as art, Anna has devised pedagogical events including the Joya participatory residency, led with Lois Farningham, The Breakfast Sessions at Camberwell College of Arts and The Sculptural Draw Off with Goldsmiths College and Havering Sixth Form College. Her work has recently been shown in Overview at Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium and in Back-Drop for Monica Jaeger, Sic! Raum fur Kunst, Switzerland. She is currently a Graduate Fellow at CCW and is a manager at The Woodmill Gallery and Studios.

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