John is an award winning Artist and educator and with a Masters Degree in Fine Art Practice and Education. He is Artist in Residence at The Dronfield Hall Barn in NE Derbyshire where he runs adult ed art classes and taught art in secondary schools for many years. His areas of practice come under the broad themes of Art, Light and Education.
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ART and LIGHT
My artistic practice involves video projection mapping on surfaces in spaces and onto objects exploring the transformative nature of ‘spatial augmented realities’. I use sculptural media, cine and digital film, hand drawn and digital animation, photography, and text to signify narrative in immersive installations. I aim to question our perception of the images and objects before us, forcing us to use our senses to create new meanings and interpretations.
I operate in liminal spaces and invite the viewer to join me. I like to question the nature of ‘abstract’ photography through making the photograph a sculptural object to reinforce the physical presence of what would otherwise be latent; existing but not present. In our digital, big data, Facebook era I want to root us in our own sense of being. My performances are illustrated poetic reflections on my work, pedagogy and philosophy.
My sculpture and installations question the nature of memory and the present.
My painting questions the presence of myth and histories through abstract landscape and figurative painting using gold leaf and oils.
I sell my work at Abode Retail, Dronfield.
Having taught art for half a lifetime in secondary schools, I now teach community art classes, More recently through live online classes and Hello Art you tube channel Art tutorials https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxBtZkYpVGE74nAlNNMOzIw?mc_cid=22600409c5&mc_eid=cf851e135c
Exhibition and performance
Collaboration with Sara Beavan-Widdowson and Ignite Imaginations to produce video mapping installation at Parsons Cross Library, Sheffield.
2020 December – March 2021
Collaboration with Laura Page Photography and Ignite Imaginations to produce video wall installation for Reimagine project ‘All things are connected’ with Beighton Residential Home
Art Beyond Normal – New Tutorial Project and Resources For Chesterfield Cultural Education Partnership. Production of video tutorial and resources https://www.communitygrowthcic.co.uk/lockdown-online-workshops/
Art in the Gardens Sheffield . 4 abstract landscape oil paintings. Category award winner.
“Ocean World”. Immersive interactive installation using AR projection mapping and interactive technologies recreating an interior space into the undersea world.
Dronfield Arts Festival Lantern parade lead artist working with community groups to produce lanterns
Dronfield Open Arts Exhibition 4 Abstract Landscape Oil Paintings
“Primavera Calling” 16 minute projection mapped animated poetic film on the Dronfield Hall Barn building about children growing up, the lost words, the environment and how creativity can help the world find a way.
Dronfield Arts Festival lantern parade Lead Artist, working with community groups to produce Lanterns
‘Elementa’ Solo Exhibition : Photographs and Installation, Exterior Projection Mapped Film based on Material, Image and Memory (Heritage Lottery Funding)
‘Elemental’ Projection Mapped Installation, Dronfield Hall Barn, Derbyshire (Heritage Lottery Funding)
Birmingham and Midlands Institute : Performance “P(Art) Life” NSEAD Conference
Tate Liverpool: Performance “Thickening the Shadows” at , International Journal for Art and Design Education / National Society for Education in Art and Design Conference. “Collaborative Practices in Art Education”
Birmingham School of Art: Arts Based Masters Final Show “Set Your Chatters to Hum” Abstract Photographic Installation with poetry and LED lighting
Speaker “The Thickness of Shadows” at Centre for Fine Art Research, BCU conference : “Twice Upon a Time; Magic, Alchemy and the Transubstantiation of the Senses”
Birmingham School of Art, Arts Based Masters Interim Show “Who Punched the Unicorn?”
The New Art Gallery Walsall. Exhibition “Why time spinning earth?”
Exhibition Sindelfingen Germany : Paintings from Derbyshire.
2005 – 2011
Local Exhibitions of Painting in Derbyshire.
Master of Arts (with distinction) Arts Practice and Education Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University
Media Arts Philosophy and Fine Art Practice – Contemporary Philosophy and Aesthetics ; Histories of Art Education
Bachelor of Education Craft Design & Technology: Leeds Polytechnic Ceramics, Cabinet Making, Silver-smithing, History of Art & Design
Dronfield Heritage trust Roles & Responsibilities
2014 – Present Artist in Residence involving
Research and Commissioned Art Projects
Poor Old Horse : a sculptural costume puppet for a local folk tale in collaboration with First Art NE Derbyshire 2015/16
Elementa : Film and projection mapping 2016
Curation of Exhibitions
Adult Education classes in Drawing, painting and photography
Collaboration with local schools developing narratives, artwork and performances.
Liaison with local community arts groups
I am a teaching professional with 30+ years experience in practical studio and workshop management with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
1990 – Current: Teacher of Art: (part time since 2007))
Hasland Hall Community School, Chesterfield.
11-16 Mixed Comprehensive All Ability Learning
(2003-2007 Learning Coordinator – pastoral support and team leader)
2015 – 2016 Adult Education: teaching drawing and painting and photography Dronfield Heritage Trust.
2014 – 15 Artist Speaker and workshop leader Birmingham City University MA Course and Artist Teacher Scheme (5 days total)
1984 – 1990 Teacher of Design & Technology and Head of 3D Art and Design, William Rhodes Secondary School, Chesterfield.
1990 – present NSEAD. The National Society for Educators in Art and Design