Approved: 16.08.2006

Guy Tarrant

Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

My artwork deals with issues relating to the education system at large. My enquiries examine the role of education with regards to my teaching observations of high pupil resistance and low pupil well being. I have looked at resistant and unsettled behaviours in over 150 different schools in the London area were I have worked. Although most of my investigations have involved liaisons with senior teaching staff, more recent  evidencing is now seeking direct participation with young people themselves.

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  • Location: Kent/London, South East
  • Activities: Primary education, Secondary education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Participatory projects
  • Tags: Education, Conceptual, Resistance
 

Biography

My artwork deals with issues relating to the education system at large. My enquiries examine the role of education with regards to my teaching observations of high pupil resistance and low pupil well being. I have looked at resistant and unsettled behaviours in over 150 different schools in the London area were I have worked. Although most of my investigations have involved liaisons with senior teaching staff, more recent  evidencing is now seeking direct participation with young people themselves.

I have worked extensively in education for the last 20 years working as a Deputy Lead Teacher, Respite Deputy Manager, Head of Art, Art Lecturer, Community Team Leader and Project Manager. My main area of specialism concerns working with pupils with severe SEMH (Social, Emotional & Mental Health). I have worked as a Community Arts Team Leader for 15 years and am a Trustee of mental health arts charity. I currently work as a SENCO (Special Needs Co-ordinator) in small school for LAC (Looked After Children) working with adolescent boys.

My artwork is documentary in nature and seeks to expose evidences of school pupil unsettlement. This involves work which explores found objects and found landscapes. The art project 'Resistant Materials' utalises found artefacts which attempt to highlight deviant behaviours. Here work is exhibited as large collections of confiscated items or as mostly solitary sculptures depicting aspects of school vandalism. In the art project 'School-scapes' landscape photographs are collected which intend to convey features of pupil disengagement and school sabotage.

CV & Education

Qualifications

2009 - MA Community Arts, Goldsmith's College, London

1997 -PGCE Art and Design, Goldsmith's College , London

1994 - MA Art and Design, Sheffield Hallam University

1991 - BA (Hons) Sculpture , Sheffield Hallam University

1988 - BTEC National Diploma Art and Design, East Ham College, London

 

Exhibitions

2014- 'Out of the Box', The No Format Gallery, Second Floor Studios, London

2014- 'Confiscation Cabinets', Centre for Life, Newcastle

2013- 'Confiscation Cabinets', The V&A Museum of Childhood, London

2013 - 'School-scapes', NICHE-Brighter Futures Programme, Romford, London

2013- 'A State of Un-Play', Atelier 35, Bucharest, Romania

2012 - 'At  Play', South Hill Park Centre/ OVADA, Bracknell & Oxford

2012 - 'Pumped Up Kids', Leeds Metropolitian University Concourse Gallery, Leeds

2010 - 'Alienation,Boredom and Despair', 20-21 Gallery, Scunthorpe

2004 - 'God save the pupils', The Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough Galleries Halifax

2002 - 'God save the pupils', The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich University, London

 

Awards

2010 - The Juliet Gomperts Award

2005 - N.I.M.H.E. Positive Practice Award

2001 - Bexley Environmental Challenge Award

2000 - British Civic Society Award 1993

1993-  Sheffield Grammer School Exhibition Fund 1993

1993-  Individual Artists Award and Yorkshire & Humberside Art

1992 - Foundation for Sports and the Arts

1992 - The Prince's Youth Trust Award

 

Publications

2013- 'Artists At Work'  by Jason Haynes