Approved: 15.09.2017

Bryan Eccleshall

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Publisher, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 15.09.2017

Since returning to art practice I have studied for a Masters and a Practice-led PhD. The research undertaken was focussed on how translation theory might be used to better understand visual reiteration.

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    Biography

    Since returning to art practice I have studied for a Masters and a Practice-led PhD. The research undertaken was focussed on how translation theory might be used to better understand visual reiteration.

    Emerging from that research are two strands of practice. The first is practical. I make works that collide art works for many era with other visual material (for example, images from science fiction films, contemporary news, ) to explore issues concerned with (to crudely summarise) ideology, religious fundamentalism, and the refugee crisis. Implicit in this work is a consideration of the nature of visual similarity and what that might indicate or reveal.

    The second strand emerging for my doctoral research is pedagogical and informs the way I teach BA students, which I am keen to continue. I encourage students to develop a voice through comparing their work with others and to interrogate that relationship to reveal what underpins their approach to making, be it a process, a political concern, or something more psychological. Using works as 'yardsticks' against which things can be tested allows this to happen

    I am ambitious to show my work more widely and to explore how artists might have faith in research methodologies founded in picture-making, and in reflecting on the work they make rather than illustrating theories generated beyond art practice.

    CV & Education

    Dr Bryan Eccleshall, FHEA

    Education

    2016: PhD in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. (Director of Studies: Penny McCarthy. Supervisors: Dr Sharon Kivland and Chloë Brown).2010: MA in Contemporary Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University.1988: BA (Hons) Fine Art from Leicester Polytechnic.

    In 2017 I was granted Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy.

     

    Employment

    Overview

    After graduating in 1988 I pursued a non-art career. I spent several years working in various positions in book manufacturing / publishing. I returned to art practice in 2001, and in September 2005 pursued that practice full time.

    Current

    February 2012 onwards: Drawing and Painting Tutor, Open College of the Arts and Unit Leader of HE Level Four Drawing Course.

    Historical

    September 2012 – August 2017: Director/Trustee of Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

    March 2010 – September 2015: Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University.

    May 2010: Employed by the Research Group for Artists Publications and Site Gallery to install a large Sol LeWitt drawing as part of the an exhibition of the artist’s books.

    September–October 2008: Co-artist on It’s Good To Be Me project at Retford Oaks Schools Cluster, Bassetlaw, culminating in an exhibition of over 100 works at BendInTheRiver, Gainsborough.

    July 2008: Co-ordinator for Worksop, Fabulous Art in Bassetlaw.

    June–October 2006 – 2008: Co-ordinator, FRED (an annual site-specific arts festival that took place each October throughout Cumbria).

    November 2005 – December 2007: Administrative Assistant, Fold Gallery, Kirkby Stephen.

    October 2005 – December 2007: Visiting Artist, Esthwaite School, Hawkshead. During the weekly hour-long Creative Club I have run about fifteen workshops, all on different themes with a changing group of children from all years in the school (ages 4 to 11).

    June 2007: Ran workshops at The Pencil Museum, Keswick.

    Spring 2007: Inset Trainer, Cumbria Schools.

    June 2007: Co-ordinator for Art Strike! Funded by ACE, an artist led intervention at the Art 07 event at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre.

    January–February 2007: Consultant artist to Life Box project, Workington. A six week project co-ordinated by SureStart, culminating in an exhibition at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle.

     

    Residencies and Awards

    2015

    September: Winner of one of two student prizes at the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015.

    2012

    March: Shortlisted for the 2012 John Moores Painting Prize.

    2010

    July (until August 2017): Artist in Residence at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield. This was an ongoing position and explains why a lot of my work has been shown there.

    2008

    May: I was part of a team of artists from South Cumbria to receive a NAN Go-and-See Bursary which allowed us to visit Berlin to forge links with artists there. This led to an award from the Arts Council to create and execute and touring show of our work.

    2006

    October–December: Landing Strip Residency at Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness. Selected by rednile projects of Sunderland to collaborate with them.

     

    Exhibitions, Conferences, Research, etc..

    Forthcoming

    In March 2018 I will be showing a large selection of Digital Rain images at the Green Rooms Hotel, London.

    2017

    June: Monochrome Breach: An Exhibition of Drawings, Bank Street Arts

    April: Interviewed for a Radio Four documentary Copyright or Wrong?

    2016

    October: Attended Translation and Activism conference at UCC, Cork.

    August: Collateral Damage (with Chris Graham). Exhibition and book launch at Bank Street Arts.

    July: Attended inaugural meeting one the Intersemiotic Translation Research Group convened by UCL’s Dr Ricarda Vidal. I have been invited to contribute a chapter to a multi-authored publication, scheduled for publication in summer 2017.

    March: Post, Bank Street Arts. A pop-up exhibition of work in support of my PhD submission.

    2015

    September: Jerwood Drawing Prize.

    July–August: Sans Terre made for Bank Street Arts Members Show Work in Progress (with Chris Graham).

    2014

    November: Presented a round-table discussion at the On The Image conference, Free University, Berlin. One of my works was also included in the accompanying exhibition.

    January: 365 Drawings (solo show) Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

    2013

    November: Presented a paper at Generative Constraints conference, Centre for Collaborative Research, London.

    October: Decoding Grantchester Meadows (with Rachel Smith), art:language:location, Cambridge

    May: After (1-12), Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.

    January: Plight: A Recovery, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

    2012

    December: 12-12-12, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

    June: Untitled 1-9, CADS, Sheffield (funded by The University of Sheffield).

    June: Tegel – Flights of Fancy, (with Karl-Heinz Jeron), Babylon Kino, Berlin.
    May: ArtText, (Exhibition and Symposium) Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

    2011

    Spring: An Exchange With Sol LeWitt, MASS MoCA, USA.

    2010

    November–December: The Public Are Not Invited, The Workshop, Nottingham.

    November/December: Minutiae (with David McNab), Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

    Summer: After and Gone, (the results of Artist-in-Residence position), Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

    2009

    Spring: M3-M6 Unterwegs/Underway, Touring show: Lancaster, Preston, Berlin.

    2008

    October: FRED, site-specific arts festival, Cumbria.

    June: The Bourne End Collection, Bedfordshire. Private Commission.

    2007

    October: FRED, site-specific arts festival, Cumbria.

    May: Baker’s Dozen (solo show), Neo’s Gallery, Cockermouth.

    2006

    November: Sites Considered, Art Gene, Cumbria.

    October: FRED, site-specific arts festival, Cumbria.

     

    Publications

    2017

    Forthcoming: I am currently writing a chapter for a Palgrave Macmillan publication on intersemiotic translation. This text is a heavily edited version of some of my PhD findings.

    2016

    October: 'A Definition of Translation' included in the multi-authored book Bartlett Drawing Research Series published by Post-graduate researchers at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

    August: Collateral Damage (with Chris Graham). Twenty-four hand finished books that documented the previous year’s Sans Terre installation. 

    February: After After…: Reflections on Twenty Two Drawings

    2015

    October: 365drawings

    September: Sans Terre, with Chris Graham. (Edition of 25) Part of a seventeen volume set, (London: Ma Bibilothèque) and launched at the Whitechapel Artists’ Book Fair. ISBN: 978-1-910055-15-1.

    March: The Editions: Notebook Diagrams. (Edition of 25) Part of a post-graduate collaboration of 23 titles, launched at the Leeds Artists’ Book Fair.

    2014

    November: Tales from the Orchard (Bank Street Editions, Sheffield).

    September: ‘Drawing After – Modular Reiteration as Research Method’, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Volume 7 Number 1 (Intellect Journals) ISSN: 1753-5190.

    2013

    December: Tegel: Speculations and Propositions (The Green Box, Berlin) ISBN: 978-3-941644-59-5

    October: Decoding Grantchester Meadows (with Rachel Smith) (Lulu, London) ISBN: 5-800098-309697.

    2012

    April: NICK THURSTON: In My Own Words (with Sheffield’s Guerrilla Writers) (AND, London) ISBN: 978-1-908452-15-3.

    2011

    March: An Exchange With Sol LeWitt, Exhibition Catalogue (Cabinet Books/MASS MoCA, Boston MS) ISBN: 978-1-932698-52-7.

    2010

    February: MA Contemporary Fine Art Degree Show. A collaborative publication project. ISBN: 978-0-9558665-6-2.

    2009

    June: Project Biennale. A collaborative curatorial project launched as part of the Venice Biennale. ISBN: 978-0-9558665-5-5.

     

    Curating

    2011

    Failure2011. An online project to assemble works  by artists considered as failures by them. Each work was accompanied by a text explaining their position. In July 2012 the blog’s contents were included, as a large poster, in Artefacts of Failure at QUAD, Derby.

    2006–08

    FRED: I was one of the small team that delivered FRED, a site specific arts festival in Cumbria. I helped select the artists and their work and then co-ordinated their contribution, to a greater or lesser extent depending on the artist.