Approved: 09.01.2014

Richard Brooks

Artist

Approved: 09.01.2014

"Art as prophetic voice" is core to my practice. My work, informed by my faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and my personal experience, centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. Art as prophetic voice encompasses an exploration of art, theology and social justice; and the tripartite dialogue between them. Such enquiry and exploration is undertaken using

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    "Art as prophetic voice" is core to my practice. My work, informed by my faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and my personal experience, centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. Art as prophetic voice encompasses an exploration of art, theology and social justice; and the tripartite dialogue between them. Such enquiry and exploration is undertaken using a practice based approach; indeed thinking through making is key to my ongoing practice. Art as prophetic voice encompasses my core, being and concerns. By “prophetic voice” I mean speaking out, raising questions. While art is fundamental to who I am, if I am not making art I am somehow diminished, I am not fully me. Thus “art as prophetic voice” encapsulates these multiple layered concerns. I believe that artists see the world differently, so I seek to share some of that other perspective in my work. My practice is largely lens-based, working with both still and moving images.

    CV & Education

    Exhibitions Include

    2016 - Assimilation (70 x 7), Solo Esxhibition, Ipswich Town Hall, November To December

    2016 - Goup Exhibition responding to work of John Donne, Southwell Minster, September

    2016 - Nautical Visions, (group show), St Katherine's Dock, London, May

    2016 - Both Ends of Madness, (goup show), Deptford and Folkstone, April & July

    2015 - Greenbelt Arts Festival, August

    2015 - Solo Exhibition, Cambridge ArtSpace, July 

    2015 - Revelations of Divine Love; Creativity & Compassion, Burning Bush Barn, Norfolk, May 

    2015 - Plastic Propaganda group show, Baltic Exchange, London, from April  

    2014 - Breaking the Chains, Community Church, London, October to November 2014

    2014 - Translation, Ipswich Hospital, August 2014

    2014 - Cultural Coalition, Hyde House Covent Garden, July 2014

    2014 - Cambridge Open Call 2014 [Winner], Cambridge ArtSpace, July 2014 

    2014 - One Equal Light, St James’ Piccadilly, July 2014

    2014 - Careful Now - Minding the Gap, Cambridge ArtSpace, 30 May to 1 June 2014

     

    2013 - MA Degree show, NUA, August to September 2013

    [selected for MAstars (http://www.axisweb.org/features/profile/mastars/richard-brooks/)]

     

    2013 - From Darkness to Light, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, June 2013

    [The Bishop’s Art Prize, Runner Up]

     

    2013 - Construction Distraction, NUA, April 2013

    2013 - Paradise Parts II to VI, solo pop up show, Ipswich, January 2013

    2012 - Process, NUA, December 2012

    2012 - Position, NUCA, February 2012

    2011 - Wirksworth Arts Festival, Newbridge Works, September 2011

    2011 - Out of The Picture, University of Derby, June 2011

    2010 - Damaged, Solo Exhibition, Derby Cathedral, June 2010

    2010 - Coventry Open 2010, The Herbert, April 2010 to June 2010

    2009 - Derby City Open, DMAG, October 2009 to January 2010

    2008 - Derby City Open, DEDA, November 2008 to March 2009


     

    Education

     

    Oct 2011 to Sep 2013

    Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich

    MA [Distinction] Fine Art

     

    Sep 2008 to June 2011

    University of Derby, Derby

    BA (Hons) [First] Photography

     

    Sep 2007 to Jun 2008

    Sutton Coldfield College, Sutton Coldfield

    City and Guilds Level 3 [Distinction] Photography

     

    Oct 1999 to Jul 2001

    The Queens Foundation, Birmingham

    Level 4 Certificate in Applied Theological Studies