The Feral Team

Project Manager: Jayne Jones

I create paintings using industrial paints and resins which focus on the importance of process and materials. My paintings lay my process bare in allowing the paint to describe how the natural phenomena of gravity & time can interrupt, undermine or sometimes underpin the painter’s task. I have exhibited this work nationally and internationally, including the New York Art Fair and the Sister Cities Exhibition in Raleigh. North Carolina.

Project Manager: Jackie Goodman

After graduating in Textile Design & Fine Art I have been involved with arts education and practice including visual arts, writing & theatre. I’ve worked across secondary, further and higher education sectors including project and institutional management. My current practice is as director of multimedia performances including contemporary dance, poetry and video projection. I have a PhD which looks at the links between architecture and fictional narrative.

Tutor: Dom Heffer

My paintings are often large scale, colourful and carry a hint of anarchy. The paintings are sometimes filmed as they are made, in order to squeeze maximal data from the process. In recent works, communications networks intrude on the visual world; canvases are netted with transmission beams, figures, or ‘stooges’, are distorted by interference and visual devices such as ‘creative blocks’ disrupt narrative. I have worked with many arts and research organisations, including The Institute of General Semantics, New York, Media Ecology Association; Bologna, UK City of Culture, 20/21 Visual Arts Centre and The Estate of Francis Bacon in London.

Tutor: Anthony Housman

I make paintings that can be described as abstract, but that also contain motifs and biomorphic elements. My paintings are usually begun with what I call an “activation of the canvas” – a flurry of diluted, painterly gestures, from which I look to assimilate apparitions of space, by introducing increasingly systematised forms and areas of colour. My approach to painting focuses on developing a continuous dialogue between the intentional and the incidental.

Tutor: Lindy Norton

I studied Fine Art at Hull School of Art and Design and postgraduate printmaking (M.A), at Chelsea School of Art. Since graduating I have taught at Foundation and Degree level in addition to developing my own practice. Drawing is central to the development and realisation of my work, which I then often go on to explore through painting and print. One of my preoccupations is creating a sense of unease in my work, exploring atmospheric qualities, ambiguity with mystery, hinting at human presence or absence. I aim to subtly change the truth of light and darkness to amplify uncertainties. Printmaking holds a huge attraction for me, in particular drypoint etching and mono print. I love to teach all forms of printmaking. I have recently completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University.

TUTOR: Geoff Keen

My paintings have featured in both the John Moore’s Painting Prize and The Whitworth Northern Young Contemporaries 1989; I was awarded the prestigious Cheltenham fellowship for painting in 1991. Since completing an MA in painting at Chelsea School of Art in 1991 I have worked in art education within the secondary, prison and adult education sectors. Recent exhibitions include Gallery 49 and Bridlington Contemporary Art gallery in Bridlington 2018.

TUTOR: Andi Dakin

I studied Fine Art in Rochdale, Sheffield and Edinburgh. I have always been involved with art school education, leaving full time employment in December 2015: freeing myself up to make art and commit to exciting projects across a breadth of visual art disciplines. I like fun, colour, texture, mischief, form and drama. My practice involves sculpture, printmaking and painting. Drawing features in all aspects of my work. Exhibiting work is an essential part of my creative practice. Teaching is a way to enthuse about creativity, to share skills and knowledge, and to fortify crucial aspects of my being as an artist.

TUTOR: Luke Beech

I am an artist and educator with a specialism in offender learning and public engagement. I aim to empower people with the tools for critical thinking which I try to reflect in my own practice – using the familiar fabric of everyday life in new and intuitive ways, as well as exploring the contexts these materials and processes sit in. I have experience of exhibiting, curating and working on a commission basis; including a public sculpture for Associated British Ports and a social engagement project for the 2017 Turner Prize.

Tutor: Lynn Benson

Fashion is a constant journey of discovery, exploring fabrics and design to create unique garments. After graduating I became course leader for Fashion & Costume, lecturing in HE & FE education. I developed degree programmes which gave students skills in print, pattern cutting and construction so that they could create original clothing and accessories. My own practice is bespoke design in fashion and costume working with theatre companies and visual artists.

Tutor: Annie Turner

My paintings begin to evolve from a feeling for a place (recently the Scottish islands of Iona and Shetland). It might be the light, it might be the shapes, the colours or the sense for what may have been there before. I am particularly interested in the history of a place, the archaeology and the mythology, the layers and remains of human existence. There is time spent within the landscape and sketching – often quite figuratively, but sometimes with eyes closed using the memory of the place to guide the pen. The sketchbooks go straight into the studio, they hold the key to revisiting the place, they open the door back into the landscape. Whether on paper or canvas, what usually happens next is a process of mark-making. Probably barefoot, often with eyes closed, bringing back the feeling of the place, more of an emotional response than an attempt to draw, though sometimes there’s that too. A conversation between myself and the painting starts, which may last weeks or months – it can be a rollercoaster ride. Paint applied and removed, layers, marks made and hidden then scraped back and revealed. And then one day the painting says done.

I have been teaching alongside my own practice for many years now and focus on mark making, drawing, experimental printmaking, embracing risks and the freedom and joy of pushing paint around. It’s a wonderful thing to see student’s confidence grow and to see them develop and embrace the techniques I share with them.

Tutor: Zac Girdlestone

My practice focuses on the blurry realms between art and fashion. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Studies I went on to complete an MA in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Womenswear. This is where I started to develop the creative pattern cutting skills that have become a signature in my pieces today. I work under the pseudonym Meadowsweet & Myrtle. My practice today has grown organically from my MA research where I applied a different kind of thought process to my work, exploring the more ethereal realms of fashion with themes of identity and self-expression woven into a textile narrative.

Tutor: Chris Tansey

My paintings are autobiographical and introspective, drawing upon existence, experience, consciousness and sentience to express largely emotive responses through the use of vaguely identifiable elements, forms and motifs. My work is also an exploration of the ‘isness’ of painting and paintings. Questioning, meaning and understanding are very much part of my creative process. My most recent body of work explores the painting of ‘notes and letters’ to person, place and memory.

I was born and raised in Hull city centre, and I studied Fine Art at Hull College and Liverpool John Moores University. My recent exhibitions include Blue Shop Gallery London, Messums Harrogate, Ferens Art Gallery and Humber Street Gallery Hull, Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate, OPO and Three Works Scarborough, Newcastle Contemporary, Pineapple Black Middlesbrough, Elysium Gallery Swansea and Bankley Gallery and PS Mirabel Manchester.

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