Wednesday, 27 April 2011

John Vella: 30 years of practice: a blow your nose job

Thursday 5th May 2011, 7pm
University of The West of Scotland Room
Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
350 Sauchiehall Street G2 3JD

John Vella was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and moved to Hobart, Tasmania in 1996,
where he lives with his wife Sonia, and children Sophia and Vincenzo. Since dropping out of
studying architecture in 1988, he has: traveled extensively overseas, worked as a waiter,
labourer, photographer, telemarketer, truck loader, phone book factory hand, exhibitions
officer, and gallery attendant; completed a DipFA with Distinction (National Art School
Sydney), a BFA (Hons) first class and an MFA at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart where
he is currently the Head of Sculpture.

Vella commits acts of physical and conceptual frottage on communities, objects and
systems; 'rubbings' that recycle the act and artefact of lived experience, as a sub/perversion
of itself. Mediating status, value and 'damage by design' Vella develops diverse testimonies
to the epic and incidental aspects of our personal and material histories. Disloyal to studio disciplines, the artist's practice has developed across suburban, commission and historic contexts.

3 x 3 x 3

UWS Creative Practice/Research Event

3 x 3 x 3

24 May 2011, 2pm – 5pm, Clubroom, CCA Glasgow

We are bringing together the School’s doctoral community to explore the relationship between practice and research in your doctoral project.

Prepare a three-minute presentation in any format which answers the following question:

How are you approaching the relationships between practice and research in your PhD project?

Produce a title. No abstracts. Data projection and audio playback will be available on the day. Please let us know asap if you have any other technical requirements

We propose making short podcasts of each 3 minute presentation for wider distribution through the school reseach blogs– please let us know if you don’t want to do this.  Please get back to Graham by the 9th of May with details of your presentation title. We will then circulate the final programme.  

2.00 pm  Welcome and introductions

2.10 pm   3 x  3 minute presentations
followed by discussion 

2.45pm   3.x.3 minute presentations
followed by discussion

3.15 break

3.30pm  3  x 3 minute presentations

4.00 – 5.00
Next steps

5.00 Drinks