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Discourse Project

The Discourse Project was newly launched in January 2014. It grew out of the critical discussion and debate from the Slade MFA Critical Studies and the MA programme, studio critiques in Graduate Painting, the Contemporary Art Lectures, Staff Talks and PhD Research Fora. It reflects the interest and enthusiasm felt by staff and students in Graduate Painting for critically exploring the nature of painting. The Discourse Project is led by Lecturer Estelle Thompson, and  is developed in tandem with the Materials Research Project under the direction of Lecturers Jo Volley and Gary Woodley.

The aim of the Discourse Project is to research the cultural, social and philosophical issues that inform, shape and define the experience of contemporary painting.

Topics may include:

  • exploring ramifications of the “expanded field of painting”, including 3-dimensionality in painting; the relation of real and pictorial space; painting and performance; painting and the five senses
  • exploring the influence and impact of the moving image on painters, and the painter’s relation to time and duration
  • exploring the frame and notions of boundary in painting
  • exploring the value of the motif in relation to media and execution
  • exploring the effect of the virtual/digital on painting in terms of materiality, and physical and mental engagement
  • exploring the relation between drawing and painting
  • exploring the relation between art history and tradition and contemporary painting
  • exploring different cultural approaches to contemporary painting