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Ms Andrea Stokes

Associate Professor

About

I am an Associate Professor in Fine Art and member of the Contemporary Art Research Centre at Kingston School of Art. I teach on BA Fine Art and supervise PhD Fine Art by practice students. I studied Sculpture at Liverpool Polytechnic and Experimental Media at the Slade. My research is through a socially engaged Fine Art practice. I use objects, imagery and strategies from 80s feminism, working class culture, new age spirituality and utopian humanism to interrogate meanings imbedded within locations and objects. I present work in contexts that reach large and diverse non-art audiences for example; "Contemporary Dance for Beginners" (2014) made and shown at Whitechapel Idea Store; "The Book of Elizabeth" (2007) an arts council funded project working with local people in Arbroath, Scotland; "Puncture" (2004) an arts council funded video installation in Portsmouth Cathedral.

My drawing, installation and video work that uses the motif of the net curtain has been influential in debates about textiles within fine art. In 2013 I was commissioned to make "Net Curtain" at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Devon and was awarded an arts council grant. In 2010 I was invited to show in the touring exhibition "Beyond Pattern" at Oriel Davies Gallery. In 2004 I was selected to be part of "Arttextiles 3", a survey of 18 British artists referencing textiles.

In 2013 my residency at the Upernavik Museume in Northern Greenland led to a new area of research into the arctic landscape as a site of "escape".

Areas of specialism

  • Fine Art textiles
  • Socially engaged practice
  • Feminist art
  • Drawing
  • Video art

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Qualifications

  • 2016 Senior Fellow of HEA
  • Post Graduate Higher Diploma, Experimental Media, Slade School of Art, University College London
  • First Class BA(Hons) Sculpture Liverpool Polytechnic

Professional membership

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy 

Research

Research outputs: Contemporary Dance for Beginners (2014), a video commissioned for the Idea Store Whitechapel where I enrolled on a contemporary dance course, positioning the aspirational architecture at the center of the learning experience and reaching a large and diverse non-art audience: Net Curtain (2014), a collaborative drawing made by 25 local women creating trompe-l'oeil drapes throughout the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, engendering an investigation of working conditions for women. My essay "Net Curtain" will be published in "Drawing Conversations: Collective and Collaborative Drawing Practice" by Cambridge Scholars in 2018: Diagram of an Hour (2016), a one hour radio programme by "We Are Publication" broadcast on Resonance fm 19/06/15. "We Are Publication" are group of staff and students working on the PhD Fine Art by practice programme at Kingston School of Art: "Beyond Pattern" (2010), a group exhibition and catalogue (ISBN 978 1 870797 55 8) by Oriel Davies Gallery; an exploration of 'pattern' as social, cultural and political commentator."Stokes displays a love-hate relationship with net curtains, copying them in exquisite pencil drawings" (Elisabeth Mahoney, Guardian On-line): "The Book of Elizabeth" (2007), a collective imagining of the forgotten mistress of Hospitalfield House, Arbroath. Working with the local spiritualist community, published by Hungry Dog Press (ISBN13 978-0-9541412-3-3) distributed by Printed Matter NY. 

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