Dr Majella Clancy
Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader (on sabbatical)
MA Subject Tutor
Majella Clancy is a visual artist whose practice explores painting and printmaking in expanded ways. Working across large-scale inkjet prints and paint she also incorporates screen-printing, monotype and collage. Her work examines ideas around the Irish cultural imaginary through social, historical and geographical space.
She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: In-Stream, an expanded painting show, QSS Gallery & Ulster University Gallery, Belfast, (2016).The Faraway Nearby, FE MacWilliams Gallery, Co. Down, (2014), Irish Wave, Shanghai University, China, (2014), Irish Contemporary Works on Paper, The Lockhart Gallery, State University of New York, USA, (2014), (re)viewing, (solo), The Project Space, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, (2012).
She completed her undergraduate studies (BA (Hons) Fine Art) at Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland and in 2006 gained an MFA in Fine Art at Ulster University, Belfast. In 2013 she completed a practice-led PhD also at Ulster University. Her research examined Contemporary Women’s Painting Practices. She has presented her research nationally and internationally, including The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, annual conference, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, (2011). Her research is published in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Routledge, USA, (2012). Her work is held in public and private collections including: Queens University Belfast, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Ulster University. She has worked in Higher Education since 2006 teaching across Painting, Drawing and Printmaking areas. She has worked at Ulster University, Belfast and the Open College of the Arts, UK, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Majella Clancy is on sabbatical for the duration of the Academic Year 2019/2020.
Monika Rycerz is an educator and printmaker. Her work is inspired by human condition, observations from the process and the unexpected. She champions a collaborative approach to work and brings this aspect to her own practice whenever possible.
Monika trained in the UK and USA. She completed a BA in Surface Design at London College of Communication in 2009 and spent a semester at the University of Connecticut. In 2015 she graduated from the MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England, where she was awarded the Agassi Book Arts Prize for her installation 'Everyone dreams'.
She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally - including in the USA, China and Greece.
Her current practice is based around working on socially engaging projects with local communities. She has led and run creative workshops and projects for disadvantaged adults in Plymouth and Bristol, focusing on collaboration and participation.
Her interdisciplinary approach to work incorporates traditional and digital printmaking processes leading to hybrid prints and one-off room installations. She is interested in materials and challenging the process, and encourages experimentation and innovation.
Monika currently teaches across all levels of our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme.
Robert’s practice moves fluidly between disciplines and has consistently explored and exploited common perceptions of where boundaries between painting, printmaking and drawing begin and end. Studying Mural Design at Chelsea School of Art laid the foundations for a cross-disciplinary practice. A twelve-year hiatus running a successful ceramic tile design and manufacturing company was followed by the completion of an MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the University of West of England.
Painting has always been central to Robert’s practice but this has been significantly influenced by the disciplines and processes of printmaking and collage. Robert’s studio outputs reflect a deep interest in the materiality and physicality of the work itself whilst simultaneously investigating themes of authenticity and modes of understood painting ‘styles’ (the abstract and the representational). Close observation of the materiality of these all these disciplines remains an integral component of his practice. Robert is also actively involved in a number of artist-led organisations and has worked as a curator on a number of arts establishment funded projects in Bristol and in the South West.
Current lines of research at Plymouth College of Art are scrutinizing recurring themes in his practice. These include questions of authenticity, the use of the readymade (and its influence in the context of modernist and contemporary painting) and boundaries between abstract and representational modes of painting.
As a painter one aspect of Russell’s practice involves an articulation of the expression of landscape, not through the analytical and ultimately illusional process of actual depiction, but rather to give the sense of a perceptual experience itself through the same sensual processes with which we understand and process the complexity of the subject matter.
Russell’s work focuses on elemental locations, reflecting the duality of the maritime and the moorland. Russell is interested in the edges of things within a painting and this zone of ‘betweeness’ is often at the heart of where the paintings fundamental structure occurs.
Other aspects of Russell’s work include the more process-based paintings of allowing paint to move across a surface, often producing a network of stripes which again relate to time and the structure of landscape, and grid paintings which allow marks to be selected, isolated and locked within a formal structure somehow heightening their presence and creating images with great internal balance and authority. Painting is one aspect of Russell’s creative practice and he is also actively involved in digital film making, multi media installations and music.
Dr Helen Billinghurst is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, researcher and writer. Her recent doctoral thesis at the University of Plymouth explored the intersection between painting, drawing and aesthetic walking, and her research interests include the performance of making, site-specificity and embodied process.
Helen is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an alumni associate fellow of the University of Plymouth. She is a member of research groups Performance. Experience. Presence. (University of Plymouth), Land2, and the Walking Artists’ Network.
Helen teaches painting and drawing on BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, as well as delivering MA tutorials.
Antigoni Pasidi is a visual artist and fine art lecturer. Her work and research examines the element of staging in contemporary sculptural practice. She works across diverse media and disciplines combining objects, installations and moving image into ad hoc stages; architectural models interplay with artificial landscapes, meticulous craft is in dialogue with makeshift, DIY structures.
Pasidi trained in Painting and Sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece (graduated 2003). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Central St Martins College in London (2004) funded by the Lilian Voudouri Foundation. In 2013 she obtained a PhD from the Department of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London for the doctoral project titled ‘Staging the Encounter: The Work of Art as a Stage,’ funded by the Hellenic Scholarship Foundation (IKY).
She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally (exhibitions include Disruption, RCA Research Biennial in London in 2013, Denkmal von Hampstead nach Bern at Fenster Gallery in Bern in 2013, Dermatographies at the Andreas Syggros Moulage Museum in Athens, 2007 and The Partisans of the Biedermeier at the Toihaus Theater in Salzburg in 2005). She has published several articles on artistic research. In 2010 she was sculptor in residence at the Andreas Syggros Moulage Museum in Athens and in 2013 she was artist in residence at the PROGR Zentrum in Bern, Switzerland. She has produced site-specific work for museums as well as commissioned projects for theatrical productions.
In her current role she teaches studio, professional practice and contextual modules across our Fine Art and Painting, Drawing and Printmaking BA and MA programmes.
Workshop Co-ordinator - Printmaking
India is an educator and practicing artist based in Devon, UK. She works primarily with printmaking, installation, drawing and painting, and has exhibited her work all over the world – including the UK, USA, Japan, Canada, Italy and Pakistan. Her role at the College involves instructing undergraduate and postgraduate students in the practical application of printmaking techniques.
India gained a BA in Visual Arts (Textiles) at Goldsmiths in 2005, an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2009, where she won the Printmaking Student Award in her graduating year, and an MPhil from Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2011.
Her practice responds to notions of order and disorder, from the everyday habits and behaviour that we develop in response to the space around us, in essence how we 'order' ourselves in response to our environment, to more extreme occurrences of disorder, such as the death of someone close, and how we attempt to gain an understanding of these occurrences through the objects, places and ephemera associated with the deceased.
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