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Nightsong. A body of artworks including glass objects, sculptures, drawings, paintings, video installation and live events and a publication exploring the representation longing, seduction, desire and loss. National Glass Centre (NGC), Sunderland (2009-10); Hå gamle prestegard, Norway (2011); VANE Gallery, Newcastle (2013). Group exhibitions at International Print Biennial, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (2011); Torrence Art Museum, Los Angeles (2011): Charlie Smith gallery, London (2011); Orleans House Gallery, London (2012); Angus Hughes Gallery, London (2012); Aid & Abet, Cambridge (2012); September Gallery, Berlin (2013); LaunchF81, New York (2013).

Lookup NU author(s): Nick Fox


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1. Short summary of the case study Nick Fox’s research explores romantic idealisation, personal histories and representations of desire, longing and loss through a delicate interweaving of both appropriated symbols and myths from the past as well as imagery drawn from contemporary culture. 'Myth and Moonlight is a project influenced by enduring narratives of longing and desire drawn from a hybrid of mythologies and time frames. Myth and Moonlight was enabled through a residency phase at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland (2009-2010)and was funded by Arts Council England and the National Glass Centre.(The residency also facilitate two other projects, Phantasieblume and the Longing Archive. The residency involves the examination of glassmaking processes and the possibilities of exploring my drawing and painting practice through glass. Funding for the research phase has come from NGC and the Arts Council England, A significant dimension to the impact of Myth and Moonlight has been through exhibition and through its influence on broadcast and print media, which has devoted a significant amount of space and attention to issues presented in his work. As a result of his residency, fox produced a significant amount of Glass works, was invited to produce a set of limited editioned works, which will be released to the public in 2011. 2.Underpinning research The underpinning research is Nick Fox’s ACE and NGC funded Research, development and production Residency at the National Glass centre, Sunderland from 2009-2010 which explored ideas of moonlight as spiritual panacea. Mythologies of romantic idealization, longing and coded articulations of desire specifically inform the research. Another area of interest for Fox is the exploration of contemporary and historical sub-cultural and floriographic languages, which influenced the direction of the decorative glass strands of this body of work, made with the assistance of the glass studio team. The Myth and Moonlight research project was developed as a series of individual and groupings of works containing a selection of glass objects, glass furniture, painted skins of paint, films and a live art work. The entire collection of works from this series have been presented in Fox’s recent two part solo presentation Phantsieblume Nachtlied at Ha Gamel Prestegart (Norway) which featured work from the Phantasieblume series in one site and the Myth and moonlight series in a second site. The exhibition featured a critical text by Matthew Hearn and a critical review fromthe Norwegian art critic Sigrun Hodne, additionally receiving a double page press coverage and radio coverage. The work “Echo” from this series will be exhibited in the forthcoming International Print Biennial, Newcastle in September 2011. The exhibition has been proposed to Grainne Sweeney for display at the National Glass Centre in 2012. (UK exhibition pending) This series of work will be contextualized through a publication with critical texts from relevant cultural commentators (pending, through a REF aiming high application) 3. References to the research 2011 Phantasieblume Nachtleid, Ha Gamel Presegard, Stavanger, Norway 2011 International Print Biennial, Newcastle. 2011 Critical review By Sigrun Hodne 2011 Critical text by Matthew Hearn 2009-2010 National Glass Centre, Sunderland Artist in Residence Press: 1.Sunderland Echo 2nd Feb 2010, p6 (double page article) 2. Metro Newspaper 20th January, (double page article) 3. The Journal Culture Magazine: February 2010, p 45 (2 page article) 4. The Journal Newspaper online. 14th Feb 2010\ BBC Radio Newcastle February 2010 Radio Broadcasts: Fox’s research was broadcast on BBC radio Newcastle in February and March 2010 The residency phase was funded by the National Glass Centre, and in part by the Arts Council: (£4924.50 April 2010) Please Note that the ACE grant was split between the Phantasieblume Monograph, the research phase, and the exhibition phase. (over 3 projects altogether) I intend to apply for a significant AHRC grant to develop the pilot of this project into national projects. I also Intend to apply for REF (aiming high) to complete the documentation of this project and transform it into a significantly highter REF-able outcome. 4. The contribution, impact or benefit As a visual Art practitioner, the impact and significance of Fox’s research is measured by peer review and audience figures of his exhibitions and projects. The Residency at NGC resulted in 1 Public Talk at the NGC,2 demonstrations at NGC Glass Studio, 1 website hosted by the NGC, 6 press interviews and a significant number of local and National print stories and radio articles and stories relating to my project and residency, including BBC North East, Metro Newspaper, The Journal newspaper and Culture Magazine and an article on Fox’s project in the Sunderland Echo. The resulting press reached a significant local and national audience for my project, of almost 1 million members of the public. The Myth and Moonlight series of works was exhibited in the context of Phantasieblume Nachtlied, my solo presentation at Ha Gamel Presegart, giving an international dimension to the project and included a critical review form the art critic Sigrun Holdne. Echo form this series will be shown in the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle as part of forthcoming International Print Biennial in September 2011 5. References to corroborate the contribution, impact or benefit Myth and Moonlight project has received significant newspaper and radio media coverage, including 3 newspaper articles, 3 radio interviews and one Magazine article. Information about my project is on the NGG visiting artists page: The press association website. The free library: The Journal Newspaper, January 14th 2010: Talk to the friends of NGC on 10th February 2010 NGC Website: NGC Visiting Artist Page (including press release for your distribution) See link below.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Fox N

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2011

Venue: National Glass Centre

Location: Sunderland, UK

Source Publication Date: 2010 - 2012

Media of Output: Portfolio

Notes: significance 2* rising to a 3* upon completion of an catalogue documenting the work. originality 3* rigour 3*