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1. Short summary of the case study Fox was invited to be the Artist in Residence at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, in 2009-2010 during which he developed the Longing Archive. The longing Archive is an ongoing public art project which explores his fascination with the social and symbolic codes of contemporary romantic desire. The project aims to explore and present shifting approaches to courtship languages through the mining and production of an archive of unwanted love letters, and the ephemera of courtship and rejection collected from the local community of Northumbria. Fox’s aim is to display parts of this project through exhibition and to document the resulting collection through book form. The longing Archive project has been further developed into two pilot live art projects, the “write a love letter” project based at the NGC, which opened up opportunities to analyse hidden desires through written form and “The Longing Disco” which analysed ideas of longing through non-written underground cultural and social modes of communication. A pilot exhibition/letter writing event took place the NGC in February 2010 and the pilot Longing Disco took place at Vane (Newcastle) as part of the Late Shows, Newcastle’s yearly Cultural event in May 2010. A significant dimension to his impact has been through its influence on broadcast and print media, which has devoted a significant amount of space and attention to issues presented in his work and projects. 2. Underpinning research An area of interest for Fox is the exploration of contemporary and historical sub-cultural and floriographic languages. The underpinning research is Nick Fox’s broad body of work Phantasieblume, exploring longing, loss and desire, conducted in his studio since 2007 and further supported during a Research and development Residency at the National Glass centre, Sunderland in 2009-2010. Within this broad umbrella, evidence of romantic idealisation, cultural artefact and coded articulations of desire and longing specifically inform the research. The research was developed as a series of documented live art pilot events with the aim of developing these further through additional national live events documented in book form. This project has received significant newspaper and radio media coverage, including 3 newspaper articles, 3 radio interviews and one Magazine article. The project has been developed into a live art project “The Longing Disco” as part of the Late Shows, Newcastle’s yearly Cultural event. The additional National Events, and the Book form of the project are pending, 3. References to the research Exhibitions: 1. 2010 The Longing Archive National Glass Centre, Sunderland, February 2010 – ongoing 2.2010 Write a Love Letter National Glass Centre, Sunderland, February- April 2010 3. 2010 The Longing Disco, Vane Gallery, Newcastle Residencies: National 4. 2009-2010 National Glass Centre, Sunderland Artist in Residence Book, Articles, catalogues: 5.Sunderland Echo 2nd Feb 2010, p6 (double page article) 6. Metro Newspaper 20th January, (double page article) 7. The Journal Culture Magazine: February 2010, p 45 (2 page article) 8. The Journal Newspaper online. 14th Feb 2010\ 9.BBC Radio Newcastle February 2010 10. Public talk: National Glass Centre Research Grants: 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 and ACE grant to develop the pilot of this project into national projects 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. Nick Fox’s practice based research into themes of longing, loss and desire, has been disseminated through exhibitions, Art Magazine’s, newspapers, radio and live art projects, leading to an enhanced public awareness of and engagement with the Individual elements of the residency at NGC including Fox’s Research “The Longing Archive”, have received a significant amount of print and radio press locally. The longing Archive project and Love Letter writing drive attracted a significant about of print and radio press attention, totaling 299.000 listeners (from BBC North East’s figures) and over 500 000 readers of the various local newspaper articles. (From Metro, Sunderland Echo and Journal statistics). The project was seen by 32.981 visitors (according to NGC visitor figures), and 9972 web visitors, with actual participants of the project totaling 500 during the month of February and March. The media coverage I received from the NGC amounted to a cash equivalent of £23000, according to Alex Evans, press officer at NGC. The Residency at NGC resulted in 1 Public Talk at the NGC, two Public events (the Longing Archive and the Write a Love letter campaign), 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. Esteem indicators: Radio Broadcasts: Fox’s research and Longing Archive project was broadcast on BBC radio Newcastle in February and March 2010 Press: Articles: 3 Newspaper Articles :(Metro Newspaper, Sunderland Echo, The Journal Newspaper.) Invited lectures: Listed above Radio Broadcasts: listed above BBC audience figures: listed above 5. References to corroborate the contribution, impact or benefit Longing Archive project has received significant newspaper and radio media coverage, including 3 newspaper articles, 3 radio interviews and one Magazine article. Dissemination of the project took place at the NGC, Sunderland and through print and radio media, public talks and live art events . 2010 The Longing Archive pilot; National Glass Centre, Sunderland, February 2010 – ongoing 2010 Write a Love Letter National Glass Centre, Sunderland, February- April 2010 2010 The Longing Disco, Vane Gallery, Newcastle External corroborating websites: Longing Archive Press and NGC Website information: 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. The Late Shows: The Longing Disco press shows-vane-gallery&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=75

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Fox N

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2010

Number of Pieces: 3

Venue: National Glass Centre, Vane Gallery.

Location: Northumbria

Source Publication Date: 2010 - ongoing

Media of Output: Live Art Project, Archive


Notes: significance 2/3, rising to 3 star when contextualised through further exhibition and documentation originality 3 rigour 2