Paul Fieldsend-Danks

Professor Paul Fieldsend-Danks is Principal and Chief Executive of Plymouth College of Art, and Professor of Fine Art. He studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Newcastle University and MA European Fine Art at Winchester School of Art/ University of Southampton.

Research includes both practice-based and pedagogic strands of enquiry, relating primarily to the production of artefacts within an expanded field of contemporary drawing practice; and to the discourses that inform new perspectives on learning in and through art and design higher education. Fieldsend-Danks has exhibited drawings in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK, and has work represented in both public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include: Anonymous Drawings Archive, Kunsthaus Kannen Museum for Outsider Art and Contemporary Art, Münster, Germany (2019); Constellation, Undercroft, Norwich, in collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2016); Imagined Landscapes, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2016); Drawology, Nottingham Trent University (2013).

He is currently on the editorial board for the international journal Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice published by intellect, and was previously a co-director of the international drawing visualisation and research journal Tracey, published by Loughborough University (2011-2014). He has contributed numerous articles and papers to international journals and conferences including: The Journal of Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education; Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice Journal; Tracey: Drawing and Visualisation Research Journal; UWE Drawing Research Symposium, University of the West of England (2019); Group for Learning in Art & Design (GLAD), Manchester Metropolitan University (2017); Arts Without Borders, Helsinki University of the Arts, Finland (2016); and ENACT: Learning in/through the Arts, 7th ELIA Teachers’ Academy, Netherlands (2015).

Education

  • 1989 – 1993
    • BA (Hons) Fine Art, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • 1993 – 1994
    • MA (European) Fine Art, Winchester School of Art (Barcelona).

Publications

  • 2020
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P., ‘Drawing-in-situ: material encounters with place’, Drawing Research Theory and Practice, Journal, Intellect/ Issue 5.1. ISSN 2057-0384, Online ISSN 2057-0392.
  • 2019
  • 2016
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2016), ‘The Dialogues project: Students as partners in developing research-engaged learning’, Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 15: 1, pp. 89–102, doi: 10.1386/adch.15.1.89_1.
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2016) ‘The Dialogues Project (Case study)’: in Students as partners and change agents (resources) published by Professor Mick Healey/ http://www.mickhealey.co.uk/resources
  • 2014
    • Harty, D. (ed.) Drawology, Exhibition catalogue ISBN. 978-0-9576009-7-3.
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (ed.) (2014) Drawing in-situ (Guest Editor), Tracey Journal/ ISSN. 1742-3570. Drawing In-situ.
  • 2010
    • Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010, Jerwood Visual Arts ISBN. 978-0-9563570-1-4.
  • 2009
    • All over the place: Drawing space, drawing place, Land2, Caseroom Press, Lincoln. ISBN. 978-1-905821-14-3.

Papers

  • 2019
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2019), ‘Drawing Learning/ learning drawing’, paper, Drawing research symposium, University of the West of England.
  • 2017
    • Brown, M., Fieldsend-Danks, P., Sims, E. (2017) ‘Trading places: developing a disruptive model for interdisciplinary practice’, paper, in ‘Exploring Territories: The Changing Landscape of Art & Design Higher Education’, GLAD Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • 2016
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2016), ‘Crossing Territories: developing a framework for interdisciplinary practice in postgraduate teaching’, paper: Arts without borders conference, Helsinki University of the Arts, Finland.
  • 2015
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2015), ‘Students as partners: integrating undergraduate and postgraduate students in curriculum design’, paper for 7th ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts) Teachers’ Academy, ENACT: Learning in/through the Arts, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
  • 2013
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2013), ‘On shifting ground: the endurance of abstract painting’, paper, Dialogues 2013, Norwich University of the Arts.
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2013), ‘Developing collaborative practices with Masters students’, paper,
    • Learning and Teaching Symposium, Norwich University of the Arts.
  • 2012
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2012), ‘States of being: material incident, transformation’, paper, Dialogues 2012, Norwich University of the Arts.
  • 2011
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2011), ‘Between the real and the imaginary’, paper, Dialogues 2011, Norwich University of the Arts.
  • 2010
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2010), ‘There is no way to make a drawing’, paper, Dialogues 2010: Practice encounters: platforms for dialogue, Norwich University of the Arts.
    • Baker, C. and Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2010), ‘Dialogues: Teaching enhancement and student success’ (TESS funded project). Paper, Learning, Teaching and Innovation Day, Norwich University of the Arts.
  • 2009
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2009), ‘Triptych Papers: Drawing practice as knowledge’, paper, TRACEY drawing research (Loughborough University), hosted by Norwich University of the Arts.
  • 2005
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2005), ‘Lines of Enquiry – the place of drawing now’, paper, Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), The University of Bath.
  • 2001
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2001), ‘Legacy: Interpreting Gainsborough’, paper, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath.
  • 2000
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (2000), ‘Trace elements’, paper, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon.
  • 1998
    • Fieldsend-Danks, P. (1998), ‘The creative mind’, paper, Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, LondonFieldsend-Danks, P. (2019), ‘Drawing Learning/ learning drawing’, paper, Drawing research symposium, University of the West of England.

Broadcast

  • 2001
    • Broadcast interview, HTV West News (09.3.01): exhibition review ‘Legacy: Interpreting2001  Gainsborough’ with ‘Love’s Prospect: Gainsborough and the C18th Marriage portrait’, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008
    • Kindly Light, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire, UK
  • 2001
    • Legacy: Interpreting Gainsborough, The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, UK
  • 1996
    • Home sweet home, Mount House Gallery, Marlborough, UK
  • 1994
    • External Examination, Sala de l’Institut Britanic, The British Council, Barcelona, Spain

Exhibitions

  • 2019
    • Zwischen Ausgängen – Pending Issues, Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin, Germany.
    • Anonymous Drawings Archive, Kunsthaus Kannen Museum for Outsider Art and Contemporary Art, Münster, Germany.
  • 2016
    • Constellation, Undercroft, Norwich, in collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.
    • Imagined Landscapes, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
  • 2015
    • Anonymous Drawings 2015, Galerie Nord Berlin Germany (touring 2015-16: Galerie ARTQ13 Rome Italy/ Galerie GEYSO20, Braunschweig, Germany).
  • 2014
    • Drawology II, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University.
    • Space Place and Negotiated Territories, Norwich University of the Arts.
  • 2013
    • Drawology, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University.
  • 2012 
    • Anonymous Drawings Archive Arhus Kunstakademi, Arhus, Denmark.
  • 2011
    • Test Preenroll Norwich University College of the Arts.
    • Anonymous Drawings Archive Sihlquai 55 offspace visarte, Zürich, Switzerland.
    • Intersections & counterpoints (Portfolio), Impact 7 International Printmaking conference, Monash University of Art & Design, Melbourne, Australia.
    • Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 (Touring to Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Camarthen, Wales; DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery, Durham).
  • 2010
    • Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010, Jerwood Space, London (touring 2010-11 to: Summerfield Gallery, University of Gloucestershire; South Hill Park, Bracknell)
    • All Over the Place: Drawing space, Drawing Place, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
    • Market, Late Shift at Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia
    • This is what we do, Stew Gallery, Norwich
    • Masters and Mistresses of Drawing, Rabley Contemporary Drawing, London Art Fair
  • 2009
    • Anonymous Drawings No.10 Show, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
    • Locus 2009, The Project Space, Norwich University College of the Arts & Vision’s Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    • Triptych Papers: Drawing practice as knowledge, The Project Space, Norwich University College of the Arts, UK
    • New Contemporary Drawing, Rabley Contemporary Drawing, London Art Fair
  • 2008
    • All over the place: Drawing space, drawing place, University of the West of England, UK
  • 2006
    • Contemporary Landscape Drawings, Lucid Arts Projects, Salisbury, UK
  • 2005
    • Nocturne, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire, UK
    • Drawing Power (Campaign for Drawing), Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
  • 2004
    • Defying Definition, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire
  • 2003
    • Mirror II Nature, SevenSeven Contemporary Art at Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK
  • 2002
    • Mirror, SevenSeven Contemporary Art, London, UK
  • 2001
    • Mother and Child, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath
    • Love’s Prospect: Gainsborough’s Byam Family and the 18th Century Marriage Portrait, The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, UK
  • 2000
    • Trace Elements, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon.
  • 1999
    • Cheltenham Open Drawing, C&GCHE, Cheltenham; Karl Hofer Geselleschaft, Western Bahnhof, Berlin; & European Illustration Collection,
    • University of Humberside, UK
    • Heart of England Biennial, Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry, UK
  • 1997
    • Traces of the Self, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth
  • 1996
    • Art and Soul: Art at the end of the C20th, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK
  • 1995
    • Heart of England Biennial, Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry, UK
    • Second Skin, Bedford Hill Gallery, London, UK
    • Paul Fieldsend-Danks: Recent works, Mount House Gallery, Marlborough, UK
    • New Talent, The Stansell Gallery, Taunton, UK
  • 1994
    • Lenguaje y Localizacion, Sala Cultural, Caja de Madrid, Barcelona, Spain
    • Imatges, text i movement, Centre Civic Pati Llimona, Barcelona, Spain
    • Art in Academia, Christies, London, UK

Curated Projects

  • 2018
    • Factory Settings (Curation Group), Plymouth College of Art at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London.
  • 2016
    • HxBxP: Project artist: James Quinn (PhD candidate) in ‘Le Accademie di Belle Arti si mostrano’, Corso Federico II, 33, L’Aquila, Italy (project supervisor).
    • Constellation, Undercroft, Norwich, in collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (co-curated with Dr Judith Stewart)
  • 2014
    • Afteryears: British Art 1946-52, Gallery at NUA, Norwich: works selected from the Arts Council Collection, MA Curation show (co-producer with Professor Neil Powell).
  • 2013
    • Drawn to architecture, Norwich Cathedral. Collaborative project: MA Curation and LSI Architects, Norwich (co-producer with Professor Hilary Carlisle).
  • 2008
    • Lines of enquiry IV, Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), The University of Bath (co-producer with Dr Daniel Hinchcliffe).
  • 2007
    • Lines of enquiry III, Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), The University of Bath (co-producer with Dr Daniel Hinchcliffe).
  • 2006
    • Lines of enquiry II, Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), The University of Bath (co-producer with Dr Daniel Hinchcliffe).
  • 2005
    • Lines of enquiry I, Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), The University of Bath (co-producer with Dr Daniel Hinchcliffe).
  • 2000
    • Trace Elements: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon (co-curated with Meryl Ainslie).

Work in Public / Private Collections

  • Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, UK.
  • Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Boston University, Boston, USA.
  • Blutenweiss, Berlin, Germany.
  • Art UK (artuk.org).
  • Private collections (UK & Europe).

Paul Fieldsend-Danks
e-mail: pfieldsenddanks@pca.ac.uk