The Fine Art hub at Swansea College of Art has been responsible for majority of REF-rated outputs in the period 2001-2014. Both collaborative practices and individually-driven professional practices are envisaged to continue.
The Fine Art Hub embraces the widest pedagogical and research activities from pre degree foundation through the portfolio of masters degrees, and culminating in the research degrees of MPhil and PhD. We fully advocate the symbiotic relationship between research activities and pedagogy and fully comply to the UK Professional Standards Framework which sets out the professional values monitored by the Higher Education Academy.
The research domain of the Fine Art Hub is wide and varied. Fine Art research areas include the spatial, temporal and social aspects of various environments, exploring ‘real-and-imagined’ spaces navigating, intervening in, observing and responding to sites and representations of sites and ‘space is a practised place’; An examination of the properties of ‘site’ or ‘context’ and how this drives creative processes and their concomitant outcomes; Human vulnerability, particularly within the context of sexual confidence, sexual dysfunction and female sexual autonomy and issues of gender representation; Performed Photography, the anti-representational concept of ‘Difference and Repetition’; Experimental enquiry into collaborative voicing which typically problematises monovocality through a pluralisation of voices;
Fine artists from Swansea College of Art have an outstanding record of achievement and are recognised internationally for example Professor Tim Davies at the Venice Biennale and both Professor Sue Williams and Prof Tim Davies have both been recognised in the Artes Mundi Awards.