Bella Kerr

Bella Kerr is currently Programme Director of the Art and Design Foundation course at Swansea School of Art and has been teaching for 25 years on Foundation, Fine Art and Photography courses.

Bella's research interests include art, architecture and the city; learning space and the gallery; writing as making; thinking through making.

Recent collaborations have produced the ongoing Civic project with Mission Gallery, Swansea, funded by Arts Council Wales, and Green & Golden, a symposium exploring the impact of location on art education and the art school with Q-Art.

Drawing has provided continuity in a practice that has spanned installation, small-scale making, film, and set design: shown in a range of contexts from screenings in major London galleries, to museums, and regional galleries. Recent work has been expressed in the form of large-scale installation, digital prints and participatory and curatorial work.

Primarily educated in London (Goldsmiths College, Middlesex Polytechnic, Central School of Art and Design), Kerr completed an MPhil, Reading Rooms: Manifestations of Domestic Space in Visual Art and Literature, produced as written and practice-based research at Swansea Metropolitan University in 2008.

Bella is Chair of the Board of Directors at Mission Gallery, Swansea, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Architects Wales.

Tel: +44 (0)1792481046

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Selection of recent research outputs:

2015    Making Protest for Time let Me Playgroupexhibition, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea


2015  'Green & Golden' Symposium, considering Art Education and Location. Organiser/contributor.

2014    CIVIC: Considering the City, Architecture, Art and the Urban Environment Curator.  Group exhibition with Andrew Nixon (Powell Dobson Architects), Owen Griffiths, Huw Griffiths, Anna Barratt, Jason&Becky, Niall Maxwell, Lindsay Halton and Catriona Ryan, Mission Gallery, Swansea

2013    Physical Digital: Re-Forming the Book with Tim Stokespaper Mix2 Text on Screens Conference, Bath Spa University

Keeper(s)solo exhibition, with invited keepers: Kathryn Faulkner, Karen Ingham and Jane Rendell, Mission Gallery, Swansea

Word Room peer reviewed paper(practice-based/written) Spatialising Illustration symposium, UWTSD, Swansea (published VAROOMLAB Issue 2) 

2012    Red Ball project published in (IM)POSSIBLE School Book: As Found by Five Years, Tanks Summer School, Tate Modern

2011    Learning to Read prints, Artemisia group exhibitionSt David's Hall, Cardiff

2010   Research Design installation,What Will Be Seenwith Opus Artists group exhibition, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff

2009    The Whiteroom peer reviewed paper Occupation; Negotiations with Constructed Space conference, Brighton University

Bed and Table installation, InFocus Space,Oriel Davies, Newtown