Leora Brook

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Position: Lecturer
Email: brookl@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Creative and Liberal Arts
Programme/s: Areas of Expertise: Colour : theory and practice

Professional Biography

After having gained her MA in Fine Art Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts London, Leora has been practising as part of the art partnership brook & black, together with Oxford-based artist Tiffany Black.

brook & black is an art partnership which brings together a combination of skills rooted in fine art practice: installation, sound, video, printmaking, photography and sculpture. From a process of research, investigation and experiment we work with architecture, objects, light and sound to engage the viewer through intervening in the structure of space and sound. Through shifting the viewer's perspective in this way, new readings, connections and emotional responses are evoked. The work has frequently been made in response to a specific gallery, exhibition space or site. 

brook & black have worked in residencies in UK and international settings, including the World Heritage Site in Greenwich, the Wallace Collection, London, Modern Art Oxford and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum, Albi, France and Crystal Palace Park London.  Participatory and educational   workshops are often a part of brook & black’s working process.  

Leora has taught in a wide range of further and higher educational settings, at both undergraduate (Regent’s University London, Oxford Brookes University) and postgraduate (Camberwell College of Arts, London)

Qualifications

  • MA Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts London (Printmaking)
  • MA Edinburgh College of Art & Edinburgh University : Fine Art (Art History and Painting and Drawing)

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2014 - present,  associate visiting lecturer Book Arts MA Camberwell College of Arts
  • 2012-present Associate Lecturer, Fine Art BA Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
  • 2012-present Associate Lecturer, Fine Art Printmaking MA, Camberwell College of Arts, London
  • 1989-present Associate Professor, Visual Communication BA American Intercontinental University London
  • 2001-10 Associate Lecturer, MA Printmaking and MA Book Arts Camberwell College of Arts
  • 1987- 2000 Lecturer, Greenwich Community College (p/t): Life Drawing, Painting and Drawing, Art History
  • 1988 – 1990 Lecturer Croydon Continuing Education and Training Service (p/t): Drawing, Art History
  • Lecturer BTEC Audio/Visual Design (p/t) South Thames College, Dept Design and Media, Drawing, Photography, Animation

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Course Development

Teaching:

  • Final Portfolio; Senior Design Project; Design Development3: Narrative and Sequence; Theoretical Issues in Design; Exploration: Principles and Practices: Design Thinking & Media; Design Development 3: Ways of Making; Foundation Communication Design Specialist Module.

Course Development:

  • BA Visual Communication: Photography, Illustration, Graphic Design
  • Regent’s School of Fashion and Design common foundation modules.

Research Interests

Art and architectural space; psychogeography; memory; order and chaos;  colour, sound and spatial re-configuration through installation

Publications

  • Murison-Bowie, S., Gordon, J., Stanley, M. (2012) Artists & Studios, Private Views, An Oxford Folio Publication
  • Love, J., Shaw, M.(2011) Viewfinder, Print Research Network, Falcon Press,
  • Coldwell, P. et al., FADE - Digital and Physical Surfaces, Chelsea College of Arts
  • Rendell, J., Petry, M. (2010) Elles sont passées par ici (Here nor There), Artevisa

Citations in:

  • Rendell, J. (2011) Site Writing, LB Tauris
  • Lockhart, J., Heathcote, F., Mossop, S. et al.(2010) Engaging with Contemporary Art Through Collaborative Activity, Modern Art Oxford
  • Toop, D. (2010) Sinister Sounds, Continuum

Other Outputs

Permanent Public Commissions

  • 2016 Rose Hill Community Centre, brook & black front glass artwork and interior artwork commission
  • 2014 Rose Hill Community Centre, brook & black photographic commission for the new building
  • 2013 Waterways, Public Art commission for Barrett Homes
  • 2009 The Maze, Crystal Palace Park, London Development Agency, Girlguiding UK and Bromley Borough Council, London

Artists Residencies (All with Community related Exhibitions/Commissions)

  • 2015-6 Beyond the Balcony, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford digital artists in residence working with MIND and YDUK
  • 2010/11 The Fermenting Room; Return of the Rhisome. Plot 16, Modern Art Oxford
  • 2009    Look Ahead Housing and Care Ltd, London and The Lightbox Gallery, Woking
  • 2008    Behind the Facade, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford (ACE funding award)

Solo Exhibitions (All delivered with accompanying Education Programmes)

  • 2015 Beyond the Balcony, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford installation in Gallery 65
  • 2009  Drift, The Kirkham Gallery, River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames  (ACE funding award)
  • 2007  Bagatelle Parallel, The Wallace Collection, London (Architecture Week commission)
  • 2005  Loco Solis, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London (Architecture Week commission)
  • 2004  Counterpane II, 115 OXO Tower, South Bank, London 

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015 Arkitektoniske Kramper, OVADA gallery Oxford, with Christina Dueland and Natascha Rydvald.
  • 2014-5 Composing Space, brook & black collaborative research and exhibition, Denmark and London
  • 2013  Oneself as Another, Royal West of England Academy
  • 2007  Umfeld/Inwelt, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany (Oxford City Council Funding)
  • 2006 They Came to See, Hooglandse Kerk, Nieuwstraat, Leiden, Holland (OCC Funding)
  • 2005  Elles sont passes par ici, Artevisa Project, Brittany, France
  • 2004  Case 1 Gallery, London
  • 2004  Elevation, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 
  • 2004 Brookes Contemporary, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

Conference Papers Given

  • 2015 Symposium: Pulling together/Pulling apart: Forces in Creative Collaboration at OVADA, Oxford, with artists brook & black (UK), Christina Bredahl Duelund, Natascha Thiara Rydvald (DK), poet/curator Steven Fowler and artist/writer Tamarin Norwood.
  • 2013 Joining Forces, presentation at symposium on collaboration Fabrikken Copenhagen2012 Stammtisch: OVADA, Oxford Visual Arts Development Agency with Matt Black
  • 2012 Workshop for The Creative Communities Unit, Staffordshire University and the Participatory Practitioners for Change (PPFC) conference
  • 2011 Viewfinder - Panel Discussion at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • 2011 Cultivation Field –presentation at Symposium University of Reading, Chair Kate Corder
  • 2011 Public Art Forum –in-conversation with Curators Frances Lord and Sophie Hope, MAO
  • 2011 Iain Sinclair (author) in conversation, Modern Art Oxford, re Plot 16, The Fermenting Room
  • 2010 Artists Response talk on Miroslaw Balka exhibition, Modern Art Oxford
  • 2009 Michael Archer (Reader in Fine Art Practice, Goldsmiths University of London) re Drift
  • 2005 ARC+ Discussion Panel for Arrivals Programme, Modern Art Oxford

Grants Awarded

  • 2015-6 Heritage Lottery Funding
  • 2015 Regent’s University Research Funding
  • 2011 Paul Hamlyn Funding
  • 2009 Arts Council England Exhibition Funding
  • 2007/8 Arts Council England Project Funding
  • 2006 Oxford City Council Twin City Exhibition Funding
  • 2003 Arts Council England Research & Development Funding

Last updated: 08 December 2017