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The University of Bradford appoints new Fellow in Visual Arts

18 May 09

In spite of economic downturn, the University of Bradford has invested in its arts provision by appointing a new Visual Arts Fellow. Caroline Hick's appointment marks the first Fellow in Visual Arts at the institution for approximately seven years. It demonstrates a significant investment and commitment to the arts from the University, at a time when many similar organisations are facing cuts.

The University of Bradford Art Fellowships were originally established to offer professional artists the opportunity to make work and to explore their creativity, whilst informing, interacting with, and inspiring the University as a whole.  This principle still informs the work of the Fellows today.

Caroline's appointment will develop the Art's on Campus strategy - 'Connecting the Local to the Global'. Following on from Alison Darnbrough's work curating shows and making connections with artists from Pakistan, she will continue to develop an exciting programme of exhibitions and projects that reflect the global diversity of students and staff on campus, and in the wider community.

Iain Bloomfield, Head of Arts at the University and Director of Theatre in the Mill said: "There are positive changes for the arts at the University, with a substantial investment in the redevelopment of Theatre in the Mill and with new personnel appointments. We believe we are now significantly better placed to offer high quality, meaningful and engaged work, both participatory and presented, to this institution and beyond in the city and the region.

"By working with artists of the highest quality and finding creative, innovative and flexible ways to inspire, Caroline will help put arts at the heart of the University and the wider community. Her experience and practice is vital as the University broadens its scope and embraces arts and culture as a vital area of curriculum development."

During her career, Caroline has contributed greatly to the development of arts provision in the region, through her work with South Square Gallery, MULTI, FABRIC and The Delius Centre.
She will bring her skills in curatorial practice to the programming of exhibitions, events and projects on and off campus and through her work in Gallery II - the University's own art gallery.

One of Caroline's first projects involves setting up a three week artist's residency with photographer, Giuseppe Lambertino, who will capture the essence of life on campus and the diversity of students and courses at the University. These portraits will subsequently be installed as an exhibition in Richmond Atrium for the start of the new academic year.

Caroline said: "I am delighted to have been appointed to the post of Visual Arts Fellow at the University of Bradford. I really look forward to exploring new collaborative ways of bringing a visual art experience to the campus and extending this to developing national and international partnerships with artists, organisations and institutions, at an extremely exciting time in the University's history."

18 May 09

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