Every something (is an echo of nothing)… (John Cage) Glass and folded drawing. J.S. Grant
Dr Jennifer Grant ba (hons) mafa mag mrss
Summary of main research interests
Sound and Sculpture. Notational and observational practices. The integration of glass and drawing. Contemporary drawing issues. Drawing taxonomies, pedagogy and innovation. Core practice and complexity in drawing. Materiality. Sculpture. Perceptual language. Multi and Cross Disciplinary working. Sustainable work practices and context in art and design. Defining art practice within the low carbon economy. Environmental arts.
PhD Research (Practice orientated research comprising practice and theory)
Glass and Drawing, Integrating theoretical and contemporary drawing issues with studio glass practice.
Department of Glass and Ceramics, University of Sunderland.
2007 - 13 PhD University of Sunderland
2004 - 05 MA Glass. University of Sunderland.
1989 - 91 MA Fine Art. University of Northumbria.
1982 - 85 BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture). University of Northumbria.
1981 - 82 Foundation Diploma. Art & Design. York College of Arts & Technology
1980 - 81 General Drawing. Edinburgh College of Art.
Teaching and professional qualifications include
1988 -2014 Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust. Mandatory and specialist training, OPD.
2012 PTLLS Level 4 certificate
2010 Academic Tutors Accreditation Training. University of Sunderland
2007 Newcastle Society for Blind People Sighted guide training,
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Drawing Presentations include
Jan 2020 Drawing and the Art of Biosemiotics The Ruskin. University of Lancaster.
00/05/14 Drawing strategies within studio glass practice. Talk, Department of Glass, Edinburgh College of
Art, University of Edinburgh
06/12/13 Working with Complexity. Drawing in the Glass Studio.“ UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, New York.
Presenter. Issues in Glass Pedagogy”. 05/12/13 – 07/12/13 The Robert M. Minkoff Foundation
23/10/13 What is Drawing? Panel discussion The Customs House, South Shields. Chaired by Esen Kaya,
and Dr. Mike Collier.
Sept 2012 A Drawing Taxonomy Drawing Knowledge. The Drawing Research Network Conference.
Sept 2010 Observing Notational Drawing. Drawing Research Network Conference. University of Brighton.
Mar 2009 Parallels and Connections. A Ceramics and Glass Research Student Conference. IIRG, Department
of Glass and Ceramics, University of Sunderland.
2008 Drawing; Research and Practice. The Drawing Research Network, University of Loughborough.
(1day) Powerpoint presentation.
Feb 2008 Glass and Ceramics Postgraduate Open Day. Powerpoint presentation.
Academic Teaching, Lecturing and Mentoring
Higher and Further Education includes for Edinburgh College of Art and for the Universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland. Loughborough and Lancaster.
Departments have included Fine Art, Glass, Environmental Arts and Architecture, Landscape and Planning.
Levels encompass Sixth Form entry, Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD
Private mentoring for individual students
Additional Teaching and Training includes
Training and Mentoring for early to mid career artists, with Armstrong Studio Trust
AST Studio Work Placements and Work Experience
Museum and Gallery Education for Tyne and Wear Museums - Blind and Visual Impairment
Adult Education work includes WEA Northern Branch - Courses in Drawing, in Sculpture and in Art Appreciation
Primary, Middle & Secondary Schools projects - drawing, sculpture and environment
Through my core practice as an artist I have worked in a wide variety of contexts and settings, through academic and non academic teaching, training and mentoring. Specialist and perceptual learning employment includes work with visual impairment and as a member of the Arts Project, a pioneering initiative within the Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust for Child and Adolescent Services, Forensic services and for adults with mild to severe learning difficulties, neurological issues, head injury and other complex needs.