Associate Professor, MA Fine Art Course leader, Public Acts studio co-lead, tutor in Fine Art, Public Acts research theme
Associate professor Patrick Brill (aka Bob and Roberta Smith) is MA Course Leader for Fine Art and teaches in to both BA and MA Fine Art modules, leading the Public Acts thematic studio with Oriana Fox.
Patrick studied at Reading and Goldsmiths before learning sign writing in New York. He writes for the Guardian, has a regular slot on Resonance FM and is a founding band member of the Ken Ardley Playboys.
In 2013 Patrick instigated the Art Party, a project concerned with campaigning and sharing political thought in and through contemporary art, opening up art practice and creating a vibrant visual language for political thinking, bringing the artworld and the public realm into an alliance and questioning the position of artistic output in relation to public debate.
The Art Party was launched in New York with a month long exhibition and performances commissioned by the Peirogi Gallery, followed by a related solo exhibition at Hales Gallery. The Art Party Conference 2013 in North Yorkshire at Crescent Arts supported by The Arts Council combined art practice and political theory to bring together a diverse coalition of artists, organisations and supporters to engage in a “conference as artwork”. Attended by over 2000 artists, students, teachers, writers and interested public it was a 2 day long event involving performances, talks, music and was both a celebration of creativity and a critique of the current proposals for school level art education. The event was reviewed by Adrian Searle in the Guardian, featured on the BBC website and was reviewed by Mark Hudson in the Telegraph.
Patrick Brill's research and practice based on his artist persona Bob and Roberta Smith proposes and tests approaches to the artist as a public space with the central provocation that campaigning can be reimagined as art. His work results in gallery based installations as well as public works and events that involve sculpture, large sign painted works as well as performance and video.
Patrick Brill is a highly active and established artist regularly showing his work in important group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. In the last 2 years he has had solo shows at the Hales Gallery, London and Pieroggi, New York as well as at The Butler Gallery for Kilkenny Arts, Northern Ireland.
He is an artist member of the Tate Board and was on the selection panel for the UK Museum of the Year in 2013, he has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and symposia with recent talks giving a focus on events associated with advocacy for the Arts and Art Education.