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22nd January, 2014

Middlesex University: Inaugural Lecture – Professor Rebecca Fortnum

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22nd January, 2014
4.30pm - 7pm
Room H116, Hatchcroft, Hendon

The Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University School of Art & Design delivers her inaugural lecture.

Strangers to Ourselves: an account of knowing and not knowing in my own and other’s art practices

This lecture will begin by examining artists’ strategic use of ‘not knowing’ in their creative process. It will then go on to explore this notion in relation to identity within my own recent practice-based projects Drawing – in and Outside – Writing in Belgium (2011-12) and Self Contained at the Freud Museum London (2013).


Rebecca Fortnum is an artist and academic. She has received awards from organisations including Pollock-Krasner Foundation, British Council, Arts Council of England, British School in Rome, AHRC, Space for 10 mid career award and METHOD Cultural Leadership Programme. Her book, Contemporary British Women Artists; in their own words, was published by IB Tauris in 2007. Recent exhibitions include The Imagination of Children and a solo exhibition, Absurd Impositions, both at the V & A’s Museum of Childhood (2011), Behind The Eyes; making pictures at Gallery North and a solo exhibition, Self Contained, at the Freud Museum in 2013.

Fortnum was instrumental in founding the artist-run spaces Cubitt and Gasworks, both in London. She is a member of the steering committee for the PARADOX European Fine Art Forum and founded PAINT CLUB, a painting research network at University of the Arts, London where she was a Reader in Fine Art until 2013. Her most recent publications are Self Contained published by RGAP and On Not Knowing; how artists think published by Black Dog which she co-edited with Lizzie Fisher.

For more information please visit Inaugural Lecture – Professor Rebecca Fortnum.

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