Beth Harland studied at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and Royal College of Art, London and completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Southampton. She is Professor of Fine Art at Lancaster University and Associate editor of the Journal of Contemporary Painting.
Research interests include: pictorial modes of address and spectator experience; painting and digital imaging; notions of temporality in art. Most recent projects include: Impermanent Durations; On Painting and Time, Institute for Contemporary Art, Singapore, Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne and Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster; painting/tableau/stage, Urban Space, Columbus, Ohio (exhibition, symposium); Behind The Eyes; Making Pictures, Gallery North, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (exhibition, symposium and book); The Seven Billionth Citizen (international video collaboration, exhibition and book), exhibited in Egypt, UK and Brazil. Current research includes Modes of Address in Pictorial Art, a collaboration with psychologists at the Centre for Visual Cognition, University of Southampton – papers published in Leonardo, 2013 and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 2017.
Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time. Beth Harland, David Thomas, Ian Woo (see images in exhibition projects).
The aim of this project is to create a series of provocations and reflective experiences in a collaborative, site-sensitive manner. The three artists together explore how colour, matter, installation, painting and photography offer ways of negotiating our understanding of time and impermanence in the world. The project is an experimental process that investigates the relationship between painting’s reflexivity as picture object and the real space of the gallery site.
The show has three iterations, in the countries in which the artists are based and includes panel discussions, which aim to develop the dialogue around time and painting from a global perspective. The exhibitions take place at: Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, (18 June- 24 July 2016); Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne (29 July-21August 2016) and Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster (13 Oct – 10 Nov 2017).