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Artist-Teacher-Researcher-Student: An exhibition of text-based work.

Mon, August 1 @ 10:00 am - Fri, August 26 @ 3:00 pm

Artist-teacher-researcher-student: An Exhibition Of Text-based Work.

An exhibition of text-based work by Abbie Cairns at Colchester Community Hub

Please note the exhibition run from Monday 1st August – Friday 26th August

Opening Times
Monday – Friday 10am to 3pm

The body of work Artist-Teacher-Researcher-Student was created during the first year of my Ph.D. at Norwich University of the Arts and takes text from reflective writing on my identity as I studied it. Within this collection of work, I reposition the reflections as text art, bringing my many identities together as I do so.
The text is selective, and phrases were selected from longer reflections, based on which felt most pertinent to the research.
The work explores themes of a multifaceted identity. Within these texts, I am working out who I am as an artist-teacher but also as a researcher and postgraduate student. The works employ the use of purple, reflecting the thoughts of Alan Thornton (2013), an artist-teacher who ten years ago asserted in a colour mixing metaphor that artists are red, teachers are blue, and thus artist-teachers and purple.
The work intends to make visible inner thoughts, feelings, and experiences. With the hope that others will resonate with them. The topic is focused on my grappling with a multifaceted identity. I hope it has a wonder reach and prompts others to consider their many identities too, artist-teacher-researcher-student, or otherwise.

You can find out more about my PhD research here: https://www.nua.ac.uk/study-at-nua/research/research-degrees/students/abbie-cairns


Abbie Cairns is an artist-teacher who teaches in Adult Community Learning. Cairns is currently completing her Ph.D. at Norwich University of the Arts, exploring the dual identity she and many others embody.
Cairns art practice is involved in the use of linguistics and shared public language, which can be accessed and interpreted in an infinite number of ways by an audience. The intention is to engage the audience and create a dialectical relationship between the art and the audience.
The connection between language and time also interests Cairns. It is fleeting and ever-changing. To echo this her work outcomes are often moveable and temporary. Cairns’s art practice takes a DIY approach, and she uses materials that are often inexpensive and processes that are easily accessible.



Mon, August 1 @ 10:00 am
Fri, August 26 @ 3:00 pm


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