From 2011/13 I was a researcher for a RAS (Retain, Achieve, Succeed) project within Widening Participation at UAL. The scope of the project covered the transition from foundation to 1st year BA. My research questions explored the support that BME (black and ethnic minority) Fine Art students receive in developing their interests as emerging Fine Artists.
Through the project I investigated different aspects of Fine Art pedagogy and their relationship to cultural issues including: curriculum design, ways of structuring the seminar and tutorial systems, the centrality of peer learning, and the role of critical and contextual studies. The research methods took the form of teaching observations, and interviews with different groups of students and staff across the fine art teams at CCW. This led to a seminar that I led at the UAL conference ‘Towards a Progressive Arts Education’ at the British Library in November 2013.