Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

About the Artist RWB Journal

My work is informed by my personal faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and, my personal experience.

My practice centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. I avoid making work of any individual person; so that neither, is the individual stigmatised, nor is the work unduly personalised.

Since January 2012 I have used this blog as part of my reflective journal.
Included in this journal is some of my documentation of my research; the underlined text provides links to web pages etc that have formed part of my research.
The Research Visits category includes some responses to gallery visits.

OpenAIR, at Firstsite - Colchester [2012-02-11]

Research VisitPosted by Richard Wed, February 15, 2012 20:23:29
This was an interesting afternoon, the first half listening to four speakers and their approaches to campaigning and taking positive action for social change. I was particularly inspired by the excellent keynote address by Carrie Bishop; in brief - make change happen, not just complain. I was also struck by the attractive concept of the militant optimist.

The second half I found a little disappointing as it focussed, I felt, too much on addressing artists rights and valuing the [potential] input of artists. I would have preferred if this had instead focussed on how as artists we can make a difference - how we can make art, or use or art, or our creativity, to make a difference; either by campaigning or raising awareness or taking positive action or whatever.

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