Monday, 5 September 2011

RGS Conference

I recently attended the Royal Geographic Society Annual Conference in London, co-presenting a paper as part of the 'Travel, Tourism and Art' sessions, with Kevin Hannam from the University of Sunderland. To add something different, and compliment the usual Powerpoint presentation, I brought a small group of my work for audience discussion and interaction. Using objects in this kind of context is not that common. Although giving such presentations to a academic audience can be quite pressured, there was generally a very positive response. Most were fascinated by this chance to interact, handle the work and ask questions. 

Other talks offered a variety of new topics of interest; from Japanese book illustration to the picturesque. In particular it served as a reminder how we (as artists) often see and communicate somewhat differently, and how essential it is to communicate what (and why!) we create to non-art audiences. I found immersion in this context (as the only practicing artist) of geography and tourism researchers, architects, art historians and PhD students, to name a few, a rewarding experience. It has encouraged me to continue to research other fields of interest that can inform my work, and to continue to consider it in a much broader context. I was delighted to be selected for this prestigious event, and hope to attend next year. 


  1. Dear Fiona, glad to hear it went well and its instructive that you say we must communicate what and why we create what we do for non art audiences- it can difficult to do so, but highly rewarding when we experience the diversity that this brings.

  2. Thanks Christine, hope you're doing well!