Bryan Hawkins is an artist and curator intersted in Visual Culture and in particular Landscape, Film, Animation, Antiquarianism and Drawing
Whilst specialising in the broad area of visual culture and art Bryan’s research activities include C20 and contemporary art practice and theory, curating, film making and animation. Bryan is active as an artist and curator and his current creative practice engages themes of romanticism, history place and landscape. These themes have recently been explored through drawing, painting, photography, film , sculpture and installation. Work has been made in relation to specific sites including the Margate coast, Folkestone, various concrete pillboxes in Kent and the Avebury and Arbor Low prehistoric stone cirles. During 2011 and 2012 collaborative work has been undertaken with Canterbury Archaeological Trust and The A Town Unearthed project Folkestone in relation to the significant Wear Bay dig and its interpretation.
Recent practice based research is focused on the cultural construction of the experience of land and landscape. Recent exhibited work has included the Ghost Ships project - including work exhibited in the Turner Contemporary Open 2009 and at The Sidney Copper Gallery Canterbury. Recent curatorial projects have included The Cabinet Project exhibition within the ‘Dead Season Live Art’ programme of live art events in Margate 2010 and Earth and Vision - Art, Archaeology and Landscape funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012.
Research and knowledge exchange
Recent Research Activities
Illinois State University Gallery - Canterbury Exchange On view October - December 2013 - See more at: http://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/galleries/current-exhibitions/2014/canterbury-exchange/index.shtml#sthash.vxNxs2Ni.dpuf
The Collected Sidney Cooper Gallery – two sculptures exhibited
From Grimm to Reality Sidney Cooper Gallery – two films exhibitted April 2013 – Gallery talk Art as Magic
Earth and Vision –, a Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition Folkestone Sassoon Gallery 2012 in collaboration with A Town Unearthed community history and archaeology project and Canterbury Archaeological Trust dig 2011 Wear Bay Folkestone.
Ghost Ships – Exhibited Canterbury Sidney Cooper Gallery and Limbo Arts 2010
The Warrior Under the Hill – David Jones and Myths of Contemporary War and Landscape Paper CCCU Faculty Conference 2011
Magical Thinking – Paper CCCU Practice Based Research Symposium 2011
Films – The Departure of the Good Daemon 12 mins , Times Transhifting 7mins 2010
Paintings Drawings Sculpture - Oberon’s Palace – site related art work Canterbury 2009-2011