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Research interests

I am Deputy Head of The School of Art at the University of Brighton where I founded and lead the pioneering MA Inclusive Arts Practice. I am Director of the learning-disabled Rocket Artists Studios. I have worked for many years with inclusive performance and visual arts alongside some of the world’s most socially excluded groups, in particular people with learning disabilities and elders. I often work internationally, training NGOs, cultural, health & education sector professionals. I have delivered inclusive arts projects for Tate Exchange, The National Gallery and The British Council in Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Nepal.

This work was recognised by winning The Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts 2017.

I'm interested in how particpatory arts practice can combat isolation, prejudice and exclusion by providing meeting points, public platforms and common experience for diverse groups of people.

I'm currently concerned with the following questions;

  1. Can group movement work rapidly create understanding and closeness within a newly-acquainted group?
  2. Can performative acts in the gallery increase our pleasure and understanding of the artworks by offering us time together to physically interact with the works?
  3. What can moving together offer the practice of ‘expanded listening’ both between performers and beyond to the audience?
  4. Can group actions of care within vulnerability be synonymous with strength and self-empowerment?
  5. Can performing with ephemeral, sensuous material such as ice and ribbon rapidly create understanding and closeness within a newly-acquainted group?

 Research films and images for Alice Fox

Supervisory Interests

Doctoral student supervision and examination

Meaningfully Engaged? Exploring the particpatory arts practices of adults with profound and multiplul learning disabilities (PMLD)  PhD Thesis by Melaneia Warwick completed in 2018

External examiner, Royal Holloway, Janyne Lloyd, PhD thesis title The Role of Reminiscence Arts in the Lives of Care Home Residents Living with Dementia 2016

 

Approach to teaching

I am an invited member of The Teaching Excellence Alliance Peer Review College, University Alliance Mission Group.

My work at Brighton involves initiating radical new arts collaborations between university staff and students and local community groups, supporting the University's contribution to social inclusion. In addition, the associated teaching based research has enhanced the quality of education provided to students. The insights from my research informs all my projects including the development of the MA Inclusive Arts Practice.  This course offers the students the opportunity to work with the Rocket Artists and other marginalised groups to develop arts-based research projects. It also offers experiential learning including one module delivered at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern


Alice Fox is interested in finding inclusive teaching strategies and has carried out several pedagogic research projects, such as 'the co-production of the curriculm, Tate Exchange' and 'Overalls'

Scholarly biography

My work integrates arts research and practice with educational research. I develop meaningful inclusive arts projects between artists and excluded community groups, such as learning-disabled people, elders and womens’ groups. 

In 2003 I founded Rocket Artists Group which consists of fourteen artists; some have learning disabilities, others are lecturers/artists at the University of Brighton. We have been awarded significant funds by the Arts Council and delivered high profile exhibitions and performances at Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, London.

The Rockets and underpinning research and performance work aims to challenge social inequalities and effect positive social and cultural change.

Since 2014 I have been a Trustee for Epic Arts in Cambodia

External positions

Member of The Teaching Excellence Alliance Peer Review College

1 Sep 2017 → …

Director

5 Apr 2016 → …

Tate Exchange Associate

1 Jan 2016 → …

Epic Arts Trustee

1 Jan 2014 → …

Keywords

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Inclusive Arts, participatory arts, disability arts, learning disability
  • participatory performance, community art, older people, community groups

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Research Output 2003 2019

Moving Beyond the art-as-service paradigm: The evolution of arts and disability in Singapore

Lee Hing Giap, J., Goh Ze Song, S., Meisch Lionetto, S., Tay, J. & Fox, A., 30 Jan 2019, Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture and Media Studies. Hadley, B. & McDonald, D. (eds.). 1 ed. New York, Vol. 1. p. 100-113 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Singapore
disability
art
paradigm
welfare organization

A Collection of Inclusive Arts Performances Directed by Alice Fox

Fox, A., 26 Aug 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch

art
performance

Looking and Walking Away

Fox, A., 18 May 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputPerformanceResearch

National Gallery
Performer
Sound
Waves
Participatory Research

Playful facilitation methods for serious purposes

Fox, A. & Donaldson, A., 20 Apr 2018, In : Journal of the Association for Management Education and Development. 25, 1, p. 51-58 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
event
Cambodia
strategic planning
non-governmental organization
Taiwan

Taking Off: Dreaming of Flying

Fox, A., 30 Aug 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputPerformanceResearch

Art
Dreaming
Tropical
Dance
British Council

Activities 2016 2018

  • 9 Invited talk

Inclusive Arts Practice

Alice Fox (Keynote speaker)
20 Nov 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Inclusive Arts Practice and Principles

Alice Fox (Invited presenter)
26 Aug 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Dwelling Together in Uncertainty

Alice Fox (Keynote speaker)
7 Mar 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Inclusive Arts Practice

Alice Fox (Keynote speaker)
20 Apr 2017

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk