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About Paint Club

Paint Club was an informal network, active between 2009 and 2016, open to anyone with an interest in contemporary painting. Painting here is regarded as an expanding field, but still relating to its own specific histories and traditions. The activities publicly explored and debated what it means to 'research' painting within the context of contemporary art practice.

We aimed to put on one or two events each year that responded to the concerns and interests of the membership. Founded by painters working in the colleges of the University of the Arts London, affiliations were established with other institutions both in the UK and world-wide.The first public event, The Processes of Painting, was held in June 2009 at the Swedenborg Society Hall in Bloomsbury, London. Through a series of conversations with painters who teach at UAL it explored questions about methodologies and technologies as well as ideas of expression and intention. Subsequent activities have included events intended to develop the critical discourse around a single contemporary or historical painting.

Paint Club was founded by artists Rebecca Fortnum (now at Middlesex University), Jeffrey Dennis (Chelsea College of Arts), Mick Finch (Central St Martins), Dereck Harris (Wimbledon College of Arts) and Daniel Sturgis (Camberwell College of Arts)

Paint Club has inspired the formation of similar groupings and events in the East of England (Paint Club East), in Leeds and in Ireland. By 2016 it was judged that issues and debates that Paint Club was set up to focus attention on were sufficiently covered within other projects and events that the founding members and others have initiated (see 'Links' for some of these).

Paint Club was supported by CCW Graduate School and The Communities of Practice Fund of University of the Arts London




Paula Kane's Studio Wall, discussed in the first Paint Club event