Paint Club was an informal research network, active between 2009 and 2016, open to anyone with an interest in contemporary painting. Painting was discussed 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.
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
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 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 Glasgow School of Art), 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 the issues and debates that Paint Club was set up to focus attention on were sufficiently addressed by other projects and events that the founding members and others have initiated.
Paint Club was supported by CCW Graduate School and The Communities of Practice Fund of University of the Arts London