Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 30, 2016

8.20 am. An early morning excursion into town to run errands and receive a haircut. My stylist regaled me with stories of his celebrity clients, the price of a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, and charity dos in Cardiff. 9.00 am. Afterward, I … Continue reading

January 29, 2016

8.45 am. I pay heavily for a night off! During the first hour of the working morning, podcasts were uploaded for students to access, tutorial appointments issued, next week’s teaching diary filled, meetings set up, and correspondence resolved. This was academic … Continue reading

January 28, 2016

8.30 am. I set up in readiness for my morning’s lecture, at 11.00 am, before beginning the first of my second year painting tutorials, which would be centred on feedback tutorial follow up: A spate of absenteeism without prior notification. Not … Continue reading

January 26, 2016

8.40 am. Into the squall, desperate to preserve the integrity of my umbrella: 9.00 am. My first MA Fine Art tutorial of the semester. A cancellation, thereafter, opened up time for me to process postgraduate applications and read through PhD Fine … Continue reading

January 25, 2016

8.05 am. From the study window: The promise of the first light failed within the next half an hour. Never put your trust in signs; the distance between expectation and realisation can be considerable. 9.00 am. Two references to write, the … Continue reading

January 23, 2016

8.15 am. A lazy wake. 9.00 am. The conspectus project beckoned, mercilessly. A return to reading and the thorny issues surrounding visual culture’s content and field of competence, and its threat to traditional art historical values. More mundanely, a recent courier … Continue reading

January 22, 2016

Art is made by those who consider themselves to have failed at whatever isn’t art (Howard Jacobson). 8.30 am. Once emails had received my attention, I made final notes on my response to the MPhil thesis, which I’d be examining this … Continue reading

January 21, 2016

8.30 pm. An early morning kerfuffle concerning a planned viva voce this afternoon, which has had to be postponed until tomorrow. Round and round the problem travelled from one email correspondent to another — forwarded, copied, resent, and replied — and … Continue reading

January 20, 2016

9.00 am. A little module admin, as replies to yesterday’s out going correspondence drip into my inbox. An elevating light seeps through the window’s condensation. (I prayed for the metaphorical equivalent permeate my mind.) On with the conspectus, with Gavin Bryars’ … Continue reading