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Research from Bell, Victoria

Victoria Bell BW Portrait

Victoria Bell

Victoria.Bell@op.ac.nz

Senior Lecturer, Victoria Bell is Undergraduate Programmes Coordinator for ART at The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic, where she has worked since 2007. Her art practice is founded upon a textiles sensibility that is poised between textiles and sculpture, drawing upon the tensions and slippages between art and craft histories. Victoria's research explores in particular ideas about postcolonialism, feminism; identify construction, and the ethics of animal representation. In 2005 she received The Olivia Spencer Bower Award. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic, Bachelor of Design (Craft Art) from the School of Art & Design, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), Diploma in Art Aotearoa (Honours) from the Design and Arts College of New Zealand and Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching from Otago Polytechnic. Victoria provides a holistic supportive supervisory relationship for postgraduate students, fostering their ambition and rigour and recognising the importance of community and connection.

Research Outputs

Journal Article

Zellmer, J. Yuying, G., Wong, A., Wilkinson,M., Webster,E., Videler, S., Turei, M., Sarandov, Y., Rothwell, A. Ran, H., O’Connell, H., Muggeridge, A., Last, A., Jowett, E., Hunt, L., Hartdegen, S., Grigg, L., Daly, A., Chung, Y. and Bell, V. (2019) CLINKPROJECT5: Lost and Found. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Art & Design, 18, 55-63.

Smith, N., & Bell, V. (2018) UNBOUND the Exhibition: Project Report Scope: Contemporary Research Topics: Art & Design, Issue 16 November 2018 ISSN: 1177-5653 (hardcopy) 1177-5661 (online)

Bell, V. (2012) Resisting Africa: Notes on an Exhibition. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design), Vol 7, December 2012, pp. 129-135, ISSN (for hardcopy version): 1177-5653; ISSN (for online version): 1177-5661. Scope: Contemporary Research, a double peer-reviewed journal.

Creative Work

Bell,V. (2018) CLINKProject5: Lost & Found Group Show, Tuesday 14 August, Auckland Viaduct,

Bell,V. (2018) Public Presentation of The Body Political: Wearable Objects as Social Tools. Group Show, The Short Black Box: Fringe Festival, Fringe HQ, 26 Princes Street, Dunedin. 8th - 10th March 2018.

Bell, V. (2017) 'Not At Home [Rakops, Botswana]'. 'The Cleveland National Art Awards'. Otago Art Society, Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin. 29 April - 28 May, 2017. Artworks selcted for exhibition by Otago Art Society Panel. Award judged by artist Denise Copland.

Bell, V. (2013) Resisting Africa Project (Auckland). The Window Gallery, Objectspace, 8 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, 19 October-20 November. Curated by Objectspace director Philip Clark. Three selected sculptures were exhibited earlier in the year at 339 Remuera Road, Auckland, Saturday 16 March, for 'White Night', Auckland Arts Festival, 6-24 March 2013, Auckland. Jillian De Beer curated this event with funding support from the Remuera Business Association and private patrons.

Bell, V. (2013) 'The Sheltering Sky' in 'The Material World: Sculpture at the Dunedin School of Art 2002-2013'. Group Exhibition, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin. 6th May - 31st May.

Bell, V. (2012) ‘Resisting Africa’ Catalogue. Self published catalogue including an essay by Lydia Baxendell (approx. 2000 words) and interview by Gilbert May (approx. 800 words), colour format, 28 pages. ISBN 978-0-473-20908-7 (paperback) ISBN 978-0-473-20909-4 (PDF).

Bell, V., Fletcher, G., McKinlay, P. (2012) 'Pasifika Cool': Pacific Island Communities Exhibition and Events. Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin, 12, 15-26 October, 2012 (Artists: Catherine Cocker, Teina Ellia, Donald Harman, Bridget Inder, Tere Moeroa, Bronwyn Robson, David Te Ata and Michel Tuffery MNZM, shown with traditional artworks and the film 'Paranesia' by David Green and Dr Peter Stupples. The opening event involved a sit-down Pacific Island buffet and performances by "'Koile" and "Pacific Underground" (12/10/12)).

https://vimeo.com/51576204

Bell, V. (2011) ‘Resisting Africa’ (MFA solo exhibtion). ‘Temple Gallery’, 29 Moray Place, Dunedin, 12 August-3 September. Resisting Africa was an exhibition submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Master of Fine Arts degree at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic - Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, New Zealand. Supervised by Michele Beevors, Clive Humphreys and Professor Leoni Schmidt. 4 large textiles-based sculptural artworks, externally examined by Anna-Marie White (curator, The Suter Art Gallery, Te Aratoi o Whaktu, Nelson) and Dr. Vijay Devadas (Head of Department, Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago).

Conference Contribution - Other

Bell, V., & Smith, N. (2018) Unbound: The Exhibition – Contemporary Reflections on the Changeability of Dress, Bodies and Sexualities Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand Annual Symposium 2018. "Unbound: Liberating Women". 22-23 September, 2018. Otago Poytechnic, Dunedin.

Bell, V. (2015) Drape, Frill and Flounce: An Abbreviated History of the Curtain in the Western Tradition. Symposium paper presented at ‘Art and Design: A Symposium,’ Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, 16-17 October.

Oral Presentation

Bell, V. (2016) 'The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), A Survey.' Invited seminar presentation delivered as part of the 'Dunedin School of Art Public Research Seminar Programm at Otago Polytechnic', 1-hour paper with slides, 21 July 2016.

Other

Bell, V. (2011) 'Colonial Desire: Resisting Africa' (MFA dissertation). 'Colonial Desire: Resisting Africa' was a dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Master of Fine Arts degree at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic - Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, New Zealand (approx. 16,000 words). Supervised by Michele Beevors, Clive Humphreys and Professor Leoni Schmidt. Robertson Library, University of Otago, Dunedin. Externally examined by Anna-Marie White (curator, The Suter Art Gallery, Te Aratoi o Whaktu, Nelson) and Dr. Vijay Devadas (Head of Department, Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago).

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