Dr Kyle Jenkins
I think time is a valuable and important material in an artist’s work, but one that is often forgotten about or neglected.
Time comes in many configurations: the time to look at a work and really see what it is you’re looking at, the time after you have made an artwork or an exhibition which allows you to reflect on the possibilities that may be there in the work, the time to not make any work and to read and wander around and experience the world. These forms of time, as well as many other issues, are important factors within any artwork or art practice and I feel when this is instilled in our students they have the opportunity to become exciting practitioners. Time is an essential value that is expressed within my lecturing as well as my own practice as an exhibiting artist.
I have never thought of myself as a teacher but someone who assists people in creating opportunities to fulfil their goals as professionals within their field of enquiry when they finish studying (and at the same time achieving a university qualification).
Supporting, nurturing and guiding individuals towards those things that engage them on a conceptual, emotional and industry level while still teaching them the historical and contemporary debates they need to know in their chosen field of study, allows people to truly make a contribution to their own education and the communities they inhabit.