How to Make Your Research Collaborative & Interdisciplinary

Tuesday 21 February, 14:30-16:30
Room 320. Arts Two
Mural Painting, Arts Two Foyer, 10:00-13:00

Exploring how art and academia can be combined to create interdisciplinary public projects…

Image: Caroline Derveaux-Berté

This interdisciplinary event brings together research from Jade French (QMUL) and Claire Tunnacliffe (UCL), and artist Caroline Derveaux-Berté who are currently working together on a series of projects to positively bring communities together.

The Research
Claire’s research looks at creative placemaking situating graffiti and urban art as a site for political expression. Jade’s research looks at avant-garde art, modernism and the ageing process. This workshop will demonstrate how we found common ground within our seeming disparate practices and how we are working with artist Caroline to bring our research to a wider community.

Caroline’s art focuses on childhood and memory. At a recent artist’s residency in Utrecht (Holland) she worked with both senior citizens and younger residents of a housing estate – which is arguably about ‘creative placemaking’.

The Event
As Caroline creates a collaborative mural on campus, Jade and Claire will deliver companion seminars on urban art and ageing, before moving on to demonstrate how they have brought their interests together. In the room will be documentation from Caroline’s residency and Claire’s work in Accra, as well as information on how to support local elderly people in Tower Hamlets.

In the workshop, we will draw out different strands of each attendee’s research to allow them to think creatively how to disseminate their research through different collaborative mediums. As Claire and Jade present, Caroline’s artmaking will take place, and the end result will be a testament to the collaborative nature of the event.

Speakers: Jade French (QMUL)
Claire Tunnacliffe (UCL)
Caroline Derveaux-Berté (Artist / Independent)

Caroline Derveaux-Berté is a French artist based in London. She has recently graduated an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has lived in Paris, Barcelona, Nanjing, Shanghai and London. Her work is a reflection of her imaginary world and childhood influences. It deals with memory and unconsciousness through abstract translation. She exorcises her inner landscape and uses art as a therapeutic tool to confront childhood experiences. Her obsession of story-telling and search for meaning led her to interview people, to depict their memories in her work. Her manic style and use of childlike colour helps her to expel her irritative happiness and darkness, and the immeasurable exuberance of it. Her practice is multi-disciplinary and spread over different forms: painting, drawing, moving image and sculpture.

Claire Malaika Tunnacliffe is a toxic brew of West Yorkshire and Southern French, having spent her formative years growing up in Africa. These experiences have irrevocably impacted her perception of the world and have resulted in an insatiable curiosity in how people live their social experience, the formation of identity and community, the environment and sustainable development, the appropriation and re-appropriation of everyday life, and the different mediums of art which explore these tangible divides. Trained as an urban planner, Claire is currently a part time PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, researching the role of street messages and creative place making as a tool for social transformation, with a particular focus on West Africa. She is also a photographer.

Jade French is a PhD candidate at QMUL, as well as a writer, editor and founder of Her research explores the female ageing process in modernist texts, with a specific focus on the late works of H.D, Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes and Jean Rhys. She edited and produced the book Let’s Start A Pussy Riot (2013) with artist Emely Neu and Rough Trade Records, from which she has lectured internationally on the subject of feminism and DIY protest. From 2010, Jade has run events with her DIY collective Not So Popular, always with an emphasis on supporting young artists and remaining creative against the odds. She has also published zines and prints with the collective.

There will be a mural painted onsite for 3-4 hours, which invites passers-by to help complete sections, in the Arts Two Foyer., 15:30-17:30

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