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I am currently writing up the third phase of practice, including the final PhD installation which was held on the 18th May 2017 ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights‘.

The second phase of practice culminated in the December 2012 event Feeling a way through …  documented under Events.

For the PhD transfer documentation, videos are organised under the page Embodied Cognition and the installation is documented in The Gesture of Thinking.

I am documenting artist research on my blog.

KIRK, C. 2014. ‘Painting’ as emergent knowledge: a practice-led case study of contemporary artistic labour. Journal of Visual Art Practice [online]. 13(2), [Accessed 7 October 2014], pp.114-129.  Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14702029.2014.959347#.VDPpV2B0yM8http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14702029.2014.959347#.VDPpV2B0yM8

The Garden of Earthly Delights


‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ is an inquiry into the feelings that arise from being affected by climate change – and from knowing that we are affecting climate.  It is an invitation to an inquiry into making sense of climate change responsibility.  In a shared exploration of paintings and video made during the artist’s PhD research, you are invited to participate in making the art work through reflection and dialogue.


Thursday 18th May 2017, 11am to 1pm. Alec Clegg studio, stage@leeds.

To book a place, please email pccak AT leeds.ac.uk

Climate change science

As I make work about climate change, I thought I should understand it better.  So I’m currently working through a MOOC with Exeter University and FutureLearn, and blogging notes and reflections.  I find the science difficult at times, but feel that artists have the means to help visualise it – a theme that has been repeated many times in the research I’ve been doing into artists who make work about climate change.

The Garden of Earthly Delights

For the third and final practice phase of my PhD research, I am working with the theme of ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Bosch.  This will be the theme for this year’s summer exhibition at Water Street Gallery, Todmorden.   It feels like a good fit with the concerns of the work that I’ve been making so far, and it is inspiring me with lots of ideas.  The theme is a starting point only, and can be interpreted quite loosely.

Here is the original painting by Bosch.  Incredible work.  This is dated from between 1490 and 1510.  More information can be found on Wikipedia.
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch High Resolution 2

Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450–1516) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons