Jack Southern graduated with a first class degree in Fine Art from Falmouth University in 2001, and went on to complete an MA at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2003. In 2007 he also completed a post-graduate certificate in higher education at Falmouth University/Cornwall College.
Southern’s professional career as an artist and teacher developed in tandem after he was selected for an Acme Studios residency in East London (2005-2010), while in post as a research fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (2003-2005), where he worked with students across the BA and MA programmes. Since then his passion for education and pedagogy have led him into a number of substantial teaching roles, including BA Fine Art Course Leader at the University of Gloucestershire (2011-2016), a role he took up after writing the new BA course. Southern currently holds two academic posts, working in the Drawing Studio across the MA and BA at City and Guilds of London Art School, Kennington, as well as Senior Lecturer on the BA Fine Art course at the University of Gloucestershire. Southern has been invited into various intuitions as a visiting lecturer both nationally and internationally, and his writing has been published in a number of newspapers and magazines including AN magazine, the Guardian, and the Telegraph.
Projects and Publications
Southern’s creative work spans teaching, research, writing and publishing, as well as a significant exhibition history as an independent artist. He has also managed large-scale collaborative projects which draw on a fascination to bring theory and practice together through a diverse range of activities such as exhibition making, artists in-conversations, discussion and practical workshops. Key examples include Time / Image / Construction (2016) and ‘Drawing making, Making drawing’ (2014), which both took place at the Drawing room Gallery, London. Southern devised, co-ordinated and curated these projects, working with artists including Cornelia Parker, Charles Avery, Dryden Goodwin, Franziska Furter, Claude Heath, Tim Knowles, Gemma Anderson and Emma Stibbon.
These project drew inspiration from ‘Drawing Projects’, (1st Edition published, July 2011 / by Black Dog Publishing), a major publication on contemporary drawing practice and theory, which followed the success of the ‘Guardian Guide to Drawing’ (2009). Southern’s further research into contemporary Drawing practice has been disseminated through conference contributions and published papers, including the Thinking Through Drawing conference (Drawing network) at the Metropolitan Museum and Columbia University, New York, US (2014).
As an independent artist, Southern has worked in a range of media including drawing, sculpture/installation, moving image, photography and web works. He has worked on a number of funded collaborations, site specific commissions and exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally including Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, Slade Research Centre, London, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Wyspa Institute of Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland, Peri Centre for Photography, Turku, Finland and Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.