I am an artist, geographer, researcher, teacher, activist...
Recently, I have worked predominantly with performance, usually mediated through digital technology, but my work as an artist also encompasses drawing, painting and installation. I work through these corporeal and material processes as a way of undertaking research. Constantly driving my work, is an enquiry into the politics of landscape - and thinking landscape as the practicing/doing of politics. Landscape, caught up with visuality, is political and - often deeply - violent.
Artist talk ‘Proving Grounds - Earth Lab’ symposium, Rob Le Frenais/ University of Westminster, 2017
Tectonics II A collaboration with poet Anna Mace, In The Open, Sheffield Institute of Arts & Bank Street Gallery, Sheffield, 2017
Landscapes of vulnerability: from here to there, from then to now. Performance-lecture. Language, Landscape and the Sublime conference, Schumacher College, Dartington, 2016
Fractured Earth [online exhibition] 2016 GeoHumanities, www.geohumanities.wordpress.com
25/5 Poniou Imagined Landscapes, Royal West of England Academy (6 February – 12 June, 2016).
Fractured Earth [performance-lectures, installation and public discussions] Porthmeor Studios, 2015
Water-worlds: art practices and wet ecologies [curated programme of artists projects]. RGS conference, 2015
Behind the Scenes [gallery installation, public discussion], Back Lane West, Redruth, 2014
Cornwall Workshop, invited/selected participant, 2014, 2011
Land Matters #1, group show of artist-researchers for Transition10, Newlyn Art Gallery, 2013
Artist-in-residence KARST Plymouth. This work was presented at Plymouth Arts Centre and Back Lane West, Redruth, 2013
This Weekend? [curation: landscape-based interventions across Cornwall] NT/BOSarts, 2009
The Bosigran project. [Residency Bosigran Farm, Zennor]. Curating & site-specific installation in landscape, 2008
PhD research, Exeter 2012-16
My art practice-based PhD within geography considered how, as an artist, I might work with an understanding of landscape that is—often violently—unsettled, fractured and eventful, in contrast to the picture post card imagery associated with cultural heritage landscapes and tourist destinations.
Vickery, V. (2015) Beyond Painting, Beyond Landscape: Working Beyond the Frame to Unsettle Representations of Landscape, GeoHumanities pp.1-24.
Vickery, V. (2014) Art and Identity at the Water's Edge. Journal of Historical Geography, (46), pp.119-120.
Vickery, V. (2009) Contextually Sited Art Practice in Rural Areas a-n https://www.a-n.co.uk/p/506255.
Presentations and talks
Tectonics, disruptive interventions. Paper presentation in the session ‘Putting philosophies of geography into practice’ RGS-IBG, 2017.
Fractured Earth: encountering the contagions of landscapes and images. A performance-lecture to be delivered as part of a session ‘Situated practice in the art-geography nexus’ at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) annual conference, London, 2016.
Infectious images and geopolitical vulnerabilities within a session on ‘Affective and Emotional Spaces of Vulnerability’ at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, San Francisco, 2016.
Performance lecture Something happened: uncomfortably attuning to geo-trauma through art practice, Spaces of Attunement conference, Cardiff University, 2015.
Art as Political Act: something happened, Vibrant Matters conference, University of Dundee, 2015.
Art as Political Act: paying close attention to the barely seen, presentation in a session on ‘Geo-aesthetics’, Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG), London, 2014.
Contingent foldings and ruptures: working beyond the frame of painting to unsettle representations of landscape Nordic Network of Digital Visuality symposium, Stockholm University, Sweden. Participation funded by NNDV, 2014.
Coastline as disrupted edge: Unsettling the image of landscape, performative paper at the RGS-IBG international conference, London, with an earlier version delivered at the Emotional Geographies conference (2013), University of Groningen, NL, 2013.
Research groups and networks
2016 - Committee member (web editor), Digital Geographies Working Group (RGS-IBG)
2016 - GeoHumanities network of artist-researchers, Royal Hollaway, London.
2012 - date, Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge, University of Exeter
2012 - date PLaCE International research Centre, University of Dundee
2013-14 Between the Tides, AHRC funded international network, University of Bath Spa.
Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Exeter in Cornwall (from 01/09/16)
Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University since 2011.
I teach site related performances practices to BA Theatre students.
Occasional Lecturer University of Exeter, 2014, 2016.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2012.
PGCHE (Creative and Academic Practices), Falmouth University 2012.
2012 – 2016 PhD in Cultural Geography, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter.
Thesis: Fractured Earth: towards an expanded imaging of landscape through art practice'. Public presentation of practice to examiners: Porthmeor studios November 2015.
2012 PGCHE (creative and academic practices), Falmouth University
2008 – 2010 MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practices. Distinction.
1981 - 1985 B.Ed. Art. First. Roehampton Institute of Higher Education (validated by London University)
2016 Santander Postgraduate Research award. To present a paper at the American
Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2016, San Francisco
2012- 2016 AHRC PhD studentship.
2010 Sandra Blow Award for excellence, Falmouth University.
2008 Awards for All, Arts Council England grant to support a year-long project
as artist-in-residence with the National Trust at Bosigran Farm, Zennor, West Penwith.
2014 #hospitalship2gaza. Humanitarian campaign across social media to send RFA Argus (hospital ship to Gaza). Argus did not go... although a few months later she was sent to Sierra Leone to help with the Ebola crisis. For detail of the campaigning and online petition please visit our webpage or FaceBook.
From 1997 - 2005 As a community activist I set up and ran two charities in Somerset - Wincanton Community Venture (The Balsam Centre) and The Growing Space (community based horticultural project) setting up and running charities, and later working as a project manager.
Online project and exhibition linked to the Royal Geographical Society's annual international conference 2014
Online art project (estate agency)
Activist humanitarian project
Digital Geographies Working Group, Royal Geographical Society [@digitalrgs]