Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design

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Kevin Laycock

Lecturer in Art and Design History and Practice

0113 343 3800

Room 1.75, Clothworkers’ Central

Office hours: Friday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

BA (Hons) (Leeds Polytechnic), MA (Royal College of Art), PhD (Leeds)

Research interests include: exhibition curation and interpretation, art and design history; mathematical and geometric abstraction and visual music.

Biography

 

 

Teaching

International foundation year:

  • DESN: 0010 Visual Research and Drawing – Module Manager
  • DESN: 0020 Materials, Media and Processes – Module Manager
  • DESN: 0030 Understanding Design – Module Manager
  • DESN: 0040 Personal Study – Module Manager

Core modules:

  • DESN: 1820 Design History: 1900 to the Present Day – Module Manager
  • DESN: 2285 Research Methods 1
  • DESN: 2295 Research Methods 2 – Module Manager
  • DESN: 3660 Independent Study (Dissertation) – Module Manager

Responsibilities

  • Current duties include:
  • Programme Managerr: International Foundation Year in Design
  • Core module manager:
  • DESN: 1820 Design History: 1900 to the Present Day
  • DESN: 2295 Research Methods 2
  • DESN: 3660 Independent Study (Dissertation)
  • Internal examiner research degrees:
  • Transer papers
  • Ph.D
  • Committees:
  • Member of the School of Design School Taught Student Education Committee (STSEC).
  • Previous duties include:
  • Programme Manager: BA (Hons) Textile Design
  • Module Contributor: BA (Hons) Art and Design
  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Publications

Books

  • Laycock K, Love Stories: The Art of Romance, Passion & Heartbreak ([n.pub.], 2013)

  • Laycock K, Collision (Gallery Oldham, 2010)

  • Laycock K, Uncertain Harmonies, ed. by Laycock K and Gallery AF (London: Art First, 2006), 43-57

  • Laycock K, Tectonics ([n.pub.], 2005)

  • Laycock K, Controlled Chaos ([n.pub.], 2002)

Journal articles

  • Laycock K, ‘Uncertain harmonies (or fall) – Colour scales and cadences’, Journal of the International Colour Association, 15 (2016).15 (2016), 31-41
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/96773/

  • Laycock K, ‘Painting Colour Scales and Cadences’, Journal of the International Colour Association 2015

  • Laycock K, ‘Visual interpretations of the score in painting and digital media’, Journal of the International Colour Association (2013) 2013

  • Laycock K, ‘Hiraeth: Designing a Welsh Identity, Christopher Harris’, Colour: Design and Creativity 2011

  • Laycock K, ‘Tectonics’, JAIC Journal of the international Colour Association, 4 (2009)

  • Laycock K, ‘Uncertain Harmonies’, Colour: Design and creativity 2009

  • Laycock K, ‘Colouring Jousissance by Judith Cain’, Colour: Design and Creativity 2008

  • Laycock K, ‘Essential Spirit by Jennifer Durrant’, Colour: Design and Creativity 2008

  • Laycock K, Cheung V, Mahyar F, Westland S, Henry P, ‘Colour Harmony’, Colour: Design and Creativity 2007

Conference papers

  • Laycock K, ‘Collision: Studio Practice, Score Analysis and Interpretation through Painting and Digital Media’, in 12th Congress of the International Colour Association ([n.pub.], 2013) 12th International AIC Colour Congress, Gateshead, 08/07/2013 - 12/07/2013

  • Laycock K, ‘From Music to Painting from Painting to Textile Design’

  • Laycock K, ‘The translation and interpretation of the structural elements of Michael Berkeley's musical compositions through painting and digital media’ International Society of arts and culture., Venice, Italy.

Performances

  • Laycock K, Collision,

  • Laycock K, Collision,

  • Laycock K, Collision,

  • Laycock K, Collision,

  • Laycock K, Collision,

  • Laycock K, Collision,

  • Laycock K, Collision,

Exhibitions

  • Laycock K, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Twelve Square, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Mixed Show, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Art First "Directors Choice, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, RCA Fine Art Group Show, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Post Card Project, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Lever G, Subliminal Language, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Post Card Project 12, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Post Card Project 11, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Election, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, University of Leeds Textile Art & Design Group, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Music Show, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, First Year Printmaking Show, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Laycock, Pellow and Nichols, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, RCA Fine Art Group Show, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, RCA Printmaking Show, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Postgraduate Print Making in London, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, The Spirit of the Staircase, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Art First "Spoilt for Choice, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Starting a Collection, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Uncertain Harmonies, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Centenary Degree Show, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Absolute Vodka Postcard Show, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Collision: The translation and interpretation of the structural elements of Michael Berkeley's musical compositions through painting and digital media. 2009, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Chaos and Roses, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Durrant J, Chromatic Intuition, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Art First "Directors Choice, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Burdas G, Five Characteristic Pieces, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Leeds Fine Art Fair, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, High Sugar, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Artists 99, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, National Print Exhibition: Boundless, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Northern Highlights, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Art First "Starting a Collection, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Seconds Later, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Aids Awareness Exhibition, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

  • Laycock K, Tectonics, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

Others

  • Laycock K, Uncertain Harmonies No 10, in The Colourist, Autum Issue, ([n.pub.], 2007)

  • Laycock K, Be Original or Die, Photographic works by Madame Yevonde, (Huddersfield Art Gallery, 1994)

  • Laycock K, Time Death and Judgement, Victorian Painting from the Kirklees Collection, (Huddersfield Art Gallery, 1994)

Research Projects & Grants

Publications

  • 2013 Love Stories: The Art of Romance, Passion & Heartbreak, The Atkinson:Museum and Art Gallery Southport, ISBN: 9781874516194
  • 2010 Collision, ISBN: 0-9550385-8-8
  • 2007 Uncertain Harmonies No 10, The Colourist, cover feature, Autumn issue
  • 2007 Uncertain Harmonies, ISBN: 1-901993-53-1
  • 2005 Tectonics, ISBN: 0-904490335
  • 2002 Controlled Chaos, ISBN: 0-9518476-5-1
  • 1994 Time Death and Judgement, Victorian Painting from the Kirklees Collection, Huddersfield Art Gallery
  • 1994 Be Original or Die, Photographic works by Madame Yevonde, exhibition text for Huddersfield Art Gallery

Papers in journals

  • 2015 Painting Colour Scales and Cadences, Journal of the International Colour Association, ISNN:
  • 2013 Visual interpretations of the score in painting and digital media, Journal of the International Colour Association, ISNN: 2227-1309
  • 2009 Tectonics, Journal of the International Colour Association, ISSN: 1753 7223
  • 2007 Uncertain Harmonies, Journal of the International Colour Association, ISSN: 1753 7223
  • 2007 Colour Harmony, Stephen Westland, Kevin Laycock, Vien Cheung, Phillip Henry and Forough Mahyar, Journal of the International Colour Association, ISNN: 1753 7223

Papers in refereed proceedings:

  • 2013 Collision: Studio Practice, Score Analysis and Interpretation through Painting and Digital Media, 12th International AIC Colour Congress, Gateshead,
  • 2009 The translation and interpretation of the structural elements of Michael Berkeley’s musical compositions through painting and digital media, International Society of arts and culture, Venice, Italy,
  • 2007 From Musical Composition to Painting from Painting to Textile Design, Ars Textrina, University of Ulster, Belfast.

Research projects and funding:

  • 2011 – University of Leeds, Research Publication ward –  £1000
  • 2009 – Speakman travel bursary. University of Leeds. School of Design – £500
  • 2008 – AHRC, practice led and applied award for Collision: “The translation and interpretation of the structural elements of Michael Berkeley’s musical compositions through painting and digital media” – £20,000
  • 2008 – Leeds City Council, FUSE Leeds 2009, Experiences in New Music – £5,000
  • 2008 – Gallery Oldham, production award, “Collision”  – £3,000
  • 2005 – Arts Council England in conjunction with the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. “Early 20th Century British paintings, from the Ferens Collection; and Sir Arthur Bliss’s Colour Symphony of 1922” – £10,000
  • 2002 – University of Leeds, School of Textiles & Design publication award, “Controlled Chaos” £1,500

Research Centres & Groups

  • Archiving and Art and Design History
  • Research as Practice

External Appointments

  • External examiner for:
  • 2014 – Master of Research, Huddersfield University
  • 2010 – 13 BA (Hons) Art & Design Programmes, Contextual Studies, Wolverhampton University
  • 2008 – 11 Foundation Degree in Surface Design, University of the Arts, London
  • 2007 – 8  Foundation Degree in Art & Design, Parklane College, Leeds
  • Editorial panels:
  • 2008 –  Associate Editor for Journal of the International Colour Association.

PhD Thesis

The Translation and Interpretation of the Structural Elements of Musical Compositions through Painting and Digital Media.

Abstract

Historically much of the activity in the area of visual music has been focused on the creation of visual compositions stimulated by musical performance. For the purpose of this investigation the studio practice will concentrate on the shared systems and language of composition, what Zilcer identifies as the ‘application of formal compositional elements of music to painting’.[1] In part, the project will draw on the expertise of British composer Michael Berkeley and conductor Peter Manning.[2] The premise for the research is to identify the presence of process and system in each of the practitioner’s work. Also, through collaboration with a composer and conductor the project offers a further opportunity to consider the effects of music found in contemporary painting practice. The initial findings of the research are used to establish an intellectual framework where neither the audible or visual elements of the disciplines take precedence over each other. Three catalogue publications are included in the dossier: Tectonics, Uncertain Harmonies and Collision. The catalogues are a record of the work produced during the period of the PhD study and should viewed alongside the text in the following order: Tectonics, Chapter Two, Uncertain Harmonies (or Fall), Chapter Three and Collision, Chapters Four, Five and Six.

[1]     Judith Zilcer, ‘Music for the Eyes: Abstract Painting and Light Art’ in Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music 1900, eds. by Olivia Mattis, Jermey Strick, Ari Wiseman and Judith Zilcer (New York: Thames and Hudson, 2005), p. 34.

[2]     Director of the Manning Camerata, (Concert Master at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden).

Professional Practice

Solo exhibitions:

  • 2016 Chaos and Roses, Journal of the International Colour Association (2016): 15, 1-2
  • 2011 Collision, Art First, London
  • 2010 Collision, Leeds City Art Gallery
  • 2010 Collision, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Greater Manchester
  • 2009 Collision, Gallery Oldham, Lancashire
  • 2007 Uncertain Harmonies, Colour Museum, Bradford West Yorkshire
  • 2007 Uncertain Harmonies, University of Leeds International Textile Archive
  • 2007 Uncertain Harmonies, Society of Dyers and Colourist, Electronic Journal Colour: Design and Creativity,
  • 2005 Tectonics, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
  • 2005 Four Movements in Colour, Drumcroon Art Gallery, Wigan
  • 2005 Tectonics, Art First, Cork Street, London
  • 2005 Tectonics, Myles Meeham Gallery, Darlington
  • 2002 Controlled Chaos, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
  • 1999 High Sugar, Oldham Art Gallery, Lancashire

Two person exhibitions:

  • 2016 Chromatic Intuition, with Jennifer Durrant RA
  • 2007 Subliminal Language, with Gillian Lever, Art First London
  • 2004 Five Characteristic Pieces, with Gina Burdas; Art First, London

Group exhibitions:

  • 2014 Post Card Project 12, Art First London
  • 2009 Post Card Project 12, Art First London
  • 2008 Post Card Project 11, Art First London
  • 2007 Post Card Project, Art First London
  • 2007 Election, Art First London
  • 2007 University of Leeds Textile Art & Design Group, Artists Wallpaper Design for Drumcroon Art Gallery, Wigan,
  • 2007 Directors Choice, Art First, London
  • 2006 Twelve Square, Art First, London
  • 2004 Directors Choice, Art First, London
  • 2004 Spoilt for Choice; Art First, London
  • 2003 Starting a Collection, Art First, London
  • 2001 Northern Highlights, Bruton Gallery at Gallery 27, London
  • 2000 Music Show, Bruton Gallery Leeds
  • 2000 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, Bury Museum and Art Gallery
  • 1999 Seconds Later, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery
  • 1999 Artists 99, Leeds City Art Gallery
  • 1997 Mixed Show, Zella Gallery, Chelsea London
  • 1996 National Print Exhibition, Boundless, Huddersfield Art Gallery
  • 1996 Centenary Degree Show, Royal College of Art
  • 1996 RCA Fine Art Group Show, Queen Elizabeth Hall Conference Centre
  • 1996 RCA Fine Art Group Show, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset
  • 1996 RCA Printmaking Show, Flowers East Graphics
  • 1996 The Spirit of the Staircase; Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • 1996 Postgraduate Print Making in London, Clifford Chance Solicitors
  • 1995 First Year Printmaking Show, Gaulbenkien Gallery, Royal College of Art
  • 1995 Laycock, Pellow and Nichols, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
  • 1995 Aids Awareness Exhibition, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art
  • 1995 Absolute Vodka Poscard Show, Gaulbenkien Gallery, Royal College of Art
  • 1994 RCA Fine Art Group Show, Royal Hammersmith Hospital
  • 1993 Leeds Fine Art Fair, The Corn Exchange
  • 1993 Yorkshire and Humberside Artists Show, Leeds City Art Gallery

Cross genre performance:

  • 2013 Collision, Sonic Fusion Festival, MediaCity, Manchester
  • 2012 Collision, Leicester International Music Festival, pre-recorded performance,
  • 2012 Collision, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, pre-recorded performance
  • 2011 Collision, Conservatorio of Bologna, Italy, pre-recorded performance
  • 2011 Collision, Cheltenham International Music Festival, pre-recorded performance
  • 2009 Collision, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, pre-recorded performance (in conjunction with City Arts Dublin)
  • 2009 Collision, Fuseleeds 09, Experiences in New Music, live performance with players from the Orchestra of Opera North in the Leeds Arena, Leeds City Museum

Curatorial practice

  • 2011 Hiraeth: Designing a Welsh Identity, Christopher Harris on-line gallery, Colour: Design and Creativity, Issue 6, ISSN: 1753 7223
  • 2008 Essential Spirit by Jennifer Durrant on-line gallery, Colour: Design and Creativity and Society of Dyers and Colourists, Issue 2, ISSN: 1753 7223
  • 2008 Colouring Jousissance by Judith Cain (commentary by Jenny Tennant Jackson), on-line gallery, Colour: Design and Creativity and Society of Dyers and Colourists, Issue 2, ISSN: 1753 7223

Collections research

  • 1994 Be Original or Die, Photographic works by Madame Yevonde, Huddersfield Art Gallery
  • 1994 Time Death and Judgement, Victorian Painting from the Kirklees Collection, Huddersfield Art Gallery

Exhibition interpretation

  • 2013 Love Stories: The Art of Romance, Passion & Heartbreak, Atkinson Galleries, Southport, Merseyside
  • 1997 Robert Maciejuk, Huddersfield Art Gallery
  • 1996 Sound Pictures, art and music collaboration for the Orchestra of St. John, Smiths Square, London and Huddersfield Art Gallery

Exhibition outreach:

  • 1994 Art Rising to the Challenge, co-ordinator Kirklees Cultural Services,

Exhibition workshops:

  • 2005 Colour/Music Workshop, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, in conjunction with Manchester Camerata
  • 2005 Notation, Sound and Pattern Workshop, Ferens Art Gallery Hull,
  • 1993 Other Peoples Shoes, Impossible Theatre Company, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery
  • 1992 Paula Rego Nursery Rhymes Exhibition, Printmaking Batley Art Gallery

Lectures and other public events

  • 2012 Collision, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Michael Berkeley, Anthony Gritten and Mark Rowen-Hull,
  • 2011 Collision, Leeds City Art Gallery, Michael Berkeley, Anthony Gritten and Kevin Laycock
  • 2009 Fuseleeds09, Melt, Round Table Event: Collaboration
  • 2005 Tectonics: Art/Music Synergies, Ferens Lecture Series, Hull University, Department of History of Art
  • 2000 Decoration and Craft in Contemporary British Painting, Contextual Studies Lecture Series, Loughborough University

Links

  • Artfirst, London – http://artfirst.co.uk
  • Michael Berkeley, composer and Broadcaster – http://www.michaelberkeley.co.uk
  • Centre for Visual Music, https://www.centerforvisualmusic.org

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