School of Arts and Digital Industries
Fine Art
The artists teaching at UEL share their practice with the
students, who attend their shows, visit their studios, and
become colleagues within a creative community.
Fine Art at UEL
Fine Art at UEL is taught by practicing artists and
critics, many of whom have international exhibition
or publication profiles
Faisal Abdu’Allah | Tim Allen | Pete Cobb | Geoff Brunell
Grenville Davey | Amanda Frances | Alexis Harding | Sharone
Lifschitz | Lee Maelzer | Karen Raney | Si Sapsford | John
Smith | Susan Stockwell | Richard Wilson | Ed Whittaker
Fine Art is housed in
purpose built studios
within the AVA
building on the
Docklands Campus.
The building was
opened by Grayson
Perry, who appeared
as his alter-ego
There is excellent studio and workshop provision for
all media and activity
Live Performance
Bronze Casting
Video and 16mm film
The teaching staff are
augmented by technical
associates, who are also artists
in their own right.
In addition to staffing the well
equipped workshops they offer
one to one technical support
and deliver practical workshops
such as this painting workshop.
Garry Doherty
Zoe Hodgson
Paola Leonardi
Paul Manners
Glen Marston
Mark Sowden
Dean Todd
Gaynor Zealy
Craig Madden
Students can apply for bursaries for international study trips
Fine Art students have made study trips worldwide
including to China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan,
Nepal, Taiwan, USA
AVA Gallery
There is a strong exhibiting culture, in addition to showing regularly
in the AVA Gallery students organise their own exhibitions at venues
across London
First Year Show Trinity Buoy Wharf
Ground Floor Left is an East London Gallery established by recent
graduates which has hosted several shows by students and staff
Private View Third Year Contemporary Practice Show
Ground Floor Left
Private View The Rag Factory Brick Lane.
Students have also shown at:
Rich Mix, the Arc Gallery, The Bridge, Canary Wharf, Nehru Centre, Café Gallery, Hellenic
Centre, Mile End Arts Pavilion, Viewtube, John Purcell amongst many venues.
Fine Art at UEL
offers programmes at three levels
• BA Hons Fine Art
• MA Fine Art
• Professional Doctorate in Fine Art
BA Honours Fine Art
• Three years Full time
• Or five years part time
• Students should normally have completed a
foundation course, access course, or equivalent
before entry.
• For students who do not fulfil this there is a four
year route offering entry via Year Zero BA
Extended Degree
• Selection is by portfolio
The Programme Leader for BA is the painter
Tim Allen
Susan Stockwell
teaches sculpture
Richard Wilson with ’20:50’ Saatchi Gallery
Richard Wilson RA is Visiting Professor in Fine Art
MA Fine Art
• One year full time- September to September
• Or two years part time
• Students should normally have a BA in Fine Art or a
related subject
• Students who have a suitable history of professional art
practice may also apply
• Selection is by portfolio
• Completion of the MA in Fine Art allows direct entry
into Level two of the Professional Doctorate in Fine Art
The Programme Leader for MA is the Turner Prize
winning sculptor Grenville Davey
Grenville Davey with
Faisal Abdu’Allah
Karen Raney is a critic, writer, and editor of Engage, and
teaches theory to MA and Professional Doctorate students
Alexis Harding teaches painting
Professional Doctorate in Fine Art
• A unique practice based programme more suitable for many
artists than a PhD.
• Final exam is a public exhibition, not a written thesis
• A strong critical but supportive dialogue is developed via
regular seminars and exhibitions
• 29 artist have been awarded the DFA since 1998
• Graduates occupy academic positions in universities world wide
• Normally four years full time
• Normally six years part time
• Applicants who already have an MA in Fine Art may apply for
direct entry into level two
The Programme Leader for Professional
Doctorate is sculptor printmaker Pete Cobb
Si Sapsford teaches sculpture
Faisal Abdu’Allah teaches photography and
Lee Maelzer teaches painting
Fine Art at UEL
• All programmes have good studios and facilities at our
East London dockside location
• All programmes are taught by practicing artists and
• We are located close to the gallery and studio quarter
of East London
• Students regularly exhibit in London galleries, and visit
artists’ studios and exhibitions
• Many graduates go on either to postgraduate study or
to develop their careers from their own studios
• Others take up academic posts or establish their own
business within the creative industries
Fine Art at UEL
Successes include
Second Floor Studio Prize
Limehouse Arts Foundation Studio Bursary
FA Auction raised £5,000
10 DFA completions
John Smith Methuen Prize
Faisal Abdu’Allah PhD by publication