Tiffany Robinson

Tiffany makes drawings, films and installations primarily concerned with perception and the processes of observation. She trained to MA level at University of Portsmouth, taught at two UK Universities, exhibits nationally, is co-founder of Ch-Art artist network (2006-2012) and member of ARTEL contemporary art group (2014-2016). In 2006 she was awarded Grants for the Arts (Arts Council England) for Re-sembling Nano. Artist residencies include Kingley Vale Nature Reserve (2015) and Cambridge Sustainability Residency (2016). Since the 2015 residency her approach to making work changed to encompass walking arts practice.

Describe your approach to teaching

Students are encouraged to recognise, nurture and value their capacity to create, and to find confidence in their decision-making through experimentation. I help students to find approaches to sustain their creative practice, and to develop a 'permission muscle' that will take them beyond the 'comfort zone' to expand their curiosity, skills and knowledge.

What inspires your work?

Metaphor and nature. Walking towards the pause, whether out in nature or marking a line on paper with charcoal. I am inspired by what happens in between moving and stopping, as an embodied experience, and then respond using different media. Nature, especially forests, inspire me the most where what is encountered is connected to the core enquiry through use of metaphor, recording observations with drawing, writing, sculpture, film and audio.

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