Alice Fox is an expert on arts education and practice for social inclusivity with a career history of initiating successful collaborative projects.
Alice has initiated radical new arts collaborations between university students and local community groups which aim to develop appropriate and meaningful inclusive arts practice between artists with and without learning disabilities.
She lectures and researches in fine art practice with a role as assistant head of school and is course leader and founder of the pioneering MA Inclusive Arts Practice. This work was recognised in her winning the Times Higher Education award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, 2017,
Alice Fox’s work integrates arts research and practice with educational research, developing projects that provide exemplars and research evidence on social arts practices. She develops appropriate and meaningful inclusive arts practice between artists with and without learning disabilities, and has a long history of work as Artistic Director of the learning disabled Rockets Artists Group, a post she took up in 2003.
She is a member of the steering committee for the new Tate Research Centre: Learning, which will openly and collaboratively support high quality and innovative research in diverse fields relevant to learning in galleries and provide a platform for dialogue and debate. She is also a Trustee for the Stay Up Late charity: promoting the right of people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives. In 2017 she won the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in recognition for her development of educational and community practice.
For the purposes of her own creative explorations Fox has, over the years, used a wide variety of mediums. She was the singer in the Marine Girls, recording two albums and two John Peel sessions and was also a dancer in High Spin Dance Company (integrated dance company for dancers with and without learning disabilities) performing in two national tours. She has also continued her visual arts practice with painting, embroidery, photography, animation and film-making.
Previously she was a Commercial Fellow working for the University of Brighton in the field of social enterprise and communities of practice. Since the early 1990s she has worked with people with complex learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, both in the context of arts practice and the advocacy of human rights. Fox’s connection with the University of Brighton goes back to the late 1980s where, as a student, she obtained her BA Hons in Fine Art.
As co-researcher Alice Fox was awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council money to support the Community Gardening, creativity and everyday culture: food growing and embedded researchers in the community project. Fox's role is to support the research team and community partners to develop an arts-based research approach.
She was awarded a Commercial Fellowship to carry out research in partnership with Prof Angie Hart from the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery. There Alice developed a series of films exploring Resilient Therapy working with children and families experiencing constellated disadvantage.
Alice Fox is the Artistic Director of the Rocket Artists group which consists of fourteen artists; some have learning disabilities others are lecturers/artists at the University of Brighton. Funded by the Arts Council England since 2005 they regularly meet to make art in their own studio.The inclusive artists group has been awarded significant funds from the Arts Council England to deliver their artistic programme of high quality exhibitions and performances. During 2013 The Rockets have been working in partnership with the Southbank Centre to deliver the Side by Side project, an international exhibition, symposium and publication of Inclusive Arts.
Recently Alice Fox and the Rockets have been researching, through site-specific performance, inclusive, creative methods of interacting with museum and gallery collections. Her collaborative arts-based research is used to challenge social inequalities and effect positive change. She is also exploring issues concerning diversity, creativity and the mutual benefits of diverse groups working creatively together.
Taiwanese elders and younger museum workers came together to consider the topic of love. National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Taiwan
Can group actions of care within vulnerability be synonymous with strength and self-empowerment? Kathmandu Triennial, 2017
This book defines and explores the emerging field of Inclusive Arts through practical and theoretically in formed discussion and interviews
The performance introduces the importance of daring to be vulnerable together.
12 artists, writers and thinkers, 4 taxis, their drivers and Kathmandu’s monsoon roads.
Ranjit and Fox, silently using the ‘practices of expanded listening’ in their performance, through the streets of Kathmandu
An international Inclusive Arts exhibition, symposium, performance and book directed by Alice Fox alongside the Rocket Artists, March 2013
Rocket Artists Inclusive Arts exhibition, installation and performance at the Brussels Medical Museum, 2010
Alice Fox's film was screened at In The Frame Learning Disability Arts Conference, Tate Modern, 20 June 2005
Alice Fox's project brought particpant artists together with the National Trust organisation for Access to Art.
'Access to Art: From Day Centre to Tate Modern' Chapter in the Community-University Partnerships in Practice book
Macpherson, Hannah and Fox, Alice (2016) Listening space: Lessons from artists with and without learning disabilities Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 34 (2). pp. 371-389. ISSN 0263-7758
Fox, Alice and Macpherson, Hannah (2015) Inclusive arts practice and research: a critical manifesto Routledge, New York. ISBN 9781138841000
Fox, Alice (2013) Side by Side: inclusive arts exhibition, performance and symposium Southbank Centre, London, UK.
Fox, Alice (2010) Measures of Bodies Le Musee De La Medecine, Brussels, Belgium.
Fox, Alice, Ritchie, E., Archdeacon, S. and Flynn, D.J. (2008) Smudged performance: a collaboration between the Rocket Artists and Corali Dance Company [Performance]
Fox, Alice (2008) Smudged: collaboratively developed and performed site-specific performance piece [Performance]
Hart, Angela and Fox, Alice (2008) Resilient therapy: introduction to resilient therapy and related issues (motion picture) Alice Fox, UK. (Unpublished)
Fox, Alice (2007) Access to Art InQbate, Brighton, UK.
Fox, Alice (2007) Art in the Woods Community-University Partnership in Practice, Sussex Downs, Brighton.
Ridley, Pauline and Fox, Alice (2007) Access to Art: From Day Centre to Tate Modern In: Hart, Angie, Maddison, Elizabeth and Wolff, David, eds. Community-University Partnerships in Practice. NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education), Leicester, UK, pp. 137-149. ISBN 9781862013179
Fox, Alice, Millican, J. and Nunn, S. (2007) 'Art in the Woods': an exploration of a community/university environmental arts project In: Community-University Partnerships in Practice. NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education). ISBN 9781862013179
Fox, Alice (2005) Degrees of Separation First National Conference of Learning Disability Arts at Tate Modern,, London, UK.
Fox, Alice (2003) Degrees of Separation: Higher Education for learning disabled artists Alice Fox, Screened at In The Frame Learning Disability Arts Conference. Tate Modern, 20th June 2005.
2008 - 2009
2007 - 2009
Tate Research Centre: Learning
In Sept 2013 Fox was invited by Emily Pringle, Head of Learning Practice and Research, Tate Modern to join the newly formed Tate Research Centre: Learning Steering Committee. The research centre, once operational will support high quality and innovative research in diverse fields relevant to learning in galleries and provide a platform for dialogue and debate.
Changing the Conversation Conference Lancaster, 15th/16th April 2013
Alice Fox was invited to present her research at the conference plenary session and answer questions during the discussion panel.
A Paul Hamlyn Foundation ArtWorks conference in partnership with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills) ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings is a Special three year initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Stay Up Late Charity; Trustee since 2012 – Promoting the right of people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives. Fox was asked by the charity founder Paul Richards to become a Trustee.
Arts Council England have awarded the learning disabled Rocket Artists group, Directed by Alice Fox over £170,000 to deliver there arts, research and educational programmes. They recently awarded £58,500 to deliver the Side by Sideinternational inclusive arts exhibition, symposium and publication in partnership with the Southbank Centre, London. The Southbank contributed a further £4,000 towards the exhibition alongside the £20,000 already contributed as 'in kind' support. In 2009 Fox was awarded £40,000 by Arts Council South East to deliver the Rockets in Residenceprogramme in partnership with the University of Brighton. In 2005 Fox and the Rockets were awarded over £70,000 by Arts Council South East to deliver the Smudged performance at Tate Modern.
Grundtvig European Life Long Learning Fund. Alice Fox and The Rocket Artists in partnership with Mayfield Arts, Cork and The Kunstwerkplaats, Amsterdam were awarded 60,000 euros for their Artists on the Move project. Sept 2012 - Sept 2014. In this knowledge exchange project each organisation will host a public exhibition and creative workshops for the other groups.
Arts and Humanities Research Council, Fox as co-researcher in a community/university research team working on the Community Gardening, creativity and everyday culture project, awarded £79,500.
Since joining the university, Alice Fox’s projects have attracted funding from many different sources: The Rockets have been awarded £5,000 by the RTR Foundation, 2008. The Overalls' research project was awarded £7,000 by InQbate (Sussex University and University of Brighton), 2007.
Times Higher Education Award: Excellence and Innovation in the Arts 2017
Times Higher Education Award. 2008. Access to Art is the flagship project of the Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) team who won the award for ‘Outstanding Community Contribution’ 2008.
Higher Education Funding Council of England Award (HEFCE) awarded the 'Access to Art' project directed by Alice Fox an Outstanding Contribution Award for good practice in student volunteering, 2005.
Teaching Excellence Award, Fox was given this award from the University of Brighton in 2007, and has been nominated twice for the National Teaching Excellence Awards 2008, 2009.
Internally, Alice has been awarded funding by the following schemes:Faculty of Arts, £2000 to establish an international arts research cluster, 2008. Community University Partnership (CUPP), £10,000, Words Are Not Enough’ Resilient Therapy community of practice to develop visual practices within resilient therapy, 2008. Aim Higher; £28,000, Brighton and Sussex University Community Knowledge Exchanges; Community University Partnership (CUPP), 2005; Learn Higher; £6,000 Joint Information Systems (JISC) for e-portfolio research , 2006 and £28,000 for the Commercial Fellowship award, 2007. Learn Higher, £20,000, Research into HE arts education access for people with learning disabilities, 2003.
Fox's work at Brighton now involves initiating radical new arts collaborations between university staff and students and local community groups, supporting the University's contribution to social inclusion. In addition, the associated teaching based research has enhanced the quality of education provided to her students. The insights from Alice Fox's research inform all her projects including the development of the MA Inclusive Arts Practice. This course offers the students the opportunity to work with the Rocket Artists and other marginalised groups to develop arts-based research projects.
Alice Fox is interested in finding inclusive teaching strategies and has carried out several pedagogic research projects, such as 'Overalls'.
Tate Exchange module: Student partnership through a creative collaborative approach to module co-production and evaluation, University of Brighton, UK
A Creative Exchange - University of Brighton at the Tate Modern from Arts Brighton on Vimeo.
This project, delivered at Tate Modern over an intensive 6 days, developed creative opportunities for meaningful partnership and dialogue between students and staff by using an ‘aesthetic of encounter’ (Macpherson & Fox, 2015). The project developed students as partners in both the co-production and evaluation of their module by soliciting ‘the student voice’ and employing the practices of ‘expanded listening’ (Macpherson & Fox, 2016). A Learning and Teaching Scholarship was awarded to a team of two members of staff (an Educational Developer; an MA Course Leader) and a postgraduate student. The aim of the project was to evaluate creatively students’ learning and academic engagement in a new module on the MA Inclusive Arts Practice which gave opportunity for students and staff to engage in activities delivered at Tate Modern, London as part of the Tate Exchange programme open to the public.
This project used creative approaches alongside an ‘aesthetic of exchange’, to explore the students’, staff and members of the public’s experiences of the module collaboratively, through using creative materials, drawing, photography, sculpture making, exploratory discussion, reflective writing and video footage/interviews. Three main approaches for embedding a rhythm and framework of co-production and evaluation were used: