Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Richard Bell


0113 34 35261

Fine Art Building, Room 1.04

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Questions relating to the fragile nature of the ‘domestic’; exploring the relationships of self and constituent participants within the domestic situation and how ‘roles’ are defined and engaged.

Research Interests

‘The Dislocation and Relocation of the Domestic’….the created lie – presented as a truth…. (or is it vice versa)

My current work contributes to the discourse surrounding issues which address questions relating to the fragile nature of the ‘domestic’. It explores the relationships of self and the constituent participants within the domestic situation and how ‘roles’ are defined and engaged to ‘hold together’ the dislocated elements that make up the domestic domain. The work examines recurring historical patterns that define and construct our current ‘home’ (sexuality / family / place).

I have been exploring the metaphor of the ‘House’ to examine notions of the psychological space evoked by this ‘form’. Images and forms identify concerns and issues surrounding the Domestic from a male perspective. These question preconceptions of masculinity, gender and roles within the domestic ‘situation’. Psychological tensions are created (re-created) by formal contrasts and contradictions whilst surface and image evoke sensual experiences and personal histories.


My teaching interests are centrally located within the challenging notion of fine art practice. I am specifically concerned with the ‘expanded field of sculpture’, the object as an interlocution with the psychological notion of architectural space.

My engagement with the materiality of the process by which objects are manifest is a central thrust of my teaching. I encourage the idea of ‘operacy’ and how this impacts on the process of creating, through construction, fabrication and the formal exploration of materials in space. I encourage a continually evolving sculptural process which will establish challenging dynamic phenomenon across the sculptural spectrum.



  • Bell R On the Line.

  • Bell R Yorkshire Open Finalists Show, Wakefield 6 - 24 February 2002.

  • Bell R Men's Work.

  • Bell R Three British Ceramists.

Professional Practice

One Person Shows

1987 Recent Work: Nicholson Gallery – Edinburgh
1985 New Planters: Open Eye Gallery – Edinburgh
1979 Constructions: Wm Macintosh Gallery – Edinburgh
1978 New Work: Wm Macintosh Gallery – Edinburgh

Selected Group Shows

2004 ‘Mens’ Work’: ArtLink Exchange Gallery – Hull
2003 On the Line: Dean Clough Galleries – Halifax
2002 Yorkshire Open Finalist Show: Wakefield
2001 Yorkshire Open: Wakefield
2000 Glazed Visions / Three British Ceramists: William Havu Gallery – Denver, Colorado
1999 Ceramics Monthly International Competition: Columbus Ohio
1998 Booth House Gallery: Holmfirth
1994 Artist as Teacher: Hotbath Gallery – Bath
1994 Marks for Drawing: Prema Arts Centre – Glous
1989 Contemporary Art Fair – Bath
1989 International Art Fair – London
1989 McGrigor Donald Sculpture Prize: Scottish Gallery – Edinburgh / London; Kelvingrove Art Gallery – Glasgow
1989 Scottish Gallery – London
1985 Society of Scottish Artists: RSA Galleries – Edinburgh
1985 Three Potters: Broughton Gallery – Broughton


2001 Keramic Magazine: Germany – text by Ian Wilson

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