Fiona Curran

2019 QEST Howdens Scholar - Tapestry Weaving

Fiona combines painting, sculpture and textiles to explore the histories of landscape space in relation to the decorative interior. She completed a PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2016 and has exhibited her work internationally. She has also undertaken a number of site-specific commissions for UK heritage sites.

Fiona is committed to the making process within her practice and she will use her QEST funding to undertake a two-year part-time course in Tapestry Weaving at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Combining these traditional skills with innovative techniques, Fiona is focused on contributing to the resurgence of interest in the use of tapestry as a fine art medium in the UK.

I subscribe to the notion of ‘thinking through making’ and my teaching in Mixed Media Textiles at the Royal College of Art is rooted in my studio practice. Acquiring in-depth knowledge and skills in tapestry will enable me to develop new artistic work and research on philosophies of making.