Sophia

Meet Miles

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    Renowned professional artist, with a Masters Honours degree in fine art, offering a variety of art subjects.

Miles is a professional artist and has a Bachelor degree from Camberwell University of the Arts London (2008-2011). He also holds a Masters Honours Degree in Fine Art (2013-2015) from Chelsea, University of the Arts London. Since graduating, he has set up life drawing and performance projects which have been curated within educational events at National Art venues – such as the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Barbican Centre; and also at Research events at the AHRC Commons in 2016, Arts and Medical Humanities (2017/2018), and University College London. Here he leads a joint research project, with Prof Ben Campkin, to present two workshop performance events at the Bloomsbury Theatre (in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Studies, Urban labs, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Dr Angela Hodgson-Teal). During 2016 and 2017 he was invited by the Head of Critical Practice at Chelsea UAL to joint lead a Seminar for MA fine art students about the performance artist, Anne Bean and was invited by students to do tutorials. This culminated in an exhibition with one of the students. Since leading the event at UCL in 2018, he now hosts two student placements each year from the nature, arts and wellbeing module.

Miles take an individual approach to tutoring in a similar way to the tutorials he experienced at art school. Fine art is a complex subject and artists practice and interests vary. Some students are interested in participatory performance practices, whilst others are interested in 2D media and studio practice. He finds that the best approach is to ask students to show their latest work and then to discuss the contexts and motivations for it. This may indicate if skills need to be developed to improve the execution of the work or to understand through further experimentation with materials. He is able to offer workshop skills in painting with oils, acrylic, charcoal, woodwork, and other resistant materials. It is important for students to be aware of contemporary artists and, therefore, he will direct them to relevant practices and exhibitions that are currently exhibiting and build on to their understanding of critical theory.

Miles is interested in synchronised swimming and trains two times a week with the Out To Swim synchronised swimming team and he is responsible, as the competitions’ secretary, for organising group competitions. This month the team will perform at the London Aquatic Centre in Stratford. Many of Miles’ hobbies and interests merge with his art practice. Last year he was commissioned to act in the film biopic Rocketman. He was filmed for the Rocketman scene where he was instructed to swim/dance/perform underwater.