Peter Fillingham is a sculptor, academic and curator. His practice includes site-specific, object-based installation, regeneration and cultural events.
As an installation artist, Peter has always been interested in both external/public spaces and interiors, with much of his work being based around the meaning of the object and the meaning of places. As a sculptor, he is concerned with how art can be transmitted into the world through different devices, episodes, ceremonies and media.
Peter’s main studio practice is related to the theatre of sculpture, the journey through which an idea passes towards being realised as material within a space; this may include drawing, construction, photography and rehearsals. He is a collaborative artist who – across the last three decades – has worked with and exhibited with many different creative figures such as Tacita Dean, Derek Jarman, Phyllida Barlow, David Medalla and Peter Lewis.
Since 1997, Peter has played a large part in making artistic events present on the peripheries of perceived cultural epicentres, notably in Kent and Nord Pas de Calais, where his work has been highlighted in publications by art historian Jane Lee. As a curator, he is interested in how artists can occupy places whilst not being essentially different from other people, and how artists can practise outside what is normally considered art. Known for his sensitivity in introducing artists – through exhibitions and events – to new places and spaces, in turn, he is able to introduce those places – and art – to broader audiences. He calls this practice curatorial engineering. Always highly sympathetic to already existing ad hoc situations, these are not essentially changed through his interventions, but sit side-by-side.
In more recent years, Peter has been working closely with the artist Rasheed Araeen and plays a significant role in the day-to-day operation of his studio and the technical expertise and innovative development required by Araeen.
Peter embraces the increased role of different types of research orientated/demonstrative activities that potentially highlight the thinking and conceptualisation of sculpture. His latest research interests continue to sit within the role of different histories of sculpture within a highly international environment for sculpture curation, display and reception.
His artistic practice has always played a major role in his teaching practice. Peter is a former Head of the 3D Pathway (Sculpture) at UAL Central St Martins and a former Chair of Fine Arts at Parson’s Paris. Peter is now a senior lecturer in Fine Art at The Cass, with which he has enjoyed a long-standing working relationship. He is Editor-at-large at /Seconds.