Felicity Allen is a British artist and writer who makes paintings, books and films, often collaboratively. Her current work is mainly focussed on two durational projects. For one she is developing her concept of the Disoeuvre (as a feminist alternative to conventional ideas of an artist’s oeuvre); for the other she produces series of Dialogic Portraits. She has just completed her most recent Dialogic Portraits project, including her film Figure to Ground: a site losing its system (trailer: https://vimeo.com/527359904), with the cross-disciplinary research project People Like You: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation https://peoplelikeyou.ac.uk/ .
Her current work on the Disoeuvre involves a study group with the Women’s Art Library archive at Goldsmiths. She outlined the concept in her PhD (2016), since when she has made a film and a series of prints, as well as the artists book The Disoeuvre: an Argument in 4 Voices (WASL Table); 6:27, (Ma Bibliothèque, 2019).
She continues to work with the literary, activist, walking organisation Refugee Tales https://www.refugeetales.org/ , for whom she made Dialogic Portraits postcards last summer when Lockdown made mass walking impossible. Recent exhibitions of her work have been at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; x-hibit, Vienna; and Resort, Margate.
For most of her working life Felicity has been involved in informal and higher education and, having run the education department at Tate Britain, published a series of articles on gallery education, and edited the Whitechapel/MIT Documents of Contemporary of Art book Education (2012). For more info see www.felicityallen.co.uk
Her photographic work, Baby II, is currently on show in the Ikon Gallery’s exhibition A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s.