hedsor is an artistic partnership between Kimberley Foster and Karl Foster.
Kimberley Foster graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Fine Art: Sculpture from Brighton University in 1994 and went on to study her MA in Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art. In 1996, Kimberley completed the ‘Training Artists in Schools’ course then run by the London Arts Board and the Institute of Education, London. Since then she has worked extensively in museum and gallery education, in schools, and other educational institutions. She is a Senior Lecturer on the Visual Studies BA (Hons) at Norwich School of Art and Design. She also contributes to the teaching on the MA Art Design and Education.
Karl Foster (né Bretherton) graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Fine Art: Sculpture from Nottingham Trent University in 1991, and in 1992 spent one year studying for a Sculpture MA at the Royal College of Art. In 1993, he transferred to Chelsea School of Art and Design, where he completed his Masters degree in Sculpture in 1994. An emerging interest in the relationship between mental health and creativity eventually led to a shift of perspective in Karl’s professional development. In order to develop a deeper understanding of the mind, Karl worked in a number of jobs related to mental health and education including the position of manager of a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit. A second MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (completed with distinction in 2007) at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust in London grounded these practical experiences in theory.
To date, hedsor have made nine ‘Object Dialogue Boxes’. These are specifically made collections of unusual and unfamiliar objects that are used to inspire creative learning and inquiry, often in museums. They have been commissioned for major institutions that include Turner Contemporary, Imperial War Museum: London, Museum of London and Manchester Art Gallery. They have also have staged a large-scale interactive exhibition of objects at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.
hedsor’s practice straddles the worlds of learning and art practice, rationality and intuition, art interpretation and art history. The Object Dialogue Boxes are artworks that can be handled and used. The intention for creating them is that they generate as much dialogue, creative thinking and inquiry as possible. The Boxes usually consist of approximately twenty unusual or unfamiliar art objects created around a theme or subject. The objects are made to work as interpretative devices with specific art collections and exhibitions, but are versatile and ambiguous enough in form to be used as teaching devices without their contexts. The objects have dual functions – they meet aesthetic conventions as art objects, whilst offering use as catalysts to facilitate, or stimulate, learning and interpretation in a plethora of settings.