Tamiko O’Brien is Principal of City & Guilds of London Art School, which she joined in 2014 after 28 years of working in Higher Arts Education in a number of institutions, including the University of the Arts London. She has worked as a Fine Art tutor, course leader and head of school as well as more senior positions as associate dean and associate professor. Tamiko has been involved in pedagogic research projects, including pro-bono work with the European League of Institutes of the Arts and as the founding chair of the Fine Art European Forum. Tamiko is a practising artist graduating with an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art and Design (1989) followed by a Henry Moore Fellowship. After 11 years of practicing as a ‘solo’ artist, a collaborative project in 1998 led to a new identity as one half of artist duo Dunhill and O’Brien. Rooted in the traditions of sculpture, their work is concerned with the procedures and problems of collaboration. Their aspiration, to make work together ‘unencumbered by individual taste’, has led to projects involving elaborate processes, motorised apparatus and performative ‘research’ activities.
They have participated in exhibitions, residencies and projects in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Italy and Japan. A recent publication on their work, In this Point of View, documents projects made in response to a number of research periods in Japan since 2007. In 2016 their solo show Rockery, based on a residency in Tokyo, was shown at White Conduit Projects, London and two new works, Moving Image and Blue Erratic (moving) were made for the Setouchi Triennale in Japan in association with Tokyo University of the Arts. Tamiko has also been active in organising and curating exhibitions, most recently ’14 days 119 years later’ at Danielle Arnaud Gallery in Summer 2016 that included new works by contemporary Japanese artists O JUN and Takashi Ishida alongside historical wood block prints from 1897 by Toyohara Chikanobu.