Self-assessment for Assignment 4 – Contextual Studies

In this self-assessment of Assignment 4 - Contextual Studies I will evaluate how my first draft of the extended written project holds up against the criteria for Contextual Studies. The criteria are demonstration of subject based knowledge and understanding, demonstration of research skills, demonstration of critical and evaluation skills and finally communication.

Frank Laws

Since I have started Body of Work and Contextual Studies modules and to a certain degree with the previous Documentary module, I have become more and more interested in regeneration and its issues. I came across Frank Laws while I was specifically searching for artists who address gentrification etc in their work. Admittedly, I was looking for artists like Laws to help contribute to my extended written project’s argument but nevertheless I feel I stumbled upon an artist who raises pertinent topics and whose practice is evolving. Moreover, it was interesting to see an artist whose work specialises in something other than photography.

My Thoughts on ‘The property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain’s luxury housing market’ by Oliver Wainwright (2017)

I found and read an interesting article titled: 'The property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain's luxury housing market' on the Guardian by Oliver Wainright (2017). The article explored the role of hoardings and billboards in promoting regeneration projects. These hoardings make up some of what I would describe as the glossy facade that pervades regeneration’s front. These are my thoughts after reading the article and how I feel it may inform my Contextual Studies’ extended written project.