Regularly through the second term we have talks from visiting artists and curators. These can be people at all different stages of their careers some being established exhibiting professionals and others finding their feet as emerging artists in whatever field they work. Visitors usually give an hours lecture and some one to one tutorials with students whose practice most relates with their own.
Most recently it was the turn of Ellie Barrett who has not long since completed post grad studies at Glasgow and came to give a practical workshop as well as talk and tutorials. The session was using borax (sodium tetra borate) to create crystals onto and within objects thereby changing their nature.
This was the second year we had included a collaborative project into the 2nd year course. A more compact version this time, as it was felt the longer time span of the previous year took too much focus off students’ core studio practice and that a shorter delivery period would help the vitality of the ideas to survive the sometimes arduous process of realisition.
There were 5 groups. One looking at disrupting habitual movement through one of the main thoroughfares, one at sexual attitudes, one at notions of utopia and distopia, one playing with the relationship between books and trees and one converting the action of drawing to light and sound.