Studio led by Mick Williamson and Sue Andrews

Studios 6: Making it Real

Ania Dabrowska, House of Homeless, Arlington Portraits in Art Takes Times Square, 2012

Studio brief

In Studio 6: Making it Real, we emphasise the mapping out of the student’s own position within the medium, from the development of their conceptual and critical confidence and understanding of the medium, to exploring and mastering techniques. The emphasis will then shift to taking the work from the realm of the studio into the real world in preparation for graduation and subsequent launch of students’ professional or post-graduate journeys with further emphasis on professional practice.

With the UK’s decision to leave the EU; recent and on-going changes in British politics; and mass migration movements, the studio theme relates directly to local, national and worldwide socio-political and economic events affecting us all. From another perspective, photography itself has been undergoing major shifts: from technological to ontological ways of understanding and working with the medium. Students in both studios will situate and critically relate their work to their own guided response to the theme.

Philosophical, historical, technical, conceptual, material, immaterial, biological, political, scientific, phenomenological, emotional, cultural, geographical or any other approaches to “territories” can be mapped out or transgressed in production of students’ projects. Students will be able to use any combination of photographic techniques or media in order to articulate their ideas: from analogue techniques through camera-less and alternative processes, digital and post digital, to any combination of cross-media practices or time-based outputs and actions. From imagination to reality, from an emotion to a completed piece of work, the studio programme will support both the representational and non-representational, inviting students to explore, test and push the boundaries of their own development and comfort, as well as that of their audiences.

The studios will frame the production of their projects and contextual research through a programme providing conceptual grounding, practical skills and networking opportunities. This will lead to an understanding of how to position their practice within visual arts and commercial photography frameworks and how to produce works to professional and museum standard.

 


Details

Course Photography BA (Hons)
Tutor Mick Williamson
Sue Andrews
and visiting speakers
Where Central House, second floor studios
When Monday and Thursday

Students

Amber Adams
Laila Halilova
Hayam Amin
Veska Baltadzhieva
Louis Burrows
Samantha Chilton
Darryl Connor
Matthew Cotsell
Sara Cuce
Yazmin Cura
Elisabetta De Guio
Andrew Dickerson
Anna Georgieva
Louis Hull
Levi Lawrence
Keith Li-cho
Khadijah Mahdi
Jurgita Maksimova
Naomi Messenger
Jennifer Nash
Asha Paul Bellow
Marianne Pink
Grant Sorrell
Emilia Strzala
Martyna Szmigielska
Zsofia Varga
Helen Wolstencroft
Naila Zahoor

Photography and Fine Art Studios

Studio 1: The Divided Selfie

Mel Brimfield and Dr Jonathan Whitehall

Studio 1: The Divided Selfie sets out to explore artistic practices that engage with identities, self-perceptions and the role of these in our virtual and lived lives.

Studio 2: The Black Box: Art, Apparatus and Not Knowing

Galia Kollectiv and Patrick Ward

Studio 2: The Black Box: Art, Apparatus and Not Knowing explores the implications that come with not knowing how our digital technology actually works.

Studio 3: Acts of Resistance

Dr Andrea Medjesi-Jones and Dr Michael Stubbs

Studio 3: Acts of Resistance tackles the issues that artists face in the language and communication of painting.

Studio 4: Things, Objects and Non-Objects

Rosemarie McGoldrick and Bob and Roberta Smith

Studio 4: Things, Objects and Non-Objects examines the relationship between the artist and the objects they make.

Studios 5: New Frontiers

Ania Dabrowska and Spencer Rowell

The studio raises questions about the representational and non-representational in photographic media, inviting students to explore issues, ideas, senses, stories, rumours, myths, facts, fictions, dreams or other concerns that matter to them and relate to the theme through approaches that test the possibilities and limits of photographic media today, from analogue traditions through digital and post-digital to any combination of cross media practices or actions.

Studios 6: Making it Real

Mick Williamson and Sue Andrews

In Studio 6: Making it Real, we emphasise the mapping out of the student’s own position within the medium, from the development of their conceptual and critical confidence and understanding of the medium, to exploring and mastering techniques. The emphasis will then shift to taking the work from the realm of the studio into the real world in preparation for graduation and subsequent launch of students’ professional or postgraduate journeys with further emphasis on professional practice.

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