Following in the footsteps of John Andrew Rice's legendary Black Mountain College, famous for the school’s notable faculty and students alike and influencing countless future generations of artists, creative minds and educators. Our studio practice will be centred upon its belief that making art is vital to education, because it teaches observation, judgement and action – skills that can be applied to any walk of life.
Studio Black Mountain encourages the idea that art as social practice gives us a greater understanding of the world. We believe in the importance of building a sense of community. We will earnestly learn, work and play together – life and education entwined. Our environment will be of collaboration between our individual specialisms, other studios and real-life clients – working independently and together at the same time – creating a melting pot of ideas.
With artistic collaboration and freedom at our centre, we as a studio will favour the following rules:
- consider everything an experiment – nothing is a mistake, there is no win or fail, there is only make;
- the only rule is work – if you work it will lead you to something;
- pull everything out of your teacher;
- pull everything out of your fellow students;
- teacher – pull everything out of your students;
- be self-disciplined – to be disciplined is to follow in a good way, to be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way;
- everything is to be celebrated – be happy when you can manage it, enjoy yourself, it's lighter than you think;
- break all the rules, even our own rules.
In the words of Josef Albers:
"We do not always create works of art but rather experiments. It’s not our intention to fill museums, we are gathering experience".
Studio 3D 01: Stock Take
Cathy Stack (studio Lead), Will Smith and Peter Marigold
London is far from plain. What makes something special? What makes something different and more desirable than something else?
Studio 3D 02: Engage = React
James Hunting, Claire Whelan, Sam Wingate, Gina Pierce and Marianne Forrest
It is your future, professionally, socially and culturally. How is the work you produce going to help you shape this? The question should never be…’is this enough?’ It should be ‘ do I feel I have done enough’ and ‘does this situate my work where I want to it to be?’
Studio 3D 03: Black Mountain
Karen Coughlan (Studio Lead), Claire Whelan, Sam Wingate, Gina Pierce and Simone ten Hompel
Following in the footsteps of John Andrew Rice's legendary Black Mountain College, famous for the schools notable faculty and students alike and Influencing countless future generations of artists, creative minds and educators.
Studio 3D 04: Evocative Objects
Marianne Forrest, Simone ten Hompel and Heidi Yeo
The ingredients are in your hands. To create an authentically new mix requires a discussion with yourself and others about the tensions between the body as the canvas and the messages you send.
Studio 3D 05: FRUIT MACHINE
Steph Aman (Studio Lead), Roisin Dunne, Theresa Hewlett, Jolanta Cerniauskiene and Marianne Forrest
This is a space to let rip and live big! Dream no longer, here imagination knows no bounds. Experiment and make new discoveries, explore what it means to be free and alive; passion and fear are all key ingredients for this fruit salad.