The Fine Art cluster of studios covers the Photography BA, Fine Art BA and Painting BA courses. Students from any of these courses may join any studio – tutors will teach to all disciplines. The studio themes tend to draw on the tutors' research interests in art or photography. Each studio teaches around that theme for half the year. Each studio also serves as an umbrella beneath which students' individual art or photography projects will develop, take shape and reach completion.
Fine Art Studios
Studio Art 01: Negotiating Form
Andrea Medjesi-Jones and Pete Fillingham
This studio is about painting and sculpture. The painter Ad Reinhardt once famously quipped that “sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting”. Those were the days when medium-specificity counted. These days, another art medium isn’t really a nuisance like this anymore. So what is painting, now exactly? And what is sculpture now, too? We shall question new tendencies in painting and sculpture and discover and research what we mean by these categories.
Studio Art 02: Archive Fever
Patrick Ward and Galia Kollectiv
This studio explores the archive – the means by which historical knowledge and forms of remembrance are accumulated, stored and recovered – through the ways that it has been explored, subverted and deconstructed by artists from the early 20th century to the present.
Studio Art 03: Unstable Assembly
Rosemarie McGoldrick and Jonathan Whitehall
Unstable Assembly is a studio that looks at art and the world around us – how art fits in among the important stuff that increasingly impacts on the way we live – the environment, other animals, science and the great outdoors. If you are interested in learning how to push your art practice into the open, into wide public space, this is the studio for you.
Studio Photo 04: The Encountered Sign
James Russell Cant and Ania Dabrowska
Increasingly, progressive commercial photography agents work with photographers and artists whose practice is at home in the gallery as it is in the applied sector. This studio aims directly at that growing elision, too – building on the ideas of affect and the encountered sign.
Studio Photo 05: Post-Truth. Narrating the (Un)Real
Paola Leonardi and Heather McDonough
Presenting the photographer’s role as both artist, storyteller and witness of our times, this studio explores the construction of photographic narratives that reflect changes in and challenges to our society. In this studio, photography can be a tool to protest stereotypes, a method of testimony to events, a practice to construct fantasies or a way to engage with media trends.