Studios 6: Making it Real
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.
Elisabetta De Guio
Asha Paul Bellow
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.