Slade Summer School: Painting in Contemporary Practice 

28. Jul - 8. Aug 14 / ended Slade School of Fine Art


Workshop | Painting | London

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Slade Summer School: Painting in Contemporary Practice

This two-week advanced painting course with an optional third week will suit experienced studio based artists. The course will address painting within a contemporary context by tracing the turn from the studio to the outside world. We are launching this course as a collective enterprise structured around a project space: an interrogative area within the 08/09 teaching studio in which combinations of work by students can be situated, discussed and worked through during the course. From day one the group will be encouraged to collaborate, mobilising the project space as a site for generating work. We will aim to initiate and develop ways of thinking and working through exhibition as a process, rather than considering it only or primarily as a display of completed works.
Varied practice strategies will be introduced over the course. These will include approaches to be adopted individually or as a group in response to demands from the studio work. Such demands could include: the task of editing, how to forget, how to remember, how to start, how to finish. We’ll experiment with strategies used by artists—the monochrome, for example—to meet these demands, but also devise our own through explorations of, for example, the material and optical qualities of paint.
Weeks one and two open a possibility for ideas and questions to be formulated through painting, with the studio being highly discursive and challenging to the habits of individual practices, thus situating each student differently in relation to their work. From this new position the optional third week allows a student further elaboration with the aim of a public group exhibition and a group directed publication.
Painting in contemporary practice is an advanced course and therefore is best suited for students who already have some experience in painting. If you would like to attend then please email 5 images (each not more than 1mb) of your work as well as a few sentences on why you would like to take the course to We will let you know the outcome of your application within 7 working days.

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