Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice

8 Oct 2018 – 3 Dec 2018

Regular hours

08:00 – 22:00
08:00 – 22:00
08:00 – 22:00
08:00 – 22:00
08:00 – 22:00
09:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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Deptford Lounge

England, United Kingdom


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This course maps the theories and discourses that inform the production and reception of contemporary art, providing a supportive environment to develop your practice and articulate your ideas on the production, exhibition and interpretation of art.


Through lectures, seminars, tutorials and gallery visits the course will familiarise you with key concepts and historical transformations that underpin contemporary art production and reception. We will look at the impact of key philosophical, cultural and political discourses on art practice, and examine different theoretical perspectives and critical debates. You will extend and develop your ability to discuss, write about and judge contemporary art. You will be supported in contextualising your practice with extensive feedback in tutorials and workshops. You will also develop your skills in writing artist’s statements, critical reviews and/or exhibition proposals.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you will have a good grasp of the historical underpinnings and current debates in contemporary art . You will be able to develop, articulate and contextualise your practice. You will develop your writing and research skills and formulate research questions to guide your practice and research. You will be able to critically evaluate your own work, as well as that of others. You’ll be able to critically discuss and evaluate contemporary art.

Who Should Attend
The course will suit those wishing to develop their practice and research, prepare a portfolio, apply for a postgraduate degree in art or pursue a career in the arts. The course is open to everyone regardless of experience but it is particularly suited to those who have a background and experience in art and wish to develop their practice and extend their knowledge of contemporary art practices and discourses. The course will benefit painters, sculptors, print-makers, installation, performance, video and media artists, designers, sound artists, musicians, curators, writers and researchers.

The course runs from 8 October to 3 December 2018, on Monday evenings 6:30-9pm for 9 weeks, with off-site visits on Saturday, 27 October 2018, 2:30pm-5pm. For more information please visit the website.


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