About176 is delighted to announce details of its January programme, which includes events organised by students from the curating masters at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art as well as Deconstruct/Reconstruct, an exhibition-based project by the 176 curatorial team and Haverstock School.
The Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths MA Curating classes have been offered the building at 176 as a testing ground for events and talks to explore ideas and practices in contemporary art. The programme will be announced online at the end of December.
Deconstruct/Reconstruct will showcase new works by of over forty graphic design, textile and photography students year 12 students, aged 16-17, from Haverstock School. In the run-up to the exhibition the students are visiting 176's current exhibition Material Presence. They are being encouraged to analyse the exhibition and to consider the context and spaces within which their final works will be exhibited, as well as developing new approaches to the materials they use.
The project will also introduce students to the practice of curating through a series of workshops, talks and visits led by 176 staff. Students will gain an insight into the curator's role, exhibition design and installation. They will work collaboratively to manage the space for the duration of the show. Each pupil will be given feedback and portfolio advice, as well as advice on how to present their work in a public exhibition.
As recognised in its recent Ofsted report, Haverstock School, which is a Business and Enterprise College, has made dramatic progress over the past five years and has gained positive recognition for developing links with the local community. The school previously worked with 176 artist-in-residence Gerry Fox on Camden Walks, for which pupils and young people from the Camden Detached Youth Project produced a series of short Super 16mm films which were shown at 176 as part of Fox's Living London exhibition (January April 2008)