PROFESSIONAL CASE STUDIES
MFA YEAR 1 COLLABORTIVE WORKSHOP
WITH RICHARD LAYZELL
The Collaborative Workshop was a series of two sessions, culminating in a student organized exhibition Wednesday 27 Nov 2013.
Day 1: Richard directed some performance activities. The workshop was a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a bit better. The performance activities showed us that we could explore ideas and produce artwork spontaneously and without “materials.” They also allowed some students experiment with performance as a medium for the first time.
WORKSHOP AT THE MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD
WITH HOLLIE SLAUGHTER
Hollie Slaughter organized a cake decorating workshop at the Museum of Childhood, and invited fellow MFA students to volunteer. We had a brief practice session in which we were introduced to the materials. We worked on simplifying shapes and brushstrokes to make simple, teachable designs.
At the museum, we arrived in our best rendition on 1940's garb, and Hollie provided sponge cakes frosted with fondant. She used 1940‘s eggless cake recipe, and gave a brief presentation. We asked the children to think about how frequently they eat foods containing eggs and sugar, and to imagine what it would have been like during the wartime rationing.
ART PARLOUR 2014
RED ROOM AT MONTPELIER IN PECKHAM
The presenters engaged us in a conversation about contexts for professional practice. We talked about showing work professionally in various galleries, from artist-run spaces to conventional commercial galleries. We discussed opportunities for working in the academic sector, the possibilities presented by artist residencies or studio swaps, and ways to invent our own.
The discussion on theoretical context showed a gap in many of our practices. We’re inspired to organize our own student-lead reading groups to discuss major theoretical ideas which are relevant in to today’s environment. They provide us with details of many useful online tools for showcasing work, networking, and keeping apprised of opportunities and upcoming events.
I only wish that we had taken advantage of our proximity to art spaces in Peckham during the workshop, but visiting these galleries is certainly on the agenda for future MFA excursions.
For the feedback session, our group ended up being cobbled together at the last minute when several of our group members failed to show up. We were able to improvise and combine groups, presenting a discussion (which was at least appropriate as art parlour was a dialogue itself).
I felt that I missed an opportunity after seeing other presentations, which used creativity and humor to relay the event.
Lesson learned: Never miss a chance to make a requirement into artistic work!