Created as a sister piece to Art School (2015), this short work looks at active and vibrant Fine Art Studio spaces in the last days of use within an academic year. The work combines still images of the material of art making processes, with bursts of 16mm film in which we see students absorbed in making and discussing work. A voice over provides candid, and optimistic comments from current students about what it is to be an art student in this moment.
Commissioned by joint course leaders in Fine Art: Joanne Addison, Adam Gillam
With the voices of Fine Art students: Matthew Dowell, Imo Jeffes, Ronan O’Brien, Laura Pykett, Dani Smith, Anna Smallman
Course Leader: Ok brilliant. Thanks you so much. Good turnout.
Students: For most of us it’s a need rather than a want, in a way.
I mean it is stupid in some senses, lots of people either don’t understand it or advise against it.
It comes from a desire to be in that environment and be around people who I guess drive you and make you feel creatively inspired.
Like you don’t know where it’s going to take you but you know it’s going to take you somewhere that’s interesting.
It’s such a specialism but also something that covers a lot of ground
If you are talking about research then art research can incorporate so many subjects that for someone interested in a lot of things it didn’t close any doors coming to art school.
I’d say the function or what it actually is in society has actually shifted and people still have this very old idea of what it is, and it’s just not that anymore.
Art is just really adaptable to the situation you are in.
The community aspect of art school is so important like working with other people and speaking to other people really helps you practice and helps you get out of tunnel vision.
You can’t be creative if you are being told what to do all the time.
It’s just the need to put something out in the world and needing it to be there, whether its physical or an event that happened, or something, I don’t know just, existing.