Shot over three years during rare breaks, before and after teaching, this film represents the generic spaces and facilities once seen in art schools up and down the country. In the absence of students it is the chipboard partitions in studio spaces, paint spattered chairs, the life-drawing studio, workshops and institutional offices that describe the work that takes place. All these spaces are imminently due for demolition and upgrade and the teaching methodologies themselves are being challenged and questioned. As the climate for the arts changes, new technologies emerge, and institutional expectations and requirements change, this model of Art School sits on the cusp of existence.
This film premiered at Anthology Film Archives in New York November 2015 as part of The Infinite Child: The Art School Dance Goes on Forever, programmed by Sukhdev Sandhu for The Flaherty Series. The event was chaired by Dan Fox, Editor of Freize, and Eugenia Bell, Design Observer Executive Director and supported by Paper Monument.
Also shown at
Impersonal Life, 175 Gallery, Korea. Curated by Songyi Son. May 2016
This is an Art School, Central Saint Martins at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern
Art School shown alongside two great films about art schools Different Systems of Chaos by Anya Lewin and Steven Eastwood and For an Open Campus by Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone, in the context of the Friday afternoon Art History Lecture at This is an Art School at Tate Exchange. Organised by staff students and alumni at CSM.