Low Residency – what is it?

MA Fine Art Digital is unique in having students based both in London and online living anywhere in the world.

After 10 years of this unusual but hugely successful delivery, in 2014 we enhnaced the model with a ‘Low Residency’ an intensive 10 days in London for all students to attend if they choose.

A ‘Low Residency’ masters in fine art has a long and successful tradition in North America but our offer is a first for the UK.

With a simple and highly effective way of building a ‘community of practice’ for both London and online based students, adding the Low Residency element provides an exciting and challenging strand.

So in February 2017 and new group of students will join together, travelling from as far west as California and as far east as Japan. Joining with the London based students the 37 students in total represent about 20 different countries.

The 10 days include collaborative workshops, group tutorials, lectures, gallery visits, artist talks, hands on making, food and lots of discussion and debate. Check the rest of this blog for a flavour of the activities.

At the start of a time like this it is always good to hear some good advice, here from a recent talk by curator Lucy Day:

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Low Residency 2016 day 3

 

Aspen Art Award – winners!

The Contemporary Arts Society and Aspen Insurance run an annual competition for a £5000 commission. MA Fine Art Digital students were amongst 8 people shortlisted, Jack Addis and the art collective ‘su_’ which is a partnership between Virginia Samper and Blanca Ulloa. All 3 are current MA Fine Art Digital 1st year students.

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On the 18 June 2015 at Aspen Insurance’s head quarters Virginia and Blanca were announced as the winners! You can read more about their proposal here.

Ben Vickers — Curator of Digital at Serpentine Galleries and one of the judges said, ‘I am delighted to have been involved in awarding su_ this year’s prize. Their work has a vitality and sensitivity to context that is rarely seen in younger artists, together they bring an energetic and thoughtful dynamism that I am compelled to follow into the future.’

Lumen art prize exhibition

The Lumen art prize international tour of prize winners came to London. MA Fine Art Digital students worked as curators with Course Director Jonathan Kearney. This lead to a lot of interesting discussion and a challenging installation in London’s Crypt Gallery.
Despite initial fears, the unusual space didn’t overwhelm the work and instead seemed to give it an open platform, space to breath, allowing unusual juxtapositions to collide and new dialogues to emerge. Put it another way the colour looked great on the old brick walls and the sound bounced around a lot!

Two students, Clara Duran and Jack Addis were selected to take part in the symposium and presented their ideas and in a curated conversation with Jonathan. Several students contributed short curatorial statements, Yvonne Opalinski (online student based in Toronto), Anqi Zhou and a joint statement by Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm and Trystan Williams, see the PDF below.

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1 day show and performance

25 March – a quick pop-up exhibition of current work in the studio and a performance in the corridor outside.