UWE Fine Arts collaboration ticks the right boxes

Issue date: 05 May 2011

UWE Fine Arts students are co-curating an exhibition with students from the Chelsea College of Art and Design (CCAD) on Wednesday 11 May 2011, at the Triangle Gallery, London, 11.00 – 19.00.

Please Come Along and Bring Something is a collaborative project devised by six level 2 UWE students and six level 2 Chelsea students and is part of an ongoing exchange programme between the two universities. The partnership was set up in 2010 by Markus Eisenmann, from UWE, and Elizabeth Peebles, from CCAD, to develop curating, exhibiting and networking opportunities for students.

Last year, second year students from both universities were asked to submit proposals and a group was selected to exhibit at the Bristol Diving School (run by UWE graduates). This year the exhibition has been co-curated from the outset, with Chelsea hosting the return leg at the Triangle Gallery.

The exhibition seeks to explore and examine notions of collaborative practice. There will be 300 empty cardboard boxes which visitors to the exhibition are invited to fill with any object – something found especially for the occasion, or something everyday, which they happen to have with them at the time. The group will sort through the boxes, using each object as the starting point for collaboration – an artwork, a discussion or any kind of collective activity that the object might elicit.

The group will be in the gallery from 11am, for the duration of the show, where they hope to engage visitors in discussion and involve them in the collaborative process.

Jackson Bateman, a Fine Arts student at UWE said: “It's fantastic being able to get involved with the more organisational side of the art world by curating a show from a distance, incorporating business tools such as budgeting and marketing. Working with students from another art school has been brilliant and I believe that I've gained valuable skills which give my degree a more professional aspect.”

The event is open to students from both universities and members of the public.

Please Come Along and Bring Something
11 May 2011, 11.00-19.00
Triangle Gallery
Chelsea College of Art and Design
16 John Islip Street

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