Global Art Practice
What does it mean to be an artist working within a globalised society?
Art at Reading has developed a distinctive approach to contemporary art through a combination of practice and theory. Our particular expertise lies in international art practice, curating exhibitions and publicly engaged art projects. We have a number of well-established links with universities and art schools across the world, including the USA, Canada, Australia, France and Switzerland, and our research and teaching has been recognised for its international excellence.
DATES: Monday 15th July - Friday 26th July
An Introduction to Global Art Practice is particularly suitable for UK and international students who wish to study art at undergraduate level and will prepare you for the challenges across art practice and theory. Working from our campus-based studio environment, students will participate in studio-based projects and research trips to some of the UK's world-leading museums and galleries. Candidates should be self-motivated, with a vision and voice to develop a personal enquiry, seeking to develop an assessed portfolio project, which may be used towards applications for degree programmes and other purposes.
The course will introduce you to the ideas, practical skills, and language of artists working internationally. Guided gallery visits with talks by curators and artists, followed by discussion, will give you an introduction to the international language of contemporary art. Practical workshop and studio skills including sculpture, photography, digital media and drawing will help you create your own artwork. Using Web 2.0 applications and networking, you will be invited to join and contribute to various online communities and art projects. You will gain specialist advice on the presentation and development of how to prepare your own portfolio both physically and online.
Who will be teaching you and how?
You will be taught by the Art staff, all of whom are practising international artists, curators and writers. Our approach is to use a combination of encountering art work first-hand through research visits and exploring the potential for networking, as well as utilising web applications. The courses will feature discussions, talks and lectures from artists and curators, and practical studio workshops in which you will use your own studio space. There will also be group and individual tutorials focusing on the development of your art portfolio in a global art practice context. Our aim is to develop dynamic, autonomous and reflective thinkers who have their own creative position within international debates and cultures of art.
Facilities to enrich your experience
You will experience very large studio spaces, dedicated gallery space for presentation and documentation, inductions to dark room facilities, and excellent high-end digital workshops for the production and editing of digital and moving images.
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