Starting in March 2024 Rewilding Practice is a year-long programme offering up to 10 emerging artists an intensive research and practice-based programme developed with an industry partner, G F Smith (paper manufacturer). This part-time programme will encourage artists to observe and research innovative paper production processes aimed at reducing environmental impact and to communicate these through distinctive creative practices to audiences including art & design practitioners, school, further & higher education students, educators, local communities and the industry & business sector. It will also provide opportunities for in-person and online peer dialogue sessions with students on similar-level programmes at alternative art schools including TOMA (The Other MA, Southend) and the MESH project (Into the Wild, at Chisenhale Gallery, London) The work produced by programme participants will also contribute to professional level portfolios to support future creative or career pathways.
Participating artists will be offered studio space, regular tuition including careers advice, industry visits and input from industry professionals and visiting artists. For those who live beyond easy travelling distance it will be possible to participate remotely for certain parts of the programme. This is organised in 4 blocks with space in between each block for independent practice. Outcomes will include 1) an exhibition of work by participants (physical and online) to a range of audiences as above 2) presentations and events 3) a publication featuring the research process and the creative outcomes (hard copy and online). Throughout the project students will maintain blogs and journals recording the progress of their work and their research findings.
This project will offer a blueprint for future collaboration with other industry partners and will contribute to ongoing research by alternative art schools to formulate productive ways of assessing quality, value and distance travelled by students. Students will be closely involved with planning, evaluating and contributing to the future development of this programme and therefore fees for this initial run will be subsidised.
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