Project Brief


The CREATING A CONTEXT workshop presents a real and catalytic situation in which Fine Art and Architect students can define and exploit collaboratively mutual interests in the use of space and notions of the ‘site-specific’.

Working collaboratively in your cross-disciplinary group you are asked to respond directly to your allocated site. You are required to invent, construct and display new, temporary, innovative artworks and spatial solutions on site, completing within the given two week time frame and specific practical constraints. The project involves a number of challenges with regard to production and dissemination in an international context and how you facilitate creative solutions in a new and unfamiliar environment. This practice led approach is embedded in a theoretical framework, including a series of seminars, films and lectures (see timetable) that enable a critical discussion and understanding of European art and architecture production and exhibition practice.

Each group, consisting of five art and architecture students and supervised by two academics, is required to produce a, full scale, temporary sculptural installation within their allocated space that explores some aspect of the site and considers the relationship of the viewer/audience to the space. For example you may wish to consider the history of the site, its former or current function, as well as other formal conceptual and compositional considerations. You could contemplate adjusting the orientation of space, the atmosphere, making something that the viewer/audience can interact with, or that directs, or confine them.

Each group should develop an agreement on how to proceed, what concepts, materials and processes to use etc. There are no tools, materials or equipment supplied! How you effectively and inventively resource your project within these constraints is a significant part of the challenge.

There is an expectation that each group will contribute to the Creating a Context Blog, regularly documenting their work and posting information on their progress including, drawings and photographs. The Programme Timetable also includes a 15minute slot for each group to present a ‘work in progress’ report to all. Evidence of developmental material should also be presented as part of the assessment at the end of the project.

Assessment: All projects must be completed and presented for public exhibition by Friday 30thMarch. Critical assessments will be conducted on site, in your groups 9.30 -12pm Saturday 31stMarch. Each group will deliver a brief (20 minute) oral presentation on their projects. Each project will be evaluated and graded by a group of staff consisting of their own teaching team and others from a different group.

Each group is responsible for returning their allocated space/site to its former condition, dismantling the artworks and disposing of all materials responsibly by Saturday 31st March evening.