New Conditions

Matthew Noel-Tod

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    “New Conditions”

    In October 2018, artists Matthew Noel-Tod and David Panos founded Conditions, a one-year low-cost studio programme for artists. Conditions is based in Croydon and was set-up in response to the increasing cost of both studio space and higher education for artists in London. The programme has 13 artists enrolled for the first year and it has a group of Associates who provide regular input. The programme gives 24/7 access to studio space and structured critical conversations to develop each artist’s work as well as encouraging collaboration and collective work on exhibitions and events. The educational framework for Conditions is informed by an awareness of the network and history of studio based, or independent, art and design study programmes worldwide and in response to the conditions of art education in UK higher education today. Examples of existing and former programmes include, Whitney Independent Study Programme, New York, Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program, Beirut, Werplaats Typografie, Arnhem, Lux Associate Artists Programme, London and Open School East, Margate. Conditions aims to be focused on the studio space, production and exhibition, to be critically engaged and to have the flexibility of a DIY approach. The programme seeks to avoid the inherent competitiveness of award bearing university courses and does not require specific educational qualifications to apply, although most participants have completed some prior higher education. The project proposes sharing knowledge as a central resource and seeks to push aesthetic questions on the current notion and conditions of ‘contemporary art’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2019

    Bibliographical note

    Association for Art History Conference 4-6 April 2019, University of Brighton, University of Sussex & local partners


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