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Conversations: Artworks by First-year RCA Visual Communication students in response to Arlington House

21 November 2019 | 9.30am – 12pm

Arlington House, 220 Arlington Road, Camden, London NW1 7HE


Conversations grew from exchanges between Visual Communication students and residents of Arlington House Homeless Hostel, Camden. The site of this collaboration was Creative Studio 5 – a space where people from Arlington come together with a common motivation to make art – and facilitated by Federico Gallo (MA Visual Communication, 2008). 

Over weekly visits during May and June 2019, the project developed through collaborative workshops, impromptu performances, collective drawing and – most importantly – conversations. In the weeks following the workshops, students created individual responses from their experiences of this journey. Some were moved by a particular conversation or by an artwork, others were able to make profound connections with their own culture – or have simply been inspired by the spirit and magic of the residents. 

On 21 November, as part of ‘Creative Space,’ Annual Autumn Exhibition at Arlington, Conversations will be exhibited as a collection of audio visual responses by the students. Through installation, music and art, the event will be a celebration of the many stories and the vibrant creativity that thrives inside Arlington.