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Show 2017: Curating Contemporary Art Partners with Leading London Galleries

This year’s CCA MA graduating students present their final projects developed in collaboration with leading art galleries based in London as part of the new CCA Graduate Partnership project programme. 

Working with Gasworks, Delfina Foundation and Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall and building on previous commissioning projects with the RCA’s Sculpture programme, the four projects explore themes of public space, liquid citizenship, nomadic communities and spatial memory through such disparate contexts as an off-shore company boardroom, the New Covent Garden Flower Market, the Victorian railway arches of Vauxhall and the practices of Airbnb.

Turn the Tide is an offshore company, operating from a boardroom temporarily based in the Dyson Gallery at the Royal College of Art. In this office environment, constructed from newly commissioned and existing works by international artists, members of the public are invited to take ownership of the company by participating in a series of public board meetings. These collaboratively scripted and improvised live events will discuss ideas and experiences of liquidity, capital, citizenship and geographical borders. Artists: Eva Barto; Julie Béna; Jesse Darling; Martti Kalliala; Christopher Kulendran-Thomas; Aron Kullander-Östling and John Menick.

#DoingItInPublic is an exhibition conceived for Beaconsfield’s industrial Arch Space addressing notions of public space and place-making in post-industrial society through two new commissions by emerging artists studying on the Sculpture programme at the Royal College of Art. Encompassing installation and daily performance the artists’ works engage with Beaconsfield’s neighbourhood, including New Covent Garden Flower Market, to reflect upon the accelerated regeneration of the Vauxhall and Nine Elms localities. Artists: Paloma Proudfoot; Jakob Rowlinson

Itinerant Assembly investigates the productive potential of temporary meetings of people in real and virtual space, framed against the voluntary and forced nomadism that defines the lives of many people today. It also considers how digital technologies enable and sustain hyper-mobile communities, creating networks of people who are able to collaborate across different countries and time zones. Gasworks’ international artist-in-residence programme and its location in a rapidly developing area of London act as the starting point for a series of public ‘assemblies’ which include artist-led events, a newly commissioned immersive environment and a live Hackpad conversation with international contributors, which enact ideas around nomadic practices and temporary togetherness. Artists: Emma Haugh; (play)ground-less, and more to be announced.

Open House responds to Delfina Foundation’s acclaimed international artist-in-residence programme during which creative producers live and work at the Foundation’s base in Central London. Drawing on the personal memories of participants’ residency experiences over the last eleven years, writers, curators, artists and performers, have been commissioned to produce temporary interventions in the private and public areas of the Delfina space. Over a single weekend this programme of vibrant participatory and performative work will catalyse the Foundation’s architecture, to explore ideas of ‘being in residence’, the intersections between public and private, and what it means to collect intangible experiences, rather than physical artefacts. Artists: Laura Wilson; Hala Muhanna, and more to be announced.

With thanks to our partner institutions
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With thanks to our sponsors:

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Established 25 years ago the MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) programme is recognised both as an international leader in its field and for its commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice throughout the two years of the curriculum. The CCA programme approaches the field critically, theoretically and through best practice in commissioning, curating and programming with London-based and national arts organisations and spaces ensuring that the knowledge and understanding of these practices is grounded in the context of public audiences, urbanisation and the digital. CCA is part of the RCA’s School of Humanities, led by Professor Victoria Walsh. This year’s graduate project course has been led by Kelly Large, Tutor in Curatorial Practice. 

Find out more about Curating Contemporary Art and how to Apply.

Turn the Tide
Thursday 27 April, 6–9pm: Preview and press conference
Friday 28–Sunday 30 April, 12–5pm: Open to the public
Dyson Gallery, Dyson Building, Royal College of Art, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN
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Wednesday 3 May, 6–8pm: Preview and performance
Thursday 4–Saturday 6 May, 11am–5pm: Open to the public
Saturday 6 May: 4–7.30pm: Panel discussion, followed by performance and closing reception

Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, 22 Newport Street, London, SE11 6AY 
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Itinerant Assembly
Thursday 11 May, 6.30–8.30pm: Preview
Friday 12–Thursday 18 May, 12–6pm: Performative installation open to the public
18 May, 7–9pm: Hackpad event
Additional events to be announced soon
Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall St, London SE11 5RR
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Open House
Saturday 20–Sunday 21 May: Open to the public, times to be announced
Delfina Foundation, 29–31 Catherine Place, London, SW1E 6DY
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