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Student Showcase Archive

The Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art – CCA Shows 2017

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.

The projects are:

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

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

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 

#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 and Jakob Rowlinson

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

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
Saturday 20–Sunday 21 May: Open to the public, 12–8pm
Delfina Foundation, 29–31 Catherine Place, London, SW1E 6DY

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 artifacts.

Artists: Manal Al Dowayan, Mudar Alhajji, Kathrin Böhm, Leone Contini, Srajana Kaikini, Yazan Khalili, Hala Muhanna, Judy Price, Alessandra Saviotti, Laura Wilson


For further information or images please contact Bethany Bull, RCA Press Office on t: +44 (0) 20 7590 4114, e: [email protected], or [email protected] 

 Notes to Editors

Curating Contemporary Art Programme (CCA)

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. For information about joining the CCA programme and updates on Open Days visit:


Established in 1994, Gasworks is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation working at the intersection between UK and international practices and debates. The organisation provides studios for London-based artists; commissions emerging UK-based and international artists to present their first major exhibitions in the UK; and develops a highly respected international residencies programme, which offers rare opportunities for international artists to research and develop new work in London. All programmes are accompanied by events and participatory workshops that engage audiences directly with artists and their work.

 Delfina Foundation

Founded in 2007, Delfina Foundation promotes artistic exchange and experimentation. Through its artist-in-residence, exhibition and public programmes the organisation creates opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers to reflect on what they do, position their practice within relevant global discourse, create career-defining research and commissions, and network with colleagues. The Foundation forges international collaborations to build shared platforms to incubate, present and discuss common practices and themes. In January 2014, Delfina Foundation expanded into an adjacent building at 31 Catherine Place in central London, becoming London's largest provider of international residencies.

Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall

Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall is a non-profit, artist-led entity, placing equal emphasis on audiences and artists. Founded as an educational charity in 1994 to fill a niche between the institution, the commercial and the ‘alternative’, Beaconsfield’s reputation rests on the staging of an influential programme of commissions (beacons) in a range of art mediums (field). Acting simultaneously as an experimental art laboratory, gallery and primary research vehicle, Beaconsfield is notable for pioneering developments in time-based, political and sound art as well as curatorial practice. International partnerships have included the Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Tate Britain and Foam Museum, Amsterdam.

 Sculpture programme, School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art

The Sculpture programme at the RCA establishes a framework that encompasses the material, historical and theoretical conditions of Sculpture in which artists are supported to develop their practice. Sculpture includes object-making, public art and social practices, site and space, performance, as well as sound, film and video but rather than consider the specific multiple manifestations of Sculpture, we prefer to think of it as a methodology in which to progress the production of ideas/artworks. Our emphasis is on thinking and doing: the unfinished, the raw and the fluid have as much validity as the resolved and the fixed. Recent graduates include Laura O’Neil, Saelia Aparicio, Holly Hendry and Jamie Fitzpatrick.

 The Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, placed at Number One in the 2015 and 2016 QS World University Rankings. Specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers the degrees of MA, MRes, MPhil, and PhD across the disciplines of applied art, fine art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 1,500 Master’s and doctoral students and more than 1,000 professionals interacting with them – including scholars, art and design practitioners, along with specialists, advisers and distinguished visitors.