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Course Team

Over 50% of participants go on to apply for postgraduate study at the RCA.

View our Case study: Contemporary Art Summer School 2021.

Register your interest for 2022-23 course dates.

Contemporary Art Summer School course page.

Annie Trevorah_Rhythm2022
Bethany Kohrt_Vestiges_2022
Charlotte Blood_conversation under the desk
Juliet Bankes - SMDJ2022
Coco Ho_The Pearls of Aoi, Film Still, 2022
Kristina Maric_Release 2022
Rebecca Odessa_Yn Fer Croo (The Maker) 2022
FUNG Yee Lick Eric - Trying to love myself for three weeks
Naomi Mendoza - film still from ‘Defiance, Transformation, Enlightenment’ triptych, 2022
Shruti Gaonkar_Touch me  Hold me  wearable shrine 2022
Tracy Tsang_The Rhythm of Self Time 2022
Amy Reeves_ Mother 2022
Claudia Itzel_How do I unsubscribe from this, 2022
Marianne Hendriks_Love Poem 2022
Suzi Bratt_Salt Sweet Sediment 2022
Anna Green - traversing entanglement, 2022

“Despina is a phenomenal artist and educator. She critiques artworks with the most perceptive eye, giving comments, suggestions and references highly relational to every piece of work. In this course, not only did I receive valuable feedback from the tutors, but also authentic commentary from the rest of my talented course mates. Being in such a highly encouraging, motivating and active learning environment, I was truly pushed out of my comfort zone and realised my first independent experimental film in three weeks.”

Coco Ho, China Short Course Participant 2022

“The RCA summer school has given me a clear direction that I have confidence in. No more second-guessing and changing my mind about where to take things. Bye bye procrastination. The course zipped by but it was expertly packed with all the elements an artist needs to lead a well-rounded practice. It felt like it was curated just for us and our areas of interest. The whole course was a safe space with friendly encouragement and constructive criticism.”

Anna Green, UK Short Course Participant 2022

“Guided by the extremely adept programme director Despina, the course is intelligently packed with strategies to holistically build one’s understanding of Contemporary Art in current times. I am really grateful for all the incisive feedback I received throughout the course which helped me translate the learning’s into a substantial final project. I am also really grateful to have met so many talented intelligent artists from across the world sitting in my studio in Mumbai. The course structure allowed us to genuinely connect with each other. I am surprised by how much I got to learn from my classmates in spite of it being an online programme. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in building their own contemporary art practice.”

Shruti Gaonkar, India Short Course Participant 2022

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