‘The Other Story’ Online: Digital Exhibition Histories

Are you interested in how contemporary art is presented and then critically received? What do you know about the history of racism in the British art establishment? Would you like participate in the design of a web prototype before its public launch?

I am looking to work with a cross-course team of students to develop an interactive digital platform for documenting and re-activating a highly significant exhibition of contemporary art that took place in 1989: ‘The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain’. This exhibition, which first took place at the Hayward Gallery in London, will be mapped visually and spatially online, and then shared with the public for interactive engagement – and I seek a team to collaborate with me on all of this.

We will initially meet on Wednesday afternoons during May, 2pm to 4pm at Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross (D105 on 4 May, D109 on 11 May, D111 on 18 May, D117 on 25 May). Welcoming visiting specialists, including the web developer at work on this project, artists who participated in the show and hopefully its curator, Rasheed Araeen, the discussion will be enriched by your participation. Please come along to the first class, 2pm 4 May in KX D105 to learn more – and don’t hesitate to ask any questions beforehand.

My best,

Dr Lucy Steeds


Pathway Leader, MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins

Editor, Afterall Books: Exhibition Histories, Central Saint Martins

           The Mead, Rome PhD Studio Residency 2016

Description of the Residency

The Mead, Rome PhD Studio Residency is a valuable opportunity for PhD students studying at UAL. The successful candidates will live and work at the British School at Rome (the BSR) that offers excellent studio, living and library facilities, as well as joining its vibrant community of other scholars and artists*. This is a superb opportunity for students to research and focus on their work away from normal pressures, and to use the BSR as a base to explore Rome.

More information about the BSR can be found at http://www.bsr.ac.uk

3 residencies, each of 1 month duration, will be awarded. 1 residence will take place in July and 2 residencies will take place in September of 2016. The duration of each residence is 28 days and their respective arrival and departure dates are:

4 – 31 July

1 – 29 September



UAL post-registration PhD students who are practice based and will be able to utilise the studio.



  • In your application, please give an account of how a residency at the BSR would benefit your studio practice and your PhD project, how you plan to use your time there and contribute to the BSR research community. The BSR research statement highlights that it welcomes ‘Practice led research in fine art that engages with the research ethos and community at the British School in Rome.’
  • This statement must be submitted as a 2 page, PDF with a 500-word text, plus images.
  • Please include the name of your Director of Studies in your application. If you are shortlisted your DoS will be contacted for a letter of recommendation.
  • Please indicate any months you could not do if your application is successful.
  • Send your PDF to m.finch@csm.arts.ac.uk by 5pm , Monday 2 May 2016 and title your email ‘Mead/Rome’.

*   The successful candidates will have access to an en-suite studio and all the usual BSR facilities – although please note that access to the Library is restricted for part of July.

The residency is officially uncatered however residents are very welcome to come to breakfast when it is served (usually not the last couple of days in July and  first few of September).  They are also welcome to sign up for Lunches, Dinners and Special Dinners at the standard BSR rates (€15/20/25 respectively) which will be charged as taken.

Feminism and Contemporary Art

One-week intensive Summer School at Middlesex University (6-12 July 2016) on research in feminism and contemporary art (fine art)

It is for anyone considering post-graduate study in feminist art history or about feminist art practices. I thought you would like to know about it as you may have students who would be interested in this form of study in July 2016.
If you know of any graduates, writers, curators or artists who may be interested in joining this course who are considering postgraduate study, please forward this to them or circulate this email in any networks or email lists.

This course will discuss how feminist theory has developed in relation to contemporary art practices in recent decades. The emphasis will be on trans-national and trans-generational discourses in feminist theory in relation to concepts of a ‘global contemporary’, like my journal n.paradoxa. The course will look back at developments in art during the last 50 years and look forward to new models of research in the field. The aim is for those attending, through discussion, to develop a plan for future work or a proposal for a PhD or MA research project.

Want to know more?

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The course will be taught by Katy Deepwell with guest lectures from other staff at Middlesex University and elsewhere.


Hendon campus  Middlesex University, London. 
The Hendon Campus is 15 mins walk from Hendon Central tube station (Northern Line) and well-served by North London buses.

Time and dates

Five days, 6 July to 12 July 2016
10am to 4.30pm Wednesday to Tuesday

Cost: £450.

For graduates or mature artists considering post-graduate study. 
It is not a general course open to any level and is focused on those in higher education aiming to tackle a postgraduate research degree at MA or PhD level with feminist subjects or methods.

Registration open now at:-


Drawing Research Event

The next Drawing Research series workshop will be next Friday on Drawing Evidence: Lost and Found. 

As this is a drawing workshop, we unfortunately need to limit the numbers to 20 participants. Please register on eventbrite to secure a place.

Date: Friday 18 March

Time: 4.30 – 6.30pm

Facilitators: Judit Ferencz,  Syafiq Jubri, Huda Tayob


Please see the eventbrite link for more details:





9 March – 20 April

Victorian Vitrine


In response to the 5th anniversary of Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, an exhibition entitled “Rikuzentakata” – the name of a city that was swept away by the tsunami – features the young emerging Japanese artist duo Natsumi Seo and Haruka Komori and Naoya Hatakeyama, an international high-profile Japanese photographer.


Learn more

The Lady From the Sea


14 – 17 March | Platform Theatre


The Lady From the Sea: the annual BA Acting Spring Term Shows return with this interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s dramatic play by dramatist David Eldridge, with set and costume by our final year BA PDP students.


Tickets are still available, visit the event page for more details and to book.

Research Fortnight

Presentations | Discussion | Workshops

7 – 18 March

Various Locations


The annual UAL Research Fortnight returns for a two-week exploration of the richness of the University’s research activities, with events taking place across the University. Open to all UAL staff and students, Research Fortnight highlights the diversity of research taking place across UAL and offers opportunities to learn more about what is happening in different subject areas.




MA Communication Design Symposium  

15 – 17 March, 10am – 4pm | LVMH Lecture Theatre


The MA Communication Design Symposium is a three-day annual conference highlighting post-graduate research. Speakers include: Nick BellBillie MurabenPolly O’Flynn and James Langdon.

In addition to student presenters, each day will begin with keynotes delivered by speakers from industry and academia, followed by three panel presentation and discussion sessions.

Visit the event page for more information.

Art and Action

Exhibition | Screening | Performance

Thursday 17 March | The Street


Art and Action is the culmination of Foundation Fine Art students’ engagement with energy usage, housing, waste and disaster. The project collaborates with Art Action UK, an arts organisation founded by CSM Foundation tutor Kaori Homma in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

This event will showcase two and three-dimensional works, films, performances, and a postcard fundraiser. The audience can also participate in debates and workshops, beginning at 1pm with Jessica Holtaway’s ‘Art and Social Change’ lecture.

Head to the event page for more details.

Our Laughter Will Drown Your Sorrows

MA Interim Show

18 – 20 March, 11am – 5pm | The Laundry, E8 3FN


Our Laughter will Drown Your Sorrows showcases the work of over 70 CSM postgraduate art students, all in the first year of their Postgraduate courses, MA Art & Science, MA Fine Art, and MA Photography. 

Exhibiting work from across the full scope of media available to artists today, including, painting, sculpture, video, performance, and interactive works, Our Laughter Will Drown Your Sorrows showcases work that needs to be made and needs to be shown.

Head to the event page for the full details.

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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