Makeshift: New Sites of Studio Production
Fri 10 Dec 2021

Makeshift: New Sites of Studio Production

The aim of the project is to create a digital platform and network, opening new sites of Art School studio production in order to enable artists and students to sustain a studio practice remotely and to foster an international network of studio-based courses. This initiative builds on the research project ‘Dirty Practice’, an annual residency and research project initiated by Ayliffe and Mieves in 2015.


What is the situation now: To what extent has the pandemic impacted on the understanding of the art school studio space and the separation of private and institutional spaces?

Role of Practice: Does ‘blended making’ and remote working mean an extradition of practice from the institution? How can practice skills and experiential learning be delivered in alternative environments?

Political aspect: Is there an opportunity against increasingly segregated and nationalistic tendencies in education (e.g. removal of Erasmus scheme In UK) and the potential for art projects to transgress some of these barriers to learning?

What next: Funding opportunities, widening  the network, ideas for future development.

International collaborators included:

  • Prof Roman Nieczyporowski, Gdansk Academy of Fine Art, Poland. 
  • Prof Piotr Jozefowicz, Gdansk Academy of Fine Art, Poland.
  • Dr Frederiek Bennema, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands.
  • Prof. Dr. Sara Burkhardt, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, Germany. 
  • Ms Margaret Ayliffe, Wolverhampton School of Art, UK. 
  • Dr Xiomara Zúñiga, Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Dr Pablo Bonilla, Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Universidad de Costa Rica. 

The project has been awarded with the Pioneer Award, Institute for Creative Arts Practice, Newcastle University (2021) [£ 1000].