Taking the form of a working group - a small assembly of people brought together to study a situation or problem, reporting on what has been discovered –Constellations will give six artists the opportunity to come together to study socio-political contexts as the site for their artistic practice.
Running from October 2017 – May 2018, the group will explore different methods and approaches to artistic research and community-orientated practice, through a series of day-long monthly workshops hosted by Flat Time House. Each session will be led by an invited guest, the first four guests include; Ain Bailey, Jasleen Kaur, Rory Pilgrim and Rehana Zaman – the other workshop guests will be invited by the group.
Alongside the workshops, there will also be budget and curatorial support to programme two public events, the form and content of which will be shaped and determined by the group collaboratively.
The programme will support artists to develop their practice, collaborate with others, access new networks, and spend time at FTHo as a place to study and research between the monthly workshop sessions.
Constellations has been conceived by UP Projects in collaboration with FTHo and draws on the history of John Latham’s house as a site of experimental art education where students, artists and the wider public can come together to test the boundaries of what is teachable and knowable.
To ensure geographical diversity within the group, two of the six working group artists will live outside of London and will be given financial support to travel and attend each session. All six artists will receive a fee for taking part on the programme, and are expected to be able to commit to at least six workshop sessions out of seven and both public events.
Constellations is supported by The Fenton Trust.
FTHo was the studio home of John Latham (1921-2006), recognised as one of the most significant and influential British post-war artists. In 2003, Latham declared the house a living sculpture, naming it FTHo after his theory of time, ‘Flat Time’. Until his death, Latham opened his door to anyone interested in thinking about art. It is in this spirit that Flat Time House opened in 2008 as a gallery with a programme of exhibitions and events exploring the artist's practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance. It also provides a centre for alternative learning, which includes the John Latham archive, and an artist's residency space.