During this workshop, artists and students got together for the first time. This meeting took place in Exeter University during December 2014.
Firstly, artists introduced themselves with a presentation of their practice, with a particular emphasis in process and how creative methods where shaping the final artwork. This gave the students the opportunity to understand more in depth about the research their art practices carry from their personal experiences.
Afterwards, students presented their ideas of possible projects coming from their research about the Somerset Levels and Moors. This project has an experimental dimension as we didn’t know what was going to come out from their first responses, however, we found the result even at this stage was very successful. The projects presented were very varied, both in terms of conceptual approaches but also techniques that included interactive installations and interventions in the public space, among others.
After a break we were all ready to work in groups. The dynamic of their group relied on each of the participants in order to find a common interest to tackle in their collaborative projects. They had sources to work from, their research in Somerset, the student groups ideas and the artists’s approaches.
The groups were deep into their conversations sharing ideas, putting them together and shaping them in collaboration. After that they already had an starting point of what they wanted to work on during this project. Ideas will be shaped over the process, however, their essence will be carried on until the final stage of the project when presented to the public.
To see more images click in the following link where you can see more images of the process: http://thelandofthesummerpeople.org/2015/02/11/3-encounter-between-artists-and-students/
Thanks to all the participants