The final group exhibition from artists on the MA Fine Art course opens on 5 September 2015 at Chelsea College of Arts, London. Five post-graduate courses in all display a resolved body of work from the previous year, including: MA Fine Art, MA Graphic Design Communication, MA Interior & Spatial Design, MA Textile Design, and MA Curating & Collections. This must-see show from London’s newest group of makers and designers ends 10 September 2015.
Disciplined risk-taking pays big dividends
“Welcome to the Mud ride, enter at your own will” intones one work at this year’s MA Fine Art post-graduate show at Chelsea College of Arts, London. This MA show has to be one of the strongest from Chelsea in many years; from alter-egos to conceptual art, from painting and object-making and almost everything in between, there’s a real sense throughout the show of the pay-off that follows a year’s worth of disciplined risk-taking.
Just over 100 artists have completed the year-long (or two years part-time) post-graduate course, culminating in Chelsea’s annual showcase that includes a wide range of art practice that is certainly not limited to painting, sculpture/object-making, and photography; visitors will get a real feel for global contemporary art practice here through the more recognisable-as-art pieces as well as immersive installations, video art, performance, sound, interactive artwork, and print/text-based art.
A few of the artists have capitalised on other identities that manifest inside the artwork, and one artist has dispensed with usual methods of art-making altogether and has instead published an experimental contemporary art fiction novel titled, “Return of the Super Maria Sisters,” about “two female video game characters who were beat out by the Super Mario Bros in 1985“.
About the show itself? The MA Fine Art exhibition is spread across areas in four buildings and the Parade Ground, which could be seen as a number of “mini-shows”, each room/space highly considered and thoughtfully placed, with concern for “flow”, juxtaposition, aesthetics or other artistic concerns.
Along with a refreshing variety of artworks, what’s also plain to see in this exhibition is the strength of the group as well as the individual artist, each with rigour, intentionality, and something to say.
Questioning, experimenting, challenging – that is what much of the artwork at Chelsea is about as these artists seek to enlarge their practice, and find innovation in expression or ways of working in a supportive and highly critical environment. A large number of international students join the Londoners to share diverse culture and experience. The traditional is complemented, rather than supplanted, by new media/technology or alternative display. And so on.
Throughout the course, students are encourage to question their practice, think critically, and some will look to answer, What is art? What does it mean to be an artist?
Of course, the answer to that question is never intransigent or resolute, and perhaps right now, that is the only answer for those artists coming out of the MA Fine Art course today! Whether the artist’s intention is about process or politics, concept or creation, as part of the MA journey, each student was repeatedly admonished, in the words of course leader Brian Chalkley, to
Make the familiar unfamiliar…
And I think we’ve done exactly that, making this year’s Chelsea MA show definitely not one to miss.
More links and information about the MAFA 2015 Summer Show
- Read more on the MAFA2015 course blog about the artists and all the activities, exhibitions, projects and the like that they’ve been doing the past 1-2 years!
- Find out more about MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Arts, London
- View Chelsea Post-graduate Summer Shows information – including: MA Fine Art, MA Graphic Design Communication, MA Interior and Spatial Design, MA Textile Design, MA Curating and Collections.
- Get regular updates on our MA Fine Art 2015 Facebook page – events/performances, works in progress, banter, and a bit of fun!
Exhibition details: The Post-graduate Summer Show at Chelsea College of Artsopens on 5 September through 10 September 2015, located at 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU – adjacent to Tate Britain. Free admission, step-free access.
A schedule of performances, talks, and events will be posted daily at the entrances.
Saturday 5th September – 11am – 5pm
Sunday 6th September – 11am – 5pm (including a number of “talking tours”)
Monday 7th September – 10am – 8pm
Tuesday 8th September – 10am – 8pm
Wednesday 9th September – 10am – 8pm
Thursday 10th September – 10am – 8pm
Private view: Friday 4 September 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
View/RSVP the PV invitation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469300246724224/