About Housed: Cookhouse

The first Housed project, in The Cookhouse, is an exhibition and collaborative project which involves MA Fine Art and Curating students; from 7-10 April 2015 at Chelsea College of Arts, London.

Image courtesy of loomio.org and Amy McDonnell

How far can you stretch the authorized set up of the museum/ institution? [1]

Art as a mirror and as a lamp. [2]

Housed: seeks to explore the interplay between the artist, the viewer and the location setting… the latter being a ‘display space’ within an art school context. Who are we? Who are they? And what role does the environment holding the exhibition play in this relationship? The collaboration (Chelsea MAFA & MACC students) will provide both groups an opportunity to address the Meta Artist/ Curator position.

Housed: seeks to reveal what remains dormant and under-exposed within us in response to the traditional and institutional framing of the socio-political artistic practice. The premise of this exhibition proposes a chain of perspectives that challenge the ‘occupancy’ inside the regimented frameworks that artists continually try to support, intervene and critically address.

[1] Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM), Toyko, Japan.
[2] James Lingwood, Co-Director of Artangel, UK.

More about Housed: Cookhouse

The Dean has given his support for Housed: and the UAL community will share this inquiry. 12 MAFA students exhibit recent work, some of an experimental nature and thereafter, five MACC students will re-configure the exhibition set up. I.e., mid-week on Wednesday 8th April, at the halfway stage of the display there is a second curation and remake of the exhibition.

The curatorial collaborative is embarking on this experimental project in cooperation with the 12  artists with the aim to explore various approaches to exhibition making.

These five students from the MA Curating & Collections programme attempt to make a contribution to the contemporary art discourse on curating and investigate the relationship between the exhibition maker, the artist and their work. The curatorial collaborative’s fundamental objectives are to examine how to best overcome obstacles which arise within an institutional context and those created by practical parameters in addition to finding a cohesive aesthetic language despite the radical challenge of the absence of knowledge regarding artistic, structural content.

MACC’s rehang will be open for the public to view, and it will be recorded through various means, including image, video, and written text.

Printed publication:

The printed publication that follows Housed: will include interviews (with collaborators as well as visitor responses), feedback from planned critiques, visuals and text recording of the show’s initial installation by the MAFA students, and the subsequent, public re-hang by the MACC students. The printed publication will be distributed to other Arts Universities, institutions, and libraries. A digital PDF format will also be available for viewing/download online.


Housed: is coordinated by Alex Roberts (MA Fine Art), Fabian Strobel (MA Curating & Collections), both from Chelsea College of Arts.

For further information please contact:

Alex at a.roberts5@arts.ac.uk or Fabian at f.strobel1@arts.ac.uk


This UAL, PG exhibition and collaboration is kindly supported by the Postgraduate Students Communities Fund, UAL.

[1] Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM), Toyko, Japan.
[2] James Lingwood, Co-Director of Artangel, UK.

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