Art Theory: Space, Structures and Society

Art Theory: Space, Structures and Society

15 - 29 November 2017

In response to the current exhibitions, this three-week course led by Stephanie Sutton will examine how artists, designers and architects have responded to and often challenged dominant forms of urban and social space. Taking a chronological approach from 1945 onwards, it will introduce the idea of space as socially ‘produced’ – constructed and often contested by different groups over time. Alongside examples from architecture and design history, participants will also consider everyday practices which challenge and (re)produce space, such as playgrounds, self-build communities and local history groups.

Week 1 will introduce key ideas on space and place, focusing on the post-war city, self-build communities and the ‘right’ to inhabit and occupy land.

Week 2 will explore design for alternative living and sites of collective action. This session will consider how designers and practitioners were responding to shifting socio-political contexts, from post-war anxiety to the influence of pop culture in the making of radical alternatives.

Week 3 will examine how space can be represented, with a particular focus on the non-existent and imaginary. We will think about how different groups reimagine and relocate space and place. 

Stephanie Sutton is a curator and researcher, working across art, design and architecture. Her research has focused on post-war architecture, urban history and the material culture of childhood. She has worked with organisations including RIBA, Focal Point Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, V&A Museum of Childhood and the Royal College of Art. Stephanie holds an MA in Design History from the RCA/V&A and will be undertaking a collaborative PhD at Queen Mary, University of London and the V&A Museum of Childhood, entitled Adventures in the City: The Politics and Practice of Children’s Adventure Play in Britain, c. 1955 – 1997.

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Eligible Concessions
Concessionary fees are available to attendees who are in receipt of housing and council tax benefits, income support, jobseeker’s allowance or a state pension, full time students with NUS cards or those who are registered as disabled.

Terms and Conditions
- Booking on a course at Camden Arts Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement. These are available to read on our website and at the Bookshop.
- As part of the enrolment procedure, all participants must complete a registration form.
- Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.
- Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.
- 5 week courses run twice. Please only book a single place on one of the two courses to ensure as many people as possible are able to participate.
- All materials are provided.

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