About Housed: Cookhouse, 7-10 April 2015

Housed: Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Art & Design

Dates: 7-10 April 2015

A four-day exhibition, and collaborative project involving MA Fine Art, and Curating students.  

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 MA Fine Art & MA Curating & Collection 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.

More about Housed:

The Dean has given his support for Housed: and the UAL community will share this inquiry. It is open to MAFA students to exhibit (max. 12) and MACC students (max. 5) who will re-configure the exhibition set up, at the halfway stage of the display.

Mid-week on Wednesday 8th April, the exhibition will be handed over to the MA Curating & Collections [MACC] students for a second curation and remake of the exhibition.  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:

Camberwell’s MA Art Books, will be involved to help bring the findings together, by designing the impending printed publication.  In addition, MAFA CSM students will be invited to planned critiques. 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, alongside Camberwell’s MA Book Arts compilation of the outcomes.  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), 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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