“The room gets really really tense. Sometimes just being surrounded by white walls isn’t really that nice.” ~ Wesley Branch
The studio is working towards developing a strong dialogue with London’s creative community; asking how we can maintain, develop and understand the city’s studios. The multi-disciplinary community requires different spaces for different practices, from painting to performance.
Wesley Branch is a London based pre-professional dancer, set to tour the UK at the end of this month with My First Ballet: Swan Lake dancing with the English National Ballet School. We speak to Wesley about how the studio can hold the intensity of dance, the small world of London’s dance community and how the future could materialise.
“The studio isn’t necessarily where my work happens. But it is a form of a place of work.” ~ Rupert Whale
An abstract painter, former art teacher and one of two London graduates to be represented in The Dean Collection chosen by rapper Swizz Beatz for Bacardi No Commission, Berlin; Rupert Whale is bringing a new energy to the world of abstract painting.
Graduating from MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2017, Rupert is a London based fine artist participating in exhibitions across the country both as solo and part of a group, working with Tate Exchange in 2017. His work “reveal[s] surprising and fractured approaches to abstract painting.” ~ Herb Shellenberger on Rupert Whale, June 2017.
We ask Rupert about his working processes, the aftermath of a studio and the artist as the developer.
“[Artists] own a part of the culture in a way, and you can make things out of that. ” ~ Paul Antón
Paul Antón is a Fine Artist and Illustrator based in South London, currently studying MA Fine Art at UAL Wimbledon College. Antón’s practice “deals with the relationships between Form and Matter in Space” (Artist Statement) with an emphasis and drive from the process. As a multidisciplinary artist, his works can take the form of sculptures, canvases, installations and beyond.
As a London based artist with an international practice, we speak to Paul about the value of cross-disciplinary conversation, how to make creative work sustainable and new formulas for studio operations.
“Pods… dotted around areas of London- I think that would be an incentive to keep young creatives here.”
Bettina Adela is a freelance photographer and curator. Her work hopes to “capture and explore people’s life stories through a range of documentary portraits and place them on a platform to be seen.”
Working within the music industry, Bettina has photographed artists such as Anne Marie, C Cane, and P Money, as well as founding BLACK The Collective.
A native East Londoner, Bettina tells us about her studio hopes for the future, East End locations and futuristic methods of maintaining London’s creative fabric.
Our roots are in design and so we are coming from a strong base of art, and design; they go hand in hand. ‘Art’ is a broad concept, so is ‘design’, but they mingle. The fact is we are coming at this from the perspective of the art and design of a site which brings us to development. We are learning when it comes to the development part of the equation. It is a learning path, but over the past year, the narrative of the studio has definitely become stronger. This journey requires a clear understanding of evaluating a site with an understanding of art and design and an economical realisation of what it could be and in order to implement it.
“[People] want to believe community still exists and they want to call things ‘collectives’ and ‘communes’ and they want to put that above the door. But actually the real value of collaborative spaces is the organic nature of them. You should want to be there, and want to interact as a part of that community.” ~ Kit Powell
Kit Powell is an artist and photographer, recently graduated from University of Brighton from BA (Hons) Fine Art Critical Practice. Nominated for the Graduate Platform Award as a part of a 13 person collective, she has exhibited at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, as well as speaking as a part of their recent PechaKucha conference.
We speak to Kit in the infant stages of her career to grasp the budding artist’s perspective on London’s studio spaces, the collaboration trend and the how contemporary art responds to crisis.
“A space in which you have the freedom to create what you want without limitation.” ~ James Bullimore
James Bullimore is a Royal College of Art graduate, tutor and contemporary artist working with performance, drawing, photography and printmaking in London.
“My practice involves how a cyclical narrative can impact materiality. How object, performance, and print can inform each other. The processes of documentation are key to how the work translates across mediums. The physical tool of production is not just in my hands, but also in the kinetics of my entire body.” ~ James Bullimore, Artist Statement
With more and more artists relocating out of London, it is crucial for us to understand what makes spaces work for artists in order to maintain creativity and diversity within the city. We ask James for his take on these pressing issues.
“If you’re going to make a creative space you have to think about it creatively.” ~ Jeff Moore
Britain’s creative industries are thriving and the arts are producing a wealth of cultural capital for the nation each year. And yet, we are facing an epidemic in terms of artist studios. Due to soaring rent prices many artists are relocating out of London, with some even relocating abroad. REMI.C.T Studio is asking, how can we combat this?
Jeff Moore has been a photographer for over twenty years, covering major events worldwide including news, royals, politics, fashion and sport. Having worked for every UK national newspaper, he now specialises in editorial PR and advertising photography. The former chairman of the British Press Photographers Association of over ten years is now an active board member on top of being a member of the Association of Photographers.
We speak to Jeff about the contemporary failings of British creative industries, what makes a studio space work and how we can bridge the gap between artists and developers.
REMI.C.T Studio is in the process of designing and questioning artist spaces at present.
The IN CONVERSATION series will be taken to artists over the coming weeks to gain the honest perspective of future residents.
London’s studio crisis continues, so what is crucial to make studios work and how we can open up conversations between developers, artists and the spaces themselves?