Conditions is a new one-year studio programme for 12 artists each year.
It gives 24/7 access to studio space and structured critical conversations to develop each artist’s work, as well as encouraging collaboration and collective work on exhibitions and events.
Conditions offers participating artists a programme of talks, teaching and workshops from a wide range of Associates comprising artists, writers, musicians, performers, curators and educators.
It is aimed at addressing the increasing cost of both studio space and education for artists in London, by providing an alternative model.
Conditions is co-founded by artist and educator Matthew Noel-Tod and artist David Panos. It is led by Matthew Noel-Tod, whose work in art education includes previously running the Moving Image degree at University of Brighton: a pioneering course in artists’ film and video.
The first year of Conditions will begin in October 2018.
Conditions has an Associates Group who will input into the programme. Associates working with the programme’s artists in 2018 include:
Ami Clarke, Paul Clinton, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Ayesha Hameed, Danny Hayward, John Hill, Jean Matthee, Yuri Pattison, Clunie Reid, Tom Richards, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Sara Sassanelli, They Are Here, Maija Timonen, Nikhil Vettukattil, Marina Vishmidt and more to be confirmed.
Conditions will examine art education and art production and think toward new conditions.
We are starting with a space (a studio) and a programme (a structure).
The programme is focused around a number of loose themes.
We invite new definitions of these to be created by the participating artists.
1. Seeking to rethink the parameters, aesthetics, social role and politics of what has been called ‘contemporary’ art. We are looking to push beyond current conventions, styles and assumptions to find new ways to engage.
2. While focusing on individual practices the programme encourages collective decision-making regarding the space and the curriculum, as well as collaboration in production and in the display and exhibition of work.
3. A critical engagement with digital media and its prevalence, but not limited to artists working in digital media. The programme is not medium specific, but will draw from a number of disciplines, for example: digital image / moving image / film / animation / photography / performance / music / 3D / fashion / design / architecture.
4. We are actively looking for a political / critical mindset open to the debates and discussions around representation in art. The programme is intellectually engaged, but seeks to avoid unproductive academicisation in art making. We place a confidence in formal exploration in art, challenging the relationships between politics and form in art-making.
August 15th midnight 2018 deadline for applications for 2018 – 2019
August 27th – 31st 2018 interviews in Croydon
- October 1st 2018 programme starts
- Interim show – end March / early April 2019
- End of year show – September 2019
- September 2019 programme ends
The cost is £230 per month for 12 months = £2760 per person for the year.
The cost is based on a comparative London studio space, with the enhanced offer of a directed educational studio programme and framework for public exhibitions and public engagement of the cohort.
Each participant is required to pay £230 on the 1st of each month, starting on 1st October 2018. A fully refundable deposit of £200 is required on commencing the year. We regret that we do not have the ability to offer any free places, but we have aimed to keep costs as low as possible.
What is included in Conditions?
- 24/7* studio space for 12 artists
- Weekly critical dialogues on work, guest artists, events, screenings
- 2+ group exhibitions / events in the year
- Ability to reconfigure studio space for different requirements
- Access to self-contained edit / sound room at 89 Gloucester Road
- Internet access
- AV (video, sound) equipment for presenting work
- Kitchenette and WC
*studio space is flexible and will be used for talks, seminars and Conditions events and some public events by prior arrangement.
What is not included?
- Materials for the production of work
- Computers for individual work
- The studio is a work place only, not live/work
- The programme is not accredited and does not confer any award, e.g. MA
- We seek applications from artists (not limited to fine art, but including fashion, music, design, etc.) with demonstrable existing practice
- No formal prior educational qualification required, but we would expect a level of experience and learning equivalent to a good undergraduate degree, plus evidence of independent practice
- A brief application statement that demonstrates a shared interest in the ethos of the programme. Or an innovative challenge to it.
- Applicants aged 18 years and up. No upper age limit.
- Applications from individuals only (not groups).
- All people who fit criteria are encouraged to apply, with no discrimination on gender, race, sexuality or disability.
- You must have UK residency. (We cannot sponsor visas.)
- We expect selected participants to live within reasonable travelling distance of Croydon / South London to make the most out of the programme.
- Building accessibility: 89 Gloucester Road is based on the ground floor. Please contact us with any space accessibility requirements.
What is expected of participants?
- To have a commitment to making and thinking about art or the conditions in your given field of creative work.
- To seek alternatives to the current state of art and art education in Greater London.
- To want to engage in a 1-year studio programme with public events.
- To be present in the studios on a regular basis. (The core days for dialogues / collaborative work / events in 2018-19 will be Mondays and Tuesdays).
- To want to work with others on exhibition and events for displaying your work.
- To want to think through the possibilities of such an artists’ programme by being part of the first year cohort and providing feedback and development ideas.
How to apply
1. Please email a roughly 500-word statement outlining your artistic work and your interest in the programme (What? and Why?) to email@example.com by midnight August 15th 2018.
2. Include a CV with any previous educational experience and your contact details.
3. Web links to examples of your work, images, videos, texts, audio, websites. Please organise these as concisely as possible to be viewable online. Do not email large attachments or downloads e.g. put videos on YouTube or Vimeo, not as large file transfers.
4. Include phone and email contact details of 1 referee who know you via your work or education. (Contact details only, you do not need to attach references at application stage.)
Any questions please email us or check the information on this site.
We are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful applications.
August 27th – August 31st 2018 interviews in Croydon.
We prefer to conduct interviews in person wherever possible, so each applicant can view the studio space and we can meet you. Alternate interview arrangements can be made if necessary.
Interviews will be a conversation about your work and your ideas for the programme.
Early September participants announced.
October 1st 2018 programme starts
Conditions, 89 Gloucester Road, Croydon CR0 2DN
89 Gloucester Road is 10-15 minutes walk from East Croydon, West Croydon and Selhurst stations.
There are direct links to Central London (East Croydon rail), East and North London (West Croydon Overground) Central and West London (Selhurst rail). Bus and Tram links to South London. Rail links to Brighton, Gatwick, SE England.
Conditions is based in the studio space at 89 Gloucester Road in Croydon: an artist-run multi-purpose 1500 square foot warehouse to be used for production, education, exhibitions and events, started in 2018 by Matthew Noel-Tod and David Panos.
Matthew Noel-Tod is an artist, filmmaker, writer and educator. Since 2010 he has been Senior Lecturer in Moving Image at University of Brighton, where between 2012 and 2017 he was Course Leader for BA (Hons) Moving Image, an innovative degree course at the boundaries of art practice and film practice. Matthew has taught art and film at many art schools and universities, including Goldsmiths, Royal Academy Schools, Camberwell College of Arts UAL, International Academy of Art Palestine, Finnish Academy of Arts, Helsinki, Kingston University, Newcastle University, San Francisco Art Institute. His writing about art has appeared recently in Frieze, Art Monthly and Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ).
As an artist, his work in film, video and photography investigates languages and meaning in image making, interpretation and values, frequently creating conflicts between cultural hierarchies. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at MOMA PS1, New York 2017, Tate Britain, London, 2016, ICA London, 2015, Banner Repeater, London 2014, TFL Art of the Underground, London, 2012, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2012, Picture This, Bristol, 2008, Rotterdam Film Festival, 2006 and London Film Festival, 2005. He was a participant in the first LUX Associate Artists Programme 2007-2008 and the Acme Studios Fire Station programme 2010-2015. Matthew is also an experienced cinematographer working on numerous artists’ works, including films by Laure Provoust, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, David Lamelas, Melanie Gilligan, Elizabeth Price and Sturtevant.
David Panos is an artist, musician and filmmaker. As an artist he produces videos, objects and music. He has worked in collaboration with Anja Kirschner and they were the winners of the Jarman Award in 2011 for their long form narrative video works. In his solo practice he works between digital moving image, choreography and object making, looking at physical and gestural languages in relation to the abstractions of contemporary experience through finance, digital media and exchange. His recent shows include: Pump House Gallery, London, 2017, Nemocentric, Galerie Charim Vienna, 2016, Albert Baronian, Brussels, 2015, ICA, London, 2014, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2013.
As a musician and producer David has worked with the groups Antifamily, Asja Auf Capri, Aufgehoben No Process and Class as well as running the Difficult Fun record label in the 2000s. He has been a visiting tutor at a number of institutions including Goldsmiths, Central St Martins, Chelsea, Wimbledon and University of Brighton.
David has also been involved with a number of community campaigns, helping set up social cinema spaces in Hackney and campaigning around housing issues and producing local newsletters with the group Hackney Independent. He has written on the difficult relation between property and the creative economy for Mute magazine.