Bruce McLean at Sion Hill

Well, it’s been quite a while since Bruce was with us in the summer. A lot has happened since then – we’ve had a brilliant degree show and said goodbye to fourteen very talented makers  and we’ve welcomed a new cohort of students (more on both to come).

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Bruce McLean Conor Wilson Richard Winfield

Main Ceramics workshop, Sion Hill | Tuesday 24 July, from 10:00

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Art Research Centre | Material: Making

A speculative project exploring paths (and aporias) between research in the art school and practice in the art world.

Amongst other things.

The project will involve talking and making and will be performative, but not a performance.

We hope to generate dialogue within the Material: Making group and across the Participant, Pedagogy and Index groups.




The project constitutes a speculative attempt to develop a situated method that combines oral history and collaborative making. Three participants, each coming to the project with their own experience of art and art schools – and their own agendas – open up and document a particular making and teaching environment, within the wider context of ‘the art school’ The workshop becomes a temporal object made of a collection of agents – space, language, the body, material, dialogue and the act of making.

The first stage of the project involved the decoration of three tile panels around and in-between interviews and open-ended dialogue. This was done over two sessions, which lasted for approximately five hours, in total. All speech was recorded and the making process was documented through time lapse photography.

The second stage of the project will involve the production of a transcript and a moving image piece.



Passage: BSAD at the Holburne Museum

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Ana Pichler Schmidt

Bath School of Art and Design,

in partnership with the Holburne Museum, present


Opening with a Holburne Up Late, Friday 25th May (6:00 – 9:00 pm)



Each year MA Ceramics and MA Fashion & Textiles students from Bath School of Art and Design engage with and respond to the Holburne Museum’s wonderfully eclectic collection, developing knowledge and skills through research, making and exhibiting.

This year nine students have each responded to objects across the museum, whether on display or in storage, delving into technique and concept through a process of selection, ‘close-reading’ and reinterpretation. The resulting exhibition explores making, form, function, beauty, translation and necessity.

In Passage, students have sited works in and around the existing collection and the exhibition is launched as a Holburne Up Late event, on Friday 25th May (6-9 pm). You are invited to experience the museum anew and locate the nine temporary additions to the collection.

Exhibition open from: Friday 25th May to Friday 8th June