In 2016/17, Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School is continuing its collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) to encourage joint projects, enhance the Postgraduate student experience, and develop shared research interests.
In November 2015, Maria Walsh and Mo Throp marked the publication of their anthology Twenty Years of MAKE Magazine by staging a symposium at the ICA. Stories that Matter: Feminist Methodologies in the Archive explored whether feminist methodologies make a difference to the kinds of stories that can be told using archives in the expanded sense: actual archives, virtual archives and/or other concrete sites of encounter which generate historiographical work. Speakers included Walsh, Throp, Griselda Pollock, Clare Hemmings, Maria Tamboukou and Catherine Grant. The symposium also coincided with the CHELSEA space exhibition CAN DO: Photographs and other material from Women’s Art Library Magazine Archive.
In February 2016, the Graduate School presented event Performance Management at the ICA, a day-long event in which the concept of ‘Performance Management’ was used as a trope to raise questions around the social and institutional structures and constraints that influence improvised performance work today. Conceived by Lois Rowe, the event saw Marvin Gaye Chetwynd lead a performance masterclass followed by a panel discussion chaired by Rowe and including Chetwynd, Sarah McCrory and Nicholas Ridout.
The ICA also hosted Chelsea College of Arts’ ‘General Theory Forum’ lectures in 2016. These ten lectures were presented under the title ‘Decommissioned’ and led by Dr Stephen Wilson.
The ICA was founded in 1946 by a group of artists including Roland Penrose, Peter Watson, and Herbert Read and it continues to support living artists in showing and exploring their work. It has been at the forefront of cultural experimentation since its formation and has presented important debut solo shows by artists including Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Richard Prince, Luc Tuymans, Pablo Bronstein, Lis Rhodes, Bjarne Melgaard, and Juergen Teller, whilst a new generation of artists, including Luke Fowler, Lucky PDF, Hannah Sawtell, and Factory Floor have taken part in exhibitions and residencies. The ICA Cinema continues to screen rare artists’ film, support independent releases, and partner with leading film festivals.
In 2016/17, ICA membership is offered to all Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon MA and PhD students, and all staff at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon. The partnership between Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon and the ICA provides opportunities for various types of research and collaboration between both organisations. Some events within the Graduate School Events Programme for 2016/17 will be included in the ICA public programme, as well as Chelsea’s General Theory Forum lectures, and Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon staff will have access to the ICA facilities for events and workshops. The ICA will also offer opportunities for student Open Days and Student Placements.