AIR works in partnership with our neighbours – local residents, community organisations, local businesses, and local authorities, with core funding from the Higher Innovation Education Fund alongside arts and regeneration project funding.
Over the last seven years more than fifty professional artists and two hundred student artists have made new works directly in response to Archway and more recently to the neighbourhoods around King's Cross.
AIR introduces artists to everyday conversations, institutions and situations to nurture long-term creative action in response to place. A programme of commissioning, experiential learning and research explores, fosters and effectuates new collaborations and opportunities, producing temporary artworks, interventions, events and publications.
"AIR engages in a meaningful and sensitive way with the people and urban geography of Archway. Unlike many projects of its kind, this long term, ambitious programme is positioned within an art school, which encourages critical reflection and discursive practice, and allows artists to develop ideas at a rate which suits them. Partnerships with local bodies provide a crucial and rich context in which to view the programme and underpin its foundations." - Jes Fernie, Curator.