Alex Schady

Fine Art Programme Leader

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Schady gained an MA from Middlesex University (Fine Art) in 1996. He is co-founder of Five Years Gallery and in parallel to his own practice has worked collaboratively with Hadas Kedar since 2000. Recent projects include Rulers at Camden Arts Centre 2011, Misguided at Tate Modern 2012 and Besame Mucho at Five Years Gallery 2013.

Research interests

Artist led initiatives, collaborative practices, the relationship between incompatible media, sculpture and film.

Research statement

My research interests include the relationship between sculpture and film, the ethics of engagement in collaborative practice and the tradition of artist-led initiatives. Current work explores the possibility of representing sculpture within a time-based medium. Adopting the conventions of the cinematic he uses film to explore the objectness of sculpture and consider how two disciplines with different notions of time and materiality can coexist.

I have also worked closely with Tate Modern and Camden Arts Centre on a series of collaborative projects that explore the ethics and limits of collaboration when working with groups of school children and young adults.

Five Years is a collaborative artists’ project that I co-founded in 1998. The initial aim was to set up a gallery which was artist-run and where programming would maintain a direct relationship to practice. Five Years continues to develop this aim, maintaining close links between the production and exhibition of work and the discourses which inform it.