Graduate Lydia Davies, one of the artists from the Associate Studio Programme, recently arrived in Tokyo to start her six-week funded residency at Youkobo Art Space. A second graduate from the programme, Chris Ifould, will take up his residency in mid June.
Lydia and Chris will live and work in their own studio at Youkobo, as well as participating in the MA Fine Art studio group of Professor O JUN at Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai). In exchange, second-year MA students Shiori Higashiyama and Wataru Ozu will take their places in the Associate Studio in London.
Directed for the College by Professor Graham Ellard, the Associate Studio Programme provides affordable studio space. This enables committed and ambitious students to make the transition from art school towards independent practice and further study. The programme was created as part of the ongoing collaboration between Acme Studios and the Art Programme at Central Saint Martins, through the research project Double Agents.
A second Associate Studio Programme, at the Highline Building in Elephant and Castle, will open in October 2015. Using the same model as the first, it will provide 12 BA Fine Art graduates from 2014 and 2015 with ‘purpose-built’ studio space.
Situated on the ground floor of a new UAL hall of residence, the studios will be secure and insulated, with 3m-high ceilings, wifi, washing-up areas and 24 hour access. There will also be a programme of studio visits by artists, curators and writers.
The studio space is not free, but chosen graduates will pay only half the average Acme rent. For more information and application details, see the Double Agents website.