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Creative Open Studio Workshop

Creative Open Studio Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Tricia Gillman


Creative Open Studio provides the support, direction and dialogue so keenly needed by graduates and artists working, often in isolation and feeling a lack of external context, stimulus and feedback. However self-motivated one’s creative practice may be we still need to check in with like-minded, informed and generous people who are also committed to (and often struggling with) the emergence of their particular practice.

Each week you will bring in examples of work you are currently making. The day will include time to continue making your own work, group/crit feedback, individual tutorial conversations and spontaneous "spotlight" group conversations as they arise. Articulating our questions,  being curious about each others ideas and dilemmas, is highly constructive and stimulates one's thinking. During the day you will receive feedback and suggestion about your work, clarifying concerns and goals, facilitating your conceptual and technical evolution.

In this course the process of sharing our work, working together with our own concerns, discussing goals, influences, ideas and technical issues will aim to define emerging personal concerns, language and identity. Creative Open Studio aims to build confidence, strengthen intellectual range and rigour, extend current horizons and attitudes and increase creative risk-taking and self-belief.

There will also be time for group sharing of exhibitions visited, and any current ideas of interest to the group.

Topics Covered

  • Individual tutorials; advising, analysing, re-formulating and refining all aspects of the student’s practice
  • Group spotlight sessions (a focus on something that comes up during the day of interest to all.)
  • Crit sessions
  • Discussion of current exhibitions.

Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for students who have completed some form of Art education, want to set up or have an on-going studio practice which they wish to develop and challenge, practising artists.

Course Outcomes

A greater sense of their individual goals, a more informed awareness of critical context, a stronger connection with personally specific materials and processes and a more developed and confident capacity to articulate and project their concerns.

Entry requirements:  Some prior art education and a desire to engage in dialogue and extend their boundaries.

Level: A level of experience and commitment


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Tricia Gillman taught for 15 years as a senior lecturer in painting at Central Saint Martins, 10 years as a Tutor in painting at RCA, also at Royal Academy Schools and Chelsea School of Art. She has exhibited internationally, representing Britain for the British Council, in Vienna, in Eastern Europe, Far East, U.S.A. Many solo shows include Arnolfini, Bristol, Laing Gallery, Newcastle, Brighton’s Gardner Centre, Serpentine Gallery, London, and her work has been selected four times for The John Moores Exhibitions.


Students should bring whatever materials they are currently involved with in order to continue working during certain parts of the day. Drawing materials and water colours, gouache, are fine, but not oil paint.

Available dates