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Detours

When: 2 May 2012 - 25 May 2012

Venue: Wimbledon Space

Laura Braun | Jonathan Gildersleeves | Danny Greaney | Nick Hornby | Carolyn Lefley | Kate Lyddon | Ryan McClelland | Emma Neuberg | Tom Smith | Laura Taylor | Willem Weismann

Eleven established artists have gone back to art school and taken up residencies at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Colleges, as part of the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) project.

For each artist the return to working within an art college for the past six months, surrounded by students, technicians and excellent facilities has been a considerable change; a detour from their familiar, often isolated studio surroundings. For some of the artists, their time spent in the college has helped them develop new ideas and form new strands to their practice; for others it has been an opportunity to further their practice in the presence of enthusiastic student practitioners.

This exhibition brings all 11 artists together to display the resulting work from their respective residencies within CCW. While representing the varied methods of production present in contemporary art practice and acting as a showcase for emerging and mid-career artists, DETOURS will highlight the importance of organisations like AA2A in developing artists’ careers.

The Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) project provides placements for visual artists and designer makers in Higher and Further Education institutions across England. In 2011/2012, AA2A schemes will run in 32 institutions, providing 128 placements nationally. In the last 12 years, over 1,200 participants have had the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project, using workshops and supporting facilities in participating fine art and design departments.

Curated by Chelsea College of Art and Design MA Curating students – Grazyna Dobrzanska-Redrup, Courtney Griffiths, James Harper and Daisy McMullan.