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On the 1st November 2010 the current MA ceramics students presented their initial ideas on starting the course in an exhibition loosely titled: ‘Beginning Approaches’. The exhibition was not a conventional show of final and completed work but rather, an exhibition of initial thoughts at the beginning of a project including: images from previous practice, evidence of present thoughts and indications of potential ideas. This formed a ‘learning exhibition’, an exploration of the exhibition space as a site or opportunity for discussion and debate. This presentation offered the opportunity to examine key ways in which the artists begin their creative practice. The hope was, that tendencies and patterns in creative thinking would become evident when examining practice across a group that would otherwise remain hidden or implicit in individual endeavour.
When the exhibition was installed, the MA cohort were divided into 3 groups and each asked to identify common themes in the way students had initiated their ideas. Group A were asked to identify ‘in what ways students had used relationships between image and word to develop ideas and the surrounding world’.
The slide show presents images of the MA studio space before the students moved in – their first thoughts and apprehensions regarding working in that space – and the same spaces on the 1st of November shortly before the show was installed.
Not all spaces have been documented in order to more efficiently present the idea of an empty space evolving into a site of creativity.