Constellations is a free development programme for artists who are working with socio-political issues, community-oriented practice and/or public contexts. UP Projects has developed this programme in partnership with Flat Time House to support artists who are interested in further developing their practice, collaborating with others, and accessing new networks. This year’s iteration will also consider the digital realm as a platform for collaboration, engagement, and exchange as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A working group of nine artists from across the UK are selected through an open call to come together and collaborate in monthly workshops taking place at Flat Time House as well as other venues. For the duration of Constellations, artists experiment with alternative forms of learning and collaborative methodologies. 

UP Projects and Flat Time House firmly believe that development opportunities for artists should be provided free of charge, therefore there is no fee to artists for participation in the programme.  

Constellations has been conceived by UP Projects in response to an increasing need for support for artists interested in working socio-political contexts. It forms part of UP Projects’ Live Research strand which prioritises working with and supporting artists to open up questions, invite dialogue and explore the parameters of what public art is and can be in the 21st Century.  

UP Projects has worked in collaboration with Flat Time House on this programme since 2017, drawing on the history of John Latham’s house as a site of experimental art education where students, artists and the wider public can come together to test the boundaries of what is teachable and knowable. The programme builds on the legacy of Latham's work as a founder member of the Artist Placement Group, a pioneering organization in the history of socially engaged practice initiated in 1966 by Barbara Steveni.   

Iterations of Constellations: 

Iteration 3: July 2020 – February 2021

Workshop Leaders and Facilitators: Beverley Bennett, Larisa Blazic,  Languid Hands (Imani Robinson and Rabz Lansiquot), Paul PurgasStine Marie Jacobsen, and Srećko Horvat.

Artists: Adam Moore, Hussina Raja, Lady Kitt, Niki Colclough, Mark Bleakley, Sophie Seita, Tom Pope, Winnie Herbstein and Youngsook Choi.

Venue partners: Open School East 

Iteration 2April 2019- January 2020

Workshop Leaders: Rosalie Schweiker, Kathrin Böhm, Torange Khonsari (Public Works), Davina Drummond, Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe (Cooking Sections), Topher Campbell and Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture) 

Artists: Amanda Ramasawmy, Angharad Davies, Dunya Kalantery, Edwin Mingard, Hannah Kemp-Welch, Katie Fiore, Mai Omer and Miki Holloway.

Venue partners: Goldsmiths, Whitechapel Gallery, Art Night, South London Gallery, Cubitt and Barbican

Iteration 1October 2017- June 2018

Workshop Leaders: Ain Bailey, Helen Cammock, Jasleen Kaur, Rory Pilgrim and Rehana Zaman 

Artists: Beverley Bennett, Connie Butler, Ting-Ting Cheng, Edmund Cook, Carla Cruz, Sophie Hoyle, Gal Leshem, Camara Taylor.

Venue partners: Camden Art Centre

 

 

Constellations is generously supported by the Constellations Circle: Christopher Lloyd, Dave Field, Diversity Art Forum, Mark Skipworth and Peter Ratcliffe. To find out more about how to become a Constellations Circle Member and support artists’ development click here.