Constellations is a research and development programme for artists who are either working with, or have the desire to work with people in community contexts. The programme supports artists to develop their practice, collaborate with others, access new networks, and spend time at Flat Time House as a place to study and research between monthly workshop sessions.

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

Taking the form of a monthly working group, the group has explored different methods and approaches to artistic research and community-orientated practice, through a series of day-long workshops hosted by Flat Time House (FTHo). Each session has been led by an invited guest, which has so far included; Ain Bailey, Helen Cammock, Jasleen Kaur, Rory Pilgrim and Rehana Zaman.

Alongside the workshops, there is also budget and curatorial support to programme public sessions, the form and content of which will be shaped and determined by the group collaboratively.   

Constellations has been conceived by UP Projects in collaboration with FTHo and draws 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.

Constellations is supported by The Fenton Trust.

FTHo was the studio home of John Latham (1921-2006), recognised as one of the most significant and influential British post-war artists. In 2003, Latham declared the house a living sculpture, naming it FTHo after his theory of time, ‘Flat Time’. Until his death, Latham opened his door to anyone interested in thinking about art. It is in this spirit that Flat Time House opened in 2008 as a gallery with a programme of exhibitions and events exploring the artist's practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance. It also provides a centre for alternative learning, which includes the John Latham archive, and an artist's residency space.