Call for Expressions of Interest: COME TOGETHER, RIGHT NOW


City & Guilds of London Art School (CGLAS) is pleased to announce its participation in Come Together, Right Now, an international research practice event with Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD U) and University of the Arts London (UAL).

Each participating institution has invited an artist they feel represents a kind of practice that reflects their Art School’s values.

Smriti Mehra has a background in contemporary visual art, education and communication design. As a storyteller Mehra employs ethnographic research methods to unearth local perspectives in her documentary practice. Mehra’s visual essays focus on manual labour practices and material culture, primarily in India and more recently in Peckham, South London.

Workshop:  19 May 2023 @ 3:00 pm (UK) / 10:00 am (Canada)

Public Seminar:  2 June 2023 @ 3:00 pm (UK) / 10:00 am (Canada)

Call for Expressions of Interest

Deadline: 19th March 2023

UAL x OCAD U x CGLAS are delighted to invite expressions of interest for a two-part international online research practice event that aims to form a new online community of artists.

Can art solve the world’s problems? Do Art Schools produce what the world needs? In the context of an ever more complex world, artists are increasingly exploring new territories of collective civic, and global responsibility. Climate emergency, social equality, and decolonization have become dominant questions within contemporary practice. In response to global concerns, the role of the artist is changing from insular prodigy to community-based, socially engaged problem solver.

This two-part event will explore the potential of collective civic responsibility and encourage groups of students to work collaboratively to produce speculative projects for presentation.

Workshop: 19 May 2023 @ 3.00 pm (UK) / 10.00 am (Canada)

Led by artists Cole Swanson (OCADU), Smriti Mehra (CGLAS), and Jacob V Joyce (UAL) participants will be invited to explore new artistic methodologies for engaging local and global community issues in relation to expressions of selfhood, identity, and individual responsibility. Contemporary artistic practice which is often framed as intrinsically embeded and inward will be turned outward as a decolonizing principal.

Public Seminar: 2 June 2023 @ 3.00 pm (UK) / 10.00 am (Canada)

This public event will showcase the selected student participants to present the outcomes of their project exchange. We invite open and experimental approaches to subject and format. This event will be attended by the select students, lead artist, faculty, and invited guests from all three university communities for feedback and a robust discussion regarding the proposed ideas and art projects.

To Apply:

Interested CGLAS applicants should apply here.

To be eligible – This opportunity is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as Alumni of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at CGLAS.

These events will be open to all students and alumni, yet a limited group will be selected for direct participation.


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