Exploring Collective Artistic Practice (Summer School Short Course)

  • 30 hours
  • 5 days
  • 19 August 2019


On this one-week course you'll learn about collective artistic practices throughout history.

You'll also carry out your own investigations into collaborative practice by producing an ambitious large-scale public artwork.

The course is designed for those who are interested in collaborative practice and large-scale public interventions and want to learn new making skills. A willingness to work as part of a group is essential.

The course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. You'll have the option of attending extra-curricular events such as talks and exhibitions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

This course is part of the annual summer school run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content and structure

The course will begin with a look at:

  • how artist collectives have shaped the course of art history
  • where they have failed or succeeded
  • what we can learn from them

You'll then embark on a group project to conceive of and construct an ambitious artwork which will be situated in a public-facing space outside the Slade.

The course will culminate with an event situated in/around/on/under the artwork, the nature of which you'll decide as a group.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for all levels and experience.

A willingness to work as part of a group is essential. 


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


This one-week course costs £400.

A 10% discount is available for UCL current students and staff. You'll be asked to enter your UPI number (available on your UCL ID card) when booking.

Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Only basic materials will be provided. Once you've been accepted onto the course you'll be sent details of the materials you'll need.

Slade Summer School

The Slade Summer School offers a unique opportunity for you to work within the studios and vibrant atmosphere of the Slade – a world-renowned school of fine art. 

You’ll become part of a wider community of artists and will have a real sense of studying in an art school environment among Slade students and alumni. You’ll test your abilities while learning new skills and different approaches to making art.

You can take part in a lively range of extra-curricular activities, including: 

  • art history lectures and artist talks introducing the varied contexts and histories of fine art
  • exhibition openings and talks by Slade undergraduate and postgraduate students about their work
  • a series of artists’ projects run by Slade tutors, alumni and recently graduated student residents – you’ll be invited into these studio spaces to discuss the works with the artists 

Evening events take place at 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Take an extended programme of multiple courses

Many different one, two and three-week courses are available. You can build a personalised programme of study by taking a series of short courses over the ten-week period. 

Please call the Summer School team if you'd like do this - they have detailed knowledge of the curriculum and can help you plan a programme.

All the Summer School courses available are listed on the Slade website.

Further information

Read more about this and other Summer School courses on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

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Course team

All tutors are practising artists.

Course leader: Freddy Tuppen

Course information last modified: 08 Jan 2019, 16:10