Our final show for the City Lit Foundation Diploma in Art and Design takes place at The Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU (5 minutes walk from London Bridge station and the Tate Modern). Please come and join us!
Thursday 22nd March 11am-6pm
Friday 23rd March 11am-8.30pm
Saturday 24th March 11am-2pm
'The course is... a qualification that is a starting point (it's in the name), a springboard - a rigorous introduction to creative practice and thinking, a unique opportunity to explore one's creative freedom, and a pathway to higher level study, independent artistic or design practice, or to professional work in the creative industries... And/then we should acknowledge the 'unfinished business' of creative practice itself - of making and experimenting and exploring without end.'
Ian Tucknott, Course leader
Most of us on the course have had lives that have meandered around the houses before alighting on art as a second career. Although the foundation is conventionally a starting point, for us it's also a middle - a staging post. We bring to the table a varied and complicated set of life stories. We bring a fierce commitment (emotional and financial) to our art, as many of us to varying degrees were discouraged in our childhood artistic dreams. We also bring all the knowledge - and baggage - of our previous careers. I like to think of the Diploma as more of an Art Conversion course. By hook and by crook our wonderful tutors have coaxed us and corralled us into the disciplines of professional art practice. As you might expect, the results are quite different to a 'standard' foundation course full of 18-year-olds. We are starting out, yet at the same time, well on the road already.