Masters students across the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the Arts University Bournemouth, UK and the École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne in Rennes, are collaborating in the Interreg educational exchange event, What is the Studio?, in 2014 – 15.

They are exploring the contextual determinants that inform their practice by a short but focused period of exchange study away from their familiar working environment.

Students will explore what it means to adopt particular working strategies and methods, and the contexts that inform these. These might be self-imposed, institutional or cultural. They are encouraged to move out into the city, and create a circuit between the studio and their surroundings; standing outside and look to the familiar with a fresh, perhaps oblique perspective, to more subtle yet more complex interpretations. What constitutes a meaningful and useful research methodology in one culture may be considered unknown, unnecessary or redundant in another.

The working day will be supplemented with informal gatherings each night where some of the participants will be asked to present material (art, music, film, text) that is relevant to their approach to the project.

Visiting tutors from either institution will support and supervise students at the various venues. Samir Mougas from École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne and from the Arts University, students will be supported by London-based artist Jason Dungan.

The project will culminate at ArtSway Galleries in March 2015, where AUB will host the final visit and an exhibition to share the results of the programme, and will be co-curated by the students, Jason Dungan (AUB) and Samir Mougas (EESAB). It is anticipated that outputs will include presentations, visual or written reports, interviews, talking heads films, a blog or other documentation and will be included in a publication of the project.​

More information on the project can be found on the What is the Studio? blog.