Since 2017, Rochester Square has been collaborating with The Slade School of Fine Art, as a new partnership to support a group of undergraduate and graduate students from across all the Slade areas. The project has both practical and technical teaching and learning aims, with a focus on research development via public engagement opportunities.
The students taking part are provided with a space for developing their skills, research and professional practice experience (via the ceramics facilities, outdoor garden and grounds) and with the support of Rochester Square they can make their own artwork, organise public workshops, events and join its collaborative community.
Leonie Rousham and Ishwari Bhalerao have been exploring the act of kneading and our relationships to food and process. They organised a experimental workshop connecting both making processes of clay and food by wedging and kneading. Exploring how different is everyones’ approach depending on the force, weight, movement, control, etc; and how food and clay are also linked through their social qualities and our essential dependence on them for nourishment, sustenance and shelter.
During this workshop artists and friends were invited to take part of a creative session where we were kneading dough, making bread in the same creative way as we use clay. The evening culminated in a collaboratively made meal. This was a live event that was recorded and culminated in an episode for their ongoing podcast project: KNEED.
Jake Fisk’s work is an exploration of clay. He has been working actively in the garden where focusing on relaxation, education and experimentation, he has created a space for all of these things to happen. A metaphorical and physical multifunctional area, part sculpture part classroom part work bench part seating part recreational space. With a planted flat surface with a range of mosses, floor covering creepers and herbs. The sculpture will have a living carpet for anyone engaging with the space to be in contact with nature. The foliage creeps around the structure swallowing it and enhancing it. A rendering covering the construction has been inspired by the textures, colours and qualities of the site and clay that he had been working with. The raised garden area will become the location of communal workshops, meals, flower pressing, drawing, clay building and education.
Ashleigh Fisk was leading a workshop at Camden New Town Festival 2019 in Camden Square. Participants were helping to make three flower planters using the coiling technique. The planters will be donated to a different communal spaces in the area, please stay tuned!
Milan Tarascas ‘s work focuses on the combination of sound and ceramic. During his residency at Rochester Square he led several communal workshops for 3 months, showing participants the process of making their very own ceramic ocarina. Participants were invited to collect their finished instrument at take part of the BODY-SOUND-CLAY event at Rochester Square, celebrating the coming together of sound and ceramics.
Marijke Keyser participated in Camden New Town Community Festival 2018 with a communal bell making workshop on Sunday 14th July. Participants were invited to take part in this installation that was then donated to the Camden Square Play Centre.