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Speculative Studios

What are Speculative Studios? 

A Speculative Studio Space is a fabricated artists’ working environment which takes an artists exhibition piece, questions how the artist arrived at the idea, then assembles a space that assumes the role of their studio. 

Speculative Studio Spaces provide an insight to how the processes that exist within a studio space highlights a facet of an artists’ identity. This can generally be controlled intuitively by the artist and therefore, the artist can construct how they wish to be perceived by an audience. However, Speculative Studio Spaces questions what happens to these processes when the artist no longer has control of them. This element of disruption leaves the artist vulnerable and  highlights notions of identity, authorship and ownership. 

Speculative Studio Spaces takes the form of an exhibition and as such, instigates a dialogue between what can be considered an exhibition and what can be considered an artists studio space. I am interested in seizing control of an artists’ creative process in order to provide an insight into how identity can be constructed. Speculative Studio Spaces can also be seen as a visual critique of artists’ creative processes. Such a notion explores how highly personal and private spaces can act as a mirror – reflecting processes back to the artist for them to contemplate, analyse and evaluate – when exposed to subjection. 

List of all Speculative Studio Spaces exhibitions

21st – 23rd November 2014 – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield

18th September – 22nd October 2015 – Access Space, Sheffield

May – September 2016 – Huddersfield Media Centre (As part of Comprised Collaborations Group exhibition) 

10th – 20th June 2016 – Basement Arts, Leeds

Further Reading (links open in new tab) 

04/02/15 – More thoughts towards Speculative Studio Spaces

06/12/14 – An Introduction to Speculative Studio Spaces