MA Art & Ecology

MA Art & Ecology

Goldsmiths, University of London

Finlay Forbes Gower, And Now, We’ve Had To Stop, 2021. Film. Courtesy of the artist.

January 7, 2022
MA Art & Ecology

Priority application deadline: February 14, 2022

Goldsmiths MA Art & Ecology is now accepting applications for September 2022 entry. This innovative fifteen-month studio-based postgraduate programme is designed for artists and graduates who want to engage through practice in meaningful and transformative ways with the most pressing ecological questions of our time.

The MA Art & Ecology invites artists to develop a self-directed project grounded in rigorous artistic approaches in response to urgent ecological challenges, including climate breakdown, pollution, biodiversity loss and environmental and social justice. We welcome artistic practices that may involve painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, performance, art writing, textiles, digital media and video, as well as food production, rewilding, inter-species care and co-dependence, sustainable data, citizen and expert science, waste management, somatic work and ritual. The MA Art & Ecology encourages applications from artists working in any ecological context, from rural to ocean habitats, and from social movements to scientific settings. The programme’s location in South East London, with proximity to some of the world’s leading artistic and scientific institutions, also provides an opportunity to focus on urban ecologies as dynamic ‘more-than-human worlds’. 

The MA Art & Ecology provides an exceptional opportunity for artists to learn skills, acquire knowledge and build networks that will be essential to propelling their professional artistic practice after graduation. Students are supported by the Programme Leader Dr Ros Gray and Studio Lecturer Dr Jol Thoms, with contributing staff including Louise Ashford, Ian Hunt, Gerard Ortin, Dr Audrey Samson (FRAUD) and Dr Edgar Schmitz, as well as visiting artists, academics and activists who are leading practitioners in the field. The Department of Art offers students world-class art-production facilities, from Graphics & Time-Based Media and 3D printing to Constructed Textiles, Photography and Moving Image Capture, Ceramics, Woodwork, Metal and Casting, Print & Dye, Fine Art Print, Stitch & Fabric, a Pigment Garden and Allotment. The Goldsmiths Art Research Garden is in development and will host Harun Morrison (They Are Here) as artist-in-residence in 2022. The programme teaches best professional practice through talks and workshops led by practitioners that provide real-world insights into the kinds of skills, negotiations and knowledge necessary to realising a successful expanded practice.

Through the development of their artistic project, students will realise a public exhibition and disseminate their research process through a project journal that is published online. Studio practice is taught through an intensive programme of individual tutorials, group crits and study visits. Students also participate in an artist-led collaborative experimental laboratory. The MA Art & Ecology provides a specialised programme of critical studies lectures and seminars on art’s relation to socio-ecological issues such as climate justice, environmental racism and indigenous sovereignty, and theoretical approaches such as ecofeminism, decoloniality, queer ecologies, and science and technology studies. Students will be part of a dynamic research culture at Goldsmiths, which includes the Critical Ecologies research stream. Goldsmiths’ Green New Deal is a further context that the university provides for understanding and participating in environmental change.

For more information on the programme, available scholarships and how to apply online, please visit here. Please register for an Open Day, or write to Dr Ros Gray if you would like to discuss your application.

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