Space for Creativity

As part of FCBStudios 40/20 Anniversary Celebrations, we invited four speakers to give short provocations on the theme of ‘Space for Creativity’ and the future of creative education, followed by discussion from the floor, chaired by Peter Clegg.     ‘All schools should be art schools’ proposed Bob and Roberta Smith. Should they? If so, how do we support that proposition? Do physical buildings still have a role to play in nurturing creative

HOST 4020 Installation: Chelsea College of Art

UAL Chelsea Collage of Art MA interiors and spatial design students brought a kit of parts to the Southbank Undercroft to assemble their installation  for #spaceforcreativity . Rather than working to a rigid, predetermined plan, the group worked collaboratively to create and assemble a structural system to display work from the whole group.   The artworks displayed were brought together under the deliberately ambiguous title of  ‘Change Over Time’.  Each student contributed either new

HOST 4020 Installation: Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art has brought industrial yarn bombing to the Southbank. Dubbed ‘Architectural Knitting’, an adaptable knitting loom has been build to encircle the iconic Southbank columns, and industrial foam backer rod used as the yarn. Watch this timelapse as the structures take shape. HOST 4020 Manchester School of Art from FCBStudios on Vimeo. Led by Dr Annie Shaw, the team is made up of Matt Ault, Fraser Streatfield,

HOST4020 Installation: Plymouth School of Creative Art

The children of Plymouth School of Creative Arts have created a map of the River Tamar and the surrounding area as their learning enquiry. History, geography and experience have informed the map, with landmarks and wildlife as well as personal landmarks researched through the creation. Skills including maths, engineering and film-making alongside research and collaboration we used and developed.  During the enquiry, the children also documented their making, alongside students

What? Now!

WHAT? NOW! Was the name of the first end of year show at the new Manchester School of Art, completed in 2014. ‘Old School New School’ was the mantra for the project, to reflect a culture of change and enquiry for an established Art School with a long tradition. The building is described by the school as ‘permissive’ in character allowing the art of the possible by blurring the boundaries

Creating an Architectural Culture

It doesn’t seem like 40 years since we opened our first ‘Architecture Shop.’ When we set up the practice we intended to do nothing less than change the face of the profession, making architecture more public, more responsive and more collaborative. For FCBStudios, architecture has always been more than the design of buildings. As a practice we are interested in the wider implications of what we do, engaging for instance, in the

Space for Creativity | Debate participants

Following an afternoon review of the exhibition, our specially invited panel will debate the future of creative education: Should ‘All schools be art Schools’ in the words of Bob and Roberta Smith, and if so how do we support that proposition? Do physical buildings still have a role to play in nurturing creative communities and what kind of spaces best provide for the needs of art and design? Taking part

Space for Creativity | Exhibition Participants

Students and staff from six creative schools and colleges will be creating installations which have been inspired by either the spaces we have designed for them or the exhibition venue itself, Undercroft of the Southbank Centre. The participants will be: Plymouth School of Creative Arts with Plymouth College of Arts, Bedales School, Chelsea College of Art, Manchester School of Art and graffiti artists from Long Live Southbank.

Arts and Education at Host 40/20

This December we launch HOST40/20. With a focus on Arts and Education, we are taking over the Southbank Festival Village Undercroft Space to showcase creative collaboration and the great work emerging from the next generation of students. Watch this space for more details of our exploration of #spaceforcreativity.  

Undercroft @ Southbank

The Undercroft at Southbank will be host to our 40/20 celebrations in December. The Undercroft is an important part of the Southbank Centre complex. It was first discovered by skateboarders in 1973 and quickly developed into one of the most important skateboarding spots in the world. With the intention of a temporary closure to allow for the restoration of the buildings above, part of the Undercroft was boarded up in