An assistant is a person (or by extension a device) that helps another person accomplish their goals

Bearspace in association with Peer Sessions, presents an exhibition project entitled The Assistant. From 14th-29th May and 4th-19th June exhibitions will pair up an emerging artist, who will create the artwork, with an established artist who will instruct them. The established artist will send the emerging artist, or assistant, a list of rules one month prior to the exhibition opening, rules which will detail how the established artist wishes the work to be created and/or installed. This blog contains updates on their progress whilst a parallel page collects discussions around the idea of being an assistant and stories shared by other 'assistants' across the arts.

Monday, 29 March 2010

New BBC 4 documentary features the Assistant artists

A new BBC 4 documentary following MFA students at Goldsmiths is due to be screened on the 12th and 19th April from 9pm. The documentary features the year group that both of our participating 'assistant' artists were part of at Goldsmiths and although I haven't seen it yet it has Blue in the trailer and so is likely to contain some of their work/interviews with them. Although you'd think that the BBC had enough room for the hackneyed tabloid narratives on contemporary art on its numerous other channels and that we might expect something a bit more thoughtful from BBC 4, the trailer for this slightly disingenuously titled documentary seems to blow on all of the populist dog whistles (a personal opinion - Chris). However I'll reserve judgement until I view the full programme, and I guess it's great publicity for the artists anyhow. See the press release below for more information or click here to view the trailer to judge for yourself! (it can be found in a box to the right of the page).

Goldsmiths – This is Modern Art

Goldsmiths has produced six Turner prize winners in its illustrious history, notably Damien Hirst. But what lies behind the famous institution's unrivalled reputation for producing the artistic stars of the future?

This new two-part documentary follows a group of Goldsmiths artists as they struggle to create art and make a name for themselves during the run-up to their final masters' show, a showcase at which dealers and collectors jostle to sign the latest sensation.

These programmes follow the artists in the vital months following graduation as they take their first steps into professional careers, exploring the culture of contemporary art through the ambitions, influences and attitudes of the next generation of young British artists.

All are desperate to create the kind of work that will propel them to centre stage in the art world, but only a select few will succeed.

BBC Front Desk Publicity

A Dragonfly TV production

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