Visiting Artist’s Studio
The Faculty of Fine Arts of Brno University of Technology (FFA) started its Visiting Artist’s Studio in the winter semester of 2019. Each semester the FFA will invite an aknowledged artist(s) from abroad to work with its students. The artistic profiles of the guests will differ from each other to make the FFA art & design studies offer as broad as possible. Students of the bachelor, master and PhD programmes can enroll.
The Visiting Artist’s Studio (spring 2022) is lead by Zeyno Pekünlü,
“A chain of temporary collectives with a distinctive personality in their center.”
Each semester, the Visiting Artist’s Studio offers students a new opportunity to meet a prominent figure of the art world. The studio is a great opportunity for students to confront their established perceptions through encounters not only with the new studio head, but also with learners from other FFA studios. Curiosity, flexibility, communication, a desire to analyze, and willingness to share are prerequisites for studying in this studio.
The form and content of the classes are different each semester, based on the conception of the current head or studio manager. The tutors are selected from distinguished individuals after a list of potential candidates proposed by the faculty members and PhD students has been complied, based on their professional recommendations. The selected artists often come to us with different approaches. For many of them, running the art school studio temporarily is a welcome opportunity to develop their teaching experience which is based on their own experience of working on the international art scene. During the semester, students are often given the opportunity to observe the current work of their tutors, visit their current exhibitions abroad or their studios, and get a glimpse into the workings of the art world in a non-Czech environment.
The form of study in VAS is also a change for our students. The study can take place in a different rhythm than the regular weekly consultations. The program may include intensive periods of several days of joint work and consultations or periods of more individual distance communication. A relatively high level of English is required for participation. For our students, the studio is beneficial not only in terms of the change in demands, in terms of language, time, and career, but also in terms of the opportunity to be part of a unique, temporarily established collective.
Students from any of FFA studios, including PhD students, are eligible to apply to study at VAS. We also offer participation to our graduates if there is sufficient capacity. Studying at VAS thus becomes an opportunity to meet colleagues with similar interests from various studios and to confront one’s own way of making and thinking with their approaches. The Visiting Artist’s Studio is a chain of temporary collectives made up of people with keen interests, always centered around distinctive personalities with highly original approaches and work.
Tutors of the studio since 2019: Przemyslaw Kwiek, Karol Radziszewski, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Antye Greie-Ripatti, Zuzanna Czebatul, Zeyno Pekünlü.