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The Last Drink (from the Everyday Fantastic)

The Last Drink (from the Everyday Fantastic)

The Last Drink (from the Everyday Fantastic)

Professor David Rayson: The Mythology, romance and necessity of the studio

7 August 2013 / 6.30pm / All Welcome


The historical, cultural and bespoke status of the studio will be explored through visual images, filmic reconstructions and seminal writings. The studio as a retreat, as workshop, a place to make a mess in, an inner chamber of ideas, a gateway to moments of heroic genius.


By the square foot, the loft, the regenerated warehouse, the spare room, the converted garage, the studio building underway in the garden as those of us approach retirement, and the kitchen table.


Also the non-studio practices, mobile, temporary production spaces, the performative, the art event, the ready-made, the nomadic photographer, film-maker, and visionary shaman. In fact anywhere we can turn our light on…




David Rayson was appointed Professor and Head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2006. He is a practicing artist, tutor and curator and his work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. His work is included in major collections held by the Tate, Whitechapel Art Gallery, the British Council, Deutsche Bank, Rubell Family Collection, The Open University and The Contemporary Art Society. Rayson’s work relates directly to the visual potential of the everyday, enabling the ordinary to be realised as fantastic. He continues to support emerging artists through his engagement with many survey exhibitions and organisations such as the Jerwood  Charitable Trust, The Valerie Beston Young Artist Trust, The Threadneadle Art Prize, The Red Mansion Art Award, and The British Council, and his involvement in many artist-led initiatives.



August 2013