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Group 21 Art x Paradise

In collaboration with Paradise Works, an artist run initiative providing studios and project space to contemporary artists, our agenda is to kick-start re-development of an unoccupied, adjacent site, through focus on design, construction, and the relationship between art and architecture. // Download Poster

Kassandra K // Sandhya P // Nicholas R // Rosemary P // Shivani G



During the exhibition day, we held an informal crit and presentation for each group.

Standing infront of their finished installations, the students grew confident in speaking about their accomplishments and were eager to explain their concepts to us.

As a group, they all worked so hard to develop significant intervention ideas and each one was realised to an admirable extent.

As for the 5th years- we were proud of what the undergraduates had achieved in such little time! Each intervention proposed a creative response to the site which took into account the contextual factors and the artistic representation of members of Paradise Works.

Posted 8 May 2018 09:09

Angus and Kyra showed amazing team work throughout events. This came across during the design stages as well as during the final exhibition where they designed and built a wall (or was it?) based on the work of James Ackerley.

They said,

'Participating in ArtxParadise was an amazing experience. Working in a small group meant collaborating, using our knowledge but also learning from others. The work itself was very interesting because we were able to design for a specific community and it was an opportunity to acknowledge the relationship of use and user and the importance of the environment to achieve a satisfying result. The work of James Ackerley was fascinating and it formed a base for our design ideas and development. At the same time, we were excited to work with different materials to produce a 1:1 model and the various workshops added to the creative nature of the project. And, yeah, it was a lot of fun!
Angus & Kyra'

Posted 8 May 2018 00:26


Astrid and Onchi brilliantly absorbed their chosen artist's design process and built a Papier-mâché 'Gravo-cado'

They said,

'During this week we have learned to relate art and architecture by taking inspiration from various artists. Through group works and specific workshop we developed our creativity and model making skills. While collaborating with friendly people and helping each other we have managed to create a 1:1 model representing our idea. We also had fun curating our own exhibition.
It was a great week and we had a lot of fun!'

Posted 8 May 2018 00:19


Alice and John designed the 'Walk of Paradise' using cardboard and designed a well thought out connection detail. They added some colour their intervention with spray paint, using left over laser cut boards as stencils.

They said,

'Art x Paradise has been a great experience to be involved in, thinking about the connections between art and paradise works while also getting to grips with 1.1 models. We both enjoyed the gallery visits as it allowed us to see a wide range or creativity that we could involve in future projects. Additionally the experimentation through the workshops were useful to think a little differently. The fifth years were engaging and it’s been nice to do something different.'

Posted 8 May 2018 00:16


Alfie and Eleanor were prized as our most creative team. They produced an incredible amount of super nice outcome during events, with the Highlight being their 1:1 ‘Bird and Bug Babylon’. All of their models were made out of re-used materials.

They said,

“ Being part of Art x Paradise has been a great opportunity to think about space and community while being able to participate in hands-on making. Through are design of the Bug and Bird Babylon we have thought about the litter that surrounds us and how to subvert it’s use to be beneficial, not detrimental to nature. In this process we have used rubbish to make one to one functional models of details of our design.“

Posted 7 May 2018 20:06


This is not a wall.

2 of our undergraduates created some amazing artistic collage and concept drawings. They used these to create an installation of a permeable wall. The walls would be used for a series of spaces that divided artists working.

Posted 7 May 2018 16:02


Using the hook in the exhibition space, the papier mache avocado was hung up.

When hung from the ceiling, the installation looked just like their initial concept sketches and visuals!

Posted 7 May 2018 15:59


2 students worked as a great team to create this model using found materials.

The use of real twigs and branches gave the model a sense of reality and really brought the whole concept together!

Posted 7 May 2018 15:57


John and Alice presented a great concept for a connection detail - just using cardboard!

Their structures were designed to stand without supports and host artist work.

Posted 7 May 2018 15:56


The undergraduates curated their cracked clay tiles.

The cracks correlate with the patterns they scored earlier!

Posted 7 May 2018 15:54


Ivan and Adje experimented with clay and presented a fractured clay path that ran across the floor and up to the wall in the exhibition space at Paradise Works. They used the artists Winter & Kurth from Paradise Works as inspiration for their work.

They said,

"We have enjoyed Art X Paradise, it’s been a great experience mainly due to the variety of art work we have produced over the past two weeks through the different workshops; drawings, models, experimenting with different forms of media. We have created ‘Triangle Gardens’ inspired by Winter & Kurth."

They were awarded 'Best Concept Sketch' for their intricate drawings inspired by the artists.
Posted 7 May 2018 11:09


Rudhira and John produced a detailed 1:50 model of their proposal for the site, based on their research of the artist Hilary Jack from Paradise Works. This was presented within the exhibition and they won a prize for the best craft based on the precision and detail of their model.

They said,

"This event was a unique experience for us. It was nice to spend time inside and outside the studio. We discovered some new and talented artists (e.g.: Hilary Jack) whose work inspired us to produce some interesting pieces. We also visited some art galleries and had a chance to talk to a curator of art exhibitions, who gave us tips on how to present artwork. The fifth year's leading the event were very friendly and well organised too. It was a nice break from the regular studio work to be able to do something more related to art."

Posted 7 May 2018 11:01


Inspired by Nicola Colclough, Alina and Ana designed a modular seating system intervention, part of which they constructed at 1:1.

They said,

''I think there is a lot that we have learned by taking part in this project. To begin with, making a model to a 1:1 scale, of our own design, was truly something different than what we were used to for studio work. Making a model this big made us realise how much work is put into constructing something. We also found the art gallery visits to be useful and interesting, because we got to learn something that is not necessarily architecture related, but still could serve as an inspiration in the design process. The guidance we got from the older students was really useful and it helped us finish the project succesfully. Overall, the past weeks were really enjoyable and we were able to learn something new by also having fun!''

They were awarded 'Best In Show' for their hard work, great sketches and models.

Posted 3 May 2018 23:35


Flashback to when students were making their final touches to their show.

Undergraduates were in charge of curating their final work, with helping hands and guidance from the Master students.

Posted 3 May 2018 09:00


Our collaborators at Paradise Works were so impressed with our work at the exhibition.

Visiting artists Winter and Kurth even shared our event on their own Instagram page!

Check them out here...

Posted 3 May 2018 08:57


The exhibition was a huge success and cleaning up was a big team effort! Thanks to all the undergraduates for producing amazing work and for a fabulous events project!

Posted 1 May 2018 16:23


And the symposium is done!!

Posted 1 May 2018 11:38


Little snapshot of our warmup.

Posted 1 May 2018 11:37


Yesterday before the symposium everybody added some last touches to their projects. Eleanor and Alfie planted some flowers in their bird hotel.

Posted 1 May 2018 11:37


..of our filled up exhibition space. It was nice for everybody to see all the work from the past days in one space.

Posted 1 May 2018 11:36


And a Team Photograph of all of us. Our Undergrads were super well organized, always motivated and very talented. The outcome of these 9 days would have definitely not been possible without all of you, thanks!

Posted 1 May 2018 11:36


Team Photograph of us! I cant believe how well we worked in a team and how fast the time flew by!

Posted 1 May 2018 11:35


One of the groups created a permeable wall with material which we all enjoyed interacting with throughout the exhibition!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 23:05


One of the projects used pieces of clay to create a path through the exhibition space. This was a really successful exhibit and one of the artists that the students used as inspiration, even commented on how much she liked the work!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 22:37


The whole exhibition was a massive group effort and we were so proud of all the work that was exhibited!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 22:25


One of the groups built a detailed model of the proposals for the site using found materials.Their whole project was wonderfully coherent and their precision when making this model was amazing!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 22:19


One group created an amazing section model out of found tree branches and plants. These were glued, tied and intricately assembled.

Inspired by Hillary Jack, their project modeled natural materials in a political setting.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 22:13


While the undergraduates constructed their final pieces, the fifth years curated the exhibition of the rest of the work produced throughout events.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 22:03


At the exhibition, we were visited by Paradise Works artists, Natasha Kurth and Olivia Glasser.

It was amazing to see their response to work inspired by them and to applause the exhibition pieces from all the students.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:56


As soon as we got to Paradise Works this morning, the groups cracked on with constructing their 1:1 interventions.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:54


Today we exhibited at Paradise Works, in Salford. The exhibition space is surrounded by artist studios and was the perfect setting to showcase our projects!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:50


Large pieces of installation artworks were transported to Paradise Works by car.

Ready for exhibition!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:40

One groups project involved making hanging bird feeders and planters that were exhibited as their 1:1 intervention. The work they created was super creative and worked perfectly for the site!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:38


As the progression of the film continues, Kassandra calls on some of the undergraduate students to see and reflect on her work.

They are all so excited to see the final product!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:28


After the clay had dried, we had fun peeling them off the cardboard bases.

During the drying out stage, cracks formed and created an interesting, almost archaeological, aesthetic to the texture of the clay.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:23


Inspired by Precious Innes and Robin Broadley, Astrid and Onchi designed and built a giant Avocado pod.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:16


The exhibition was a great success!

More photos to follow...

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:06


It was freezing in Paradise Works!!

We warmed ourselves up by playing group games... causing much hilarity.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:05


Today we moved all our work over for an exhibition at Paradise Works.

This took a lot of planning and coordination... as well as multiple trips in the lift/car!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:04


Another re-discovered snapshot of some focused work. Incredible patience proven by all the teams cutting out all the little bits and pieces and working on everything as long as it took to actually create the interventions for the site.

Posted 29 Apr 2018 18:00


Everything that was created would not have been able without the incredible teamwork within the teams that were formed in the first week of the program. It was interesting to see how the dynamics evolved and everybody grew closer – not only within the small teams but also the whole group.

Posted 29 Apr 2018 18:00


A lot of focused working was going on, especially during the last couple of days, results to be presented..

Posted 29 Apr 2018 17:59


The most crazy thing to see was how all the sketches and little bits and pieces turned into one large 1:1 intervention that could be potentially used, in form, for the site.

Posted 29 Apr 2018 17:59


At the end of the week it was time for us to recap the week, muck out the images we’ve taken and get some undergrad feedback on the first video attempt. It has been two busy but productive weeks with a lot of firsts not only for the first and second years but also for us! Flicking through the snapshots of the work in progress makes us even more curious about what all the work is going to look like assembled at one space in paradise works.

Posted 29 Apr 2018 17:58


We are having an exhibition! The final 1:1 models will be exhibited along with working sketches, models and the outputs from our various workshops.

Get in contact with one of us for further details!

Posted 27 Apr 2018 14:38


I was amazed to see how many languages we knew between us!

Can't wait to see these painted onto one group's maze wall.

Posted 27 Apr 2018 14:24


As a part of their bug hotel, this group is making wind chimes out of used cans to add to the atmosphere of the site.

Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:11


The students are building a 1:50 model of their intervention. They have been skillfully employing found materials to create a high quality finished model.

Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:10


The students are working with layers of material to create different levels of translucence through their walls.

Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:02


Following the smaller experimental clay models, the students have started to make a 1:1 model expressing how the patterns could look and feel on site.

Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:00


And almost ready to be presented..
Posted 27 Apr 2018 10:43


Some concentrated faces working on the final polishes..

Posted 27 Apr 2018 10:43


We are giving out some last little pieces of advice!

Posted 27 Apr 2018 10:42


Little Social Media Break after some intense Avocado-Painting. Everything is coming together!

Posted 27 Apr 2018 10:41


The scary moment where this group checked their intervention would stand up and it was a massive success!

All of the interventions are really coming together and we are looking forward to the exhibition on Monday.
Posted 26 Apr 2018 22:46


Another group have begun to create their partition walls at 1:1.

They are testing how fabric can be hung over a hollow metal rod, which is supported on cardboard columns.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 21:29


We have asked each group to create an architectural image representing the relationship of their intervention on the current site.

This could be a plan, section, axonometric or perspective drawing, like this one.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 21:28


Inspired by Hillary Jack, two students are incorporating natural found objects into their work.

Like their model from last week, twigs will be used to draw comparisons between nature and society.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 21:26


Today one group revealed part of their modular bench intervention at 1:1.

Tomorrow they'll be cladding it with translucent coloured plastic to create a wellbeing space.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 18:41


The results of the spray workshop look fabulous!

Posted 26 Apr 2018 16:25


One group are spraying their 1:1 tunnel cladding panels with found patterns from left over laser cutting sheets.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 15:21


We love the little sketches used to generate the final outcome.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 13:03


We try to give our Undergrads as much guidance as possible in order to create some amazing work for next Monday.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 13:03


Shot of Rosies Workshop yesterday in which the students built amazing little paper models. It took a little patience, but the results were worth it.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 13:02

Connection Detail of one of the interventions that is going to be built for our symposium next Monday. Nice progress!

Posted 26 Apr 2018 13:01


The photographs speak for themselves.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 12:19


Some of the students are getting a work out when creating their 1:1 pieces!
Posted 26 Apr 2018 12:19


We used clay models to test out the potential outcome of one of the interventions.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 12:18


There have been a few hiccups along the way but everyone's powering through!

Posted 26 Apr 2018 12:15


Models and drawings were first done to scale to plan out the 1:1 interventions.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 12:14


As part of Events, students must build part of their intervention at 1:1.

This is causing a lot of discussion and experimentation about how to make things stand up... and look good.
Posted 26 Apr 2018 11:55


All groups are constructing this morning and we are so excited to see the projects coming together!
Posted 26 Apr 2018 11:19


We are assisting in the construction of 1:1 interventions to take to Paradise Works next week.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 10:59


Two students are using found newspapers and glue, along with chicken wire to create their avocado inspired intervention.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 10:57


After Rosie's scalpel cutting and scoring workshop, students are using their scoring skills to create texture in clay.

These will form clay tiles for their site intervention.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 10:53


With a helping hand from the 5th years, the students projects are well under way!

Posted 26 Apr 2018 10:40

This afternoon the students are continuing to construct their 1:1 interventions. One group is experimenting with making textured tiles to form paving for the site.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:47

This morning we made folded paper models to experiment with different types of model making within architecture.

Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:12


This morning, led a programme using paper and card to make complex architectural models.

Posted 25 Apr 2018 13:29


We are encouraging the students to build their interventions out of materials that can be easily transported to and from Paradise Works. This makes it possible for them to begin the construction process on site before arriving at Paradise Works.

Posted 25 Apr 2018 12:35