Artists in Residence @ AMSI

AMSI are host to Block C – an innovative partnership with local arts organisation, Cubitt Artists, which sees our former woodwork classroom repurposed into four artist studios. This is a unique resource, enabling AMSI students and staff to collaborate with artists and gain insights into their creative practice.

Since our partnership began in 2018, we have delivered 10 projects, reaching over 230 students. These have included lunchtime carnival workshops, a holiday photography club, an extended placement in the Modern Foreign Language department, a student-led investigation into archives, and one-to-one studio sessions with young people who are accessing Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services.

In spring 2021, AMSI students were part of Remote Connections, a Cubitt project in which four artists and groups of Islington residents from different generations gathered online and in person. In addition to AMSI, these gatherings took place in an extra care setting, with community centres and from people’s living rooms.

Through conversations and creative experiments, the groups explored what helps them to feel connected with each other and themselves, with  their surroundings, and across time, distance and generations.

You can read In the Making – a workbook produced from the project, here, and see below for a short film that AMSI students made with artist Lydia CS.

Current resident artists:

Jasmin Bhanji

Betsy Dadd & Lydia CS (Kaleidoworks)

Previous resident artists:

Maya Fineburg, Beautriz Marques Moreira Da Silva, Meriem Mecili, Zoe Horne & Isabella Furness, Central St Martins (CSM) BA (Hons) Fine Art students, on placement as part of their Diploma in Professional Studies, Levi Naidu-Mitchell, Esther McManus, Joe Namy, Janetka Platun, Schooling & Culture

About Cubitt Artists

Cubitt Artists is an artist-led cooperative based in Islington, North London, built on the belief in the value of art and artists in society. Established in 1992 and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, we provide 32 affordable artist studios, a gallery, and a celebrated community-led arts programme which has reached over 12,000 young people, teachers and older people across the borough.