Art and Ideas: space and place

Course Dates: 21/02/24 - 27/03/24
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
Explore concepts and theories of space and place in relation to historical and contemporary art and making, and engage in discussion and debate related to landscape, urban, site-specific and place-based creative arts.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £118.00

Course Code: VB875

Wed, eve, 21 Feb - 27 Mar '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is designed for developing and experienced students with an interest in space and place, or for those engaged in creative practice in these areas. Over 6 weeks this course will explore a number of different theories related to culture, space and place and investigate works by historical and contemporary artists and makers who respond to these themes through their practice. Students are invited to share their own ideas and work, and use the course to help enhance the critical and conceptual aspects of their own creativity.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Topics explored on this course include landscapes and mapping, the urban environment, architecture, place and non-place, site-specific and installation art, and globalisation. Students are invited to share their own ideas and work where appropriate, and discussions can be adapted to themes related to group interests where appropriate.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Read, understand and discuss with confidence a wide range of critical and theoretical ideas and texts
- Analyse creative practices that explore landscape, space, place and sites
- Draw on critical and theoretical ideas and texts to enhance your own creative and artistic thinking and practice.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for intermediate and experienced art and design students or practitioners. Alternatively, you will have relevant experience in art and design, and be involved in producing art or design independently with a desire to extend the theoretical basis of your work. The course is ideal for those who have completed a Foundation, intermediate level or degree course and wish to maintain their critical thinking, or those looking to refresh or enhance their theoretical understanding of this fascinating area of thought.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through a mixture of tutor presentation, paired and group discussions, debate and the sharing of work and ideas (where appropriate). The course involves a weekly theoeretical reading which will be available digitally on Google Classroom. Students will be expected to be developing their creative work outside of classes, and support their study through independent theoretical readings and gallery visits.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You are encouraged to have a notebook and pen to record notes from talks and discussions. You may wish to buy some of the books or journals on any reading list given out in class. You will also need access to a computer and Zoom to join the class, and will be expected to access or download readings from the City Lit Google Classroom in preparation for classes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in other Cultural Studies courses, looking in depth a key cultural and theoretical themes in the context of creative arts such as VB645 Self and Identity or VB653 Time and Memory. You may also be interested in art history courses, or certain courses within the humanities department.

Charles Chambers

Charles is an artist, designer and theorist with over twenty-five years experience; initially as a freelance illustrator working for major publishers and magazines, and for two decades as Creative Director of an award-winning west-end design agency. Greatly experienced himself as an adult learner, he was an art and design graduate first in the 1980’s but then returned to university – whist working full-time – to gain a First Class degree in architecture followed by a Master’s (with distinction) in architectural theory. He now divides his time between printmaking, small architectural projects and since 2011 teaching a range of subjects at CityLit: including cultural history and theory to creative practitioners, interior design and drawing. He says: “Teaching is the most rewarding experience I have had in a long career in the world of art and design. There is really nothing to compare with the complete engagement of a group of learners in full spate!” Summer also finds Charles afloat, teaching sailing and racing his own small boat. For more information go to and

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