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Robyn Bailey

Exhibition curated by Robyn Bailey of Steve Appleton playing guitar with exhibition in the background
Students setting up exhibition, holding art work on a table
Steve Appleton playing guitar in front of various brightly coloured items and plinths


My project, New Masters combined exhibition making with an open-studio event, encouraging the participating artists to work within their space throughout the duration of the show. New Masters naturally became a welcoming hub for conversations, meetings and collaborations, including an artist in residence position which was filled by a former Norwich University of the Arts MA student.

The project grew out of my research interest in artist/curator conversations and my earlier project ‘Let’s Talk About Creative Practice’ at the Playhouse, Norwich.

Artists worked on site all through New Masters, so that conversations and interaction played a major part in the day to day running of the show. The exhibition embodied the spirit of artist-led spaces and enabled the artists to exhibit large-scale pieces, with enough extra space to continue making work.

This style of presenting art and artists to the public brought about in-depth conversations about creativity and presented a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into creative practice for the public. I found myself constantly asking the question ‘how can a curator facilitate the artistic process’ and through a number of public events, discovered a range of positions in relation to this question.

All of the artists involved in New Masters have also been involved in my previous projects on the MA and I would like to thank them for allowing me to explore their practices as part of my MA in Curation.

Lizzie Starling