Course Code E1901S002
Tutor Fritha Jenkins, Poppy Whatmore
Dates Thursdays, 19th September - 28th November 2019
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £500

This course is for students who are interested in exploring the construction of space, both literally and with concern to the language of space as material itself. We will look at the internal space of the body and what it means to make artwork that challenges the limits of the body in its environment. Although the world we live in is ever expanding into the digital and virtual field, this course explore tactility; the immediacy of materials that can be played with, manipulated and displayed. The material of space can sometimes seem irrevocable, yet as artists our role is to play and to see what it might mean to treat steel like paper or concrete like water. Through the course you will develop your voice as an artist, explore your own language and how you might begin to communicate to your audience. Tutors will take you through some of the planning processes of making large scale works and the idea of making proposals, both with a view to realising the work and the idea of proposal as artwork.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

The Academy is currently reviewing the materials needed for this course and will confirm the exact ​small fee required from students​ to cover the costs before the start of the course. ​This is unlikely to exceed £15.​ You will need to purchase/source materials for your installations/performance.
Materials that can be purchased at the Art Academy Shop:
Paints, Wire, gesso, plaster, latex.

About Your Tutor

Fritha Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist working across sculpture, performance, sound, music and video. Research interests include water, domestic labour, gender and found performance. Their exhibition Aggregate: Fritha Jenkins & Edna Lumb, at Leeds Arts University in 2018, constituted an experimental live curation open to the public exploring potential intersections between feminism, queer sexualities, and northern industrial archaeology using the metaphor of aggregate. Fritha studied Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art (2016), Goldsmiths College (2002), and with Alt MFA, a peer led DIY art school (2010 – ongoing). They are recipient of the Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award at Chisenhale Artplace (2017/19) and a member of an Artquest Peer Forum at the Foundling Museum. Exhibitions, performances and projects have included; Bleinhem Walk Gallery, Pump House Gallery, Toynbee studios, Artlicks Weekend, Chisenhale Dance Place, Modern Art Oxford, Guest Projects, Whitechapel Art Gallery and Supernormal Festival. Education, teaching and collaboration are integral to their practice and Fritha has taught and run projects in universities, hospitals, care homes, schools and theatres.

Poppy Whatmore​ ​has an MFA in Sculpture from the Slade (2012). She has exhibited in Italy, Channel Islands, London and across the UK, and has curated a number of shows. Her sculptures have won awards such as the Aestehtica Art Prize in 2013 and an Arts Council Research Award 2012-2010. Public Collections include Saatchi Gallery and Grymsdyke Farm Research Centre.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

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Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Image / Fritha Jenkins / Photo Credit / Hamish Irvine


Places Available!

Fee: £500.00