Patrick Mimran [2004] Billboard Project, New York. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou.

Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice

Patrick Mimran [2004] Billboard Project, New York. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou.

Course Outline | Course Dates | Tutor | Fee-waiver | Reviews | Bibliography | Resources
Course Description

This course maps the theories and discourses that inform the production and reception of contemporary art, providing a supportive environment to develop your practice and articulate your ideas on the production, exhibition and interpretation of art.

Through lectures, seminars, tutorials and gallery visits the course will familiarise you with key concepts and historical transformations that underpin contemporary art production and reception. We will look at the impact of key philosophical, cultural and political discourses on art practice, and examine different theoretical perspectives and critical debates. You will extend and develop your ability to discuss, write about and judge contemporary art. You will be supported in contextualising your practice with extensive feedback in tutorials and workshops. You will also develop your skills in writing artist’s statements, critical reviews and/or exhibition proposals.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course you will have a good grasp of the historical underpinnings and current debates in contemporary art . You will be able to develop, articulate and contextualise your practice. You will develop your writing and research skills and formulate research questions to guide your practice and research. You will be able to critically evaluate your own work, as well as that of others. You’ll be able to critically discuss and evaluate contemporary art.

Who Should Attend

The course will suit those wishing to develop their practice and research, prepare a portfolio, apply for a postgraduate degree in art or pursue a career in the arts. The course is open to everyone regardless of experience but it is particularly suited to those who have a background and experience in art and wish to develop their practice and extend their knowledge of contemporary art practices and discourses. The course will benefit painters, sculptors, print-makers, installation, performance, video and media artists, designers, sound artists, musicians, curators, writers and researchers.

For more information on the course, including the schedule, lectures and reading please download the Course Outline.
Upcoming Course Dates

Click on the dates below for more info and to book.

19 April — 14 June 2018, every Thursday for 9 weeks plus Saturday, 5 May @Kupfer

This course runs from 19 April to 14 June 2018, every Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm for nine weeks, including off-site gallery visits on Saturday, 5 May 2018 from 2:30pm to 5pm. The course will take place at Kupfer, Arch 213, Ponsford Street, London E9 6JU. Please click the relevant links to book your place, or apply for a Fee-waiver Award. Please read the Learning Agreement before booking. If you have any questions please contact us.

From To Off-site Duration Location Fee Actions
19 Apr 2018
14 Jun 2018
5 May 2018 14:30–17:00
Nine weeks
(25 hours)
Arch 213, Ponsford Street, London E9 6JU
£ 250 BOOK
6—10 August 2018, MonFri, 10am—4pm for 5 days @Chelsea College of Arts UAL

This course runs from Monday, 6 August to Friday, 10 August 2018, from 10am to 4pm for one week. The course will take place at Chelsea College of Arts UAL, located at 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU. If you have any questions please contact us or the Chelsea Short Course Team +44 (0) 20 7514 6311.

From To Time Duration Location Fee Actions
6 Aug 2018
10 Aug 2018
10:00–16:00 Five days
(25 hours)
Chelsea College of Arts UAL
16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
£ 655 BOOK

Sophia Kosmaoglou is an artist, tutor, curator and founder of [ART&CRITIQUE], an alternative art education network based in London. Her current practice blurs the boundaries between art, activism and education to question the ontology of art and its social and institutional functions. She has a practice-based PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and her research interests include institutional critique and the relationship between art and politics, institutions and independent organisations and collective practices. She has previously taught Critical Studies and Studio Practice on BA Fine Art Practice and Joint Honours courses at Goldsmiths and is currently a Visiting Tutor at Chelsea College of Arts. For more information please see


This course offers a great opportunity to spend significant time and thought on aspects of your practice in a stimulating group environment. I would like to thank Sophia for her commitment to the students beyond what I expected- providing us with a wealth of information, reading lists etc and regular, detailed personalised feedback, which made such a difference.Anon

I’ve been looking for a long time to find a course like this, it is a unique opportunity, no other place provides this course. Sophia is a brilliant tutor and I am so glad I participated. I look forward to the next course.Anon

There is a lot of material in this course. It could easily form the basis of a degree course either under or post graduate. —Anon

What an enormous pleasure and fascinating process this week has been, so open and yet demanding. I’m in my studio as I write. It feels like the place to be to think it through, and in my case ‘get on with it’. I have a stack of questions, and some answers now, about how to go forward. It’s exciting! Thank you Sophia for this fantastic course, for your teaching, feedback and whole approach. It is so helpful to receive your perceptive and knowledgeable feedback to shake things up, reflect and begin to put more focused ideas into practice. You set the bar high for all of us with astonishing commitment.—Anon