‘Details and spaces’ is a temporary installation spatially linking Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts. It is a project by 75 first year, BA(Hons) Interior and Spatial Design students at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London.
Tate Britain was first built in 1897 and subsequently extended over the years. Chelsea College of Arts occupies a series of buildings across the road from the Tate. They were originally built in the same period as the Tate, on the former grounds of the Millbank Penitentiary. Both buildings are a treasure of subtle and beautiful details and ornaments.
Students studied and surveyed these architectural details, focusing on the historic ornamental language, in search of discovering imagined spaces hidden within. They documented these details in drawings and models. From these drawings and models, a historic handrail detail, from the Tate rotunda was chosen and enlarged to form two structures large enough to inhabit inside. The structures are constructed using wire, wood and paper. The building techniques and skills used were adopted from the traditional craftsmen of the Japanese paper festival float Nebuta in Aomori.
Client: Tate Britain
Other Facilitators: Kindly sponsored by Kupambana and John Purcell Paper. Thanks to Mr Takashi Kitamura and his crew in Aomori for their advice.
Tutors: Jack Hardy, Takeshi Hayatsu, Phillip Rutter , Shibboleth Shechter, Jonathan Shmulevitch
Students: Sara Abbas, So-Hyun Ahn, Whitney Akwe, Fatima Al-Theyab, Rossana Argentero, Anna Balint, Natasha Benbow, Jaafar Berraho, Domitille Boulin, Julieta Capria Brcich, Bethany Carr, Kay Chan, Peter Chan, Alice Channon, Linda Dacomi, Victoria De Jesus, Daisy Domville-Musters, Yue Du, Nicole Edmunds, Tenisha Fraser, Elisa Frenay, MengJia Gan, Jixing Gao, Lulu Guo, Lynn Haddad, Yurika Hashimoto, Charles Hayes, Joana Hilgraf, Rebecca Hollands, Joseph Hui, Erica Hui, Leanna Ioannou, Celine Jabar, Emilia Jarosz, Jane Jiang, James Kamel, Ryder Kwong, Yao
Lai, Diep Le, Lanxuan Li, Rick Li, Jinglan Li, Ilayda Lippert, Estela Maeda Hein, Paige Mander, Dominic Massarella, ChloeMcFarlane, Tracy Mok, Morgana Moriero, Jackie Mu, Sarje Nagda, Sacha Nicette, Jelezaveta Orlova, Victor Polyakov, Jordania Moura, Shelley Rossell, Yulia Salnikova, Ferah Salyanci, Joey Shu, George Storr, Sonya Sung, Katherine Varnava, Eleanor Wort, Hayley Wrighton, Rose Yang, Evan Ye, Katty Yu, Yaqing Zeng, Xingnan Zhao
Research Question: Details and spaces is the second in a series of projects designed to: introduce first year BA spatial design students to working at 1:1 scale; to increase the engagement of students and staff with the local community, including both the wider college community and the local resident and business community; to enhance participating students skills for working in a professional environment, particularly, working within a team and working with the professionals that were brought in to work on the project and to enhance student transferable skills, such as collaborative working skills, initiative, problem solving and personal responsibility at a very early and crucial stage in their career.
Links: Film of Build