The 2017 Summer Residency at the Koppel Project Hive was an opportunity open to all artists renting a space in the Koppel Project studio complex. It allowed successful applicants to work in the Hive’s adjoining gallery space at street level on High Holborn for a number of weeks. Arranged over two floors with floor-to-ceiling windows at ground level, the generous spaces allowed the participating artists to spread out, expanding their normal working methods and interacting with one another as they worked. The large windows also served as an invitation to members of the public to come in and talk to the artists, or just take in the changing studio landscape as they passed by.
Having both recently graduated from the MFA Fine Art course at Wimbledon, myself and Daniel Curtis applied for the opportunity with the idea of building on a series of collaborative projects we had initiated during the two-year course. After the pressures of the recent degree show, the residency offered the perfect opportunity to pursue our on-going collaborative project and respond to a space outside of the art school environment. Alongside the work, it also gave us a chance to reflect on and share our experiences of the course and lay plans for the future.