The Arts Tutoring Society is a free Goldsmiths College tutoring service for arts students provided by experienced postgrad students from the arts or related fields of study such as philosophy, politics or visual cultures.
Our team members, working from a broad spectrum of professions, offer free tutoring conversations at your studio for the duration of an hour. Through this service, we want to offer you the necessary support with your artistic practice. Our tutors offer a valuable insight into the ‘outside world’ yet the perils of art academy art still fresh on their minds.
Eef Veldkamp, MA arts & politics, (1993, NL)
Our lives are dictated by the systems and structures we live in. These systems and structures friction and cause all kinds of problems. These problems form the base of my artistic practise. I engage with them through philosophical and artistic research with the aim to eventually erect what I call ‘counter-systems’ – small companies, initiatives, events and so on – in order to engage with these problems. All these counter-systems execute their own programme eventually generating events, products, manifestations, walks, exhibitions, interventions and so on. I studied BA Fine Arts and preMA philosophy.
Erica Capecchi, MA arts & politics, (1989, IT)
After high school, I decided to continue the studies in art, so I did a BA in History of Archaeology, Fine Arts, Archive and Libraries at the University of Florence. After graduation, I attended a Masters in Art History at the same University, where I achieved the title of Dr. in Art History specialized in Contemporary Art, with full marks and honours. Due to my interest in contemporary arts, I decided to come to London and take the MA in Art and Politics to investigate and understand the strict relationship that stands between these two disciplines, especially in the controversial age in which we are living. More than an artist I define myself as an Art Historian and Critic, even if I practice painting in my few leisure time.
Lukas Meisner, MA critical & creative analysis, (1993, DE)
Lukas is a critical thinker between anti-politics, ethics and poetry, this is in between a radical critique of the existing perpetuum mobile and its tendencies on the one hand and the potentialities of life and the dumb (voiceless) theories and practices of writing on the other. As a writer he is mostly dealing with the normality of hushing up as well as with counter-concepts of dissidence, exodus, utopia and exile – or as modes of transcending nowadays’ cosmo-politics of totalitarian immanence. Some of his work got published at The Idiots Press.
Carmen Lamberti, MA PT art & politics, (EN/CR)
My art practice examines the function and impact of art in our globalised societies. My art aims at promoting dialogue, weaving a diversity of meanings and voices that sometimes can be uncomfortable as it opens up a public discourse inciting people to reflect upon their values and actions. My Art-based research and conceptual approach is influenced by Eco Aesthetics and Sustainability and combines a diversity of disciplines such as ecology, science, public health and politics.
James Elsey, MA art & politics, (1993, EN)
James is a student on the MA Art & Politics programme. Prior to this, he studied for a BSc (Hons) Geography undergrad degree at Nottingham, and Central Saint Martins for his Art Foundation. His recent work deals with organising cultural labour in an attempt reengage it with the political - in fundraising projects for Calais.
He has a background working in gallery spaces, and as a freelance tutor, and likes to drink the occasional pint of ale at the Rose.
Mathilde Lepage-Bagatta, MA art & politics, (1992, FR)
I’m specialised in performative art, main focus is on dance but can also look into physical theatre and theatre. I’m interested on researching how to embody a concept rather than represent it through a narrative body. Also interested more dramaturgic aspect of the work: how to sustain an idea through out a piece aside from narratives (flow of work, transitions etc.).
Sandy Di Yu, MA Contemporary Art Theory, (1990, CA)
With a joint degree in Visual Arts and Philosophy from York University in Toronto, I’ve teetered on the edge between practice and theory for most of my formative years. I'm now pursuing an MA in Contemporary Art Theory as a way of reconciling these two passions. I’ve spent time studying at the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen (think phenomenology), and I was practicing and exhibiting artwork in Berlin before moving to London. While my previous education was in analytical philosophy, painting, and photography, my current research interests are engaged with post-humanism, AI and emotionality, and the intersections of text and time.
Sofia Villena Araya, MA Contemporary Art Theory, (CR)
I am a Costa Rican artist and writer. Previously, I studied painting and history and theory of contemporary art at the San Francisco Art Institute, USA. Currently, I am studying an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths. My visual practice has examined the intersections between drawing, dance, and movement. In terms of research and writing, I have been interested in a variety of topics, such as: memory and mass death in Latin America, Reggaeton and noise music, and masculinity in Costa Rican photography. Theories that I draw from are mainly queer theory, sound studies, memory studies and postcolonial thought.
If you want a conversation with one of our tutors, check the schedule for the days and times they are available and send one of them an email. There is no limit to the amount of tutoring conversations you can schedule with our tutors and you don’t have to be in the arts department to be able to talk with our tutors. We also work outside ‘office hours’ – meaning that conversations can take place at any time of the day you prefer.
Of course, the conversations are explicitly aimed at developing your artistic practise though we are also open to other matters you want to talk about.