The Artists’ Pavilion 2019

Artquest and UAL’s Careers & Employability are working a team of committed students to programme The Artists’ Pavilion, a pop-up public project at FOLD, London’s newest 24hr cultural space.

The Artists’ Pavilion is an opportunity for 10 UAL students to work on a collaborative project with Artquest and independent curator Adelaide Bannerman to create an arts/events programme at FOLD London.

Key Dates:

  • Artists Pavilion public opening dates 13 – 15 August
  • Peer mentoring training / Evaluation – late August onwards

FOLD is a custom-made venue, positioned at the intersection of digital culture, art, music and performance. With 7000 sq ft of industrial multi-purpose space, including an auditorium, state of the art audio-visual rig, Funktion 1 sound system and high definition LED wall, it is uniquely placed to give cross-disciplinary artists the resources and space to realise large-scale works, push ambitious strands of practice, and present or perform within an immersive environment.

The Artists’ Pavilion is a biennial project that acts as a counterpoint to a largely object-based art market, creating an alternative space to foreground different approaches for artists and their practices. The Pavilion programme will address the theme of ‘work’, particularly the (often undervalued but important) work done in the art world that is not usually visible to audiences and the public, and especially by people first entering the sector. The programme may take the form of talks, exhibitions, screenings – as decided by the selected students in response to the theme and nature of the venue, and supported by independent curator-mentor Adelaide Bannerman.

Adelaide Bannerman is a freelance project manager and curator based in London. She works part of her time for International Curators Forum. Since 1998, Bannerman has worked for UK arts institutions that have included Autograph ABP, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA), Tate, Live Art Development Agency, Platform London, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, 198 Gallery and Arts Council England. She is currently a trustee of Idle Women, an organisation that initiates and creates contemporary art with women and Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall an artist-run laboratory and presentation space for contemporary art. In 2018 Bannerman initiated Never Done, a residency programme to facilitate artist and curatorial research, mobility and professional development. Her independent research interests valorise performative gestures and engagements with live and visual performance art and privileging the developmental process behind individual and group practices. Bannerman is also interested in exploring, noting and co-opting movement and improvisatory methods as part of her curatorial practice.


This project is funded by Careers and Employability. Because of the way this programme is funded, this opportunity is open to students:

  • Whose parent(s) / guardian(s) have not completed a University degree, and
  • Are HOME (UK) students, and
  • Are studying on an undergraduate course

This is an opportunity for 10 second year UAL students with an interest in contemporary / multi media art to:

  • Work with an established curator to realise a project in an multi-arts venue
  • Build relationships with respected art world professionals
  • Establish a peer network to support them in their career
  • Gain experience of project programming and develop skills that will make them more employable
  • Develop knowledge of, and raise their profile within, the creative sector

The project will be supported by:

  • 8 days contact time a curator-mentor over the period in advance of events
  • £200 award paid to each selected participating student
  • Guidance in establishing an ongoing peer mentoring group
  • Individual professional development support via the Artquest programme
  • A venue provided by FOLD

While students will be supported, they will have final responsibility for administering and realising the project. Applicants should be confident of being able to take on the commitment that this will involve before applying, estimated at between 10 – 15 days over the next 4-5 months, excluding the week of public events.

For any questions about the programme please email Nick Kaplony.