Block C is a disused technology classroom repurposed as four artist studios in Arts and Media School Islington (AMSI), Finsbury Park. 

Initiated in 2018, resident artists use the opportunity of holding a studio within a formal education context to explore questions around learning and pedagogy while contributing to AMSI’s cultural ecology. Projects are developed jointly by artists, AMSI staff and students, and Cubitt. They have included lunchtime carnival workshops, a holiday photography club, an extended placement in the Modern Foreign Language department, a student-led investigation into archives, and one-to-one studio sessions with young people who are accessing Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services.

The project investigates how we might pool and share our resources at a time when the arts and education sectors are under intense pressure to deliver more for less. It is a direct response to the sidelining of art and other creative subjects in the curriculum – which led to the technology classroom falling out of use.

Current resident artists:

Jasmin Bhanji

Betsy Dadd & Lydia CS (Kaleidoworks)

Joe Namy

Maya Fineburg, Beautriz Marques Moreira Da Silva, Meriem Mecili, Central St Martins (CSM) BA (Hons) Fine Art students, on placement as part of their Diploma in Professional Studies

Previous resident artists:

Zoe Horne & Isabella Furness (CSM Fine Art students)

Levi Naidu-Mitchell

Esther McManus

Janetka Platun

Schooling & Culture

Excerpt from a film made by Year 8 students, Central St Martin's students and AMSI's Modern Foreign Language department, 2020.

This project is part of the Satellite Studios programme, which has been running since 2013. We currently also have studios at The Mildmays (a trio of extra care settings in Dalston) in Finsbury Park, and Lee Samuel House in Brixton.