2017 Architectural Drawing Summer School: call for students

The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust is running an architectural drawing summer school in Somerset from 26 August to 2 September 2017.

We are delighted that our academic partners for this event will be Kingston University (http://fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/), winners of the 2017 Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence. Expert tuition will be led by Andrew Clancy, Professor of Architecture at Kingston, and will be based largely at the Drawing Matter Trust near Bruton (www.drawingmatter.org), which will provide special access to its unique and extensive archive of architectural drawings.

We are keen to make this opportunity available as widely as possible and would like to hear from students between their first and second year of A Levels this coming summer who wish to be considered for a place. There is no charge to students and board and lodging will be provided free at Wells Cathedral School.

Our intention is to provide an opportunity to gain insights from professionals about how we see, how we record what we see and how we use what we see when we make things. The opportunity may particularly suit young people who are thinking about a career in architecture or the built environment, or who have shown aptitude in those directions, but that is not a requirement: we expect the skills learnt at the summer school to be fully transferable.

If you would like to be considered for a place, please email or dropbox Robert Bargery, Executive Director of the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, at director@rfact.uk by 5pm on Thursday 11 May 2017. Please include:

  • a brief (200 words maximum) statement saying why you would like to attend
  • a scanned sample of your work, in the form either of written work (up to 1000 words) or artwork. Work does not need to have been done for this purpose or be related to architecture, but should help demonstrate your suitability for the summer school.

Please note that there will be competition for the fifteen places available, so this supporting material will be a key part of the selection process.

Offers of places will be made on 19 May 2017 and will be conditional on parental consent where necessary. Students attending the summer school will be invited to a concluding exhibition and lunch at the Hauser & Wirth contemporary arts centre, Bruton, on 2 September.

Questions and further information: Robert Bargery, director@rfact.uk