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MFI Graduate Award

MFI graduate award is presented by Flat Time House, the former home and studio of the artist John Latham. It is awarded each year to selected new graduates with the aim of supporting their development as artists. The awardees form a discussion and study group, the MFI Group, which is based at Flat Time House in Peckham, south east London. Flat Time House awards MFI Group membership every year to selected fine art students graduating from BA and post-graduate courses at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges who intend to continue their practise based in London. The group is structured around informal monthly meetings where ideas can be developed and artistic methods questioned in a supportive peer-led environment. MFI Group promotes the continuing artistic and professional development of its members, giving them opportunities to meet with curators and artists involved in the Flat Time House programme and though our links with other arts organisations across the UK. The name, MFI Group comes from John Latham's description of education as the Mental Furniture Industry. Flat Time House operates not just an exhibition space but also as an artist's house and living archive, bringing contemporary work together with the John Latham permanent collection. The house provides a unique venue for thought that stimulates broad ranging debate, encompassing not only art but also science, economics and philosophy. This reflects John Lathams varied interests and his own practice, which spanned painting, sculpture, film, performance writing and social practice. MFI Group brings together diverse individuals at different stages of their artistic careers. The blend of BA and MA graduates from different colleges and courses allows for a unique mixing of different attitudes and experiences. Central is a shared interest in how and why to continue making art in the contemporary context. MFI aims to explore such concerns in a supportive and experimental way, and provides a rare forum for these conversations to continue outside of art school. Members usually take it in turn to lead seminars and jointly determine the direction of the group, inviting guest speakers to respond to developing concerns. Each year a different group of individuals sets their own dynamic and are supported by the education team at Flat

Time House to realise their ideas. A small amount of funding is allocated for the groups disposal. In addition to the discussion group, MFI Group have the opportunity to interact with the public programme at Flat Time House and to propose and stage events. This can range from presenting work from the archive to hosting a panel debate. The group are also encouraged to engage with other organisations and make connections with similar peer-led groups, and to stage events off-site. We are inviting students completing their BA this year to apply to join a group of 4 to 6 BA graduates and 4 to 6 post-graduates that would begin in October and last one year. Selection is based primarily on quality of work, however we do take into account a supporting statement of interest. We will also aim to visit each applicants graduating show. The awardees will be announced at their respective degree show private views / VIP breakfasts. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Vettise, Programme Assistant, at the below email address. More information about Flat Time House can be found on our website www.flattimeho.org.uk. Interested BA students should complete the following form and return it by email to info@flattimeho.org.uk. FTHo MFI Graduate Award APPLICATION FORM Name - Course and level - College - Date of course completion - Email Website or web address of online work (If you do not have work online, please send us a PDF portfolio / video showreel) Artist statement Supporting statement of interest (300 words) What would you hope to gain from MFI group? Do you have any particular interests / ideas you would like to pursue within the group? -