This year’s program was led by SVA Professor of Art History, Kara Rooney. Our guest speaker was Geraldine Cox, artist in residence for Imperial College London. Within Imperial’s High Energy Physics Department, Geraldine explores the overlap of art and science.
Our group was hosted by notable UK political artist Sokari Douglas Camp in her South London studio, as well as painters Ed Grey and Andrew Seto in their East London studios. Through these visits, students were able to see beyond finished works and explore intimate aspects of each artist’s creative process.

Local London painter, Ed Gray, at his East London studio

Political sculptor, Sokari Douglas Camp at her South London studio


Museum and gallery visits are integral to this program’s curriculum. Our group conducted research at Tate Britain, Tate Modern,The Royal Academy of Art, Pace, Gagosian, and a large collection of contemporary Mayfair galleries. Special thanks is owed to Saatchi Gallery, the British Museum, and October Gallery. Saatchi and October Galleries hosted an exhibition-focused creative workshop in their educational spaces, as well as student Q&A’s with their program directors. The Prints Library of the British Museum allowed our group to get up-close and personal with its tremendous archive of original drawings and paintings from British heavyweights including William Blake.

Saatchi Gallery

October Gallery

The British Museum


Albert Memorial, Buckingham Palace and  St James’s Park are among many stunning outdoor areas in which drawing on location and lectures took place. Impromptu discussions on contemporary art, imperialism, monumentalism and more sprang from group rides on the tube and National Rail, walks through the parks, and traveling on foot through the city.  An important aspect of any cultural experience is dining. From traditional Sunday roasts at the historic Victoria Pub in Paddington, to high tea in the acclaimed walls of Fortnum & Mason, students participated in London’s culture through all their senses. These meals were also where some of our most important discussions took place.

Hype Park

Bayswater Station

The Royal Academy of Art