The Artistory | Creating a haven for today’s creative minds
Registration Deadline:2nd August 2021
Submission Deadline: 3rd August 2021
Result Announcement: 30th September 2021
Medieval times saw the rise of guilds that governed the functioning of artists, architects, and other professions. Those were times when art was considered elite and sophisticated. The work done by these artists was valued and helped put history eloquently for us to understand it today. These guilds focused on providing support to other craftsmen and also gained over a certain political stance. It helped reduce competition amongst themselves while maintaining the standards. The members of the guild were expected to pay its collective expenses in return for the benefits obtained.
In modern terms, medieval guilds were committees and other governing bodies but on a larger scale and focused on arts and trade.
Today’s artists, both small-scale and established ones, collaborate in cafes and parks as a small group. And only spaces they have left can be counted on their fingertips.
As times change, the means change. Ever since the advent of the internet, people have evolved in ways the creators of the web would not have imagined, for good and for worse.
The Internet has provided a platform for professionals of all ranges to connect with people all around the globe making their work known and establishing their presence.
But despite the perks of having the internet, the tangible essence of doing things in real life is irreplaceable. Activities like chatting up with friends, reading, and writing on paper, playing cricket in the street, never lose their charm.
And so does having a space to collaborate over our passion or have like-minded people engage with our opinions face to face rather than having an invitation to collaborate sent over an email.
How does this polar situation stack up against times like today? How will a space that can bring the best of both worlds look like?
Cherishing the tangible nature of the world is as important as appreciating and evolving with technology.
In today’s time, this social meeting happens in cafes and restaurants. Meeting people in the real world and marveling over human being’s creative nature needs to become a revived culture.
The challenge is to create an artist’s coworking where the art of all kinds can find an atmosphere to grow. The design is specifically tuned towards people who create, appreciate, and celebrate art in their daily lives.
Space would act as and provide an environment conducive to brewing ideas. It would be a tangible form of a social website where artists today expand their horizons.
The artists club can have different aesthetics, it can either be modern, minimal, and functional or it can be cozy, academic, and collaborative.
Form - The building form should draw inspiration from art/art forms/artists.
Tuning - The spaces should be tuned to create art of various kinds.
Collaborative - The spaces should allow activities involving different numbers of people.
Evolutionary - The architecture should be evolutionary and should change with time.
Founding Director, Atelier NEA, France
Managing Director / Head of Design, WY-TO, Singapore