Panel Discussion: How to thrive

Panel Discussion: How to thrive
Julia Wachtel, Untitled (Body Builder), 1989


A roundtable discussion exploring collaboration and collective working as process and ethos in an artist’s practice. The panel will consider what motivates creative practitioners to work together, look at a range of collaborative models, and debate whether artists have more chance to flourish and prosper by working collectively.


The collective formerly known as AIRBNB Pavilion

Berry Patten

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan

Moderated by Ellen Mara De Wachter

How to thrive, one of a series of texts commissioned to accompany the Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years exhibition. Each essay will be released as a free PDF download from the website.


Booking recommended.

FKA AIRBNB Pavilion is a project on interiors, domesticity and the intersection between internet and the city. It was founded by Fabrizio Ballabio, Alessandro Bava, Luis Ortega Govela, Octave Perrault, during the Venice Biennale 2014. Recent exhibitions/projects include: Stay With Me, Ideas City Festival, New York with; Welcome You’re In the Right Place, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin; Schöner Wohnen, Armada, Milan; Morphing Overnight, Seventeen Gallery, London, all 2015; and Everything that is Solid Melts into Airbnb, Swiss Institute, New York, 2014.

Berry Patten uses video, sculpture, photography and communal experiences to explore the aestheticization of everyday objects and tropes of popular culture, touching on memories and feelings as well as notions of aspirational living. Recent exhibitions and projects include: OPEN SOURCE festival, London; Business as Usual, stcfthots, Leeds; Noumenal Menagerie, Trampoline Gallery, Antwerp, all 2015; Cyborgs, Hybrids, Chimeras, Hayward Touring, Haywood Gallery, London, 2014; and Invites: Berry Patten, Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2013.

Ellen Mara De Wachter is an independent curator and writer based in London. After working at the British Museum and the Barbican Art Gallery, she joined the Zabludowicz Collection as Curator, developing a programme of exhibitions, and initiating the Invites programme for unrepresented artists. In 2013–15 she was Curator of Public Collection Development at the Contemporary Art Society. Her writing has been published in exhibition catalogues and magazines including Frieze, and Flash Art. She has taught at various institutions including the Royal Academy Schools, the Royal College of Art and Newcastle University. She is curator of By the mountain path, an exhibition of contemporary Japanese art currently at White Rainbow, London, until 20 June 2015, and forthcoming curatorial projects include Alien Sex Club by John Walter, at Ambika P3, London from 23 July–13 August 2015 and the Homotopia Festival, Liverpool from 30 October–1 December 2015.

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan have worked collaboratively since 1995 making images, sculptural objects and installations that pose questions as to how we understand art. They are represented by The Modern Institute. Recent solo exhibitions include: Is your tesserae really necessary, Tramway, Glasgow (part of GENERATION 2014): DOES THE IT STICK, Bloomberg Space, London (Offsite commission with Studio Voltaire and Bloomberg), both 2014; DOES THE IT FIT, CIRCA Projects, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2013; and A tool for the making of signs, Chapter, Cardiff, 2012. In 2013 they were shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize.