Red Hook Labs' new educational initiative will help foster the next generation of arts professionals

Brooklyn creative space Red Hook Labs launches its new education initiative in January 2019. Labs School will offer a year-round curriculum aimed at bolstering skills across photography, film, creative direction and fashion that will help emerging artists excel professionally.

Labs School’s new director of education is Stephen Frailey, who was the chair of the BFA Department of Photography and Video at the School of Visual Arts from 1997 to 2018, during which time he established the MPS graduate fashion photography programme with Labs founder Jimmy Moffat. He and Moffat have now drawn on their invaluable experience and extensive networks to put together an impressive line-up of mentors for Labs School including Taryn Simon, Jamie Hawksworth, Laurie Simmons, Adam Fuss, Ryan McGinley, Cass Bird, Jack Webb, Alastair McKimm, Penelope Umbrico, Jimmy Paul, Lucas Blalock, James Kaliardos and Ferdinando Verderi.


“Labs is committed to connecting those the furthest from the top of the pyramid to those at the pinnacle of achievement”


“In today’s world where access to success is still systematically denied to so many, Labs is committed to connecting those the furthest from the top of the pyramid and every step of the way to those at the pinnacle of achievement,” says Moffat.

Term time will kick off with portfolio reviews and master workshops as well as conversations between young artists. For instance, on 26 January Molly Matalon and Caroline Tompkins will discuss how their work contributes to changing representations of sexuality. There will also be classes in studio lighting, large format photography, post production and virtual reality making. A residency programme begins in March and there will be a short film festival in July.

Nataal is also a proud partner of Labs for our annual co-curated group show, New African Photography, which showcases budding talent from the continent and its diaspora and will return in May 2019. As such, we applaud Labs School as a much-needed and commendable path through which valuable creative communities can thrive.


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Published on 30/12/2018