Class Room & Arts Lab

Cristiana Ilie

Exhibition Launch: 7th of June 17:30 - 20:00

Gallery Exhibit: Cristiana Ilie

Exhibition opens 7th June 17:30 until 20:00

It is a great pleasure to be able to present an exhibition that contains a selection of new artworks by Cristiana Ilie.

Ilie describes the creative process she uses as being automatic; she responds to her past actions and in doing so builds towards a new image, probing and testing new tools, processes, images and ideas for enquiry.

Mondrian stated that ‘true art, like true life, takes a single road’, and Ilie is evidently dedicated to the cultivation of a single road of exploration. In her studio, a subversion of the traditional medium of print seems fruitful. She does not allow herself to have a purely mechanistic approach and as a result continues to discover new ways and attitudes of making.

The painter Moholy-Nagy, who, in 1946, was asked why he had chosen to exhibit his ‘earliest experiments’ in a retrospective replied, ‘because they were experiments… there is nothing more important to me just now than seeing my whole development in retrospect’. Similarly, in this exhibition of Ilie’s work, we can see the thinking process; the work shows an environment of discovery and learning through making. It can be seen that, out of her studio’s creative environment, via experiments and ideas, art has come into being.

Ilie was born in Romania and moved to Coventry in 2012 to study Fine Art and Illustration at the Coventry School of Art & Design. This is her second solo exhibition. Her first - A Palm in a Grapefruit (2016) - was held at the Meter Room in Coventry.

Please remember that there will be a screening of a film, and an inconversation talk with Cristiana Ilie on the Thursday 28th June 17:30 - 20:00


Lessons on Planet Earth
Thursday 14th June 17:30–21:00

Elenor Sikorski presents a performance about an unhinged teacher, with an obsession for ants, teaches us some things about Planet Earth. There are some very interesting lessons to be learned, but the facts are hard to pin down amidst all the emotional tendencies, and the blinding realisation that we all die alone.

Film Screening & Talk
Cristiana Ilie
Thursday 28th June 17:30 - 20:00

12 July 17:30–21:00

In this new free course we will be creating a series of workshops that contain both activities and discussions that focus on a particular ideas or topic.

In this first lesson will be focused on thinking, discussing and exploring unlearning. This is free, but you will need to book, as there are only limited places.

Artist Talk
Dan Roach Thursday 26th July 17.30 - 20.00

The painter and printmaker Dan Roach will be giving a talk at Class Room

Crit Club

A crit is a common learning exercise used in Arts Higher Education which offers a student the opportunity to present their work to other students and discuss possible ways of progressing and developing work. We will send out an email soon with further details of the next crit club.

Art Zine

We are looking for people who may be interested in joining us create a new art zine, our first edition will be launched in August. Email if you are interested in helping create content (articles, interviews or reviews).


We are looking for people who may be interested in running a workshop, we can offer free space, there is a budget of £75 for materials and £200 that can either be spent on your time or the workshop.Please send workshop ideas to