KT-LAB is a 2-3 year project in which we complete tasks set by specially selected Artists and creatives who then critique the work produced. The aim is to challenge our existing ideas about painting and art as a whole and to expand our vision by temporarily adopting the viewpoint of our chosen artists. We intend to share online as much of this experience as possible and through filmed interviews and studio visits we will offer an insight into the usually undisclosed world of everyday creative process. We also want to enter into dialogue with the Artists and the general public about the meaning and function of the Arts in todays society and  we encourage everyone to get involved and become part of this conversation…

‘We want to stretch ourselves, to expand our capabilities, to study and grow. We want to do it for ourselves… with a little help from our friends’

We have been collaborating as artists for more than 10 years, extensively exhibiting painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation and film but now want to focus on painting. We thought about applying for a postgraduate masters course as a duo, as this would enable us to concentrate on painting and evolve our practice, to expand our skills and develop our ideas, but like many of our peers, we can’t afford the time or the fees involved. So what’s the alternative? How else could we get the benefits of a full-time course? Could we construct our own course framework to fit our current life situations? Our proposal to devise a course from scratch to suit our needs:

  • Appoint carefully chosen tutors – artists we admire – to set us tasks based on our course criteria and evaluate the results
  • Interview these artists in their working environments about how they work, and why they work
  • Set ourselves a programme of study and research spanning our interests in art history, themes, concepts and techniques
  • Appoint a Dean of School to oversee proceedings and regularly assess our progress
  • Document the whole process online as it develops and create a forum for commentary and debate involving art professionals and members of the general public
  • Hold regular exhibitions showcasing the course outcomes
  • Write a dissertation asking important questions about the nature of artistic integrity, what it means to be an artist and why art is important
  • Potentially set a precedent for a viable alternative development and education framework for artists
How am i single? 2016 30X30cm Oil on board

Aims in brief

  • To study painting and take KEELERTORNERO’s practice to the point where we are fully equipped to express our ideas
  • Promote a dialogue about painting and art - between artists, academics and the general public - around the relevance of art in past, present and future society
  • To connect artists with other artists and help promote a healthy exchange of ideas, collaboration and criticism
  • Promote a discussion about the state of art education in the UK and beyond, how it has changed and it’s potential future
  • To explore the nature of artistic collaboration and its associated issues

What time is it? 2016 30X30cm Oil on board


Chin Keeler and Emma Tornero work collaboratively, intentionally replacing individual vision for animated dialogue, intuitively sourcing imagery or deliberating on a concept or theme.

‘We create images in which the impossible becomes something perfectly natural, where characters play parts in an all-encompassing illusory world – a place of dreams and hallucinations, inhabited by strange beings living out their lives just beyond our peripheral vision. Presenting narratives of impossible geometry, we have cast a pantheon of players in an epic soap opera, a theatre of illusions and trap doors, where a fisherman from the island of Terschelling can rub shoulders with John Wayne trapped inside the body of a stag that’s trying to escape his future by becoming the daughter of Mies van der Rohe.’


Thanks to ANTHONY LYCETT for the use of the photo KEELERTORNERO in the studio.