Virtual Studio Practices: Visual Artists, Social Media and Creativity

  • Kylie Budge Victoria University | Melbourne | Australia
Keywords: Social Media, Virtual Studio, Art, Creativity, Studio, Blogs, Twitter, Instagram


Artists’ practices are varied. Two extremes include the need for complete solitude when working and others who seek social environments such as collaborations in communal studio settings. In addition to these real life studio practices new technologies and social media have made it possible for artists to use virtual studio practices in the process of developing creative work. Working virtually offers a range of interesting benefits for creative practice. This article explores the author’s recent experiences in virtual studio practices in light of the literature on this topic and considers the implications for creativity. It highlights five specific benefits in using virtual studio practices and considers possible limitations of working in such a manner. In exploring virtual studio practices and arguing the case for such ways of working, this article contributes to research and understandings about creative practice by discussing one artist’s reflective experience of using virtual studio practices.

Author Biography

Kylie Budge, Victoria University | Melbourne | Australia
Kylie Budge is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne in creative practice and the teaching of art and design in higher education and Senior Advisor Learning and Teaching at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in the education sector for more than twenty years. Kylie’s research traverses learning, teaching and assessing in the creative disciplines; creativity and blogging; conceptions of teaching and its impact on practice; feedback and assessment; and academic development. She previously taught in the higher education sector in Japan where she also studied printmaking.


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