Curator, and co-director of Hollybush Gardens, Lisa Panting visited the Associate Studio Programme in August. The visit coincided with the Associates preparations for their group show at the offices of the architects John McAslan Partners. The discussions centred on this and the balance of the opportunities it offered and the constraints it was subject to. It was noted that as a space that served both as a gallery and the lobby of a busy architects practice there were some distinct conditions to negotiate – but that importantly, few spaces came with no conditions at all. Lisa’s experience provided a valuable sounding board to the Associates mix of ambition and pragmatism and drew out the ways in which the specifics of the space could be engaged with, while also achieving a show that genuinely represents their current and ongoing concerns on the studio.