Alex Hoda and Robert Rush studied at the Royal Academy of Arts together, graduating in 2008. For this project they collaborated on the exhibition Rough Music at Cass Sculpture Foundation. As well as collaborating they also have an individual practice that draws on sculptural processes such as bronze-casting, ceramics and three-dimensional printing.
For this collaborative project Alex Hoda and Robert Rush were interested in the medieval concept of 'Rough Music', where when people were shamed in society they were confronted with cacophonous noises outside their homes in the form of people banging pans, screaming and stamping their feet. Alex Hoda and Robert Rush invited a selection of ceramic artists to make work in Cass Sculpture Foundation's wood-fired kiln in response to this idea of 'Rough Music'. Drawing on ceramics 'outsider art' currency and often ugly 1970's speckled aesthetic Hoda and Rush curated an exhibition of raw, medieval inspired works. Most of the works were functional objects, such as vases, mugs, tables that were them employed at a dinner at Edel Assanti Gallery, London in 2015.