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MA Photography alumna features in ArtGemini Prize 2014 at Singapore Art Fair

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‘Stars 8′, Ellie Davies, 2014. (Source material credit: STScI/Hubble & NASA).

MA Photography alumna Ellie Davies (2008) has scooped 1st Prize Photography in the ArtGemini Prize 2014.

The annual ArtGemini Prize is a celebration of international contemporary art for emerging and estalished artists around the world.

Ellie’s winning work ‘Stars 8′ (pictured above) is part of her recent ‘Stars’ series, in which she explores her desire to balance a relationship with the wild places of her childhood and a sense of disconnection from the natural world.

The work is a response to the experience of gazing at landscapes as a tourist, while living in urban or semi-urban areas, which often alienates viewers from the scene in front of them.

‘Stars’ attempts to address both the mystery and material sensuality of our landscapes and interposes photographs of ancient forests with images of the Milky Way, Omega Centauri, the Norma Galaxy and Embryonic stars in the Nebula NGC 346.

The ArtGemini Prize is showing this month at the Singapore Art Fair, where Ellie has been selected to exhibit alongside two other artists from the 2014 Shortlist, Jaykoe and Adrian Scicluna.

The Singapore Art Fair runs from Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November 2014 at The Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore.

The ArtGemini Prize can be found at Booth D10, so we hope that any of our readers who are in town will stop by to take a look!

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Sound Arts

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‘Found Composition’, Gilda Manfring, 2014

The second of our Postgraduate Shows 2014 – featuring MA Sound Arts – is just a few days away, and we’ve had a sneak preview of the work on show.

MA Sound Arts is an intensive, specialised course which gives students the chance to develop their conceptual and contextual understanding of sound arts in practice and theory, while tapping into the Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre.

Each of the twelve students on the course has developed their own individual approach and built a distinctive portfolio – so what can we expect to see at Hackney’s Angus-Hughes Gallery this year?

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‘Found Composition’, Gilda Manfring, 2014

Gilda Manfring’s ‘Small pieces loosely joined’ is a journey of research and investigation resulting in a body of experimental scores and sound compositions.

The work is collected in a self-published book and CD and partially presented in the wall of the gallery, and unfolds as a collection of accidental discoveries rather than the execution of an idea.

Gilda’s practice is based in experimental electronic composition, using and re-using sounds mainly found in invisible places like the internet or her mind, with improvisation and spontaneity at the core of her process.

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‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’, Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong, 2014.

‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’ by Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong seeks to question the assumptions we make about people through voice, looks and gestures.

This sound and visual piece draws inspiration from contemporary dancers and pop lyrics written about sexual adoration from a woman to a man, and how this kind of adoration is much less prominent when it comes to men in pop music who identify as gay.

Dan Helgi sets out to critique the heteronormative world of pop by exploring gender-norms as well as making a critique of ourselves as judges.

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‘Seeing with Ears’, Jamie Lu, 2014.

Jamie Lu’s video walk ‘Seeing with Ears’ takes the audience on a tour of London’s West End, based on his own relationship with the area.

Jamie has spent most of his spare time in the West End this year and is passionate about its theatres and their work. In creating this piece he gave his emotional responses to this part of London a shape, and transformed them into sound, expressing feelings that could not be articulated in speech.

His intention is that ‘Seeing with Ears’ will give those who are familiar with the West End a new point of view while newcomers receive an introduction to the district via Jamie’s own experiences.

The exhibition will close with a symposium and performance evening on Sunday 7 December. The symposium will focus on the place of research in creative practice, with talks from sound artists Lisa Busby and Mark Peter Wright, as well as contributions from the students and Course Leader Salomé Voegelin, chaired by the exhibition’s curator Irene Revell.

The symposium will also be an opportunity to engage directly with the students’ research.

Following this will be an evening of performance, including works by Tian Bai, Rebecca E Davies (with Holly Jarvis), Gary Fisher and Emre Yağcı.

Below are details of the exhibition and events programme:

Postgraduate Shows 2014: School of Media, MA Sound Arts
Private View: Monday 1 December 7-9pm
Exhibition open: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 December
See opening times: www.angus-hughes.com
Late opening: Thursday 4 December until 9pm
Symposium and Performances: Sunday 7 December
RSVP for symposium and performance evening to: Lisa Hall, crisap@arts.ac.uk
Venue: Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney, E5 0PD

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LCC MA Photography final show prizes 2014

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’54°0’13.176”N 2°32’52.278”W’, Sproxton Award winner Véronique Rolland, video, 2014.

As part of our Postgraduate Shows 2014, on Tuesday 25 November MA Photography students received a range of prestigious prizes honouring different aspects of photographic practice.

In this sixteenth final show for MA Photography, LCC was very happy to again host the Sproxton Award for Photography as well as awards by Photoworks, MACK, Photofusion and Troika Editions.

The Sproxton Award for Photography
The prize is given each year to one student in the MA Photography final show, as judged by a panel consisting of an industry professional and MA Photography alumnus. The winners receive £1000 to help kickstart their photography careers.

The prize was set up by David Sproxton from Aardman Animations in memory of his brother Andrew Sproxton, who together with Val Williams founded the Impressions Gallery in York in 1972. Judged by Phillip Prodger (National Portrait Gallery) and Kate Elliott (MA Photography 2009 alumna).
Winner: Véronique Rolland

The Photofusion Prize
Located in Brixton, Photofusion is an independent photography resource centre and gallery that offers studio and darkroom hire, digital printing, film processing, training and professional support. It also delivers a wide range of community outreach and participatory projects.

The prize consists of a voucher worth £200 redeemable against any of Photofusion’s services, including mentoring and portfolio advice, scanning, film processing, courses and use of rental facilities. Judged by Paul Ellis and Jenna Banat of Photofusion.
Winner: Xiaoyi Chen

Troika Photography Award
Troika Editions is delighted to support the LCC MA graduate programme with the Troika Photography Award, a 12-month mentoring programme. Judges and Troika Editions co-founders Bridget Coaker and Michael Walter select a winner from the MA degree show.

The successful graduate is supported for 12 months, through curatorial advice and critical reviews during their post-university projects, to the equivalent monetary value of £1500.
Winner: Paloma Tendero

The Photoworks Prize
The winner of the prize is featured and interviewed in the Photoworks online showcase and receives free Photoworks Membership for a year.

Photoworks curates, commissions and publishes photographic work and new writing about photography and produces projects, exhibitions, books, the Brighton Photo Biennial and Photoworks Annual. Judged by Celia Davies, director of Photoworks, and Mariama Attah.
Winner: Holger Pooten
Commendations: Lu Zhang, Sarah Janes

The MACK Award
Publisher MACK presents the MACK Award, established in 2013, which offers the winner a prize of a £200 voucher for the purchase of MACK books, and the opportunity to take part in a three-month internship at MACK’s London office. Judged by Michael Mack, director of MACK.
Winner: Liz Orton
Commendations: Emilie Sandy, Amber Rowlands, Jisun Choi

The MA Photography final show, featuring work by these students and many more, is open until Monday 1 December.

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on PGDip Photography Portfolio Development

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‘Her Light, My Life’, Manuel Perez de Guzman Luengo, 2014.

In the third of our previews looking at the first Postgraduate Show of the year, we find out more about PGDip Photography Portfolio Development at LCC and share some of the exhibiting students’ work.

Postgraduate Diploma Photography Portfolio Development nurtures talented photographers working at the cutting edge of contemporary practice, helping them to develop a high quality portfolio and the professional skills to launch a successful photographic career.

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‘Her Light, My Life’, Manuel Perez de Guzman Luengo, 2014.

This year, Manuel Perez de Guzman Luengo presents ‘Her Light, My Life’, exploring the relationship between his late mother’s vernacular photography and his own through a series of diptychs.

This highly personal project sees Manuel attempting to learn more about his mother through the photography she left behind.

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‘Untold’, Tomila Akhmadieva, 2014.

Tomila Akhmadieva’s ‘Untold’ is about physical human scars and the emotional narratives behind them.

Tomila explores the idea of a scar as something intimate, not shared with everyone, which carries with it a hidden story.

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‘Flowers in the Window’, Ray Chang, 2014.

In ‘Flowers in the Window’, Ray Chang develops ideas of loneliness and isolation, illustrating how flowers and everything they signify can give an emotional lift to those in need.

His mood-based work brings together the ideas of strangers, barriers, windows and London living.

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‘Babushka’, Sofya Bredikhina, 2014.

Sofya Bredikhina’s project ‘Babushka’ is dedicated to one of the most serious problems in Russia – the inadequate living conditions of elderly people struggling to survive on government pensions.

Their faces are intended to provoke a strong emotional response and show inner strength, wisdom, loneliness and despair.

Much more equally thought-provoking work is on show here from Tuesday 25 November – we hope to see you soon!

School of Media: MA Documentary Film, MA Photography, PGDip Photography Portfolio Development
Exhibition open: Tuesday 25 November-Monday 1 December
Private View: Tuesday 25 November 6-9pm
RSVP to Private View
Late night opening: Thursday 27 November until 9pm

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Creative Industries Federation launches at UAL

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The creative economy is outperforming all other sectors of UK. From our world-class galleries to our cutting-edge fashion industry, creativity underscores Britain’s national identity. However, this hard-won success is under threat, from lack of investment in creative education, through to the lack of a coherent government arts policy.

Now, the creative industries are fighting back, with the creation of the world’s first united national creative industries federation. Spearheaded by University of the Arts London’s Chairman Sir John Sorrell and with UAL’s Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington as a founder members, the Creative Industries Federation is housed here at the University. We have been joined by over 200 partners and together we will fight to champion the arts, beginning with a launch event at Granary Square this evening.

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