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Wimbledon Fine Art students win in Converse Wall of Clash battles 2014

Inspired by Converse’s colourful Wall of Clash installation, teams of art student finalists were invited to compete in colour, and paint London for the #SneakersClash battles.

Taking over one of three sets of walls across London, was Wimbledon College of Arts, Second year, BA Fine Art: Painting students Jessica Bryant and Beth Field. They were given free reign to paint close to Archway tube station and won their battle.

Wall of Clash. 2014. www.weareamplify.com

Wall of Clash. 2014. www.weareamplify.com

The ‘walls of clash‘ were judged for their originality, execution and use of colour. Furthermore, just to keep standards high they were also marked on professional logistics including team work, communication and planning.

The winning design from the WCA students Jessica Bryant and Beth Field involved a minimal design of colour dots with a close attention to complementary colours and an invitation to interact. The phosphorescent thermochromatic dots adapt to their surroundings, with colours changing to the touch and phosphorescence glowing as night draws in.

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Jessica Bryant & Beth Field. Wall of Clash, 2014

Jessica Bryant & Beth Field. Wall of Clash, 2014. ww.dazeddigital.com

We asked Jessica Bryant about the teams Wall of Clash experience, and here’s what she had to say:

‘The weekend was fantastic, it was really bright and sunny and converse provided us with all the materials and equipment to make sure we had a fun and reasonably simple weekend! We came up with a design that would allow passers by to interact with the wall by using thermochromic paint… our idea was to make a really bright simple design that may brighten up the local passers by’s day, and also allow some interaction to diminish the passivity and segregation that can occur with some public/street art and its surrounding residents.’

Wall of Clash, 2014. ww.dazeddigital.com

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Jean Paul Gaultier visits London College of Fashion

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Jean Paul Gaultier made a guest appearance at LCF last week, just before the opening of an exhibition of the iconic designer’s graphic works.

The designer had a look around the exhibition, reflecting on the designs he had created for invitations and ad campaigns over the past  thirty years.

Gaultier added his own flourish to the exhibition by signing the Fashion Space Gallery‘s wall with a message for LCF and its students. A fitting addition to an exhibition which showcases decades of the designer’s signature vision!

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Open Now – Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest

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Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest is now open at LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery, bringing together the fashion designer’s graphic design work for the first time.

Dating from the early 1980s to the present day, pieces include, the couturier’s unique designs for invitations to haute couture and prêt-à-porter, as well as his iconic advertising campaigns. Be My Guest reflects how Gaultier has shaped his image and translated his visionary catwalk collections into these graphic works.

The exhibition comes alongside The Barbican Art Gallery’s retrospective of the designer, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.

  •  Photography: Katy Davies

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Sasha Bowles – Future Map 2013 exhibitor on her postgraduate student experience

Wimbledon College of Arts catches up with MFA Fine Art alumna, Sasha Bowles on her experience as a postgraduate student, her current practice and what’s next for Sasha as an artist.

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Sasha Bowles, ‘It Went By’. Oil on Linen 40 x 30 cm

WCA: What was your time studying at Wimbledon like?

SB: Really intense. Having not been in education for a while, I felt I had been thrown in at the deep end. Drowning at times, feeling exposed, but finding support was there when it was needed. I felt it was a privilege to have had 2 years to really explore what my work was about and  learn how to articulate it.

WCA: What did you find was the most valuable transferable skill you learnt whilst studying the College?

SB: Researching. Feed your practice.

WCA: Tell us about your current practice.

SB: My current practice is predominately painting and mostly dealing with subject matter relating to memory. The fallibility of memory, how it morphs and folds in upon itself. I use landscape as a trigger for memories; incorporating, real, imagined and appropriated images. The paintings are either small and intimate or large and foreboding.

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Sasha Bowles, ‘The Disproportionate Loss of Self in an Altered Landscape’. Oil on Canvas 150 x 180 cm

WCA: What has been your proudest moment as a practicing professional so far?

SB: Recognition for my work by selection for various exhibitions including Future Map.

WCA: What is next for you?

SB: Further explorations into my practice, continuing to push at the seams. Inclusion in The Open West, Oriel Davies exhibitions. Working towards several group shows in London.

WCA: Any advice for future Fine Art students?

SB: Embrace everything. The time goes really fast. Use all the facilities. Leave your comfort zone. Be prepared to fail again and again. Collaborate with your peers. Go to every show you can. Build networks outside college as well. Trust and challenge your tutors. Claim your practice. Have fun.

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Sasha Bowles, ‘Swept Through the Woods’. Oil on Linen 40 x 30 cm

Sasha graduated from MFA Fine Art 2013. www.sashabowles.co.uk

To find out more about our Postgraduate Courses, book onto one of our Postgraduate Open Days.

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MA Drawing exhibition ‘Just for the day’ responds to The National Gallery collection

MA Drawing students showcased their work at The National Gallery at a one off event ‘Just for the day’.

Working with Colin Wiggins, the Contemporary Curator at The National Gallery, students created new work in response to paintings from The National Gallery’s collection.

The show has been re-installed in the Foyer Gallery at Wimbledon College of Arts, running 3 April – 24 April 2014.

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Gareth Morgan, ‘Missing Person’ 2014

Camille Pissarro's The Avenue, Sydenham (1871)

Camille Pissarro, ‘The Avenue, Sydenham’ 1871

An intriguing feature of Camille Pissarro’s ‘The Avenue, Sydenham’, is his removal of a figure from the foreground of his Impressionist painting of suburban London made in 1871. I have considered who the missing person might be, why they disappeared and what the scene might look like if they were returned to the south London street today, 143 years later. In my drawing the dangerous dog drags Pissarrio’s absentee in front of a van racing down a rat run as the oblivious driver chats away on their mobile phone. Doomed, she crosses from life to death. . .

Gareth Morgan.

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Shaun Dolan, ‘Collaborative Drawing’ 2014

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Luca Giordano, ‘Perseus turning Phineas and his Followers to stone’ early 1680s

The painting ‘Perseus turning Phineas and his followers to stone’ by Luca Giordano, tells the story of Perseus and Andromeda’s wedding celebrations, which have been broken up by Pineas and his army. Phineas, a former suitor of Andromeda bursts in to attack his rival, however Peseus reveals the head of Medusa and turns them to stone.

I presented Giordano’s painting to a small group of children; discussing the story behind it and exploring in more detail the characters, background and overall impact of the painting.

‘Collaborative drawing’ is a digital print response put together from individual drawings by 10 different children. The children used permanent pen to create their own drawing as this eradicated the temptation for change or correction. The drawings were re-scaled and positioned to emulate Giordano’s painting narrative. Inverting the final composition accentuates the children’s powerful mark making whilst sectioning it into 9 panels offers further narrative possibilities.

Shaun Dolan.

Rosalind Barker, 'A Fine Line' 2014

Rosalind Barker, ‘A Fine Line’ 2014

Quinten Massay, 'An old Woman (The ugly Duchess), 1513

Quinten Massay, ‘An old Woman (The ugly Duchess), 1513

I was drawn to the beautifully exicuted tender mark making in oil on wood to replicate her tissue paper skin and each individual embroidery stitch in her hat. Her arthritic hands with bitten, dirty fingernails nails holding a tiny rosebud fascinated me.

The breadth of tricks and illusions employed by artists to direct the viewers eye around the painting surprised me, particularly in their use of hands.

My aim in ‘A Fine Line’ was to capture the delicacy of my ‘old’ hands performing an awkward deception. I imply that my image was captured by the familiar use of photography to replicate the quality of the oil painting by Massey, combined with the mood of such masters as Caravaggio or Vermeer.

My hands appear to be holding a taught ultra fine line of minuscule proportion, like a hair; in reality on closer inspection the line is an illusion.

Rosalind Barker.

Guoxin Fu, 'Gaze' 2014

Guoxin Fu, ‘Gaze’ 2014

Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 'Self Portrait', 1670

Bartolome Esteban Murillo, ‘Self Portrait’, 1670

In Guoxin Fu’s work ‘Gaze’explores the role modern media plays in spreading human consciousness in response to Bartolome Esteban Murillo’s, ‘Self Portrait’ 1670.

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Jhih-Ren Shih, ‘Mr Page and his family butchers shop’, 2014

Christen Kobke, 'Portrait of P. Ryder, 1848

Christen Kobke, ‘Portrait of P. Ryder, 1848

Jhih-Ren Shih chooses to feature The Butcher local to Wimbledon College of Arts to represent the everyday working man in response to Christen Kobke’s ‘Portrait of P. Ryder’ 1848 (The Baker).

See the entire exhibition of 20 works by MA Drawing students in response to The National Gallery collection, re-installed at Wimbledon College of Arts.

‘Just for a the day’

Wimbledon College of Arts

Foyer Gallery

3 April – 24 April 2014

Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)

9 am – 5 pm.

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Alumni Celebrate Emerging Talent

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Alumni, staff and students from across UAL’s six Colleges were invited to an exclusive event at SPACE Studios to celebrate some of the outstanding fine art work emerging from our 2013 graduates, which have been showcased at this year’s Future Map exhibition.

The event was organised by Development and Alumni Relations, hosted by SPACE Studios and supported by sponsors Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté a Paris.

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Guests were treated to a private view of Future Map and had the chance to meet some of this years exhibitors. The lucky attendees also enjoyed a drinks and food reception, music and they even got to make some of their own art on the night! (Although, unfortunately, none of the newly created artworks are likely to make next year’s Future Map.)

Sponsors of the event, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté a Paris were on hand to demonstrate and give away free art products to all guests.

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UAL’s Vice-Chancellor, Nigel Carrington, and Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Karen Doyle, spoke about the importance of alumni events and how it’s never too late to get involved in the largest creative network in the world.

Sarah Clark (Head of UK Marketing) and Rebecca Pelly-Fry (Griffin Gallery Director) spoke about engaging with emerging artists and opportunities for alumni with the upcoming Griffin Art Prize 2014 (find out more here).

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Thanks to everyone who came along, we hope you enjoyed the evening. A huge thanks also to our sponsors, it was their support that enabled us to hold this event for our community.

All photos from the evening can be found on the UAL Alumni Association Facebook page.

For more information on the UAL’s Alumni Association, please visit our website.

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Exhibition // MA Graphic Design alumnus explores Croydon’s past in ‘Ghost Town’

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‘Ghost Town: The Hauntology of Croydon’ is curated by LCC alumnus Rob Mowbray

Opening on Saturday 5 April in London is an exhibition inspired by architectural ‘ghosts’ in the London Borough of Croydon and curated by MA Graphic Design alumnus Rob Mowbray.

‘Ghost Town: The Hauntology of Croydon’ celebrates the extraordinary post-war building programme that transformed the town. Croydon was so heavily redeveloped between 1956 and 1972 that for nearly 20 years, virtually nothing else happened. As a result, the concrete office blocks which dominate the area’s skyline also act as eerie memorials to a bygone age.

Much of the work on display at Croydon School of Art’s Parfitt Gallery was produced by Rob himself during his postgraduate research project, with other contributions including a triptych from LCC’s BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design Course Leader Craig Burston.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is ‘The Sir James Marshall Psychogeographic Memorial: The Hauntological Convergence of Urban Planning, Free Enterprise and Ghosts… in Croydon’, in which Rob attempts to visualise the philosophical concept of hauntology by using Croydon as a case study.

Also on display are works including ‘Craterform’, a deconstruction of a newspaper Rob produced as part of a photographic architectural study, and ‘Looking Up’, taken from a psychogeographic study of Croydon’s high rise buildings using the 1970s picture postcard aesthetic.

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‘The Sir James Marshall Psychogeographic Memorial: The Hauntological Convergence of Urban Planning, Free Enterprise and Ghosts… in Croydon’

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‘Craterform’

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‘Looking Up’

Ghost Town: The Hauntology of Croydon
Saturday 5 April – Friday 2 May
Parfitt Gallery
Croydon School of Art
College Road
Croydon
CR9 1DX

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Read our 2013 PG Shows preview of Rob’s work

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Exhibition // LensCulture Exposure Awards celebrate best international photography

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David Favrod, 1st Prize portfolio category, from the series ‘Hakiri’

A selection of the world’s finest photography goes on display at London College of Communication (LCC) from 1 – 5 April, as part of the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014.

LensCulture, is an online platform and community committed to discovering and promoting the most exciting photography from its global network.

The exhibition, which includes 70 photos from the 25 finalists represents some of the best in contemporary global photography by photographers living in 20 countries around the world.

The incredibly diverse and inspiring winning entries were selected by nine international jurors from over 10,000 photographs submitted by photographers in 62 countries.

The competition, which was open to all genres of photography, also includes LCC alumni Maria Gruzdeva (MA Photography 2011) and Ciril Jazbec (MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, 2011) in the list of finalists.

Yijun Liao, 2nd Prize Portfolio Category. from the series "Experimental Relationship"

Yijun Liao, 2nd Prize Portfolio Category, from the series “Experimental Relationship”

Richard Tuschman, 3rd PrizePortfolio Category, from the series "Hopper Meditations"

Richard Tuschman, 3rd Prize Portfolio Category, from the series “Hopper Meditations”

LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014
Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 April
Upper Street Gallery, London College of Communication, SE1 6SB

more info: www.lensculture.com/2013-lensculture-exposure-award-winners

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Open Now in Carnaby: LCF’s Demystifying the Art of Bespoke Tailoring

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Last night saw the opening of a ‘work in progress’ showcase of pieces from LCF final year BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring students in the Newburgh Quarter of Carnaby.

Open until April 1st, the exhibition explains the process of making tailored garments through delicate cloth samples, pattern making, textile manipulations, hand sewn techniques, first fit toiles, sketchbooks and final garments.

Offering a rare opportunity to learn how cloth is moulded and manipulated to reflect the human form, the exhibition is a preview of work from students soon to be in the industry.

Darla-Jane Gilroy, Programme Director for BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring spoke about the showcase:

‘Tailoring is a highly specialised, intricate skill that is known to very few. This exhibition aims to explain and demystify the process of creating a bespoke garment, showing the subtleties of cut, custom-fit and construction.’

LCF students have previously been supported by Shaftesbury, the company behind Carnaby, in retail led endeavours such as LCF’s annual College Shop, amongst other pop-up exhibitions and shops.

Make sure to check out the exhibition before it closes on April 1st to learn more about what goes into creating the garments of Savile Row, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, where LCF tailoring graduates have found their careers.

  • Photos by Gemma Alex Jewell-Kirby, BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring

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Open Now in Carnaby: LCF’s Demystifying the Art of Bespoke Tailoring

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Last night saw the opening of a ‘work in progress’ showcase of pieces from LCF final year BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring students in the Newburgh Quarter of Carnaby.

Open until April 1st, the exhibition explains the process of making tailored garments through delicate cloth samples, pattern making, textile manipulations, hand sewn techniques, first fit toiles, sketchbooks and final garments.

Offering a rare opportunity to learn how cloth is moulded and manipulated to reflect the human form, the exhibition is a preview of work from students soon to be in the industry.

Darla-Jane Gilroy, Programme Director for BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring spoke about the showcase:

‘Tailoring is a highly specialised, intricate skill that is known to very few. This exhibition aims to explain and demystify the process of creating a bespoke garment, showing the subtleties of cut, custom-fit and construction.’

LCF students have previously been supported by Shaftesbury, the company behind Carnaby, in retail led endeavours such as LCF’s annual College Shop, amongst other pop-up exhibitions and shops.

Make sure to check out the exhibition before it closes on April 1st to learn more about what goes into creating the garments of Savile Row, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, where LCF tailoring graduates have found their careers.

  • Photos by Gemma Alex Jewell-Kirby, BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring

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