MA Designer Maker – Context Mapping Workshop

MA Designer Maker Context Mapping - Text, Bridget Harvey PhD

MA Designer Maker Context Mapping –  Photograph Angelique Talbot , Text Bridget Harvey (PhD student)

Last week, PhD student Bridget Harvey ran a context mapping workshop with our MA Designer maker students here at Camberwell.  MA Designer Maker is a course of practitioners with well-developed hands-on workshop skills, seeking to further develop critical skills, and engage with a wide range of social/cultural issues around the production and consumption of material objects. The work created by students on this course is diverse, ranging from furniture and jewellery making to  carefully crafted sculptural installations.

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MA Printmaking students’ special access to Jim Dine prints

Jim Dine, from A History of Communism, 2012. Image courtesy Jim Dine and Alan Cristea Gallery

Jim Dine, from A History of Communism, 2012. Image courtesy Jim Dine and Alan Cristea Gallery

On Wednesday 4 November Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Professor Paul Coldwell brought a group of students from Camberwell’s MA Printmaking course to the British Museum to work with their new collection of Jim Dine prints.

Prof. Coldwell said: “As a taster in advance of my conversation with the great American artist, Jim Dine which took place on Wednesday 25 November at Chelsea College of Arts, I arranged an informal seminar with ten students from MA Printmaking at Camberwell in the beautiful Prints & Drawings study rooms of the British Museum. Dine recently gifted over 200 prints to the British Museum in honour of his dealer, Alan Cristea.

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Associate Lecturer Luke Best on Illustration, Teaching and his Emmy Award

Luke Best: Illustrated still from 'How We Got To Now'

Luke Best & Peepshow Collective ‘How We Got To Now’ – Emmy Award for Outstanding Motion Design

In September this year, illustrator Luke Best received the ‘Outstanding Motion Design’ Emmy Award for his work on BBC Television series ‘How We Got to Now’.

Luke is a member of studio collective Peepshow and also an Associate Lecturer on Camberwell’s BA Illustration course. We asked him to tell us more about his award winning work and his role teaching here at the college.

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‘In Our Time’ – BA Graphic Design’s animated history lesson

'In Our Time' - Camberwell BA Graphic Design student work

‘In Our Time’ – BA Graphic Design student work

This term our BA Graphic Design students were set the task of combining animated GIFs and the weighty concepts of philosophy, science, politics and religion.

In a two week project set by tutors Robert Sollis and Fraser Muggeridge, second year students were asked to create five animated GIFs in response to the Radio 4 discussion programme, ‘In Our Time’.

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Exhibition preview: Looking back at the photography of Isabella Pitisci

From the series Don't Look Back by Isabella Pitischi.

From the series Don’t Look Back by Isabella Pitisci.

Isabella Pitisci was a 2007 graduate of BA Photography at Camberwell College of Arts, who sadly passed away in 2013. Opening this month, Camberwell Space Projects will host an exhibition remembering and celebrating her photographic work.

Organised with the assistance of Pitisci’s estate, her friends and staff at Camberwell, it will be accompanied by a display of works by current photography students responding to the collection of books that Isabella donated to Camberwell College of Arts’ library.

Mervyn Arthur, a senior lecturer on BA Photography at Camberwell and artist whose work is regularly exhibited in the UK and internationally, spoke to us about Isabella’s time at college and how her peers and colleagues worked together to reflect on her practice and how it might inspire current students.

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BA 3D Design graduate Ben Perkin’s furniture success at Design Junction

Ben Perkins pictured with his space saving furniture collection, 'Perki Furniture'

Ben Perkins pictured with his space saving furniture collection, ‘Perki Furniture’

Ben Perkins graduated from Camberwell’s BA 3D Design course in June 2015. In September this year, he was selected from 5,000 applicants as one of 16 graduates to represent the University of the Arts London at Design Junction.

Forming part of the London Design Festival, Design Junction exhibits the work of cutting edge designers and brands. Ben’s flat pack ‘Perki Furniture’ caught the eye of both designers and buyers resulting in orders from a range of companies including the renowned department store, Harrods.

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Xiaoxi Kang, MA Illustration Student wins International Art Competition “Show Your World”

"Show Your World" winner Xiaoxi Kang's piece 'Imperfect Roles'

Winning piece ‘Imperfect Roles’ by Xiaoxi Kang

MA Illustration student Xiaoxi Kang has been announced the winner of the International Art Competition, “Show Your World”. Artists from 43 countries in various mediums submitted their work in June reflecting and depicting the world and life through the prism of an artist’s eye and vision.

Xiaoxi and 20 other finalists will have their work exhibited in New York City at the Gallery MC 15 -17 January 2016. The exhibition is not a conventional art exhibit; the aim is it to be an international social event inviting guests to participate in artist talks, workshops, all while enjoying art work from around the globe. The art competition was evaluated by a jury made up of gallery members, curators, exhibiting artists and art business professionals.

Xiaoxi’s art is about the existence and “life” of the objects which are viewed by Xiaoxi Kang as independent creatures inhabiting our world(s). She explains about her piece: ‘Inspired by the most controversial concept, “things in themselves” in Kant’s philosophy, I want to discuss the relationship between me and the object I am obsessed with through this work. Breton once claimed that, “nothing of what surrounds us is object, everything is subject.” But for me, both – the object and the subject – are insecure in their identity, and there is a constant exchange between them. Facing the crossroads in my life, I take myself as an example by visualising the struggles I have and the roles I play in the society. By breaking different characters and elements into pieces and reconstructing them I intend to convey that the true complement of life is unachievable. It is the acceptance of myself being an imperfect person that matters. So it is also a record of this specific point of life from a very personal view.’

More about “Show Your World” art competition and the finalists can be found on the re:artiste website,

Visit Xiaoxi’s website to view more of her work,

BA Drawing tutor Annette Robinson selected as a Jerwood Drawing Prize Artist 2015

Annette Robinson, 'Bounce'. Clay drawing series

Annette Robinson, ‘Bounce’. Clay drawing series

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running open exhibition for Drawing in the UK. This year, the work of BA Drawing tutor Annette Robinson was selected to be exhibited alongside the work of 58 other artists at Jerwood Space, London. Chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, original works from the selected artists will be on display until 25 October 2015.

We caught up with Annette to find out more about her piece in the exhibition and her work here at Camberwell.

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Welcome from Rob Reynolds – Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon SUARTS Officer

Rob Reynolds: Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon SUARTS Officer

Rob Reynolds: Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon SUARTS Officer

Hi everyone,

I hope you all have had a creative summer break and are eager to start something new at Camberwell.

Let me introduce myself, I am Rob Reynolds your elected college specific officer. My role is to support you guys and help you if you have any issues or problems whilst studying at Camberwell. I am also studying Fine Art: Print & Time-Based Media at Wimbledon, my practice focuses on performance work.

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A Week in Pictures: First week of Foundation 2015

Foundation student working in Camberwell Space Projects

Foundation student working in Camberwell Space Projects

Starting off with introductory group projects, our new Foundation students have been encouraged to get to know each other whilst exploring creative rules and the application of found objects within artistic practice. In the spirit of Bauhaus, students have been asked to work as a community of artists, breaking traditional pupil-teacher dynamics and marking the beginning of an exciting year ahead.

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