My student exchange in New York at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Gemma Rudd - Owl on model

Gemma Rudd – Owl on model

Gemma Rudd, second year BA Textile Design student, originally from mid-Wales, tells us about her student exchange at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.

“I was in America for five months, as I went in August and holidayed with family and friends in Florida before road tripping for two days up to New York to study. I’d been to New York State before but this was my first experience of New York City. I just remember it being terribly exciting when I arrived. I shared a room with two other girls in the student residences, at The New Yorker Hotel beside Penn Station, which is right in the middle of Manhattan, an amazing location! I was just a ten minute walk to my campus.

Studying at FIT was very different. I had the same lessons each day, every week and daily homework. I really enjoyed the routine. This is very different to the structure of BA Textile Design at Chelsea where you are given a lot more freedom, but have to constantly push yourself to meet project deadlines, similar to being in industry.”

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Student Profile – Becky Kirk, BA Graphic Design Communication

Structured Chaos: New York, by Becky Kirk

Structured Chaos: New York, courtesy of the Artist Becky Kirk

Today we caught up with Chelsea student Becky Kirk, currently in her 2nd year of her BA Graphic Design Communication degree.

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?

The intellectual freedom.

What would you say to anyone thinking of studying at Chelsea?

The good thing about University of the Arts London (UAL) is there is a college for everyone. Chelsea is very much embedded in a working towards professional future. Have a look at the course handbook and see if the areas interest you.

Have you met people here you think you will continue to work with post-degree?

Absolutely. That’s the great thing about Chelsea, it attracts motivated people. I’ve met people here I’ll be in touch with for a long time, it’s a real network. Read the rest of this entry »

Chelsea graduate Jon Baker shortlisted for Catlin Art Prize 2015

Jon Baker, Mothers Medal Blacked Installation shot, 2015.

Jon Baker, Mothers Medal Blacked Installation shot, 2015.

Chelsea College of Arts alumnus Jon Baker has been announced as one of the shortlisted artists in the running for this year’s prestigious Catlin Art Prize. Finalists are selected from The Catlin Guide 2015 for their “potential to make a significant mark on the art world in the next decade” and compete to win the main prize of £5,000.  The eight finalists will take part in the Catlin Art Prize 2015 exhibition at Londonewcastle Project Space from 8 – 30 May.

The public also vote for one artist to win the  £2,000 Visitor Vote  £2,000, with nominations cast via a ballot box at the Londonewcastle Project Space.

Jon graduated from BA Fine Art at Chelsea in 2014 and has already been selected for Saatchi Sensations 2014, the Parasol Unit Exposure 14 Award and held a solo show at Photofusion. You can find out more about his time at Chelsea and his practice in an alumni interview with him on the UAL news blog.

The winner of the prize will be announced on 13 May

Find out more about the Catlin Art Prize 2015 on their website.

Read an interview with Chelsea alumni Sisters from Another Mister, also included in the Catlin Guide this year, on the UAL news blog.

Find out more about studying at Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts on our course page.

Chelsea MA Graphic Design Communication Work in Progress Show

Jenn Martins Mutual Surveillance Project which will feature in the MA Interim Show

Jenn Martins’ Mutual Surveillance project featuring in the Work in Progress show

MA Graphic Design Communication students have been very busy in the last few months preparing for their Work in Progress show. It will be opening to industry this evening and then to the public tomorrow and Thursday. A showcase of their projects at a specific point in time, it’s an opportunity to take a look at developments and witness the unfolding of their work, to catch a glimpse of our process and possibly even influence their next steps.

The work will include a fascinating array of projects by this international set of designers, such as Jenn Martin’s Mutual Surveillance project described in her own words “We live in a culture of mutual surveillance via the monitoring of each others’ lives and sharing of information on social media. A large part of my research and projects involve the effects of this global behavior—how it affects relationships and how people respond to the existence of this surveillance lifestyle. My topic is complex and involves several main threads, outlined and interconnected here. These books are a collection of my insights.”

Located in the Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts (16 John Islip Road, London SW1P 4JU). Light refreshments will be served. Bring a guest (or two)! Feel free to let them know you’re attending, please visit the Facebook event page. For press or enquiries, email

Strange Attraction: MA Alumni exhibit at the APT Gallery

Strange Attraction: MA Alumni exhibit at the APT Gallery

We are excited to see the exhibition ‘Strange Attraction’ opening this Thursday 19 March 2015 at the APT Gallery, South London. The exhibition is curated by Chelsea MA Curating alumni Emily Purser, and exhibits six artists, all of whom graduated from Chelsea. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and exploring how their practices have evolved.

Starting with the question: “Dear A, I’m attracted to you, and I don’t know why. Shall we be friends?” the exhibition begins with the premise that artworks can write letters too, inasmuch as they reach out, make lines of contact with other artists, and forge an aesthetic of correspondence. Read the rest of this entry »

MA Fine Art Alumni Rebecca Molloy takes part in the Trelex Residency

Trelex Switzerland

Trelex, Switzerland

Artist Rebecca Molloy, who recently graduated from Chelsea MA Fine Art in 2014, has had a busy year. Following her successful degree show in September 2014, Rebecca went off to Switzerland for just under a month to take part in the Trelex Residency. Through hard work and interesting collaborations, Rebecca’s practice continues to develop in leap and bounds. Residencies are a big part of life for students post-graduation, and Rebecca explained how her time in Switzerland taking part in the Trelex Residency has influenced her work, and how important residencies have been and continue to be for her practice. Read the rest of this entry »

MA Fine Art graduate wins Penguin Little Black Classics competition

“They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan”  Paper, card, bronze powder, twine, and Penguin Little Black Classics  2015

“They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan” by Alex Wood. Paper, card, bronze powder, twine, and Penguin Little Black Classics, 2015

Chelsea MA Fine Art graduate Alex Wood is one of four winners of a recent competition run by famous publishing house Penguin to launch their new range of books entitled Penguin Little Black Classics.

Students and recent alumni from Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon were invited to make exciting, sculptural artworks out of books inspired by the release of 80 titles including works by Dante and Dickens, Plato, Austen and Oscar Wilde.

Each of the four winning artists has received a prize of £200, and the selected artworks are now exhibited in the windows of London’s Foyle’s bookstore.

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Painters-Stainers award winners’ dinner

BA Fine Art and award winner student Bella Hull (centre) with two of her fellow 'young scholars' and Chris Twyman of the Worshipful Company Painters and Stainers and painter John Walton.

Chelsea BA Fine Art student and scholarship award winner Bella Hull (centre) with two of her fellow ‘young scholars’ and Chris Twyman Clerk of the Worshipful Company Painters and Stainers and painter John Walton.

Last year, at the end of her first year at Chelsea, BA Fine Art student Bella Hull was the excited recipient of a £10,000 scholarship from The Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers in honour of her painting work.

Generously awarded in recognition of her potential, the money will be given to her over the next two years of her undergraduate degree, and once she graduates she will become an honorary member of the company herself for a year.

Last week, the Painters-Stainers award winners, or ‘young scholars’ as they are known, came ogether from across the UK for a dinner at London’s Mall Galleries.  We spoke to Bella about the evening, and about how the award has already had an impact on her work and degree at Chelsea.

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Chelsea Salon Present: Conrad Shawcross in conversation with Rachel Campbell-Johnston

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Conrad Shawcross: Loop System Quintet, 2005

Author and critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston interviews international sculptor and Chelsea alumnus Conrad Shawcross whose extraordinary sculptures explore the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics.
Places are limited so it is essential to RSVP in comments below.
The talk will take place on Thursday 12th Feb, 6.15pm at the lecture theatre at Chelsea College of Arts and will be followed by a drinks reception.
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Alumni Profile – Laura Fowle, BA Fine Art


Current work-in-progress (Grab_slide), 2015. Glass, print-out, acrylic paint, self-adhesive foam square

This week we catch up with BA Fine Art 2014 graduate Laura Fowle. Tackling her first year out of education, Laura is going full steam ahead in developing her practice and completing the ArtQuest Lifeboat Residency Programme with ACAVA Studios in London. Here’s what she had to say about her time on the BA course and what life is like after Chelsea as she progresses into an exciting future as a professional artist.

Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words?

Challenging / Encouraging / Thought-provoking

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?

I really liked how the course was heavily practice based, however also had a strong focus on theory. The combination of the two created a really interesting and engaging way of working. I had a good relationship with my tutor Dave Beech in the third year, and I feel he really pushed me to be more daring and challenged me about my work. I felt like the tutors had a genuine interest in you and your work and wanted to push you further – this was really encouraging and motivating.

How did you enjoy living in London?

I have lived in London for almost 5 years now and have continued to do so after I graduated. I guess I really enjoy the convenience of the city, there is always something on, a show to see, a new bar or an exhibition opening. When it comes to applying for exhibitions I find living in London has been really helpful as I can be more mobile with my work and practice, and living in London definitely makes me feel more of a part of the art scene.

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