Chelsea @ Cockpit Award 2014 – Call for entries

BA and MA Textile Design graduates from Chelsea College of Arts are invited to apply for the Chelsea @ Cockpit Award 2014.  The winner will be receive a full year’s support to set up a business in a subsidised studio space, with business guidance and coaching from Cockpit Arts, the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers.

Night Terrors by artist Matthew Jacques

Night Terrors – Matthew Jacques

This award is part of a commitment to assist graduates starting out in their professional career and so is specifically aimed at Chelsea’s former BA and MA Textile Design students who graduated in either June 2012 or June 2013.

Last year’s award was won by Reeve Massey, an artist that creates felted and knitted upholstery, soft furnishings and art-led textiles and is particularly interested in using recycled yarns and waste fabrics and Matthew Jacques, a digital print designer using his designs to create men’s fashion and accessories. Of winning the award in 2013, Matthew said “I have learnt the steps needed to create a successful business. At university you don’t really learn about the business side of the design industry and I think this year has really prepared me for that part of the design world”.

You can find out more on the Cockpit Arts website.

For more information and to apply, please request a “Chelsea @ Cockpit Award” application pack from

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00pm, Friday 26 September 2014.

Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held on Wednesday 8 October 2014. The award winner is expected to move in on Monday 3 November 2014.

Find out more about studying BA Textile Design at Chelsea on our undergraduate course pages.

Find out more about studying MA Textile Design at Chelsea on our postgraduate course pages.

BA Graphics graduate Matt Ashmore wins Sky Arts Stings Competition 2014!


Matt Ashmore, who graduated from BA Graphic Design & Communication this July 2014, has won the Sky Arts Stings Competition! Ashmore directed, shot, edited and colour graded the film. You can view his winning submission on his website on the following link: Matt Ashmore Sky Arts Sting

The award which supports up and coming artists asks them to design a 20 second animation that reveals, creates or fills the word “Arts”.

Ashmore explains his winning submission’s plot:

“The sting revolves around a young boy who has an almost ritualistic space to go and exercise his imagination. Upon throwing his own paper plane, more coloured versions appear, portraying the sheer power our imagination can have.”

Asides from winning a £1000 cash prize, Ashmore’s video will air on the Sky Arts HD Channels with an on-air credit. We will keep an eye out for his work and are excited to see what he creates next!

MA Textile student Rosamund Hanny creates online resouce: the Ethical Textile Print Room

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Our graduating MA students have had a busy year and many have begun innovative projects and communities that will continue post-graduation. MA Textile Design student Rosamund Hanny is one such student. During her MA at Chelsea College of Arts, Hanny decided to create an online resource The Ethical Textile Print Room to create a community that would promote sustainable and environmental methods for screen printers and dyers.

Hanny explains her project:

“My MA project has been concerned with how ethical change can be implemented for screen printers and dyers through online education and social media.

Sustainability within fashion and textiles is a complex issue and one that can seem overwhelming for designers and makers.

In answer to this my online resource The Ethical Textile Print Room provides a community for textile screen printers and dyers. The aim is to engage practitioners in an ethical approach by providing a database of simple and accessible environmentally sensitive methods. We want to highlight responsible design by profiling textile artists who are pioneering ethical projects and act as a platform for debate. Encouraging designers to contribute ideas, information on processes and links to their work. Sharing creative solutions to improve efficiency, save resources and reduce environmental impact.

My practice is based on the techniques that are shown on the website. These include exhaust dyeing and exhaust sublimation printing on digital embroidery. My experience at Chelsea has allowed me to experiment across disciplines. Extending my skill set and professional development.”

We look forward to seeing Hanny’s textile work at the Postgraduate Summer Show (PV Friday 5th September 2014 6-9pm) and will keep an eye on her valuable online resource.

MA Textile Design student Tanya Kancheva awarded Fashion Mood Category in the I-SKOOL Academy Denim Competition July 2014

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As we get nearer to the Chelsea Postgraduate Summer Show, it is important to highlight the other accomplishments our MA students have achieved throughout their studies at Chelsea College of Arts.

MA Textiles Design student Tanya Kancheva took part in the I-SKOOL Academy Denim Competition, organised by the Italian company ISKO. IKSO, a part of SANKO Group, is the world’s leading denim fabric producer. Five different colleges were involved in the competition, including Chelsea College of Arts. The strength of the I-SKOOL project lies in its collective approach and in the focus on the operational actualization of creativity, leading students to be able to industrialize their ideas coming to the final garment.

Chelsea College of Arts had four finalists in the competition, and Tanya won the Fashion Mood category with her project: ‘Illuminati – Celebrities without faces’.

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She describes her project: “Designing a fashionable denim overall has arisen to me not only as part of my own feeling for aesthetics and beauty, but as my desire to create denim garment in the most sustainable way possible with a touch of history and vision for the future.
Inspired by the Illuminati secret society, celebrity’s style and popular culture, my denim outfit aims to show and hide the lady’s body in the same time. The concept aims to reveal new approach, focused on the timelessness of the denim overall. While I was working on the concept, I had one major mission – to catch the “Youth code” but to keep the classic look on the edge.
In addition to the overall, there is a denim face mask, which brings a feeling of mystery, covering the face. The mask actually plays key role here, because it is covered by 280 white Swarovski crystals. All treatments of the denim fabric, dyeing, washing and finishing processes are made with minimum amount of water, chemicals, salt and alkali and reduced energy consumption.”

We congratulate her on winning her category and look forward to seeing more of her work in the Postgraduate Summer Show.

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Four MA Chelsea Alumni shortlisted for Young Masters Art Prize 2014

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Courtesy of the artist Ana Teles

We are proud to announce that four Chelsea College of Arts Alumni who graduated from our MA courses in 2013 have been shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize 2014.

Michal Ohana Cole, Ana Teles, Bex Massey and Caterina Voltolini all graduated from MA Fine Art in 2013. The R/E Collective, a curatorial collective which was founded by artists Emily Purser and Ravian van den Hil during their MA Curating course of 2013 will be the curators of the ensuing shows.

The Young Masters Art Prize was established by gallerist Cynthia Corbett In 2008. Its aim is to showcase and celebrate young artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past, finding innovate ways to interpret and draw upon art history.

All four artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their works at two exhibitions in London this autumn. Both shows will be curated by the R/E Collective.  Be sure not to miss them!

Young Masters Art Prize 2014 and Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014, 16 September 2014 – 5 December 2014 at Lloyds Club, Crutched Friars, London EC3. PV 17th September.

Young Masters Art Prize 2014 and Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014, 14 – 31 October 2014 at Sphinx Fine Art, 125 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LP. PV 15th October.

We congratulate them all and look forward to their upcoming exhibitions.

Courtesy of the artist Caterina Voltolini

Courtesy of the artist Caterina Voltolini

Lord Speaker’s Christmas Card Competition 2014

INTERIOR HOUSE OF LORDS, As it was before the Fire, 16th Oct.r 1834 By John Shury ©

Students across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon are invited to take part in a new competition which offers budding designers a fantastic opportunity to gain more exposure for their work. The House of Lords are inviting students to submit proposals for a 2014 Christmas card which will be printed and  distributed by the Lord Speaker this Christmas. In addition each winner will also receive 50 cards of their design as well as an invitation to the Palace of Westminster to have tea with the Lord Speaker, followed by a tour of the Houses of Parliament, which is sure to be a memorable experience.

The brief:  Create the design of a Christmas card

  • Provide a piece of artwork of your own design that could respond to a theme of your choosing; for example The House of Lords history, architecture, colour, ceremony.
  • Artwork must be two-dimensional:
  1.  Paintings: Oil, acrylics, watercolour etc.
  2. Drawings: Colour pencil, pencil, ink. Marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  3. Collages must be two dimensional
  4. Prints: Lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  5. Mixed Media: Use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolour etc.
  6. Computer-generated art
  7. Photographs
  •  Entries should aim to reflect the House as it is today, as a modern professional Parliamentary Chamber. More information about the role of the house is available at
  • All entries must be accompanied by a valid entry form
  • Joint entries of two people working together will be accepted, but entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per person

To enter you will need to request an application from

All entries must arrive by 8th October 2014.

This competition is run by The House of Lords and is open to Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon students only.

Good Luck!

BA Fine Art graduate Jheni Arboine’s view of student life at Chelsea


Croydon-born BA Fine Art graduate Jheni Arboine, who is of Jamaican heritage, spoke on behalf of the student body at graduation earlier this month. She thanked everyone from the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and academics to the college canteen staff.

Her work and final show focused on colour and abstract geometric art. In particular she praised the high quality of Chelsea library services including our Special Collections & Archives which are taken care of by Gustavo Grandal- Montero, the course leader of BA Fine Art Martin Newth, academics Dave Beech and Katrine Hjelde, Professor Sonia Boyce & Dr Dan Smith for all their wisdom and encouragement to continually critically analyse work.

Jheni also told the audience some of her other highlights of her time on BA Fine Art at Chelsea including interviewing Sean Scully and a student exchange trip to Spike Island in Bristol. Working with academics Jeff Dennis & Sue Ridge on a project with Hitachi Consulting  and Frontier Economic and pitching ideas/being an ambassador for Chelsea as one of 10 students selected to go to Shanghai to exhibit work near the Museum of Contemporary Art, working with SIVA, the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts.

Jheni also got involved with Q-Art who keep the art crit going and through them Jenny made a publication with the V&A, resulting in a trip to Kazan, Russia, where Jenny was lead technician on putting in some work for French artist Laurent Mareschal.

She has now secured a place on Chelsea’s MA Fine Art for this October 2014. To fund her studies Jheni was successful in gaining a Vice Chancellor’s scholarship and also in pitching an idea to a local business with Chris Lewis and the trustees at Kupambana deciding to support her MA.

She will be looking at the semiotics of colour and felt privileged to be on the same stage as Chelsea alumnus Frank Bowling O.B.E RA as he had his honorary doctorate conferred on him.


Chelsea student wins prize in JTI Clean City Lab competition

Earlier this year Chelsea BA Graphic Design Communication student Billy Osbourne was awarded third prize for his entry into the JTI Clean City Lab competition.

His cheekily titled “Listen to your butt” poster was a witty take on the competition brief, which was to “raise awareness of the impact of smoking habits on the environment, in order to change smokers’ behaviour and reduce the waste generated by cigarettes in urban areas.”

Billy Osbourne received third prize at the event

Billy Osbourne – BA Graphic Design Communication

During the Milan Design Festival Billy’s poster was exhibited at La Triennale Design Museum, alongside work from other students from Chelsea College of Arts, Politecnico di Milano, IED Barcelona (I+ED Lab) and HEAD of Geneva.

Chelsea’s involvement with the competition was coordinated by the Enterprise Collective.

The competition was run by JTI / Future Concept Lab.

UAL Awarding Body hosts ‘Origins’ exhibition and Grayson Perry awards students

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UAL Awarding Body hosted ‘Origins’ exhibition recently, showcasing the exciting work of Art & Design further education students from across England.
Course directors delivering the UAL Level 2, Level 3 Extended Diploma and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design selected the most outstanding work from their course to show at Chelsea College of Arts. The outcome was spectacular!

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The standard of work these young students have produced before even reaching university is incredible. It will be well worth keeping watching these rising stars as they develop their career.

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To commend them for their exceptional work, two students from each qualification were awarded prizes from Grayson Perry at the private view. Grayson congratulated all of the students on being selected, crediting them as an inspiration before advising them to believe in themselves and to always stay true to their individual style.

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We wish them all the very best with their future which for some includes BA Fine Art and other courses at Chelsea College of Arts.

Congratulations Class of 2014!


We were thrilled to start last week at London’s Southbank Centre, celebrating with our students as they enjoyed their graduation ceremony. Bright sunlight provided the perfect backdrop as students and their families buzzed around the Royal Festival Hall.

Hosted by Universty of the Arts London’s Chancellor, Kwame Kwei-Armah, the ceremony itself was an excellent opportunity to look back on the hard work of all our students, and congratulate them for their huge success.

Also honored at the ceremony were artists Mariko Mori and Frank Bowling, who this year donated ten scholarships for students applying to Chelsea’s MA Fine Art over the next five years.  Both became Honorary Fellows at the event, and were followed by a moving speech from Jheni Arboine who spoke on behalf of the student body.

Below are some pictures from the day which we hope you will enjoy.  You can catch some other snaps on our Instagram account: @chelseaUAL.

Angelina Papaioannou who has graduated from MA Interior Spatial Design.

Angelina Papaioannou who has graduated from MA Interior Spatial Design.

Students from our BA Graphic Design Communication celebrate their graduation.

Students from our BA Graphic Design Communication celebrate their graduation.

Tutor Babak Ghazi  with students from MRES Arts Practice and MA Fine Art.

Tutor Babak Ghazi with students from MRES Arts Practice and MA Fine Art.

Bido Betiri celebrating receiving a Grad Dip in Interior Design.

Bido Betiri celebrating receiving Grad Dip in Interior Design.

Iman Benali has graduated from BA Textile Design.

Iman Benali has graduated from BA Textile Design.

Students in the Royal Festival Hall turn to thank their families and loved ones who had come out to support them.

Students in the Royal Festival Hall turn to thank their families and loved ones who had come out to support them.

Liam Moore celebrates receiving his BA in Graphic Design Communication on one of the Southbank's slides.

Liam Moore celebrates receiving his BA in Graphic Design Communication on one of the Southbank’s slides.

Nigel Bents, tutor on our Graphic Design Communication course with graduating student Eilidh Fraser.

Nigel Bents, tutor on our Graphic Design Communication course with graduating student Eilidh Fraser.

You can read more about all of the University’s Honorees on our dedicated webpage and read the University’s coverage of the ceremonies on their news page.

Artist-decorated “Dazzle Ship” launches in London, co-commissioned by Chelsea College of Arts


The HMS President (1918), transformed by artist Tobias Rehberger who has covered it in contemporary ‘dazzle camouflage’ designs.

As part of 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, the leading German artist Tobias Rehberger has transformed HMS President (1918) by covering it in contemporary ‘dazzle camouflage’ designs, inspired by the Dazzle Ships of the First World War.

Co-commissioned by Chelsea College of Arts with  14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Liverpool Biennialthe project is managed by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts Chris Wainwright and Business Relationship Manager Elizabeth Cameron who have worked to help translate Rehberger’s artistic work and vision for the ship into a reality on the Thames.


The HMS President (1918), transformed by artist Tobias Rehberger who has covered it in contemporary ‘dazzle camouflage’ designs.

Launched yesterday,  Monday 14 July 2014, the ship will remain in ‘dazzle’ until January 2015. HMS President (1918) is permanently moored in the City of London, between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. Directly opposite the OXO tower, the ship can be seen from different viewpoints across the city including the bridges and the South Bank.

A sculptor, painter, designer, filmmaker, at times even an architect, Tobias Rehberger takes objects and situations from life and alters them – making commonplace scenes unexpected. Whether he’s designing seating, lighting and wallpaper, or creating a replica of his local neighbourhood bar, Rehberger – who is interested in society’s relationship to mass culture – makes spaces in which people can live and interact. He works with geometry, using lines and shapes, colour and form to create a physical experience for the visitor to explore – turning the observer into a participant.

The ‘dazzle’ technique has been a recurring theme in Tobias Rehberger’s work. In 2009 he was awarded the Golden Lion Award at the 53rd International Venice Biennale for a café he created that was based entirely on the principles of dazzle pattern.

Rehberger was born in 1966 in Esslingen, Germany, and now lives and works in Frankfurt. From 1987 to 1993 he studied under Thomas Bayrle and Martin Kippenberger at Frankfurt’s renowned Städelschule, where he has been Professor of Sculpture since 2001 and, until recently, was also Deputy Rector of the Fine Arts Academy. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including Palais de Tokyo, the Walker Art Center, Tate Liverpool, the Venice Biennale and the Manifesta Biennale, and is included in many important international collections.

‘Dazzle camouflage’, also known as ‘dazzle painting’, was used extensively during the First World War as a means of camouflaging a ship, making it difficult for the enemy to target it accurately. One of the last three surviving warships of the Royal Navy built during the First World War, the HMS President (1918) was the first type of “Q” warship built specifically for anti-submarine warfare – she was ‘dazzled’ during the war.  


The HMS Saxifrage, one of the original ‘dazzle ships’ used in the First World War.

Dazzle Ship London supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery FundBloomberg Philanthropies and the Goethe-Institut London.

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First year BA Fine Art student Bella Hull wins £10,000 painting prize

(l-r) Ben Sullivan, Bella Hull and Ken Howard at Chelsea College of Arts in June 2014.

(l-r) Ben Sullivan, Bella Hull and Ken Howard at Chelsea College of Arts in June 2014.

It’s not just our final year students who are celebrating their achievements this month.  Bella Hull, a BA Fine Art student who has just finished her first year at Chelsea College of Arts, has been awarded with an exciting £10,000 scholarship award from The Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers in honour of her painting work.

In June this year, six students from the course were chosen to present their work to a panel of representatives from the Company: Chris Twyman, Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers was joined for this process by artists Ken Howard RA and Ben Sullivan.  They spoke to each of the students about their inspirations, use of materials and ideas about the ways in which their work was going to develop in the future, and then selected one to receive the generous award that will be given to the winner over the next two years of their study.

Bella was delighted to win the award, and said of the impact that the prize will have on her degree: “I did a lot of experimentation on my foundation and painting is the medium I feel most comfortable working with.  At the moment I’m working with resin over the top of oil paint, so I’m using different materials and adding elements to the paintings. This scholarship money will be really helpful in allowing me to buy materials.  I also think the money will have a big impact for me with exhibitions.  This year, putting on my own shows has been a big part of my budget so it will be really useful to have financial help with this.  And it will help me to apply to more prizes like the BP portrait award and the bigger competitions to get my name out there.”

Blueprint II by Bella Hull.

Blueprint II by Bella Hull.

The Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, an organization which began as a trade association of painters that has been known to have existed as early as 1268.  These days, the Company is more of a charitable company which supports art schools and universities in the UK and provides its members with a network of colleagues who are all recognized as being foremost in their field.  

Of their selection, Chris Twyman said: “We look forward to seeing Bella develop during the remainder of her degree course. During this period Bella will have an opportunity to exhibit her work at Painters’ Hall and attend our events. On the successful completion of her course she will be invited to become an Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company for 3 years.”

Cor Cordis by Bella Hull.

Cor Cordis by Bella Hull.

The whole panel was taken with Bella’s talent, describing her as “a most impressive candidate”.  Speaking about how she creates her complex and intricate images, Bella explained: “A lot of my bigger paintings are made from collages.  I put together pictures of organs taken from biology text books and photographs I have taken at the Hunterian museum and then paint the works from these.  The main images are done in oil and the flat background is achieved by using just house paint, emulsion.”

Her interest in this unusual subject matter developed from painting portraits, she said.  “I became interested in painting skin and flesh, and enjoyed the experience of painting different textures and colours, merging them together.  Also, I have always been interested in the boundaries of beauty – in a way I’m pushing those boundaries, to see if I can look at a subject that others would think is grotesque.  I’m putting painting to the test, creating something beautiful from that in the medium of paint.

I have always believed that painting is much more beautiful and sublime than a photograph could ever be.”

Grandad by Bella Hull

Grandad by Bella Hull

We look forward to following Bella’s progress as she continues with her course.

You can see more of Bella’s artwork on her website.

Find out more about studying BA Fine Art at Chelsea on our course pages.