London by Cycle Pop-Up Cycle Cafe

London by Cycle

London by Cycle

Visit the London by Cycle pop-up cycle cafe at Chelsea College of Arts, tomorrow Thursday 29th January and at our second event day on the 19th February.

  • Free Bike Checks
  • London Cycling Mechanics
  • Maintenance talks
  • Route planning advice
  • Bike try-outs
  • Free coffee & more!

These student events are arranged by London Cycling Campaign and supported by the Big Lottery Fund. Tell all your friends and come along to get involved!

London by Cycle

London by Cycle


One:Place:Ten – Annual Chelsea Staff Show


Once a year, Chelsea College of Arts likes to swivel the attention away from our wonderful students and celebrate the creativity of our staff. The annual staff show will include pieces from our lecturers, technicians, administrators and caterers and many more.

Join us in discovering the works from our staff as well as celebrating our ten year anniversary in Millbank.

Private View: Thursday 29th January 5.30 – 8pm

Open 30th January – 4th February, Mon – Fri 12pm – 6pm (closed over the weekend)

The Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts

Interview with Fanny Santini & Bronwen Campbell-Golding, founders of Petite Albion

Petite Albion: Fanny Santini & Bronwen Campbell-Golding: Winners of the Creative Enterprise and Cockpit Arts award 2014/2015

Petite Albion founders Fanny Santini & Bronwen Campbell-Golding, winners of the Creative Enterprise and Cockpit Arts award 2014/2015

Fanny and Bronwen are the creators of the luxury childrenswear label Petite Albion. The design duo who graduated in 2014, met whilst studying MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts when, alongside their studies, they began developing their ethical childrenswear label: “Petite Albion was conceived as part of our MA work, alongside our individual final projects. This allowed us the opportunity to research and develop the brand within a creative environment.”

The label specialises in hand crafted items for children aged from 3 months to 6 years,  based on simple shapes and a neutral palette with a touch of colour. The design duo are very passionate about making their products in the UK and in 2014 they won a Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Creative Enterprise award in recognition of their work.

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Interview with Clive Phillpot

Clive Phillpot in Chelsea School of Art library, 1973.

Clive Phillpot in Chelsea School of Art library, 1973.

Writer, curator and eminent voice on the subject of artists books, Clive Phillpot has a long-standing relationship with Chelsea College of Arts, which began in 1969 when he arrived at Manresa Road for an interview for the post of librarian.

Having got the job and expanding Chelsea’s art books collection, he later became the director of the library at MoMA in New York and mapped out the field of artists’ books from an institutional point of view. Working with Printed Matter and Franklin Furnace as well as other New York organisations dedicated to the medium of the book, Phillpot has “helped raise awareness of these works, while giving them the necessary credentials to enter museums” (Introduction to Booktrek by Clive Phillpot, 2013).

He will be returning to Chelsea in January 2015, following an invitation to curate an exhibition at Chelsea Space taking the college’s Special Collections as its starting point.  When we met to discuss the show, it seemed that he had some ambitious ideas.

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Penguin Little Black Classics student competition

The Beautifull Cassandra


There are just days to go now before the 20th January deadline for entries for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon’s Penguin Little Black Classics competition which invites students to make an exciting, sculptural artwork out of books.

Working in partnership with famous publishing house Penguin, the competition is inspired by the release of 80 titles showcasing the range and diversity of the Penguin Classics list of books, which includes works by Dante and Dickens, Plato, Austen and Oscar Wilde.

Any student from across the three colleges who works in 3D ways that embody sculptural and theatrical elements is invited to submit their plans for artworks made out of these books.  There will be three prizewinners, each one receiving a prize of £200. The winning artworks will also be displayed in prominent spaces, such as the window of the new Foyles bookstore.

The deadline for submissions is noon on this Tuesday 20th January. Penguin will supply as many books as required, and a materials budget of £50 for each of the winning artworks.

Students interested in finding out more and submitting their work before Tuseday’s deadline should contact: and include Penguin in the subject title.

Alumni Profile – Lucy Joyce, Bloomberg New Contemporary

Lucy Joyce Watchtower

Lucy Joyce – Watchtower

Bloomberg New Contemporary 2014 Lucy Joyce, from north London studied Foundation in Art & Design 2004-2006 and then BA Fine Art 2006-2009 at Chelsea. She recently came to visit us for a short interview.

Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words?

Supportive, Inspiring and Liberating.

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?

Allowing yourself the time to dedicate a great deal of time to your practice, whilst being surrounded by like-minded people. This peer group was really important. In education your peer group and those conversations are what you come away with. We’ve kept in touch and continue to work together in our professional lives. For example I have a solo show coming up in January 2015 where two of my Chelsea peers are creating the publication with me.

I also keep in contact with my tutor Dave Beech, who is always free for a catch up over a cup of tea. He had a big impact on my development. I always aim to pop in and say hi to 3D technicians such as John Sullivan from the wood workshop who taught me so much.

My time on Erasmus exchange to Universitat de Kunst Berlin for six months. That was when developed into a more monumental scale…size wise. At that time I took over derelict buildings in Berlin, I made a couple of pieces of work on an old watchtower.

Proposal Drawing, 2014 - Lucy Joyce

Lucy Joyce – Proposal Drawing, 2014

How did you enjoy living in London?

I was born in north London and London is my home.

What was your greatest challenge on the course and how did you overcome it?

The hardest thing was and is still balancing part time work and studying. This continues to be the case as a practicing artist.

What has been your greatest challenge in your professional life since then and how have you overcome it?

The constant shift of having a studio then not having a studio and how this effects your work including its scale.

What are your greatest achievements/awards/exhibitions?

Being part of the current Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014, working within the schools and teachers programme at Tate Britain and Tate Modern in 2013-14, and winning the 2012 Villiers David Travel Award, for which I trekked up Mount Echo and screamed! This was a re-enactment of a piece I made at Chelsea.

What is your main profession now?

I work as a creative mentor at St Marylebone School part time alongside my art practice.

And lastly, what would you say to anyone thinking of studying at Chelsea?

Go for it!

Follow on Lucy Joyce’s website.

Don’t miss out on seeing Lucy’s and a number of other Chelsea alumni in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 show at the ICA gallery in London. The show runs until Sunday 25th of January.




Alumni Profile – Rebecca Molloy, MA Fine Art

'The Printer Likes Magenta'  Acrylic on canvas and paper, with card, papier mache, plastic, bin bags, carpet, ribbon,  chair, fabric, pots, cable and film projection. Dimensions variable, 2014

‘The Printer Likes Magenta’
Acrylic on canvas and paper, with card, papier mache, plastic, bin bags, carpet, ribbon, chair, fabric, pots, cable and film projection.
Dimensions variable, 2014

This week we catch up with MA Fine Art 2014 graduate Rebecca Molloy, originally from Leicester. Rebecca is full steam ahead continuing to develop her practice and soon off to an exciting residency in Trelex, Switzerland. Here’s what she had to say about her time on the MA,  life after Chelsea and an exciting future as a professional artist.

Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words?

Experimental, challenging and refreshing

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?

My time at Chelsea, was largely spent re-evaluating my practice. This was influenced heavily by my peers and the discussions we had around art. This critical dialogue was incredibly important as it allowed me to think more contextually, more deeply and more critically about the work that I make.

'Put That Noise Down'  Painting installation: Acrylic on paper, canvas,fabric and breese blocks  Dimensions variable, 2014

‘Put That Noise Down’
Painting installation: Acrylic on paper, canvas,fabric and breese blocks
Dimensions variable, 2014

How did you enjoy living in London?

I lived in London for a few years prior to studying the Masters. I studied my BA outside of London, so I noticed the difference immediately when I started the MA course. As a group, we would often attend private views and exhibitions together, which extended our dialogue from existing within the university. It’s very inspiring to live and study in a city that has a thriving contemporary art scene.

Where do you live in London and what is your neighbourhood like?

Forest Hill, which is quite suburban, so it’s always very relaxing to come home to. There’s lots of nice bars, cafes and also a strong artistic community, which I’m very happy to be a part of.

What was your greatest challenge on the course and how did you overcome it?

To trust my instinct and to make work that I wasn’t sure about. Chelsea, allowed me to be very experimental, and make work that I never imagined that I would. I embraced a sense of not knowing within my practice and just went with the work that I wanted to make. I just tried to follow up all of my ideas, and see how they could be developed into a coherent practice.

'Don’t Forget I Don’t Have a Chin'  Film projection on paper, with photographs and baloon sculpture  Dimensions Variable2014

‘Don’t Forget I Don’t Have a Chin’
Film projection on paper, with photographs and baloon sculpture
Dimensions Variable2014

What has been your greatest challenge in your professional life since then and how have you overcome it?

I completed my course in September 2014. It’s quite a shock to come out of such an intense period of studying and making, so the reality of real life was quite difficult to adjust to. I’ve taken part in exhibitions, continued to meet with my peers and made plans for the future, which has helped to make sure the dip after studying wasn’t too intense.

What are you up to these days?

At the beginning of 2015, I’m going to be an artist in residence at the Trelex Residency, Switzerland with fellow painter Abigail Box. I’ll be developing the film aspect of my practice for the duration of my stay. We will hopefully culminate the residency with an exhibition of the work in London, later on in the year. Watch this space!

What are your greatest achievements/awards/exhibitions?

I was recently selected for a new painting journal called Looking at Painting. The journal explores painting in the expanded field, and it was very exciting to have 2 of my installations selected for the publication.

In the summer of 2014, I was also shortlisted for the HIX Award, at the Cock n Bull Gallery, London.

And lastly, what would you say to anyone thinking of studying at Chelsea?

Visit Chelsea on an open day and talk to the tutors of the course you are interested in. It’s really important to make sure that the place of study is right for you and that it fits in with what you want out of your education.

Follow Rebecca’s work on her website, blog and keep in touch via @rmolloyart on Twitter.





Chelsea Erasmus exchange student Ida Heiska


Every year, Chelsea College invites Erasmus exchange students from all over Europe to join our Textile, Fine Art, Interior & Spatial and Graphic Design Communication courses. Spending a term or more with us, these students experience a different style of teaching, engage with London’s creative scene, utilise our state of the art workshops and exchange or collaborate with Chelsea students.

This autumn term, Ida Heiska from Helsinki joined the BA Textile course. Training to become a fashion designer, Ida especially enjoyed the lectures and artistic approach that the BA Textile Design course offers as she wrote on her own blog:

“One thing I really love about Chelsea is that the lectures are lively, well presented and always give me a lot to think about. Last week Emmanuelle Dirix [Theory Coordinator BA Textiles] was giving us a lecture about how to not embarrass ourselves as designers by taking a bit too much inspiration from cultures other than our own without proper respectful research.”

In November, Ida took part in the ‘Good Vibrations’ exhibition at Chelsea. You can read more about this experience on her blog Ida in Tube.

Student Profile and Alu Tree by Omer Even-Paz, BA Fine Art

Alu Tree by Omer Even Paz

Alu Tree by Omer Even Paz

Did you see it in passing, possibly from or to Tate Britain or Millbank Tower? The tree with aluminium leaves? Chelsea’s Rootstein Hopkins parade ground recently saw one of it’s autumnal trees regaining leaves, reversing the natural phenomenon of leaves falling as winter takes its grip. The new leaves however were not green but instead silver! BA Fine Art student Omer Even Paz from Israel tells us a little more about himself and this magical project.

Alu Tree

Alu Tree

Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words?

Free, Open & Self-Reflective.

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?

The workshops, which absolutely help you achieve every dream you have!

A Collation of real and artificial leaves Omer made including Steel, Aluminium and wood.

A Collation of real and artificial leaves Omer made including Steel, Aluminium and wood.

How are you enjoying living in London?

It’s amazing, inspiring and hard at times. Such a huge city and so diverse. There’s so much to see that it easy to feel that you’ll never know or do enough. Settling in takes time but it’s the beginning of an exciting journey.

Where do you live?

North east.

What’s your neighbourhood like?

Very quite and suburban. Everything closes by 8pm. There is something very nice about that actually. It allows me to stay much more focused then if I have lived in Brick Lane or another really busy neighbourhood.

What are your greatest achievements/awards/exhibitions?

The installation I made that shows here at Chelsea – Alu Tree:

The leaves kept falling here ever since I arrived to London. It is the theme of autumn of course but for me it’s my first European autumn. I tried to find ways to recreate or express those feelings I got since I came here but in a way that others could feel too. I made hundreds and thousands of metal foil leaves and attached them with rusted metal wire to the Oriental Plane Tree outside the college buildings on our parade ground. Unlike the real leaves my artificial leaves were too weak and ripped away with every passing gust of wind. It was a foreknown failure to the cold and breezy winter day. Soon enough my tree was bare like all his fellows in the street. But for those hours when the leaves where there, many of the people that passed under the metal shivering tree, stopped for a minute or two, and maybe took a leaf from the ground, possibly with wonderment.

What do you see yourself doing after your studies?

Practicing art, study history and literature and teaching in a high school.

And lastly, what would you say to anyone thinking of doing your course?

If you are thinking about practicing art and looking for a good place to explore yourself and your practice Chelsea is the place.

Read more about this interesting project on Omer’s blog.



BA Graphic Design Communication students are currently instrumental in inspiring creativity during meal times at Chelsea Canteen. This highly visually appealing display of work from their type project brief is well worth popping into Chelsea for if you’re passing by. Original new typefaces are also available to download for free. See the course blog Brighter Chelsea for full details. The exhibition will run until the end of this week.





Student Profile: Maryam Saleemi, FdA Interior Design

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2nd Year FdA Interior Design student Maryam Saleemi talks to us about the course and the college.

Whats your name?

Maryam Saleemi

Where are you from?

Born in London, parents from East Africa

What course are you studying?

I am in the final year of the Foundation Degree (FdA) Interior Design and am applying for Architecture this year, starting Sep 2015

Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words?

Scenic, Great Contacts, Amazing resources

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?

I’ve made life long friends from all over the world

How are you enjoying living in London?

I love it! I’ve lived here my whole life.

Where do you live?

Brockley, South East London

Whats your neighbourhood like?

My local area use to be a little rough, but it has greatly improved. There are so many creative, quirky people and cafes around. I wouldn’t want to move unless it was temporary, it’s my home!

What has been your greatest challenge so far on the course and how have you overcome it?

I think I have found it hard being so independent with my learning as I have always had a very close bond with all my Art teachers, ever since primary school. Yet I have learnt that this is how we get trained to go and work in industry, out in the big world.  I have also found it extremely hard to portray my ideas graphically. However I had a 1-2-1 session with an illustrator pro (teacher), who was AMAZING! When I came out I couldn’t stop thinking about Illustrator and how much I wanted to go and play with all the tools she showed me. This has given me a lot more confidence.

What has been your greatest achievement on the course.

My work was shown in a public exhibition and put into a catalogue. I am currently working on a live project which is based in Brentford, West London. We have been given a site between the Golden Mile and Brentford High Street. Working on the regeneration of the area and specifically the high street, this project is aimed at bringing the community of Brentford together and re-activating the dying high street.

I am concentrating on the concept of ‘leisure’ and combining this with the Water and Steam Museum; which is very popular among the locals. I am thinking of using processes such as Filtration and Biofuel. BUT to see the finished product you are going to have to come to my end of year show in June!

What do you see yourself doing after your studies?

I would like to be an Architect/Designer and open up my own children’s home or going to do some charity work abroad in less economically developed countries. I would also like to do some traveling.

And lastly, what would you say to anyone thinking of doing your course?

My course is for those who:

  1. Are interested in practical work as opposed to more conceptual work
  2. Want to go straight into industry, and use this course to build a great portfolio.
  3. OR would like to get a foundation degree and then transfer to the Interior and Spatial Design and get a BA as well. Meaning you will get 2 qualifications in 3 years, which is great! This course puts you in a good position with skills whether you choose to go onto the BA or into industry.

You get very educated teachers and you learn a lot if you are willing to put hard work in, and are determined to reach your goals.  GOOD LUCK!


You can see more of Maryam’s work on her blog:

You can find out more about the FdA Interior Design course on our website.