Shifting Territories exhibition combines art and science in response to effects of climate change

'Ark', Faron Ray, 2016

‘Ark’, Faron Ray, 2016

Chelsea College of Arts was recently host to ‘Shifting Territories’, an exhibition aiming to blur the boundaries between art and science while responding to the topic of forced displacement of people caused by climate change.

The exhibition was produced in response to a research trip to Geneva, last October, which involved visits to the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) at CERN and the Nansen Initiative Global consultation.

The trip was attended by five recent graduates of BA and MA Fine Art, BA Interior and Spatial Design and MA Curating and Collections as well as staff from University of the Arts London.

Shifting Territories

Shifting Territories

The resulting exhibition showed a range of genres of digital art, fine art and scientific experimentation, spatial design installation, three-dimensional work and performance art all curated in the Triangle Space at Chelsea College of Arts by MA Curating & Collections graduate, Sophie Pradère.

'Orders of Magniture - Potato Powered Cosmos', Rachael Nee, 2016

‘Orders of Magnitude – Potato Powered Cosmos’, Rachael Nee, 2016

Rachael Nee, who graduated from BA Fine Art at Chelsea in 2015 described her work as “an investigation into the feasibility of driving and optimising a cosmic inflationary process by using the renewable low energy LPFA (Large Potato Field Array); during which, there is a probability dark energy and multiverse will be observed”.

'Dinner with Time', Maggie Halsackda, 2016

‘Dinner with Time’, Maggie Halsackda, 2016

‘Dinner with Time’ by Maggie Halsackda, who graduated from BA Interior & Spatial Design in 2015, is “an installation that interprets the sentimental and banal moments we share at the dinner table. These moments have been affected by the passage of time an the ritual of eating together has and is altering due to shifts in our lifestyle that are born out of the causes of climate.”

'The Amnesia of Sand', Ouyang Yangyi, 2016

‘The Amnesia of Sand’, Ouyang Yangyi, 2016

BA Fine Art 2015 graduate, Ouyang Yangyi’s installation ‘The Amnesia of Sand’, “assembles an enigmatic scenario suggestive of a post-apocalyptic landscape, where the objects and devices operate as metaphorical agents that continually shift and obscure the boundaries of the work.”

You can see more images from the exhibition on Flickr

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Shifting Territories

Shifting Territories

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Interior & Spatial Design students to be part of Tate Exchange

The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

Chelsea’s BA Interior & Spatial Design programme is delighted to announce it will be working with Tate Modern this year to help launch their brand new extension building . Alongside 50 artists and organisations, students will be part of the programme for the new space entitled Tate Exchange, which aims to explore wider social issues through art.

Starting on 28 September 2016, the Tate Exchange programme will run for nine months of the year and will be developed by Tate staff and invited artists and practitioners in conjunction with associate institutions, partners and the public.  An ‘open experiment’, the 
project will occupy an entire floor of the new Switch House building, opening up the museum – and the world of art – to new audiences.

The full list of organisations working on this exciting programme was announced last week, and more details about the activities planned will be available later on in the year – so watch this space for updates about our students’ work!

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Lizzie Finn starts new residency with BA Graphic Design Communication

Moloko - Things to make and do - Album cover by Lizzie Finn

Moloko – Things to make and do – Artwork by Lizzie Finn

Lizzie Finn has recently joined our BA Graphic Design Communication course as practitioner in residence. Lizzie is an illustrator with a background in graphic design for the fashion and music industries. Her prescient and inventive use of textile materials in the context of visual communication has attracted clients including Vitra, Vogue, Channel 4 and The Victoria & Albert Museum. Lizzie has exhibited her work internationally and has been invited to speak at design conferences in Tokyo, Sydney, Oslo and Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. She has run workshops related to her practice at Fabrica in Italy and Ecal in Switzerland. She is also course leader of MA Illustration at London College of Communication.

Eggs by Lizzie Finn - Photo by Tom Brown

Eggs by Lizzie Finn – Photo by Tom Brown

Finn’s residency beginning in March will be situated in the Graphic Design Communication studios at Chelsea. Her continued interest in creating images which incorporate a convergence of graphic design and textile art will be further explored through her studio practice and aligned workshop. She will be constructing a series of assemblages in fabric, thread and other materials. Finn invites her practice during this time with us to be considered for its potential in contemporary visual communication context and as both a critique and celebration of female representation in graphic art in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Woman With Blue Glasses by Lizzie Finn

Woman With Blue Glasses by Lizzie Finn

As part of the residency some of the Graphic Design Communication students will be invited to reflect on their own practice by way of experimentation with materials and process associated with other art and design disciplines and to consider the physical making process within an increasingly digital context of visual communication. Lizzie’s own work and the results of the student workshops will be exhibited later this year at Chelsea. This is the first residency at BA Graphic Design Communication and we welcome Lizzie to our creative community and look forward to working with her.

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Red Mansion Art Prize winner Tezz Kamoen discusses her residency in China

Artist Tezz Kamoen

Artist Tezz Kamoen in front of her work

In 2015, MA Fine Art graduate student Tezz Kamoen was selected to take part in the prestigious Red Mansion Art Prize, which was established in 2002 to promote artistic exchange between China and the UK. Each year, one student winner is selected from each of seven of the UK’s foremost art colleges: Chelsea College of Art, Royal Academy Schools, Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Slade School of Fine Art, Goldsmiths, and The Ruskin School of Art, and receives a month long residency in China, followed by an exhibition of their work made in response to the trip.

This year, the Red Mansion Art Prize exhibition took place at the Chelsea Cookhouse and Triangle Space from 16 – 22 March. Here, Kamoen recalls the charm of rural China and explains more about her experience of taking part in artist residencies. Read the rest of this entry »

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FdA Interior Design students explore luxury for the Southbank Tower

The Southbank Tower

The Southbank Tower

The FdA Interior Design course is a two year undergraduate degree course centered on a series of live briefs. Tomris Tangaz the course leader collaborates with industry organisations and designers to create exciting projects for the students. In her words:

“The FdA course situates itself around the ‘live’ experience and within cultures of collaboration, enterprise and professional practice. Being involved in real projects exposes students to different contexts, working alongside project architects, developers, planners and community stakeholders. It’s motivating for young designers and valuable for providing vital experience early on so that they can begin their careers with confidence.”

Second year FdA Interior Design students are currently working on their final live brief, designing a luxury penthouse for the Southbank Tower in central London, which is being redeveloped by real estate private equity investor CIT. Tangaz explains:

“This live project with developer CIT is aimed to present a radical definition of luxury – the outcome will be intelligent, well-informed, visionary designs for living in the future. Students are studying technologies, techniques and materials, that are at the leading edge of our cultural moment.”

After their site visit, we spoke with students Sam Laver, Nathanaël Soussana, Isobel Youngman and Nour Mady to discuss the project and the course.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Chelsea student wins VM Retail Design Student Award 2016

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The winners of the VM Retail Design Student Awards 2016 have been announced including Chelsea College of Arts student Daria Rodionova, a first year BA Interior & Spatial Design student.

Oasis, one of the top UK high street retailers, worked with Chelsea College of Arts, challenging students to expand their design horizons. The brief called for entrants to design a mobile pop-up store to contain a section of the store collection in a location selected by the retailer. The concept aims to be a visual showcase enshrining the brand tropes and values to introduce it to new and existing markets and ultimately build customer awareness and excitement.

Daria Rodionova originally from Moscow, told us what it was like to work on this exciting project:

“I am very happy that I have won the competition with my project and now I have an opportunity to work with the Oasis brand in the summer.”

Daria Rodionova with her winning ‘Fashion Fridges’ designs at Retail Design Expo 2016

Daria Rodionova with her winning ‘Fashion Fridges’ designs at Retail Design Expo 2016

“My idea was to create «Fashion Fridges», which would be used instead of ordinary changing rooms and clothes hangers. I wanted them to become a symbol of Oasis that would represent the main principles of a brand: contemporary, stylish and fun.

My work combines contemporary design and classical elements of decor and it is made from easily accessible materials. I hope that it is the first step in my career, which will give me experience and knowledge about the industry I work in.

While living in Moscow, I knew I wanted to study abroad. I chose UAL because it is one of the leading universities in the world of design and it provides its students with many opportunities to collaborate with the biggest design retailers.”

Daria Rodionova, Chelsea College of Arts

Young Soo Bae, another Chelsea College of Arts student received a highly commended award for her designs.

Young Soo Bae at the Retail Design Expo 2016 with her designs which were highly commended at the VM Student Awards

Young Soo Bae at the Retail Design Expo 2016 with her designs which were highly commended at the VM Student Awards

Here’s what other Chelsea College of Arts students had to say about this amazing opportunity:

“Being a part of Oasis project was a huge step forward. It was a great experience to practice, experiment and analyse my abilities and ideas.”

Rana Bashirova, Chelsea College of Arts

“Working with Oasis was a great experience, it felt like I was actually working in a real environment, where ideas were thought through and put to the test. I have challenged myself a lot in this brief, my work was constantly being reinvented and pushed beyond my boundaries.”

Alberto Segato, Chelsea College of Arts

“Working for Oasis has been an extremely challenging and rewarding experience. I have learnt to question myself and my ideas to create something different for this brand.”

Martina Bergamo, Chelsea College of Arts

The student designs were exhibited at Retail Design Expo 2016 at London Olympia.

Find out more about the BA Interior & Spatial Design on the course page of our website.

 

 

 

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Carol Tulloch launches The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora

Billie Holiday, studio portrait, 1948 by Gilles Petard. The portrait was taken for the Associated Booking Corp. Joe Glaser was president and manager of Billie Holiday. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Billie Holiday, studio portrait, 1948 by Gilles Petard. The portrait was taken for the Associated Booking Corp. Joe Glaser was president and manager of Billie Holiday. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Professor Carol Tulloch is a writer and curator with a specialism in dress and black identities. She is a researcher who is part of the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School. This month sees the launch of her book, The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora which has been published to great acclaim alongside an insightful interview in The Observer. This week at Chelsea, she will give her Professorial Platform lecture This Time it’s Personal, which will reflect on her research practice and look at the ways in which The Birth of Cool acts as work that connects a range of personal experiences through style.
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Designer Julian Bittiner joins Chelsea on exchange from Yale School of Art

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This week, Chelsea is pleased to be welcoming designer Julian Bittiner who is visiting the college on an exchange visit from Yale School of Art in the US where his is Senior Critic in their graphic design faculty.

Julian is an independent designer based in New York, who has worked for MetaDesign, Wolff Olins and Apple, inc. before establishing his own practice focussing on design for the cultural sector.

Julian will be giving a lecture for students and the public tomorrow 15 March at Camberwell College of Arts’s Wilson Road lecture theatre before giving a series of seminars to students at Chelsea, where he will be staying, during the week.

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London exhibitions showcase BA Interior & Spatial Design students’ creations

Wallpaper design by Martina Bergamo, BA Interior & Spatial Design

Wallpaper design by Martina Bergamo, BA Interior & Spatial Design

Chelsea’s BA Interior & Spatial Design students are currently exhibiting their work at two of London’s most interesting museums and galleries.  The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow and the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square are both hosting public displays showcasing the range of skills students have developed on the course and show creative responses to briefs for two very different design challenges: wallpaper and dolls’ houses.

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Save 50% on your fees with a UAL Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

Work from the MA Show by Jheni Arboine

Work from the MA Show by Jheni Arboine

We are pleased to announce the launch of over 150 Home/EU UAL Vice-Chancellors Scholarships for 2016-17

A UAL Vice-Chancellor scholarship provides a 50% tuition fee waiver for a full-time taught masters course at one of UAL’s six Colleges.

You can find out more about the scholarships including eligibility criteria on the UAL website.

Jheni Arboine received the UAL Vice-Chancellor scholarship when she studied MA Fine Art in 2015-16. Jheni says of the award ‘I wanted to study Fine Art at postgraduate level to critically analyse my painting practice and expand it in relation to Peircean semiotics and research into art based initiatives within the office environment. I saw the information about the scholarship online and decided to make an application and I was so thrilled to be a recipient of such an amazing scholarship.”

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Graduate Diploma Fine Art Interim Show

Caroline Popham, 'Chromophilia'

Caroline Popham, ‘Chromophilia’

The inaugural interim show for Chelsea’ newest Fine Art course, the Graduate Diploma, took place last week in the Cookhouse Gallery.

Sometimes it can take a little while to realise that Fine Art is your calling and to take the leap into a Fine Art degree. Many students at Chelsea come to study art after having started careers in various other professions such as architecture, medicine, literature or law, whilst all the time creating and making pieces in their spare time. The Graduate Diploma in Fine Art is Chelsea’s newest degree course and aims to help this transition from one career to a new fine art-based practice.

Last week’s show was the first opportunity for the public, as well as Chelsea staff and students, to see works by students on this course. We caught up with Fine Art Graduate Diploma student Ben J Hartley who told us about the experience of creating the show with his peers.

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Frank Bowling Scholarships offer £9,300 to MA Fine Art students

Frank Bowling OBE, RA In his studio, London, 2008. Photograph: Luke Potter

Frank Bowling OBE, RA
In his studio, London, 2008. Photograph: Luke Potter

Applications are now open for this year’s two annual Frank Bowling Scholarships, established by artist Frank Bowling OBE RA, an alumnus of Chelsea College of Arts.

The Scholarship provides support for two Home/EU students studying on the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Arts and is worth £9,300 per recipient, covering full tuition fees for each scholar.

In April 2014 we celebrated the launch of these scholarships, which will support ten students over five years, by visiting Frank at his home a stone’s throw from Chelsea’s Millbank site to talk about what inspired him to want to support the artists of tomorrow.

Here, we look back at our interview with Frank and speak to Daniel Goodchild, who received the scholarship in 2015, who tells us about his time on the MA Fine Art Course and how receiving funding has helped him develop his practice.

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