One Year On: MA Fine Art Graduate Rachel Wilberforce


Rachel with the work ‘Solaris’ at Dreamland, Margate. Image courtesy of Rachel Wilberforce

As part of our ‘One Year On’ series, MA Fine Art 2014 graduate Rachel Wilberforce tells us about all the exciting things she’s been up too since graduation which including relocating to the coast, working in the public realm and having her work featured in a music video.

How did you find the Summer Show experience last year?
The final show was busy and hot, and felt a bit like a festival! As I made an ambitious conceptual piece which formed part of the internal infrastructure and architecture of the gallery space with a performative element in the dark, I was particularly interested to see how audiences engaged with the work. Though it was a risk, it was hugely rewarding to see the work being interacted with first hand. I was also great to have the feedback of a wide audience from children to art critics.

I enjoyed seeing a culmination of everyone’s work under one roof, and we took it in turns to tour the whole show! There was a sense of excitement at the possibilities that lay ahead. Following a book I’d put together for the show, I had the opportunity to meet Michael Hoppen at his gallery and gain invaluable feedback on my work.

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One Year On: Jessica Hart – MA Textile Design Graduate


Image courtesy of Jessica Hart

This time last yearn, MA Textile Design 2014 graduate Jessica Hart was about to have her MA Show, which was then selected by UAL to be shown at Tokyo Design Week. Since then she’s been working closely with the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A).  Jessica tells us about her experiences in our ‘One Year On’ series.

It has been one year since you graduated – what have you been up to?
I have been focusing on growing my practice as a freelance digital print and embroidery designer, taking on new projects and learning tons of new skills.

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MA Interior & Spatial Design student Helen Brewer prepares for the MA Summer Show

courtesy of the artist Helen Brewer

courtesy of the artist Helen Brewer

Currently setting up in the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, MA Interior & Spatial Design student Helen Brewer paused to let us know how she is preparing for the Chelsea MA Summer Show.

The MA Summer Show opens next Friday 4th September, in a few words, what can we expect from the MA Interior & Spatial Design students?
You can expect a lot of interesting and different ways in which the course has been interpreted. Projects range from large scale installations to sculpture and video. Making, experimenting and self-fabricating is an important aspect of how we have been working throughout the year.

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One Year On: Danial Ismail – MA Interior & Spatial Design Graduate

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Instant Mihrab, London UK 2014. Image courtesy of Danial Ismail

Chelsea MA Interior & Spatial Design (ISD) 2014 graduate Danial Ismail tells us about life ‘One Year On’.

How has your practice developed since graduating?

Before my MA course at Chelsea, my working environment was always separated from the art studios and was a very technically based environment. It was a very different experience at Chelsea – being together with fine art, graphic design and other studios in one building – and I began to be inspired artistically from both tutors and students alike.

My practice has evolved to assimilate new artistic approaches with different methods of making as well. Research became a critical part of my projects and it helped me set a high standard in my practice. It helped me achieve greater depth in my design and having strong narratives as a whole.

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MA Textile student Patricia Hegarty prepares for the MA Summer Show

Patricia Hegarty - Heirloom Linen Uniformity

Patricia Hegarty – Heirloom Linen Uniformity

The Chelsea MA Summer Show is just around the corner, and during the hustle and bustle of the set-up week, we asked MA Textile Design student Patricia Hegarty how she is getting on with her final preparations.

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One Year On: Sisters From Another Mister – MA Fine Art Graduates


Afterparty, 2014. Image courtesy of Sisters from another Mister

As we approach the Chelsea Postgraduate Summer Show 2015, which opens on 3 September, we thought we’d catch up with graduates from last year to find out what they have been up to.

In this post, we catch up with MA Fine Art 2014 graduates Amelia and Milda A.K.A ‘Sisters from another Mister’, as part of our ‘One Year On’ series.

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Chelsea alumnus Ekkehard Altenburger’s commission for Volkswagen


‘Thoughts in a Banked Curve’, photograph courtesy of Ekkehard Altenburger

When we heard that MA Fine Art alumnus Ekkehard Altenburger had been awarded a prestigious commission for  Volkswagen Financial Services, we wanted to learn more about the project. Starting life in a Norwegian granite quarry in Larvik, Thoughts in a Banked Curve is a large scale work which has taken 3 months to sculpt from a 30 ton solid block of granite. We caught up with the artist to discuss the mammoth project he has undertaken and to gain an insight into his experiences of the Chelsea MA Fine Art course.

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BA Fine Art 2014 graduate Anta Germane awarded Plinth Prize

Plinth Project Anta Germane

A proposal sketch of Anta’s project for the Plinth Prize

Chelsea BA Fine Art 2015 graduate Anta Germane has been awarded the prestigious Plinth Prize. Following on from the success of her work Interactive Tunnel, which was on display in Chelsea’s Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground as part of this year’s undergraduate degree show, Anta was short-listed as one of eight UAL graduates for the prize and went on to win the award.

Anta has now installed a sculpture titled, ‘250 – 252’, which is a new work made specifically for the plinth which is usually the home of Chelsea’s Henry Moore sculpture, currently on loan to Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Anta commented: “For the Henry Moore Courtyard plinth, I have created a large light installation. A combination of steel and glow wire forms the shape of a 19th century ship main mast. Through its appearance, I am referring to the history of the site where the plinth is located and the memorial behind it. The site already has its meaning and through my installation I wish to support this – the courtyard is in the former location of Millbank Prison that was a holding facility before transporting prisoners to Australia.

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Damien Hirst opening Newport Street Gallery with John Hoyland show

9.11.68 by John Hoyland

9.11.68 by John Hoyland, (1968). Acrylic on cotton duck.

Damien Hirst’s new gallery on Newport Street in Vauxhall is due to open on 8 October 2015 with an exhibition by former Chelsea College of Arts lecturer and scholarship founder John Hoyland.

Newport Street Gallery is the realisation of Hirst’s long-term ambition to share his diverse collection, which includes over 3,000 works, with the public.

The first show entitled ‘Power Stations’ will be the first major exhibition of Hoyland’s work since 2006. The show will feature paintings made between 1964 – 1982.

On the significance of the artist, Hirst has stated: “In my eyes John Hoyland was an artist who was never afraid to push the boundaries. His paintings always feel like a massive celebration of life to me.”

Newport Street Gallery under construction

Newport Street Gallery under construction

John Hoyland is considered one of the greatest British abstract painters of his generation, but throughout his long and successful career as an artist he remained a committed teacher and lecturer. In 1965 he led Chelsea’s first nationally recognised Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art.

This connection with Chelsea has led to the establishment of the John Hoyland scholarship. The scholarship supports one Home / EU student on the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea by providing them with £8,500 towards their tuition fees.

Related links:

Visit the Chelsea MA Fine Art course page

Find out more about the John Hoyland scholarship

BA Graphics graduate wins up to £10,000 in Mead Fellowship for project exploring language extinction


Chelsea BA Graphic Design Communication graduate Irina Wang has been awarded up to £10,000 by UAL’s Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) department as part of their Mead Scholarship and Fellowship scheme which aims to support UAL students and recent graduates in the pursuit of excellence through the development of their creative practice.

Open to those in their final year of study, students are invited to apply for Mead Fellowships awarded to those who have demonstrated outstanding ideas in their practice so far. Of 115 applicants, Irina was one of just three awarded a Fellowship for her final year project working with Harvard Education PhD candidate Maung Nyeu, designing educational materials for children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to learn their native language, Marma, and the award will allow her to extend this work beyond her degree.

We asked Irina about her work and how see is excited about the new ways design skills can be applied in the real world.

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Interview with film-maker David Kew, Chelsea Fine Art alumnus

Dazzle Ship

As part of last year’s 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, the leading German artist Tobias Rehberger transformed HMS President (1918) by covering it in contemporary ‘dazzle camouflage’ designs, inspired by the Dazzle Ships of the First World War. As part of this project’s documentation, Chelsea Fine Art alumni David Kew filmed the process as it transformed the ship on the Thames.

Co-commissioned by Chelsea College of Arts with 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Liverpool Biennial, the project was managed by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts Chris Wainwright and Business Relationship Manager Elizabeth Cameron who worked to help translate Rehberger’s artistic work and vision for the ship into a reality that can be seen on the river by the public until January 2016.

David commented: “The Dazzle Ship was a massive leap of faith. Much of the success was down to the Enterprise Collective, based at Chelsea for bringing together the right team of people. They allowed this team to do what they do best e.g. without a predetermined outcome. Working outside the traditional approach, creativity is all about taking risks!”

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MA Interior & Spatial Design student wins award

(l to r) Susan Francis (Programme Director, Architects for Health), Ken Wilder (ISD Programme Director, Chelsea College of Arts), Polina Andreeva (MA ISD student), Sue Ridge (Senior Lecturer, Chelsea College of Arts), Paul Murphy (Paul Murphy Architects)

(l to r) Susan Francis (Programme Director, Architects for Health), Ken Wilder (ISD Programme Director, Chelsea College of Arts), Polina Andreeva (MA ISD student), Sue Ridge (Senior Lecturer, Chelsea College of Arts), Paul Murphy (Paul Murphy Architects)

Congratulations to Polina Andreeva, Chelsea College of Arts MA Interior & Spatial Design student who received one of two student awards at the prestigious Architects for Health Annual Award Ceremony, held recently at the Royal College of Physicians. Polina is part of Chelsea’s Hospital Placemaking group, funded by The Enterprise Collective.

Educational Play - Polina Andreeva, Chelsea MAISD

Educational Play – Polina Andreeva, Chelsea MAISD

Polina Andreeva’s research engages the spatial aspects of child development and she has designed an innovative outside play area for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, at St. Thomas’ Hospital. Inspired by the Science Museum, this multi-sensory environment combines physical discovery (the effects of colour or gravity) with some basic scientific principles around visual and tactile perception. This sense of play is also captured by the spirit of her constructivist inspired drawings.

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Polina Andreeva

Enterprise Collective

Architects for Health

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