Fine Art graduate Jason File: Mead Fellowship exhibition

An Ornament and a Safeguard, image courtesy of the artist Jason File

An Ornament and a Safeguard, image courtesy of the artist Jason File

Jason File, Chelsea BA Fine Art Alumnus, is exhibiting at the Ryder Gallery, London. Following his graduation at Chelsea in 2013, Jason won the University of the Arts Mead Fellowship for 2014.  His project is titled ‘Decus et Tutamen’,(the Latin phrase meaning ‘An ornament and a safeguard’ commonly found on the edge of British one pound coins). We caught up with Jason to learn more about how his practice has developed since graduating from Chelsea, and his thoughts on the importance of collaboration and prizes for emerging artists. Read the rest of this entry »

Last chance to see Nigel Hall on the Chelsea Parade Ground

Nigel Hall, Crossing (horizontal), 2006. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo by Betty Borthwick.

Nigel Hall, Crossing (horizontal), 2006. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo by Betty Borthwick.

This summer, the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Arts has played host to a major sculpture.  Crossing (Horizontal) by Nigel Hall  has been on display since March, and this week is the last chance to see the work before it is returned to Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 20 May 2015.

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Chelsea at the Venice Biennale 2015

New paintings by Chris Ofili at the 56th Venice Biennale. Photo via http://www.artnews.com

New paintings by Chris Ofili at the 56th Venice Biennale. Photo via http://www.artnews.com

The 56th Venice Biennale opened to the public last week on 9 May. Entitled All the World’s Futures and curated by Okwui Enwezor, this year it features the work of Chelsea College of Arts alumni Chris Ofili and Steve McQueen, as well as Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon PhD student Samson Kambalu.

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Ken Cox in context: Concrete Poetry at Chelsea

Ken Cox with Suncycle, 1968, courtesy Lisson Gallery

Opening last week at Chelsea Space, the exhibition Ken Cox: Poetry Machines celebrates the life and work of the sculptor of the British concrete poetry movement, Ken Cox. A creator of kinetically powered poetry machines that made words move in space as material objects, Cox’s career was cut tragically short in November 1968 when he was fatally injured in a car accident, just months after his first solo show at the Lisson Gallery. This exhibition is the first time his works have been shown in London since then, and will illustrate some of Cox’s experimental machine works.

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Textiles Senior Lecturer Melanie Bowles publishes ‘Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile’

Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile

Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile

Chelsea Senior Lecturer in Digital Textiles Design Melanie Bowles, in partnership with The People’s Print, has published a new book ‘Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile’ last month. The book features 14 original projects that will inspire readers to create their own digitally printed textile designs.

Previously the preserve of professional designers or fashion and textile colleges, digital printing is now available in high-street bureaus, where anyone can send a file to be printed on the material of their choice, ready to make and wear. Using the tools taught in this book, a reader can easily learn to create their individual and unique designs. Read the rest of this entry »

Experience the Freeborn Exchange at Chelsea

Honami Niishi, Chelsea BA Textile Design Graduate 2014 © Gavin Freeborn

Honami Niishi, Chelsea BA Textile Design Graduate 2014 © Gavin Freeborn

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Next week our Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts will be transformed into The Freeborn Exchange collaborative exhibition, from Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 of April.

Photographic artist Gavin Freeborn trades his portraits for hospitality, skills and objects around the world. He seeks to take you on a journey of his international adventures. Inspired by artists who barter, Freeborn has exchanged his photographic portraits in over 20 countries since November 2011.

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MA Textile Design Graduate Rhiannon Hunt wins WRAP Competition

Rhiannon Hunt winning the Wrap Prize. Courtesy of CIWM journal.

Rhiannon Hunt winning the Wrap Prize. Courtesy of CIWM journal.

Recent MA Textile Design Rhiannon Hunt has won the inaugural SCAP Extending the Life of Clothes Design Award, awarded by the WRAP. Open to students and professional UK textile and fashion designers, the award allows the winner to progress their work and develop it for a commercial market as well as win a £5,000 prize. Rhiannon’s commitment to sustainability through textiles and her versatile and imaginative project impressed the expert panel of industry professionals and academics. We caught up with Rhiannon to find out more about her winning project.

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Chelsea at Milan Design Week 2015

Emma  Jacobs - Matter

Emma Jacobs – Matter

Chelsea staff, students and graduates will be returning to Milan Design Week this year as part of a three college showcase alongside Camberwell and Wimbledon. The stand at Ventura Lambrate, which is coordinated by the Enterprise Collective, aims to give visitors a taste of the depth and breadth of talent emerging from the colleges.

Chelsea will be represented by graduates from BA Textile Design and MA Interior and Spatial Design, as well as members of the Textile Environment Design (TED) research group.

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MA Textile Alumna Chrissa Amuah at the Milan Design Week 2015

Chrissa Amuah

Currently in the midst of preparing to show at Milan Design Week next week (14 – 19 April 2015), we caught up with MA Textile Design graduate Chrissa Amuah, to find out how she is getting on. AMWA Designs, which is founded by Chrissa, is built upon the principle that our homes should be enveloped with beautiful furnishings, evoking powerful and positive thoughts within us. Combining a range of techniques and materials to create prints and designs that inspire empowerment, positivity and well-being (to name a few), Chrissa uses Adinkra symbols of Ghana, West Africa, to inspire her work.

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PhD student Samson Kambalu to exhibit at Venice 2015

Samson Kambalu, Runner, film still, 2014

Samson Kambalu, Runner, film still, 2014

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon PhD student, artist and author Samson Kambalu has been selected to exhibit at this year’s Venice Biennale entitled All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor.

He will be appearing at the 56th Venice Biennale alongside UAL Chair of Black Art and Design Professor Sonia Boyce, UAL Chair of Global Art Isaac Julien and Chelsea College of Arts alumni Chris Ofili and Steve McQueen.

Kambalu’s AHRC funded PhD at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (2011-15) examines how the problematic of the gift animates various aspects of his art practice. This has included research into the general economy in Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art. As an artist, he works in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature.

We interviewed him about his selection and who else he is looking forward to exhibiting alongside.

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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 »