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

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www.johnhoyland.com

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

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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.

Related links:

MA Interior and Spatial Design

Polina Andreeva

Enterprise Collective

Architects for Health

Science Museum

Details and Spaces: A Collaborative Project

Taking place in early May this year, Details and Spaces was a collaborative project between 70 first year BA Interior and Spatial Design students at Chelsea College of Arts and their tutors who collectively designed and built a temporary installation spatially linking Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts.  The project was supported by not-for-profit initiative Kupambana and sponsored by John Purcell Paper.

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Chelsea Summer Show Prize Winners 2015

The crowd gathers for the prize giving at Chelsea

The crowd gathers for the prize giving at Chelsea

To kick off the undergraduate Summer Show at Chelsea College of Arts this year, students and staff gathered in Chelsea’s Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground last Friday for the presentation of the Chelsea Summer Show Awards 2015.

Given out by George Blacklock, the Dean of Chelsea, course tutors and representatives from the visiting organisations donating the prizes, these awards recognise the hard work and achievement the college’s graduating Textile, Fine Art, Interior & Spatial Design and Graphic Design students.

Read on to find out more about the awards, the winning students and their work.

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One Year On: BA Fine Art 2014 Graduate Rosie Connolly

Work from the Undergraduate Summer Show, Rosie Connolly, 2014

Work from the Undergraduate Summer Show, Rosie Connolly, 2014

This week we catch up with BA Fine Art 2014 graduate Rosie Connolly as part of our ‘One Year On’ series.

It has been one year since you graduated – what have you been up to?

Since graduating, I was awarded a space as a resident artist in a ceramics studio in Farnham, 318 ceramics at the Farnham pottery, a beautiful historic building. I work with four fantastic artists and makers in such a great setting. It’s been perfect having a creative community around.

I’m starting an MA in September at the Royal College of Art doing Ceramics and Glass. I’m really excited! The strongest pieces in my portfolio for application were all made since leaving Chelsea, so it is true, life does continue after the degree show.

I’ve also set up a small business, designing and making porcelain jewellery. I sell it online and in a shop in Ealing,which funds my sculptural work and keeps me solvent! Read the rest of this entry »

One Year On Interview: BA Fine Art Graduate Laura Fowle

Lattice (∞), Laura Fowle, 2015

Lattice (∞), Laura Fowle, 2015

This week we catch up with BA Fine Art 2014 graduate Laura Fowle as part of our ‘One Year On’ series.

It has been one year since you graduated- what have you been up to?  

Since graduating I have been lucky enough to be one of the four graduates awarded the ArtQuest Lifeboat Residency programme with ACAVA Studios. It’s been vital to the progression and maintenance of my practice and offers key mentoring support. The opportunity to continue to have a studio and to be surrounded by like-minded artists has been great to challenge and motivate me in my works and has enabled me to continue to make work to the scale I had grown accustomed to at Chelsea College of Arts.

How has your art practice developed since graduating?   

I feel my work has certainly developed on an aesthetic level since graduating, although my fundamental concerns and motivations to make the work have not differed too drastically. I think when you have your teeth into a concept or process it’s not necessarily a bad thing to see it through. I have been a lot more open minded to new materials and methods of working, and have really enjoyed the freedom of exploring new processes.  Being able to work through problems with the support of the guys I share the studio with has certainly been key to the development of my works.   Read the rest of this entry »

One Year On: Sarah Roberts, BA Fine Art Graduate

'STRIBYN MOEL - NUDE STRIP [HaHa], 2015. Mixed media, Variable dimensions. Image courtesy of Peanut and the artist.

STRIBYN MOEL – NUDE STRIP [HaHa], 2015. Mixed media, Variable dimensions. Image courtesy of Peanut and the artist.

In our ‘One Year On’ series we catch up with graduates from the Class of 2014 to find out what they have been up to since graduating from Chelsea.

We spoke to Sarah Roberts, who studied BA Fine Art at Chelsea about her work and practice since graduation.

It has been one year since you graduated- what have you been up to?

I am working for the amazing Argentinian artist Amalia Pica as her assistant. I’m also on residency at ACAVA studios in Cremer Street, Hoxton as part of the LIFEBOAT scheme run by UAL and ACAVA. I had a few shows last year and then focused on developing some work and research, but now I have a couple of shows coming up, I am trying to keep the balance right. I also just took a three week research trip to America, which was great.

Despite the fact that I’ve graduated once before (BA Sociology) and re-entered the world so to speak, graduating was momentarily a bit daunting, I was worried that sustaining my practice without the support and structure of an institution would be hard. But i’m doing ok, I treat the studio as a job, I get there early, set myself goals and I’ve been pretty productive.

I think thats the key: you have to give your work the value of being ‘work’ even if it doesn’t pay your rent.

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BA Graphic Design Communication students win 11 Awards

BA Graphic Design Communication students from across the first, second and third years have been celebrating their success at internationally-recognised awards this week.  The course boasts six winners of this year’s D&AD New Blood Pencil and five Youth Creative Network (YCN) Award winners.  Congratulations to all of the students involved!

D&AD New Blood Award Winners

The D&AD New Blood Awards are one of the most prestigious industry accolades that any student, graduate or under 24 can hope to achieve. Entrants are invited to respond to industry standard briefs set by global brands and, as the New Blood website states: “Winning a New Blood Pencil is an instant validation of your talent.”

Flo Fairweather: Biscuits

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http://www.dandad.org/awards/new-blood/2015/vice-15-seconds-of-pure-vice/2665/biscuits/

Lily Biswell: Blades

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http://www.dandad.org/awards/new-blood/2015/vice-15-seconds-of-pure-vice/2662/blades/

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First year BA Fine Art student Anna Jespersen wins £10,000 painting prize

(l-r) Ken Howard, Ian Rowley, Anna Jespersen and Ben Sullivan at Chelsea College of Arts in June 2015, photographed by Gavin Freeborn.

(l-r) Ken Howard, Ian Rowley, Anna Jespersen and Ben Sullivan at Chelsea College of Arts in June 2015, photographed by Gavin Freeborn.

Last week Chelsea was visited by members of the Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers, a city livery company who generously offered one a £10,000 bursary to a first year BA Fine Art student in recognition of their painting work.  The lucky recipient of this year’s award was Anna Jespersen, whose large-scale figurative drawings make use of painting and photography.

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One Year On: Leonora Gray, BA Interior & Spatial Design Graduate

'Dauphin Collection II at Palais de Tokyo with DAS Studio. Photo: Takuji Shimmura.'

‘Dauphin Collection II at Palais de Tokyo with DAS Studio. Photo: Takuji Shimmura.’

This week we catch up with BA Interior & Spatial Design 2014 graduate Leonora Gray as part of our ‘One Year On’ series.

After graduating last year I moved to Paris to work with a design studio where I worked on projects ranging from an installation for Paris Fashion Week to the design of bespoke furniture items. I learnt a lot from working on different scale projects and collaborating with people from various design backgrounds.

In my final year at Chelsea I developed an identity within my design practice which has stayed with me, a sort of playful and poetic narrative. I still enjoy the fabrication process very much and have been influenced a lot by using organic materials such as wood.

Final Piece at the Chelsea Undergraduate Summer Show 2014, by Leonora Gray

Final Piece at the Chelsea Undergraduate Summer Show 2014, by Leonora Gray

The degree show was the first live project that I worked on from brief to completion, a lot of the skills that I learned from setting it up have been useful to both working in the industry and developing as a designer as I learnt how to deal with real life constraints.

The main piece of advice I would give this years graduates is that design transcends language so I would always encourage designers to live and work in different countries.

You can see more of Leonora’s work on her website - www.leonoragray.co.uk

'Dauphin Collection II at Palais de Tokyo with DAS Studio. Photo: Takuji Shimmura.'

‘Dauphin Collection II at Palais de Tokyo with DAS Studio. Photo: Takuji Shimmura.’

Related links:

BA Summer Show 2015

BA Interior & Spatial Design course page