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

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

Lily Biswell: Blades

lily Biswell dandad
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

Chelsea graduate selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015

Aaron Wells' work at the Chelsea College of Arts Degree Show 2014.

Aaron Wells’ work at the Chelsea College of Arts Degree Show 2014.

The artists selected for this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries were announced last week, and two of the 37 chosen have or are currently studying at Chelsea College of Arts. The annual open submission exhibition celebrates the best and most exciting work emerging from UK art schools. The final list has been selected by a panel comprising artists Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock (New Contemporaries 2006) and Simon Starling (New Contemporaries 1994), from over 1,600 submissions.

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Call Out: take part in #TransActing: A Market of Values

PARADE, a previous project by Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2010

PARADE, a previous project by Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2010

#TransActing: A Market of Values, will take place on 11th July 2015 in London at Chelsea College of Arts on the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground. Organised by Critical Practice as part of the Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon Graduate School’s public programme, this bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who seeks to creatively explore forms of exchange such as care, trust, creativity and generosity that coexist with money but cannot be made equivalent to pounds and pence.

They are looking for stall holders to take part in the Market which will showcase skillshares, repair hubs and hacklabs, organ donation, expert and enthusiast knowledge and other resources. Ten contributors selected through the OPEN CALL will each receive £100.

Want to be involved? Proposals are invited through this OPEN CALL with the deadline of 1st June 2015.
Stalls in the Market can take many forms: a project, a performance, a workshop, a speech, etc.  They are looking for contributions that explore these alternative values or grapple with others that may be even more complex ones: wealth, loyalty, ambition, determination, adventure, resilience, etc.
Please find the proposal form with further information about the project here: OPEN CALL #TransActing 2015 (PDF 569KB).
To apply to take part, email your completed form and supplementary information to criticalpracticeinfo@gmail.com

One Year On: Nicola Worsley, BA Textile Design

Creative direction by Nicola Worsley 2015

Creative direction by Nicola Worsley 2015

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 Nicola Worsley, who studied BA Textile Design at Chelsea about her experience since graduation.

After graduation I moved out of London and got a job as a Marketing Designer at an international furniture company. This has given me so many opportunities. I travel for design weeks and exhibitions, I control the companies branding from graphics, photography and styling. I deal with Journalists and media. It’s a really exciting role.

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One Year On: Honami Nishii, BA Textile Design Graduate

Recent work by Honami Nishii

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

We spoke to Honami Nishii, who studied BA Textile Design at Chelsea about her experience since graduation.

Since graduating from BA Textile Design at Chelsea I have moved back to my home country of Japan.

I’m about to move to the capital city Tokyo, to work in a textile studio, which specializes in designing and making spatial sets for TV, Theatre and the Music Industry.

I’m really excited to be involved in planning and making things on a much larger scale than I did at Chelsea, some sets are over 10-20 metres in size. This job is going to be tough but all designers and artists there are encouraged to keep making and exhibiting their personal work too. I was lucky to find somewhere I can do textile commercially but not in a mass-consumerist area. Read the rest of this entry »