BA Interior & Spatial Design Work in Progress Show

3rd Year students from Chelsea’s BA Interior & Spatial Design course recently held an exhibition called ‘Work in Progress’ at the college’s Cook House gallery. A new initiative and opportunity for final year students to collect and share their thoughts at the mid-point of the year, this exhibition also acted as a testing ground for them to consider the exhibition space and question how best to display their ideas in readiness for the end of year show.

This year, the work focused on the North Bank – a part of London that is opposite the South Bank and walking distance from Chelsea College of Arts. It is an area of the city underpinned with great engineering history and known over the years for law, theatre, recreation and memorial. This year, students have focused on the different spatial identities and narratives of this complex urban space, with work exploring subjects from life under Waterloo Bridge to Shakespeare’s influence, to stories from Millbank and devices to view the Courtauld’s collection.

We asked Course Director Colin Priest and exhibiting students Georgina Walters, Janette Chu and Winnie Chen to tell us more about the show.

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Zachary Fabri joins Chelsea as Artist-in-Residence in new programme with New York Foundation for the Arts

© Zachary Fabri

© Zachary Fabri

For the first time, Chelsea is working in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) on a unique Artist-in-Residence programme, and this month welcomes artist Zachary Fabri to the college.

This residency programme gives New-York based artists an exciting opportunity to work in central London alongside Chelsea’s staff and students.

Zachary will spend four weeks at Chelsea from 5 February to 5 March, during which time he will deliver a lecture and a series of workshops for Chelsea Fine Art students as well as undertake his own research and practice.

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Exhibition preview: The Sun Went In, The Fire Went Out

Photographic documentation of A Good Wind, (retitled A Poet’s Narrative) a performance involving multiple voices at Riverside Studios, 1977 (image by Topham Vickers, courtesy of Carlyle Reedy)

Photographic documentation of A Good Wind, (retitled A Poet’s Narrative) a performance involving multiple voices at Riverside Studios, 1977 (image by Topham Vickers, courtesy of Carlyle Reedy)

Opening this week at Chelsea Space, The Sun Went In, The Fire Went Out: Landscapes in Film, Performance and Text, is an exhibition exploring ideas of land, site, duration and re-presentation, and comprising works by three artists – Annabel Nicolson, Carlyle Reedy and Marie Yates – who were vital in the development of key movements within the avant-garde in London from the 1960/70s.

Through film, performance and text, this exhibition will privilege ephemeral practices, displaying art works that are iterative, morphic and responsive, re-framing the strategies of documentation and its use within exhibition making.

We spoke to curator Karen Di Franco about the themes and concerns which have brought these artists’ works together for the exhibition and how she and her co-curator Elisa Kay have been inspired and informed by the work of archeologist and writer Jacquetta Hawkes.

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BA Graphic Design Communication present Bold Type 2015

'Scalextric' by Olivia Woodgate

‘Scalextric’ by Olivia Woodgate

Second year BA Graphic Design Communication students at Chelsea College of Arts recently completed a short font project called BOLD TYPE.

Typography as received by conventional wisdom is an art and craft that takes many years to learn let alone perfect. The challenge for students was to design an original display typeface, inspired by the promise of communication through the (digital) craft of type design and in the visible resurgence of bespoke typography in just a few weeks!

'Isometric' by Sofia Haggstroem

‘Isometric’ by Sofia Haggstroem

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Alumni Profile: Prudence Djajadi, MA Graphic Design Communication

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Prudence Djajadi graduated from MA Graphic Design Communication in 2013. Here she talks to us about her time on the course and what she thinks about the future of graphic and interaction design.

I chose to study the MA Graphic Design Communication course at Chelsea due to the multidisciplinary and experimental learning approach the course offers. I was also taken aback by Chelsea’s enchanting Victorian architecture the moment I stepped in to the university when I paid a visit during the open day.

My time at Chelsea was motivating, challenging and inspirational. Completing the MA has helped me to think deeper and more critically, not just regarding design related issues, but also in other areas! I started paying more attention to my design concepts before the execution stage and obviously asking a lot of questions with regards to how my concept could be accepted in society whilst at the same time communicating the intended message.

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Call for Event Proposals: Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School 

Lottie Child, Urban Exploration as part of Look At The Estate We're In (LATEWI) 2015.  Photography by Lingran Yan.

Lottie Child, Urban Exploration as part of Look At The Estate We’re In (LATEWI) 2015. Photography by Lingran Yan.

The Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School supports staff and students across the three colleges to develop their research careers and create research with cultural and social value.

This term, the CCW Graduate School would like to invite staff at the three colleges to propose events to feature in the public programme for 2016-17.  This programme aims to celebrate the research activity taking place at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon.

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Alumni Profile: Sean Murphy, MA Graphic Design Communication

Sean Murphy’s final MA piece entitled Storyboard was re-exhibited at the Chelsea 10 alumni exhibition in September 2015.

Sean Murphy’s final MA piece entitled Storyboard was re-exhibited at the Chelsea 10 alumni exhibition in September 2015.

Sean Murphy Graduated from MA Graphic Design Communication in 2015 and has already gone on to set up his own design company ‘Kind Studio’ in Brixton.

Here he talks about his time on the course and his vision for the future of Graphic Design Communication

I chose to apply for the MA Graphic Design Communication course at Chelsea because I enjoyed studying there on my art foundation course and I wanted to experiment and try new things for another year before I joined the industry.

There were a lot of extra-curricular opportunities available on the course and a real diversity of students who became my friendship group.

Completing the MA completely changed my practice, I came from a traditional print and branding BA course, then on the MA course I worked a lot with physical prototyping, Arduino and making which is something I am very interested in now.

I work a lot more with 3D materials and making now, I have realised the importance of digital design and the possibilities of using technology and interaction as a tool to draw the user in.

Graphic Design Communication is a hugely important subject area. What makes us human is our ability to communicate. Graphic Design is a transitionary period where digital is taking over (if not already) from analogue methods. It is necessary to maintain constant stimulus and interaction to keep the users interested who are evermore demanding about the experiences they require and expect.

'Storyboard' by Sean Murphy, 2015

‘Storyboard’ by Sean Murphy, 2015

After graduating I set up a design studio called ‘Kind’ in Brixton which I now run with James Richards. This has been a huge achievement for me since graduating this year. We are working on a wide range of things at the moment. A digital redesign for an architect, a workshop archival system for a theatre group and a single and album campaign for Polydor Records. We are also building a cash machine, which dispenses local currency for the Brixton Pound using a re-purposed vending machine.

My advice for someone considering an MA in Graphic Design Communication would be to do something that you have always wanted to do, take risks, forget about the outcome, grab every opportunity that arises, don’t waste time, take in as much as you can and make the most of it.

'Storyboard', Sean Murphy, 2015

‘Storyboard’, Sean Murphy, 2015

You can see more of Sean’s work here:

Website: www.kindstudio.co.uk

Twitter: @kind_studio

Instagram: @kind_studio

Blog: www.seanmurphy.co.uk

Find out more about MA Graphic Design Communication on the course page of our website.

Student Profile: Frances Bailey, MA Curating & Collections

The Reading Room at Chelsea Space

The Reading Room at Chelsea Space

Describe your experience at Chelsea in three words. 

Insightful, supportive, inspirational.

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?         

The campus is beautiful, and the tutors on my course are fantastic.

Where do you live at the moment and what do you enjoy most about being in London?

I live in Kennington so it is only a short walk to uni. The thing I enjoy most about living in London is having access to such a creative and cultural city.

What are you are working on at the moment?

Myself and a group of fellow students have just created the first ever reading room at our onsite gallery, Chelsea Space. This was our first major practical project for the MA Curating & Collections course, and it was an honour to be part of the team curating this space for the first time!

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BA Textile Design Colour Exhibition 2015

Second year BA Textile Design students recently took part in an exhibition which was a culmination of their first term project focused around colour.

BA Textile Design course leader, Caryn Simonson, explains “Inspired by the theme of Resonance, students in print, weave, knit, stitch and digital textiles exhibited concepts to produce ideas for fabrics and product innovations. The project focused on the development of colour, surface, texture and form.”

Work from the Colour Exhibition

Work by Nomita Saldanha

Inspiration

Nomita Saldanha’s work was inspired by the chaos, vibrant colours and paraphernalia sold in the markets of her hometown in India. 

“The juxtaposition of the bazaar stalls selling an array of random goods stacked up and falling out and the surrounding walls covered in worn out half-peeled posters is what drew my attention. I wanted to take this imagery and put in into a textile collection. I started my work by collaging, abstracting and distorting the shapes, forms and recreating the market scenes from the way I saw it. The final textiles were created by using a combination of stitches, fringing methods, knots and most importantly, different qualities of yarn.” 

Lucie Hands took inspiration from a trip to Italy in the summer where she was inspired by the colours and shapes of the architecture.

“I started by abstracting colour and tone from my primary research, thinking about how the colours work together, including proportion and shape. This research has helped me with using colour in my work. It is such an important part of the design, and I will always have the knowledge learned from this project.”

Lara Williams was inspired by ideas of home.  “I was interested in creating a colour scheme and samples that were both comforting and lively. I did a lot of painting in preparation for the project, mixing colours and seeing how they influenced each other on paper.”

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Student Profile: Marcos González Rodríguez, MA Textile Design

Work by Marcos González Rodríguez

Work by Marcos González Rodríguez

Describe you experience at Chelsea in 3 words.      

Stimulating, joyful and challenging.

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?         

You can express yourself in many different ways and you always will find support to make your ideas a reality. Every day is a different and you can play a part in so many different projects featuring other students across a range of courses.

Where do you live at the moment and what do you enjoy most about being in London?

I live in Whitechapel, the main thing I like about London is that you can find your own way to do things, explore and be inspired by the city. I have had so many good experiences which have influenced me and my work. 

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Chelsea alumni tour the UK in British Art Show 8

Eileen Simpson & Ben White, Auditory Learning, 2015, at British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery. Photo: Jonty Wilde

Eileen Simpson & Ben White, Auditory Learning, 2015, at The British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery. Photo: Jonty Wilde

Three of Chelsea’s notable Fine Art alumni including Turner Prize nominee James Richards, Daniel Sinsel and Ben White, feature alongside 39 artists in The British Art Show 8 exhibition, currently touring cities around the country until January 2017, providing a vital overview of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the UK.

Organised by Hayward Touring, this multi-venue exhibition is presented every five years in four different cities across the country.

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Student Profile: Marie-Aimee Fattouche, MA Fine Art

Image courtesy of the artist "Unified Field" - mixed technic on canvas - 145 x 180 cm - 2015

Image courtesy of the artist “Unified Field” – mixed technic on canvas – 145 x 180 cm – 2015

We caught up with Marie-Aimee Fattouche who is currently studying MA Fine Art at Chelsea.

Describe you experience at Chelsea in 3 words.      

Intense, Stimulating, Creative

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?         

What I enjoy the most about studying at Chelsea is the fact that the MA Fine Art Course is really a self-directed program, we have great tutorials and lectures, but the rest of the time is our choice to make the most of it in our studios.

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