Wimbledon Fine Art students collaborate for ‘Space’ Exhibition

Cat Madden's work 'Meandering'

‘Meandering’ by Cat Madden

Cat Madden, a BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting student who is entering her third year at Wimbledon College of Arts is curating her second exhibition in the ‘Spaced’ series featuring work from herself, other Wimbledon Fine Art students and other emerging artists from across the country. Cat first developed the project as part of her Personal Professional Development module at Wimbledon where students are required to take up professional opportunities outside of the university.

We spoke to Cat about the exhibition and her time at Wimbledon.

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Graduate Dagmar Bennett works with TV presenter to raise awareness of rare genetic condition

Bust of Adam Pearson by Dagmar Bennett, BA Technical Arts & Special Effects.  Photographed at the Wimbledon BA Summer Show by Kirsty Noble.

Bust of Adam Pearson by Dagmar Bennett, BA Technical Arts & Special Effects. Photographed at the Wimbledon BA Summer Show by Kristy Noble.

For her final piece in this year’s Wimbledon College of Arts Summer Show, artist and BA Technical Arts & Special Effects graduate Dagmar Bennett created an exciting and challenging work: a heroic bust of Adam Pearson, an actor, television caster/researcher, public speaker and campaigner against stigma towards people with a visible facial difference.

Adam has type one Neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes excess body tissue to grow predominantly on his face. After researching Adam online, Dagmar contact Adam and they met, developing a close friendship alongside the work.

Introducing her work, Dagmar said “as a sculptor I was firstly interested in the form of Adam’s face, yet after hearing his story, I felt inspired by his positive attitude, bravery and determination to break down barriers regarding how people with disfigurement are viewed and treated. In my portrait I wanted to capture these personal qualities, show him as an individual and help change perceptions of people with a disfigurement.”

Dagmar recently made the news when her work was linked with charity Genetic Disorders UK’s Jeans for Genes Day – an annual event to raises awareness of conditions such as Adam’s which takes place this year on 18 September.

We spoke to her about her work, her course and her post-graduation plans.

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Set Design for Screen students create set at the British Film Institute

Students Set Designed as a 1960's jamaican inspired living room, currently on display at the BFI Atrium

BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Set Design for Screen Students Piece, currently on display at the BFI Atrium

Our 2nd year BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Set Design for Screen Students have just completed an exciting project working with the British Film Institute (BFI).

As part of BFI’s London on Film season, the students have been researching London front rooms from different periods and cultures. Their brief was to design a film set that represented the development of the cultural and ethnic diversities in London. Using their research, students built and designed a living room of a Caribbean family living in London in the 1960’s, currently on display in the BFI Atrium.

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MFA Fine Art graduates showcase the best of postgraduate art from UAL

Installation shot of CONFLUX at The Electrician's Shop, Trinity Buoy Wharf. Photograph by Christian Lubbert.

Installation shot of CONFLUX at The Electrician’s Shop, Trinity Buoy Wharf. Photograph by Christian Lubbert.

Not content with just setting up their own works for their final show this year, MFA Fine Art students Rosemary Munro Kerr and Adam Burbidge recently celebrated the end of their MFA Fine Art course at Wimbledon by organising another exhibition as well. CONFLUX, which took place at The Electrician’s Shop, Trinity Buoy Wharf, was an external showcase of the most accomplished postgraduate fine art work produced this academic year at the University of Arts London.

In order to ensure the work on show was an objective selection of the highlights of UAL’s graduating students’ work, exhibiting artists were chosen by a panel of Goldsmiths postgraduate student curators and guest judges including UAL Chair of Black Art and Design Paul Goodwin.

We caught up with Rosie and Adam at their degree show to find out more about the project.

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Graduation 2015 in pictures and videos

BA Technical Arts & Special Effects Student celebrating

BA Technical Arts & Special Effects Student after the ceremony

Friends, families, university lecturers and technicians gathered to see our students receive their hard earned diplomas at this year’s Graduation Ceremony at the Southbank Centre, London. Hosted by University of the Arts London Chancellor Kwame Kwei-Armah, the ceremony fittingly rewarded students for their hard work and celebrated their success. Visual Artist Tacita Dean, known for her innovative work using film, was made an Honourary Doctor of Wimbledon College of Arts. She shared this advice with graduating students; “Stick with your process, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, don’t be seduced by the market, take your time and do well”. Jack Perry, a BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Set Design for Screen student, gave a moving speech commending the ambition and creativity of our students, on behalf of the student body. Below are some pictures and videos from the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Artist Simon Callery in conversation with Wimbledon Painting Students

Simon Callery giving a talk

Simon Callery giving a talk in the Lecture Theatre

The artist Simon Callery visited Wimbledon to discuss his work, influences and collaborations with Geraint Evans, painter and Acting Course Leader for the new MA Painting course. Callery’s work explores the physical qualities of painting as a way of reflecting the experience of the material landscape. He has worked in collaboration with archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology and the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford over a number of years.

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Chloe Spicer; Wandle Studio Prize Winner 2015

Chloe with one of her book hats!

Chloe with one of her book hats!

Well done to Chloe Spicer, this year’s Wandle Studio Prize Winner!

Chloe, a BA (Hons) Fine Art: Print & Time-Based Media student, won the prize given to one graduating Wimbledon College of Arts student each year. The prize awards the winning student with a studio at Merton Abbey Mills for a year, a £3000 prize, plus mentoring with the University’s Careers and Employability department, to pursue a creative practice of their choice.

We had a chat with Chloe about what winning the prize meant to her and her winning proposal.

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BA Costume Design course leader exhibits at world’s biggest theatre design event

Riot Offspring, Sadler's Wells Theatre with costumes by Abigail Hammond. Photo credit: Bettina Strenske

Riot Offspring, Sadler’s Wells Theatre with costumes by Abigail Hammond. Photo credit: Bettina Strenske

Wimbledon BA Costume Design Course Leader Abigail Hammond has this month been exhibiting her work representing the best of UK theatre design at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial (PQ) of Performance Design and Space, the largest scenography event in the world.

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Theatre & Screen Industry Night Award Winners

Sara Stanton with her award

Sara Stanton BA (Hons) Set Design for Screen with her award

On Theatre & Screen Industry night, Wimbledon College of Arts held a prize giving ceremony rewarding a select few students who showed remarkable achievements within their pathway.

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Blogger Samantha Simmonds on Wimbledon Summer Show 2015

Samantha Wilson BA Costume Design Degree Show Project

Samantha Wilson BA Costume Design Degree Show Project

Now that Wimbledon Summer Show has come to a close, Blogger Samantha Simmonds shares her experience of visiting the show and tells us about her favourite pieces. 

Two things I’ve learnt whilst training as a stylist (along with about 10,001 other things, some of which I may share with you at a later date) are that keeping tabs on other emerging creatives, and topping up your reserves of inspiration wherever possible, are both crucial, so, to those ends, Mummy Muses and I spent our Saturday on a whistlestop tour of this year’s UAL degree show exhibitions, taking in Theatre Design at Wimbledon, Textile Design at Chelsea and Fashion and Jewellery Design at CSM.And… wow. What a feast of visual delicacies: I took so many photos my iPhone overheated, and I’m going to have to publish a separate post for each college so as not to overheat yours, but, sadly, I don’t think any number of images will be able to match the experience of getting up close and personal with the pieces themselves – so many elements of the textures and craftsmanship which “explode” in front of you just can’t be recreated in 2D (at least without models and professional lighting!) …But, since it’s now too late for you to check out the shows yourself, I’ve done my best to document the experience as comprehensively as possible…

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