Wimbledon College of Arts students exhibit their work in annual PARK exhibition

'Telling the Bees' by Renate Mahmoud in Dundonald Park as part of PARK 16

‘Telling the Bees’ by Renate Mahmoud in Dundonald Park as part of PARK 16

On Friday 22 April, 20 artists from Wimbledon College of Arts exhibited their work in the annual PARK exhibition.

PARK is an annual event which has been hosted by Wimbledon College of Arts in Cannizaro Park since the 1970s. The show offers students the opportunity to work site-specifically and to develop their work within the context of a group show.

This year, for the first time, PARK expanded beyond Cannizaro Park to respond to sites within Wimbledon town centre and the college campus, including Centre Court Shopping Centre and the Wimbledon Library.

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The Abject Object: Interview with curator & MA Painting course leader Geraint Evans

John Greenwood, Fruites de Mere, 1999

John Greenwood, Fruites de Mere, 1999

Currently showing at Wimbledon Space, the Abject Object is a show largely about painting which will feature work by artists who are concerned in one way or another with objects: either through their depiction or through the works’ ‘objectness’. Throughout the exhibition there are also periodic references to the still life tradition.

A panel discussion takes place on 12 May at Wimbledon College of Arts’s lecture theatre, with the exhibition curator Geraint Evans and participating artists Mark Fairnington and Damien Meade among the speakers.

Here, Geraint Evans, who as well as being the curator of this exhibition is the course director of Wimbledon’s MA Painting speaks about  the exhibition, which, he explained, was inspired initially by an essay he wrote for Turps Banana magazine in 2012 about the work of London-based, Irish artist Damien Meade.

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BA Theatre Design students create interactive display for Watermans Art Centre as part of Shakespeare 400

Second year Theatre Design students in their Shakespearean costumes at Watermans

Second year Theatre Design students in their Shakespearean costumes at Watermans

Last weekend, four second year BA Theatre Design students from Wimbledon College of Arts, Aliou Janha, Olivia Higgins, Phoebe Ross and Rasa Selemonaviciute, organised an interactive children’s theatre display for Watermans Art Centre.

The display was based on ‘The Winter’s Tale’ as part of Watermans’ ‘Shakespeare Reloaded Weekender’, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

We spoke to Olivia Higgins about the experience of working on such a large scale project and some of the challenges associated with creating interactive art for children.

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The Wandle Studio Prize 2016

CALL FOR APPLICANTS

Open to all third year BA Theatre & Screen and Fine Art Wimbledon College of Arts students

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The Wandle Studio Prize is a financially supported residency and career opportunity for third year 2016 BA Fine Art and BA Theatre & Screen students, working in any medium, from Wimbledon College of Arts. This prize is for either one artist or designer, or a small group/collective.

The Prize includes…

  • A studio of 250sq feet. Rent and rates free, based at Merton Abbey Mills, for one year (per Annum value of approx. £6,000)
  • Assistance with particular equipment/specialist services to support your practice/business
  • Mentoring support from Careers And Employability for either practice or business development, subject to finding a suitable member
  • A dedicated 1-2-1 session with a member of the Careers And Employability team, highlighting how the prize winner can access further support from Careers And Employability, including additional information on the SEED Fund Award (up to £5,000) and Mead Fellowships (up to £10,000)

Register your expression of interest by Monday 25 April, 5pm

For further information about the application process, contact s.kassay@wimbledon.arts.ac.uk

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Set Design for Screen graduate Jack Perry receives £3,000 BFI short film grant

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Jack Perry, a BA Set Design for Screen 2015 graduate, has received a short film grant of £3,000 from the BFI and Film London as part of the London Calling 2016 Slate.

Jack’s short film, entitled ‘A Girl Goes For Dinner’, will be shown at the BFI in September, with the potential of then going on to be shown at the London Film Festival later on in the year.

The design and production team of the film also features several other Wimbledon graduates – Sara Stanton and Mia James from Set Design for Screen are on board as Production Designer and Art Director, respectively, and Costume Interpretation graduate Marie Due will work the on costume design.

We spoke to Jack about the process of applying for the film grant and his hopes for ‘A Girl Goes For Dinner’ and beyond.

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MA Drawing students hold ‘Out of Line’ exhibition at the Centre for Recent Drawing

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The cohort of 17 part-time and full-time MA Drawing students from Wimbledon College of Arts will be holding an exhibition of their work at the Centre for Recent Drawing from 22-23 of April, with the private view taking place on Thursday 21 April from 6-8pm.

The exhibition, called ‘Out of Line’ and curated by Philip Goss of the Centre for Recent Drawing, will feature a diverse range of approaches to the practice of drawing, including sound and spoken word, sculptural intervention, collage, screenprinting, mapping, as well as the more traditional media of graphite and charcoal.

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First year Technical Arts and Special Effects student creates giant scale model replica of sushi

Sasha Fusini's giant scale replica model of a piece of sushi

Sasha Fusini’s giant scale replica model of a piece of sushi

Year after year, the BA Technical Arts & Special Effects first year scale replica project has consistently produced fantastical and imaginative creations, and current student Sasha Fusini’s work is no exception.

Sasha’s oversized scale replica of a piece of sushi is as impressive looking as it was tricky to make! We spoke to her about the process of making it and what projects she’s working on now.

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Wimbledon MFA student Emily Twyford wins Orbis Art Prize

Emily Twyford's prize winning work in the Orbis staff room

Emily Twyford’s prize winning work in the Orbis staff room

Emily Twyford, a 2015 BA Painting graduate and current MFA Fine Art student from Wimbledon College of Arts, has been awarded this year’s Orbis Art Prize.

The Orbis Art Prize is a long term project from Orbis Investment Advisory that was created in 2011 specifically to support graduating students from Wimbledon College of Arts. Orbis made available a flat, white wall on the fifth floor of their Wimbledon Bridge House office space, and each year graduating students are invited to submit proposals to exhibit their work in this space.

The application process helps students to understand the skills needed to successfully apply for art prizes and commissions, and the £2,000 prize money (plus an extra £1,000 for materials) is particularly useful to graduating students who are trying to navigate the landscape of becoming full-time creative practitioners and earn an income from their work.

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Karen David joins BA Painting as Artist in Residence

Karen David in the BA Painting studios for her residency

Karen David in the BA Painting studios for her residency

On 29 February, artist Karen David began her residency in the BA Painting studios at Wimbledon College of Arts with a presentation to students on The X Files and intertextuality as part of the ‘Leap Day in Painting’ events, a series of talks and seminars organised by the BA Painting staff to celebrate this rarely occurring day.

We spoke to Karen about her practice, her love of television and what her plans are for her six week residency at Wimbledon.

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BA Painting graduate Millie Kelly wins £5,000 Clyde & Co Art Award

Millie Kelly with her certificate at the Clyde & Co Art Prize awards

Millie Kelly with her certificate at the Clyde & Co Art Awards

Artist Millie Kelly has achieved some amazing things since graduating from the BA Painting course last year, including having her work featured at the Bristol and Battersea Art Fairs and setting up a studio space in Elephant and Castle with other Wimbledon graduates.

But perhaps her most notable achievement to date is being the recently announced recipient of the £5,000 Clyde & Co Art Award. We spoke to Millie about her win and what she plans to do with the prize money.

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