Success at 2016 Natural Stone Awards

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We are delighted to announce that City & Guilds of London Art School was well represented at the 2016 Natural Stone awards, held on 2 December 2016. The Art School received a commendation in the Craftsmanship category for the ongoing collaboration to commission new grotesques for St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and alumnus Tom Nicholls also received a commendation for his gargoyle for Rippon Cathedral.

More information about these biennial awards, which celebrate the best and the brightest projects from around the industry, can be found here.

Congratulations to all those involved!

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The fourth annual study trip to Venice for second-year Historic Carving and Conservation Students took place this year from 4 to 11 November. Students and staff are privileged to stay in the scholar’s accommodation of the Cini Institute, located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, across the lagoon from Piazza San Marco. The Cini is a non-profit academic institute created for the study of Venetian art and culture, and the Art School has an ongoing relationship with this internationally recognised centre. We are always privileged to receive a special tour around the monastery buildings that house the Cini, featuring the Palladio cloisters and refectory, and the monumental staircase by Longhena, who also designed the library. Marta Zoetti, Student Services Coordinor and a fellow of the Institute kindly gave of her time and knowledge to us on this occasion.

For the students participating, the visit is an unforgettable highlight of their course, as the city is the perfect venue for the study of world-class architecture and sculpture of all periods, all accessible on foot within a small radius. Venice is particularly rich in woodcarving, and of course also is subject to a plethora of complex conservation issues.

Our experienced team of tutors deliver lectures and guide the students around the city, providing specialised and focused contextualisation that is tailored to the students’ interests and needs. A highlight of the week was a private tour around the recently opened Canova Galleries in the Academia by Dr Roberta Battaglia, Assistant Director, with thanks due to John Millerchip for helping to arrange the visit.

Also fresh on the itinerary this year was a visit to Murano to see the extraordinary woodcarvings in San Pietro Martyrio by Pietro Morando, something of a forgotten Baroque masterpiece.

In contrast to last year’s visit, which was fog shrouded for the entire week, this time we were blessed with glorious sunny weather; the inevitable rain eventually only started just as the group set foot on the final vaporetto homewards.

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TONY CARTER (1943-2016)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Tony Carter, Principal of the Art School from 2000 until 2014. Tony passed away on Sunday 13 November at the age of 73.

In his distinguished years as Principal, Tony led the Art School with an acute sense of its very particular ethos and increasingly distinctive position within the fast changing landscape of art education, and firmly established it as the respected institution which it is today. He was a man of profound integrity with an exceptional mind, which he brought to his role. For this and much else, the many students who studied here during his tenure, his former colleagues and trustees will always remember Tony with gratitude and affection.

At this time, our thoughts are first and foremost with Tony’s wife Wendy Smith, and his family and close friends.

There will in time be the opportunity to pay due tribute to Tony the man, the artist, teacher and colleague. In the meantime, the Art School is happy to receive and pass on any messages in Tony’s memory.

Below is a picture of Tony in his studio this past August, which we believe is how he would like us to remember him – as the artist which he was, first and foremost.

Tamiko O’Brien & Magnus von Wistinghausen
on behalf of everyone at City & Guilds of London Art School

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The Art School is seeking a part-time Technician for its thriving Conservation Department. Working 2 days per week during term time, you will assist the Head of Conservation and Conservation tutors in the day-to-day running of the Conservation studios and facilities. As, ideally, a qualified Conservator or a practitioner with relevant experience of working in a studio/laboratory environment you will provide technical support for the BA and MA Conservation courses. Responsibilities will include mentoring students in the use of tools and materials; providing support for teaching and project activity; and studio and lab maintenance. You will also work with the Art School’s Site Manager to ensure that Health & Safety regulations and practices within the Conservation Department are implemented and monitored.

The Art School is committed to high levels of contact time with expert professionals and access to a wide range of specialist resources. This means that besides access to the Conservation facilities students are also supported by the wider technical team with workshop facilities in wood, metalwork, casting, glass and print among other resources. You will therefore be a valued member of both the Conservation Department and the Art School’s wider technical team.

For more information about the post and an application form please email jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk.
For more information about the Conservation department please visit www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/conservation/

Application Deadline: 25th November 2016 by midnight                                                                            

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Benedict Read (1945-2016)

It is with great sadness that we must announce that Ben Read, who lectured on the History of Carving course since 2012, passed away on 20th October at his home in London.

Ben was a renowned expert in British Victorian and twentieth century sculpture but his scholarly and outside interests were wide-ranging, embracing 20th century Christian art, British sculpture in India, the Cyprus School of Art and Arsenal FC. He taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he was also the Deputy Witt Librarian, until 1990, after which he moved to Leeds University as a Senior Lecturer in Art History. At Leeds he was also Director of the MA Sculpture Studies programme from 1990-1997, run under the auspices of the Henry Moore Foundation. After his retirement in 2010 he became Visiting Research Fellow at the university.

His connection with Leeds ran deeper as Chair of the Leeds Art Collections Fund and a member of the Catholic Church’s Historic Churches Committee for the Diocese of Leeds. On a national level his posts included Chairperson of the editorial committee of the Sculpture Journal and President of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (retired).

At the Art School, Ben was a crucial contributor to the Historic Carving course, teaching the History of Carving to second-year students. Speaking on 19th and 20th century monumental sculpture, his measured and unassuming delivery belied the complexity and depth of scholarship communicated through his lectures. His modesty only added to the delight with which staff and students alike were able to learn from his decades of accumulated knowledge.

He will be hugely missed.

Ben’s funeral will take place on Monday 14th November 2016 at 12 noon. The service will be held at The Church of the Holy Ghost and St Stephen
44 Ashchurch Grove, London, W12 9BU. All are welcome.

Viv Lawes

For more information on Ben Read please click here.

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The Art School is seeking applications for a sessional tutor to teach Woodcarving within its thriving Conservation Department. The BA (Hons) Conservation Studies course covers a wide range of 3-D objects in stone, wood and related materials, as well as decorative surfaces.

We are inviting applications from active professional woodcarvers with an extensive knowledge of the history of carving motifs and forms  to contribute to the delivery of one component of the Historical Crafts Module of the 1st year BA (Hons) Conservation Studies course.

Successful candidates will have specialist practical, professional and historical knowledge of woodcarving and some experience of teaching at further or higher education levels. They will be able to engage with students with limited or no experience in craft skills and from a wide range of backgrounds.

The post would be expected to involve approximately 16 days teaching per annum during term time.

The Art School has a particular focus on skills-based teaching and a commitment to cultivate knowledge and curiosity in both the historical and contemporary contexts of our subjects. We are seeking accomplished professional practitioners who can actively and positively engage in and contribute to the Art School’s community.

CONSERVATION SESSIONAL TUTORS

You will be an active professional practitioner with excellent skills in woodcarving.  Some experience of teaching at BA or other levels will be an advantage. The main purposes of the post are:

  • to act as a member of the teaching team, providing up-to-date knowledge, expertise and experience of professional practice in Woodcarving for historic contexts.
  • to work in collaboration with the Conservation team to support students working towards a range of progression outcomes.

To request the application form please contact jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

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The Art School is seeking applications for sessional tutor teaching stone conservation for its thriving Conservation Department. The Conservation Studies BA course covers a wide range of 3-D objects in stone, wood and related materials, as well as decorative surfaces.

We are inviting applications from active stone conservator to contribute to the delivery of the stone conservation component of the Conservation Theory and Practice I, II and III Modules of the BA in Conservation Studies course. Ideal candidates will have some experience of teaching and considerable specialist knowledge of stone conservation. They will also possess considerable flexibility and be able to engage with students from a range of backgrounds.

The post would be expected to involve approximately 30 days teaching during term time.

The Art School has a particular focus on skills-based teaching and a commitment to cultivate knowledge and curiosity in both the historical and contemporary contexts of our subjects. We are seeking conservators who can actively and positively engage in and contribute to the Art School’s community.

CONSERVATION SESSIONAL TUTORS

You will be an active practitioner with an excellent skills and knowledge in stone conservation.  Some experience of teaching at BA or other levels will be an advantage. The main purposes of the post are:

  • to act as a member of the teaching team, providing up-to-date knowledge, expertise and experience of professional practice in Stone Conservation.
  • to work in collaboration with the Conservation team to support students working towards a range of progression outcomes.

To apply and for more information please contact jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

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We are thrilled that William Barsley, one of our woodcarving students entering his second year at City & Guilds of London Art School, is collaborating with the Guild of Master Craftsmen Woodcarving Magazine on an ongoing series of articles.

Entitled ‘The Student Woodcarver’, the series chronicles William’s studies at the Art School as he turns his passion for carving into a full-time profession, following the various skills learned, challenges, and rewards along the way. Download the first article here: william-barsley-the-student-woodcarver-article-one-issue-152

William’s first article is in Issue 152, with more to follow. Further information about the publication can be found on the Guild of Master Carvers website.

Many congratulations to William; we look forward to following his journey!

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We are delighted to announce that the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape Maltings is currently staging an exhibition of carving and lettering by students and alumni of the Art School’s Historic Carving department. Entitled ‘Making It’, the exhibition demonstrates the range and quality of work produced at the Art School and is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the school further afield.

More information can be found at the Lettering Arts Trust website. The exhibition is on through 6 November 2016 and is open Friday through Monday, 11am to 5pm.

Tim Crawley and Sarah Harrison

Tim Crawley and Sarah Harrison

Exhibition installed in Lettering Arts Centre

Exhibition installed in Lettering Arts Centre

Ayako Furuno

Ayako Furuno

Felix Handley

Felix Handley

Lawrence Dennison

Lawrence Dennison

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MA Fine Art and Fellows’ Exhibition

Private View: Wednesday 14 September 6.00 – 21.00

Thursday 15th September 10.00 – 19.30

Friday 16 September to Sunday 18 September 10 – 17.00

TOURS ANNOUNCED!
As part of Open House Weekend, visitors to the Art School can enjoy student-led tours of the MA Show at 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm on Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September. Each tour will begin with a brief introduction to the Art School and will highlight three different artists in the exhibition; no booking necessary.

A digitally camouflaged 3m x 3m blow up castle with no entrance; a contemporary Celtic bronze cast helmet in a complexity of reconstituted G-plan furniture; unsettling figurative paintings based on social media interactions; huge, monstrously physical oil paintings on discarded cardboard;  physical and temporal manifestations of cultural theory as haphazard kinetic machines, poking and prodding at irregular intervals; sculptural objects painted as faux marble – or is that sliced salami…  In this year’s show the intimacy of hands-on production and the turbulent after effects of hubris and over sharing, among other signs of our time, are embraced with gusto and result in some astounding, profound and surprising artwork.

Exhibiting artists include:

MA Fine Art:
Ella Astor; Juliet Benini; Julia Court; Aikaterini Fani; Heather Graham; Harrison Pearce; Zoe Hoare; Benedict Hughes; Ana Kazaroff; Julia Kubik; Robyn Maree Litchfield; Sandra Micciche; Graham Murtough; Thomas Platt; Diane Rogan Sofer; Flora Scrymgeour; Kitty Stirling

Artist in Residence: Alex Frost
Printmaking Fellows: Blaze Cyan and Ed Adlington

Press release can be downloaded here
Further details can be found here

Visit the MA Fine Art groups website here www.cgma2016.com

Katarina Fani MA 2016 Dina Varpahovsky MA 2016

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CITY & GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL FOUNDATION DEPARTMENT
POSTS AVAILABLE:
Foundation Fine Art Sessional Tutor posts

The City & Guilds of London Art School is a ‘not for profit’ charitable institution, providing a valuable alternative to other models of Art education in the UK at Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Foundation levels.  The Art School has a mission to foster excellence in contemporary Fine Art, Historic Carving, Conservation and Design. It does this in part by providing students with a high level of contact time with artist tutors and professional experts.

The Art School is seeking applications for 2 Foundation Fine Art sessional tutors for its thriving Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The UAL Awarding Body Foundation course is a1 year intensive full time course housed in specially designed studios that offer each student their own dedicated workspace and access to a range of specialist facilities.   The Fine Art specialist area covers a wide range of contemporary approaches to art practice, with a very high proportion of our students going on to their first choice institution on successful completion of the course.

We are inviting applications from active professional artists to contribute to the delivery of the course. Ideal candidates will have some experience of teaching at Foundation level 3/4 and specialist knowledge of Fine Art, with a background in Painting and 2D Fine Art approaches. They will also possess considerable flexibility and be able to engage with students from a range of backgrounds, working across diverse media.

The 2 posts would be expected to involve approximately 20 days teaching during term time with scope for further development.

The Art School has a particular focus on skills-based teaching and a commitment to cultivate knowledge and curiosity in both the historical and contemporary contexts of our subjects. We are seeking artists who can actively and positively engage in and contribute to the Art School’s community.

FOUNDATION FINE ART SESSIONAL TUTORS

You will be an artist with some experience of teaching at Foundation or other levels. The main purposes of the post are:

  • to act as a key member of the teaching team, providing up-to-date knowledge, expertise and experience of professional practice in Fine Art.
  • to work in collaboration with the Foundation team to support students working towards a range of progression outcomes, both Fine Art and Design.

KEY DATES:

  • Deadline for applications Friday 19th August 2016, by midnight
  • Deadline for application pack requests Friday 19th August 2016, by 5pm
  • Interviews are planned for Friday 26th August 2016
  • Planned start date 12th September 2016.

Please indicate if you are available to attend on the interview date.
For further information and application requirements please contact jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk
Principal: Tamiko O’Brien

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Charity Registration no. 114 City & Guilds of London Art School Ltd; 78175194708
Registered Office: 124 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ

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  • Part-Time Art Histories Lecturer/Tutor for UALAB Foundation Diploma in Art and Design required for 2016/17, 1 day per week during the Autumn term (+ Aprox 8 days marking/administrative) for our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

The City & Guilds of London Art School is a not-for-profit specialist institution with a mission to foster excellence in Contemporary Fine Art, Historic Carving and the Conservation of Cultural Artefacts. It runs undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as a highly successful Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Working within the Art Histories Department you will plan and deliver a series of lectures and gallery visits on modern and contemporary Art and Design to students studying on our UALAB Foundation Diploma. You will be involved in all aspects of the teaching of the Art Histories programme for the course together with the assessment and feedback on this component.

As a qualified academic working in the field of Art and Design History or Visual Culture you will have experience of teaching at Level 3/4 or above and an excellent track record of inspiring students from different backgrounds with a range of abilities, organising varied learning activities and working effectively within a team. Your teaching experience will have enabled you to understand how different learning styles need to be provided for in the delivery of each session.

The Art School is committed to high levels of contact time with expert professionals and specialists. This means that in addition to your communication skills and ability to engage and motivate students, you will have proven excellent subject knowledge.

For more information and an application form please email jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk.

For more information about the Art Histories department please visit http://www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/art-histories/

For more information about the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design please visit http://www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/foundation/

Submission deadline: 10th August 2016 by midnight

Interviews are set to take place on 17th August 2016

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We are delighted to announce that 2016 Fine Art BA (Hons) graduate Amanda Moström has been awarded the first City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award, a year-long residency at Acme studios in Warton House, Stratford. The award will provide Amanda with a rent free studio space, professional mentoring, a £7000 award and an opportunity to exhibit her work as part of a group show. We are excited to see how Amanda’s work develops over the year and look forward to a studio visit in the Spring term…

This year we are also launching a new fellowship scheme in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers. The Decorative Surface Fellowship for 2016/17 has been awarded to Amelia Crowley Roth. Amelia completed her PG Diploma in Ornamental Woodcarving and Gilding in 2015 following her BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree with us in 2013. The Fellowship focuses on historic techniques such as gilding, fresco painting, trompe l’oeil and scagliola and provides specialist training in traditional processes, professional mentoring from the Painters-Stainers and a work base at the City & Guilds of London Art School. We look forward to working with Amelia throughout the year and to her contribution to our MA and Fellows exhibition in September 2017.

Links
City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award: http://www.acme.org.uk/residencies/cityguilds
Acme studios: http://www.acme.org.uk/residencies
Painter Stainers’ Company https://painter-stainers.org/
Amelia Crowley Roth: http://www.londonwoodcarving.com/

 

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This summer City & Guilds of London Art School is hosting a week-long Craft Workshop for the Creative Dimension Trust. This fully funded Craft Workshop for 14 to 18 year olds, focusing on specialist painting techniques, will be run by Sarah Hocombe, one of the UK’s only specialists in fresco painting. Sarah will work with assistance from Amelia Crowley Roth, alumni of the Art School and soon to be our inaugural Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers Decorative Surfaces Fellow for 2016/17.

This course is now full however if you are interested in hearing more about it please contact office@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

Links:
Creative Dimension : http://www.thecreativedimension.org
Sarah Hocombe: http://craftcentral.org.uk/sarah-hocombe
Amelia Crowley Roth: http://www.londonwoodcarving.com/looking-glass-2/

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The 2016 Degree Show is an opportunity to see some of the most talented contemporary Fine Artists, Conservators and Historic Carvers of today. Shown throughout City & Guilds of London Art School’s historic Georgian townhouses and Victorian studios, the exhibition showcases the work of this year’s 35 graduates. The work is united in its thoughtfulness and rigour, yet incredibly diverse in scope and scale. From a carved limestone lion to an interactive swingset installation, dreamscape paintings and gilded cloves of garlic, there is truly something to suit all tastes!

All are welcome to visit during our open week:

Private View: Wednesday 22 June, 6.00 – 9.00 pm

Open Hours:
Thursday 23 June, 10.00 am – 7.30 pm
Friday 24 June, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Saturday 25 June, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday 26 June, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

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We are a community of artists, crafts practitioners and designers, enriched by the cultural diversity, creativity, knowledge and skills of our academic and other staff and students.  Working with individuals from around the world, including from many EU nations, we value the exchange of ideas and the exploration of contemporary and historical approaches to creative practice from local, European and global perspectives.

Following the result of the UK Referendum of 23 June 2016 we can confirm that the status of our current and prospective students and staff who are EU citizens is unchanged. We will engage with our networks through our membership of Study UK and our partner institutions to ensure that we can continue to work with individuals from across Europe as well as further afield, supporting and championing their talent, insight, curiosity and commitment for our subjects.

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) released a statement from Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on 28 June, confirming that:

  • EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming academic year.

 

If you are an EU student planning to study with us and are concerned about your status please email admissions@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

 

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The Art School was very pleased to participate in Art16, the global art fair held from 19-22 May at Kensington Olympia.

The Art School booth was in the not-for-profit section of the fair, alongside esteemed organisations such as the Wallace Collection, Villa Lena, and Iraq’s Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture. Fine Art tutor selected three graduating BA students – Amanda Mostrom, Antonia Showering and Odilia Suanzes – to represent the Art School. Their pieces showed the diversity of work being produced at the Art School and attracted hundreds of curious visitors, many of whom were amazed and impressed upon learning that these students had yet to even graduate from their undergraduate courses!

Many thanks go to the organisers of Art16 for giving the Art School a platform on this international stage.

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On 6-7 May 2016, the Art School welcomed over 330 visitors for our first-ever Historic Carving Open House. The two-day event – part of the second annual London Craft Week – consisted of opportunities to visit woodcarving students in their studios; gilding demonstrations; an exhibition of student and alumni woodcarvings; the first alumni reunion for former Historic Carving students; and an opportunity to try your hand at stone carving.

One of the weekend’s highlights was a live competition among our current Historic Stone Carving students. Over the two days, students had 11 hours to carve pieces of their own design on the subject of ‘The Thames’. A hundred-strong crowd eagerly counted down the final minutes and then voted on the ‘crowd favourite’, which accompanied a peer prize and a grand prize supported by the Masons’ Company. The results were hugely varied and impressive, not only to the spectators but to the students themselves as to how much they could achieve in such a short amount of time!

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Come along to see the final work of our Foundation students this May. All are welcome!

PRIVATE VIEW
Wednesday 11 May, 6.00 – 9.00 pm

OPEN WEEK
Thursday 12 May, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Friday 13 May, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Saturday 14 May, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday 15 May, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

100 Kennington Park Road, Kennings Way Entrance, London SE11 4EF

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Join us for our first Historic Carving Open House

Part of the second annual London Craft Week

Friday 6 May, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
Saturday 7 May, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Featuring:
• A live stone carving competition in our stone yard on the subject of ‘The Thames’ (prizes awarded 4.30 pm Saturday)
• A chance to try your hand at stone carving (1.00 – 2.00 pm Friday & Saturday)
• An exhibition of master woodcarving
• Woodcarving demonstrations by current Art School students in their studios
• A display of gilding techniques, tools and materials
• Demonstrations of oil gilding (12.00 – 12.45 pm Friday & Saturday) and verre eglomise gilding (3.00 – 3.45 pm Friday & Saturday)
• A gathering for carving alumni and guests (3.00 – 5.00 pm Saturday)
• Refreshments available for sale in our beautiful garden

Free and open to all!

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