Collaboration with Southwark Cathedral featured on the BBC!

The Art School is thrilled to be featured on BBC London’s evening news today for our ongoing collaboration with Southwark Cathedral!

The clip can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 7 pm on Tuesday 15 August (view at minute 17:00).

The project is a two-month commission by Southwark Cathedral through which students, staff and alumni from our Historic Carving Stone Carving course are carving 44 stiff leaf bosses. These sandstone pieces will replace those from 1820, which have eroded and suffered damage over the past two centuries and would have been carved with much the same techniques and tools that our carvers use today. The work is part of a £500,000 restoration project being undertaken by Southwark Cathedral, and we are delighted to be collaborating with such an important South London landmark.

The carvers will be in the cathedral churchyard every weekday until mid-September, so drop by and pay them a visit!

Presenter Tarah Welsh recording her piece for the BBC London News

Tarah speaking to Stone Carving Tutor Paul Jakeman

Tarah speaking with student Sue Aperghis about her experience

A handful of the bosses in various stages of progress. Though the Victorian bosses are being used as a model, each piece is unique.

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City & Guilds of London Art School is seeking applications for a sessional tutor teaching remedial stone conservation in 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 experienced stone conservators to contribute to the delivery of the stone conservation component of the Conservation Theory and Practice at Level 4-6 of the BA (Hons) in Conservation Studies course. Candidates will have some experience of teaching and considerable specialist knowledge of stone conservation. They will also be able to engage with students from a range of backgrounds.

The post is expected to involve approximately 30 days teaching during term time (October to July).

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.



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 deliver the stone conservation modules to students across levels 4-6.
  • 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 participate in assessment and attend meetings and working groups within the Art School.

Please download below the Job Description, Person Specification and application form for the position via the links below.

Application Deadline: Sunday 3rd September 2017 at midnight

Should you have queries please contact


PERSON SPECIFICATION_Stone Conservation Tutor 2017


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The annual Degree Show Ceremony and Prize Giving is a highlight of the year, celebrating the accomplishments of our talented BA (Hons) and Diploma students.

This year’s event featured remarks by Gabriel Gbadamosi, a writer and poet who was previously our Royal Literary Fund Fellow, as well as from final-year students Oli Epp, Jeanette Gunnarsson and Will Ellyard. Below are a few images, followed by the full list of prize winners. Congratulations to all, and very many thanks to all the donors who support our students in this way.

Gabriel Gbadamosi

Oli Epp and Jeanette Gunnarsson

Will Ellyard

2017 Prizes and Awards

The Idun Ravndal Travel Award: Silje Jorgensen & Nell Nicholas
The Skinners’ Company Philip Connard Travel Prize: Polly Bennett
The David Ballardie Memorial Travel Award: William Hopkins
The Brinsley Ford Travel Award: George Edwards

The Artichoke Printmaking Prize: Natalia Gonzalez Martin, Hannah Hill & Liz Middleton
The Slaughterhaus Printmaking Prize: Natalia Gonzalez Martin
The Printmaking Prize for Technical Excellence: Clementine Hanbury
The Skinners’ Company Stephen Gooden Prize for Engraving: Polly Bennett & Giulia Lodigiani

The Surveyors’ Club Drawing Prize: Sarah Davis
The Taylor Pearce Drawing Prize: Wilfe Gorlin

The Art School Prize for the Best Contributor to the Art Histories Programme: Natalia Gonzalez Martin
The Brian Till Art History Prize for Humanities Thesis: Sam Elgar

The Art School Prize for Gilding & Decorative Surfaces for a Conservation Student: Harriet Lewars
The Michael Legg Prize: Tina Kenward
The Art School Prize for Best Conservation Research: India Carpenter
The Art School Prize for best Practical Conservation Project: Maria Ines Bravo
The Venice in Peril Residency: Jasmin Mackenzie & Anais Vlahakis

The Artists Collecting Society Undergraduate Prize: Andrew Loggie
The Art School Andrew Vass Prize for Experimental Drawing: Lucas Dupuy
The Fishmongers’ Company Beckwith Scholarship for Sculpture: Polly Bennett
The Art School Sculpture Prize: Jordan Heighes
The Merlin Entertainments’ Group Madame Tussauds’ Project Fund Award for a Continuing Student: Maria Positano
The Merlin Entertainments’ Group Madame Tussauds’ Merit Award for a Graduating Student: Kirsty Armstrong
The Chadwyck-Healey Prize for Painting: Jeanette Gunnarsson
The Painter-Stainers Scholarship Prize: Coco Morris
The Acme City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award: Lucas Dupuy

The Neil Shannon Memorial Award for Stonecarving: Thomas Clarke-Collins
The Masons’ Company – Outstanding Work by a Graduating Student: Liz Middleton
The Masons’ Company – Studentship and Commitment for a Continuing Student: Richard Barnes
Master Carvers Prize for a Final Year Student: Sam Elgar
The Art School Lettering Prize: Sam Elgar
The William Wheeler Woodcarving Prize for Outstanding Work: Kristy Flood

The Fishmongers’ Company Menu Cover Design Prize: Justine Formentelli
The Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table Award: Richard Barnes, Sarah Davis & Melaney Gibson-Davies
The InterEsse Prize: Hannah Hill, Liz Middleton & Lucas Dupuy
The Art School Board of Trustees Prize for an Outstanding Piece of Work in the Graduate Show: Oliver Epp

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From 27 June to 2 July, our 29 students completing the BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Conservation and Diplomas in Historic Carving showcased their work in the Art School’s historic Kennington buildings. It was a wonderful week of celebrations and recognition of their achievements, as the selection of photos below shows.

After three years at the Art School, these students will be tremendously missed, but we look forward to seeing what wonderful things these most recent alumni go on to achieve. Huge congratulations to all of them!

Work by Jeanette Gunnarrson

Work by Luc Nonga

Work by Jordan Heighes

Work by Giulia Lodigiani and Natalia Gonzalez Martin

Work by Lucas Dupuy

Work by Amelia Kate Sampson

Work by Seth Stewart-Brown and Kirsty Armstrong

Work by Oli Epp

Work by Kirsty Armstrong

Work by Hannah Hill

Work by Will Ellyard

Work by Laura Anderson

Work by Kristy Flood

Work by Liz Middleton

Work by Sam Elgar

Work by Akira Inman

Various works by Historic Carving students

Work by Liz Middleton

Conservation work by Jasmin Mackenzie

Conservation work by Anais Vlahaki

Conservation work by graduating students

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We are thrilled to announce that Senior Stone Carving Tutor Nina Bilbey is the 2017 recipient of the Prince Philip Medal, awarded by the City & Guilds of London Institute.

First presented in 1962, the medal is awarded to one annual recipient who has displayed outstanding individual achievement in science, technology and industrial development, or who has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in workplace skills.

Nina was selected for her tremendous leadership as both a stone carver and teacher, and the award was presented by HRH Princess Anne at St James’s Palace on 8 June 2017. As stated in the ceremony proceedings: ‘As well as truly walking the City & Guilds path in her own right, Nina is continually helping many others to do the same. As a guardian of our historic buildings her work will stand tall for centuries to come and generations of craftspeople will follow in her footsteps guided by her inspiration and teaching.’ Indeed, this legacy was apparent elsewhere in the ceremony, as one of her former students Felix Handley (Diploma Stone Carving 2016) was awarded the prize from the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.

Nina has been an integral and inspirational part of the Art School community for many years and we wish her many congratulations on this worthy achievement.

A wonderful article about Nina in Stone Specialist magazine can be found here.

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The Art School is seeking a part-time Technician for its thriving Historic Carving Department. Working 3 days per week during term time, you will assist the Head Tutors for Stone and Wood carving in the day-to-day running of the workshops , studios and facilities. As, ideally, a qualified carver or a practitioner with relevant experience of working in a studio environment you will provide technical support for the Diploma and Post-Graduate courses. Responsibilities will include mentoring students in the use of tools and materials; providing support for teaching and project activity; and studio organisation and maintenance. You will also work with the Art School’s Site Manager to ensure that Health & Safety regulations and practices within the Carving 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 Carving facilities students are also supported by the wider technical team with workshops for wood, metalwork, casting, glass and print among other resources. You will therefore be a valued member of both the Historic Carving Department and the Art School’s wider technical team.

For more information about the post and to download an application form please see the website links below. For more information about the Historic Carving department please visit

Application Submission Deadline: Midnight of Friday 23 June 2017

Please download below the Job Description, Person Specification and application form for the Historic Carving technician position via the links below.

Should you have queries please contact

Job Description
City Guilds Art School Job Application Form
Person Specification

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City and Guilds of London Art School is seeking to appoint a lecturer to join its Art Histories Department. We are seeking a motivated and experienced colleague committed to the delivery of high quality teaching within the area of modern and contemporary fine art history and visual culture. Effective communication skills are essential as is an understanding of art history from the perspective of the artist. The successful candidate will be flexible in their approach and able to deliver the school’s curriculum to students across levels 4-7. The colleague will also be required to participate in assessment, carry out minor administrative tasks, and attend meetings and working groups within the School.

Please download below the Job Description, Person Specification and application form for the Art Histories Sessional Tutor position via the links below.

Application Deadline: Sunday 18th June 2017 at midnight

Should you have queries please contact

Person Specification
Job Description
City Guilds Art School Job Application Form


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Mould 19th C from a private collection

The mould has to be cleaned with brushes only but Lucinda might use Benzyl alcohol next week.

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Gerry Alabone and Meredith Thomas

Mel Gibson

Loli McIlvenny

Sayuri Morio

Jeanne Callanan

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Wooden Polychromed Christ from a private collection


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We are delighted to announce that two of our 2016 graduates, Amanda Mostrom (BA Hons Fine Art) and Tom Platt (MA Fine Art), have been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017. They are among 47 artists from around the country selected by judges George Shaw, Caroline Achaintre and Elizabeth Price. Running since 1949, this is one of the most prestigious and competitive awards for emerging artists in the UK and we are thrilled that they have been selected. The show will open in Newcastle later in the year before touring to London.

Huge congratulations to both Tom and Amanda!

Superman, 2016 Oil on canvas 150 x 90 cm

Welcome to the Common Ground, 2016 Bronze, sheepskin, steel, wood and synthetic hemp rope Dimensions variable

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Neolithic or Medieval red sandstones heads from a private collection

Testing consolidation treatment and designing a stand to be on display



British Neo Classic Frame end 18th/beginning 19th C. of a portrait of Mrs Sowdley Eyton from a private collection

This week Hannah was finding match for ochre on frame, sanding the fills and test new gold to gild missing parts by toning.

She had successfully clean the old building with Tri-ammonium nitrite.

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Musket 1 Siege of Dehli (India) from a private collection

Finishing coating the steel with Paraloid B8n and fixed some badly degraded metal using Japanese tissue and zinc to support the damage


Plaster Cast Angel playing flute(repro 187-25) from Victoria & Albert Museum

This week Jasmin had been replacing the lost piece of drapery and finger with a reversible plaster fill recessed.

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Bust of Ballerina Alicia Markova from Laine Theatre Arts

Paint consolidate acrylic emulsion brushed on entire bust to consolidate the paint and to work as a protective coating


Footstole from Knole House

The top cover that was partially lifted is now nailed back with its original tacks that were cleaned and coated earlier in the week.

Inpainting the distracting areas of loss to the paint scheme.


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Sunderland Frame from Valence House Museum in Dagenham

Applying gesso in preparation of to the integration of the replacements to the original decorative scheme

Frame consolidation of frame fraction with fish glue


Angel of Marie Corelli’s grave from Stratford-upon-Avon

Cleaning the statue in preparation of fills with Lime Mortar toned with pigments to match the colour of the stone

Replace missing fingers with Carrara marble integrating the colour to match the weathered of marble with stain.

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The Art School’s new annual programme, Material Matters, sets out to explore a specific material that crosses the school through a range of approaches.

For the inaugural year, we have chosen to focus on wood. To start our thinking we invited three of the Art School’s expert practitioners – Gerry Alabone, David MacDiarmid and Dick Onians – to engage in a conversation facilitated by Principal Tamiko O’Brien.

An edited transcript of their discussion can be viewed here. If you would like a hard copy, please contact

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Friday 5 May, 10.00 – 7.00
Saturday 6 May, 10.00 – 5.00


The Art School is delighted to be participating in London Craft Week for a second year.

On 5-6 May, we will open our doors for our second Historic Carving Open House, free and open to the public. All are welcome! Events feature:
– Gilding demonstrations
– Open woodworking studios
– A chance to try your hand at stone carving
– Special demonstrations by visiting specialists from the Tokyo University of the Arts Historic Sculpture Conservation Lab
– A reunion for Historic Carving Alumni on Saturday from 2.30 to 5.00 pm (RSVP to

A centrepiece of the weekend will be a live carving competition, in which students have 11 hours to carve an original work on the subject ‘Overground/Underground: London Stations Past and Present’.

Please click here for a programme with detailed timings.

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In their first visit to the UK, master woodcarvers and conservators Professor Yabuuchi Satoshi, Dr Kojima Hisanori and Lee Pin-Yi, will be collaborating with the Art School’s own expert carvers and conservators on a number of events. The trio are specialists in the research, analysis, conservation and historic reconstruction of Buddhist carvings from the Nara to Edo periods and are based at Tokyo University of the Arts’  Sculpture Research Lab.  They work with Japan’s most important museums and Buddhist temples on conservation projects and new commissions. For this visit they will be bringing their tools and examples of their work, including Dr Kojima’s carving of the Miroku Bosatsu (see below).

Events during their visit include:

Saturday 6 May, 11.00-15.30
London Craft Week presentation and demonstration at City & Guilds of London Art School. Alongside the various events run by our own Historic Carving department, the TUA experts will be giving demonstrations and presenting some of their exquisite work.
Free public event open to all; more details can be found here.

Monday 8 May, 13.30-4.30
Symposium at the Victoria & Albert Museum
with presentations considering the different philosophical, ethical and technical approaches to conservation in Japan and the UK through the exploration of specific case studies.
This is a free event with limited places that will be of interest to anyone working with or studying the conservation of cultural objects. To book a place please click here.  Places are now full for this event. If you are keen to attend please contact for a place on our waiting list. If places become available we will contact you directly.

Wednesday 10 May, 15.00-18.00
Round Table discussion on the Status of Craft in Japan and the UK at City & Guilds of London Art School .
This is a free event with limited places available. Please contact us directly if you would like to attend:

Please note that all events will be recorded.

Supported by the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation.

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We’ve been doing a bit of spring cleaning here at the Art School and have spruced up our social media!

You can now follow, like and connect with us across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using our brand-new handle and hashtag on all platforms:

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