IT & Digital Media Technician Position Available!
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IT and Digital Media Technician (0.8 FTE)

City & Guilds of London Art School is a small scale, ‘not for profit’, higher education institution with a long and distinguished record of fostering excellence in its specialist subjects. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in contemporary Fine Art, Historic Carving and Conservation of cultural objects, alongside a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. See www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

The Art School is seeking to appoint an IT and Digital Media Technician to join our creative and dedicated team. You will have responsibility for providing technical support across the Art School and for managing the day-to-day maintenance of our IT systems and website. The post requires a dynamic individual with proven skills and experience, able to provide support to staff and students, working as an important member of the team and working under their own initiative. Applicants must be self-motivated with good communication skills and an interest in creative practice; able to work with people of widely differing experience and requirements in an approachable, helpful and positive manner.

Due to our scale with ca 240 students, ca 80 academic staff and a technical team of ca 11, you will find that your contribution will be valued and you will be able to see the direct impact of your work.

This is a part-time post, averaging 4 days per week.

To receive further details about how to apply, please contact jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

Application submission deadline: Friday 27 October 5pm.

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At a private ceremony on 2 October, Art School alumnus Neave Brown was awarded the 2018 Royal Gold Medal, the UK’s highest honour for architecture. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence ‘either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture’.

Neave Brown, the revered Modernist architect, is perhaps best known for his visionary 1970s Alexandra Road estate near Swiss Cottage built by Camden Council. With its striking stepped concrete terraces and spacious flats, not only does it provide 500 homes but in Neave’s own words, it’s “a piece of city”, containing shops, workshops, a community centre, special needs school, children’s centre, a care home for young people with learning difficulties and a 16,000sq m public park.

Brown believes every home should have its own front door opening directly on to a network of routes and streets that make up a city, as well as its own private external space, open to the sky in the form of a roof garden or terrace. Each of these qualities was incorporated by Brown at Alexandra Road.

Widely regarded as his masterpiece, Alexandra Road was the culmination of lessons learnt from Brown’s other projects including:

22-32 Winscombe Street in Dartmouth Park, north London (1965), a row of 5 terraced homes, designed as a private co-housing project for Brown and his friends. Winscombe Street was financially backed by the London Borough of Camden, as a prototype for the much larger public housing schemes Brown went on to design when he joined Camden Council’s architects department.

These hugely influential ‘upside-down’ houses placed the living space upstairs to maximise light, with self-contained, flexible rooms on the ground floor with direct access to private gardens. Brown lived in Winscombe Street for 40 years before moving to Fleet Road, another of his schemes.

Dunboyne Road estate (Fleet Road), near Gospel Oak, north London (1975), consists of 71 maisonettes and flats, a shop and studio built for the London Borough of Camden.

Fleet Road was the UK’s first high density low-rise scheme; here Brown reinvented the traditional Victorian London terrace as two and three-storey blocks that run in parallel rows with a central pedestrian walkway. Care was taken to preserve its scale and intimacy, and to create light-filled homes, each with their own private terrace and a shared garden.

Reacting to the news that he will receive the Royal Gold Medal in recognition for his lifetime’s work, Neave Brown said:

“All my work! I got it just by flying blind, I seem to have been flying all my life.

“The Royal Gold Medal is entirely unexpected and overwhelming. It’s a recognition of the significance of my architecture, its quality and its current urgent social relevance. Marvellous!”

RIBA President and Chair of the Selection Committee Ben Derbyshire said:

“I’m delighted to announce Neave Brown will receive the 2018 Royal Gold Medal. Neave’s contribution to the development of modern British housing is profound, inspiring to architects, local authorities and those who have benefitted from living in one of his outstanding projects.

“His pioneering ideas firmly placed the community at the heart of each of his developments, giving residents shared gardens, their own front door, innovative flexible living spaces and private outside space for every home.

“At his Alexandra Road and Fleet Road estates, he showed how to achieve successful high density housing without high rise. The tallest part of the Alexandra Road is just 8 floors, dropping to 4 at its lowest point – yet 520 spacious and sought after homes were provided on this exemplar scheme.

“The UK must now look back at Neave Brown’s housing ideals and his innovative architecture as we strive to solve the great housing crisis. The Government must empower and then encourage every single Council across the country to build a new generation of well-designed, affordable and sustainable homes that meet the needs of the millions of people currently failed by the housing market. We need to build 300,000 new homes per year for the foreseeable future to tackle this crisis: a radical programme of mass council homes, inspired by Neave Brown’s work, must be part of the solution.”

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Closing date:  8th October, 23.59 GMT 2017

Interviews: 11th October 2017
Start Date: Mid-late October 2017

City & Guilds of London Art School is seeking applications for a 1 to 2 year Artist Woodwork Fellowship. The successful applicant will have a recent undergraduate/postgraduate qualification in Fine Art/ Sculpture, and demonstrate a commitment to 3D contemporary art practice that utilises wood or woodworking-based practices. The Wood Workshop is a dynamic learning space where students from across the Art School’s courses, are introduced to and taught the processes involved in making and constructing with wood. The post offers a unique opportunity for an artist to develop their own practice in the context of the Art School’s Wood Workshop, working alongside artist and Technician David MacDiarmid.

 

The Fellowship recipient’s responsibilities will include:

  • Being available in the Wood Workshop on average 1 day per week during term time
  • Participating in the support and supervision of students under the direction of the Workshop technician
  • Working within the Health and Safety protocols and guidelines of the Art School in general and the Wood Workshop in particular.

 

In return the successful applicant will receive:

  • Access to the Wood Workshop throughout the week to pursue their own practice
  • Training and experience in advanced technical aspects of woodwork, benefiting the applicant’s artistic practice and technical abilities
  • Experience of student supervision within a small scale supportive Art School environment
  • Knowledge and experience of safe working practices
  • An exhibition space and promotion as part of the MA and Artists’ in Residence Fine Art Show at the Art School in September 2019

Application form can be downloaded here

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We were delighted to award two new prestigious prizes to two of our most recent MA Fine Art graduates at our recent ceremony.

Flora Yukhnovich was named the first recipient of the Artists’ Collecting Society / City & Guilds of London Art School Studio Award. The prize consists of £7,000 towards establishing a studio in the year following graduation, as well as membership to ACS and a one-year subscription to Bridgeman Studio.

The award was presented by Viscountess Bridgeman CBE, Founder and Managing Director of ACS, who said of Flora: ‘I love the reference to the rococo period, her masterful use of wonderful roseate colours and her experimentation with the triptych design, her ambitious counterbalance between light and shade and the detail in her work.’

Viscountess Bridgeman CBE and Flora Yukhnovich

At the same ceremony, Gwenyth Fugard was named the first recipient of the Tony Carter Award. Created in 2017 in memory of Tony Carter (1943-2016), the Art School’s Principal from 2000 to 2014 and an admired artist, teacher and thinker, the award recognises Tony’s belief that tactile visual knowledge operates at the heart of all creative practices. Gwenyth was selected by Tony’s wife, artist Wendy Smith, for her work that demonstrated excellence in the use of materials and processes, a principle that remains central to the Art School’s ethos.

Gwyneth Fugard

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On 13 September 2017, at the Prize Giving Ceremony for the MA Fine Art students, Professor Roger Kneebone was named the Art School’s first Honorary Fellow. Following an introduction by Tom Groves, Head of Art Histories – in which he described watching Roger’s ‘performance’ of performing surgery as a quasi-artistic act – Professor Kneebone spoke passionately to gathered graduands and guests about his belief in the importance of cross-disciplinary dialogue in fostering new and innovative ways of thinking and approaches to disciplines, in the arts, science and beyond.

Professor Kneebone is a clinician and educationalist who leads a multidisciplinary research group at Imperial College London, where he is Professor of Surgical Education.

His innovative work on contextualised simulation builds on his personal experience as a surgeon and a general practitioner, and his interest in domains of expertise beyond medicine. Roger has built an unorthodox and creative team of clinicians, computer scientists, design engineers, social scientists, artists, performers and prosthetic experts.

Roger has an international profile as an academic and innovator and from 2013 to 2016 was the Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. He publishes widely and speaks frequently at national and international conferences. He is especially interested in collaborative research at the intersections between traditional disciplinary boundaries and brings his considerable knowledge and insight to thinking on art and the nature of craft.

We are delighted that Roger accepted our invitation to be the Art School’s first Honorary Fellow and look forward to working with him on future projects, and to welcoming him to the Art School as a highly valued member of our extended community of artists, craft specialists and thinkers.

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Join us for the 2017 MA Fine Art Show, which will also feature work by Artists in Residence Jonny Green and Jessie Makinson, as well as our Fellows in Printmaking, Woodworking and Decorative Surfaces.

PRIVATE VIEW
Wednesday 13 September, 6-9pm

OPEN WEEK
Thursday 14 September, 10am-7.30pm
Friday 15 September, 10am-5pm
Saturday 16 September, 10am-5pm
Sunday 17 September 10am-5pm

On Saturday and Sunday we will be participating in Open House London, with tours each day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

For more information, please download the Press Release here:
FINAL-Press-Release-Proof-PDF_.pdf

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The visit in May 2017 of Tokyo University of the Arts’ Sculpture Conservation and Restoration Lab, led by acclaimed Tokyo based master carver Professor Yabuuchi Satoshi, was a great success. It is very warmly remembered by students and staff at the Art School as well as visitors to the various events that took place during their stay. The report on the activities, funded by grants from the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation, can be read here

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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.

 

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 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 26th November 2017 at midnight

Should you have queries please contact jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk.

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR SESSIONAL TUTOR STONE CONSERVATION 2017

PERSON SPECIFICATION_Stone Conservation Tutor 2017

City Guilds Art School JOB APPLICATION FORM

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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

TRAVEL PRIZES
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

PRINTMAKING PRIZES
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

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

ART HISTORIES PRIZES
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

CONSERVATION PRIZES
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

FINE ART PRIZES
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

HISTORIC CARVING PRIZES
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

ART SCHOOL-WIDE PRIZES
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 www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/diploma-in-architectural-stone-carving-2 http://www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/post-graduate-diploma-stone/

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 jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

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 jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk.

Person Specification
Job Description
City Guilds Art School Job Application Form

 

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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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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 j.catalano@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk.

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HISTORIC CARVING OPEN HOUSE
CITY & GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL
Friday 5 May, 10.00 – 7.00
Saturday 6 May, 10.00 – 5.00

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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 rsvp@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk)

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 office@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk 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: office@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

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:
#CGLArtSchool
@CGLArtSchool

Connect with us to hear about the latest happenings from Art School staff, students and alumni, find out dates of upcoming events and exhibitions, and much more!

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City & Guilds of London Art School is delighted to announce that 21 recent graduates have been selected by Collyer Bristow Gallery’s independent curator, Rosalind Davis, a graduate of the RCA, and the firm’s Gallery Committee for inclusion in this year’s 2017 Graduate Art Exhibition and Award, selected from artists graduating with a BA or MA in Fine Art over the past three years. The included graduate artists are Jonathan Armour, Diane Chappalley, Lorraine Fossi, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Caroline Jane Harris, Oliver Hickmet, Amanda Houchen, Benedict Hughes, Kate Lennard, Emmanuelle Loiselle, Alice McVicker, Amanda Mostrom, Graham Murtough, Louise Pallister, Diane Rogan, Celia Scott, Flora Scrymgeour, Antonia Showering, Odilia Suanzes, Dina Varpahovsky and Fouzia Zafar.

The winner and commendataions of this prestigious award were announced by guest judge Iwona Blazwick, Director of London’s Whitchapel Gallery, at the Private View on 21 February. The first prize and winner of £2,000 was Emmaneulle Loiselle, with all three commendations also going to City & Guilds of London Art School alumni: Katie Lennard, Graham Murtough and Lorraine Grassi. Blazwick commended all participants, noting that without the next generation of talented artists such as this, “Whitechapel Gallery would not exist”.

Rosalind Davis comments: “It has been a fascinating process to select works from a wide range of new graduate artists and see the themes and concerns that resonate, overlap or are diverse in this illuminating snapshot.

Collective themes that have emerged are the confrontation and rejection of throwaway consumerism, mass consumption and urban development including the brutalism of Motherhood, environmental and wildlife degradation, as well as the acceleration and pressures of 21st Century value systems in modern day life.

As a result, the selected works show a sensitive materiality; a desire for the experiential process of making and of artistic and cultural heritage. There is a refreshing interest in image making and the resilience of painting, drawing and sculpture. The works we have selected show a great level of craft, ideas, integrity and potential.”

More about the exhibition can be found here.

Huge congratulations to all the artists involved!

Collyer Bristow Loiselle

Emmanuelle Loiselle

Collyer Bristow Lennard

Kate Lennard

Collyer Bristow Murtough

Graham Murtough

Collyer Bristow Hayes Greenwood

Jane Hayes Greenwood

Collyer Bristow Hickmet

Oliver Hickmet

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The Art School is pleased to welcome our 2017 Artists in Residence, who work in studios on our Kennington site and exhibit alongside our MA Fine Art Graduates in their September show.

Jonny Green is a London-based artists with a career spanning nearly three decades. His work has been recently shown at the Saatchi Gallery, Blain|Southern, and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, among other venues. Green makes paintings of sculptures: Mad-men rendered crudely in plasticine and electrical tape or abject-looking re-animated brains adorned with filthy paper flowers and grubby clockwork parts. Each depicted object/character seems to be demanding recognition and validation from the viewer in spite of their manifest flaws, they seem to be trying to adorn themselves in an attempt to make their appearance more palatable. In contrast to the gleeful, almost slapdash making of the sculptures, their subsequent rendering in paint is meticulous. Green explains this approach as ‘an attempt to dignify and document or give testament to something that seemingly lacks dignity or a voice’. The resulting paintings are both still-life and portrait, animate and inanimate.

Jessie Makinson has participated in numerous solo and group shows around the UK. Her practice focuses on multi-figure paintings of women as a reference to the representation of women in art history and celebrity pop culture. The paintings are dense with recollections and impressions, questioning with humorous and often capricious proposals. The figures are difficult to separate from their place and relation to the rooms and spaces they inhabit. The eye is drawn first to their rich intricacies, before the planes surrounding them tilt and pull away. Scale affects pace, and the act of looking transitions between recognition and interpretation as it scans both the scene and its painterly textures.


Jonny Green, Live at the Witch Trials, oil on canvas on board


Jessie Makinson, Little hole, oil on canvas

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This February, our students, staff and alumni are playing a prominent role in the Georgian Group’s current 80th Anniversary exhibition.

Entitled ‘Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship’, the exhibition celebrates traditional Georgian crafts and their place in the 21st century in the Georgian Group’s beautiful Fitzroy Square townhouse.

As well as having pieces included in the exhibition, City & Guilds of London Art School is proud to be a part of this showcase in the following ways:

– ​Saturday 11 February, 12 – 3 pm: Demonstrations by recent graduates Clunie Fretton and Felix Handley (open to all)
– Saturday 18 February, 12 – 3 pm: Demonstrations by current stone and woodcarving students (open to all)
– Thursday 23 February, 7 pm: ‘All Set in Stone’: A lecture by Head of Historic Carving Tim Crawley (booking required through the Georgian Group)

More details can be found in the brochure below and on the Georgian Group’s website.

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City & Guilds of London Art School is a small-scale ‘not for profit’ Higher Education institution based in Kennington. Founded in 1879, the Art School fosters excellence in its specialist subjects with courses at postgraduate and undergraduate levels in contemporary Fine Art, Historic Carving and Conservation of cultural objects, alongside a thriving Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. The 230 students who study with us benefit from generous studio, workshop and other learning facilities as well as high levels of contact time with tutors and technicians, all of whom are active professionals in their field.

The Art School is seeking to appoint a new Site Manager to work at our two sites on Kennington Park Road, and the neighbouring Old Vauxhall Telephone Exchange building. The role is varied and encompasses Health & Safety, security and buildings’ management and ensuring that the site management aspects of public facing events are carefully planned and supported. In recent years, the Art School has embarked on a schedule of building works and enhancements, with two phases of our Masterplan now successfully concluded. Phase 3, the renovation and partial re-development of our Victorian studio buildings, is at an early planning stage and the post holder will be fully involved in this and subsequent developments.

This is a 0.8 FTE post, working an average of four days per week. The post holder will work closely with senior management and faculty, and direct a small team of site and workshop technicians.  This is an exciting time to join the Art School, and requires a practical, well organised, self-motivated, adaptable and resilient individual with a ‘can-do’ attitude as well as technical and inter-personal skills. Candidates will have at least three years’ varied and hands-on experience of all aspects of site maintenance and health & safety management, potentially in the art & design / higher education sectors. They will also, ideally, have been involved in the planning and delivery of events and building projects.

If you are interested in making a vital contribution to the smooth running of the Art School as an exemplary creative learning and working environment please contact jobs@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk to receive an application pack.

For further information about the Art School visit www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk

Application submission deadline: 5pm on Thursday 9 February 2017

 

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Second-year Woodcarving student Will Barsley continues to discuss his studies in the third article of his series ‘The Student Woodcarver’, this time speaking of his love of the Gothic era and providing tips for concentrating while carving. These articles provide a wonderful insight into life at the Art School as well as illuminating the challenges and rewards of woodcarving.

Have a read here: The Student Woodcarver Article 3.

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Here at the Art School, as we look forward to much activity in 2017, we would like to use this opportunity to congratulate our talented alumni on their impressive accomplishments. Here is a snapshot of our graduates’ 2016 successes; we greatly look forward to seeing what they achieve in the year to come!

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JANUARY: Jelena Bulajic features in Champagne Life at the Saatchi Gallery, which highlights the work of fourteen female artists

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FEBRUARY: Takayuki Hara has a solo exhibition at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Poland

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MARCH: Rene Gonzalez wins the Clyde & Co Blank Canvas Commission, while the exhibition features seven more fine art & carving grads

April

APRIL: Oliver Clegg’s particular brand of melancholic humour is profiled in At Large Magazine

May

MAY: The tenth edition of the XL Catlin Art Prize features Jane Hayes Greenwood among its finalists

June

JUNE: William Bock, Sophie Mason and Mark Morgan Dunstan speak at the opening of the new Tate Modern

July

JULY: The student-carved Beakhead Arch at ‘On Form’ at Asthall Manor, alongside the work of alumni Steven Atkinson and Joshua Locksmith

August

AUGUST: An exhibition of Art School alumni carving and lettering opens at the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape Maltings

September

SEPTEMBER: Rachel Gadsden creates the painted glass house and animation for the Rio Paralympics Torch Lighting Ceremony

October

OCTOBER: The most recent selected Conservation alumni embark on the Venice in Peril internship, a long-established partnership with the Art School, working on San Giorgio Maggiore

November

NOVEMBER: The first Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair includes prints by 24 Art School alumni, staff and students

December

Pipeline Projects, a new arts space run by Lorraine Fossi, Flynn Murray and James Tabbush, opens its doors in Putney.

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We are pleased to reproduce the obituary to Tony Carter in December’s issue of Art Monthly written by Alister Warman, trustee of the Art School.

TONY CARTER 1943-2016

After visiting the Imperial War Museum to see the exhibition ‘Tony Carter – Sculptures and Reliefs 1984-91’, Richard Hamilton expressed pride in the achievement of his former student, remarking on how the show had lingered in his mind. ‘His work’, Hamilton concluded, ‘is very cerebral.’ Few would dispute this summary of how Tony Carter went about things. Whether making art or talking about art – his own or other people’s – his approach was typically measured, deeply thoughtful and prolonged. His deliberations could be very extensive indeed; what one critic described as ‘the ultra­painstaking nature of his procedures’ could result in a work requiring three years to reach completion. One such example is his double image of a Zen archer. Its title reads: Arc – the mould and cast of a warp implied by the strain of a bow, 1973-75. As this title might suggest, Carter’s work, for all that it engaged with methods and means bordering on the pharmaceutical or surgical, was driven by an impulse which was essentially poetic. On the one hand he was concerned with ensuring every component was exquisitely fashioned or engineered, while on the other he was ‘loading the object with as much subjective energy as possible’.

In introducing what, sadly, proved to be his final exhibition, programmed in 2015 at The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk, Carter wrote: ‘Objects fascinate me, not because they stimulate the urge to possess but because of their capacity to reflect aspects of our sensory and psychological condition. My work typically incorporates “found objects” and aims to represent the ways they exist within an extended context of associations. Some of these are obvious and others less direct but all are projections of the human mind and psyche. In this respect they dispel the idea of “innocence”, be it that of the “observer” or the “observed”.’

Born and raised in Barnsley, and in his youth an accomplished pianist, Carter moved further north to begin his life as an artist: from 1962 to 1966 he was a student in fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. This was the period when Hamilton was helping make Newcastle one of the most exciting places to study art. Engrossed in his reconstruction of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass, Hamilton used it as a vehicle for his teaching, in effect generously privileging students with insights into the sensibilities and minds of two pivotal artists. For Carter the experience was revelatory, proving a lasting influence in the development of his thinking. Among the students who shared this experience and who became lifelong friends were Stephen Buckley and Tim Head.

Establishing himself in London (his small flat in Finsbury Park is remembered by Head as being a sort of ‘temple’) he found exposure for his work through exhibitions such as Young Contemporaries and the Serpentine Summer Show 3, but it was Anthony Stokes – first at Garage, and then at his eponymous gallery in Langley Court in Covent Garden – who brought Carter to wider notice. Although production was necessarily slow, given the exacting circumstances of its making, Carter’s sculpture and drawings featured in several group shows of the 1970s, the British Art Show among them, and in 1983 the Serpentine Gallery organised ‘Tony Carter – Images of subject-object duality 1968-82’. Recognition of the distinctiveness and significance of his art was probably most marked among his fellow artists, and it was around this time that Carter was recruited by Jon Thompson to join the distinguished group who pioneered the Goldsmith’s course. Carter’s work was included in the important 1986 exhibition ‘Falls the Shadow’ at the Hayward Gallery; there followed solo shows at Anthony Reynolds Gallery, in both Cowper Street and Dering Street. In 1990 Carter was appointed Henry Moore Artist Fellow at Kettle’s Yard and Christ’s College, Cambridge, and in 1994 he became a Fellow of the British School at Rome.

For much of his career Carter depended on teaching for his main source of income. As well as at Goldsmith’s, he taught for many years at Norwich School of Art and, for a period, until peremptorily laid off in a round of cuts, together with his wife, the artist Wendy Smith, he was an important inspirational presence at Camberwell. All this experience he brought to City and Guilds Art School where, having been previously head of fine art, he was appointed principal in 1998. For 16 years he devoted himself to securing the academic standing of the school and renewing its creative ambition, while always being sensitive to its special values and ethos; he is credited with having ‘refined, evolved and honed the core spirit’. At the same time as being principal, he continued as leader of the MA programme and brought to his teaching a broad sympathy allied to scrupulous care. Few tutors in an art school can have thought so long and so hard about what an art education should entail.

Art, its meaning, its mysteries and epiphanies – its difficulties – absorbed most of Carter’s life. If always well turned out, usually in black or grey, his lifestyle (hardly the right word) was essentially frugal and austere. Yet, once a year he and Wendy would spend two weeks in a hotel in Wester Ross. They would dine well after walking most of the day. These were especially important times to him.

Always attracted to the vanitas theme in painting, he once exhibited at Anthony Reynolds Gallery a transcription of Hans Holbein’s Ambassadors. ‘My transcription’, he wrote, ‘is a declaration of faith; in the tradition of Art as tactile visual language, in a more holistic world view yet to come and, if we are lucky, in the power of imagination over death.’

ALISTER WARMAN

Taken from Art Monthly, December-January 2016-2017, with thanks for permission to reprint

 

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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

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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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Part time Technician position available, 2 days per week during UG term time, in our thriving Conservation Department. The 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.

Working with experts in the Science and Conservation of cultural objects in stone, wood and related materials, and decorative surfaces, you will assist the Head of Conservation and Conservation tutors in the day-to-day running of the Conservation studios and facilities. As a qualified and practising Conservator yourself with experience of working with 3 dimensional objects 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 glass, metalwork, casting and print among other resources and you will therefore be a valued member of the Conservation Department and the 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 http://www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/conservation/

Submission deadline: Friday 8 April 5pm.

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CLYDE AND CO Rene Gonzalez 'To my one, sole desire', Blank Canvas Commission

City & Guilds of London Art School is delighted to celebrate our alumni from the BA Fine Art Class of 2015 who were selected for inclusion in the 2015/16 Clyde & Co Art Awards.

Rene Gonzalez was the recipient of the national Blank Canvas commission competition, for which he created the 18-meter-long mural, ‘To My One, Sole Desire’, pictured above. On 9 March, fellow graduate Steven John Atkinson was announced as the Staff Vote winner for his piece ‘Emotional Scale’.

Others selected for inclusion in the show were Oliver Dorman, Anne-Marie Hanlon, Kim Harvey, Maria Macc, Alice McVicker and Tuesday Riddell. All of the works in the exhibition can be viewed and bid on at the Clyde & Co Art Awards site.

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City & Guilds of London Art School is pleased to announce our involvement in London Craft Week on 6 and 7 May 2016.

The school will be open to the public for guests to view an exhibition of woodcarving by Art School Alumni and Master Carvers, as well as demonstrations of carving and gilding. Speak to student carvers and observe a competition that will be held between Historic Stone Carving Diploma students, who will have two days to create an object of their own design to be judged on Saturday afternoon. There will also be an event for Historic Carving Alumni on Saturday afternoon.

As one of 129 events talking place from 3rd to 7th May, we are pleased to be showcasing exceptional craftsmanship by joining London Craft Week’s journey-of-discovery programme across the city, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.

For more information, visit the London Craft Week website.

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Dulverton Trust Scholarships

Historic Carving and Conservation applicants 2016/17

City & Guilds of London Art School is pleased to announce a new scholarship, generously provided by Dulverton Trust, for students aiming to relocate to London to study historic carving or conservation at the Art School.

The aim of the Dulverton Trust Scholarship is to support applicants from outside London to relocate to London and to pay their fees. Two Scholarships of ca £6,000 are available for the duration of a three year course of study. Applicants will be selected on the basis of need and excellence.

If you wish to apply, please contact Emilia Yamamoto at admin@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk mentioning the Dulverton Trust, to request a Bursaries/Scholarships application form.

If you wish to be considered, we recommend submitting your application together with your course application form. The final deadline for submissions for the 2016/17 academic year is 31 May 2016.
Scholarships are only offered to students who have received and accepted an offer to study at City & Guilds of London Art School. Please note that you will be required to provide yearly reports and the continuation of the scholarship support is subject to satisfactory completion of each year’s course of study.

Requirements: British Nationality; applying to year 1 of either Historic Carving Diploma or BA (Hons) Conservation; residents beyond the M25 at the time of application; preferably under 30 years of age, exceptions might be considered.

For more information, please contact Emilia Yamamoto admin@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk.

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Two Leverhulme Arts Scholarships are available for UK, EU and International Full Time or Part Time Students enrolling on the City & Guilds of London Art School MA Fine Art course in Autumn 2016. One Scholarship of £10,000 and one of £5000 are available towards the tuition fees for the course.

The Leverhulme Arts Scholarships will be awarded primarily on the basis of creative excellence, although financial need will also be considered. Scholarships are only eligible to students who have received an offer of a place on the MA Fine Art course at City & Guilds of London Art School and only payable towards fees on acceptance of a place on the course.

The Art School offers two other Scholarships of £2,000 as well as some Bursaries based on financial need.

If you wish to apply for a Scholarship or Bursary please contact Emilia Yamamoto admin@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk to request a Scholarship/Bursary application form.

We recommend submitting both your Scholarship/Bursary application together with your MA Fine Art course application form.

Applications for all Scholarships and Bursaries will be considered up to June 30th, applicants will be informed by July 7th 2016.

Why not visit us at an Open Day to meet the team and our current students and view our studios and facilities?

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During summer 2015, third year Conservation student Lisa Clayton was invited to travel to Tokyo, Japan to take up a practical internship at Tsurumi University in Japanese Urushi lacquer.  Lisa’s funding for this exciting opportunity came from the Art School’s David Ballardie Award and from the Zibby Garnett Travel Fund.

Lisa departed in mid-July to take up residence in Yokohama as a guest of Tsurumi University.  The three-week practical course was led by Professor Tomio Koike, an expert on historic Urushi lacquer and three of his graduates covering traditional decorative Urushi techniques and its use in conservation.  Urushi is the lacquer of the Rhus Verniciflua tree, native to Japan and mainland China.  Urushi is frequently referred to as the earliest form of plastic due to its flexible, hard wearing, waterproof and highly decorative quality finish, and has been in use since 4500 BC.

During her internship Lisa created 3 sets of chopsticks using various foundation and decorative techniques as well as a decorated craft called Maki-e with Urushi and gold powder. An additional bonus was takin part in a workshops on how to handle Japanese swords, precious scrolls and the fitting of armours. One of the highlights of the course was observing master conservator, Tatsuya Matsumoto, perform the sensitive repair of lifting gold foil on a 18th Century decorated box and a most interesting demonstration of the art of Kintsugi, the repair of broken pottery using urushi and gold powder.  The internship culminated in a field trip to Ninohe in the north where conservators were introduced to the traditional methods and tools of collection still utilised today. Lisa also attended an international symposium in Nara where conservators from Japan, Korea and China assembled to share latest research and findings.

“My two months in Japan were unforgettable. I am deeply grateful to my hosts who took care of me with their faultless attention to detail and absolutely amazing hospitality, and for the financial assistance I received which made this extraordinary experience possible.” Lisa Clayton, 3rd year BA (Hons) Conservation

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The beginning of this academic year has seen the creation two new Fellowship positions offered by the Art School. Zoe Schoenherr and Joshua Vaughan have been appointed as Artist’s Woodwork Fellows, who will work alongside Wood Workshop Technician David MacDiarmid.

Zoe completed her MFA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2012, and has recently been an artist in residence at University College London, a position funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  Joshua, a former student of City & Guilds of London Art School, graduated from the BA (Hons) Fine Art course in 2014, and has been curator of exhibitions and events at Bar 48 in Brixton, London.

The Fellowships will provide a great opportunity for students at the Art School to engage with two talented artists as they progress with their artistic careers, and provide the recipients with support for their on-going sculptural practices.

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On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, we were pleased and excited to host a two day workshop in traditional ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock carving and printing run by Master Woodblock Carver Motoharu Asaka.

Motoharu Asaka is one of the last remaining Master Woodblock Carvers in Japan, with more than 45 years experience and commissions from national museums and world-renowned contemporary artists. This exclusive opportunity was offered to students and alumni of the Art School, and while the demand was huge, only a dozen were lucky (and fast!) to secure their spots.

Participants spent the first day of their workshop learning to carve images on their wood blocks, while the second was dedicated to learning basic printing techniques, including gradient painting.

We were honoured to host this workshop, and we hope Master Woodblock Carver Motoharu Asaka will join us again soon for more masterclasses.

 

About Motoharu Asaka: At the age of 17 Motoharu Asaka moved to Kyoto to begin an arduous 10 year apprenticeship to learn the 400 year old process of ukyo-e Japanese woodblock carving and printing – a process never fully introduced into the formal education system, but passed down form Masters throughout time. Since 2011, he has dedicated his time to making sure these ancient skills do not die out. Wanting to spread his knowledge as widely as possible he opened his studio to the public and is currently on an European Tour teaching workshops in selected Institutions.

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The Art School welcomes John Farndon, the new Writing Fellow, recently appointed by the Royal Literary Fund. The Writing Fellow is available to give friendly, confidential one-on-one advice to City & Guilds of London Art School students with any kind of writing – from personal statements to theses.

John Farndon is a writer of non-fiction books, and a playwright, lyricist, com-poser, poet and literary translator. Spurred by intellectual curiosity, his interests range widely and he writes on topics from chemistry to China. He’s currently writing the hubristically-conceived Omnipaedia, about how to know everything and has just finished the very straightforwardly titled The Shakespeare Book, The Sherlock Holmes Book and The Movie Book. Another recent project is Do You Still Think You’re Clever? a follow-up to his successful Do You Think You’re Clever?: the Oxbridge Questions.

He’s written hundreds of books, published worldwide – including bestsellers such as Do Not Open, a cult-hit in both the USA and Russia – and contributed to major reference works such as Science. In earlier years, writing mostly for children, he was shortlisted four times for the junior Science Book prize. Now he writes more for adults. An urge to inspire and inform is a com-mon thread, evident in his acclaimed Atlas of Oceans on endangered life in the oceans.

He’s translated literary works from Russian, including the poetry of Pushkin and Grigorieva, and the beautiful lyrical memoir Letters to Another Room by Ravil Bukharaev. He is currently translating a major Kazakh novel. His verse translations of two of Spanish Golden Age playwright Lope de Vega’s comedies are soon to be performed in Houston and Prague. His acclaimed new libretto for Puccini’s La Boheme set in contemporary Dalston was recently performed at the Arcola’s Grimeborn Festival.

His works for stage have been performed at theatres such as the Donmar and Almeida in London and his songs by artists from Russian folk group Koleso to West-end star Anthony Cable. Now he’s venturing out to perform himself, reading his poetry, performing his songs and hosting the Cauldron evenings in Islington that stir together writers, thinkers, musicians and anyone with an idea. In 2014 he recorded one of his songs with legendary folk-fiddler Dave Swarbrick for the Passing the Baton showcase EP and performed on Swarbrick’s tour. He is also super-assessor for the Best New Play and Most Promising New Playwright Awards for the Offies (Offwestend Theatre Awards). Earlier this year he was invited to create a multimedia storytelling event for the Moscow Polytech Festival.

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Architectural Stone Carving Alumnus Michael Cooper joins the workshop of Andreas Artur Hoferick

In April 2015, Head of Historic Carving Tim Crawley and Vice Principal Magnus von Wistinghausen visited the Berliner Schloss Projekt and the workshop of Andreas Artur Hoferick, one of the Master Carvers working on the reconstruction of the exterior façade of the gigantic Berlin Palace, or Berliner Schloss. The visit opened the doors for a new collaboration, with one of our graduates joining the workshop for a three months’ work experience in Summer 2015.

The Berlin Palace will be rebuilt as the home of the Humboldt Forum, an art, culture, science and learning centre dedicated to the dialogue between world cultures, and a forum for debate and analysis of issues of global significance. A key element of the Palace’s reconstruction is the detailed reproduction of its richly decorated Baroque facades, which are to be covered in decorative sculptures and architectural carvings.

Michael Cooper graduated from the Diploma in Architectural Stone Carving in June 2014, and was selected for the work experience, joining the Hoferick workshop in July.

Read more about the Berliner Schloss Projekt at: http://www.sbs-humboldtforum.de/en/

About the Humboldt Forum at: http://www.humboldt-forum.de/en/home/

About the Andreas Artur Hoferick workshop at: http://www.steinrestaurierung-hoferick.com/en/startseite/

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Artist Rene Gonzalez, who graduated in June 2015 from our BA Fine Art, is the winner of the Clyde & Co Art Award Blank Canvas Competition.

This national competition is open to graduating students, who pitch proposals for artwork to fill the 18 metre long wall at the heart of the firm’s London offices. Rene’s work, titled ‘To my one, sole desire’ depicts portraits of public figures almost having a conversation in a fictional forest, inviting the viewer to step into the artwork and engage in the dialogue. Rene developed the art work in the Art School’s spacious ground floor studios over the summer. Read more about Rene, his projects and his time at the Art School here.

For more information on the Blank Canvas Competition, and to read more about ‘To my one, sole desire’, visit http://www.artawards.clydeco.com/the-blank-canvas

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A warm welcome to Professor Saree Makdisi and his students from UCLA Department of English visiting from Los Angeles (USA) for an etching workshop here in our Print Room, run by Professor Michael Phillips, using reproductions of William Blake’s etching plates.

Professor Michael Phillips’s website features an 8 min video on the reproduction of these plates, which was produced in partnership with the The British Library: www.williamblakeprints.co.uk.

We were delighted to host this workshop, as students from UCLA worked from the reproductions of William Blake’s etching plates, learning about the etching process first hand and printing their own versions of Blake’s etchings.

 

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The Art School is to participate in the Clyde & Co Art Award: seven graduates have been selected for the 2015/15 edition.

The City & Guilds of London Art School was invited to participate in the 2015/16 Clyde & Co. Art Award. Seven of our students were selected for the award, amongst Fine Artists and Carvers.

The Clyde & Co Art Award is designed to support artist in the challenging passage from graduation to a professional career, providing each graduate selected for the award with a range of benefits including pro bono legal support and mentorship. Clyde & Co. work with the following Art Schools: City & Guilds of London Art School, Central Saint Martins, Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Arts and Wimbledon College of Arts.

The selecting panel visited our Degree Show in June, and invited the following graduates to take part in the award: Steven John Atkinson and Oliver Dorman from our Historic Carving Diplomas in Stone and Wood Carving; Anne-Marie Hanlon, Kim Harvey, Maria Macc, Alice McVicker, Tuesday Riddell from our BA Fine Art course.

Their works are now exhibited in the Clyde & Co offices, and available on sale through a silent auction. The winners of this years’ prizes will be announced at an Awards evening in March 2016.

For more details on the selected artworks, on the prize and silent auction, please visit http://www.artawards.clydeco.com/uk-collection

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The first research residency at the Art School has been offered to Saya Kubota, a doctoral candidate in Painting at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Working in her own designated attic studio on site, her placement runs from April to September 2015.

The research position was born of an initiative formed during the Tokyo residency of artists Dunhill and O’Brien (Mark Dunhill and the Art School’s Principal, Tamiko O’Brien) in July 2014. As well as working on their own research project – including an exhibition of work produced during the residency, titled Sorry no, Yes and… – Dunhill and O’Brien Research Residency delivered a one-week workshop to PhD and Masters students at Tokyo University of the Arts. This gave rise to discussions with the Faculty about the potential for exchanges and collaborations with the Art School.

Saya’s research residency marks the first development of that relationship. Her artwork combines a precise approach to making with an interest in authenticity, fakery and context. Incorporating images and shapes based on everyday sights with memories or words born of her encounters with others, she references the passing of time. For Missing Post Office, a site-specific installation and performance made during her Awashima Island residency in 2013, she renovated the island’s abandoned post office, creating uniforms for the retired postmaster and herself as postmistress. All post that is addressed to ‘somebody somewhere sometime’ will be delivered to this installation, which was exhibited as part of the Setouchi Triennale in 2013. A book has recently been published by Shogakukan on the project. Most recently Saya won the Terrada Art Award 2014, exhibited at T-Gallery on Tennoz Island, Japan, and developed a series of works in collaboration with SWAROVSKI GEMS (TM) incorporating marcasite and ancient pottery.

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Refurbished in 2013 with the generous support of the Sackler Trust, the Art School’s library sits in the centre of the Georgian terrace. Open five days a week, the library aims to support students’ studio practice and critical studies by providing visual resources, technical, contextual and art historical information resources, ranging from the historical to the contemporary. The library’s collection of books, DVDs and journals has been developed to support all areas of our student’s work: from anatomy to jewellery-making, ornament to philosophy, gilding to architecture, critical theory to natural history.

Special emphasis has been placed on the Art School’s key areas of study, with strengths in Conservation, Historic Carving, Fine Art and Design; as well as a substantial focus on Art History and Theory. The loan collection is made up of upwards of 7,000 books, exhibition catalogues and DVDs; complemented by a reference collection of magazines and journals including: Art Monthly, Cabinet, Crafts, Frieze, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, Modern Painters, Natural Stone Specialist, Selvedge, Stonexus, Studies in Conservation, Turps Banana and Wood Carving. New acquisitions can be seen on display in the library, including current exhibition catalogues from UK galleries, spanning the blockbuster London shows to those in smaller independent and commercial galleries.

The library catalogue allows students to search across these collections, also giving links to relevant open access e-books. Made up of three rooms, the library has a dedicated quiet study area, with a number of Macs available for use, enabling students to make use of online resources such as JSTOR and Oxford Art Online. An archive of BA and Diploma theses from Fine Art and Historic Carving is available for consultation; and a special collection of historical portfolios with architectural and sculptural images is due to be catalogued this year. The librarian is available for study support, and offers regular workshops on research skills, referencing and citations to all departments. Students are also encouraged to make use of the wealth of outstanding specialist art libraries in London, and are supported by the librarian in applying to use these external resources.

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This academic year sees the pilot of a new Artist in Residency scheme hosted by the Art School, with two 8-month residencies that launched in February 2015.

The scheme is devised to offer early career artists an opportunity to work from a studio base in the Art School with access to technical facilities and the library together with participation in the Art School’s MA Fine Art Show in September. In return the artists will further enrich the Art School’s creative environment and will be involved in mentoring 2nd year Fine Art students. Both artists were selected at interview following shortlisting from a very competitive set of applications.

Nicholas Johnson gained his MA Painting degree at the RCA in 2014, after studying for a BA Philosophy & Early Modern Studies at the University of Kingʼs College, Halifax, Nova Scotia. During his residency he is further developing a project that combines a focus on painting and scholarly research examining the practice of art writing as a parallel to studio practice. His proposal included a tabletop display of studio ephemera influenced by the ethnographic PittRivers collection at Oxford and based upon an encyclopaedic catalogue of his research findings.

Rebecca Molloy studied for her MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design, graduating in 2014. Her multi-media installations explore the body and its interactions with the environment through an adventurous and highly aesthetic use of everyday and art materials. Springing from the surreal and the distorted images and meanings of the Internet, she takes a wry glance at the “boundaries of reality and understanding of the body in a digital age.”

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Exhibition of new grotesques carved by Historic Carving students at St George’s Chapel, Windsor

The Exhibition ‘Imaginative Sculpture: Protecting the Sacred Space’ at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, showcases a selection of ten new grotesque sculptures and the history of the collaborative project between the City & Guilds of London Art School and the The College of St George.

We are now in the 10th year of this collaboration, which has seen the production of about 40 new carvings by students of the Art School’s Historic Carving Department, to replace heavily eroded Victorian grotesques which in turn had substituted medieval carvings of unknown design.

Some of the new carvings have already been hoisted in place and recently thirteen new grotesques have been installed on the south front of St George’s Chapel.

The exhibition will normally be open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm until December, in the Dean’s Cloister (at the exit from St George’s Chapel).

For more information on the exhibition, and to read about the recent installation of new grotesques, please click here

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Our 2nd year Historic Carving and Conservation students have just returned from a five day Study Trip to Venice organised by the Art School.

This is the second year this trip takes place, coordinated by our Head of Humanities Tom Groves. The trip is a precious opportunity for our students to visit a city that needs little introduction with regards to its beauty and unicity, and which furthermore offers challenging scenarios to conservators, incredible examples of wood and stone carving, as well as one of the richest landscape in Europe with regards to History of Art.

The Giorgio Cini Foundation welcomed us once again, making accommodation and lecturing facilities available for the group in the beautifully set up Vittore Branca Centre on the San Giorgio island. The Centre and the Fondazione are adjacent to the San Giorgio Maggiore church, where two of our Conservation Graduates, Eliza Doherty and Ffion Howells, are carrying out Conservation projects as part of the Venice in Peril Internship.

Special thanks go to:
– Marta Zoppetti at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini for hosting us once again, and to Alessandro Martoni for the insightful tour to the Fondazione.
– Dr Grazia Fumo and Dr Lucia Bassotto for their availability and the incredibly interesting talk to our Conservation students about the research carried out on the Monument to Canova, and plans for its conservation.
– John Millerchip, Trustee of Venice in Peril Fund, for the introduction to Dr Grazia Fumo.
– Marina Morrisson-Atwater, Trustee of Venice in Peril Fund, for opening to our students the doors of the Chiostro of the Madonna dell’Orto, and for her generous hospitality.
– The Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore for allowing a tour of the complex guided by Signora Lijuva.
– The Direction of Aman Canal Grande Venice for an exclusive tour of the beautifully restored Papadopoli Palace.

And to the teaching staff who accompanied our students on this trip!

An album of images from the trip is available on our Facebook Page. Click here to see it!

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City & Guilds of London Art School is proud have been selected by the Lord Mayor Alderman Alan Yarrow as one of the beneficiaries of the 2014/15 Lord Mayor Appeal.

The Appeal will support two leading national disability charities, Scope and Mencap, as well as three outstanding Arts institutions: the City & Guilds of London Art School, the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Academy of Arts.

For more information about the Appeal and the calendar of events, and to donate to the Appeal, visit  www.thelordmayorsappeal.org.

Donations can be made online, by post, or by texting LORDMAYOR to 70123, to donate £3 with every text.

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We were proud to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show, showcasing the skills of our wood carving students with the Bridge Ward Club float, and bearing the Art School’s flag in the float of the Fishmonger’s Company, with which the Art School has a long standing affiliation.

Four of our wood carvers collaborated with the designer of the Bridge Ward Club float, creating a 2 metres tall carving of the City of London Dragon, to be the prow sculpture of their Viking inspired float. One of the students also hand painted the large sail with the Lord Mayor’s Crest.

This collaboration came about thanks to the suggestion of the Lord Mayor, who is the Club’s President. Having chosen the Art School as one of the beneficiaries of his Lord Mayor’s Appeal due to its important work in art education and heritage (www.thelordmayorsappeal.org), he saw a great opportunity to showcase its work and support the Bridge Ward Club in creating their float.

Over Summer 2014 Cassidie Alder; Joseph Murphy; Timothy Fielder and Oliver Dorman worked on carving, gessoing, gilding (actually, silvering as they used silver leaf) and painting the dragon, which has then found a home at Mansion House, opposite the Lord Mayor’s office!

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The MA Fine Art Show includes work from our 13 graduating MA Fine Art Students, as well as interim work by 6 part-time students completing their first year of study. The show will also feature exhibitions by our three Artists in Residence: Nicholas Johnson; Saya Kubota and Rebecca Molloy.

OPENING TIMES
Wed:     9 Sept     5:00-9:00pm, Private View
Thur:    10 Sept    10am – 7:30pm
Fri:       11 Sept    10am – 7:30pm
Sat:      12 Sept    10am – 5:00pm
Sun:     13 Sept    10am – 5:00pm

EXHIBITING STUDENTS:

MA FINE ART 2015

Jonathan Armour
Katrina Bovill
Annie Farrer
Lorraine Fossi
Caroline Jane Harris
Jane Hayes Greenwood
Madeleine Inkin
Lynn Krol
Arthur Laidlaw
Clementine McGaw
Zanny Mellor
Katherine Russell
Celia Scott

INTERIM SHOW – PART TIME YEAR 1

Julia Court
Heather Graham
Benedict Hughes
Julia Kubik
Graham Murtough
Flora Scrymgeour

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