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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

Winner of the Horners Jewellery Award 2012

Highly Commended of the Horners Jewellery Award 2012

 Highly Commended of the Horners Jewellery Award 2012

Highly Commended of the Horners Jewellery Award 2012

Composer and Performer Dr. Javier A. Garavaglia

Paul St George at the Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Bruce Ingman, appointed Senior Lecturer in Illustration at the Cass

The annual cleanning of the Frederick Parker Collection of Chairs

Who is Community?, a film by artist Bob and Roberta Smith and Director Tim Newton


News - September 2012


Limited places are avalable for some Undergrduate programmes at the Cass for September 2012 start. A full list of our Undergraduate courses is here

You can see examples of this years degree show work at our New Website www.thecass.com

If you would like to find out more about which courses have vacanices please conact Michael Upton m.upton@londonmet.ac.uk


Horners Jewellery Award

On behalf of the judging panel I am delighted to report that the 2012 Jewellery Award, run by The Worshipful Company of Horners in conjunction with London Metropolitan University, was a very successful event.

Eighteen designs were beautifully laid out for us and the judges were very impressed by the improved quality of design, workmanship and presentation of the entries. It was particularly noted that this year the students had explored the properties of horn more than in previous years, to the detriment of plastics, in fact, and the result was a collection of jewellery that illustrates both the beauty and potential of this natural polymer.

The judges were unanimous in their choice of winner: the Shake A Tail Feather necklace by Nicola Margai who, in her own words, wished 'to take horn into the sphere of contemporary jewellery… and create appeal to those who would have never considered horn jewellery and knew little of the beauty of one of nature’s most attractive polymers’. She had boiled, delaminated and shaped pieces of horn into fine, papery feathers and then mounted them on a silver choker interspersed with slivers of beaten silver. The judges felt that she had worked horn in a strikingly original and creative way that none of them had seen before. Mark Lewis, a judge and former Principal Lecturer at The Cass, commented: "This is such an imaginative use of horn that we hope she takes it further”.

Three other designs were highly commended, all made primarily from horn but using different construction methods. Eleanor Corp had not only sourced her own horn for her brooch but appreciated that through fusing and melting layers together, horn can change colour. The judges were impressed by her unusual and imaginative use of brooch pins that sprang out from the front of the brooch.

The Essence of IT necklace by Aniela Dublaszewska was made from discs of beautifully patterned horn set in silver on a satin rope interspersed with silver decorations. Inspired by nature, it was a very decorative and well-made necklace.

Several of the students had tried hard to incorporate in their designs the garden-inspired theme of Thrive, the Master’s chosen charity this year, and the last of our highly commended entries, Along the Garden Path designed by Carina de Jager, recreated a 'garden path' using linked pieces of differently coloured horn in the shape of paving stones set in silver.

All four winning entrants, plus six others that were selected by the judges, have generously agreed to donate their pieces to the Master’s charity. We are most grateful as this is very much in keeping with the spirit of the Award. Our congratulations to all the entrants.

Sylvia Katz, Chairman of the judging panel.

June 13, 2012

Javier A. Garavaglia's performance and future publications

Dr. Javier A. Garavaglia, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer of the BA Music Technology (Sound for Media), has performed WOODEN WORLDS piece at the VISIONEN - Festival für Klang und Bewegte Visuelle Kunst in Hannover, Germany. Performance of WOODEN WORLDS is a multimedia project for viola, video in real-time, photography, live-electronics and octophonic sound by Javier A. Garavaglia & Claudia Robles Angel.

Garavaglia will also deliver a paper 'Music Dramaturgy and Human Reactions: Music as a Means for Communication' at the 9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR 2012) "Music and Emotions" conference at Queen Mary University of London on 19-22 June. The paper will be published by Springer Verlag.

Another publication that Garavaglia will see is of the paper “WOODEN WORLDS - An audiovisual performance with multimedia interaction in real-time” by Aalborg University Press with the following ISBN number: 978-87-7112-037-0 in the electronic proceedings of the conference. This publication is expected towards mid of 2012.

June 1, 2012

London Met at Clerkenwell Design Week

London Metropolitan University is supporting Clerkenwell Design Week with a programme of exhibitions and events during the exciting annual event from the 22-24th May. This year it’s a matter of visiting villages as selected work from the award- winning Aldgate Project is displayed at two of Clerkenwell’s showrooms.

At The Gallery on Great Sutton Street there will be a display of student work from a project led by Marianne Forrest and Heidi Yeo which explored 'design and urban intervention'. Films from Foundation Architecture and Interior Design students as part of Aleks Catina and Hector Arkomanis’s Shelter For Everyday Events project will be screened throughout the event. At 1pm on the 22nd May at The Gallery there will be a lunchtime presentation by artist and designer Paul St George, Programme Leader in Media at The Cass, on why creativity in the public realm matters more than ever. He will draw on his experiences with the Telectroscope, one of the most significant pieces of public art in London in recent years, and with 'animated street art project' for the Aldgate Project.

Also on the 22nd May there will be a display at Humanscale of projects led by Janette Harris from the BA Interior Design course that explore 'hidden spaces within the Whitechapel area. At 3pm the project will be judged by an eminent group of experts and the winning student will win an internship with BDG architecture + design.

Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day festival celebrating design's creative richness, social relevance and technological advancements through an exciting programme of workshops, presentations, product launches and debates. The week also features all the elements you would expect from a festival, including exhibitions, installations, street entertainment, music, food, parties and receptions. It is the ideal opportunity for the creative design community to meet new and existing clients in a relaxed yet inspiring environment. Last year over 24,000 registered to attend and more are expected this year.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass, said “We’re delighted to be supporting this event again – its important to our students that they are involved with the great annual cycle of festivals in the city . London Metropolitan University prides itself in helping students build careers, and Clerkenwell Design Week is an excellent opportunity to exhibit and network as well as see what’s happening in the design industry in the areas great showrooms.”

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012
22nd- 24th May 10am - 9pm

Various venues around Clerkenwell

Pre-register to attend at:

May 17, 2012

Cass welcomes acclaimed Illustrator

The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) is delighted to announce the appointment Bruce Ingman as Senior Lecturer in Illustration.

Bruce is an internationally acclaimed award winning author and illustrator. He attended the Royal College of Art and studied illustration under Quentin Blake. His first book, When Martha's Away was published in 1996 to huge critical acclaim, it won the prestigious Mother Goose Award for the Best British Newcomer to Children's Picture Books and the V&A National Art Library Illustration Award. His partnership with author Allan Ahlberg has yielded many successes, including The Runaway Dinner, Previously, The Pencil (Winner of the Redhouse Children's Picture Book Award, Time Magazine Children's Book of the Year ), and Everybody was a Baby Once. He has recently illustrated Ronny Rock starring in Monster Cake Meltdown and Ronny Rock starring in a Thousand Tiny Explosions written by Merryn Threadgould. His next collaboration with Allan Alhberg Hooray For Bread is published by Walker Books in March 2013. He is an Ambassador for the House of Illustration, the world’s first dedicated home for the world’s most accessible art form.

As well as teaching the Faculty’s illustration students, Bruce has a busy summer ahead including appearances at book festivals West Cork Literary Festival and Story Fest. He will also be exhibiting -and delivering a masterclass to accompany the 'Take Five Illustrators' exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

Talking about his appointment Bruce said, “I'm thrilled to be joining Sir John Cass in what seems to be an exciting period of transformation. I hope I can contribute to helping make the Cass a leading international centre for the study of illustration.”

May 9, 2012

Spring Clean for Famous Collection

For most students, a request to take part in some extra curricular spring cleaning at their University would be treated as a joke at the best.

Not so for the students in the Furniture restoration area at The Cass, who have just taken part in the major annual cleaning of the Frederick Parker Collection of Chairs.

The world famous collection, housed in a dedicated gallery at Commercial Road, is home to 193 chairs (140 on view) dating back to 1650.

Once a year a group of volunteers are required to use specialist techniques and materials to keep to collection looking great and in good condition.

Sue Newton-Short, Senior Lecturer in wood and conservation science, who led the operation said, “This is not a once over with a duster and Mr Sheen- but an important aspect of maintaining a world class collection, requiring specialist skills and knowledge. In fact I advise students to include this experience on their CVs. They all approached the task in a most professional manner and achieved a fantastic result. The gallery looks beautiful!"

The Chair Collection is owned by the Frederick Parker Foundation, a registered charity whose aim is to maintain a collection of chairs for students to study at close hand their history, development, design, construction and restoration. The Foundation seeks to promote and encourage the study of furniture history and in particular the design and development of British chairs.

Find out more about the collection here

May 4, 2012

Cass Senior Lecturer’s Film Premiere

Who is Community?, a new film by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, who teaches Fine Art at The Cass, and Director Tim Newton, will receive its world premiere on the 15th May at Stratford East Picture House. Smith and Newton’s film, part of a commission by the Art on The Underground Central line series, tells the story of an extraordinary fictional meeting between the father of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, and the German theorist, Hannah Arendt. In the film, Arendt and Coubertin meet on the Central line and fall in love. The film is told from the perspective of the community of Stratford and draws upon the cinematic style of silent comedies.

See fim: Who is Community?

Alongside the film, Who is Community? includes a number of large artworks on display in Stratford Underground station. These artworks, originally painted by Bob and Roberta Smith, include characters from the film and explore ideas brought to light in the project. Painted cut-out figures of Hannah Arendt and Pierre de Coubertin are also on display at various cultural venues around Stratford, including Stratford Circus, UEL, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Nunnery.

Who is Community? explores themes of public space, social interaction and well-being, as well as the democratic values that Coubertin hoped to advance through sport, and the revival of the ancient Olympic games. Arendt is known for her ideas on freedom as something that is constructed in the community, when its members bring their uniqueness to a shared space. In bringing the characters together, Smith and Newton suggest a synergy between the ideas of Coubertin and Arendt.

From October 2012, the film is shown on the Stratford Cinema Kiosk, a specially designed structure that is modelled after an original ticket kiosk that was installed at Hainault station in 1948. These kiosks, known as passimeters, were introduced to the Underground in the early 1920s.

Also showing: Leytonstone, a film made by Tim Newton and Bob and Roberta Smith about the community of Leytonstone. Trimming Pablo - a fictionalised account of Picasso's visit to the 1950 Sheffield Peace Congress. The film is directed by Tim Newton and features a cameo from Bob and Roberta Smith.

For futher information contact:
Art on the Underground
020 7027 8694

May 3, 2012

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