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Zagreb/London Exchange Project, linking students at the Zagreb Academy with students based at The Cass

Vigilante Britain, a documentary by Jesse and Daniel Quinones

Ought to be bought, an auction organised by 3rd Year BA Fine Art students

Awake Goodbye, an exhibition by Andy Lawson

A pritn by Nigel Oxley, part of PRINTWORKS Exhibition


News and Events Archive: April-May 2010

Zagreb/London Exchange Project

The Zagreb/London Exchange Project is an annual student exchange project linking students from the BA Animation and New Media dept at the Zagreb Academy of Art in Croatia with the 2nd year BA Fine Art students based at the Cass. It's run by Ben Cain (Visiting Lecturer at the Cass) and Nicole Hewitt (Visiting Tutor at Zagreb Academy).

Come and see what we've been doing. The key intention of the project is for students to develop an understanding of how the immediate environment, as well as cultural history and socio-political realities, influence one's working practice as an artist. Tied to this is the role that specific modes of fine art education play in defining thought processes, self-image, and physical outcomes. The perceived role and responsibilities of contemporary Fine Art education are (if not always explicitly) a constant theme of the project.

Each year, long before the students start travelling, the project begins with a series of meetings, readings and workshops which set out the objectives of the project. Although the underlying themes change from year to year, they often tend to circle issues related to foreignness, the exotic, tourism, displacement/dislocation and estrangement. The students begin the process of introducing and articulating their work and points of cultural interest to one another via exchanging images, found writing, personal statements and questions.

There are two stages of the project: 6 students from Zagreb going to London, and 6 students from London going to Zagreb. During their time in each city both sets of students take part in a comprehensive programme of group seminars and presentations (peer appraisal), as well as organised visits to exhibitions, museums, and lectures. Students are also encouraged to use the Fine Art Studios and workshops at the host institution, as well as to attend lectures and seminars taking place within the course of the normal workings of the host institution.

The nature of the project means that the student's work often has to be developed in a climate of fluidity and spontaneity. So although the work made is often a highly positive departure from previous work, the pieces are not always realised to their full potential during the course of the project, but rather might form the beginnings of work to be further investigated at a later stage.

Please come and see what we're doing

When: Friday 30th April at 5.00pm
Where: Metworks Gallery, The Cass at Commercial Road

For further info see:

April 28, 2010

Cass Alumni tackle Vigilante Britain

The latest film by MA Film Production Alumni Daniel and Jesse Quinones is being screened this week on Current TV (Sky 183/Virgin 155). Vigilante Britain is a hard hitting documentary investigating the rise in vigilantism across Britain.

The brothers drove over 2,500 miles across Britain meeting vigilantes over 3 months to produce the film. Vigilante Britain was commissioned after the brothers won the Current TV Pitch at the 2009 Sheffield Documentary Film Festival.

The film is the latest success for the brothers who have won awards and screenings all over the world for films including Cagefighter, Cold Calling and Surviving History since they graduated in 2007.

Jesse and Daniel are now joined at their company Woolfcub Productions by director of photography Fabio Dominguez, himself an alumnus of The MA Digital Film and Animation course at the Cass.

Vigilante Britain next be shown on

  • Friday March 12 at 12am
  • Sunday March 14 at 10pm

A trailer for the programme can be seen at the Woolfcub website, alongside clips of their other films.

March 12, 2010

Cass auction features work by leading artists

Venue: Unit 2 Gallery, Whitechapel High Street, London E1
(Next to Aldgate East Tube Station)
Viewing Exhibition: 4 May - 11am-5pm & 5 May - 11am-5pm
Open Auction: 5 May, 6-8pm

Third Year students from the BA Fine Art course at the Cass (The Sir John Cass department of Art, Media and Design) have organised an auction of work by well known contemporary artists -including Tracey Emin, Martin Creed and Jake and Dinos Chapman- to help raise funds for their end of year show and catalogue. The sale, entitled ‘Ought To Be Bought 3’ will take place on the 5 May at the department’s Unit 2 Gallery on Whitechapel High Street, with viewing of the lots available from the 4th.

The sale includes work kindly donated by stars of the contemporary art scene such as Martin Creed, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Bob and Roberta Smith, Peter Lamb, Tracey Emin, Juan Bolivar, Ben Cain, Dallas Seitz, Lee Maelzer, Jonathan McLeod and many others. The artworks’ media spans painting, print and sculpture.

The returning auctioneer for the event is appropriately something of a celebrity too. ‘Lord Shoreditch’ is the alter-ego of flamboyant designer and style guru Steve Edge of Steve Edge Design, who is highly experienced with a gavel and promises to keep the show extremely entertaining and profitable.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said " The Ought to Be Bought Auction is fast becoming as much of an institution as The Cass Summer Show itself. The students have done a superb job in enlisting this level of generous support from the contemporary art world. Now it’s the punters turn to dig deep- a unique chance to snap up work by our top artists and help a very good cause along the way! "

If you’re a serious buyer, please contact organiser Claire Harris on rubyrubysoho_unknown@hotmail.com for more information.


Awake Goodbye

An exhibition by Andy Lawson

Exhibition: 14th - 29th April 2010

Unit 2 Gallery
The Cass, London Metropolitan University, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High treet, London E1 7PF
(Nearest tube Aldgate East)

Contact detail: andylawsonart@hotmail.co.uk

Exhibition opening times: Monday to Friday 12 noon - 6pm

Read more about awake goobye

PRINTWORKS Exhibition at Unit 2 Gallery

Exhibition: Tuesday 16 March - Friday 9 April 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday 18 March 6-8pm

Unit 2 Gallery
The Cass, London Metropolitan University, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High treet, London E1 7PF
(Nearest tube Aldgate East)

Contact detail: 07725561157

Exhibition opening times: Monday to Friday 12 noon-6pm

Gallery Talk with artists: Friday 18 March 6-8pm

Read more about Printworks


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