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Asiima Mawudoku's textile fabric work

Charlotte Gorse's works showing at the Convenience Store

Marli Harwood posing with the royal lookalikes characters

The Olbricht Collection, Berlin

Wooden Worlds, a collaborative work of Javier Garavaglia and Caudia Robles Angel

Zimmerhof Project
Tutors: Andi Gut, Herman Hermsen, Tim Carson and Nedda El-Asmar

171 Days Exhibition

Uncertain States launches Salon of Photography

Liquid Language a Master Workshop by Peter Bauhuis

Musarc Christmas Concert
Alan Tomlison plays on a glass trombone made by Kate Williams

Women Working in Wood Exhibition and Symposium

Symposium: Shadow of Doubt. Photography by David George

Brick Lane, London, 1978.
Photography by Paul Trevor

In Translation..
Photography by Santa Piterniece


News and Events Archive: December 2011

Textile Design student’s International Award Success

Asiima Mawudoku, a student on BA (Hons) Textile Design at The Cass has won third prize in the Society of Dyers Colourists International Design Competition 2011. Having triumphed in UK Regional and then National Heats earlier in the year, Assima was flown to Hong Kong this month to compete against the cream of global Textile Design talent for the prestigious prize. Following the prize giving event she enoyed a banquet dinner with VIP guests.

Talking about her Precious Earth collection, Asiima says, “Inspiration for my fashion textile collection came from precious stones found on the earth and the aftermaths of architectural extremes such as the Atomic bombing in Hiroshima and the recent earthquake in Japan in 2011. The Precious Earth fabric celebrates overcoming natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes. There is a wide range of materials shown in my work and different surface treatments from digital prints to material manipulation with new techno-environmentally friendly innovative textile fabrics.”

The annual SDC International Design competition is open to undergraduate fashion and textile design students in Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, USA and the UK. With the emphasis on colour, this year’s theme was ‘reduce, recycle, reuse’. The competition judges were Chris Sargeant, Vice-Chair of SDC Board of Trustees, Geeta Castelino, Consultant, Fashion Journalist and education specialist from India, and Dr Kinor Jiang, Associate Professor, Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

See images of the collection

December 15, 2011

The Perverse Art of Craft Exhibition and Shopping Party

Fashion Lecturer, Flora McLean, showing work and having things for sale at the Convenience Store, Hazelwood Tower Golborne Gardens, London  W10. Starts 6.30 Wednesday 14th December.

Download flyer pervy-poster.pdf

December 14, 2011

Film Alumni enjoy Reel Successes

Shoeshine Girls, a film project by MA Film Production Alumni Jesse and Daniel Quinones has been awarded an ‘All Roads Seeds Grant’ from National Geographic on the basis of the short version of the documentary project they have already completed. The grant funds film projects by or about indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures from around the world and seeks to support filmmakers who bring their community stories to light through first-person storytelling.

The film, produced by their company Woolcub Films, tells the story of three struggling shoeshine girls as they try to raise their children on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia and fight against the dangers of rape, drug addiction, police brutality, self-harming and discrimination on an almost daily basis. In 2011 the short was accepted into the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus, part of the Berlin Film Festival. The film was picked out of 3900 applicants from 141 different countries. Having secured the seed funding, Jesse and Daniel will be heading back to Bolivia in the New Year to complete the feature film and share the moving story of the Shoeshine Girls with the world.

Closer to home, Need and Greed, a film directed by 2011 Film Production Alumna Alumna Daisy Scholte has been selected for inclusion in the London Short Film festival in January at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts). Meanwhile BA (Hons) Film and Broadcast Production graduate Destiny Ekaragha has just released a new music video for the song ‘BillyMarli Harwood, featuring royal lookalikes in unusual surroundings.

Staff from the Cass are also working on exciting, high profile projects. Senior Lecturer Charlotte Worthington, who leads MA Film Production and teaches on the BA Film and Broadcast course, is currently working on a new documentary about migration and sex work. She is working in collaboration with Dr Nick Mai of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, whose research into migrant sex workers in London recently made headlines. The film will be completed in 2012.

December 14, 2011

MA Curating course celebrates recent successes

The MA Curating the Contemporary Course delivered by London Metropolitan Univcrsity in Partnership with Whitechapel Gallery has recently announced several new partnerships, projects and initiatives which benefit students and enhance the international reputation of the course.

International Collaborations
The Me-Collector's Room, Berlin: Thomas Olbricht Collection has announced a year-long partnership with the course. Three second year curatorial students from the course, Rianne Groen, Nora Belovai, and Marte Paulssen are now working in Berlin on an exhibition which will open in Spring 2012. The Olbricht Collection is an important international collection based in Berlin that opened its permanent building to the public in 2010.


December 14, 2011

Course Leader Performs Composition In Sicily

Dr. Javier Garavaglia, Course Leader for BSc Music Technology (Sound for Media) and Claudia Robles Angel presented a live performance of their composition Wooden Worlds in Palermo, Sicily, during the Live!iXem 2011.

The project was a collaboration between Live!iXem and Opensound a platform that brings together seven European partners to create a project for cooperation and exchange that puts the sound in the middle of a series of outreach and artistic initiatives.

December 13, 2011

Zimmerhof International Jewellery Project (Germany)

Three BA Jewellery & Silversmithing students have just got back freshly inspired and energised after representing The Cass as part of an International Jewellery Project in a barn, in the middle of nowhere, on the edge of the Black Forest, in Germany. Level 2 student Sophie Hall and Level 3 students Suzanne Jamieson and Daria Nikitina, accompanied by lecturer Tim Carson, spent a week designing jewellery, making jewellery and exchanging ideas with 18 students and lecturers from Dusseldorf Academy, Pforzheim University and Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

The group, which included internationally renowned jewellers Herman Hermsen, Andi Gut and Nedda El-Asmar, spent the week working, eating and sleeping in the barn. But despite the challenges of the weather and the rudimentary environment, everyone had a fantastic time and, more importantly, worked hard. Heated but good-natured bi-lingual discussions, were often heard going on to the early hours, around the blazing bonfire.


December 2, 2011

171 Days Exhibition

171 Days is a group exhibition of 18 emerging artists who met whilst studying at The Cass School of Fine Art and graduated together. Counting down or crossing off, 171 Days simply denotes the time span since their last joint exhibition. Working independently and together this exhibition showcases new works and encompasses print, photography, mixed media installation and painting and is a reflection of their wide ranging and diverse interests and inspirations.

Private View: Thursday 1st December 2011 at 7.00pm

The Private View will be held at The Rag Factory based in the heart of East London’s thriving Art scene on the First Thursday. Every month the galleries and museums of east London open their doors late for a chance to see amazing art, culture networking and events after hours.

For more information please contact Eva Wilkinson or Jane Wachman

Please download 171-days-flyer.pdf


Uncertain States Launch Salon

Uncertain States, the photographic collective established by Cass MA Photography Alumni Spencer Rowell, David George and Fiona Yaron-Field is launching a salon in North London to promote, support and encourage collaboration between lens-based artists.

6th December, 7.30pm
Quarter's Cafe
267 Archway Road
London N6 5BS

Download  UCS-Salon_Flyer.pdf


Symposium on Cyborg

Date: 8 December | Time: 14:00 -17:30 | Place: CE 1-47

Contributions from:

  • Georgina Brown and Simone ten Hompel
    A conversation towards of a mapping of Cyborg in relation to making
    Space for discussion

  • Short pieces by Deborah Werbner, Chris Smith and others interspersed with discussion

  • Brendan Walker
    Exoskeletons juxtapose examples of human-robotic exoskeletons
    Space for discussion
    Brendan Walker runs Aerial and was trained as an aeronautical engineer. Originally he wanted to understand his romance with moving structures, and their potential to thrill him, but was side tracked by the fundamental question; can design effectively elicit an emotional response?
  • Viewing of Liquid Language a Master Workshop Peter Bauhuis and participants working with wax and cast metal.
    Peter Bauhuis German born goldsmith, studied at the München Academy and received the Bayerischen Staatspriesein 2011. In the workshop and through making in wax, subsequent selection of pieces which will be cast in metal, participants recognize their own pattern of making. Bauhuis refers to it as: “The lingo of liquid wax, the makers innate dialect of form and forming”
    Space for discussion

Download Symposium-Cyborg.pdf

See gallery of pictures

Please RSVP to s.ten-hompel@londonmet.ac.uk


Musarc Christmas Concert

Musarc's third Christmas concert will take place at St Bartholomew the Great, Friday 16 December 2011, 7.00pm.

Musarc is a research and event platform based at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University, exploring the relationship between architecture and sound. It provides an environment for architects to engage with sound not just as an acoustic phenomenon but as a tool for research and a means to engage with places.

This year, the concert will open with a sounding flame-tube sculpture by artists Mathew Kneebone and Yuri Suzuki, and Dialogue de l'ombre double, a seminal work by Pierre Boulez for clarinet and electronics, written between 1982 and 1985. Jazz trombonist and improvisation veteran Alan Tomlison will play on a glass trombone made by Kate Williams, one of our ensemble members, and will be performing pieces by John Cage and Michael Parsons at different points of the programme.

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Woman Working in Wood Exhibition

An event coordinated by Walrodf Mill Crafts and London Metropolitan University, Simone ten Hompel and Christ Smith with ERDF funding.

Veneu: Cass Gallery - 41 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA
Thursday 17th November 2011 - Friday 16th December 2011

Opening times: Mon - Fri, 12noon-6pm
Private view: Thursday 24th November 2011, 6pm-8pm

Feminine and Making Symposium

A symposium organised by the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design

Linden Reilly, Jane Barnwell and Karen Hansen

Veneu: Parker Gallery - 41 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA
Thursday 24th November 2011, 2pm - 5.30pm

RSVP, as places are limited to s.ten-hompel@londonmet.ac.uk

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Exhibition & Symposium Shadows of Doubt: A psycho-geographic enquiry into the childhood of Alfred Hitchcock

In conjunction with the East London Archive
London Metropolitan University, Whitechapel

Shadows of Doubt Exhibition: 21 Nov - 17 Dec
Private View: 1st December 2011 6-8pm

Photography by David George and Spencer Rowell.

The images in the exhibition exploit the ambiguity that arises out of doubt and uncertainty about Hitchcock’s early life. Many people see the origin of Hitchcock’s work in his childhood, but what do we really know about his childhood experiences?
The photographs of David George and Spencer Rowell enquire into Hitchcock’s early memories and the possibility of them being the catalyst for his imagery, charged with childhood fears and anxieties. George looks at the exterior and Rowell the interior.

Shadows of Doubt Symposium: Date 24th Nov 2011 at 1.30pm

Speakers include:
Steven Jacobs, Simon Usher, Dr Chris Oakley, Dr Nick Haeffner, Sue Andrews, Michael Upton, David George and Spencer Rowell.

The work in Shadows of Doubt relates to the East End of the film director Alfred Hitchcock’s childhood. It uses images of the built environment as a starting point for an exploration of relationships between physical place, memory, psychological development and aesthetic sensibility. The symposium will look the relationship between childhood and artistic creation, memory as a fictive image and the role of architecture in filmic and photographic representation.




Photographs from the London Metropolitan University East End Archive


21 Nov - 16 Dec 2011
PRIVATE VIEW Thursday 1st December 6-8pm

Photographs from the London Metropolitan University East End Archive.
Including work from the following:

Gemma Wyer; Mick Williamson; Paul Trevor; Rod Morris and Heather McDonough’s Photobooth project; Richard Hamilton; Brian, Steve and Don; Susan Andrews.

The exhibition will show photographs from the London Metropolitan University East End Archive, which is currently in the process of being constructed as an online digital, educational resource. The archive will consist of bodies of work from photographers/artists who have made work concerning the East End (understood as both a conceptual and geographical place) as well as work generated by the students and staff of the University, reflecting their research interests.

Unit 2 Gallery
Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London , E1 7PF
Aldgate East tube
Monday – Friday, 10 – 8pm

For more information please call: 020 7320 1903


In Translation..

21 Nov - 16 Dec  2011
Preview: 1 December 6-8pm

In Translation .. exhibition include:

Maria Begasse, Sofia Borges, Michele Clement-Delbos, Ian Farrant, Andrew Kennedy, Amin Kojoori, Kasia Kosaka, Karin Manunapichu, Antonio Rizzello, Santa Piterniece.

In Translation .. is a selection of work by some of the London's newly emerging photographers, graduates of MA Photography at Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design. Originating from different countries and with diverse skills they all share a love of photography: issue-based, documentary, aesthetic and photography's potential to be so many things. Visit www.intranslation.co.uk for more information.

Cass Art School, CE-G17
59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF
Aldgate East tube station
Mon-Fri 10am - 8pm

For more information please call: 020 7320 1903


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