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Jessica Brown Findlay and Mary Charteris modelling for Dominic Jones' works

Munsur Ali meets Prince Charles

Armhand, a jewellery design by Amelie Spitz

Musarc featured on BBC Radio 3

Detail: Aquiform In Rest by Dan Hilldrup for the Future of Design exhibition

Reading Complex Act IV - Sans Titre
Courtesy Reading Complex Archive

Curated by Vivi-Ann Lillefosse and Antonia Stausberg

Concrete Bowl by Tabitha Frost at the International Hanwerkmesse jewellery show

Call for papers: The 2012 AHRA Conference Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence

Between Me and You, a discussion led by Mary George

Christina Mackie at Chisenhale

THE ENGLISH: ARE YOU HUMAN?, a site-specific work by PER-OSKAR LEU

Hallogallo, an exhibition curated by Sean Dawson, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Michael Stubbs


News and Events Archive: March 2012

Downton star goes gothic thanks to Cass Jewellery alumnus

Cass alumnus Dominic Jones has launched a new campaign featuring Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay. Jones, who studied BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing, became friends with the actress who plays Lady Sybil in the hit series while he was living with her ex-boyfriend. She joins a list of stars who have modelled for Dominic including Florence Welch, Lizzie Jagger and Alice Dellal -the latter also helped him fund and set up his business. His debut jewellery 2009 collection 'Tooth and Nail' won the acclaim of Anna Wintour, and propelled his designs to being the fashion insiders cult choice of accessory. In 2011 he won jewellery designer of the year at the Elle style awards. Celebrities including Kristen Stewart, Sienna Miller, Beyonce and Rihanna have been spotted wearing Dominic's work.

March 12, 2012

Cass Film Alumnus meets Prince Charles

HRH Prince Charles recently met with Munsur Ali an alumnus of BA (Hons) Film and Broadcast Production at The Cass, who is now CEO of Limelight Film Awards, The Prince of Wales, visiting the Bromley by Bow Centre, requested to meet a select number of influential individuals who are making positive contributions to the local and wider community. The Prince was delighted to hear about the success of Limelight Film Awards and how it continues to benefit emerging film talent. This was the first visit by a Senior Royal to the Olympic borough in 2012 and Prince Charles congratulated Munsur on his achievements wishing Limelight all the best the future. Established by Munsur in 2007, Limelight Film Awards is an annual short film competition, followed by a red carpet awards ceremony, attended annually by over 500 film makers, celebrities and TV/ Film personalities. In its fifth year, with 12 film categories and a £10,000 production award, Limelight is paving the way in identifying emerging British film makers while helping to strengthen the industry.

March 11, 2012

Cass Jewellery student wins Gold

Amelie Spitz a second year student on BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing year at The Cass has won a 'Gold' prize in the prestigious Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards with her designs for an enamelled silver bracelet on the theme of splashing water. The competition was entered by students and professionals from all over the UK and Amelie won for her beautifully designed and presented armpiece. The competition is sponsored by QVC the television shopping channel and Amelie will now put her piece into production for QVC. Alongside the prize money Amelie has exhibited her designs at Goldsmiths Hall and will go on to be helped and supported through her success by the Goldsmiths Company and QVC. Amelie is also artist and designer for LuckyKunst, a Jewellery and Art brand that reflects modern lifestyle and art. LuckyKunst was launched in 2011 and was created by Amelie with Max Ferrin.

March 10, 2012

Musarc graces BBC airwaves

London Metropolitan University's unique sound and research group, Musarc, will be featured on BBC Radio 3 this week following an exciting project with an up-and-coming composer.

Musarc's choir, based in the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, was selected from over 100 groups to take part in the Adopt a Composer scheme, run by Making Music, Sound and Music and the PRS for Music Foundation.

Now in its eleventh year, the scheme matches six ensembles with six young or emerging talents who work together on a composition.


March 9, 2012

The Cass put on show fit for a Queen

An exhibition of work by Cass staff and students will form part of an exhibition recognising the capital's art and design sector as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee celebrations. The show from 29th March to 1st April called the Future of Design will take place in a huge marquee at Valentine Park in Redbridge and runs alongside shows by Londons top galleries, museums and schools.



Reading Complex Act IV - Sans Titre

19.03.12 - 05.04.12

Group show including works by Ruth Beale, Elena Damiani, Christophe Gérard and selected works from the Government Art Collection.



ESL_Your Face Looks Great

Curated by Vivi-Ann Lillefosse and Antonia Stausberg

The Cass Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition YOUR FACE LOOKS GREAT, grouping together new and existing works of artists Ed Fornieles, Jack Lavender, and Chris Succo. Coming from different artistic backgrounds, all three are linked to the Royal College of Art.

ESL_YOUR FACE LOOKS GREAT was curated by Antonia Stausberg and Vivi-Ann Lillefosse, students of the MA Course Curating the Contemporary, taught jointly by London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery.

For further information please contact:
antoniastausberg@hotmail.com | vivi_ann_lillefosse@hotmail.com

15 - 29 March 2012
PV Wednesday, 14 March, 6-8pm

Thursday 29 March 2012, 6-8pm
by exhibiting artists Ed Fornieles, Chris Succo, and Jack Lavender

CASS Gallery

Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF

Exhibition opening times: Mon - Fri, 11am-5pm


Cass Artists Make it to Munich

Cass students, alumni staff and artists in residence will be storming Schmuck at International Hanwerkmesse, one of the world’s largest jewellery shows, next month with a variety of exhibitions, talks and events.



Call for papers

9th International AHRA Conference
Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence
15–17 November 2012

The 2012 AHRA Conference Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University is both historical and contemporary in attempting to register transformations within architectural practice in relation to politics. Its scope extends from the dissident architects of the soviet bloc to contemporary critical spatial practices. We invite papers on and by architects, architectural theorists and also artists and filmmakers and other spatial practitioners that discuss or propose gestures of refusal that would be relevant for the field of architecture.

Papers might address the following themes and questions:
How can specific narratives of architectural dissent and their paradoxes be relevant today? How can critique be mobilized through architecture, built, unbuilt or refused altogether? How can we think of architectural practices as important vehicles of political action? Can architects challenge professional/political conventions, via the built, the drawn or the modelled? How can we, using the concept of dissidence, understand, theorize and complicate the meaning of practice? How can critical positions be part of a discussion in architectural education? How has the figure of the dissident been used and mis-used by various regimes? How have dissidents of one regime become complicit to a new hegemony?

Call for papers: www.dissidence.org.uk/call-for-papers

Deadline for abstracts of papers (500 words): 15 March 2012

Full conference details: www.dissidence.org.uk


Between Me and You

The Uncertain States Salon of Contemporary Photography presents...

Between Me and You

Mary George, independent curator, discusses curatorial practice in guest spaces.

Tuesday 6th March, 7.30pm at the Quarters Cafe.
267 Archway Rd, N6 5BS.

Free Admission.

Download e-card UCS-between_me_and_you.pdf


Christina Mackie at Chisenhale

Our very own sculpture and final project tutor Christina Mackie with a solo show at Chisenhale, starting this week and through February into March. Prime billing.

Private View: Thursday 19 January, 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition continues until 11 March 2012

Download Invite c_mackie-at-chisenhale.pdf

For more information visit chisemhale.org.uk



CURA. in collaboration with 1/9 unosunove gallery, rome




OPENING: Friday 3 February at 5pm


Per-Oskar Leu’s THE ENGLISH: ARE THEY HUMAN? marks the second intervention in the London Metropolitan University display window for the Commercial Road Project, an event cycle involving Italian and International artists represented by five galleries in Rome.




Stuart Cumberland, Sean Dawson, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Michael Stubbs, Dolly Thompsett, Vicky Wright.

(Curated by: Sean Dawson, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Michael Stubbs)

Sir John Cass Gallery, London Metropolitan University, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF

Open: 10 February – 9 March, 2012. Mondays – Fridays 10am-5pm
Private View: Thursday 9 February, 2012, 6-8.30pm

Enquiries: (t) 0044 (0)7970 075644. (e) momentum@dircon.co.uk

In the face of stock market meltdown, unemployment, revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, rioting and looting on the streets of London, the survival stakes become high and when the chips are down what’s left amongst the rubble is the last benign act - decadent hedonism.

Hallogallo is the title of a track from the Krautrock band Neu from 1972. It’s a knowing play on the German slang word halligalli which means ‘wild partying’ and is intended as an ironic pun.

On the one hand all the paintings presented utilise hallucinatory materials, colours, forms and narratives to convey a sense of worldly displacement - a form of wild partying. On the other, the artists self-consciously deploy these methods as shadows of historical painting styles; they paint the ‘act’ of abstraction and figuration in a knowing, playful and often excessive manner that quotes the carnivalesque parody of law and order.



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