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cityrats City Rats, gala premiere at the East End Film Festival

vic-reeves Where Eagles Tremble, an exhibition of paintings by Vic Reeves

bierley-brill Steve Bierley with Patrick Brill

anon-exhibition Anon... an exhibition curated by Lisa Weger-Dennis

greenwood 2009 David Harris Conservation Conference

The Animal Gaze Exhibition: Hayden Fowler, Second Nature


News and Events Archive: April 2009

MA AVP Alumni Success Story. ‘City Rats’ indie feature at East End Film Festival

A group of London Met MA Audiovisual Production alumni from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design are behind the release of the year's most highly anticipated Brit-flick, City Rats. They include Simon Fantauzzo who wrote the script, William Borthwick the film's producer and Adam Levins, DoP.

The City Rats gala premiere is at the Mile End Genesis Cinema on April 24th, at 8 pm, as part of the East End Film Festival 2009. The film goes into major distribution at the Apollo West End for the week starting on Saturday 25th April 2009.

City Rats features Danny Dyer (The Business, Football Factory) and Tamer Hassan (Cass, The Business) who return to explosive form in the year's most highly anticipated independent production. Welcome to the world of the City Rats where eight lives collide in a Pulp Fiction style blend that reveals London's dark and twisted underbelly. Dyer and Hassan give career-best performances in their first collaboration since British gangster film The Business. This is a story of London's lonely and lost, looking for redemption in each other and finding solutions in darkness and light.

For further details please check:
www.genesiscinema.co.uk | www.apollocinemas.co.uk | www.cityratsthemovie.com

For more information contact:
Yossi Balanescu-Bal: y.balanescu-bal@londonmet.ac.uk

April 22, 2009

Major Exhibition for Cass Alumnus

A major exhibition of new work by Vic Reeves, a well-known alumnus of The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design), will take place until April 29th at a Mayfair Gallery.

Titled ‘Where Eagles Tremble’, the show features a series of aviation-inspired paintings that illustrate a fictional story written by Reeves about the life and career of enigmatic film actor Alan Todd, who makes aviation films featuring WWII airplanes.

Although perhaps better known for surreal comedy than he is for his painting, Vic Reeves is now dedicating much of his time to art and this is his third solo exhibition. Reeves (real name James Moir), who was awarded and Honorary Doctorate by London Metropolitan University in December 2008, has also published book of his art called Sunboiled Onions and is presently working on a huge book of illustrations for publication this year.

Where Eagles Tremble runs at Mews of Mayfair, 10-11 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, London W1S 1EY, until 29th April 2009.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10am - 6pm

April 11, 2009

Art Lecturer’s return volley as ‘article’ becomes ‘art’

Patrick Brill, a Senior Lecturer on the BA Fine Art course at The Cass
(The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has created a new large scale artwork using text by a Guardian journalist. Last year, the newspaper’s tennis writer Steve Brierley became an art critic for the day, as part of a project which saw various journalists changing roles. Patrick, who works under the pseudonym ‘Bob and Roberta Smith’ was so inspired by Steve’s article, he turned it (with Steve’s permission) into a huge painting. The work will be on show in a ‘one painting exhibition’ at the Grey Gallery during this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Talking about the work, Patrick says, "You could read it through, as it appeared in The Guardian, or you could pick up particular words or phrases... "It should have carried a health warning", "This woman is deeply dangerous" - almost like a sign, or like a horror film credit. He explains he chose the article because, "I thought almost immediately this would be a great picture because it's about discovering something, about discovering art."

The Guardian newspaper is also offering readers the chance to have their 25 word review of an art exhibition that ‘changed their life’ given the Brill treatment. The most inspiring submission, as chosen by Bob and Roberta Smith, will receive an original coloured ink drawing based on their text.

Michael Upton , Academic Leader at The Cass said, "I don’t see what the fuss is about. It’s that age old story - art imitating tennis writer imitating art critic."

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April 10, 2009

Disused Shop Turned Into Art Gallery

A group of nine local artists including alumni and students from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University) have joined forces to create Anon... a one-off exhibition of contemporary artwork in a disused shop opposite Whitechapel Gallery.

Participating artists, including Janet Mckay, Martin Jones, Matthew Vincent Townsend, Graham Hughes, Matthew Blackner, Neil Paterson, Sayshun Jay, Joe Watling and Joe the Painter, have worked round the clock to transform an empty travel agents into an exciting venue...

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Exhibition details

Private View: 2nd April 2009, 6pm-9pm

Dates: 5-11 April 2009
Address: 64-65 Whitechapel High Street E1 7PL
Gallery opening times: Monday - Sunday, 11am-6pm
Thursday, 11am-9pm
Contact: Lisa Weger-Dennis on 020 7284 1158

2009 David Harris Conference at The Cass

Conference speakers include keynote by Adrian Doyle of the Museum of London.

The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) is delighted to announce that the 2009 David Harris Conference will take place on Friday 24 April from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

This year’s conference line-up includes speakers from institutions across the UK who will speak on a variety of fascinating topics including the challenges of conservation in the Antarctic, the changing face of conservation in the digital age and the creation of the High Wycombe Electronic Furniture Archive. Following the conference, in the Parker Gallery, there will also a short demonstration of the digital scanning process in Metropolitan Works creative industries centre.

The David Harris Conservation Conference has been an annual event, staged at the Commercial Road Building of the university, since 1997. It was initiated by the academic leader for conservation, Ed Gregory, as a memorial to David Harris, a second year undergraduate on the BSc Restoration and Conservation course, who tragically died in 1996. The conference brings together speakers, drawn from all aspects of the conservation profession, including ex-students of London Metropolitan, to speak on a wide range of conservation issues, reflecting the broad range of interests held by David himself.

Speakers for 2009 include:

  • Adrian Doyle, Museum of London (Keynote)
  • Dr John Cross, London Metropolitan University (Samuel Benge; Upholder of the City, Upholder of the Community)
  • Penny Gillett, London Met student (Conservation of an 18th Century square piano)
  • Prof. Jake Kaner, Bucks New University (Archival preservation: The High Wycombe Electronic Furniture Archive)
  • John Greenwood, University of Lincoln (Conservation issues in the Antarctic)
  • Sue Newton & Chris Cornish, London Metropolitan University (Conservation in the Digital Age)
  • Bodil Larsen
  • David Harris Prize winner 2008 (Conservation placement at Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark)

Admission to the David Harris conference is £6.00 / £4.00 for students. The venue is the main Lecture Theatre ( Room 101) Commercial Road, London E1 1LA.

For a full programme or further details please contact Ed Gregory
Email: e.gregory@londonmet.ac.uk

The Animal Gaze exhibition is at tour venues in Plymouth

Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium and CCANW have brought this exhibition to the South West and it includes an associated commission by Groundwork UK South West. The Animal Gaze is a London Metropolitan University event organized and curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick.

The Animal Gaze, a multi-site contemporary exhibition, exploring the complex relationship between animals and humans and coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin, can be seen at:

Plymouth College of Art
8 January-7 February 2009

Plymouth Arts Centre
24 January-22 March 2009

Plymouth City Museum and Arts Gallery
24 January-28 March 2009

Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World
24 January-5 April 2009

Peninsula Arts Gallery
28 March-5 May 2009

For more information visit:
www.animalgaze.org | www.darwin200plymouth.org

Read article: Art returns the Animal Gaze

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