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For Our Freedom Years
Top: Flyer. Above: View of the exhibition

Konrad Wyrebek's painting on the cover of AN Magazine

Shadows of Doubt Symposium and Exhibition. Image: Spencer Rowell

Patrick Colerigde-Taylor, a hip-hop artist known as P.C.T.

2012 Olympic and Paralympic Posters
Top: Poster by Bob & Roberta Smith
Above: Poster by Tracey Emin

From the Private to Public. Photography by Laura Hynd

The Animal Gaze Returned.
Oliver Richon, Art History, 19thC

The Power of Making.
Lecture by Daniel Charney

Telling Tales, an exhibition of print artists

Pressing Matters Exhibition

The Cass Research Seminars, a talk by Sadie Morgan of DRMM


News and Events Archive: November 2011

For Our Freedom Years exhibition and events

29 October – 11 November 2011

for our freedom years is a reaction to ‘women’s culture’, to the idea that as women we share the same ideals, beliefs and problems, fundamentally the same identity; an identity that is expected and in many cases embraced by females in mainstream society. This exhibition explores the multitude of categories imposed on women throughout historical and popular culture and how they hold little relevance to the reality of femininity. Artists and Cass Alumnae Gemma Donovan and Kerry Clark take us on an investigation of what it means to them to be women through the playing out of these archetypes.

Working with the atmosphere of Town House shop, the artists chose to combine the art with antiques, creating a playful relationship between the work, the spectator, the historic and the domestic. The viewers are asked to explore the space and seek out the art.

Women Talk Women in Art! took place in the heart of every home, the kitchen, where FOFY’s lived out their dreams of domestic godliness through the supply of Victoria sponge cake, gingerbread ‘men’ and of course every gossips sidekick; tea. Oriana Fox, who is a Lecturer at The Cass, presented Performance Art Can Change Your Life for the Better, the awe inspiring story of self transformation from the shy ‘plain Jane’ to the self-assured and hugely glamorous Oriana, host of The O Show. Oriana took the attendees, including Queen Mary’s Women in the Arts Society and Cass MA Alumna Caroline Halliday who runs Sir John Cass’ Feminist Group, on a journey of how her influences have shaped her work, and ultimately how performance has improved all aspects of her life.

Town House, 5 Fournier Street, London, E1 6QE

Download invite for_our_freedom_years.pdf

November 9, 2011

Cass Alumnus on cover of latest AN magazine

Cass Fine Art Alumnus Konrad Wyrebek is the featured artist and his painting is on the cover of the October issue AN Magazine.

Please take a look: www.konradwyrebek.blogspot.com

Konrad explaines, "The painting on the cover of AN Magazine is "Olivia Palermo and her boyfriend, model Johannes Huebl". It comes from the series of oil paintings of celebrities with their model partners. Also in the series are portraits of Madonna and Kelly Osbourne with their model boyfriends."

November 4, 2011

Staff News

Congratulations to the following BA Fine Art tutors!

Maryclare Foa, Bridget Crone, Deej Fabyc, Ben Cain, Christina Mackie, Bob & Roberta Smith, Andrew Hewish, Jo Longhurst, Spencer Rowell, Frances Richardson, Mike Stubbs, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Fred Gatley and Gordon Shrigley.


November 25, 2011

Londonmet Investigates Alfred Hitchcock’s East End Childhood world

Shadows of Doubt Symposium: 24th Nov 2011 at 1.30pm
Shadows of Doubt Exhibition: 21 Nov - 17 Dec
Private View: 1st December 2011 6-8pm
Venue for both: Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF

A Symposium at London Metropolitan University next week aims to investigate the relationship between Hitchcock’s Childhood in the East End of London and his celebrated films. The event, which is taking place as part of Photomonth, is called Shadows of Doubt and will bring together experts from the worlds of film, photography, theatre, architecture and psychoanalysis.

The speakers include the Director Simon Usher, celebrated for his work at the RSC and presently working at The Globe; Dr Chris Oakley, leading psychoanalyst and author, with an interest in popular culture; Dr Nicholas Haeffner a Senior Lecturer at The Cass and author of the book Alfred Hitchcock, and Steven Jacobs author of The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock. A 32 page book including images from the accompanying exhibition and essays by the speakers will also be available.

The images in the exhibition by David George and Spencer Rowell – both of whom will also speak at the symposium- 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, and he often related an anecdote about being locked in a cell at Leytonstone Police Station aged six (at the request of his father!) as the source of his fear of authority and interest in the wrongly accused. 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. David George looks at the exterior, identifying places in the East End that might have caught Hitchcock’s eye as a child and suggest what they may have looked like seen through the director’s gothic sensibility. Spencer Rowell, who is now studying for a PhD at London Met, uses interior photography to restage Hitchcock’s childhood fears and anxieties. The work in this exhibition will be added to London Metropolitan University’s East End Archive.


Notes to editors

Steven Jacobs
Author of The Wrong House, is an art historian who has published widely on the photographic and cinematic representations of architecture, cities, and landscapes. He currently lectures on film history at Saint Lukas College of Art Brussels and the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, and on urban studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Simon Usher
Has been a theatre director for thirty years, working extensively in the UK on classics and new plays. He has a particular interest in Shakespeare and the Jacobean and Caroline playwrights, especially John Ford,and the European avant-garde. He has been associate Director at Leicester Haymarket and Artistic Director of the Belgrade Coventry. He has worked at the Royal Court, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has a longstanding interest in the cinema, especially the films of Robert Bresson, whom he is also writing about at present.

Dr Chris Oakley
Is a psychoanlyst and is the author of Football Delirium (2003)

Dr Nicholas Haeffner
Is Senior Lecturer in media and communications at The Cass, London Metropolitan University and is the author of Alfred Hitchcock (Pearson 2005) and Michael Winterbottom and Revolution Films (Peter Lang, forthcoming 2012)

For more information contact:

Michael Upton
Academic Leader
The Cass, London Metropolitan University
T: 020 7320 1977 | M: 0782 5420 047
E: m.upton@londonmet.ac.uk

Victoria George
PR and Internal Communications Officer
T: 020 7320 1349
E: v.george@londonmet.ac.uk

November 18, 2011

Debut record for producer Patrick

The UK hip-hop bubble is showing no signs of bursting, which is good news for London Met student Patrick Coleridge-Taylor.

As well as taking a degree in BSc Music Technology (Sound for Media), Patrick is a busy hip-hop artist who’s first single, Bubbles Go Bang, is due for release on 21 November.

Patrick, also known as P.C.T, studies in The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design. He said: “Music is most powerful when it is both enjoyable and enriching, and I aim to make records with not just the entertainment factor but substance as well".

Patrick’s record, will be available for download from outlets including iTunes, Amazon and Napster on 21 November.


November 17, 2011

An Olympic Feat by Cass Lecturer and Alumna

A Cass lecturer and alumna have both contributed to the series Olympic and Paralympic posters, commissioned from leading UK artists which were unveiled this week.

Patrick Brill (better known as Bob and Roberta Smith) who teaches Fine Art and Tracey Emin, who studied printmaking at the Faculty in the eighties, and who received an honorary degree from the university in 2008, both provided stunning posters for the Parlympic series. Images of their work and by the ten other artists will be displayed in a free exhibition at Tate Britain next year, held as part of the London 2012 cultural festival.

The other Paralympic posters are the work of Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris. The six Olympic posters have been designed by Ofili, Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Bridget Riley and Rachel Whiteread.

Bob & Roberta Smith, born in 1963 in London, invite us to question high art, and the role that aesthetic elitism has to play in society today. At the core of its practice Bob & Roberta Smith assert that art can and should be an essential tool in the democratic process. The means by which the artist explores this is through humour. Key to Bob and Roberta Smith’s practice is sign painting. These works take the form of absurd, faux-political or revolutionary-in-spirit slogans. They are painted on reclaimed timber, old bits of board, paper or rather more traditional canvas. The sentiments expounded are often hard hitting, sometimes stating the obvious, sometimes highly opinionated, and mostly very funny. Bob & Roberta Smith have had a number of solo shows including The Beautiful Poetry of Bob & Roberta Smith at the Hales Gallery, London (2005/6) and Help Build the Ruins of Democracy, Baltic (2005).

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous. Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963 and lives and works in London. She has exhibited internationally including solo shows at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich) and Modern Art Oxford in 2002, Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia) 2003 and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul in 2004. In June 2007 Tracey Emin was made a Royal Academician and represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2011 The Hayward Gallery presented a major retrospective of her work in 2011.

Bob and Roberta and Tracey Emin last appeared together in a London Met news story when they competed to have their work exhibited on the 4th Plinth at Trafalgar Square.

See all of the posters:

November 10, 2011

From the Private to Public: One day Seminar

Thursday 3 Nov 10am-6pm

  • Susan Andrews - Photographer/Senior Lecturer and MA Photography course leader at Sir John Cass School of Art, Media & Design.
  • Emmanuelle Dirix - Lecturer in Critical issues at LCF, Winchester School of Art, The Royal College of Art, The Fashion Academy, Antwerp and Central St. Martins.
  • Laura Hynd - Photographer showing her recent work The Letting Go a personal and confessional series of photographs.
  • Lesley McIntyre - Photographer/author discussing her book The Time of her Life about her daughter Molly who died in 1999 at the age of fourteen.
  • Spencer Rowell - Photographer, currently studying for a Phd at Sir John Cass School of Art, LMU and an MA in psychotherapy discussing the influence of psychotherapy on his art practise.
  • Ian Robertson - Artist/Subject Leader Fine Art, Sir John Cass School of Art, LMU - discussing The Photo-Diaries of Mick Williamson.
  • Mick Williamson - Head of Photography at Sir John Cass School of Art.
  • Eti Wade - Artist and academic and programme leader for the MA Photography at the University of West London.

From the Private to Public will examine the motivations, both conscious and unconscious, of putting very personal photographic work into the public domain. How does the practice of artists working in this field differ and relate to the proliferation of personal imagery that is found on social networking sites? This symposium will bring together both artists and academics to examine and debate some of these ideas.

£40/£25 concs includes lunch and tea. Booking essential s.andrews@londonmet.ac.uk

The Women's Library
London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, E1 7NT
Aldgate East tube station
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Thurs to 8pm, Sat 10am-4pm

For more information please call 020 7320 2222, or visit www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/


The Animal Gaze Returned
Symposium and Exhibition

London Metropolitan University

"Was draußen ist, wir wissens aus des Tiers Antlitz allein..." (Rilke)

The Animal Gaze Returned Symposium on contemporary art and animal-human studies will take place 27-28 October 2011 at the School of Fine Art, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media & Design at London Metropolitan University in Whitechapel, London (United Kingdom).

Download  The_Animal_Gaze_Returned-Symposium_Programme.doc

Please see www.animalgaze.org for booking details.

The Animal Gaze Returned Exhibition : Oct 27 - Nov 11 2011
Private View: Thursday 27 October, 5.30 - 8.00 pm

Some of the issues examined will be: art for animal sensoria; belief and animals - performance art; censorship over animal issues in art's so-called 'zone of freedom'; animalisation; art and animal absence; animals and studio ethics; contemporary animism and science; phenomenology and skin; art and animals in industrial farming.

Download The_Animal_Gaze_Returned-Invite.pdf

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Great Lecture by Daniel Charney: The Power Of Making

´╗┐Power of Making: Requiem or Renaissance? Lecture by Daniel Charney

Thursday 10 November 2011, 6:30pm, at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Does the distance from production mean that making will increasingly disappear from most people lives? or are we at a time of growing interest and new possibilities?



Telling Tales: an exhibition of print artists

We would like to invite you to the private view of a forthcoming group exhibition of print artists - all of whom are Alumni of the Royal College of Art, Camberwell and John Cass School of Art - called Telling Tales, at the Royal Opera Arcade on The Mall, London.

The exhibition will run from 11am - 7pm from Monday 7 November until Saturday 12 November.

If you would like to see a preview of the sort of work/artist we are showing then download invitation telling-tales-pv-invite.pdf or visit the CASSA website.


Dizzy and the Faery Queen Exhibition

Fabrizio Sanita and Paul Ash are 3rd level students on the BA Furniture Restoration and currently on placement at Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe.

Fabrizio and Paul are curating an exhibition named Dizzy and the Faery Queen - exploring the relationship between Benjamin Disraeli and queen Victoria, which will be held at Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, from October 31th to November 13th 2011.

Download brochure: invito-dizzy_and_the_faery_queen.pdf

For more information contact Fabrizio Sanita


Pressing Matters Exhibition

21 - 26 November 2011 | The Gallery, Spring House

This exhibition acts as a catalyst for a series of shows that will explore the techniques and craftsmanship that happen in the design, art and media studios of The Cass and ASD. The forthcoming series of shows will seek to reveal and highlight ways of making and encourage discussions about the possibilities for cross-disciplinary thinking.

Print makers Lucy Philips and Sarah Knight who are both alumni of The Cass have been invited to curate a show of their work as well as selected pieces that reveal different methods of print making – such as collagraph, etching, lino and woodcut and monoprint.



The Cass Research Seminars

A talk by Sadie Morgan OF DRMM

Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan founded dRMM, a London based studio of international architects and designers, in 1995.

24th November 2011, Commercial Road, room 100, 6pm


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London Metropolitan University