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little-red Glove design, by Eva Pospisilova

atosto-pewterlive09 Desktidier, by Alexandra Tosto

knights-move-jun09 Spleen, the fourth edition of Knight's Move

ss09-lulian Close to the Essence, 3D and sound works by Leonardo Ulian (BA Fine Art)

whitechapel-gallery Whitechapel Gallery and London Metropolitan University co-leading a new MA in Curating

mind-the-tail Art Students Exchange Project

pick-n-mix Pick'n'Mix exhibition in Woolworths abandoned store in Leytonstone


News and Events Archive: July 2009

Fashion student wins British Glove Association award

Eva Pospisilova, a student on the London Metropolitan University accredited Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textiles student at City and Islington College, has scooped a first prize in the British Glove Association's Glove Design Competition, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Glovers.

Eva won first prize in the Design a glove for a pop star, past or present category for her Madonna inspired entry. To enter the competition Eva submitted design boards to illustrate the material and accessories she had chosen, as well as photos of the completed glove. Eva's winning design included a silver diamond motif and printed fabric sleeve. As a first prize recipient, Eva will receive £300 and three days work experience within the Textile Conservation department at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and attend an awards ceremony at The Drapers Hall.

The competition has been running since 1975. Its purpose is to encourage students to create practical yet original glove designs. The judges look for designs that show a commercial aspect in respect to the ease of manufacture and 'self-ability'. This is the first time a student from City and Islington College has entered this competition. Speaking about her win, Eva said, "The Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textiles course has really developed my design and creativity skills, giving me the confidence to submit my glove design into this competition. I am really looking forward to the work experience opportunity at the V&A Museum where I can gain further experience and utilise the skills I have already developed on my course."

July 7, 2009

Cass students make their mark in pewter !

Two Foundation Degree (Fda) Silversmithing and Jewellery Design students from the Cass have won prizes in the prestigious national ‘Pewter Live’ Competition.

Alexandra Tosto won first Prize in the 'Decorative Arts' section for her 'Desktidier'. This innovative and fun product has been designed to store the assorted notes, business cards and post-it notes we amass in an attractive, safe and accessible way. Karen Fox claimed Second Prize in the 'Architectural Fixtures & Fittings' section for her remarkable 'Scary Crow Garden Bouncers', an ideal solution for all those who want to keep intruders out of our gardens including seed-stealing birds and toileting cats!

Two other students from The Cass were short listed for the Pewter Live finals. They were Elizabeth O’Neal for her submission to 'Fashion : The total Look' category with 'Hoodwinked' and Claire Tyzack-Stack for her submission to 'Decorative Arts', the 'Archivase' a beautiful table piece.

Talking about the success, Fda Course Leader Beaulagh Chapman said, "I’m delighted. This is only our second year of participating in the student competition of Pewter Live. We ran away with more than our fair share of the coveted prizes last year and have repeated the success again. Well done all participants and roll on next year!"

July 6, 2009

Fourth edition of Knight's Move

Spleen, is the fourth edition of Knight's Move. This publication is a journal of artists' writings published by the Sir John Cass School of Art, Media and Design of London Metropolitan University twice yearly. The content is a mixture of commissioned new writing and excerpts from a wide range of historical sources.

The editors, art Lecturers David Howells and Charlie Woolley state, 'Our purpose is to bring writing as a visual art practice to critical attention but also into a context in which all text objects may be considered as visual culture.'

Download Spleen knightsmove-jun09

July 2, 2009

1,600 guests 'Find the Cass' at biggest ever summer show

Over 1,600 guests defied a London Underground strike to attend the launch night of 'Find The Cass', the annual Summer Show from The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, making it the biggest event of its kind in London Metropolitan history.

From the 10 to 14 of June, The Cass' two buildings were transformed into an exciting exhibition space showcasing student work in a wide range of disciplines including Fine Art, Interior Design, Photography, Jewellery, Furniture, Music Technology, Graphics, Musical Instruments, Textiles and Moving image... read more

June 23, 2009

New course set to develop curators of the future

Two of the East End's major art power-houses, London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery, have joined forces to create an innovative postgraduate course ‘Curating the Contemporary’. The new MA will take its first cohort of students in September 2009...
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June 8, 2009

Art Students Exchange Project

Semi-Familiar is an annual student exchange project that involves linking students from the BA Animation and New Media Department at the Zagreb Academy of Art in Croatia, with the Fine Art BA students based at London Metropolitan University.

Each year, long before the students start travelling, Tthe project begins with a series of meetings, readings and workshops which aim to set out some of 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.

There are two key stages of the project - six students from Zagreb going to London, and six students from London going to Zagreb. During their time in each of these cities the students from each university take part in group seminars and presentations, as well as attending exhibitions, museums, talks, bars…

They are also asked to make new work during their time away. This work is then exhibited in promenant exhibition spaces in the respective cities. Londonmet art students exhibited at the Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery.

The nature of the project means that the student’s work often has to be developed in a climate of fluidity and spontaneity. The experience often involves the students’ preconceptions and positions being constantly challenged. Therefore works are not always completed, but rather might
form the beginnings of work to be made at later stages.

June 6, 2009

Cass Lecturer In Pick ’n’ Mix Show

Old Woolworths building, 817 High Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 1HQ

Nearest Tube
Leytonstone, Central Line, Zone 3

Opening times
Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 July (incl.): 12-6pm (Friday until 8pm)
Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 July (incl.): 12-6pm (Friday until 8pm)

Dr Nicholas Haeffner, a Senior Lecturer at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) is one of sixty East End artists showing at an exhibition in the abandoned Woolworths store in Leytonstone. Fuelled by personal memories of the one-time High Street giant, Pick 'n' Mix will run for four extended weekends from Saturday 27 June - Sunday 19 July 2009 as part of the Leytonstone Arts trail. Though retaining its fixtures and fittings, the 75 year old Art Deco store will now host a multi-media exhibition of pictures, paintings, sculptures and films as well as site-specific installations stimulated by the building.

Pick ‘n’ Mix is the centerpiece of the Leytonstone Arts Trail. The eponymous show takes its name from the scores of professional and emerging artists from the area’s vibrant creative scene that make up the group. Dr Haeffner is no stranger to Leytonstone, of course -he is as a leading authority on Alfred Hitchcock, the revered film maker who grew up in the area.

Mark Hampson, one of the Art Trail organisers comments, "The works selected deliberately and defiantly echo the unique and eclectic nature of Woolworths’ retailing style. The collision of hardware and homeware, CDs and kiddies clothes, toilet seats, toys, trinkets and trash have been replaced by a similarly unlikely and brash combination of painting, video, drawing, installation, sculpture, ceramics and prints. The resulting experience, part-exhibition and part-event is appropriately a visual Pick ‘n’ Mix of styles, languages, approaches and attitude."

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