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David Gates' work at the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco

The Sculpture Window, Mansion House: The Lady Mayoress Barbara Bear, MA student Clementina Cosco and sculptor Tim Letten

Jenny Anderson wins Upholstery Award

Joshua Raffell, appointed Artist in Residence at Studio 1.1 Gallery

Hidden City, an exhibition by Illustration students from The Cass. Image by Jen Dionisio

MA Photography Interim Exhibition. Image by Ian Farrant

Techniques of the Bird Observer, by Rosemarie McGoldrick

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The Life of the Mind, an exhibition curated by Bob and Roberta Smith


News and Events Archive: February 2011

Cass Lecturer exhibits in San Francisco

David Gates, a Senior Lecturer on the BA Furniture and Product Design course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) is exhibiting his latest work at the gallery Velvet Da Vinci in San Francisco.

HOST is new exhibition of collaborative making featuring makers from the UK and the USA presented in the form of a single installation created by Gates. The show draws together some recent strands of Gates’ practice: Collaborative making and ambiguous or rhetorical furniture forms.

The installation plays with the idea of intervening in the gallery space and thinking about how jewellery and small scale metalwork are displayed or co-exist with furniture and other containers. The collaborative works draw together disparate practices resulting in hybrid objects of a ‘third hand’, constituitive of each other but singularly autonomous.

The participating designers and makers are Helen Carnac, David Clarke, Bob Ebendorf, Katy Hackney and Tom Hill

You can find about more about David Gates and there are images from the Host installation on his blog.

If you’re going to San Francisco, Host is at The Velvet Da Vinci, 2015 Polk Street, San Francisco CA 94109, from 23 February until 3 April.

February 27, 2011

Curating Mansion House

Students from the MA Curating the Contemporary at The Cass have curated an exciting contemporary sculpture exhibition at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of the City of London.

The MA Curating the Contemporary is a two-year professional course taught jointly by The Cass and Whitechapel Gallery. Final year students were chosen to curate five displays of work by London-based sculptors for The Mansion House Sculpture Window.

Sculpture Window is a year-long programme of contemporary sculpture that will last until October 2011. The displays are taking place in the prominent North-East Staircase of the Georgian town palace, right among the distinguished collections of the Lord Mayor's residence. The Sculpture Window programme is sponsored by the Lord Mayor Alderman Michael Bear and the Lady Mayoress Barbara Bear. ... read more

February 21, 2011

Cass student wins Upholstery Award at Design Interiors

Jenny Anderson, an upholstery student from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) was announced winner of the Heico Fasteners UK Design Competition at Interiors 2011. The competition offered design inspired upholsterers of the future the opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience at the UK’s premier interior design event, Design Interiors 201.

The students of two leading upholstery training centres – The Cass , London Metropolitan University and Wendy Shorter Interiors of Hertfordshire vyed for top spot in the annual competition which challenged students to design a chair incorporating innovative Powder Coated nails created by Heico Fasteners.

An independent judging panel had the difficult task of choosing the winning designs. The panel consisted of Angela Linforth, editor ‘BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine’ along with Edward Allwright, professional photographer ‘Premier Creative Photography Ltd’ and was chaired by Joan Milton, the much respected former president of the ‘Association of Master Upholsters & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF)’.

The Runner-Up prizes went to Liz Alsop and Pauline Craze, both students from Wendy Shorter Interiors.

Joan Milton said of the judging process “It was a difficult task for the judges to choose a winner as the standard of all the entries was of such a high calibre and all three designs were worthy winners”.

Dave Read, General Manager at Heico Fasteners UK commented “Last years competition was a great success and the high standard of this year’s winning designs certainly drew a lot of attention at the exhibition which provided great exposure for both the students and ourselves as well as the training centres and the AMUSF. Our congratulations go to all the winning students”.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, “We’re delighted with Jenny’s success, and it was a great opportunity for her work to be presented at such a major national showcase. We are already looking forward to working with Heico on next years’ competition brief.”

February 5, 2011

Cass Alumnus is New Artist in Residence

Joshua Raffell an Alumnus of The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) has been appointed Artist in Residence for 2011 at Studio 1.1 Gallery, an artist run gallery space in Shoreditch, E2. Joshua, who graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art and won the Owen Rowley Prize for Fine Art in 2010, provided some of the high points of the 2010 Cass Summer Show with his controversial kinetic sculptures.

Talking about the appointment Studio 1.1 said, “That Joshua’s work crosses and re-crosses boundaries of public and private seemed a perfect counterpart to our position in/outside the shifting art world/market where what is a dissenting voice one minute becomes a designated cutting-edge must-have commodity the next. That the work, beautifully crafted and defiantly object- and outrage-based, can simultaneously offend and delight the same sensibility at the same time seemed to us a perfect choice for our Artist in Residence 2011.”

Joshua and Studio 1.1 (Keran James & Michael Keenan) talk about the Artist in residence... read more

February 1, 2011

Cass students explore the Hidden City

Over the past three months illustration students from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design), London Metropolitan University have been researching the borough of Tower Hamlets, as part of their module The Hidden City. Through outdoor sketchbook work, reportage drawings, recorded conversations, photography and site-specific illustrations they have produced imaginative responses to the borough.

This exhibition is an opportunity to view the borough from their unique perspectives. The work is displayed at the Brady Arts and Community Centre, a building widely used by diverse communities and residents of Tower Hamlets. By displaying the students’ work in this social context, the students are sharing their views of Tower Hamlets with the wider community, creating an exhibition that consists of multiple reflections of this area, mirroring the city back onto itself.

Private view: Friday 4th Feb 2011, 18.00 – 20.30

Exhibition dates: 4th – 14th February 2011

Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-7pm, Sat 10.30am-5pm

Brady Arts & Community Centre
192 - 196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU

Hidden City-press-release.pdf

For further information contact: Michael Upton


MA Photography Interim Exhibition

Private View: Thursday 24th February 6-8pm

2nd Floor
Sir John Cass School of Art, Media and Design
Central House , 59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF
(Aldgate East tube)

Open: 25th February – 16th March
N.B. Our gallery is currently undergoing refurbishment and the show is in a temporary space in the photo dept.; daily viewing is by appointment only. Telephone: 020 7320 1903/1904, 10am - 5pm

Participating students:
Maria Begasse, Sofia Borges, Michèle Clément-Delbos, Jessica Cutt, Ian Farrant, Begona Garcia, Jane Garfield, Andrew Kennedy, Amin Kojoori, Kasia Kosaka, Karin Manunapichu, Emma Marrison, Bruna Martini, Alistair McCrea, Santa Piterniece, Antonio Rizello



The Animal Gaze

Rosemarie McGoldrick, Course Leader for BA Fine Art at The Cass is one of the curators of The Animal Gaze, an exhibition at The Sheffried Institute of Arts Gallery from 18 February - 20 March 2011.

Recent years have seen the development of a field in the humanities called animal/human studies, a field that ranges across literature, philosophy and fine art to sociology, history and geography. This area of study is used to question and inform theory, debate and discourse in relation to the understanding of the relationship between non-human animals and humans, morally, ethically, philosophically, and creatively. The Animal Gaze examines new ways in which animals appear in contemporary art and the contingent ethics and aesthetics to which such practice may be subject. Representations of animals that regularly appear elsewhere in the visual culture of our own species are avoided (no animals as decoration, nor status symbols and vehicles for ancient mythology or totemic ritual). Instead, The Animal Gaze shows stances outside anthropocentrism, deconstructions of species taxonomy, constructions of the idea of difference and documentation of the consequences of indifference.

Artists: Daniel Andersson, Angela Bartram, Sarah Beddington, Catherine Bell, Suky Best, Stephanie Black, Andrew Bracey, Mary Britton Clouse, Rich Broomhall, Chloë Brown, Paul Bush, Mircea Cantor, Marcus Coates, Nicky Coutts, Roz Cran, Matilda Downs, Roswitha von der Driesch and Jens-Uwe Dyffort, Tessa Farmer, Kate Foster, Hayden Fowler, Kathy High, Kate James, Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan, Cathryn Jiggens, Jo Longhurst, Kate MccGwire, Rosemarie McGoldrick, Aurelia Mihai, Daniel Mijic, Roz Mortimer, Melody Owen, Nicola Oxley, Kate Potter, Barbara Rauch, Andrea Roe, Claire Rousell, Clara Rueprich, Helen Sear, Snaebjornsdottir/Wilson, Miranda Whall, Martin White. Curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick, Dr. Robert McKay, Chloë Brown.

Following the success of the first Animal Gaze symposium in November 2008, the next Animal Gaze 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 (UK).

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery
Furnival Building
Sheffield Hallam University
153 Arundel Street
S1 2NU

Gallery and show details


East End Blend

'East End Blend', a new exhibition at Rich Mix, which has been curated by students of the MA Curating the Contemporary course at The Cass, focuses on the East End of London as a hub of diversity, collaboration and the creation of communities.

The show presents work from ten undergraduate fine art students from the University of East London, an international university with students originating from numerous countries and many backgrounds. ...read more

Veneu: Rich Mix, London

Private View: 25/02/2011, 6.00-7.00

Dates and times: 26/02/2011 - 02/03/2011 (9am -6pm)


Cass Senior Lecturer explores ‘The Life Of The Mind’

Exhibition: The Life of the Mind. Love, Sorrow and Obsession.
Curated by Bob and Roberta Smith
Gallery: The New Art Gallery Walsall
Dates: 21 January – 20 March 2011
Preview: Thursday 20 January 2011, 6pm-9pm

Patrick Brill (aka Bob and Roberta Smith), Senior Lecturer on BA Fine Art at The Cass, has curated a major exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall. In ‘The Life of the Mind’ Bob and Roberta Smith explore an interior world of heartfelt emotion and deepest sorrow - the feelings which truly make us human - by delving deep into the minds of an eclectic group of artists.

The exhibition will bring together historic, modern and contemporary work and archive material. Newly commissioned work by Bob and Roberta Smith will be accompanied by the works of 26 diverse and internationally renowned artists such as Louise Bourgeois , Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Vincent Van Gogh, Annette Messager. Inspired by Jacob Epstein’s sculpture of his then 15 year old daughter Esther in which she seems to be resisting the artist’s gaze, The Life of the Mind seeks to expose the myth of the great male artist who has special insight into the minds of his more frail female subjects.

This exhibition features a key number of powerful female artists who give form to the interior world. Each artist resists easy interpretation and in Bob and Roberta Smith’s words, “sticks a sharp pair of scissors into the soft underbelly of male hegemony.”

The title is a quote from the 1991 movie Barton Fink, where the words are screamed by John Goodman’s Character as he seeks vengeance, petrol can in hand, for his misrepresentation in a movie.

“I think artists are extraordinary people but they're people just like anybody else,” Bob and Roberta Smith say. “There's this idea that because you've got access and you've got power that you can interpret how the world works and what's going on in somebody's head, and so that image of John Goodman setting light to the hotel, he's saying I don't want to be patronised any more.”

The Life of The Mind is accompanied by a conference called New Ways of Curating where Bob and Roberta Smith and Tim Brennan will lead an exploration of creative curatorship and a future for collaboration between museums and artists. Bob and Roberta will also give a talk about the exhibition, at 2pm on the 26th February and on the 5th March at 2pm, they (he?) will give a free tour of the exhibition for visitors who book in advance.

Full details are available from the gallery.


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