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International Design Competition, open to fashion and design students

Sunray Chair by William Warren

William Warren working in the woods

Coiled Metal Vessels by Steve Follen

Dressing Stand by David Gates

The SNAC Project

Grey Fox team's work presented at Gensler

Camera team's work presented at Gensler

Mixdea team's work presented at Gensler

80% Air, co-desiging with Assa Ashuach

Hot Lot, an auction organised by Third Year students and led by Steve Edge

We, a live music performance by Pil & Galia Kollectiv

Textures of Time, image by Jill Townsley

At First Sight Exhibition, at the Private View

By The Grace of God, a film by Ralitza Petrova


News and Events Archive: April 2011

Cass student regional heat of design competition

A student at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) has won the regional heat of the SDC (Society of Dyers and Colorists) International Design Competition. Asiima Mawudoku, who studies BA (Hons) Textile Design won £250 and goes through to the next round to compete in the national competition in Bradford in May. Marisa Sanvito, who is also a student on the course was a runner up.

The competition is open to undergraduate fashion and textile design students in Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, USA and the UK. With the emphasis on colour, this year’s theme is ‘reduce, recycle, reuse’. As well as a trip to Hong Kong, the winner of this prestigious, high profile competition takes home the SDC Colour Design Award, a cheque for £1,000 and the Veronica Bell trophy.

April 6, 2011

Cass lecturer short-listed for National Design Award

William Warren who teaches BA Furniture and Product Design at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) was short-listed for the 2011 Homes and Gardens Classic Design Awards. William was announced a runner up at a ceremony at the British Museum, for his Sunray Chair. The direct development from a chair William originally made in the woods for the Bodging Milano project, The Sunray is a traditionally constructed windsor chair in ash, with a carved seat, spindles and a steam bent back bow.

The spindles in the back do not run into the seat block, but instead fan out from the lower back rail giving a sun rise effect. The top of the seat has nothing joining into it, allowing the curve back and seat to sit comfortably together without touching. The chair can be used for dining as part of a set with the Sunray Table (not yet finalised), or used individually. This chair is manufactured by Case and sold through the John Lewis department stores. Wiliam has since created an upholstered version of the chair as well.

The awards, in their twelfth year, recognize Britain’s hottest design talent and were judged by panel featuring some of the biggest names in British design including Robin Levien, Nick Munro and David Fisher of Seymour Powell – as well as Homes and Gardens editor, Deborah Barker.

April 5, 2011

Two Cass Lecturers Nominated for National Craft Award

Senior Lecturers Steve Follen and David Gates, who both teach on the BA(Hons) Furniture and Product Design, course at The Cass have been nominated for the Wesley-Barrell Craft Awards.

This years awards attracted over 250 entries competing in the two categories of Furniture and Vessels for Interiors. The judging panel included Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow and Times Columnist Katrina Burroughs.

Steve’s Coiled Metal Vessels and David’s Dressing Stand will be showcased with the other finalists as part of a national touring exhibition. This will end at Art in Action, a major exhibition taking place from 21st – 24th July at Waterperry House, Oxfordshire, where the winners will be announced.

Furniture company Wesley-Barrell established the Awards three years ago to put British craftsmanship in the spotlight and highlight the wealth of creative talent in the UK.

April 1, 2011

Met meets Met

Students from the MA Film Production course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) London Metropolitan University have produced a promotional video for an innovative community project run by the Metropolitan Police. The video for the Islington and Camden safer Neighbourhoods Annual Challenge, is being used to promote the campaign and is being promoted on the Met's Youtube page.

The SNAC project was established by Islington and Camden Police to encourage youngsters to make a difference in their neighbourhoods by creating and running their own community projects. From February 2011 to the end of May 2011, groups of young people will be asked to identify issues in their communities, come up with problem solving ideas and then implement those solutions with support from officers. In the summer each project will be judged by a panel and prizes are awarded to the projects which have had the greatest impact on their community.

As part of the project launch, the organisers commissioned the team for London Metropolitan University to create an exciting two minute video to explain how the project will work and how to get involved.

Students Cristina Dobrin, who was producer / director and Uta Pradhana Hara, director of photography produced and edited the promo working closely with members of the SNAC team.

Course leader Charlotte Worthington said "The MA students were brilliant as this live project was turned around very quickly to a high professional standard."

SNAC 2011 was officially launched by Choice FM DJ Abrantee, police officers from both boroughs, and a group of young students at Maria Fidellis School in Camden on 18 February.

March 30, 2011

Cass students in Design Showdown at Top Architectural practice

Second Year students on the BA Interior Design and Technology course at the Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) took part in a ‘design showdown’ at the London headquarters Gensler, a leading architecture and engineering practice. The ten teams of students had each been assigned their own real client from the design sector, and given a brief to create a new office space with a limited budget but limitless potential.

During the afternoon at Gensler, the teams presented their concepts to a panel of judges from the interior design industry and onoffice magazine. The jury was unable to pick an overall winner from three clear frontrunners, who shared the final prize.

Team Grey Fox dazzled with a dynamic presentation, chockabloc with clever visuals and ideas and coupled with an assured delivery. Their client was Jump Studios, an inventive architectural practice. The team pulled out all the stops, including in their design a mini football pitch, Japanese gardens and laser-generated meeting cubes.

The Camera team devised a bold response to the brief. The team mixed contemporary and classic themes in an attempt to reflect an interest in sustainable designs and recyclable materials on the part of the client (an unnamed architectural practice). But, more significantly, they were the only team to make changes to both the building’s external and internal structure. Taking the three-storey London Met building as the client’s fictional HQ, Camera ripped out all non-structural interior walls to create an open-plan environment.

The third winners were Mixdea, a team of exchange and London Met students, who were first to present and set a high standard. Their client was Matbaa, a print and graphic design company based in Shoreditch, east London, which wanted to combine its office with its print factory. Mixdea based their concept on a journey that begins with an idea and ends with a finished product, each space adding to the narrative. By employing repeating architectural forms the team established a visual connection between floors.

The staff and students were delighted when the event was also covered in onoffice magazine, who said their 50th issue was a very appropriate place to highlight potential workplace designers of tomorrow.

You can read the magazine (Issue 50 pages 80-85) at the onoffice website or download the pages as a PDF  onoofice pages.pdf

March 25, 2011

80% Air, Assa Ashuach Studio Exhibition

Venue: Galleria Gracis
Dates: 12-17 April
Private View: 12 April, 5-9pm

80% Air comes from the notion of 'air' as material, and air as a visual statement of reduction and optimization of both form and struture. Ashuach states, "we want to keep these products virtual for as long as possible. It's air until someone pays for it to be made."

The exhibition is an insight into a new way of designing and producing objects.

Galleria Gracis
Via S. Simpliciano 6, 20121 Milano
T: +39 02 877 807
E: gracis@gracis.com
W: www.gracis.com

For further information contact Assa Ashuach on:
T: +44 20 7558 8810
E: info@assaashuach.com
W: assaashuach.com | blog.assaashuach.com

Press - 80% AIR, ASSA EXHIBITION AT GALLERIA GRACIS MILANO april 12-17th 2011 text.pdf

e-invite to 80% AIR ASSA EXHIBITION AT GALLERIA GRACIS MILANO april 12-17th 2011.pdf


Cass auction features work by leading artists

Venue: Central House Gallery, Whitechapel High Street
Viewing Exhibition: 12th April - 11pm-5pm
Open Auction: 12th April - 6pm-9pm

Third Year students from the BA Fine Art course at the Cass (Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) have organised an auction of work by well known contemporary artists -including Gilbert and George, Billy Childish, Bob and Roberta Smith and Terry Gilliam - to help raise funds for their end of year show and catalogue. The sale, entitled Hot Lot will take place on the 12th April at the Faculty’s Central House Gallery on Whitechapel High Street, with viewing of the lots available from the 11am on the 12th.

The sale includes lots kindly donated by stars of the contemporary art scene and staff at the Cass including Be Collar, Ben Cain, Billy Childish, Bob and Roberta Smith, Ziad Ghanem, Gilbert and George, Terry Gilliam, Nigel Oxley, James Mackinnon, Camilla Wilson, David Skingle, Bunny de Sade, Richard Ducker, Andrew Graham Dixon, Peter Suchin, Rebecca Jewell and many more.

The returning auctioneer for the event is appropriately something of a celebrity too. ‘Lord Shoreditch’ is the alter-ego of flamboyant designer and style guru Steve Edge, of Steve Edge Design, who is highly experienced with a gavel and promises to keep the show extremely entertaining and profitable.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, "The annual Fine Art student auction is nearly as much of an institution as The Cass Summer Show itself. The students have done a superb job in enlisting this level of generous support from the contemporary art world. Now it’s the punters turn to dig deep- a unique chance to snap up work by our top artists and help a very good cause along the way!."

Venue: Central House Gallery, Whitechapel High Street
(Next to Aldgate East Tube Station)
Viewing Exhibition: 12th April, 11:00pm-5:00pm
Open Auction: 12th April, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Please note that apart from cash and cheques, there will be facilities for Pay Pal - no regular credit cards please.

If you’re a serious buyer, please contact organisers for more information via the event facebook page or email co-ordinators Alexia Masardo alexiamasardo@gmail.com or Christopher Duncan boyzielamb@googlemail.com

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WE: Pil & Galia Kollectiv at the ICA

Date: 8 April 2011

WE is a live music performance by Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Victor M. Jakeman and Ruth Angel Edwards. Challenging the individualism of Western pop, WE reveals the latent politics of love songs and transforms chart hits by annihilating their liberal subject and replacing it with a collective consciousness. Through the simple substitution of the plural for the singular, intimacy becomes a form of collective action and the unique universal.

Book now at: http://www.ica.org.uk/28653/Live-Art/WE-Pil-Galia- Kollectiv.html


Cass MA Curating students explore Textures of Time in new exhibition

The MA course Curating the Contemporary, taught jointly by London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery, is pleased to announce the exhibition Textures of Time, on display in the Frederick Parker Gallery from 8 April to 14 April 2011.

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At first sight: a conversation

Tuesday 15 March - Wednesday 13 April 2011
Private View Tuesday 15 March 5-8pm
Unit 2 Gallery

At first sight is a ‘work in progress’ exhibition exploring creative practice within the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design and Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design.

Download Invite:
at first sight PRIVATE VIEW INVITE.pdf


A splash of Gordon

Gordon Shrigley, an artist and curator who teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art Programme at The Cass will be participating in a series of screenings and events over the coming months.  Here there is selection:

FILM SCREENING: 'By The Grace of God', Ralitza Petrova, IMT Gallery, London, 14.04.11, with a round table discussion with the artist and Gordon Shrigley.

BOOK LAUNCH: 'In Love With Planets - Thrown Over The Edge', Dominique Lämmli, IMT Gallery, London, 16.04.11, with a round table discussion with the artist and the book series editor Gordon Shrigley.

For further information on any of these events, email Gordon Shrigley

London Metropolitan University