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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

Jewellery work by Blue Barkes

The photo shows from left to right: Tim Cogger, Tobye le Vaillant, Michelle Jenkins and David Jenkins

tunnel-network Telectroscope, a project by Paul St. George

Pedro Paiva won Music Award at the Black & White Festival

PhicoiBia I, an installation by Andy Lawson

bafa-summershow-4thfloor A view of the room on the 4th floor, part of the BA Fine Art Degree Show at Central House...

...and on the 3rd floor, paintings by T. Burton

upholstery-exhibition Alannah Currie's first solo exhibition


News and Events Archive: June 2008

JCAMD Artist in residence features in Good Housekeeping Magazine

Christine Kaltoft, an artist in residence in the Jewellery and Silversmithing area at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design is featured in the latest edition of Good Housekeeping magazine. Christine graduated from the BA Jewellery and Silversmithing Course at the department in 2007 and is now a professional designer. The article, in the July edition of the magazine, focuses on Christine’s passion for rearing Chickens in her Finsbury Park Garden, and she explains how this has influenced her current Jewellery design practice.

"What started as a hobby is now also an inspiration for my work. My jewellery collection is based on a series of sketches I made of the chickens as they strutted, pecked, flapped and preened. My aim was to capture their lightness movement and innate birdiness," explains Christine.

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June 21, 2008

Double Success for JCAMD Jewellery student

Blue Barkes, a Second Year undergraduate student on the BA Silversmithing an Jewellery course at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design has been offered and has accepted a place on the prestigious Summer School run by The Goldsmith’s Company. In addition to this success, Blue has been offered a work placement with internationally renowned fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

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June 14, 2008

Musical Instrument Students Win International Awards

Two students from The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, have been jointly presented with the Tom Jenkins Award for excellence in musical instrument making.

Tim Cogger (2nd year Foundation Degree Musical Instruments student) won for violin making and Tobye le Vaillant (3rd year BA/Bsc Musical Instruments) won the award for viola da gamba making. Both were presented with cheques for £500 and a copy of the autobiography of Tom Jenkins by Toms widow, Michelle at a ceremony in the violin making workshop at the Commercial Road site, City Campus.

Michelle Jenkins established the Tom Jenkins Award in 1996 in memory of her husband, Tom who led the Palm Court Orchestra during the 1940's. This international award was funded through the sale of his Stradivari Violin.

Further information on the Jenkins award can be found here

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the department said, " This is a great achievement for both the students and the department. The specialist musical instrument workshops here are among the best in the world and one of the best-kept secrets in the University. We are delighted that they attract such a high calibre of instrument makers."

May 21, 2008

Transatlantic engineering project finally links London and New York

Thanks to the efforts of artist Paul St George, Principal Lecturer on the BA/BSc Computer Animation course at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design (JCAMD), a long-forgotten tunnel connecting London and New York has been opened. But the tunnel is only part of the story.

From May 22 - June 15 2008 people in either city will be able to peer down a device known as a 'Telectroscope' and wave to each other across the Atlantic through the undersea network of tunnels. A similar drill bit has appeared near Brooklyn Bridge.

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May 23, 2008

Student Radio Drama wins award at International festival

A radio drama by a student from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design (JCAMD) has won an award at an audio-visual arts festival in Portugal. "OM", by Pedro Paiva, who is in his final year on the BSc Music Technology, Sound for Media Course, won the Yamaha Musica Public Award at the Black & White Festival in Porto this April. Pedro composed the piece last year as part of the Radio Drama module on his course.

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May 8, 2008


First Solo exhibition for JCAMD Fine Art lecturer

Exhibition: 5 - 28 June 2008
Gallery: St Paul's Art Space

Gallery details
St Stephens Road, Bow, London, E3 5JL
T: 020 8981 5050 / E: stpaulsartspace@btinternet.com

PhicoiBia I, an intriguing installation in an East End Church comprising of seven hundred and forty ‘found objects’ is the first solo exhibition of work by Andy Lawson, a lecturer on the BA Fine Art course at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design. Lawson amassed the bizarre collection of artefacts over the course of four and half years on everyday journeys. The criteria for inclusion was that they were small enough to fit in the key pocket of his jeans. These traces of human existence and effects of time are attached to the perimeter of the gallery with piano wire and are accompanied by a detailed forty-page inventory and five large books of single line drawings. PhicoiBia I continues Lawson’s investigation into the use of found objects, ephemeral residua and the deployment of systems.

Andy Lawson was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1968. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from London Metropolitan University in 2000 and has exhibited in London, Devon and Cornwall; he undertook a residency at the Serpentine in 2006 as part of ‘Hearing Voices, Seeing Things’ in conjunction with the LCCA and has taken part in various group shows, most recently; ‘Pages’ at Notice Gallery, Deptford, in January 2008. He lives and works in East London and currently teaches on the BA Fine Art at London Metropolitan University.

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Summer Show 2008 at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Desing

Private View: 10 June 2008, 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition Opens: Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 June

The Sir John Cass department of Art, Media and Design is delighted to announce the dates for the Summer Show 2008. The annual exhibition of student work will take place between the 11th and 15th June 2008, at Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF and Commercial Road, 41-71 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA.
(Nearest tube: Aldgate East)

The diverse work on display comes from across the department’s courses, in 2D, 3D and time-based media. Subjects exhibiting include Fine Art, Design, Interiors, Graphics, Jewellery and Silversmithing, Furniture, Musical Instruments, Music Technology, Textiles, Restoration and Conservation.

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JCAMD alumnus launches uncomfortable upholstery exhibition

Exhibition: May 8 - June 8 2008 at The Ragged School, with private views by appointment.

Alannah Currie, a recent upholstery student at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design is holding her first solo exhibition, entitled ‘England Bloody England’, which described as ‘A collection of chairs to honour the godless.’ The show, exhibited under her pseudonym ‘Miss Pokeno’, includes the controversial ‘Fox Hunting’ Chair which attracted a lot of media attention at last years SJCAMD Summer Show, as well as eight other challenging art-furniture pieces which also use road kill among their materials.

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