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RAE 2008

design production and manufacture


Steven Follen

BA (Hons) Wood Metal Ceramics and Plastics
Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design in Higher education

Senior lecturer (0.5) Design, Production & Manufacture

RAE Outcomes

MA by Project; BA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Arts; BA Furniture and Product Design; Foundation Degree in Furniture Making; Foundation Degree in Furniture Design & Realisation; Graduate Certificate in Art, Media & Design

Research interests
Metalwork; Drawing with metal; Materials and Process; Use of digital technologies in development of design ideas and production; Drawing as thinking; Drawing as learning; Teaching and Learning; Landscape and place as source; Museums and collections as source; Public arts; Public engagement through the arts.


July 2007 - Processional Cross, St Botolph’s Church, Aldgate

January - September 2006 - Tree Grilles and Entrance feature, Ropetackle Residential and community development, Shoreham by Sea, W. Sussex

April 2005 - Making It yours - Metal - Produced, directed and edited a series of eight short films of metalworking processes for the Crafts Council's touring exhibition

April 2004 - Donations Box and Coat Pegs, Crafts Study Centre, Surrey

January 2003 - Ifield Roundabout, Crawley, West Sussex -design work for commission

Educational projects

October 2007 - Seeing Moore, The Big Draw at Kew. The Henry Moore Foundation and RBG, Kew - lead artist

October 2007 - The Big Heritage Draw, West Sussex. W. Sussex CC, Heritage Lottery Fund, Worthing Museum, Wakehurst Place, Worth Park Gardens and Crawley Borough Council - artist co-ordinator

October 2007 - Artist in Schools Project, Downs Junior School, Brighton. Brighton and Hove Art Commission

September 2007 - The Big Draw national launch, The Campaign for Drawing, The V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green - Artist co-ordinator / workshop leader

October 2006 - Hot Metal, The Making, Milestones Museum, Basingstoke - workshop leader

September 2006 - Magic Carpet, Somerset House & Kings College London, The Big Draw national launch, The Campaign for Drawing - workshop leader

February 2006 - Raising Achievement in Art and Design through Innovative practice in 3D, Network Training, Gloucester - workshop leader, two day programme

October 2005 - Patterns and colours to wear - The Big Draw meets carnival, The Big Draw national launch, Natural History Museum, London - workshop leader

July 2005 - Drawing Attractions, Upton House, Warwickshire - workshop leader: a day of workshops exploring drawing strategies for staff at Heritage sites in UK

October 2004 - On the Surface - The Big Draw, Natural History Museum, London - workshop leader

September 2004 - Art on the Square, The Big Draw national launch, Trafalgar Square, London - workshop leader

October 2004 - Adventurous Journey, The Big Draw regional launch (S. England), Wakehurst Place - lead artist and workshop leader with additional workshops working alongside scientific and horticultural staff

March 2004 - Educational workshops, The Crafts Study Centre, Hale Primary School and Farnham VIth form College, Farnham - workshop leader

October 2003 - Creepy Crawlies, The Big Draw national launch, The Natural History Museum, London - workshop leader, one day workshop drawing with wire

January 2001, 2002 & 2003 - Drawing with Metal, Uckfield Community College, East Sussex - workshop leader, presentation and one day practical workshop for 16-18 year olds

January 2002 - Raising Achievement in Art and Design through Creative practice in 3D, Network Training, Gloucester - workshop leader, three day programme of talks and practical workshops for VI form and FE educators


September 2006 - March 2007 - Fine Metalwork, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

June 2005 - Making it Yours - Metal, Crafts Council, London

January 2004 - London Art Fair, represented by Adrian Sassoon Gallery

October 2003 - SOFA, Chicago, USA, represented by Adrian Sassoon Gallery

September 2003 - What is Craft?, The Hub, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

February 2001 - January 2003 - Home Sweet Home, British Council touring exhibition (Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden; Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Object Galleries, Sydney, Australia; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne; University of Technology Art Museum)

December 2002 - Celebrating Craft, Arts and Business, London

February - May 2001 - UK Elements touring exhibition (Gallery Metallum, Stockholm, Sweden; Gallerie Metal, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Public collections

January 2006 - Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum

Advisory panels

May 2007 - Invited member of advisory focus group, Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex

February 2006 - Interviewed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority review of the National Art, Craft and Design Curriculum. The QCA interviewed a number of practitioners about their perceptions of what is needed to be successful - in terms of crucial knowledge, skills and understanding - in their chosen area of work. The results will help to inform QCA’s developments within both the curriculum and qualifications for young people.


Collier, C: Fabrica - The first 10 years (intro), Fabrica, 2007

Art by the River - Sculpture at Ropetackle, SEEDA, Berkley Homes, Arts Council England, Adur District Council, 2007

Fielding, A: Making it Yours - Metal, Crafts Council, 2005

Elliot, A: The Art of Prior Court School, Bohun Gallery, 2002

Jackson, L: Home Sweet Home - Contemporary British Design for the Home, Crafts Council, 2001

Jackson, L: Designers Forum - Home sweet Home, British Council, 2001

British Design Season - Stockholm, The British Council, 2001

25 Years of Contemporary Craft, exhibition catalogue, Crafts Council, 1999

Goldschieder, I & Clifford, H: Metalmorphosis - Tradition and Innovation in British Silver and Metalwork, The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, British Council, 1998

Binns, J: South East Arts Craft Collection, South East Arts, 1998

Mitchell Beazley: New British Design 1998

Arts in Schools Grounds - Enriching the formal curriculum in Haynes, S: Learning through Landscapes, London Environmental Education Forum, 1997

Adams, E: Improving Access to Art, Landscape Design, November 1997

Adams, E: Public Art: People, Projects, Process, Southern Arts Publishing, 1997

Wilcox, T & de la Haye, A: South East Arts Craft Collection, South East Arts, 1996

Hoggard, L: High Hopes, Crafts, September 1996


May 2006 - Public Art @ Ropetackle, Design development for the Ropetackle site, Shoreham, West Sussex, Marlipins Museum, Shoreham - one of a series of public talks

October 2005 - Process, Jerwood: Metal / Crafts Council Seminars, Sir John Cass School of Art, Media & Design, London

April 2002 - The "available" well designed object, National Design Forum: Challenging the sacred, Craft and Design Seminars, Customs House, Object Galleries, Sydney, Australia

April 2002 - Design Meeting, public discussion / forum, Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia

April 2002 - Processes, Sources and Inspiration, British Design Seminars: Home Sweet Home, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

April 2002 - Process, sources and inspiration, artists lectures, Sydney College of Arts, Monash University, Melbourne


March 2003 - The Cooper-Heyman Cup for outstanding achievement in Restoration (Quarry Products Association) for the Berwick Woods Project. Steven Follen was Designer / Artist in Residence / Workshop leader for part of the Berwick Woods Project, 1995-1998

August 2005 - European Aggregrates Association Sustainable Development Award (received by Tarmac) for the Berwick Woods Project

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