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Clerkenwell Design Week 2011

The 20th Legnica International Jewellery Festival in Poland

Cult of the Difficult, curated by Susanna Bianchini and Habda Rashid

Bob and Roberta Smith's manifesto against the arts cuts

Bob and Roberta Smith's tribute to The Royal Wedding

Tracey Emin's retrospective show at The Hayward Gallery


News and Events Archive: May 2011

The Cass in Clerkenwell

Students from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) are once again participating in Clerkenwell Design Week. Edgy, visionary and beautiful model and graphic work will be exhibited in the showroom of ergonomic furniture company Humanscale on the 24th and 25th May. The innovative projects and models exploring themes such as Weightlessness, Living Bridges and Roof Terraces were created by students on the BA (Hons) Interior Design and Technology course led by Kaye Newman and Janette Harris.

The event will conclude on the 25 May 6pm with a Champagne reception and awards ceremony. The student’s work will be judged by a high profile panel, including the festival’s creative content director Aidan Walker, with the winner announced on the night and awarded an internship in Humanscale’s London and New York design studios.

Clerkenwell Design Week takes place from 24-26 May 2011. Taking a 'behind the scenes' look at the design community, the three-day event is a golden opportunity to enjoy the city's wealth of creativity. The varied programme includes: debates, discussions, presentations, exhibitions, installations, street parties and workshops adding to a true celebration of all things design. The public as well as those immersed in the trade will have the chance to see a host of new products fresh from Milan and discover Clerkenwell through installations and exhibitions at the Farmiloe Building and House of Detention. Visitors also have the opportunity to attend showrooms that will host talks, and hands-on events around architecture and design.

May 20, 2011

Cass staff and students to show at festival in Poland

Staff and Students from BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing at The Cass (The SirJohn Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) will be showing work at The 20th Legnica International Jewellery Festival and Competition. The show called Silver Schools is a cyclical presentation of the leading European art schools which educate jewellery artists and designers. The exhibition, at The Legnica Gallery of Art, will also showcase present works by professors, students and graduates of the Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Department of Jewellery and Goldsmith, Karel de Grote Hogeschool (Belgium). Silver Schools runs alongside a show of contemporary Jewellery called Sexy at The Legnica Gallery of Art. Mah Rana, Senior Lecturer in Silversmithing and Jewellery at The Cass will give a talk at the opening ceremony of the event.

The Legnica Festival SILVER is the oldest, the biggest and the most important in its category in Poland and well known in Europe. It is organized under the partronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. It takes place every year in May in Legnica - city in Lower Silesia Region - in South - West Poland. Legnica is well known as a capitol of avant-garde jewellery and silver art in Poland. The general aim of the Festival is presentation and promotion of contemporary jewellery in all its diverse forms: from jewellery traditional perceived as a decoration to jewellery in the broad sense of the term – pieces of art, objects and installations.

May 6, 2011

Gordon Shrigley writes for MONACO MAGAZINE

Work by Gordon Shrigley, who teaches on the BA(Hons) Fine Art course at The Cass features a special issue 2.5 on-line edition of Monaco Magazine for No Layout, alongside contributions by Jennifer Bailey, Censor, Babak Ghazi, Alexander Haßenpflug, Eddie Peake.

Gordon Shrigley has spent many years developing experimental drawing projects and his work can be seen in the drawing collections of the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart and the Museum of Modern Art in St. Etienne. He has also published a number of books on the practice of architecture and the theory of drawing and is currently designing a new contemporary art gallery for Vyner Street, East London. In 1998, he was awarded a Schloss Solitude, followed by the Robert Fleming Fellowship in 2000 and regularly curates artists film and video screenings at the IMT Gallery, selected from the Filmarmalade DVD series, which he founded in 2007.

Monaco Magazine is publication, a website and a programme of events. The format of a periodical magazine is used as an organisational structure to produce content across three platforms. Instead of reviewing or previewing, the magazine is devoted to sharing ideas and information about things that haven’t happened, and maybe never will (artworks that are impossible to realise, projects that haven’t got off the ground, the beginnings of ideas, or research that is still ongoing). The aim is not to catalogue or archive these projects, instead they are considered as starting points.

May 5, 2011

Cult of the Difficult Exhibition

Exhition: Cult of the Difficult, curated by Susanna Bianchini and Habda Rashid
Dates and Times: 10 May – 3 June 2011, Monday – Friday 12am–6pm
Veneu: Cass Gallery, 41 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA

Cult of the Difficult is the fourth part of MACC to GAC and Back: Four Curatorial Interventions, a series of displays that mark the culmination of a collaborative research project between the Government Art Collection (GAC) and final year students of the MA Curating the Contemporary (MACC), taught by London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery. Three displays run at the Government Art Collection with an additional off-site exhibition at the Cass Gallery, part of the London Metropolitan University.

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Design Research Seminar Series

A series of talks are taking place at The Cass, in Commercial Road building. Organised by Research Fellow in Design, Production and Manufacture Tomoko Azumi, the talks feature a variety of design and craft practitioners, as well as supportive bodies and firms in the industry.

For more information see here


Cass Lecturers Work in Arts Fundraiser

Cass Senior Lecturer Bob and Roberta Smith (aka Patrick Brill) has copied out his manifesto against the arts cuts to create his submission for The Drawing Room Biennial Fundraiser. The self explanatory title is Butchering the Arts Council, stopping the funding of the Arts and humanities in Higher Education, closing 400 libraries, cutting art from the secondary school curriculum, removing millions of pounds.

Every two years the Drawing Room in east London holds a fundraising exhibition, sending artists a sheet of A4 paper and inviting them to return it with an original drawing. Anyone can bid at the silent auction on 18 May for works by Turner prize contenders and winners, younger artists and well-known names such as Tacita Dean, Richard Long, Grayson Perry and Paula Rego, all with a starting price of £250.

Bob and Roberta Smith are well known for their unique brightly coloured slogans, painted on banners and discarded boards of wood. Their work has been exhibited in art galleries around the world. They also make sculptures using cement. A sculpture proposed by Bob and Roberta was shortlisted for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London. Patrick Brill is also Senior Lecturer on BA Fine Art at the Cass (the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design).

His recent work has also included Willz and Kate, an unusual tribute to The Royal Wedding commissioned by The Observer, featuring himself as a beggar alongside an alternative Will and Kate created from rubbish he found in a skip. It features in the show You Should Be in Charge at The Work Gallery until the 3rd of June.


Major retrospective for Cass Alumna Tracey Emin

Love is What You Want at The Hayward Gallery is a major survey of work by Cass Alumna Tracey Emin, regarded as one of Britain's most celebrated contemporary artists. The exhibition, which forms part of the Southbank Centre Summer of Fun, is open from the 18th May to 29th August and covers every period of her career, including painting, drawing, photography, textiles, video and sculpture. Seldom-seen early works and recent large-scale installations are shown together with new outdoor sculptures created especially for the Hayward Gallery.

Emin who studied printmaking at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design (JCAMD) in the late eighties was also awarded with an honorary doctorate by London Metropolitan University in December 2007. Since she first emerged in the early 1990s, Emin has made art that takes as its starting point the most harrowing and intimate details of her personal history. Sometimes confrontational or sexually provocative, her art resonates with the 'personal political' legacy of feminist art while at the same time speaking to relationships in general, as well as exploring spirituality, cultural identity, class and celebrity. Disarmingly frank and often deeply confessional, much of Emin's art - as this show makes clear - is also animated by her playful and ironic wit.

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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: 'Versus', Aukje Dekker, IMT Gallery, London, 26.05.11, with a round table discussion with the artist and Gordon Shrigley.

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