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An image from Francis The Finder, a film by Elizabeth Doonan

Positive Digital, a self-produced album by Priscilla Angelique

Anna Hollingshead's work, from The London Chair Collective

Etching works by Graham Asker

Woodcuts by printmaker David Skingle


Archive News and Events: December 2010

Cass Film Production Alumna is a ‘game changer’

A recent graduate from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) has been included in Wallpaper Magazine’s international summary of top creative graduate talent. Elizabeth Doonan, who studied MA Film Production is one of only four film makers in the list of 'game-changing graduate talent' which appears in the January 2011 edition of Wallpaper.

Talking to Wallpaper, Elizabeth said "“I am genuinely fascinated by all the weirdness in the world and how every single one of us live in our own different realities. That's what I want to make films about. Francis The Finder, the poignant 10-minute film that earned her a distinction, explores just such themes; the protagonist is a hoarder who falls in love with a mannequin, and through whom the wider human strengths and frailties surrounding love, loss and loneliness are examined".  Doonan's passion for her medium is tangible. "I love film for the same reasons I love music and drama - one can create and crystallise a story or emotion and in that space of time you can say a million things or you can say nothing and its up to the viewer to take what they want from it". She's currently working on script ideas, including one featuring a character her Dad made up when she was a child. He was called 'The Hairy Fairy'. "The character that is, not my Dad.""

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, "We are delighted for Elizabeth, and wish her every success with her next project it sounds intriguing. The Cass is possibly more famous for its fine art and design disciplines – so it’s great to see this recognition for one of our many talented film making Alumni."

See the Wallpaper list, and watch Francis The Finder Here

December 10, 2010

Priscilla presents

In a few short years London Met Music Technology student Priscilla Angelique has gone from teacher to electronic music sensation, with her debut record just released.

Priscilla described the entirely self-produced album, Positive Digital, as ‘an eclectic mix of electro house beats and grooves with tech synths’.

The album is mainly instrumental, with Priscilla’s delightful jazzy vocals featured on two tracks, Free and My Boo.

Priscilla said her BA (Hons) in Music Technology (Sound for Media) at London Met has allowed her to realise her long-standing goal of self-producing a studio album.

‘In essence it (the course) has been essential in preparing me to be a recording studio professional’, said Priscilla.

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November 19, 2010

Alumni building comfortable careers!

A group of seventeen upholsterers/designers/crafts people who met on courses in Upholstery at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) have joined forces to create The London Chair Collective (LCC).

The Collective produce high quality bespoke/couture chairs that are crafted from original frames to ‘recreate’ stylish, functional and long lasting chairs that will enhance any room. From Egg chairs to Victorian Iron Backs, all projects have their own set of challenges and opportunities - not only to recreate the craft but to challenge it. Many of the LCC members also specialize in Restoration, French Polishing, Soft Furnishing and Design.

The team describe themselves as passionate about chairs and craftsmanship – and aim to inspire with the stunning transformations that can be achieved through quality upholstery or re-upholstery, stating that, “We rise to all upholstery challenges with wit, determination, dedication, style and a love of this wonderful craft.”

Michael Upton , Academic Leader at the Faculty said, “This is a great initiative by our students and alumni. Upholstery continues to be one of the most popular courses at The Cass, and many of the top upholsterers and designers in the industry have trained with us. I think we’ll be hearing quite a bit more about the London Chair Collective and it’s members.”

The current members of the London Chair Collective are:
Carol Mandeville | Jude Dennis | Debbie Lowndes | Val Thompson | Charlotte Bland | Caroline McGivern | Sally Bell | Anna Holingshead | Helen Wilding | Gail Newlon | Angela White | Wendy Wilkinson | Alex Law | Pia St John | Stephanie Leclere | Carine Munch | Ian Pitchford | Rebecca Elderfield

You can find out more at the group at their website and follow their blog.

November 9, 2010

Cass Alumnus’ work selected for Clifford Chance Printmaking Show

Work by Graham Asker, a recent graduate from the MA Fine Art course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) has been selected for inclusion at a prestigious annual exhibition mounted by law firm, Clifford Chance. ‘Postgraduate Printmaking in London 2010’, now in its 15th year, offers a survey of fresh discoveries, innovation and insight from postgraduate courses at London Art Colleges. The show highlights the wide variety of approaches available to today’s printmaker. These include traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, lithography, screenprinting as well as contemporary digital technologies; new media; film; installation and 3-d printing.

Nigel Frank from Art Consultants Frank/Hindley who organise the event for Clifford Chance spotted Graham’s etchings at the Cass MA Show and invited him to include four in the exhibition. Graham’s work borrows characters from Paul Auster’s New York novella Ghosts to set up a narrative tension in a sequence of etchings. The viewer is invited to question who is observing/hiding from whom on the doorstep of a Brownstone house in Brooklyn Heights.

At an Artist's Reception on the 22nd November, a purchase prize will be awarded to the best in show by Antony Griffiths who is Keeper of Drawings and Prints at the British Museum. The show runs from the 15th November to the 14th November at Clifford Chance’s Canary wharf building, and viewing is by appointment - a pdf with details can be download:
Postgrad 10 Leaflet.pdf

November 5, 2010

Scala 1:18 comes to The Cass

SYBINQ ART PROJECTS, in collaboration with LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY, is pleased to invite you to:
SCALA 1:18 , a performance by Marco Dalbosco 

from 6:30 pm

Unit G15
London Metropolitan University
41 Commercial Road
London E1 1LA

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, AN RSVP ESSENTIAL at curatingcontemporary@gmail.com

Italian artist Marco Dalbosco presented the performance Scala 1:18 for the first time as a parallel event at Manifesta 7 (Rovereto, Italy 2008). Setting its contents in the factory ambient and analyzing its obsessive and repetitive production process, the performance involves five women, dressed and combed the same, repeating all the same gestures, steps and sequences enhanced by a projected video of machines at work. The entire operation seems to have a liberating aspect that redeems creativity from job alienation; in fact it focuses, at the same time, on the issue of repeating and modulating mechanisms, set behind the creativity myth. The performers look like they are free, whereas they always come back to the starting point; they become metaphor for our own way of thinking, which sometimes may be constructed and constricted.

For more information please see the SybinQ blog


Cass Xmas Sale


13:00 to 17:00
in the foyer at
41 Commercial Road
London, E1 1LA

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Woodcuts by David Skingle

A new exhibition of new woodcuts by printmaker David Skingle will run at the Commercial Road Library Gallery until the 17th December 2010.

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