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RAE 2008

Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

gileswilson-copp Giles Wilson-Copp wins the Young Designer 2008 Award

anthonyroussel Anthony Roussel, the winner of an International Jewellery Award

catalyst Catherine Miranda, aka Catalyst

the-school-of-life The School of Life in Marchmont Street, London

kate-james The Animal Gaze Exhibition: Kate James, The World is a Dangerous Place


News and Events Archive: December 2008

Furniture Graduate wins Young Designer of The Year Award

Giles Wilson-Copp, a recent graduate from the HND Furniture Design and Realisation Course (now Foundation Degree Furniture Design) at The Sir John Cass Department of Art Media and Design has won Young Designer of the year 2008 for Home and Gardens magazine. The magazine have also invited him to be a judge for their Classic Design Awards 2009.

The winning Design, the Smartboard, addresses the shortage of space in so many of today's homes. It is an innovative sideboard, with a sculptural-looking front from which you can pull out a table with drop-down legs and four sturdy chairs. It will be in commercial production this year as a launch product for a new brand called Studio Caparo.

Other recent highlights in Giles’ whirlwind year have included the inclusion of one of his prototype designs in the ‘Design Icon’ collection at Harrods and a photo-shoot for Elle Decoration scheduled for use in February 2009.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the department said, "This is terrific news-we’re delighted for Giles. He’s is no stranger to high profile achievement, of course, having won the New Designers 100% Design Award in 2007. We wish him every success with what looks like a very promising career indeed."

November 26, 2008

Jewellery Alumnus Wins International Award

Anthony Roussel a graduate of BA Hons Jewellery and Silversmithing at The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design has won the Young Designers Award voted for by the French press at the Kara Show in Paris. He was also short-listed for the Young British Designer of the Year at the Italian Jewellery Awards this month. Anthony, who was recently profiled in the Financial Times, combines traditional craft and cutting edge technology, often using laser-cutting techniques with wood. He aims to create jewellery which functions as sculptural objects as well as wearable pieces of body adornment in their own right.

Anthony’s work is on show at a host of exhibitions including:

  • Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, 11 Nov onwards
  • DAZZLE at the National Theatre, 17 Nov - 10 Jan
  • Kara - Carrousel du Louvre, 21 - 23 Nov
  • Effervescence III - Sussex Barn Gallery, 28 Nov - 25 Jan
  • Hidden Art Making it Digital Launch - Broadway Market,
    5 - 7 Dec

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the department said, " We are delighted by Anthony’s continued and deserved success. His work explores the relationship between innovation and tradition- which is very much in keeping with the Sir John Cass philosophy"

November 25, 2008

JCAMD Academic represents UK at International Event

Yossi Bal, Senior Lecturer on BA Film and Broadcast Production represented the United Kingdom at the CILECT World Congress of international film schools in Beijing from 3-8 November 2008 , attending on behalf of both The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design , London Metropolitan University and NAHEMI (The National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image ).

The congress was hosted by BFA (the Beijing Film Academy) many of whose alumni are internationally celebrated Chinese Film makers and Yossi was kept busy at various lectures, seminars, workshops and meetings. While there he also found time to spend a day at London Metropolitan University’s Chinese Office.

He also introduced London Metropolitan University’s Qu Min, Regional Director for East Asia, to two of the key professors at the Beijing Film Academy, Prof. Xei Fei a world famous features' director and Prof. Zhong Dafeng Deputy Director of the BFA Academic Council, head of their International Office and Dean of their International School. As a result of this meeting it was agreed to establish a Memorandum of Cooperation between the two institutions.

Talking about the visit, Yossi said, "It was a very productive trip, and we hope to find lots of ways in which we can work with the academy such as student exchanges, research and visiting lecturers."

Yossi Bal is also NAHEMI's Chairman and Artistic Director of EOS.

November 10, 2008

Fine Art Student Performs at the Tate

Catherine Miranda, student from The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design was invited to be a guest speaker at a Poetry Film event this month. At the event, which was part of ‘Late at Tate Britain’, the gallery also screened her short poetry film ‘Swim’.

Cat Miranda, a final year BA (Hons) Fine Art student (who performs under the name Cat Catalyst) describes her film as being "about love & the gift of the present moment directed by the subconscious".

November 8, 2008

JCAMD Academic designs for The School of Life

Susanna Edwards who teaches on the MA Graphic Design course at The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design has provided the graphic look for ‘The School of Life’, an intriguing new cultural organisation offering ‘intelligent ideas about how to lead a fulfilled life’, whose well known faculty of lecturers include Alain De Botton and Martin Parr.

Susanna provided the School with work including a visual identity, visual systems, print, packaging, interior design and website art direction for the new 'ideas shop' in Bloomsbury, London.

Based at a shop in Marchmont Street, The School offers offer evening and weekend courses, holidays to unexpected locations, stigma-free psychotherapy, secular sermons, conversation meals, a floating faculty of experts and a new kind of literary consultancy service called bibliotherapy. The faculty of thinkers and artists also includes Geoff Dyer, Susan Elderkin, Tom Hodgkinson, Brett Kahr, Robert Macfarlane.

The ‘School Of Life’ is the latest in a line of interesting projects Susanna has completed recently. Previous Commissions and collaborations have included Baseline magazine, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Vintage Publishing, Grafik magazine, Design Week, Paul Smith, Selfridges, the British Council, the British Museum, Coco De Mer, Clerkenwell Literary Festival, Great Eastern Hotel, Iain Sinclair and, currently, the Science Museum, London. In May this Susanna dressed as Jayne Mansfield to perform ‘The Bird Lady of Haggerston’ a re-staging of the Hollywood actress’ visit to a enthusiasts club in Hackney, which she organised with author and psycho-geographer Iain Sinclair.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the department said, "Its great to see Susanna working on such high profile and interesting projects- its really important to us that our students are learning from practitioners at the heart of the capital’s creative scene."

November 8, 2008


Symposium and Exhibition: The Animal Gaze - Contemporary Art & Animal / Human Studies

Two-day symposium: Thursday 20 & Friday 21 November 2008
Exhibition: 18 November - 12 December 2008

A practice-led fine art symposium, examining the new ways in which animals appear in contemporary art, as well as the contingent ethics and aesthetics to which such practice may be subject.

Keynote Speakers:
Steve Baker
, Professor of Art History, UCLAN
Dario Martinelli, Associate Professor of Semiotics and Musicology, Helsinki

This international symposium is accompanied by a 3-week long show at the Unit 2 Gallery.

For more information visit www.animalgaze.org

Fees: £120 and £80 (concessions). Single day prices also available. Delegate numbers restricted, please book early.

Vegetarian lunch and refreshments included on both days.

Location: Commercial Road Lecture Theatre, Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media and Design.

For more information and to book a delegate place, contact Rosemarie McGoldrick at r.mcgoldrick@londonmet.ac.uk

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