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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

jagna-k Jagna Kucharczyk's design selected for the Architecture section

deptfordx Hijack Reality, a book celebrating the 10 years of Deptford X Festival

dvd-b.collar Beth Collar's video piece selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008


News and Events Archive: November 2008

Londonmet Organologist Wins a Research Award

John Milnes a postgraduate student on the MA By Project Course at London Metropolitan University has won the annual prestigious Musicians’ Company Research award of £1000 in 2008 to undertake further research into 'The English Cello and its Makers 1750 to 1820'. He is the fourth person to win the prize, which was first awarded in 2005.

Frank Fowler the Chairman of the judges and past Master of the Musicians’ Company said, "I am delighted that this year’s winner John Milnes has been award the prize for research into 18 Century English Cell Makers - a neglected area of study. John Milnes is also well known in the British Violin Makers Association as a violin maker and repairer."

John Milnes said, "I am honored to be this years recipient of the Terence Pamplin Award and it will be of great assistance to me in my research. I am particularly pleased as London Metropolitan University is where Dr Pamplin did so much of his research"

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the Department said, "We are delighted by the news of John’s award. Our Musical Instruments area really is one of the ‘best kept secrets’ in the University. The workshops, expertise and resources are among the finest in Europe, attracting scholars of John Milne’s caliber. We wish him ever success with his ongoing research."

October 20, 2008

Leading Architect praises JCAMD student’s work

A student on the BA Interior Design and Technology course has been selected by architect Zaha Hadid for inclusion in the ‘curators choice’ at the NOISE Festival 2008.

NOISE is a Europe-wide media showcase for young creative people aged 25 and under, gaining them exposure in UK and international media through partnerships with MTV, BBC, MSN and features, profiles and programmes in many creative print publications.

Every year Noise asks a panel of leading professionals across each major creative discipline to select the best work submitted for inclusion in a media showcase. This year, each curator chose 5 pieces of work from over 9000 submissions. Jagna Kucharczyk’s work was selected by Zaha Hadid for the Architecture section.

Talking about Jagna, Hadid said, "Jagna was my first choice, because at the age of twenty five she achieved a high level of sophistication and professional excellence. There's a kind of layered complexity to the project, and I think it's beautiful, elegant and has depth. Someone like this could immediately step into our office to work and contribute on a high level. I would highly recommend her to get into more sophisticated computational geometry using scripting and learning and building up her skill repertoire."

View Jagna’s portfolio and website

Zaha Hadid is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture. Her central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research.

October 15, 2008

Cass Lecturers’ Book celebrates 10 years of Deptford X

Patrick Brill, a Senior Lecturter in Fine Art at The Cass,( The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has been commissioned to produce a book chronicling Deptford X, one of London’s most influential arts festivals.

Hijack Reality: Deptford X - A How To Guide to Organize a Really Top Notch Art Festival, has been written by Brill’s alter egos, Bob & Roberta Smith, with a foreword by Matthew Collings. The past decade has seen a massive growth in arts festivals, to the point where almost no city would be without one - yet few have had the impact of Deptford X.

Many of the hottest names in the contemporary art world - including Dan Graham, Miltos Manteas, Stephen Pippin, Bernadette Corporation, Simon Starling, Julian Opie - have been drawn to its unique atmosphere, and even launched their careers here. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, this book takes a look at the festival’s achievements so far, as well as its role in the redevelopment of this vibrant corner of South East London.

After an introduction by renowned critic Matthew Collings, in which he casts an eye over the area and its history, your guide to the wonderful world of art festivals is acclaimed artist Bob & Roberta Smith. His insightful and frequently amusing observations have been arranged into a 23-point manifesto of how to - and how not to - organize your own festival.

Illustrated throughout with works from past exhibitors, this book is described as "a must-read for all those who love (or even hate) arts festivals, as well as anyone who has ever worked with artists, is an artist, or is thinking of becoming one."

The book was launched at The Deptford Project Space on October 4 2008 and is now on sale at APT Gallery in Deptford.

October 8, 2008

JCAMD alumni score hat trick at New Contemporaries

Three recent alumni of courses at The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design (JCAMD) have been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, a major showcase for the country’s most talented new artists.

The exhibition introduces the work of 57 artists, selected by Richard Billingham, Ceal Floyer and Kenneth Lum. Open to all final year graduates and postgraduates of Fine Art at British Colleges and Universities, this year's submission attracted over 1400 applications.

Beth Collar, who studied BA Fine Art (Critical Practice) and whose work is pictured left, Peter Joslyn, who studied BA Fine Art and Jeremy Evans who took a Foundation Year will see their work displayed at galleries in Liverpool and London. The show will be at the A Foundation Gallery in Liverpool from 20 September - 6 November before moving to the Rochelle School in Shoreditch from 6 December - 1 February 2009.

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September 30, 2008

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