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Cass alumnus Munsur Ali

An exterior view of Gotham Hall

Luke Freeman selected by the RSA Student Design Award

Say Hello, cass students in the promotional campaign for New Designers

The Design Factory, work by Camilla Fiskerstrand

Gold Vein Ring by Mahtab Hanna

London Met students and alumni at the London Jewellery Week

Stir by Natalia Marcia Bove at Treasure

Pattrens from Life by Melanie Codarin at Treasure

Write your own story by Joana da Cunha at Treasure

Body adornment jewellery work by alumna Natalia Schroder

Model London, an exhibition by Interior Design and Technology students

The Return of the Real: Art in ther Public Sphere in Twiwan, a symposium led by Dr Wei Hsiyu Tun

Cass students summer screening at Rio

Old London Bridge, a print by Anna Hamilton


News and Events Archive: June 2011

» Exhibition and Corporate Social Responsibility Event
» Symposium: The Return of the Real: Art in the Public Sphere in Taiwan
» Cass Students Summer Screening at Rio
» Beginnings: The Cass Summer Show 2011

Cass Alumnus brings West End glamour to the East End

On the 23rd June the fourth annual Limelight Film & Arts Awards took place at “Troxy” in Limehouse. The awards are brain-child of BA (Hons) Film and Broadcast Production Alumnus Munsur Ali, who created the spectacular event to celebrate the work of London’s new and emerging Filmmakers- and this year offered a £10K production award to the “film of the night”.

In a glitzy, “Oscars” style ceremony, awards were presented in a number of categories by, among others, Bend it Like Beckham star, Ameet Chana, Emmerdale actress, Tanya Vital and film director, Martin Gooch.

In front of a packed house, Peter Hewitt, Course Leader of the Film and Broadcast Production course at The Cass, who was invited to present one of the awards, found himself handing the gong for best science-fiction film to one of his former students, Charles Thompson who lensed post-apocalyptic drama “abducted”.

June 28, 2011

Cass student wows the global fashion industry

A student on BA (Hons) Textile Design at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) has been named a finalist in The Global Fashion Awards 2011. Asiima Mawudoku, is shortlisted for Most Creative Student Collection at the prestigious international awards, taking place at New York’s prestigious Gotham Hall in October.

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2011 honour fashion’s most innovative and inspirational businesses and individuals and are judged by a panel of experts from the fashion industry. The awards ceremony promises to be a truly stunning black tie, red carpet event, including a champagne reception and gala dinner within the sumptuous surroundings of Gotham Hall, a remarkable venue that combines the style of Manhattan’s Broadway with the sophistication and tradition of New York’s finest architecture.

Asiima is having quite a successful year- she is also an international finalist in the Society of Colourists and Dyers Awards, taking place in Hong Kong.

June 28, 2011

Cass student wins RSA Internship in Berlin

Luke Freeman, a student on BA (Hons) Graphic Design at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) been selected by the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Student Design Awards judges for a special prize which rewards the most memorable student designer of the year for their particular skills and overall portfolio work.

Luke’s prize is the opportunity to work as an intern at Professor Erik Spiekermann's studio in Berlin for a period of approximately 3 months. Spiekerman is a typographer and designer and a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). He will also receive a monthly stipend and travel costs to and from Berlin.

The award will be formally announced at the RSA Award Winners' Reception on the 29th June. At this reception, the 2011 RSA Student Design Award winners will be presented with their awards/certificates and it will be an opportunity to meet winners from years past as well as many people who have helped to make the RSA Student Design Awards over the years. Luke also gained a commended in the RSA Student Awards for his Shaping Type project, which aims to teach young people about typography through a series of interactive and hands-on workshop challenges. The benefit of this type design workshop is to share a new skill to a new generation of designers combining the notion of interaction and play with learning. His TYPE USB work featured in the innovative Psychobabble show created by Graphic Design students for the Cass Summer Show 2011.

The RSA combines thought leadership with social innovation to further human progress. Building on our 250 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, we undertake influential and varied research projects and host the UK’s most ambitious free lecture series. Our work is supported by 27,000 Fellows, an international network of influencers and innovators from every field and background.

June 28, 2011

Say Hello! Cass design students star in promotional campaign

Students from The Cass feature prominently in the promotional campaign for the annual event, New Designers which showcases graduate design work from the UK’s Universities. The students have been seen on posters, invitations, folders and websites promoting the exhibition over the past two months. The campaign was called Say Hello and aimed to show the design talent of tomorrow in their creative environments, and students work photographed in the famous specialist work shops and studios of The Cass at Central House and Commercial Road.

The Faculty’s students will of course be participating in New Designers too. Textiles and Jewellery students are showing their work in week one of the event from the 29th June to the 2nd July and Furniture and Interiors students are exhibiting from the 6th to the 9th July.

Read more

June 23, 2011

Student creates Steel Pan App for the iPad

Could the sound of a steel band be coming to a commuter train near you? Samantha Martin, a third year on the BSc Music Technology (Audio Systems) course at The Cass hopes so. She has created a Virtual Steel Pan app called steelipan for the iPad. It has been accepted by Apple, and is now available on the appstore. Since it was uploaded last Friday, it has been downloaded over 600 times.

June 22, 2011

Cass students enjoy Night at The (Design) Museum

Five students from BA (Hons) Graphic Design at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) were invited to show their work at Design Overtime, the late night event at at the Design Museum following their successful participation in the Museums educational programme The Design Factory.

This year's Design Factory brief Creating a Great Moment: Communication in the Public Realm was set by leading designers Kennard Phillips. The students were asked to find new ways to engage with the everyday to communicate messages about the world, as a designer and as a citizen. The winning students were invited to take part in a special symposium and present their interventions at Design Overtime.

Read more

June 21, 2011

Quadruple Success for Cass students in National Awards

Students from BA (Hons) Graphic Design at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) have claimed four Highly Commended prizes in this years RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce ), Student Design awards. The annual scheme challenges professional designers-in-training to apply their skills to difficult social issues including altruism, sustainability and aging. This year, the successful Cass students responded to three of the six briefs available.

Read more about the projects and responses.

June 21, 2011

Cass Alumna launches stunning New Collection

Mahtab Hanna, a recent Alumna of BA Silversmithing and Jewellery at The Cass launched her stunning new Sensory Jewellery Collection during Treasure at London Jewellery Week (6-12th June, 2011), including a high profile catwalk show for Barclays Wealth and Jaguar clients.

Mahtab’s Sensory Collection extends jewellery wearing to a status of ornamented decorative art complimented by precious metals and stones in a wearable range for an effortlessly stylish, seductive, glamorous and sexy look.

Talking about the work Mahtab said "Mother Nature is my fascination and inspiration and these creations remain true to the spirit of what I call "dichotomy jewellery. I add verve to a design, just as the veins of a leaf bring it life.”

June 20, 2011

A Deeper Beauty: London Met returned to London Jewellery Week

Students and alumni from The Cass (the Sir John Cass Faulty of Art, Media and Design London) did showcase new work at Treasure from the 9th‐12th June as part of London Jewellery Week 2011. The students exhibited their innovative new work at Essence, the ethical jewellery pavilion at Treasure.

This year, six MA Jewellery Design students and graduates took part in a live project in association with London Jewellery Week, CRED‐ the fairtrade jewellers and the Fairtrade Foundation, to produce jewellery designs that reflected the deeper beauty of Fairmined Gold and recycled materials. They include:

Natalia Marcia Bove: Stir, produced in Fairmined gold compels the wearer to swirl its contents and elicit conversations on ethical considerations regarding the origin of the materials used within jewellery design.

Melanie Codarin: Patterns from Life collection is influenced by Nepalese and Colombian Cultures; and is made from recycled silver, Fairtrade gold and reclaimed British woods.

Joana Pinto da Cunha: Write your own story, by inserting into one single structure different elements that mark important events in your life.

This new generation of jewellery designers has embraced the values of designing responsibility, sustainably and with social awareness ‐ to create jewellery that is beautiful in both design and ethical integrity. This unique collaborative relationship of the The Cass, working with London Jewellery Week and CRED was its 3rd year.

Cass Alumni have a high profile elsewhere at Treasure. Mahtab Hanna creates wearable sculpture, challenging traditional concepts of jewellery. Her necklaces in precious and non-precious materials are rather like crowns of golden thorns. Alumna Natalia Schroder is a finalist in Professional Jeweller’s prestigious Treasure competition. Natalia aims to offer a unique, untamed, collection of jewellery inspired by body adornment that includes full-body jewellery. She specialises in CAD/CAM design and works exclusively with precious metals with a particular focus on pearls.

For more information about the exhibition and course please contact Mah Rana, course leader for MA Jewellery Design.

June 19, 2011

Exhibition and Corporate Social Responsibility Event

MODEL LONDON: Community - Business - Education - Design

Model London at Allen and Overy is an inspiring exhibition of 2D and 3D work by Interior Design and Technology students at The Cass. The projects on display are responses to briefs by leading architectural and design practices to create new spaces in London- retreats, floating structures, living bridges, radical rooftops.

These responses are innovative and beautiful but, as the Faculty embarks on a collaborative project with the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design for High Street 2012, we would like to ask some questions, too.

How can the city's businesses, universities and communities best collaborate to create a model London? What are the roles - and duties- of artists, designers, academics, corporate social responsibility teams and others in modeling this future City?

The exhibition -and conversation- will form the focus of a private view and networking evening on the 29th June.

Private View: 29th June 2011
Venue : Mezzanine Allen and Overy
Address: One Bishops Square

Exhibition Dates: 16th June - 30th June

By invitation only register your interest by email to: m.upton@londonmet.ac.uk


Symposium: The Return of the Real: Art in the Public Sphere in Taiwan

Dr Wei Hsiu Tung
Visiting Research Fellow in Public Art
School of Art
Sir John Cass Faculty of Art Media and Design
London Metropolitan University

Thursday 30th June 14.00 – 17.00
Room 102 Commercial Road
Followed by a reception


In Taiwan, the role of art in the public Sphere had a significant breakthrough with the abolition of Martial Law in 1987. It was also a critical issue in contemporary art practice to challenge the Taiwanese identity in the post Martial Law era. Art practice outside the museum and gallery space, such as public art project, off-site art exhibitions and artist-in-residence schemes, that are situated in urban as well as rural areas, seeks for a Taiwanese vernacular culture, rather than a Chinese ideology and identity. It is in the last decade, that the bringing of art into the socio-cultural context has brought about a change in the relationship between artists and viewers. This has meant a change in art’s role to one that reflects a localism and has a concern with intervention in the community.

Wei Hsui’s aims, in her introduction to the Symposium, are as follows:

  1. First of all I will give an account ideas of art in the public sphere that are developing practices --- the ideas of ‘new genre public art’ and ‘dialogical art practice’ and ‘socially engaged art practice’ – and how they constitute a body of interventions into community life and the public.
  2. Secondly, the development of the idea of art in the public sphere will be analyzed through discussing recent cases of public art projects, off-site exhibitions and artist-in-residence schemes in Taiwan.
  3. Thirdly, I will outline the process and effects of these practices as models that are akin to those of a dialogue which bring together people, space, and environment in a way that it reflects the specific socio-cultural context of the community. Artistic intervention in the public sphere is not only for artists to use the socio-cultural context as a medium for their art; its transformative power also seeks to connect to, and involve a wider audience to be equally creative. This is where the production of art becomes the expression of community life.

We would then like to open up the Symposium to the consideration of the following questions:

  • What is the idea of ‘public-ness’ and how does it apply to the kind of  art practice situated outside the museum/gallery space?
  • How does art practice in the public sphere become a questioning of identity and a cultural re-construction? 
  • What are the artist’s conceptions of art in terms of social intervention and practical engagement? 
  • To what extent does the ‘dialogue’ between artists and their audience (i.e. participants) contribute positively to the promotion of social as well as community awareness? 
  • To what extent can curators bring art back to the community and the everyday life, and how can their curatorial strategies lead to critical spatial practices?

Dr. Wei Hsiu Tung is Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Art, National University of Tainan, Taiwan and Visiting Research Fellow in Public Art at Sir John Cass Facility of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University in 2010-2011. Her current research works are on ‘Art in the public sphere and cultural environment’; ‘Socially engaged art’; ‘Contemporary art practices and concepts of artist-in-residence’. She is working on publishing a book: Art for Social Change: An Anthropological Study of Residences in Taiwan (forthcoming 2011, Lexington Books)

For further information please contact Chris Smith, Faculty Research Leader
T: +44(0)20 7 320 1950
E: c.d.smith@londonmet.ac.uk


Cass Students Summer Screening at Rio

The uber trendy Rio Cinema in Dalston is screening a selection of new short films from the next generation of filmmakers from Undergraduate and Postgraduate students at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) this Sunday between 11:30am and 1:30pm.  They will include the touching comedy 'Dim Sum Dance Some' loved by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi and none other than Lady Gaga herself.

Student Fernando Bauza Alonso screened it for both of the international superstars while he was working as a Chauffeur at Cannes this year. He spent three days with Chinese star Zhang Ziyi, who also starred in Rush Hour and Hero taking her from event to event and including a mad rush to the airport when she forgot some luggage!  He collected Lady Gaga from the opening concert  and played her the film as she unwound after her perfromance. Talking about the experience Fernando,  said “Lady gaga watched Dim Sum Dance Sum all the way through, laughing a lot in the right places – and at the end gave me a big hug, said well done and took a copy. Zhang Ziyi said she loved it – and took a copy too! ”

The screening is completely free to attend but is by invitaion only- you can regsiter your interest below. One to watch Michelle Tofi, who is directing the new video for 'Phase IV' by scenester Boy 8-Bit will also be screening her debut short 'Sacrifice', and punk rocker turned filmmaker Matt Underwood will be trading his 'Jack Brews' bass for a camera to bring audience members his zombie thriller 'Paroxysm'.  It's going to be a great event for lovers of all things film, and could well introduce you to the next Tarantino!

The event will be presented by Sunday Show TV presenter Cherelle Jay, with drinks and food provided  and an after- party and filmmaker meet and greet at Dalston's Downstairs bar. 

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Faculty said, “The students have organised a great event. This is a fantastic opportunity to catch some of the great film making talent from The Cass at one of London’s coolest venues.”


Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High Street
E8 2PB London
United Kingdom
Sunday, June 19, 2011 from 11:30 am - 1:30pm

The screening is free but by invitation- you can register your interest here:


Beginnings: The Cass Summer Show 2011

The Cass Summer Show 2011 from the 15th to 19th June will showcase the work of eight hundred graduating students from The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University. Subjects represented will include Animation, Fine Art, Film, Design, Graphics, Interiors, Jewellery, Silversmithing, Photography, Furniture, Product, Textiles, Music Technology, Musical Instruments, Restoration and Conservation and more. Work is already well underway to transform The Cass’ two buildings at Central House and Commercial Road into a huge gallery for the annual event, which launches with a spectacular Private View on the 14th June at which over two thousand guests are expected.

Please note some printed invitations incorrectly stated the day of the Private View as Thursday. The event  is on Tuesday the 14th June.

The title Beginnings was chosen because this year’s show is a double celebration. As well as celebrating the launch of the professional post-university careers of the Faculty’s many talented students, the event commemorates the 350th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Cass (1661-1718), the philanthropist after whom The Cass takes its name.

The image selected for posters and invitations for the show is a Print created by Anna Hamilton, BA (Hons) Fine Art and shows London Bridge in the 18th Century- from around the time of Sir John Cass.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Faculty said, “The exhibition is shaping up to be our best yet- I’ve been fortunate enough to have sneak preview of many of the great final projects that will be on display . The 350th Anniversary year is a reminder of The Cass’ proud history and heritage in providing skilled practitioners for London’s ever changing creative economy. We’re going to put on a show that would make John Cass proud!”

Beginnings: The Cass Summer Show

Private View: Tuesday 14 June 2011, 6pm-8pm. By Invitation.

Please note some printed invitations incorrectly stated the day of the Private View as Thursday. The event  is on Tuesday the 14th June.

41-71 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA
Central House, 59-63Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF
(nearest tube: Aldgate East)

Dates and Opening Times
Wednesday 15 June: 10am – 8pm
Thursday 16 June: 10am – 8pm
Friday 17 June: 10am – 8pm
Saturday 18 June: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 19 June: 10am – 4pm

For more information contact Michael Upton


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