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canvey Enclosures, Badlands and Borders, a photography exhibition by David George

slow-down-london Out in the open, an event organised by Helen Carnac with Russell Martin

b-nicholls Insects in Art, a seminar by Bridget Nicholls

susan-aldworth Methodical Adventures Symposium


News and Events Archive: May 2009

Cass student’s double whammy at Creekside Open

A student from the MA Photography course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has had his work selected for inclusion in both of the shows at the prestigious Creekside Open in Deptford. Work for the exhibition, which runs during May and June, is selected by a different well-known curator each month. Incredibly both Jenni Lomax, Director of the Camden Arts Centre and Turner Prize-winner Mark Wallinger have included David George’s eerie night time shot in their exhibitions- so it will be on display for two months.

The photograph of is part of a series called ‘Enclosures, Badlands and Borders’ which features long-exposure shots taken at night in the eerie post-industrial landscapes of Teeside, Grain, Canvey and the Isle of Sheppey.

Capturing these night time shots has been quite an adventure for insomniac David who prefers to work at around two in the morning. Aside from the ankle hazards of walking through areas without roads and paths at the dead of night, recently at a shoot in Dungeness, he was approached by six armed policemen with torches. Fortunately his student card and equipment convinced them he was an artist rather than involved in industrial espionage.

Prior to starting the MA, David had a distinguished career as a photographer, traveling the world for travel and location shots and producing advertising images for well known campaigns. He joined the MA in Photography to explore and unleash the potential of the digital techniques and also to reflect on and develop his art form with peers and staff.

His next project will see him out at night again, this time capturing the world of 24-hour establishments and the people who haunt them: all night garages, laundrettes and convenience stores.

Talking about the selection of his work, David said, "It’s a great opportunity. I’m hoping that I will get a chance to show the whole of the ‘Badlands’ series as a result of this. They are designed to be shown as very big prints, so this is the ideal showcase."

David George's work can be viewed in Deptford at:

  • The Creekside Open, from 7-24 May
  • APT Gallery, from 4-21 June

David’s work will also be on show at the MA Show at The Cass from the 10-14 September this year.

May 5, 2009

Cass Lecturer leads ‘Slow Down London’ event at the Southbank

Helen Carnac, a senior Lecturer in Silversmithing & Jewellery at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has organised an ‘Out in the open’ public dialogue session at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre as part of an event called ‘Slow Down London’.

Out in the open’ is a series of four public, live dialogue sessions that will take place between crafts practitioners and other experts related to the themes of the ‘Taking time: Craft and the Slow Revolution’ exhibition which begins at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery this October and will tour to 8 other venues nationally. The exhibition is the next touring show from Craftspace which has been curated by Helen Carnac.

At the session at the Southbank, organised by Helen with Russell Martin, a panel chaired by the writer Paul Harper reflected on notions of slowness and craftsmanship. The panel consisted of artists and makers: Gary Breeze, David Gates and Shelly Goldsmith and writer and author of ‘In praise of Slow’, Carl Honoré. They considered thoughts on slowness, appropriateness of time, language, deliberation, memory, ethnography and peculiarities of words.

The event was being held as part of ‘Slow Down London’s a new project to inspire Londoners to improve their lives by slowing down to do things well, rather than as fast as possible. 'Out in the open' was one of a series of activities which lead up to the launch of the exhibition ‘Taking Time: Craft and the Slow Revolution’ in October 2009. The exhibition will look at how fifteen artists and makers relate to an ethos of ‘Slowness’, considering ideas around time and process, material and value, site and locality, relationships to community and the changing nature of production and consumption.

About Helen Carnac

Helen Carnac is a maker and academic based in London. As a maker Carnac is interested in her work being centred self-consciously on the explicit connection between material, process and maker, with an emphasis on deliberation and reflection.

Carnac was co-chair of the 2006 UK based Association for Contemporary Jewellery conference Carry the Can which hoped to develop understanding and debate about the different ways we value material and process today and recently co-curated the exhibition ‘Process Works’.

Helen Carnac’s Blog | RAE research

May 5, 2009

Artists and Animals - JCAMD Research Seminar Series

A series of talks around the relationships between artists and animals are taking place during May / June at the Parker Gallery, 41 Commercial Road, London, E1.

  • Wed, 13 May, 4.30-6.0 pm
    Insects in Art
    BRIDGET NICHOLLS, Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and organiser of Pestival

  • Wed, 20 May, 4.30-6.0 pm
    Fruits of the Forest
    JACOB CARTWRIGHT, artist and film-maker

  • Wed, 27 May, 4.30-6.0 pm
    Embarrassed about Being Human
    EDWINA ASHTON, artist and lecturer, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

  • Wed, 3 June, 4.30-6.0 pm
    Trying To Cope With That Aren't Human: nervous laughter and (un)natural surroundings
    IAN BROWN, artist and MA Fine Art Course Leader at Staffordshire University

  • Wed, 10 June, 4.30-6.0 pm
    Animal Stories: Representation of Animality in Contemporary Art
    KAREN KNORR, photographer and lecturer, University for the Creatives Arts, Farnham

For further information contact Rosemarie McGoldrick at r.mcgoldrick@londonmet.ac.uk

Methodical Adventures Symposium

Event: Methodical Adventures Symposium
Date: Friday 29th May 2009
Time: 2pm-5pm
Venue: The Cass Gallery, 41-71 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA

A half-day seminar chaired by Chris Orr, with the exhibiting artists and audience discussing the place of traditional print methods in a digital age.

Full Details Here


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