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Military Monopoly, a board game design by Elizabeth Finch Moore

Poles Apart, a design by Adrian Bergman selected for design magazine ICON

Purge from alternative family album by Spencer Rowell

One More Time, an exhibition and symposium on marking time

In Depth 2011, a new exhibition by MA Photography Alumni


News and Events Archive: October 2011

Cass Alumna’s Monopoly with a military twist

Elizabeth Finch Moore, an Alumna of Silversmithing and Jewellery at The Cass is behind a new version of classic board game Monopoly. Her leather-goods company Pemberton & Milner has teamed up with luxury British Jeweller Garrard to create Military Monopoly, an exquisite deluxe leather and silver version of the old family favourite. Instead of the traditional streets and stations, Military Monopoly’s properties will be ships of the Royal Navy, units of the Army and stations of the Royal Air Force. The traditional playing pieces will be replaced by references to military attire – a Household Cavalry Helmet, Beret, Royal Marines Commando dagger, Royal Air Force jet, sailor’s cap and hard helmet.

15% of sales proceeds will go to three military charities: The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The RAF Benevolent Fund.

Since studying at The Cass, Elizabeth Finch-Moore’ experiences have included a career at leading fashion house Joseph, and as a board member of fine leather goods brand Pickett. She launched Pemberton & Milner, a leading private commission leather goods company, at the beginning of 2010.

Elizabeth says that she came up with the Military Monopoly concept both because it fits perfectly with the company’s collection, which includes other luxury leather board games, but also because of their longer term charitable interests: “Every generation of my family has served with the armed forces, most recently my grandfather in the SRU and SBS (Royal Marines), while my father was a Wing Commander, who then worked with the RAF Benevolent Fund. My brother served for some twenty-two years in the Artillery and my long-term boyfriend is a Captain, second in command of a gun battery in 7 Para RHA. Each of the three forces charities is therefore close to my heart, especially as they help the families as well as the individuals who have served.”

The Military Monopoly board, available only as a limited edition, is being exquisitely crafted using the finest materials, Pemberton & Milner’s trademark approach to its manufacturing process. This special edition will be produced in two versions; Deluxe and Ultra Luxe. The Deluxe version features a hand-printed leather board, with elements of hand embossing, whilst the Ultra Luxe is entirely handmade, with each property square hand cut in lambskin and dyed so that the name that sits above the property is in the original Monopoly board colours.

The boards go on sale through Pemberton & Milner at www.pembertonandmilner.com and direct from the three partner charities in November 2011. The ‘Garrard Military Monopoly Board’ and the Pemberton & Milner Ultra-Luxe boards are available at the Garrard flagship store, 24 Albemarle Street, London W1.

October 22, 2011

Cass Alumni among ICON magazines top graduates

Three of the fifteen graduates selected for the Graduate Round-up in the 100th Issue of celebrated design magazine ICON are alumni of The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design). Adrian Bergman and Kips Davenport of Fda Furniture Making and Markus Kayser -who graduated from BA Furniture and Product design before studying at The Royal College of Art (RCA) – appear in a photo-shoot organised by the magazine which also showcases their innovative designs.

Adrian Bergman’s modular retail display project, Poles Apart took it’s inspiration from Broomsticks. “I was looking at how to construct furniture without using glue,“ says Adrian “and started playing about with a load of broomsticks to see how I could connect them together.” The resulting design is a simple modular system in which poles slot through designated holes in rails and surfaces, locking in place with rubber O-rings. The easily reconfigured system is ideal for the changing requirements of a shop, or homes where living space is at a premium. To produce his All Angles Table, a dining table with a top that dramatically cantilevers over its four corner legs, Kips Davenport says he had to learn as much about engineering as he did furniture design.“The shape has been driven by the idea of taking away as much material as possible but retaining structural strength”, he says. The table’s blue-lacquered underbelly is intended to draw the eye to its unusual shape and details. Both Kips and Adrian will now enter a Top Up year three of BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design. Markus Kayser spent weeks in the Egyptian desert to perfect the design of his experimental solar sintering machine: a device that melts sand into glass by focusing sunlight on to a small point through a large acrylic lens. The machine moves along a programmed path, building up the glass form in layers, like a 3D printer. You can download a pdf of the article: icon-oct11.pdf

Meanwhile ICONEYE, the online sister of the magazine recently featured the Sheetfield armchair by Will Soper, MA Furniture Design. Inspired by traditional Chesterfield furniture, with the aim of combining two contrasting materials, the Sheetfield was made using cold aluminium for the frame and warm Alma leather for the upholstery. The sharp angles and soft upholstery create a striking yet comfortable armchair that is also lightweight.

October 3, 2011

Artists Celebrate Two Years of Uncertainty

Uncertain States, a collective which was initiated by students and alumni of The Cass is celebrating its second anniversary with an exhibition in October as part of Photomonth 2011, the East London Photography festival. Since 2009, the group has produced seven editions of the quarterly Uncertain States Newspaper, with an eighth on the way, reflecting a shared aim to expand critical dialogue and promote visual imagery. The featured work reflects some key social and political concerns and challenges how perception is formed in a society like ours, on issues as diverse as politics, religion and personal identity. The paper is available online and is distributed across London’s leading galleries and creative hubs.

Exhibitors in October will include the project’s three lead artists, editors of the publication and alumni of MA Photography: Fiona Yaron-Field, David George and Spencer Rowell, who is currently completing a PhD at The Cass.

In his introduction to the new exhibition’s catalogue, Michael Upton Academic Leader at The Cass writes, “They are to be congratulated on the ongoing success and quality of their quarterly newspaper, website and exhibitions and their contribution to London’s lens- based art culture and community.”

The exhibition will take place from the 7th to the 11th October at The East Gallery, Brick Lane, with a private View on the 6th October 7pm-11pm and a meet the artists event on the 11th October 7pm-11pm

Uncertain States, East Gallery, 214 Brick Lane , London, E1 6SA.
Daily 11am-7pm

Please download Invite ucs-sept-2011-ecard.pdf


One More Time
An exhibition and symposium at London Metropolitan University on marking time

Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 October 2011

This exciting project brings together several contemporary artists from diverse contemporary art practices, including performance, photography and film, working with ideas about marking and spatializing time. One More Time, will run for three days as an exhibition in the Libeskind Graduate Centre and the Old Boilerhouse at London Metropolitan University. There will be an artists’ symposium on Friday 20th October. The invited artist are: Steve Farrer, Rachel Gomme, David Howells, Rona Lee, Leibniz, Laura Malacart, Paul St George, William Raban, and Claire Zakiewicz all of whom have been engaged with practice-led research in contemporary art or with experimental film practices.

The event is curated by Anne Robinson and the exhibition and symposium build on a body of practice-led research on perception, affect and the elasticity of time in works of art, supported by the Facility practice as research centre, JCAMD & FSSH.

Please note that pre-registration is essential for the one-day symposium on Friday 21st. £12 & £7 for London met staff & students. Free admission to all other elements of the exhibition.

See attached flyer:
And website at:

To book a place, please go here

If you have any further queries, please email Anna Masing


MA Alumni show work IN DEPTH

Showing as part of this Photomonth, In Depth 2011 at Space fiftyfour is an exhibition of six artists work exploring the theme of identity and escapism. Ian Farrant, Hannah Richardson, Emma Brennan, Mohsen Zarei, Michèle Clément-Delbos and Victoria Kovalenko formed the group whilst studying for their MA Photography at The Cass and have worked together ever since.

The show runs from 21st - 28th October from 11am to 7pm every day. Their special preview evening is on Thursday 20th October from 6pm. And to close the show, they have organised an evening where you can meet all the artists giving you the chance to ask them about their work on Thursday 27th from 6pm.

Photomonth East London is an international photography festival. In 2011 more than 100 galleries and venues are exhibiting work by established and emerging photographers.

Space fiftyfour
54 Rivington Street
London EC2A

Download In_Depth-E-Flyer.pdf

For more information please email: contact@indepthphoto.co.uk

London Metropolitan University