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Susan Aldworth's work inspired by Soul Dust

Hannah Stanton's fabric work awarded by the New Design Britain

The Cable, a documentary film by Jesse Quinones

Christmas Print Sale at the Cass

Window display and detail, a design by Shell Thomas

IN Contain Exhibition

Japanese Woodlblock Printmaking workshop with Professor Noda

Transicion, work by Susana Aldworth


News and Events Archive: January 2011

Cass Research Fellow explores mysteries of consciousness

Cass Honorary Research Fellow Susan Aldworth is exhibiting work inspired by Soul Dust, a new book about Consciousness by Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey. Susan Aldworth’s paintings of the human brain, the crucible of mind and soul, have captured the imagination of neuroscientists and philosophers as much as poets. In 2010 Aldworth was commissioned to provide an image for the cover of Soul Dust. She went on to produce a series of art works inspired by the book. These will be on display until the 27th January at GV Art.

How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? Why do we value it so highly? Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey’s new book Soul Dust presents a startling new theory. Consciousness, he argues, is nothing less than a magical-mystery show that we stage for ourselves inside our own heads. This self-made show lights up the world for us and makes us feel special and transcendent. Thus consciousness paves the way for spirituality, and allows us, as human beings, to reap the rewards, and anxieties, of living in what Humphrey calls the ‘soul niche.’

The three day exhibition at GV Art will be a unique opportunity to see what happens when exciting new ideas in science are interpreted by an artist. Susan Aldworth, a philosophy graduate from Nottingham University, has exhibited extensively during the last 10 years including Landscapes of the Mind, Williams College Museum of Art, USA (2010), Northern Print Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (2009) Mapping the Imagination, V&A, London (2008) and Scribing the Soul, Transition Gallery, London (2008).

For full show details and opening times visit the Gallery Website
Read about the exhibition: Press Release

January 26, 2011

Cass student short-listed for national design award

Hannah Stanton who studies Advanced Upholstery at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) has been awarded 2nd Place in the Fabric category of the ’New Design Britain Awards’. Hannah’s entry was for new fabric she designed for a 1940’s Nursing Utility Chair as part of a series called ‘History Repeated’ which takes detailed research into each chairs history as inspiration. The awards, which feature as part of Interiors at the Birmingham NEC are one of the most important competitions in the UK for young design talent.

Hannah researched the history of the nursing chair which was given to her by a family friend. She discovered it was part of the Utility Furniture Scheme that was introduced in 1942 in an attempt to cope with the shortages of raw materials during and just after World War II. It was originally given to two newly weds in Taunton Somerset

Her new design brings together elements and shapes from historical Taunton – such as the war memorial and old maps. These are blended with the repeat pattern styles of the era. The colours also reference the time and the chairs function as a nursing chair. You can read more about the research on Hannah’s website.

Before studying Upholstery, Hannah has also freelanced as a graphic designer for the past seven years. Her clients include the BBC, Princess TV, IPC Media among many others.

The New Design Britain awards give recognition to students for innovative and ground-breaking work and provide an opportunity for Interiors to encourage new young stars and look to the future of the furniture industry. This years entries were judged by a prestigious panel of judges, including; Evening Standard’s Barbara Chandler and ACID.

Read about the project Here

January 21, 2011

Woolfcubs swing by cable

Hanging from a steel cable 1,300 feet above ground in a remote Colombian village is all in a day’s work for London Met CASS graduate Jesse Quinones.

Jesse is one third of the award-winning production company Woolfcub Productions, which he founded with brother Daniel Quinones, also a London Met graduate. Both brothers studied Audio Visual Production at The Cass.

Jesse spent part of last year in Los Piños, an area 40 miles from the Colombian capital Bogota, to film his latest documentary, The Cable.

For the handful of families living in Los Piños, 12 steel cables which connect one side of the valley to the other are their only access to the outside world. The Cable tells the moving story of three children who use the cable and the inspiring ways in which they overcome such an obstacle day after day.

Woolfcub said the Colombian Government has ‘refused to build a bridge due to the small population in the area so the cables are still the only transport available to those living in the area’.

While filming the documentary, Jesse tried out the cable himself. ‘I clung onto it ... to see what it felt like, by wrapping my legs and arms around it’, he said.

Read more: full article | Jesse’s blog

January 15, 2011

Christmas Print Sale

Looking for that ideal Christmas present? Then come along to the THE CASS for our Printmaking & Photography Christmas £10 PRINT SALE on Wednesday 15th December. You will be able to pick up work by one of our talented Fine Art students and staff, and in doing so help raise funds for the BA Fine Art Summer Show Catalogue 2011. A unique chance to get your hands on work by the art stars of the future at a down-to-earth price.

The sale is from 13:00 to 17:00 in the foyer at 41 -71 Commercial Road London, E1 1LA on Wednesday 15th December.

December 12, 2010

Cass Alumna Provides festive display for London stores

Designs by a recent Alumna of the Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) are to feature in the windows of Oliver Bonas stores all over the capital this Christmas. Shell Thomas, who completed a Foundation Degree in Furniture Making has worked in collaboration with the visual merchandising team at Oliver Bonas, to create and develop a range of creatures to cohabit the twenty five plus windows and compliment a "Contemporary Folk" scheme. These include a life size Deer Family inspired, in part by vintage illustrations for children and made of recycled Ultraboard and Geometric Birds carrying a unique, 1950's inspired pattern and made of laser cut corrugated card.

You can find out more about the project and Shell at her website and blog

December 11, 2010

Events Archive

Silversmithing and Jewellery Pop Up Exhibition 11th January

If you find yourselves with a spare moment on January 11th between 3pm and 5pm and you are in the vicinity of The Cass' Commercial Road Building why not pop down to the Cass Gallery to see Contain IN, the Silversmithing and Jewellery BA Level 1 Exhibition.

The exhibitionhas been designed, curated, assembled and dismantled by the students in 2 days including creating a catalogue and poster.

The work is the culmination of a 'container' (feel and hear those quotation marks!) project where the students were set 3 briefs, one to challenge the notion of containment, one to explore the function of a container and one to incorporate a container within an environment (a 6" x 7" board of MDF).

Contain IN 11th January ONLY 3pm-5pm , The Cass Gallery, Ground Floor, Commercial Road, 41-71 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA


Professor Tetsuya Noda to talk at London Met

Professor Tetsuya Noda, one of the world's most eminent print makers and contemporary artists, and a leading figure in Japanese contemporary design, will be giving both a demonstration and an artists talk as part of his week long visit to the University.


Wednesday 12th at 10.30am at Commercial Road

Professor Noda will give a demonstration of hiis technique . Places are limited to 30.

If you would like to attend  please contact David Skingle in advance at d.skingle@londonmet.ac.uk

Artists Talk

Thursday 13th at 7.00pm, The Women's Library

A talk arranged in partnership with The Alumni Association. Professor Noda will discuss his life and work. Places limited to 50 on first come basis. Book in advance here

'This program (workshop) is being held under the sponsorship of the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan'.

Read more about the Professor Noda's visit here


Cass Research Fellow explores mysteries of the human brain

Work by Susan Aldworth, Research Fellow in Printmaking at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) is to feature in a new exhibition at a West End gallery exploring the brain through art and science.

Brainstorm at GV Art, which opens on December the 3rd, is a new group exhibition focussing on artwork and scientific material that explores and represents the use of our most complicated organ. The work references and acknowledges information gleaned from the ongoing scientific research about the brain which continues to develop. Viewers are invited to reflect on the evolving dialogue between how we view the brain, the mechanics for understanding, and how we unpick the visual and cerebral contents of artwork. A variety of media will be on display, from sculpture to paintings, etchings, and scientific samples of brain slices.

Susan Aldworth’s work focuses on the brain to explore the nature of human consciousness. Working on location as an artist-in-residence has become central to Aldworth's practice – she has held residences in both the Royal London Hospital and King’s College London, Gordon Museum of Pathology – as she 'finds inspiration from looking directly into the brain'. Taking imagery of brain scans, and working in various media including print and film, Aldworth has developed a body of work that explores the nature of human consciousness and identity.

Aldworth’s interest in her subject matter stems from very personal experience – she collapsed in her studio in 1999 and was taken to the Royal London Hospital where, fully conscious whilst the doctors searched for a diagnosis, she 'was looking into my brain, in real time, live, on a monitor, while lying on an operating table'. Though escaping serious damage herself, for Aldworth the episode was to prove highly significant for her future development as an artist: "I knew from that moment that I didn’t have a soul. The mind and the body are one thing, and that is my brain. I became obsessed with finding out what neuroscientists know about the brain and with understanding what it is to be human nowadays."

The other participating artists at the exhibition which runs from the 3rd December 2010 until the 22nd January 2011 are, Annie Cattrell, Andrew Carnie, Katharine Dowson, Rachel Gadsden, David Marron and Helen Pynor.

Full Details
Brainstorm: Investigating the brain through art and science
GV Art London
49 Chiltern Street
London W1U 6LY
+44 208 408 9800

3rd December 2010 - 22nd January 2011
Tuesday to Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturdays 11am - 4pm
or by appointment

Admission Free
General enquiries info@gvart.co.uk

Gallery Site

Download E-invite:
E-invite for Brainstorm.pdf

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