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Record numbers attend JCAMD Summer Show

Over 2000 people attended the huge private view of the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design (JCAMD) 2007 Summer Show on 12 June, with the temporary gallery spaces in the Commercial Road and Central House buildings packed with a vibrant mix of students, their families and friends, staff, industry contacts, collectors and journalists.

The event marked the beginning of a week, from 13 to 17 June, where several thousand visitors enjoyed the work of 800 graduating students in a range of disciplines. Work on display included fine art, furniture, jewellery, interior and graphic design, textiles and musical instruments.

Eye catching exhibits included an innovative sofa which you can dress yourself, jewellery made from dentures, a seat re-upholstered with ‘road kill’, a burial at sea capsule, a plug-in severed hand, and audio recording equipment created using a cast of the designer’s own ears.

The week also saw several award ceremonies take place. On 12 June, the University announced the winners of the Purchase Prize, whose work will be bought and displayed in the offices of London Met.

The following day, the Upholders award ceremony recognised the achievements of Furniture, Upholstery and Restoration students, with prizes presented to winners from the Worshipful Company and corporate sponsors. On 14 June, the best Silversmithing and Jewellery degree students were honoured by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at JCAMD, said: ‘This is the busiest show we’ve had and the quality of work was excellent throughout. The private view in particular is a moving experience as it is the culmination of several years’ work for students and staff, and there is a great shared pride in the achievement.

‘The season of major exhibitions does not end here for us or the students; selected work will be showcased at major national exhibitions such as New Designers and New Blood over the summer.’

22 June 2007

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