The RCA Society proudly presents a dynamic membership which spans ageless generations - John Kaine’s celebrated his birthday on 13 January... (this year, luckily, a Tuesday). John studied Fine Art (Painting) at the Royal College in the late 1950's. Amongst other things he taught at Maidstone School of Art for a number of years, and ran the London marathon many times. Friends and family got together for a celebratory feast in the cool “Duke of Cambridge” pub, Islington... Lots of good food, fun and great stories as ever. See John’s website links:
The RCA Society was sad to hear that one of our members, the world renowned and celebrated Video artist, David Hall, died in October.(1937 - 2014).
Initially a sculptor, David Hall pioneered Video art producing a number of seminal works for gallery exhibition and TV. He taught in a number of Art schools including the RCA and founded the Time Based Media Course at Maidstone College of Art.
“It is vital that full consideration is given to what constitutes a progressive policy for the arts and culture in a democratic society. ‘An alternative vision’ is intended to provoke and assist that debate.”
The PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) launched its commissioned publication ‘manifesto for culture’ “An Alternative Vision” in the Attlee Suite at Portcullis House on Wednesday 11 December. This intensely informative document was three years in the making. It was researched and written by Roger Siefert (Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management - University of Wolverhampton Business School) and Mike Ironside (retired Snr Lecturer in Industrial Relations, Keele University). The PCS, alongside with UCL, Unite, Unison and BECTU trade unions, represent staff who work in the so called “Cultural Sector” - the nation’s Museums, Galleries, and Art / Cultural Centres.
Frieze London has grown into one of the biggest art fairs in the world. You can't miss it - in it's bespoke marquee sited at the edge of London's Regents Park. This year’s fair differed from last year - there were curatorial shifts towards collaborative commissioning in the sculpture park, film and music arena, a mixing of disciplines, and a youthful sense of trying the untried. But the “commercial gallery” arena was still dominant and I wonder, if a year on and in a continuing dire economic climate, the big Frieze will begin to thaw…?
During it's 100 year history the "Royal College of Art" has built a reputation as being the world's foremost postgraduate arts and design university. At the end of May thirty three graduating fashion students kicked the season off and presented their eagerly anticipated final year collections of Menswear, Womenswear, Knitwear and Milinery to a mixed audience of manufacturers, buyers, press and students of fashion.