In the city fringe areas of Shoreditch the Design and media industries are thriving - so it is good to see a pocket of RCA graduates setting up shop in Sunbury Workshops located in the Boundary Estate which straddles the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets . The Boundary, a result of a radical social programme which demolished the east end slums of the infamous “Jago”, is now home to new “designer-makers”. Web and ‘ap’ architects, hi-fashion jewellers, and chic interior designers... are fast replacing the old trade ateliers: leather, shoe and handbag artisans, carpenters and furniture makers. During the London Design Week the new ‘artisans’ of Sunbury Workshops opened up the gates and welcomed everyone to see their wares.
The Annual General Meeting of the RCA Society took place at AND 'eventSpace' on Sunday 20th June 2010 • from 11am. Members received the annual report covering the Society's activities for 2010 and elections for 'officers' and committee members were held. See the following link for Committee details: http://www.rcasociety.net/management
The AGM was followed by the "Boxed in Time" art event. http://www.rcasociety.net/content/rca-soc-event-boxed-time
'Boxed in Time' was an original art event created by society members where each participant brought along a box of their own size and shape, containing or forming their own miniature exhibition item. Anything was possible as long as it could be contained. Each box was opened one by one for all to see the great creativity inside. After the opening sessions the boxes and their contents were placed around the gallery space for all to inspect. A raffle decided which box each person was allowed to take home and there were some keen exchanges. Overall it was a very entertaining social art event, complete with home made food from members plus drinks.
The recent refurbishment of the Sculpture School buildings in Battersea have provided a spacious single level environment for the sculpture exhibition. The mixed and varied exhibition of works that used the area well - from flimsy structures that stretched to the ceiling to "ground breaking" transformers - provided RCA Society members with the difficult task of figuring out a worthy winner of the 'RCA Society + Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize'.
This year "Show 2" at Kensington Gore and the Stevens Building combined all the remaining schools. As ever it was a huge show to look around with a wide range of works to see. It certainly demanded several visits by RCA Society members who again took this opportunity to figure out who to nominate for the 'RCA Society + Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize'.