The annual Fashion Degree Show at the College is always a must see.
RCA Society members and associates were there too - using the occasion to also select a winner for the 'RCA Society and T&H Art Book Prize'. Amidst all the fashion aficionados you may recognise members and design colleagues from the trade who are designing, co-ordinating, buying, teaching or reporting.
RCA Society members met up at the opening of "Show One" - not only to enjoy what is a jolly occasion to bump into old friends (and maybe make new ones) but also to decide on their nominations for this year's "RCA Society and Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize". Send your nominations immediately and make sure to meet up at the other shows opening nights.
This significant exhibition, curated by Peter Kardia, of contemporary British sculpture opened at the P3 Galleries this week. "From Floor to Sky" brings together 28 artists, all graduates of the RCA and St Martins, whose radical and political approaches shifted the practice of sculpture away from the established forms or subject matters. All the participating artists continue to be influential in several spheres - from holding professorships and lectureships at the RCA and other leading art schools in Britain and throughout the world to showing works in international exhibitions or collections. The timing of the show - which precedes potential political change in the coming months - is highly appropriate and the exhibition's location in Westminster University's huge subterranean "industrial" gallery space Ambika P3 is well worth a visit.
More than 800 delegates enjoyed a day of debate and networking at indigO2 for the Thames Gateway Forum 2009. The evening drinks reception was a sell out and the site visits to Gateway locations to see investment and development opportunities were enjoyed by all who attended.
A large audience gathered in London's east end Toynbee Hall theatre space, Whitechapel, to see two films by "director extraordinaire" Ian Johnson. The first film to be shown was "Bruce Lacey: The Original Performance Artist" (56mins) a film documenting the work of 60's robotics and performance artist Bruce Lacey. Ian's second film "No Problem..." (33mins), was a tense documentary film about actor, writer and man of notorious and experimental theatre, Ken Campbell. Campbell, who died suddenly last year at the relatively young age of 66, was prolific in his creative output achieving notoriety in the '70's for some marathon stage productions - 'Illuminatus!" (9 hours) and Neil Oram's play 'The Warp' (22 hours)- listed by the Guiness Book of Records as the longest play in the world. Ian's "No Problem..." features the latter. Amidst the audience were some of the cast of this marathon - so a rare chance to hear some interesting comment about the life and work of Campbell.