In the recently refurbished iconic St Pancras Station Hotel the Tate Britatin held a launch event for its forthcominge exhibition "Pre-Raphaelites - Victorian Avant-Garde". This was a fitting venue for the exhibition by emphasising the role of the railway in the Industrial revolution, the loss of camelot with the urban spread of product hungry suburbs, and the new mechanistic technologies which challenged traditional craft skills.
16 March - 22 April 2012
Venue: Ambika P3 Galleries - University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
nearest underground Baker Street (op Mme Tussaud)
Event: "Takes Two to Tango: research & design."
When: Wednesday 4th April 2012 at 7pm - 9pm
WHERE: Classic House, 180 Old Street, London EC1V 9RQ
ORGANISERS: RCA Society and London CSD Group
SPEAKER: Alec Robertson MA(RCA), MCSD, FRSA
A student, lecturer, and Fellow at The Royal College of Art and Committee member and friend to the RCA Society.
Exorcising the Fear: British Sculpture from the 1950-60s, 11th Jan - 3rd Mar 2012
During 1971 the students, staff and ancillary workers contributed towards an analysis of the RCA, which after much discussion and amendment was published as the RCA-Redefined, which proved an important catalyst in changing the educational opportunities and social structure of the college.
It followed the many challenges to the old divisions that dominated art education, allowing for the development of mixed-media collaborations and conceptual notions that are now commonplace, even creating a new orthodoxy that has provoked challenges.
This giant relief is also in the round. The ambiguity is intended as a response to the clear but complex subject matter. The subject is the late painter Lucian Freud, my father. This portmanteau of equal forms joins with a cobra like rim bringing the obverse and reverse together. A hollow inverse inhabits the interior leaving space for the imagination: the projections packed in by so many artists, admirers and his fascinated entourage.
The RCA Society were sad to hear of the death of Kim James (2011). Kim took an active part in the Society and was a dynamic “judge” in the RCA Society and Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize (2002).
That year he also had a retrospective exhibition at St Mattews Church in Bethnal Green where he had completed his first commission in 1960:
In the wake of the current economic crisis the government’s response was to make massive cuts throughout public services, damaging health, welfare and education. It has prompted a massive political protest from students, trade unionists, and pensioners to professional bodies, community organisations and religious organisations. All forms of action have been developed from strikes, sit-ins and occupations that have inspired many who would otherwise have not become involved..
May Ayres studied Illustration at the RCA during the early 1970s. For a number of years she has transposed her illustrators skills to ceramics. At the same time both the strength and fragilityof the fired material lends itself to the subject matter she has pursued - the human condition in extreme situations - not natural conditions but cruel situations - ones manufactured by tyrants and oppressors: war - torture. May acknowledges that some of the works in this exhibition are horrible - that is about horrible subjects.