14 November 1927 - 19 February 2013
The draft minutes of the previous AGM were tabled. Members were reminded of corrections included from the subsequent MC meeting. Below is a summary of the AGM 2013.
RCA Soc AGM Report 2013 (1mb PDF file)
The minutes of the 2012 AGM were agreed as accurate.
An exhibition of objects that have been “fixed” from different broken objects which have been “perfectly” repaired or have incorporated the fault line into its reconstitution. The exhibition, curated by Glenn Adamson, a tutor at the RCA and head of research at the Victoria & Albert museum, brings together a vast scale of “fixed” items - from small coins to grand pianos.
Rhonda Whitehead’s series of large abstract paintings are a rich layering of textures and colour which bring to mind the arbitrary landscapes made up of imaginary stories and real histories depicted on wall surfaces of weathered buildings... These are sharply contrasted by the harsh geometry of her later paintings.
Social and Humanitarian aspects
Unifying Cultural elements
Site + theme specific considerations
On 8 September 2012 H.E. Garvin Nicholas, High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, presented Althea McNish with an award for Achievement in the Arts as part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.
Had Harry Beck, the creator of the original iconic Tube Map, been a psychologist at the University of Essex then this exhibition shows the range of work he would have created. Maxwell Roberts has pushed the boundaries of the diagrammatic mapping from the rules set by tools of the trade at the time, a draughting board with a T-square and 45% set-square, and change the rules not just by angles but by lines being curved and also wavy.
This year the Royal College of Art marks its 150th Anniversary. Since its establishment as a school of design furnishing the Victorian Empire's new Industries developing into a unique university bringing together a range of practices across the fine arts, applied arts, design and theory that drive national and international cultures the Royal College of Art has built a proud reputation as the 'awkward' kid on the block.
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.