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The sculpture season kicks off – good things come… to Plymouth

L to R - The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art acting Exhibitions Manager Zoe Li artist Susan Collis and curators Hannah Jones and Kevin Hunt
L to R – The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art acting Exhibitions Manager Zoe Li artist Susan Collis and curators Hannah Jones and Kevin Hunt

Opening the Sculpture season in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, good things come… is a new exhibition curated by Liverpool-based artist and curator Kevin Hunt, in collaboration with The Gallery’s exhibitions manager, Hannah Jones. Bringing together over 35 sculptural works by 17 artists, the exhibition tackles the themes of time and scale implied by the dual readings of the titular phrase.

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The Red House and Plymouth College of Art shortlisted for prestigious international architectural award

The Red House, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and home to Plymouth School of Creative Arts, has been shortlisted in the final six for the prestigious international Architects’ Journal AJ100 Building of the Year award, the authoritative study of business of architecture, alongside buildings such as Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno, the offices of the President of Argentina.

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Plymouth School of Creative Arts shortlisted for RIBA architectural award

The Red House, home to Plymouth School of Creative Arts, has been shortlisted for a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South West regional award. For over 50 years the RIBA awards have championed the best architecture in the UK and around the world.

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Timorous Beasties find inspiration in student life for the South West

Timorous Beasties, the acclaimed Glasgow and London-based design studio noted for their surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, have created an innovative new exhibition as part of the Textile Design season in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. It is the first time that Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, better known as Timorous Beasties, have exhibited in the South West and the exhibition will be open until Saturday 16 April 2016.

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Jamie Billing joins Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art has appointed Jamie Billing as Programme Leader for its new BA (Hons) Design programme. Jamie, who was born in Cornwall and now lives in Saltash, has worked as a consultant in product design, graphics, branding and new media for clients such as The British Museum and Nestlé, was previously Senior Lecturer in Product Design at Nottingham Trent University and graduated from MA Industrial Design at Central St Martins in 2001.

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Knitwear undergoes a Metamorphosis at Plymouth College of Art

Knitwear designer Becky Dodman, who lectures BA (Hons) Fashion at Plymouth College of Art, has publicly unveiled the result of her year-long project Metamorphosis, exploring experimental themes of transformation and cultural relevance through psychedelic, contemporary knitwear.

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Acclaimed London-based textiles artist Emma Neuberg launches major new solo exhibition in Plymouth

Acclaimed London-based textiles artist Emma Neuberg’s work is the subject of a vibrant new solo exhibition created for The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, a first for the city. The free public exhibition, which kicks off The Gallery’s Textile Design Season, focuses on the role of geometric form, abstraction and pattern and the perceptual and spatial effects of these on fabric, paper and screen.

Emma is a British artist who trained in Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art, gaining a studio-based PhD in the subject in 2000. Her work explores the language of fine art, textiles and the sequencing of these in digital media.

She is based at Textiles Hub London, which supports traditional textiles making and Makerversity, the “factory-upon-Thames” in Somerset House, where digital technologies are at the forefront of future materials processing, printing and image-making.

The focus of Neuberg’s work is colour, light and resonance dynamics and how these vibrate and interrelate on the two-dimensional surface. Materials are stitched, painted, drawn, printed, stretched and virtual. Each piece informs the next in a continuous cycle of development, progression and meaning.

The combination of new technologies with modernist traditions and intergenerational narratives creates a depth of sonority and story in Neuberg’s work that makes it an exciting and significant chapter in the development of western European traditions and the overlap between fine art and textiles.

The public exhibition runs from Saturday 9 January until Saturday 20 February 2016, (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm, closed Sunday).

Neuberg will also give a free public talk in The Studio Theatre at Plymouth College of Art on Wednesday 27 January from 5:30pm until 6:30pm, where she will give an overview of her practice and the work created for the show. Sharing tips with BA (Hons) Textile Practices and BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern and BA (Hons) Fashion students at Plymouth College of Art particularly, Neuberg plans to demystify the design processes behind her art, which commonly bridges fine art and printed textiles.

Emma Neuberg purple
Emma Neuberg purple

Speaking of the genesis of her exhibition, Emma said: “Textiles in the UK are usually either presented in a very commercial context, or else as a niche craft.

“Over the years I’ve become increasingly frustrated with this, because I know that my own work falls somewhere between textiles and fine art and it was obvious to me that a lot of my contemporaries also needed their work to be exhibited in a space somewhere between craft and commercial design.

“This was the driving force behind the Geometrics shows that I co-curated with Daisy McMullan. I felt that those shows fulfilled a very real need at the time, but equally it was difficult for me to delve into my own work as fully as I’d like at the same time as collaborating on such a shared vision, so I jumped at the opportunity to create a solo exhibition for The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. I really want to delve into this curious space between textiles and fine art and give it a bigger public platform.

“Textiles have quite a difficult time in this country and I don’t feel like we have as many high profile textile designers as we should have,” Emma said when asked about the wider context of her work.

Emma Neuberg

“The focus in the UK tends to be on haute couture and commercial fashion, which means that we’re not always concentrating on pushing the boundaries of what textiles can be. An example of this could be seen in the work of Sonia Delaunay. She was one of Europe’s biggest textile designers of the twentieth century, but she died in 1979 and I don’t feel like anybody since has progressed the legacy that she left of the role that textiles can play in fine art.

“She had a retrospective recently at the Tate Modern and it was wonderful to see textiles being displayed in that space as important and relevant cultural items – ideas of modernism being expressed in fabric.

“My own solo show combines the textiles themselves with the designs and drawings behind them, alongside digital representations and animations of the digital patterns. Often with commercial practices like textile design, you don’t get to see the working drawings by the artist, but these images reveal the backdrop and thought process behind the textile pieces. They’re the foundation of my work and essential to the creative process, so I hope that people will take the same pleasure in viewing them that I took in creating them.”

Hannah Jones, exhibition manager at The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, said: “We are really excited to welcome Emma back to The Gallery for a solo exhibition. We first presented Emma’s work in 2010 as part of a group exhibition and have followed her practice with interest since then.

“She takes a really exciting, multi-disciplinary approach to textiles, with a practice that is equally informed by drawing, animation and digital printing.

“The exhibition in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art presents each aspect of Emma’s practice and her interlinked approach to making, where all elements are in an ongoing conversation with each other, shaping the development of ideas and outcomes.”

Paul Singleton, Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Textile Design and Surface Pattern programme at Plymouth College of Art, said: “Our students will have the opportunity to meet with textile design professionals such as Emma Neuberg and Timorous Beasties.

“I’m delighted that we have such a high calibre of designers visiting us in Plymouth to talk to our students about their careers and aspirations. I’m also delighted that Emma Neuberg will work with textile design students here on a digital textile design project, encouraging creative uses of our industry standard digital equipment and software.”

Neuberg will lead a Kinetic Surfaces Masterclass at Plymouth College of Art from 10am until 1pm on Friday 29 January 2016, teaching creative practitioners how to create animated geometric patterns that can be uploaded to any electronic device for instant glamour, style and branding.

The masterclass, which will include the use of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to create simple geometric animated gifs, costs £60 and the deadline for booking is 8.30am on Wednesday 20 January 2016.

As part of the Textile Design Season at The Gallery, luxury interior wallpaper, textile and surface design artist Kit Miles will also be giving a free talk in the Studio Theatre at Plymouth College of Art on Wednesday 20 January, discussing his work and the journey of print design – both present and future.

After completing his MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art, Kit Miles formed his own studio, steeped in the values of quality, exquisite draughtsmanship and a futuristic, often surprising use of scale, colour and imagery. The Kit Miles Studio has been hailed internationally for designing striking and original fabrics and wallpapers, called ‘vivid’ and ‘ground-breaking’ by critics.

 

(from a press release)

Echo – Students from Plymouth College of Art curate their first public art exhibition

ECHO curating students (left to right) - Frances Phillips, Joanne Tyler, Fern Robinson, Sarah-Jane Rossi and Sybella Buttress
ECHO curating students (left to right) – Frances Phillips, Joanne Tyler, Fern Robinson, Sarah-Jane Rossi and Sybella Buttress

Eight third year BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts students from Plymouth College of Art have worked together to curate Echo, a public exhibition of work from the Crafts Council Collection, in The Gallery at the college.

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An epitaph to an era of greed and excess: Martin Parr’s Luxury at The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

Martin Parr
Luxury: Martin Parr

The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art has a series of photographs by Martin Parr showing the different ways in which people display their wealth.

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We Bought a Zoo inspires artwork at Plymouth College of Art’s Summer Show

Emma Davis
Emma Davis was inspired by We Bought a Zoo to create her cress infused chair at Plymouth College of Art

An artwork on display at Plymouth College of Art’s Summer Show was inspired by the book We Bought a Zoo, by Devon’s Benjamin Mee.

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Tate backs bid to open a school for creative innovation in Plymouth

Plymouth College of Art
Plans to create school for creative arts winning support

The Tate added its weight to the growing body of support behind Plymouth College of Art’s bid to establish Plymouth School of Creative Arts, a mainstream city centre 4–16 through-school that places creativity and creative arts practice at the very heart of the curriculum and of the wider pupil experience.

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