The 2012 Degree Show presents work by BA Painting, Sculpture, Conservation and Historic Carving graduates. They will exhibit in the School's historic buildings in Kennington. Unique among London art schools, City & Guilds offers progressive ideas shared with a strong foundation in drawing and craft skills with students enjoying an exceptionally generous student-to-tutor ratio. 16 painters and 3 sculptors will be exhibiting alongside 8 Conservators and 13 Historic Carvers.
This year the School is especially proud of its contribution to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, and a display will be presented of the work on the Royal Barge for the event. The large prow sculpture as well as the canopy on deck were designed by Alan Lamb, Head of Historic Carving, and executed under his direction by a team of more than 40 students, tutors and alumni who for a period of five months concentrated all the skills taught across the School’s curricula. The design was inspired by Royal barges and State coaches of the 18th century but on a much larger scale. It was a great honour for the School to have been entrusted with this important commission, which demonstrated its commitment to keeping alive historic craft skills of the highest order.
Fine Art students are trained by practising artists including Robin Mason, Andy Bannister, Kate Palmer and Teresita Dennis with regular access to tutors like Matthew Collings, Andrew Grassie and Amikam Toren. Priding itself on an ability to produce a new generation of artists, the department focuses on teaching a firm background in the theory, history and techniques of painting and drawing within a contemporary context. The art school offers one of the only painting and sculpture BAs in the country. In 2011 Modern Painters ranked the graduate programme as the third best in the UK.
On graduating students have transferable skills and the knowledge of how to progress in the art world. Professional practice is taught to all students by leading practitioners in the field. Graduates will be looking to follow the achievements of recent alumni such as Barnaby Hosking, Alastair Mackie and Oliver Clegg. Recent graduates have successfully featured in the Threadneedle Prize and this year’s Catlin Guide and Prize.
Historic Carving graduates have been taught the highest standard of technical proficiency in carving (in wood and stone) and modelling. Their abilities are tested throughout their two/three years training by working on high profile projects and commissions. Recent affiliations include the ongoing replacement of grotesques for Windsor’s St. George’s Chapel and a commission to carve an intricate installation of wooden benches for St.Pancras’ Churchyard in the City of London. This year’s graduates will showcase work inspired by medieval, baroque and other historic precedents, as well as fine examples of portrait modelling and letter carving.
Graduates from the BA and postgraduate diploma Conservation courses will be showing their work on objects in stone and wood, gilded, lacquered and other decorative surfaces. The School’s long connections with some of the country’s leading heritage organisations and private collections allow students to develop strong vocational skills by working on objects of real distinction. Collaborations with the National Trust, Royal Collection, Tate and the V&A and other prominent institutions equip graduates with the skills and scientific knowledge to enable them to progress successfully into careers in their specialist field.
About City & Guilds of London Art School
The School was founded in 1879 and remains one of the only independent art schools in the country. Surviving entirely without public subsidy, the School is able to remain small and specialised. In total there are more than 200 students across the Fine Art, Historic Carving and Conservation departments and over 70 part-time tutors. There are in excess of 40 bursary subsidised places to ensure a high calibre of students from all backgrounds, and a consistently high and rising level of applications.
Official Link: http://www.cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk/