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Nooram Inam and Azeri Aghayeva Bagheri images

Nooram Inam and Azeri Aghayeva Bagheri images

, 2021

Bloomsbury Festival Art Competition 2021 joint award winners

Congratulations to recent graduate Azeri Aghayeva Bagheri and current graduate student Noorain Inam who are joint recipients of this year's Bloomsbury Festival Art Competition award.

Congratulations to recent graduate Azeri Aghayeva Bagheri and current graduate student Noorain Inam who are joint recipients of this year's Bloomsbury Festival Art Competition award.

Their work is showing as part of the Bloomsbury Festival at Spaghetti House, 20 Sicilian Avenue, London WC1A 2QD, from 14 - 24 October, 12noon - 6pm daily. See the Bloomsbury Festival website for details.

Happy and Glorious

Happy and Glorious

, Shino Yanai

Praying for Tokyo - Well Temperament by Shino Yanai is showing at the Tokyo Biennale, Yushima Seido (17th century Confucian temple, national historic site), from  2 August - 5 September 2021. See the Tokyo Biennale website for details.

Praying for Tokyo - Well Temperament by Shino Yanai is showing at the Tokyo Biennale, Yushima Seido (17th century Confucian temple, national historic site), from  2 August - 5 September 2021. See the Tokyo Biennale website for details.

A resonant Chamber

A resonant Chamber

, Gillies Adamson Semple, 2021

installation shot, springseason, London

Gillies Adamson Semple has a solo show, A Resonant Chamber at springseason, Arch 5, 47 Martello Street, E8 3PE, from 24 July - 15 August 2021. See the springseason website.

Other-ed Poster

Other-ed Poster

, Eva Kraljic, 2021

Other-ed are events hosted by artists, artist led spaces and cultural workers, organised by Slade Graduand Eva Kraljic. The event takes place on 16 - 17July, 2021 on: https:/www.twitch.tv/echomilkonline and https:/met.jit.si/other-edworldbeholdstheopen.

Other-ed are events hosted by artists, artist led spaces and cultural workers, organised by Slade Graduand Eva Kraljic. The event occasioning the conclusion of the Slade 2021 Degree show aims to void the space of the institution to look at othered ways of engagement within anonymous and free-fall networked environments.

The event takes place on 16 - 17July, 2021 on: https:/www.twitch.tv/echomilkonline and https:/met.jit.si/other-edworldbeholdstheopen (Chrome browser recomended).

Visit echomilk.online for more information.

Join us on Zoom at 12noon on Monday 12 July for Performance Hour from the Slade Summer Show.

Join us on Zoom at 12noon on Monday 12 July for Performance Hour from the Slade Summer Show.

Programme:

12:05 Katherine Smith Live Performance
12:20 Flora Bradwell: Between the tufted knock knees mountains
12:25 Yuli Serfaty: Artist Talk: Introduction to Steady States
12:40 I. Nakhla: Audio performance
12:45 Latifah A Stranack: Poetry Reading: The Veil and The Bride

Curated by Maggie Barrett

Full details on our Events page.

Hot Air image

Hot Air image

, 2021

Bad Art

Charlie Barlow, Flora Bradwell, William Braithwaite and Alexandra Searle are showing in Hot Air, presented by Bad Art, at Manor Place Warehouse, 33 Manor Place, London SE17 3BH, from 8 - 11 July 2021. See the Bad Art website.

SAVAGE Journal Issue 13, image Sing to Me by Joy C Martindale

SAVAGE Journal Issue 13, image Sing to Me by Joy C Martindale

, 2021

Sing To Me by Joy C Martindale is on the cover of SAVAGE Journal (Issue 13) and features in the new SAVAGE postcard exhibition, Posted, which features work by Slade students and alumni.

Sing To Me by Joy C Martindale is on the cover of SAVAGE Journal (Issue 13) and features in the new SAVAGE postcard exhibition, 'Posted'.

'Posted' is a set of 15 postcards featuring the work of UCL artists, spanning photography, painting, collage, sculpture, drawing and performance.The postcards explore ways of finding a place in the world in a context of enforced isolation and are available to buy from the UCL SU shop.

Cards include work by Slade current students and alumni: Alice Ding, Fiza Ghauri, Chantal Goulder, Yage Guo, Hampus Hoh, Niki Kohandel, Joy C Martindale, Lily Petch and Poor Mother.

50% of proceeds will be donated to Mind.

See the SAVAGE Journal website for further information.

Deep Cut - Asylum Chapel

Deep Cut - Asylum Chapel

, 2021

Current MA student Jin Wei and alumna Gal Schindler are showing in Deep Cut at Asylum Chapel, London SE15 on 21 - 22 April 12-6pm.

Provost Professor Michael Arthur

Provost Professor Michael Arthur

, Ellis Parkinson, 2020, Tintype

Ellis Parkinson Provost Portait Competition winner 2020

Huge congratulations to Slade Undergraduate Fine Art Media student, Ellis Parkinson for winning the Provost Portrait Competition 2020.

Ellis Parkinson photographs Provost Michael Arthur for Provost Portrait Competition 2020

Ellis Parkinson photographs Provost Michael Arthur for Provost Portrait Competition 2020

Ellis Parkinson photographs Provost Michael Arthur for Provost Portrait Competition 2020

Ellis Parkinson photographs Provost Michael Arthur for Provost Portrait Competition 2020

Ellis gave a short interview about the commission and his approach.

What is the concept behind the commission?
When considering the brief of this task, I thought a lot about where we are today as individuals. How quickly things can change, how important our individual actions are and can be, as well as how significant of a moment we find ourselves in, socially and politically. I thought about a number of processes that I felt reflected this feeling and the one I considered the best is that of Tintype Photography. I wanted to counter the impermanence and uncertainty of our current moment with something tangible, with something that will last for generations to come. Today the Tintype is considered a non-standard method by which to capture photos, but their fine quality and rich history speak exactly to an aesthetic which I consider the model for a situation such as commemorating the proverbial changing of the UCL guard. The Tintype is an honest method of photographic production; it refuses to glaze over imperfections and bares all to the world, something that I feel is very important not just in terms of the current moment, but also when evaluating prominent figures within an institution such as UCL.

Can you tell us about the photography technique you are using?
The creation of a Tintype is a highly unpredictable process; the slightest chemical imbalance, light exposure or miscalculation can destroy the photo, which under normal circumstances is lost permanently. A Tintype Photograph is taken in multiple stages. The first is to coat a sheet of metal, most commonly 4x5 inches or 8x10 inches, in Collodion emulsion. This part of the process is usually done in a darkroom as the emulsion is light sensitive and the sheet is placed in a sleeve so that no unwanted light is able to reach the plate. The plate is then loaded into the photographic bellows. Next, the shot is choreographed and appropriately lit. Collodion has a very low ISO, so lighting will be key when the photo is taken. Once the shutter is hit, the subject is flooded with light and the photographic portion of the process is over. The plate is then encased in its sleeve and returned to the darkroom. Afterwards, it is coated in a developer keyed to the emulsion’s ISO until the negative image begins to reveal itself. The solution is then washed off to prevent overexposure and submerged in a liquid fixative under direct UV light, and with that, you have a fully formed Tintype photograph. The Tintype is a photographic process that has a particularly prolific and diverse history, some of which UCL itself is directly entangled in. I felt that by conducting a portrait in this way, I am fully embodying the UCL verbage of ‘Understanding the Past, Challenging the Present and Shaping the Future’.

How does this commission relate to your art practice?
First and foremost, my practice is formed around creating outcomes that I have a personal interest and attachment to, the defining factor here being the opportunity to create a piece reflective of historical methods of artistic production in a modern setting. Whilst researching the Tintype process I became enamored with its history, and the multicultural view it presented me of America in the 1800s. In a time that the media would have you believe was dominated by white leaders and figures of significance, I saw black and native American men, women and children who contributed just as much to the construction, image and aesthetic of the period as anybody else. The history of the Tintype is representative of a multicultural inclusion that has been overwritten and should be celebrated, rather than forgotten. Something that I have always maintained within my practice is a diverse and eclectic portfolio that is fueled by continual experimentation and pushing of the boundaries – visually, practically and ideologically. Experimentation is one of the core tenets of my practice. As well as this, much of my working practice whilst I have been a student here has revolved around deconstructing institutional barriers and being able to interact with someone at the apex of our academic structure will surely inform this aspect of my working practice.

UCL’s current President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur will be stepping down from the role at the end of this month after seven years. To commemorate the end of UCL Provost Michael Arthur's term of office and as a record of his leadership, one of UCL’s distinguished Hong Kong alumni, Vincent Cheung, generously sponsored the Slade School of Fine Art to offer a photographic portrait of the Provost as a gift.

Melancholia - The Freud Museum

Melancholia - The Freud Museum

, 2020

Kasia Depta-Garapich and Cherry Song are showing in Melancholia at the Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX, from 21 October - 15 November 2020. See the Freud Museum website for further information.

Kasia Depta-Garapich and Cherry Song are showing in Melancholia, commissioned by the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit, at the Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX, from 21 October - 15 November 2020. See the Freud Museum website for further information.