Category Archives: Art and Design History

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    Making Tracks // in partnership with FRAME

    Whirlygig Cinema’s Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that re-imagines short films with live scores performed by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

    By fusing moving image with live music and foley, Making Tracks offers a stimulating platform for emerging film talent and an opportunity to join filmmakers in hearing these new soundtracks for the first time.

    FRAME 2016 will see the return of this exciting collaboration, featuring a programme of innovative dance shorts with live scores.

    Followed by the World Premiere of CONSEQUENCES…

    Consequences is a 30-minute film-based cabaret-style event, with a spirit of fun and hand-made creativity. Created by Kingston University Graphic Design and Dance students, with live music by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. Get ready for a playful historic dash from the dawn of film to now, presented as a mixture of film and live performance, highlighting chosen moments in British moving image media, popular culture and dance.

    Rose Theatre, 24 – 26 High Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1HL
    Tickets: £8 / £5 students

    FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival will take place from 9-12 June 2016 offering an opportunity for creative talent in the arts, dance and film worlds to share experience, show work, learn from other artists and enjoy the best that dance and dance film offers. Find out more:

    FixFair is taking to the streets of Kingston to show how Open Design can benefit users and communities and engender a “Made in Kingston” ethos.

    Inspired by the “FixPerts” model, FixFair will see a panel of designers and dedicated workshops visiting the high street, market squares, estates, schools and care homes of Kingston to increase sustainability and improve lives.

    From fixing broken household goods to ‘hacking’ or adapting existing products in innovative ways, FixFair will bring the solutions to the problems, helping people excluded economically, those with care of child commitments, and those with physical and mental challenges.

    By collaborating with local schools and community groups, FixFair will enhance creative skills and encourage community engagement, while promoting the Faculty’s central ethos of “thinking through making.”

    For more information and to find out how to support the project, check out FixFair’s Spacehive page.

    MA Open Weekend

    We would like to invite you to the Design School’s MA Open Weekend 2016, an excellent opportunity to find out about postgraduate study at Kingston.

    The exhibition will be a visual walk-through of our unique course structure in which students develop their personal practice within an interdisciplinary working environment.

    Located at our Knights Park Campus, the exhibition will begin with a private viewing on Saturday 4 June between 1.00pm and 7.00pm (invite only), and then open to the public on Sunday 5 June from 1.00pm until 5.00pm.

    We look forward to seeing you there.



    Dr Thomas Flynn condemned David Henty's  work as "unethical."

    Dr Thomas Flynn condemned David Henty’s copycat work as “unethical.”

    An forger who gained notority – and an exhibition at a Brighton gallery – for copying and selling world famous paintings from Van Gogh, Picasso and Modiglianim has been criticised by a Kingston University lecturer and expert art appraiser on Sky News.

    David Henty, previously convicted for forging passports and number plates, sold hundreds of his paintings on Ebay before a Daily Telegraph investigation exposed him and he was banned from the online auction site for life.

    Henty defended the forgeries, complete with fake signatures and deliberately-aged canvasses, as “a little trick people do” and has since rebranded himself a “copyist” on legal advice.

    Kingston University’s MA Art Market Appraisal course leader, Dr Thomas Flynn, took Henty to task for the forgeries.

    “He has done something which is deeply unethical,” said Dr Flynn.

    “Not only in the art market terms but generally, and he is benefiting from that in some way.”

    Henty defended his work on the grounds that the art market is “skewiff” and claimed that “a lot of people would be happy to put one on their wall.”

    Electricity Supply Board exhibition kitchen in the Spring Show model farmhouse, ESB Annual Report 1961–62. Courtesy of the ESB Archives.

    Electricity Supply Board exhibition kitchen in the Spring Show model farmhouse, ESB Annual Report 1961-62. Courtesy of the ESB Archives.

    Design history lecturer Dr. Sorcha O’Brien, from the School of Art and Design History and the Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC), has been awarded an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Early Career Fellowship  for her research project ‘The Electrification of the Rural Irish Home: Housewives, Electrical Products and Domesticity in the 1950s and 1960s’ in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland (NMI).

    Making use of the extensive ESB Archive, as well as several other national and institutional archives and collections, the project will look the issues surrounding the consumption of domestic electrical products in the Republic of Ireland in the wake of the Electricity Supply Board’s (ESB) rural electrification project, and will culminate in a monograph and an exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland.

    The vast majority of post-War domestic products were imported into Ireland from Britain, the United States and several European countries such as Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, due to the very small scale of design and manufacturing in Ireland, and this project will look at the selection of products sold on the Irish market, through department stores, drapery shops and the dedicated network of ESB shops. It will consider the way which these products were promoted and sold to the rural Irish housewife, through domestic advice literature, advertising and exhibitions such as model houses at the yearly agricultural Spring Show in Dublin.

    The focus will be on the housewives themselves and the emotional meaning of domestic products in the home, particularly in the context of post-war Ireland, where new ideas about modernisation were starting to challenge the power of the establishment and the Catholic Church.

    A series of oral history interviews will be carried out in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland, to allow these women to speak for themselves and to tell their own stories. It will also look at the role played by the ESB’s female electrical demonstrators in familiarising rural women with electricity and electrical products, as well as the involvement of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association in promoting electricity to their members.

    Museum galleries at the National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland.

    Museum galleries at the National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland.

    The AHRC Leadership Fellow scheme provides time for future research leaders to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond.

    The funding of approximately £200,000 includes provision for a six month exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland’s Country Life site in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. This award winning museum is located in a purpose-built building on the grounds of Turlough Park, and houses the Irish national collection of folk crafts, domestic life and traditional material culture.

    The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events developed in conjunction with Age & Opportunity, the Irish organisation best known for the Bealtaine festival of creativity in older age.

    Seed funding for initial research on the project was provided by the Modern Interiors Research Centre, the Design History Society, and the Fundació Història del Disseny.

    Oreet Ashery: Revisiting Genesis at the Stanley Picker Gallery

    As a culmination of her Stanley Picker Fellowship research, Oreet Ashery presents Revisiting Genesis, a new major commission taking the form of a web-series in twelve episodes. Written and directed by the artist, Revisiting Genesis explores the philosophical, sociopolitical, practical and emotional implications of the processes surrounding death and withdrawal, digital afterlives, outsider communities, social networks and reincarnations of women artists. With a new episode released weekly, the online narrative unfolds in parallel to Ashery’s exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, which transforms the space into an interactive, social environment inspired by local community centres. The display also includes Black Orchid (1956), a bronze sculpture by artist Dora Gordine, presented with its original plinth, which evokes Ashery’s fascination with the life of the artist.

    Revisiting Genesis follows two nurses, both named Jackie, who assist people actively preparing for death to create biographical slideshows serving as their posthumous digital legacy. The slideshows become a tool for reflection on cultural and social loss, friendships and memory as identity. When a group of friends request this treatment for Genesis – an artist who is dying symbolically and otherwise – Nurse Jackie attempts to activate Genesis’ memory through the making of her slideshow, which draws from elements of Ashery’s own autobiography and explores the disappearance of social and educational structures under contemporary neoliberalism. Jackie concludes that it might not be Genesis who is vanishing, but the structures she had relied upon. Presented in parallel with Genesis’ story, the twelve episodes are intercut with improvised interviews between individuals with life-limiting conditions and Nurse Jackie, played here by a practising GP.

    Developed in consultation with Medical and Death Online experts, including researchers at Kingston University, and produced with a range of artistic collaborators, Revisiting
    Genesis responds to diverse influences spanning from feminist art practice to outsider and minority politics, as well as the emergent online death industry.

    Oreet Ashery is a UK-based interdisciplinary artist whose politically charged and socially engaged practice includes exhibitions, performances, videos and writings, in an international and local context, that explore issues of gender materiality, potential communities and biopolitics. Recent presentations include Fig.2 (ICA, London 2015), Animal with a Language (waterside contemporary, London 2014), The World is Flooding (Tate Modern, London 2014) and Party for Freedom (Artangel 2012-13). A current Stanley Picker Fellow in Fine Art at Kingston University, Ashery is represented by waterside contemporary.

    Revisiting Genesis is commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University and supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Tyneside Cinema, Goldsmiths University of London and waterside contemporary.


    Showing at the Stanley Picker Gallery and online:

    13 April
    Episode 1
    Episode 2

    17 April
    Episode 3

    24 April
    Episode 4

    1 May
    Episode 5

    8 May
    Episode 6

    15 May
    Episode 7

    22 May
    Episode 8

    29 May
    Episode 9

    5 June
    Episode 10
    Episode 11

    12 June
    Episode 12

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    Recently students from Kingston’s MA Art Market Appraisal (Professional Practice) course visited RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).  Students were treated to a privileged view of the Houses of Parliament from the Institution’s roof terrace overlooking Parliament Square. The MA Art Market Appraisal course is accredited by RICS.

    Student enjoyed a morning of informative talks and presentations by RICS staff on how to convert their MA into probationary membership of the RICS to aid their future professional development.

    Find out more about MA Art Market Appraisal at Kingston University.