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    A still from Touch, by illustration and animation graduate Jennifer Zheng

    A still from Tough, by illustration animation graduate Jennifer Zheng

    A fine art graduate and two illustration animation graduates have received five nominations for the 2017 British Academy Film Awards.

    Filmmaker and BA Fine Art graduate Peter Middleton has picked up three nominations for Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut and Documentary for his documentary, Notes on Blindness, on which fellow Kingston University alumnus James Ewers also worked as a composer.

    Two recent BA(Hons) Illustration Animation graduates, Jac Clinch and Jennifer Zheng, have both received nominations for best British Short Animation.

    Jac’s film, The Alan Dimension, was also selected for the Cinéfondation short film programme at Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and the nomination for Jennifer’s film, Tough, follows her 2015 yellow pencil prize, awarded in her second year at Kingston University by the D&AD Newblood Awards.

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    Jiaheng Cao 2016 MA Photography Jiaheng Cao, 2016

    Kingston University is pleased to announce the 2016 MA photography Degree Show featuring five graduating photographers:

    Jiaheng Cao
    Cristina Dragne
    Le-I Lin
    Ellie Parlak
    Sean Wyatt

    This diverse group of photographers present exciting and challenging work developed for their final major project. Jiaheng Cao has made a series of colour portraits of Asian students studying in the UK with an emphasis on facial expression, body language, and cultural artifacts. Cristina Dragne’s modular installation focuses on mass data-gathering (“big data”) and digital tracking to make visible the intrusion and violence of digital surveillance. Le-I Lin evolves her evocative abstract images from cut-up pieces of 35mm analogue film that have been exposed to the light. The work explores the impermanence of time by refusing figuration on one hand, and on the other, negating the proliferation and seemingly indestructible nature of digital images. Accompanying the work is her short performative film. Ellie Parlak is interested in ambiguity of shape, form and meaning in her still life photographs of objects. Sean Wyatt’s performative object-based interventions explore the proximity of man-made structures and natural woodland areas contesting and challenging conventions of landscape photography.

    Private View: 21 September 216, 5–8pm

    Opening hours
    19–24 September 2016
    Monday to Friday 10–6pm
    Saturday 10–4pm

    Studio NE112
    Kingston University
    Knights Park Campus, Grange Rd,
    Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ

    MA photography degree show 2016

    FADA graduate Mary Branson's installation unveiled in parliamentFADA alumna and artist Mary Branson’s artwork “New Dawn” has been installed at the Houses of Parliament, in the spot regularly used by Suffragettes and their supporters to demonstrate for women’s right to vote.

    The colours of the blown glass scrolls match those used by the different campaign groups that took part in the movement, while the back lighting changes according to the tides of the Thames, representing the unstoppable tide of social change – another symbol often used by the Suffragettes.

    Branson graduated from Kingston University with an MA in Art and Space with distinction in 2004.

    “My tutors really inspired and challenged me and my time at university helped set the pattern for how I work today,” she said. “I think it’s important to try to understand your core ideas and to question your own work constantly in order to refine it.”

    Read the full story on the Kingston University website.





    Photo by Sean WyattA FADA postgraduate student has been interviewed for The Journal, the Royal Photographic Society’s magazine, in an article focused on five photography graduates ‘aiming for great things’.

    The photography magazine, which is the world’s oldest, interviewed Sean to find out more about his approach to his art, as well as showcase some of his photography.

    Sean, who also works in the Faculty, described the features he endeavours to capture in his work: “My pictures generally tend to be of landscapes, with elements of myself or of the man-made, as I’m interested in the friction that exists between man and nature.”

    Find out more about our MA Photography course.

    You can see more of Sean’s work on his website,

    genesis 1 CROP


    PROGRAMME 1  –  6.15PM

    Les Memoires du Temps
    Jean Baptiste Pacioselli & Kyrian Rouvet

    Andrew Copley-Pickering

    Cyclic Hannah

    Unspoken Water
    Sarah Blackie

    Pippa Young

    PROGRAMME 2  –  7.30PM

    Jacob Roy

    The Art of Distraction
    Leah Morris

    The Croft
    Paulo Berberan

    Utility Frequency
    Sam Hailey

    An Artist’s Landscape
    Fergus Haughton

    PROGRAMME 3  –  8.45PM

    The Head, The Heart, The Hand
    Sian Ayerst-Dyer

    Tobia Grieco

    Soul Suleiman

    Kerem Haeger

    De Tal Palo Tal Astilla
    Annabel Martin

    PROGRAMME 4  –  10PM

    An Endless Stare
    Jessica Aston & Tyler Sear

    Game and Grouse
    Amy King

    Yann Giroud

    The Clash of Mars & Venus
    Sara Kara

    To Dearest
    Eunji You

    Making Tracks eflyer

    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:

    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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    Stop Play RecordSTOP PLAY RECORD is a programme of screenings, workshops and events open to anyone who wants to make short, experimental films.

    Applications are invited to STOP PLAY RECORD from Monday 18 January until 28 March 2016.

    As part of this programme Kingston University’s filmmaking team are hosting a pitching ideas/advice day on Thursday 25 February at Knights Park campus (room TK303).

    This is open to potential applicants who’d like advice from any higher education institution or indeed anyone who is eligible for the scheme.

    Three Kingston University students will be commisioned to make short films for Channel 4, and mentor three other commissioned filmmakers from or recent graduates up to the age of 24.

    Come and find out about this exciting project and at the same time find out about the course.