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    Stephanie Dieckvoss, senior lecturer and course director for the Art Market and Appraisal (Professional Practice) MA at Kingston School of Art

    Stephanie Dieckvoss will be joining the Department of Creative and Cultural Industries from September as senior lecturer and course director for the Art Market and Appraisal (Professional Practice) MA.

    Stephanie is a German art historian living in London. She works as an academic, journalist and strategic arts management consultant. She also regularly teaches at Central Saint Martins (CSM), UAL on art history, art markets and globalisation. At CSM, she was Stage 1 Leader on BA Culture, Criticism and Curation from 2013 to 2017. She also teaches at Sotheby’s Institute of Art Online Faculty and Christie’s Education.

    Stephanie’s research centres around contemporary art markets and she currently works on a larger project on the relationship between the artist and the market and the art market in Africa. She also researches aspects of cultural globalisation and the art school as institution. Her latest publication is a co-authored issue of Kunstforum International “Kunst Lernen? Kunstakademien und Kunsthochschulen heute”, Kunstforum Band 245, March 2017.

    Stephanie holds MAs in Art History from the University of Hamburg and the Courtauld Institute, London and an MBA (Public Services) from Warwick Business School, as well as a PgCert in Art and Design Education from UAL. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Authority and chair of Contemporary Markets, TIAMSA (The International Art Market Studies Association). She regularly writes on the art market for the Handelsblatt, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Apollo, and runs Kunstburo, a consultancy with partner Andrew Marsh.

    Before becoming an academic and writer, Stephanie had an extensive career in the international contemporary art world, working for galleries such as Karsten Greve, Cheim & Read and Gagosian, and running art fairs such as Frieze Art Fair, Art HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair, and Art13 and Art14 London. She also worked for non for profit organisations such as the Serpentine Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society. Stephanie therefore has an extensive practical as well as theoretical understanding of British and international art markets and has a keen interest in the art scenes of emerging markets.

    Find out more about studying the Art Market and Appraisal MA at Kingston School of Art.

    Call the Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (UK) or +44 20 8328 1149 (international)

    What is Clearing?

    Clearing is a service provided by UCAS which gives applicants an extra chance to apply for a university course if they haven’t already been accepted on one. It runs between July and September for courses starting in September 2017.

    To get started, call the Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (calls are free from a landline, but mobile charges may apply).

    If you are calling from outside the UK, please call +44 20 8328 1149.

    Find out more about Clearing.

    Fix Partner Gabi with her new spoon

    A team of ‘Fixperts’ from Kingston University has been awarded the RCA Helen Hamlyn Fixperts Award for their Product & Furniture design project, A Spoon for Gabi.

    The team’s 5-year-old Fix Partner Gabi didn’t have the right tool to feed herself and relied on others to help. But Gabi wanted to be able to do it independently, so Kingston University Fixperts Philip Sutton, Tabatha Pearce-Chedier, Rachel Yang and James Caldwell got to work designing a practical solution.

    After several rounds of prototypes and vigorous testing, the team achieved their final product, a screw-on spoon attached to a robust, contoured handle, which enables Gabi to feed herself.

    Fixperts.org praised the winning team for their practical innovation and inspiring filmmaking, which was judged by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) at the RCA:

    “The HHCD jury commented on the attentive engagement with the Fix Partner, the choice of an issue with real daily and personal benefit, as well as on the inventiveness of the solution. And all of this in a delightful film that captures the story of the people and the fix. The high level of empathy, intelligent design process and compelling communication made this the winner of this year’s award. Congratulations to the students, Fix Partner and teaching team for this inspiring achievement.”

    Since its founding in 2012 by Kingston University Professor Daniel Charny, Fixperts has grown to become a global movement of practical design with real social impact, bringing innovative solutions to real life challenges and using storytelling to share ideas and good practice with the design community and beyond. There are now more than 400 Fixperts videos online, demonstrating design solutions from 21 countries.

    The Curating Contemporary Design MA students visited the Kazakh city Almaty as part of their research. Image credit: REX features

    Kingston School of Art students travelled to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the British Council to help plan an exhibition which aims to raise the profile of Kazakh design.

    Curating Contemporary Design MA students were given a project brief to research Kazakhstan’s emerging design identity. Different groups explored the Kazakh people’s nomadic heritage, disrupted by Soviet rule for much of the 20th Century until independence was declared in 1991.

    The winning entry, named A Chest of Future Memories – a reference to the large chests given as presents to Kazakh newlyweds – was chosen to form the basis of the exhibition at EXPO 2017: Future Energy taking place in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.

    The trip comes at an exciting time for the Faculty, as it prepares to return to its original name of Kingston School of Art in September to celebrate its art school ethos and heritage as one of the country’s leading providers of art and design education.

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