Some of the award-winning designs by Megan Greenfield

    A fashion collection inspired by the Renaissance, surrealist art and the abstract prints of fashion designer Zandra Rhodes has won the prestigious Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award.

    Megan Greenfield scooped the award and a £5,000 prize for a project she named Illogical Fantasies. The judging panel highlighted her use of print and pattern, the modern and innovative shapes she created, and praised her sophisticated colour palette.

    “I’m currently influenced by the glamour and experimentalism of the late seventies, personified in style icons like Bianca Jagger and David Bowie,” Megan explained.

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    Left to Right: Gini Stirling – Creative Skillset, Steven Dell – Kingston University course leader BA fashion, Megan Greenfield and Wendy Baker – Kingston University senior lecturer. Photo credit: Alex Martin

    Final year BA Graphic Design students plastered the streets of Shoreditch with the entire text of US historian Timothy Snyder’s new book, On Tyranny, chapter by chapter.

    In what is believe to be a first for the publishing industry, the Vintage design team, part of publishers Penguin Random House, worked with students to to bring each chapter of the book to life and displayed them in a sequence of large-scale posters along Leonard Street.

    The eye-catching designs, which took inspiration from 1930s-era propaganda tools, attracted widespread media attention in the United Kingdom from publications including The Guardian and It’s Nice That.

    The posters illustrated the author’s lessons on how to resist tyranny with striking graphics and major political undertones themed in black, white and red.

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    Senior research fellow in the history of art at Kingston University, Dr Jonathan Black has released a new book detailing the representations of one of Britain’s most famous war heroes, entitled ‘Winston Churchill in British Art, 1900 to the Present Day’.

    In the heavily-illustrated book which contains 100 plates by more than 70 artists in its 280 pages, Dr Black covers the changing image of Churchill in a time of mass-produced cartoons in newspapers, through to photographs, scultpures and paintings.

    Dr Black said his book is the first on the subject of Churchill’s image. “I was interested in exploring the extent to which Churchill was complicit in the creation of his own ‘look’,” he explained. “It took me the best part of two years to research and I had the help of the Churchill Archive in Churchill College, Cambridge.”

    “The book also includes some striking, more recent images by Banksy and Marcus Harvey, which depict him as a jovial punk rocker complete with Mohican hairstyle and by Ralph Steadman in which he is transformed into a genial, cigar-smoking cat,” he said.

    The book, covered by the popular image of Churchill as a bulldog standing guard over England in June 1940, received an enthusiastic review from the London Review of Books which described it as a brisk and enjoyable biography.

    Dr Black’s book is now available for purchase.

    Kingston University has been named among the top 100 institutions in the globe for art and design education in the prestigious annual QS World University Rankings.

    The newly-released 2017 QS subject league tables ranked the University’s art and design offering in the 51-100 band worldwide, placing it among the top five per cent globally and the best 25 in Europe.

    The latest accolade celebrating the University’s art and design expertise comes at an exciting time for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, which will this year be going back to its roots when it returns to its original name as the Kingston School of Art.

    Acting Faculty Dean Professor Penny Sparke said the international recognition reflected the University’s long-standing commitment to excellence in art and design education.

    “The Faculty has always had a high standing in the areas of fine art, design and architecture and has maintained a strong identity through its art school roots at Knights Park,” Prof Sparke said.

    “We have forged strong international links and our partnerships with industry create a pathway for graduates to embark on their careers at the cutting-edge of their professions.

    “This latest ranking demonstrates the creativity, passion and commitment of our staff and students, with the success of our graduates a testament to our ‘thinking through making’ ethos.”

    As well as its success in the subject rankings, the Faculty also received worldwide recognition in the broad subject area tables, with the University’s arts and humanities offering ranked at 331.

    Widely regarded as being one of the most authoritative international university league tables, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 covers a total of 46 disciplines – highlighting the world’s top-performing institutions in each academic area. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, are used to compile the annual rankings.

    In September, of the more than 20,000 universities worldwide around 3,800 were chosen by QS for further study and 900 made it to the final list for subsequent ranking. Kingston was rated the 52nd best university in the United Kingdom, and globally at 62 for international students and 213 for international faculty – measures which assess how successful a university is in attracting students and academics from other countries. Employers also rated the University 284th worldwide, placing it in the top 10 per cent of institutions perceived to be producing the best graduates.

    The peer reviewed journal Photography & Culture was launched in 2008 by Kathy Kubicki, Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies, who joined Kingston in October 2016.  The journal is a national and international collaboration, and is published and distributed by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

    Photography & Culture encourages cross disciplinary research and has an open approach, publishing articles on photo history and contemporary issues. There are three issues per year, including special issues by guest editors. As well as longer academic articles, there are also shorter sections, such as Portfolio, One Photograph and Archive.

    Photography & Culture is available online, and in hard copy.

    For information about making a submission, please contact Senior Editor, Kathy Kubicki.

    The journal is available to read on iCat.

    Lili Giacobino, who graduated from Kingston University in 2011 with a degree in Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons), used colourful Duplo Lego blocks at Kingston Hospital to reduce patient stress and encourage positivity.

    Lili aimed to bring happiness and positive thinking to a place that is often associated with anxiety and boredom:

    “I wanted to transform the experience of sitting in a waiting room at a hospital,” she said. “It is an uncomfortable place for patients – particularly children – so my aim was to add colour and warmth, and give them other things to focus their minds on in the room.”

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    A new Kickstarter to fund an end of year fashion show to showcase students’ work has been launched by final year BA Fashion students.

    The internal show is a chance for students to display their work to friends, family, tutors and fellow students, and celebrate the talent and hard work they’ve put into producing their final collections. Photographers will capture the students’ designs as they are modeled on the catwalk, giving students great images for their portfolios as they launch their fashion careers.

    The Kickstarter tops off a year of fundraising activities for the internal show, from pub quizzes and Student Union nights, to clothes sales, life drawing classes and an auction. All proceeds will go towards creating the show, covering the cost of lights, photography, models, venue, production and more.

    For more information, visit the Kickstarter page.

    Behind the scenes with Kingston University filmmaking student Will Hooper

    Channel 4’s short film series, Random Acts, will once again showcase emerging filmmaking talent discovered through Stop Play Record, an England-wide network for people aged 16–24 who are interested in making films.

    The network is the brainchild of Arts Council England and Channel 4. The London branch of the network is led by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and comprised of six partners, including Kingston University, Dazed, Chisenhale Gallery, SPACE Studios and New Contemporaries who mentor and help to produce 24 short films across the network each year.

    Kingston University BA Filmmaking alumnus Will Hooper had his short film The Roof Over their Heads produced through Stop Play Record, and cited it as a important step in his professional development.

    “I met lots of people whose work challenged my understanding of contemporary filmmaking and influenced my own practice,” he said.

    “Being given the space to author a film from start to finish is hugely rewarding and a gift to first-time filmmakers, as we had mentors to guide us through the process.”

    Applications for Stop Play Record close on 17 April 2017.

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