Russian-winter-weekend-dorichTHURSDAY 15 DECEMBER

    Museum open: 11am–5.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm

    Russian Winter Weekend Concert

    An evening of Russian music and poetry featuring Alena Lugovkina (flute), Anne Denholm (harp) and Susan Porrett (narrator).

    Doors 6.30pm, start 7.30pm

    Tickets £20 (including a glass of prosecco)
    Booking is essential via Billeto.

    Alena Lugovkina is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and Artist Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As an orchestral player Alena has played as Guest Principle Flute with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

    Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists and is Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. Anne received her Master’s from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London with distinction, graduating with the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize, the Sir Reginald Thatcher prize and a Regency Award for notable achievement.

    Susan Porrett is an English actress that has appeared in numerous British television shows since the 70s but she has also acted in The Company of Wolves (1984), A Private Function (1984) and The Saint (1997). Susan is currently playing Mrs Ellis in the West End Production of Lillian Hellman’s “The Autumn Garden” at the Jermyn Street Theatre.


    Museum open: 11.00am–5.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm

    • GUIDED TOUR with tea, coffee and gingerbread, 11.30am (booking essential)
    • RUSSIAN COLLECTION TOUR with Dr Louise Hardiman, 2.00pm (booking essential)


    Museum open: 11.00am–5.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm

    • GUIDED TOUR with tea, coffee and gingerbread, 11.30am (booking essential)

    Contact the Museum on 020 8417 5515 or email to book onto any of the tours. Museum entry and tours FREE to Kingston University Staff.

    British Rail Designed 1948-1997 Photo credit: Theo Inglis

    Photo credit: Theo Inglis

    A new book by Kingston University Associate Professor and art historian David Lawrence focuses on British Rail design, from its nationalisation in 1948 until privatisation in 1997.

    British Rail Designed 1948-1997 explores the design aspects of the whole network, from typography to uniforms. Prof Lawrence drew on material from private collections, second-hand shops, ebay and archives, after tracing the original designers of the work.

    In an interview with Grafik, Prof Lawrence said interest in the topic was definitely not about reminiscing. “The book determinedly avoids nostalgia. Nostalgia could not work, because the whole ethos of all the designers who worked for British Rail was modernity: not looking back.”

    Although reluctant to pick favourites from all the design aspects covered in the book, Prof Lawrence opted for the network’s use of colour: “I guess I would have to say that it is actually the colour schemes – or liveries – developed by the design consultants Wilkes & Ashmore and Design Research Unit. These colours were innovative, and bridged industrial practice and new European design ideas.”

    Professor David Lawrence

    Professor David Lawrence

    FADA-house-of-skiteThe exhibition, held in the FADA Platform Gallery, celebrates the work of first year Fashion students who were tasked with producing a fashion editorial piece – completely open to their interpretation.

    Students were encouraged to explore varying aspects of film and photography beyond fashion photography, resulting in a diverse mix of fashion images. Students with no prior knowledge had to pitch initial ideas, cast models, find locations to style and photograph their ideas.

    The project was led by Fashion visiting experts Adam Howe and Michael Woolley in collaboration with Bruce Morgan, the Photography Workshop Manager. Special thanks to Sean Wyatt, George Newton and Chris China for their dedicated support.

    Thank you to the team for collaborating on this amazing project and to the students for their talent and commitment.

    The House of Skite is open till Friday 11 November 2016 in the Platform Gallery located next to the FADA reception.

    Sir Misha Black medal awardA Kingston University FADA professor who established a pioneering Masters course in design curation has been recognised with a prestigious award.

    Professor Catherine McDermott will receive the 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for establishing the University’s MA in Curating Contemporary Design.  It comes only a year after Catherine also won a 2015 National Teaching Fellowship.

    Professor McDermott founded the course in partnership with the Design Museum after identifying a growing need for curation professionals. “There was nobody who could curate or respond to design – there was a huge gap in the curation profession that needed to be addressed“, Professor McDermott said.

    The Sir Misha Black Awards honour exceptional individuals and institutions within design education with the aim of highlighting the crucial importance of their work in the industrial, commercial and cultural life of the country.

    Read the full story

    Stanley Picker Creative Academy

    Onkar Kular, awarded the Stanley Picker Design Fellowship (2014–16) for research, transforms the gallery into the Stanley Picker Creators Academy (SPCA).

    Stanley Picker Creators Academy
    17 October–12 November 2016
    Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am–5.00pm / Wednesday until 7.00pm
    (Monday by appointment)

    Daily Activities / All Welcome
    Yoga: every Tuesday, 10.00am–11.00am
    Evening talks: Wednesdays, 5.00pm–7.00pm: 19 October, 26 October, 9 November
    Featuring Alessandro Gandini, Heidi Seetzen, Jack Self, Precarious Workers Brigade, and more

    Closing party: Saturday 12 November, 3.00pm–7.00pm

    Since the global rise of creative working spaces, from smaller office-hub spaces like Second Home to large-scale media companies like Google and Facebook, the words Collaboration, Sharing and Community regularly appear in branding and mission statements of such organisations. They reflect a certain ethos of supporting individuals to work more efficiently, create more professional content, and to ultimately increase access to lucrative opportunities and financial capital.

    Collaboration, Sharing and Community are the working values that are reconsidered as part of the SPCA. By staging the spatial and organisational features normally found in creative working environments, the SPCA examines how these terms are used by organisations to incubate creativity and suggests possible ways that they can be refocused and repurposed in order to create alternative forms of capital.

    Read the Academy’s full programme.

    Activities are free and  booking recommended. Please email to reserve your place.

    House Slievebawnogue

    House Slievebawnogue, Clancy Moore Architects

    Kingston University’s Department of Architecture and Landscape is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Clancy to the role of Professor of Architecture.

    After graduating in architecture from University College Dublin, Andrew Clancy established Clancy Moore Architects together with Colm Moore. The practice has received numerous awards, including the AAI Downes Medal and the Kevin Kieran Bursary for practice-based research.

    Professor Clancy is looking forward to contributing to the University’s strategic direction, and building on the already well established ethos of one of London’s most well regarded schools of architecture.

    Red Pavillion

    Red Pavillion, Andrew Clancy and TAKA’s Alice Casey and Cian Deegan


    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

    Kingston University graduate Jimin Kim was recently awarded the ‘new talent’ award at the 40th World Illustration Awards.

    Jimin, who studied MA Illustration at Kingston, impressed the judges with her University project Hyde & Seek, which explores the notion of alter egos. Her work features intricate designs displayed in a concertina format.

    Jimin spoke of the approach she took to Hyde & Seek: “According to psychologist Jung, a human personality cannot be defined as a single image, which means that human personality is a cluster of multiple personalities. The theme of ‘Hyde and Seek’ is based on this idea.

    “When it comes to the visual aspect, I use cutting section to represent this idea. So audiences can make different compositions by themselves by turning page after page. In addition to this, these images can represent the theme of split egos effectively.”

    You can see more of Jimin’s work by visiting her website and Instagram.

    Learn more about our Communication Design: Illustration MA.

    Jimin Kim - Hyde & Seek

    40th World Illustration Awards