Three Falmouth Fine Art Alumni graduate from the RCA this Summer

Three 2011 Falmouth Fine Art graduates are graduating from the RCA this summer.  Tom Dearie and Melissa Kime are graduating from MA Painting and Genevieve Lutkin is graduating from MA Photography, both courses form part of the RCA School of Fine Art.

The RCA annual graduate show takes place from 25 June – 05 July 2015 across the College’s two campuses in Battersea and Kensington.  To find out further information about the show see their website at:

Watercolour painting in Paros, Greece

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One of Falmouth’s alumni, Nicky Pasterfield, will be teaching watercolour on the beautiful island of Paros this summer.  Nicky graduated from the Falmouth School of Art in 2011, studying BA(Hons) Fine Art.  After leaving University she won the Royal Academy of Art Richard Ford Award for her draftsmanship skills and in 2013 following her postgraduate study at The Aegean Center for Fine Art was scouted by VOGUE UK for their ‘Wall of Fame’ magazine feature. She’s been represented by the Coombe gallery several times including their Rising Stars show 2011 and as the artist in residence at the Dartmouth Food Festival 2011. Elsewhere she exhibited solo following her residency at the Apothiki gallery, Paros, Greece 2012. Most recently she’s worked extensively with the brand Anthropologie creating original artwork for their printed clothing, as well as exhibiting solo at the URBN headquarters in August 2014.

The course takes place from 1st to 15th July 2015.  For more information look at the website

The Falmouth Illustration Forum: Hidden Agenda

20 March 2015, Falmouth Campus, Falmouth University

hidden-agendaNow in its thirteenth year, this internationally renowned event – organised by Falmouth’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice – is open to guests nationwide.

This year’s speakers are again high profile practitioners from both illustration and publishing: Dan Fern (Professor Emeritus RCA), Anna Bhushan and Mireille Fauchon (both well-known illustrators), John Vernon Lord (Professor of Illustration at Brighton) and Max Porter (Senior Editor at Granta Books).

French novelist and poet Raymond Queneau, founder of the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle (Oulipo) wrote that [Oulipian] authors are ‘rats who build the labyrinth from which they will try to escape.’ Creativity thrives when it is subject to constraint; the Hidden Agenda Forum is interested in the hidden structures that creative people bring to their practice. These may be the straightforward structures of a working day, or more complex mathematical or temporal frameworks used to underpin a large-scale work.

This year’s forum has an underlying literary theme; all the speakers have been involved in the interpretation and production of classic works of literature, including explorations of the formal properties of Haiku, Ted Hughes’ Crow, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, The Bagvad Gita, Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda and Finnegan’s Wake.

Existing artworks offer ways into creating new ones; the Hidden Agenda might be the approach taken by the writer or illustrator when interpreting these existing works.

Tickets are available from the University’s online store, priced at £20 for the day-long event, with a special price of £10 for alumni of Falmouth’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice.

Big Draw Workshop – art and science

See this new blog post from the Natural History Museum, about a Big Draw workshop co-run by Falmouth BA(Hons) Drawing Associate Lecturer Gemma Anderson.

The group consisted of mathematicians, psychiatrists, RCA students, museum scientists and the editor of New Scientist – observed; they wrote, drew from observation and drew from memory, guided by Anderson and co-facilitator William Latham.

Multi Award winning reportage artist Sue Coe to lecture at Falmouth

Wednesday 5 November 2014, 5pm, Lecture Theatre, Falmouth Campus

Sue Coe. 1992. Photograph by Steve Heller. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York.

Sue Coe. 1992. Photograph by Steve Heller. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York. (Not to be reproduced without permission).

Multi award winning reportage artist Sue Coe started drawing at the age of 5.  Coe has described how during art school demonstrations in the sixties some of the visitors to their strike were artists who had political content in their work: ‘they made posters and agit prop work, and I saw that it was possible to integrate art and content, this was a revelation.’

Coe once recalled how, not long after the Second World War, she would question adults why so many had to die, and of not receiving logical answers. Coe first developed her passion to stop cruelty to animals through the experience of growing up close to a slaughterhouse with a small factory farm at the back of her house. She has said, ‘It was living among innocents who were about to die, and the war memorials of the dead.’ In addition to animal abuse, Coe’s subject matter also includes homelessness, racism, hunger, AIDS, war, rape and apartheid.

Free but strictly by ticket, through The Falmouth School of Art Eventbrite.

Coe studied at the Royal College of Art from 1970-73, and has lived in America since graduating. She is known for her confrontational art which exposes social problems ignored or concealed by governments, corporations, society and the media and through this work has been compared to great artists of the past, such as Honore Daumier, Kathe Kollwitz and Francisco Goya.

Coe’s drawings have appeared in numerous newspapers and in publications such as the New Yorker, Village Voice, the Nation, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Mother Jones. Coe’s books include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa, Paintings and Drawings by Sue Coe, X (The Life and Times of Malcolm X), Dead Meat, Pit’s Letter, Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round, Sheep of Fools: A Blab! Storybook – Voted “Book of the Year” by PETA, and Cruel and Topsy. Coe’s work is in the Museum of Modern Art and she has had numerous major solo exhibitions, produced documentary film and various computer works including an AIDS Prevention Mural for RedHot Organization.