Falmouth School of Art Drawing Forum 2018

The Falmouth School of Art Drawing Forum 2018 posed the question ‘What Does Drawing Do?

It has been a long established assumption that drawing underpins most disciplines within the creative sector, but what drawing does, and how it functions for different practitioners, is probably an ever-changing and essential component.

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By asking a series of speakers to talk about what drawing does for them, this forum hoped to develop a better understanding of the possibilities and functions of drawing. As well as Falmouth-based researchers, the event welcomed guest speakers of national and international standing, including:

Storyboard Artist Jay Clarke worked on the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit & the Curse of the WereRabbit and other projects with Aardman and was lead storyboard artist for The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Production Design. He is currently storyboarding Universal’s The Voyage of Dr Dolittle and creating an illustrated children’s novel.

Multi-disciplinary artist Solveig Settemsdal lives and works in London and Bristol; she won the Jerwood Drawing Prize for her video work Singularity in 2016.

Ed Eva and George Baldwin formed the drawing research partnership eegb after graduating from Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Drawing in 2014. eegb’s practice lies at the intersection of drawing and technology; they build machines that draw, have been awarded a number of residencies and grants and have exhibited in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the USA.

This video shares sections of the eight short talks on how drawing is used in contemporary creative practice:




Artist Christina Mackie talks at Falmouth

Falmouth School of Art’s Guest Speaker Programme brings significant practitioners to Falmouth to give talks to our students about their practice. Final year BA(Hons) Drawing student Megan Fatharly gives a personal response to a recent talk by Guest Speaker Christina Mackie:

‘Multi-faceted artist Christina Mackie spoke to Falmouth School of Art students about her visual language, the depth she goes to to explore materials, how they interact with each other what this can encourage within a viewer.

The themes that ultimately prevail within Mackie’s work are colour and perception; this is evident in the work she did with Tate in 2015, in which artists worked with nets dipped in semi-crystalised dye and suspended to create a stark installation piece. As part of her talk, Mackie showed generated videos and plans of how that exhibition was put together.

As well as discussing this installation, Mackie also spoke about other works: on paper, photographs and how she works with objects to manipulate their purpose and form. I found this conversation between the layers of her work really engaging. Artists who are not afraid to work within more than one avenue show how important it is to do so, because it encourages these dialogues to be had and shows younger artists it’s a thing to be embraced.’

First look at this autumn’s Guest Speaker programme…

This autumn we welcome five outstanding Guest Speakers to deliver lectures to students of Falmouth School of Art. Speakers include return visits from our two Visiting Professors, and an exciting event in association with the Groundwork project. Places are available at each for members of the public, our arts partners across the region and our alumni.

Places limited, registration required. Click here for more details and links to registration.

ELLA-STRATED: James Binning at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

James Binning delivered a talk, representing architectural collective ‘ASSEMBLE’, on Wednesday 12th October 2016. Winners of the Turner Prize, their use of networking, making the most of limitations and improving communities was very inspiring. Illustration by Ella Kasperowicz (http://www.instagram.com/ellaismental)


Falmouth School of art Guest Speakers announced for autumn 2016

We’re excited to announce the line-up of Guest Speakers for our autumn programme, commencing Wednesday, 28 September. All events are free, but booking is required, as spaces are limited. To register for any of these events, use our Eventbrite page: https://falmouthschoolofart.eventbrite.co.uk

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We start with Alan Kane, on Wednesday 28 September at 5pm, whose installations and photographs often question the distinction between high art and everyday creativity, often bringing commonplace objects into artistic contexts. His most celebrated work is Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK (2000-5), co-curated with Jeremy Deller. The archive brought together drawing, film, performance, costume, decoration, political opinion, humour and objects in a celebration of the diversity and richness of Britain’s folk art. Life Class: Today’s Nude (2009) involved broadcasting a life drawing class nationwide on Channel 4, sharing with daytime TV audiences the esoteric world of the artist’s studio.

On 12 October we’re joined by James Binning, of the Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble. Assemble are based in London and began working together in 2010. Encompassing the fields of art, architecture and design, Assemble’s practice seeks to address disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Their working practice is interdependent and collaborative, actively involving the public as participants and collaborators. Assemble’s 2015 Turner Prize winning project in Liverpool involved the refurbishment of a group of houses in Toxteth, Liverpool, worn down by neglect. Some residents had began the process of regeneration – planting gardens and painting murals – and the community land trust that now runs the neighbourhood brought Assemble on board. Binning completed his Foundation in Art and Design at Falmouth in 2006.

In association with CAST and The Cornwall Workshop, Ruth Ewan is our guest on 19 November. Ruth’s work includes events, installation, writing and printed matter. Her practice explores overlooked histories of radical, political and utopian thought, bringing to light specific ideas in order to question how we might live today. Always engaging with others, her projects involve a process of focused research and close collaboration –  recent projects have led her to develop context specific projects within schools, prisons, hospitals, libraries, universities, Parliament and London Underground.

On 2 November, we welcome Tania KovatsKovats’ sculptures, large-scale installations and temporal works explore our experience and understanding of landscape. Best known for her large-scale works in the public realm, Kovats produced Tree (2009), a wafer thin longitudinal section of the entire structure of a 200-hundred-year old oak, permanently inserted into the ceiling of the Natural History Museum. For Rivers (2012), she collected water from one hundred rivers around the British Isles. Oceans (2014), explored her preoccupation with the sea. Kovats’ interest in drawing is reflected in works including British Isles and All the Islands of All the Oceans. She is also author of The Drawing Book – a Survey of drawing: the primary means of expression (2007), and Course Director for MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art, London.

Finally this term, Falmouth alumnus Hew Locke returns, this time as our Visiting Professor of Fine Art, an appointment that we are delighted he has accepted for the next three years. Locke’s investigation of the display of power includes areas such as royal and swagger portraiture, coats-of-arms, public statuary, trophies, financial documents, weaponry and costume. He states: ‘This …(work is) essentially about power – who had it, who has it and who desires it’.



Plague of Diagrams at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

WEBDiagrams web imageFalmouth School of Art Senior Lecturer Neil Chapman and Course Coordinator Gillian Wylde were among contributors to Plague of Diagrams at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The exhibition and programme of performances, talks and discussions concerned the relationships between diagrammatic practices and thought in different disciplines. In particular, the event explored the function and use of diagrams in art as expanded diagrammatic practice beyond the graphic presentation of information.

Contributors: David Burrows, Rachel Cattle & Jenna Collins, Neil Chapman & Gillian Wylde, Ami Clarke, Richard Cochrane, Andrew Conio, John Cussans, Benedict Drew, English Heretic, Nikolaus Gansterer, Joey Holder, Dean Kenning, Christoph Lueder, Stine Ljungdalh, Adelheid Mers, Mike Nelson, Paul O’Kane, David Osbaldeston, Plastique Fantastique, Patricia Reed, John Russell, Erica Scourti, Andy Sharp, Kamini Vellodi, Martin Westwood and Carey Young.

Watch now on YouTube: Click here

ELLA-STRATED: Ben Rivers at Falmouth

Ben Rivers EdgelandsCAST and LUX presented a series of films selected by Ben Rivers titled ‘Edgelands’ at Falmouth School of Art. The film sequence was inspiring and entertaining, marking a great way to end the lecture series for this year.

ELLA-STRATED: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Falmouth


In a more informal lecture set up, Falmouth School of Art students were lucky enough to listen to successful alumna, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in conversation with Dr Ginny Button on Wednesday 9th March 2016. Visual response by BA(Hons) Illustration student, Ella Kasperowicz.

ELLA-STRATED: Lindsay Seers at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Lindsay Seers delivered a unique and engaging lecture on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 inviting Falmouth School of Art students into her creative process. Her use of photography to document, act as evidence and represent reality as well as raw, truthful lecture delivery inspired the accompanying visual; my unedited spontaneous notes during the presentation. Sharing these brings similar feelings of unease that Seers described as an influence in her work.

ELLA-STRATED: Graham Gussin at Falmouth

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(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Unlike Graham Gussin’s, ‘Unseen Film’, the Falmouth School of Art lecture theatre was packed on Wednesday 17th February 2016 as the artist delivered an engaging lecture regarding light and dark, the influence of cinema and how a black triangle is rather terrifying!

ELLA-STRATED: Nashashibi/Skaer at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer showcased their collaborative film work in an engaging lecture to Falmouth School of Art students on Wednesday 3rd February 2016. Appropriating existing art as a starting point, themes in their projects include power, the portrayal of women and distortion of reality. Visual response by Ella Kasperowicz, BA(Hons) Illustration.


ELLA-STRATED: Conrad Shawcross at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Conrad Shawcross inspired Falmouth students in his talk on Wednesday 2nd December 2015, about the relationship between science and art and how this needs to grow in order for the disciplines to reach their potentials. Themes of reasoning, creativity, balance and harmony led to the end note, ‘there are more neurons in the brain than stars in the universe’.

ELLA-STRATED: Krijn de Koning at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Krijn de Koning’s playful approach to designing spaces and love of drawing came across brilliantly in his talk to Falmouth students on Wednesday 25th November 2015. Visual response by Ella Kasperowicz, BA(Hons) Illustration.

ELLA-STRATED: Gavin Turk at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Gavin Turk returned to Falmouth University on Wednesday 18th November 2015 to deliver an entertaining lecture on the themes of authorship and identity within his work and the art world. Visual response by Ella Kasperowicz, BA(Hons) Illustration.

Guest speaker – artist Krijn de Koning

Booking is now open for Falmouth School of Art’s next guest speaker event.

We are delighted to welcome artist  Krijn de Koning on Wednesday, 25 November at 5pm (Lecture Theatre 1, Falmouth Campus). Booking is free, but required. (Click here to book).

Krijn de Koning, portraitKrijn de Koning was born in Amsterdam in 1963. He majored in audiovisual design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, before attending Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem in 1988. He subsequently studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastique in Paris.

De Koning makes site specific sculptural and architectural constructions that interrupt the environment of a given location, often profoundly changing audience perceptions of place. Typically brightly coloured and built using simple materials, his playful, mostly temporary interventions connect inside and outside spaces, inviting alternative interpretations, uses and experiences of the spaces and places they inhabit. He works across a range of scales, drawing on modernist traditions such as geometric abstraction and Minimalism as well as architectural concerns.‘Dwelling’ Margate - Folkestone (2014)

Dwelling, (for Margate / for Folkestone), de Koning’s first commission in the UK, was realised in 2014 for the Folkestone Triennial. This colourful, architectural labyrinth constituted an artwork presented simultaneously in two outdoor locations (the walkway adjacent Margate’s Turner Contemporary and inside a Victorian grotto on Folkestone seafront), exploring de Koning’s fascination with the notion of repetition and seriality in conceptual art practice, and the specificity of place.

‘Land’ for Edinburgh Art Festival (2013)

‘Land’ (2013) for Edinburgh Art Festival

'Observatorium Keizersrande' (2014)

‘Observatorium Keizersrande’ (2014)

ELLA-STRATED: Hew Locke at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Hew Locke entertained and inspired his Falmouth School of Art audience through his witty remarks and diverse range of work on Wednesday 4th November 2015. Visual take by BA(Hons) Illustration student, Ella Kasperowicz.

ELLA-STRATED: Elly Thomas at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Elly Thomas delivered an engaging lecture regarding the theme of childhood play to Falmouth School of Art students on Wednesday 21st October 2015. Visual take provided by Ella Kasperowicz, BA(Hons) Illustration.

Artist Simon Fujiwara leads seminar for Fine Art students

Following his lecture to a packed house the night before, Simon Fujiwara, Falmouth University’s Visiting Professor of Art, led a seminar of a group of second and third year BA(Hons) Fine Art students. Second year students Jo Clarkson and Rachael Coward share their responses to that session.

Simon Fujiwara by Anna Partington (Cartel Photos)

Simon Fujiwara by Anna Partington (Cartel Photos)

Jo Clarkson, Student, 2nd year BA(Hons) Fine Art

In the past I have thoroughly enjoyed three of Simon Fujiwara’s talks at Falmouth  and also visited his solo exhibition at St Ives so it was a real pleasure to meet him in person.

It was a unique experience.  Kinda like a cross between an art tutorial, careers guidance and group counselling session – guided by a captivating, yet pointed and penetrating, storyteller, highly skilled in investigating and revealing!  All in 2 hours! It was quite intense.

I left feeling I am my work, I must choose my truth/fiction carefully, find my purpose, investigate further, filter, edit, refine, play and enjoy!

From his comments in his previous talks I also reckon Simon’s Mum would be a very interesting and fun person to meet!



Rachael Coward, Student, 2nd year BA(Hons) Fine Art

The discussion began with the physical means of artistic process, and what defines an idea as worthy of further artistic endeavour…

Does the world need this work? And do the processes involved in making the work affect the balance of the world?

We ourselves as artists are starting points. We are flawed in that we cannot examine every aspect of our lives; it would become a full time occupation in itself which could easily become obsolete as technological advances outdate our work. We are, in effect, vessels; information passes through us, and it is up to us to filter and process it; ultimately finding a way to operate in the information-rich world we now inhabit. From this we can conclude that the notion of ‘the self’ becomes an empty idea, as we are in fact agents for work, engaging and encouraging ideas that come from outside sources.

However the interplay of ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ affects how our work is received; and it begins with the claim of being an ‘artist’. Without this self-proclamation, the outside world would not react to us, and it is only because of that statement that the outside world acknowledges what we make as ‘art’.

But does this label of ‘artist’ need to be visible? Do we identify as artists through our appearance? In some circumstances the ‘look’ of a person can occupy a space as much as a piece of work; but is this the point, or should we as artists remain invisible? This idea of uniforms or costuming revolves around the idea of ‘belonging’. We as humans understand the safety behind a unified group of individuals, yet we are ‘lost’ in our own sense of visual identity. Outer appearances don’t directly link to beliefs or attitudes anymore; therefore anyone can look like an ‘artist’. But when we consider something ‘lost’, we must also consider them when they are ‘found’ – from this deliberation of two passive states, the conclusion was drawn that even if we are lost, it isn’t a bad thing. Quite often when we are lost is when the most exciting or unexpected things happen.

An artist is a factory. Part of the whole process of making art is coming to conclusions within ourselves, and using means of communication to present these conclusions to an audience.

We can play with the world and also take part in it.

ELLA-STRATED: Simon Fujiwara at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

Second year BA(Hons) Illustration student Ella Kasperowicz provides a visual take on the lecture given by Visiting Professor of Art, Simon Fujiwara, to a packed Falmouth audience on Tuesday 13 October 2015.

Deborah Levy returns to Falmouth as Visiting Professor

Deborah Levy photographed at home in north London for the Observer by Sophia Evans.

Falmouth School of Art Professorial Lecture – Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is a writer working across fiction, performance and visual culture. She trained at Dartington College of Arts, leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their “intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination”, including Pax, Clam, Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Macbeth – False Memories, all published in Levy: Plays 1 (Methuen).

Deborah has written five novels: the 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted, Swimming Home, translated into 14 languages, Beautiful MutantsSwallowing GeographyThe Unloved (all reissued by Penguin), Billy and Girl (Bloomsbury). Her 2012 short story collection Black Vodka was short listed for The Frank O’Connor Award and the BBC International Short Story Award. Her long form essay, ‘Things I Don’t Want to Know’, a response to George Orwell’s 1946 essay ‘Why I Write’ and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own is published in hard back by Notting Hill Editions, paperback by Penguin.

For BBC Radio 4, Deborah wrote two acclaimed dramatisations of Freud’s most famous case studies, ‘Dora’ and ‘The Wolfman’. Deborah has lectured at The Freud Musuem, Goethe Institute, Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, The Henry Moore Foundation, and The Royal Academy School. She was Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989-1991 and AHRB Fellow at The Royal College of Art 2006-9 where she worked with animators and illustrators on a research project titled, ‘The Life of Objects – What Objects Tell Us About Our Secret Lives’. A BBC Radio 3 documentary presented some of this research in a programme titled The Glass Princess.

Deborah will be collaborating with Andrzej Klimowski, Professor of Illustration at the RCA, on a graphic novel for publishers Self Made Hero, working from her short story ‘Star Dust Nation’.

Deborah Levy’s early work is being reissued and has recently been reviewed by Alex Clark in The Guardian.

Wednesday 30 April 2014 5-6pm – Falmouth Campus Lecture Theatre

Guest Speaker – Richard Deacon

arts-graphics-2006_1167805aCelebrated sculptor Richard Deacon was born in Bangor, Wales in 1949, spending part of his early childhood in Sri Lanka. For his degree at St Martin’s School of Art (1969-72) he concentrated on performance-based work before gaining an MA in Environmental Media at the Royal College of Art (1974-77). By the early 1980s his enigmatic, ambitious sculptures were gaining national and international recognition and since then his work has been exhibited extensively in numerous solo and group shows around the world. Significant public commissions of his work include, for example, Between the Eyes for the Yonge Square International Plaza in Toronto, Let’s not be Stupid at the University of Warwick and Building from the Inside, Voltaplatz, Krefeld and the cornice on Eric Parry’s new building in Piccadilly, London.

Describing himself as a ‘fabricator’ Deacon emphasises the construction of the finished object, often highlighting or exposing the way in which an object has been made. His appetite for experimenting with different materials is voracious, as if each sculpture were defined by contrast to its successor. As he explained in an interview in 2005, “Changing materials from one work to the next is a way of beginning again each time (and thus of finishing what had gone before)”. For Deacon the process of making is a two-way conversation between artist and material that transforms the workaday into something metaphorical.

Hugely influential, throughout his career, Deacon’s work has garnered impressive awards and honours, including the Turner Prize in 1987, the Robert Jakobsen Prize, Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany in 1995, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres from the Ministry of Culture, France in 1996, and in 1999 he was made a CBE for his significant contribution to the arts in Britain. He represented Wales at the Venice Biennale (2007) and has participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012) and documenta 9 (1992). He has undertaken professorships at the London Institute, the Hochschule für Angewande Kunst, Vienna, the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris and is currently Professor at the reknowned Kunstakademie Dusseldorf. From 1992 to 1997 he served as a Tate Trustee. He recently had a retrospective at the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (2011), while Tate Britain exhibited a survey of his work from February-April 2014.

Wednesday 23 April 2014 5-6pm – Falmouth Campus Lecture Theatre

Guest Speaker – Graham Rawle

(C) Graham Rawle

Graham Rawle is an author, artist and designer based in London. His weekly Lost Consonants first appeared in the Weekend Guardian in 1990 and ran for fifteen years. He will be joining us as part of the Falmouth School of Art Guest Speakers series, to talk to students from all our courses about his work and practice.

Rawle has produced other regular series for the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine and The Times. Among his published books are The Wonder Book of Fun, Lying Doggo and Diary of an Amateur Photographer.

His collage novel Woman’s World, created from fragments of found text clipped from women’s magazines, won wide critical acclaim, described by The Times as ‘a work of genius…the most wildly original novel produced in this country in the past decade’.

Rawle’s reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz won the ‘Best Illustrated Trade Book Award’ as well as 2009 ‘Book of the Year’ at the British Book Design Awards. His latest novel, The Card was published in June 2012.

Rawle has exhibited widely internationally and given lectures about his work at educational institutions, museums, theatres, literary festivals, galleries, conferences, bookstores and cinemas. He teaches on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration at the University of Brighton, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Norwich University College of the Arts.

Thursday 17 April 2014  – 5-6pm, Falmouth Campus Lecture Theatre