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:




Overland, by Visiting Professor Graham Rawle – in bookstores now!

Overland, the new book from our rather brilliant Visiting Professor of Illustration Graham Rawle, is now out, published by Chatto & Windus.

We can heartily recommend anything by Graham, so if you’re new to his work, you’re in for a treat – Overland is available online from many sellers, or from your local independent bookstore! Scroll down for more… 



Welcome to Overland! Where the California sun shines down on synthetic grass and plastic oranges bedeck the trees all year round. Steam billows gently from the chimney tops and the blue tarpaulin lake is open for fishing…

Hollywood set-designer George Godfrey has been called on to do his patriotic duty and he doesn’t believe in half-measures. If he is going to hide an American aircraft plant from the threat of Japanese aerial spies he has an almighty job on his hands. He will need an army of props and actors to make the Lockheed factory vanish behind the semblance of a suburban town. Every day, his “Residents” climb through a trapdoor in the factory roof to shift model cars, shop for imaginary groceries and rotate fake sheep in felt-green meadows.

Overland is a beacon for the young women labouring below it: Queenie, dreaming of movie stardom while welding sheet metal; Kay, who must seek refuge from the order to intern “All Persons of Japanese Ancestry”. Meanwhile, George’s right-hand Resident, Jimmy, knows that High Command aren’t at all happy with the camouflage project…

With George so bewitched by his own illusion, might it risk confusing everybody – not just the enemy?
Overland is a book like no other — to be read in landscape format. Based on true events, it is a novel where characters’ dreams and desires come down to earth with more than a bump, confronting the hardships of life during wartime. As surreal and playful as it is affecting and unsettling, no-one other than Graham Rawle could have created it.

#IWD2018 – Thank you to these inspirational artists

On International Women’s Day 2018, a big thank you to these artists who have inspired our students by visiting us in Falmouth to talk about their practice as part of the Falmouth School of Art Guest Speaker Programme.

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.

Visiting Professor Graham Rawle to give inaugural lecture at Falmouth

(c) Graham Rawle, from The Wizard of Oz

Author, artist and designer Graham Rawle will give his inaugural lecture as Falmouth School of Art’s Visiting Professor of Illustration on 22 March 2017.

Internationally admired, Rawle is one of the UK’s most interesting and original visual communicators, known by many for his long running ‘Lost Consonants’ strip, which appeared in the Guardian from 1990. A writer and collage artist whose visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation, Rawle has a strong following for his eagerly-awaited published books, which include The Card (shortlisted for the 2013 Writer’s Guild Award), Graham Rawle’s Wonder Book of Fun and Diary of an Amateur Photographer. His collaged novel Woman’s World, created entirely from fragments of found text clipped from vintage 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.’ His reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz won Book of the Year and Best Illustrated Trade Book at the 2009 British Book Design and Production Awards. Alongside these works, Rawle has produced regular series for The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine and The Times.

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Graham Rawle. Photo credit: Jenny Lewis

Rawle’s flair and passion for education has been recognised through honorary appointments and awards. As a previous contributor to both Falmouth School of Art’s guest speaker programme and its Illustration Forum he already has a strong interest in Illustration here. Of his appointment in 2016, Rawle said, “It’s a great honour for me to have been made Visiting Professor of Illustration at Falmouth University. I have long admired the School of Art’s commitment to nurturing original and individual thinking in art and design. My own research in sequential design and visual narrative spans across illustration, literature and, more recently, film. I’m interested in how the principles of storytelling, particularly three-act structure, can be employed in the development of design strategies across a wide range of disciplines. I look forward to finding ways of making connections with students, staff and researchers at Falmouth”.

Rawle has established himself as a ground-breaking research-led writer, illustrator and designer, evidenced through the range and depth of key scholarly texts that cite and analyse his work. He teaches on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration and MA Arts and Design by Independent Project courses at Brighton and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for Services to Design from Norwich University of the Arts.

Graham Rawle’s lecture at our Falmouth Campus is free, but registration is required, as seats are limited: Click here to register through our Eventbrite page.

Find out more about our BA(Hons) Illustration and MA Illustration: Authorial Practice.


BA(Hons) Drawing Forum 23 February 2017

Peter Skerrett and Claude Heath (far right) discuss a structural drawing built by students

Falmouth Senior Lecturer Peter Skerrett and artist and Visiting Speaker Claude Heath (far right) discuss a structural drawing built by students

BA(Hons) Drawing invited artist Claude Heath to join students and staff in the studios, where several collaborative drawings took place during the day. Drawings made included two large narrative pieces responding to poet works about the refugee crisis and World War One, a three-dimensional root-system structure made from rolled paper, and a ‘remote’ life drawing class where the model was placed in another room from the students, testing recall and memory.

During the morning, drawing stopped as students and staff listened to a conversation between Claude Heath and BA(Hons) Drawing Lecturer Dr Joe Graham, in which they talked about the validity of drawing as a means of legal communication, using a drawing of the Apple iPad as an example.

Claude also gave a lecture to students and staff from across Falmouth School of Art. Many thanks to Claude Heath from all of us at Falmouth for a very enjoyable and successful day.

Students plan collaborative drawing

Students plan collaborative drawing

Joe Graham in 'Variations' - a project about drawing movement

BA(Hons) Drawing Lecturer Joe Graham in ‘Variations’ – a project about drawing movement

Students and Claude Heath during the Drawing Forum 2017

Students and artist Claude Heath during the Drawing Forum 2017

Claude Heath and Joe Graham in conversation at the Drawing Forum

Drawing Forum Guest Speaker Claude Heath and Falmouth Lecturer Joe Graham in conversation at the Drawing Forum

Artist Tania Kovats to talk at Falmouth

“I think all artists are witnesses. And sometimes you have to be a responsible witness”.

Tania Kovats joins us in Falmouth on Wednesday 2 November. Her work explores our experience and understanding of landscape. Since receiving the Barclays Young Artist Award at London’s Serpentine Gallery in 1991, Kovats has become known for her sculptures, large-scale installations, temporal works and drawings.

Evaporation, Tania Kovats, solo exhibition, installation view, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (2015)

Evaporation, Tania Kovats, solo exhibition, installation view, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (2015)

Rain II, 2015, ink on blotting paper, framed, 59.7 x 54.3 cm, 23.5 x 21.4 in

Rain II, 2015, ink on blotting paper, framed, 59.7 x 54.3 cm, 23.5 x 21.4 in

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.

Perhaps 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), installed in the landscape of Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh, Kovats collected water from one hundred rivers around the British Isles, housing the collection in a specially constructed boathouse. A major solo exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Oceans (2014), explored her preoccupation with the sea.

Kovats’ practice has seen her undertake residencies in the Galapagos Islands and the Astronomy Department at the University of Cambridge, travel to the Arctic as part of the Nowhereisland project and to points on the globe where seas meet, from New Zealand to northern Denmark, for her work Where Seas Meet. Tree (2009) resulted from six months exploring South America with her husband and son.

All the Sea (detail) 2014, Tania Kovats, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

All the Sea (detail) 2014, Tania Kovats, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

This year, her exhibition Evaporation (2016) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester again focused on water. The exhibition was commissioned by Cape Farewell, the organisation which provides a cultural response to the issue of climate change. Evaporation also included All The Sea, previously shown at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; 365 bottles of water from the world’s seas, collected by Kovats in large part through an invitation to the public to help her to bring all the seas together in one place.

Tania Kovats will give a talk on her work and practice at Falmouth School of Art, 2 November 2016 at 5pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Falmouth Campus. Booking required, click here to register



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After completing her MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990, Tania Kovats (b.1966) won the Barclays Young Artist Award at the Serpentine Gallery in 1991. She has been the recipient of many awards such as the Henry Moore Drawing Fellowship (2004-5), Visiting Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Oxford University (2006) and the Cape Farewell Lovelock Art Commission (2015). She has been nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery: 6th Edition (2015-17) and completed a residency in the Astronomy Department at the University of Cambridge. Kovats has shown extensively in the UK and abroad, with solo shows including those at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; Peer Arts, London, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall and the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council, The British Council, Government Art Collection and the V&A. She is represented by the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

AnOther interview with Tania Kovats, December 2015


ELLA-STRATED: Alan Kane at Falmouth

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

(C) Ella Kasperowicz

The autumn programme of Guest Speakers at Falmouth School of Art started with Alan Kane visiting on Wednesday 28th September 2016. As well as discussing his work, he discussed his ideas about everyone having a creative outlet – from gurning, to arranging stacks of speakers, to collecting objects. 

Guest Speaker this Wednesday – artist Alan Kane

The Falmouth School of Art Guest Speakers programme starts for the autumn term with artist Alan Kane.

The series brings high profile artists and practitioners to Falmouth to talk about their practice.

5pm, Wednesday 28 September, Lecture Theatre 1, Falmouth Campus

Alan Kane’s 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.a3-poster-alan-kane-300dpi

Seats are limited, and a small number are available to the public, alumni, schools and colleges. Register now at http://falmouthschoolofart.eventbrite.com

To read more about forthcoming lectures, see our recent blog post.



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’.



EYE Prize awarded to Ben Rivers

Falmouth School of Art alumnus, artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers has been announced as the winner of the 2016 EYE Prize. Set up in collaboration between EYE, the Dutch film museum, and the Paddy and Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, the EYE Prize exists to highlight the relationship between contemporary art and film, awarding £25,000 annually to fund the making of new work by a living artist.

Image: Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Swamp, 1971. Estate of Robert Smithson, Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.  

Ben Rivers, Swamp, 1971. Estate of Robert Smithson, Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. Image: Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson.

The EYE Prize aims each year to support and promote the artist or filmmaker whose work unites art and film, and demonstrates quality of thought, imagination and artistic excellence.

Last month, in an event presented by CAST and LUX as part of the public programme for The Cornwall Workshop 2016, Rivers introduced and spoke about his curated film programme, Edgelands, to a crowded lecture theatre at Falmouth School of Art, from where he graduated in 1993.

Blouin Artinfo have published a new interview with Rivers in which he responds to having been awarded the prize: read it 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

graham gussin

(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.


Falmouth School of Art Lectures – Spring 2016 schedule announced

Following  a vibrant, varied, and well attended autumn season of lectures, from Sam Thorne, Simon Fujiwara, Elly Thomas, Hew Locke, Gavin Turk, Krijn de Koning and Conrad Shawcross, The Falmouth School of Art is pleased to present forthcoming events for spring and summer 2016…

Flash in the Metropolitan 2007, 16mm film still, © Nashashibi/Skaer

Flash in the Metropolitan 2007, 16mm film still, © Nashashibi/Skaer

The series re-starts on 3 February 2016, with Lucy Skaer and Rosalind Nashashibi, who collaborate as Nashashibi/Skaer. The event is a Tate Talk, in association with Tate St. Ives, with whom Nashashibi/Skaer are currently curating an exhibition which will feature a series of collaboratively made short films.

On 10 February Michael Salu will talk about his practice as an award-winning creative director, writer, art editor/critic and occasional artist. Salu is formerly creative director and art editor of Granta Publications.

Graham Gussin continues the series on 17 February; an artist who uses a wide range of media, including texts, drawings, film, video, sound and installation, to explore the perception of time, space and scale as an organic link between the pieces, the viewer and the exhibition space.

Yiadom-Boakye, No Patience for Juju, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 200 x 130 x 3.7cm, 78.7 x 51.2 x 1.5 inches Courtesy: Corvi-Mora, London, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 

Yiadom-Boakye, No Patience for Juju, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 200 x 130 x 3.7cm, 78.7 x 51.2 x 1.5 inches
Courtesy: Corvi-Mora, London, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


We welcome artist Lindsay Seers on 2 March, painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye on 9 March, and filmmaker Ben Rivers on 16 March in association with The Cornwall Workshop and the School of Film and Television at Falmouth. The 2016 series concludes with a lecture on 18 May by Jessica Warboys. Yiadom-Boakye, Rivers and Warboys are all Falmouth alumni, and we look forward to welcoming them back to talk about their work, practice development and successes.

Events are all free, but booking required. Booking for all events is now open, and some tickets for each event are made available to our alumni and members of the public.

To book: http://falmouthschoolofart.eventbrite.com



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.

Conrad Shawcross – Guest Speaker

Falmouth School of Art is delighted to welcome Conrad Shawcross to give the final School of Art Lecture this term, on Wednesday 2 December, Lecture Theatre 1, Falmouth Campus.

The Dappled Light of the Sun, by Conrad Shawcross, 2015. Weathering steel, dimensions variable. Installation view at Chatsworth House. Photography © Sotheby's

The Dappled Light of the Sun, by Conrad Shawcross, 2015. Weathering steel, dimensions variable. Installation view at Chatsworth House. Photography © Sotheby’s

Born in London in 1977, Conrad Shawcross studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, and the Slade School of Art, London.  Drawing on his fascination with technologies and natural forces, with geometry, philosophy, physics and metaphysics, his machine-like sculptures often combine the appearance scientific rationality with a mysterious and sometimes melancholic ambiguity. Attracted by failed quests for knowledge, he likes to appropriate redundant theories to create ambitious structural and mechanical montages, using a wide variety of materials and media.

A number of his works pay tribute to great pioneers and analysts, and consider specific historical moments. For example, Paradigm (Ode to the Difference Engine), 2006 references the life of Charles Babbage, Space Trumpet, 2007 is inspired by the history of early acoustic mapping, while Slow Arc Inside a Cube, 2008 was inspired by scientist Dorothy Hodgkin’s discovery of the structure of pig insulin. More recently, Shawcross has developed the scale of his practice, taking on architectural spaces with work that combines epic scope and poetic grace.

He has been the recipient of many residencies, awards and commissions, and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. For example, he was Artist in Residence at the Science Museum, London (2009 – 2011), collaborated with the National Gallery and Royal Ballet for the Cultural Olympiad (2012) and exhibited at the ARTMIA Foundation, Beijing (2014). In 2015 in London alone he produced a new series of permanent sculpture for Dulwich Park and a site-specific installation for the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard.

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.

Falmouth Alumni Hew Locke marks sealing of the Magna Carta

Hew Locke, an Alumnus of Falmouth School of Art, has recently opened a permanent artwork on 15 June 2015 commissioned by Surrey County Council and the National Trust at Runnymede, Surrey, UK.

Hew Locke with The Jurors, Photo Tom D Morgan 2015

The Jurors is a permanent piece installed to mark the 800 years since the sealing of the magna carta which took place at Runnymede.  The installation, which visitors are encouraged to sit on and gather, discuss or debate around, consists of 12 bronze chairs, each individually decorated with ‘panels of images and symbols relating to past and ongoing struggles for freedom, rule of law and equal rights’.

To find out more about the artwork a specially created webpage has been set up and can be viewed here: http://artatrunnymede.com/

Lecture by Tate Britain’s Dr. Chris Stephens

Booking is now open for the next Falmouth School of Art lecture, by Tate Britain’s Head of Displays and Lead Curator of Modern British Art, Dr. Chris Stephens.

Book tickets: The Falmouth School of Art Eventbrite.

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Guest Speaker – Graphic Novelist Posy Simmonds

Posy Simmonds is the author and illustrator of many books for adults and children, including Literary LifeLulu and the Flying Babies and Fred, the film of which was nominated for an Oscar. Simmonds’ style gently satirises the English middle classes and in particular those of a literary bent. Her published books often feature a “doomed heroine”, much in the style of the 18th- and 19th-century gothic romantic novel, to which they often allude, but with an ironic, modernist slant.


Simmonds has contributed a series of weekly cartoon strips to the Guardian since 1977, and has won international awards for her work. Her graphic novel, Gemma Bovery, was acclaimed by the critics for its wit and wickedly sharp observation A.N.Wilson called it ‘a work of genius’ and more than one reviewer suggested that it should be entered for the Booker Prize; it was made into a feature film, directed by Anne Fontaine in 2014 – to be released in the UK in 2015. Another graphic novel Tamara Drewe became a very successful feature film directed by Stephen Frears.

“Posy Simmonds is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of a handful of absolutely brilliant cartoonists currently working in the English language… Few cartoonists have demonstrated the range that Simmonds has displayed over the years. Jules Feiffer would be an obvious comparison, but even Feiffer lacked the sheer density of Simmonds’ most accomplished pieces.” Bart Beaty, The Comics Journal #227 

Falmouth Campus Lecture Theatre, Woodlane

Tickets free but booking essential: posysimmondsfalmouth.eventbrite.co.uk 

Visiting Professor of Art, Simon Fujiwara, returns.

The Falmouth School of Art is delighted to welcome back Visiting Professor of Art Simon Fujiwara, for a Professorial lecture.

Fujiwara’s previous lectures at Falmouth have proved very popular with students and staff from across the School, as well as members of the public, and he joins us this year from opening his curated section of the History Is Now exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London.

Whilst in Falmouth, Fujiwara will also work with BA(Hons) Fine Art students.

Flyer - Simon Fujiwara

The Predicament – A Lecture by Daro Montag

In this talk, Dr. Daro Montag will consider the current predicament facing humanity in the 21st century, and question what the future might hold for art and culture.  Drawing on the tangled web of war, oil and money, the talk will look at how civilisations collapse and survive, and how a few contemporary artists are responding to this situation. There will be sweeping themes, bold gestures and perhaps even some free money.

Daro’s work has received many awards and has been exhibited internationally, including a show in Australia. In 2009 he joined the Cape Farewell expedition to the Peruvian Andes and Amazon as part of a team engaged in the cultural response to climate change. Daro’s art practice has for many years been involved with environmental and ecological issues – he is particularly interested in the inherent creativity of the organic world. Recent projects include This Earth, which looked closely at the importance of soil from a number of different perspectives; and RANE-CHAR, an action in which biochar was produced and distributed.

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 5pm, Lecture Theatre, Falmouth Campus

Free but strictly by ticket from Falmouth School of Art’s Eventbrite

British painter Paul Winstanley to lecture at Falmouth

We’re delighted to welcome British Painter Paul Winstanley to Falmouth to give the next Falmouth School of Art Lecture.

Winstanley uses the traditional genres of Landscape / Interior / Still Life / Figure / to create works that present the relationship of the viewer to the painting as central to the content of the work. At once methodical and melancholic his painterly depictions of landscapes, walkways, veiled windows, TV Lounges, art school studios and individuals distracted in contemplation are rendered in an exacting and subtle palette.

Winstanley, P. ‘Art School 28’ Oil on Panel, 90x60cm, 2014, Private Collection

Winstanley, P. Art School 28, Oil on Panel, 90x60cm, 2014, Private Collection

Drawing on historical northern European artists such as Caspar David Friedrich and Vermeer, as well as contemporary practitioners such as Richard Hamilton, Winstanley creates a sense of imposed order, an atmosphere of time inexorably passing.

Born in Manchester in 1954, Winstanley has exhibited widely and over the past two decades has had regular solo exhibitions in London, Paris, Munich and New York. His first retrospective was held at the Auckland Art Space in New Zealand in 2008, and in 1998 he had a solo show at the Tate Gallery, Millbank His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the collections of Tate, the British Council, the European Parliament, the New York City Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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

The Falmouth School of Art Lectures give our students a unique opportunity to hear from established and high profile artists and practitioners. We make some seats available at each lecture to friends of the School and members of the public.

Multi Award winning reportage artist Sue Coe to lecture at Falmouth

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.

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.

Frieze Talks: Falmouth Visiting Professor Simon Fujiwara and Visiting Lecturer Linder

Visiting Professor of Art, Simon Fujiwara

Visiting Professor of Art, Simon Fujiwara

In this talk (click to listen), artists Simon Fujiwara (Falmouth’s Visiting Professor of Art), and  Linder (Visiting Lecturer to Falmouth and currently an Artist in Residence at Tate St. Ives), participate in a panel discussion titled Feeling Used: The Appropriation of Sexuality.

The discussion, chaired by Paul Clinton (Frieze), also featuring writer Jennifer Doyle, focuses on the slew of recent exhibitions and projects that draw upon queer and alternative sexualities.

Frieze Talks is a programme of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions, curated by the editors of Frieze.

TALK: Deanna Petherbridge

The Falmouth School of Art Lectures start next week with Deanna Petherbridge first to deliver a talk. Deanna Petherbridge is an artist, writer and former teacher.  Petherbridge is the author of The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice (Yale University press, 2010) and has recently curated Witches and Wicked Bodies for the National Galleries of Scotland; a prints and drawings version of the exhibition will be shown at the British Museum from 25 September 2014 to 11 January 2015.

Flyer - Deanna Petherbridge1In this lecture Deanna Petherbridge will, controversially, suggest that much contemporary drawing is formulaic. It relies on an easy kind of instant and fluid figuration that defies drawing’s inherent potentiality for autographic originality, experimentation and invention as well as its role of observation and ‘slow looking.’ The argument will be supported by potent modern works as well as historical drawings from other centuries.

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

Artist Cornelia Parker – working with Falmouth Fine Art students

2014 Cornelia seminar 2 (C) Tom Eldridge (still) crop

Renowned artist and Turner Prize nominee Cornelia Parker made her third visit to Falmouth University on 26 February, her second since becoming Falmouth School of Art’s Visiting Professor of Fine Art.

Cornelia revealed how she’s often played with the idea of ‘truth to materials’ – something of a mantra during her own art school days – influencing how we might read or interpret the most unlikely materials, from the charred remains of churches, to ink made from pornographic tapes.  

Dr. Ginny Button, Director of The Falmouth School of Art, introduced Cornelia to a capacity audience of students, staff and members of the public, and said afterwards “It was great to welcome Cornelia back to Falmouth. She always creates a buzz and gives us plenty to think about.” 

The following day, Cornelia gave a seminar for final year BA(Hons) Fine Art students.

Last summer, Cornelia spent several hours with graduating students in a crit of their exhibition at The Dye House in Peckham, London. Current third year students are sure to be looking forward to their crit with her at their London post graduation show in summer 2014.  

2014 Cornelia seminar 3 (C) Tom Eldridge (still)

 2014 Cornelia seminar (C) Tom Eldridge (still)2014 Cornelia seminar 4 (C) Tom Eldridge (still)

A Year of Success for Falmouth’s Illustrators

This has been a really successful year for our third year Illustration students and alumni. As well as some significant commissions that came out of the annual industry visit to New York, a number were successful in some of the major competitions. Notable were four students who were chosen to exhibit in the Serco London Transport Poster exhibition, held at the London Transport Museum. Finn Clark, who graduated in 2012, was the overall winner. His winning poster can been seen at Tube stations all over the underground. Well done to Elena Boils and Oliver Kellett who also were part of the exhibition.

Recent graduate Jim Boswell has been commissioned to produce illustrations for the Folio Society, and had success at D&AD New Blood: Best in Year – D&AD 2012 Illustration – Little White Lies.

Charlotte Trounce, who graduated in 2011 has, with BA(Hons) Illustration Senior Lecturer Linda Scott, recently been commissioned and subsequently published in the Dutch edition of Jamie magazine.

Illustrator Mark Smith recently visited to present his work to all our students. He had been due to speak at our London Illustration Forum, but had to pull out at the last minute, so we are very grateful to him for coming down to Falmouth.

Our third year students will shortly be attending a series of presentations on the subject of Business Skills, as part of our Professional Practice delivery. Themes will include ‘Business Start Up’, ‘Tax Issues’, and ‘Intellectual Property Rights’. Tp compliment this, three successful alumni (Owen Davey, Emma Dibben, Robert Fresson) will talk to students about how they have built their careers; second year students will also hear talks from these alumni, regarding their working practices.

Week of Visiting Lecturers for Falmouth Illustration

BA(Hons) Illustration students have enjoyed a series of Visiting Lecturers, covering themes such as professional practice, editorial illustration, collectives, illustration agencies, life drawing, painting techniques, children’s picture book illustration, and a workshop in digital illustration and web site optimisation.

Successful local artist Tim Clarey worked with second year students, providing specialist advice to students interested in ‘wet media’, painting techniques.

Holly Wales is an established illustrator and academic working in the UK and US; she gave a fantastic presentation of her work to Level 3 students and then held portfolio reviews on the students New York portfolios. Emma Yarlett, a recent graduate of Falmouth who is already making waves in the publishing industry has just had her first illustrated book –  Sydney, Stella & the Moon – published by Templar Books. Her book that formed her presentation, and during her visit she looked at students’ portfolios.

We welcomed back Robert Fresson, another alumni. Fresh from his year at the Royal College of Art, Robert gave a demonstration of traditional Japanese Woodblock printing (Moku Hanga), normally associated with the Ukiyo-e artistic genre. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to witness such a specialist technique at first hand. Robert had spent 3 months in Japan learning this technique from a master print maker as part of his studies at the RCA.

Illustration Alumni Visit

Students were recently visited by three of our most successful recent graduates, Emma Dibben, Owen Davey and Robert Fresson, as part of a Business Forum event. The day was a fantastic success, starting with a series of business related lectures and culminating in an afternoon of illuminating talks by by our visiting alumni.

Owen Davey is a freelance Illustrator. Well known for his children’s picture books, he has worked extensively within editorial and advertising too. In 2011, Owen won ‘Junior Magazine Most Promising New Talent Award’ for debut picture book, Foxly’s Feast. His clients include Orange, BBC, Microsoft, Persil, The Guardian, New York Times, The Times, The Telegraph and Jamie Oliver; his work has been published in every continent except Antarctica, including picture books in UK, America, Australia, France & China.

Emma Dibben has become well known for her splatters, fingerprints and splodges – you may recognize her work from a Waitrose Bag for Life! – a visual language she has carefully developed and which is now part of her trademark style. On graduating in 2004, with a First Class BA(Hons) Degree, Emma moved to Bristol. Commissions soon followed and saw her creating images for prestigious clients including Waitrose, The Guardian and the BBC. Whilst food illustration is a core element of Emma’s practice, she Emma also thrives on the challenge of editorial illustration, with commissions from the Guardian, Conde Nast and the Financial Times among others.

Flag enthusiast, artist and illustrator Robert G. Fresson has spent the last few years honing the usage of technical drawing tools and materials. He also has an inclination towards off-white papers, Ukiyo-e from Japan and CMYK colour separation. Humour is an important aspect of his work, and he has been quoted as saying (probably to himself), “while it is difficult for me to be seriously funny, I find I have an aptitude for being funnily serious”. His lifelong dream is to own a cabin in Novascotia, though conversely he currently lives on a boat on the River Avon in Bath. Robert has recently completed his MA at the Royal College of Art.