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Recent CSM Fine Art Successes, A Roundup


Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
25 November 2015
Bonnie Camplin, The Military Industrial Complex, South London Gallery, 13 - 15 June 2015, Photography by Ollie Hammick © the Artist Cabinet London and South London Gallery

Bonnie Camplin, The Military Industrial Complex, South London Gallery, 13 – 15 June 2015, Photography by Ollie Hammick © the Artist Cabinet London and South London Gallery

It’s been a fruitful year for CSM’s Fine Art staff and students, with a whole host of things to celebrate.  

Of these recent achievements, Alex Schady, Art Programme Director said: It’s a really exciting time for the art programme with invitations to work with other major international institutions and our staff doing so well, being nominated and winning significant prizes. This is important and of great benefit to staff and students alike and we look forward to future successes.”

See below for a full rundown of what’s been happening recently.

Lydia Davies at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo.

Lydia Davies at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo.

Tokyo Residencies

Two Fine Art graduates took six-week funded residencies in Tokyo in June as part of our Associate Studio Programme with Acme Studios. Lydia Davies and Chris Ifould lived and worked in their own studio at Youkobo, as well as participating in the MA Fine Art studio group of Professor O JUN at Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai).

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Complex Topographies

For two weeks in August, twelve Tokyo and London students worked together at CSM as part of a project titled Complex Topographies, before a follow up trip to Japan in October. The group, which includes participating students and staff from MA Fine Art, have been producing new work in the Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, one of the most famous historical gardens in Japan.

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Postgraduate Art auction 

This year’s annual Postgraduate Art auction held last Thursday was a great success, with record attendance and record student sales. Donations from artists including Turner Prize winners Laure Prouvost, Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley were sold to raise funds for our Postgraduate Art students. Also on offer were works by over 50 CSM students in the silent auction.

The students involved raised money for their MA Interim Show and Degree Show 2016. The funds will also go towards the accompanying catalogues and websites.

Grayson Perry’s 2013 etching Island of Bad Art sold for £5,100, while Antony Gormley’s WAIT II raised £5,000. The overall amount raised for the auction was £31,000.

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Granby Four Streets 2014 © Assemble

Granby Four Streets 2014 © Assemble

The Turner Prize

While CSM has produced may Turner Prize winners in the past, including Richard Long, Antony Gormley, and Gilbert & George, this year is singular in the fact that all of the nominees have links to the college. Assemble, the London-based art, design and architecture collective have been nominated for their work on projects including the ongoing collaboration with local residents in the Granby Four Streets, Liverpool. The group includes three members who teach on our Spatial Practices programme – lecturer Maria Lisogorskaya, and visiting tutors Mat Leung and Louis Schulz. Bonnie Camplin has been nominated for The Military Industrial Complex. She studied at CSM in the 1990s, completing a postgraduate course in Advanced Photography and a BA in Fine Art Film and Video. Her work explores ideas of ‘consensus reality’.

Also nominated is Janice Kerbel, who has been selected for her operatic work DOUG, which takes the form of nine songs for six voices. She previously held a position on the editorial board of Afterall, a research and publishing organisation at CSM. Finally, Nicole Wermers is nominated for Infrastruckur, a work that adopts the glossy aesthetics and materials of modernist design and high fashion. She graduated from MA Fine Art.

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All Over The Place (2015) © Emma Hart


Fine Art tutor Emma Hart has been shortlisted for the Max Mara Prize for Women and recently won a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award.

Additionally, 4D Pathway Tutor Hannah Rickards, who also graduated from CSM with a BA in Fine Art in 2002, has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

She said: “Other challenges such as trying to find time and resources to make work have been more problematic in the past – the great joy and privilege of this Phillip Leverhulme Prize is that it now affords me both of those for a period of time.”

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