After only 6 months in business, Absolute-Academy, School of Interior Design have gained the prestigious recognition of becoming a City & Guild's approved centre.
The Cheltenham-based company already have experience running one-day interior design courses under their sister company, Absolute-Events. However the company founders, Anne Wall and Rachael Kilby-Tyre were keen to offer one year, accredited courses.
As Design Director, Rachael Kilby-Tyre explains:
“We are thrilled to be awarded City & Guilds status. It is such a fantastic opportunity to offer students quality courses in interior design and for them to get a nationally-recognised qualification at the end.”
Debbie Bird (Managing Director) of ArtyBird www.artqualifications.co.uk confirms what an achievement it is to become an approved centre:
“ArtyBird is delighted to congratulate Absolute-Academy as a newly approved City & Guilds centre. As one of the leading vocational awarding bodies in the world, City & Guilds will provide an excellent platform for the established training practices and high standards at Absolute-Academy. We wish them every success in the future”
Absolute-Academy has enrolled 12 students on their year-long course already and will be enrolling new students in September.
The courses are ideal for anyone who may be interested in a career in the design industry or want to gain further knowledge and tuition in interior design.
For details of all the courses run by Absolute-Academy, School of Interior Design, contact Anne Wall, Course Director on:
01242 252 477
News August 2009
Opening event: Thursday 3rd September 2009, 6-8pm
AIR 3 is the third in an exciting showcase of new art work and projects by a group of artists who met whilst studying for an online Artist in Residence Award in association with ‘ArtyBird’* and Morley College, London.
The exhibition aims to demystify and raise public awareness about what it is to be an Artist in Residence by showing how the participating artists approach working within the public arena and how their work and related activities can benefit the local community and beyond.
Focusing on the artist’s own practice and its relationship to project proposal and development, the exhibition promotes the importance and benefit of the role of the Artist within the wider community, covering a breadth of artistic practices and projects that explore the interdisciplinary nature of painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, photography, performance and installation art.
The exhibition provides opportunities for the public to directly engage with the artwork and with the artists whose residency projects and proposals will available and to hand throughout the exhibition.
Initiated and curated by Veronique Chance, artist and AIR Project Mentor, this exhibition is an independent step forward for these artists who, having completed the Artist in Residence Award, have the opportunity to showcase their work and to reflect on their professional artistic practice.
Morley College is now recruiting new students for the next AIR course, due to start in January 2010.
Please contact the Visual Art Department for further details.
This exhibition has been made possible with support from Morley College.
*ArtyBird is a national online art-education agency, based in Leicestershire
Carmen Aleman’s work involves photography, video and installation. Throughout her artistic journey she explores issues of gender and feminine identity, using power, sexuality, violence, the passing of time, life and death.
Sash B listens to dance, installs words, sews painting, cuts across everyday items, learns from the ‘wisdom of the Absurd’. She draws dis-placement, dis-function, dis-articulation to embody an abstrAct ‘DIS-lexic In-Between’, anchored into the Physicality of a dance practice, but moving between Fine art disciplines and media.
Linda Duffy creates responses to places and the people whose lives intersect with those places. She is particularly interested in places of transition and change and has worked on projects that map conversations and events with the historical changes of particular places.
Judith Feasey is a painter /printmaker working mainly in oil, watercolour and etching. Her still life paintings form a central part of her work, the subject matter coming from childhood objects and things close to her day to day living.
Anna Hennings' work explores the spatial relationships and phenomenology of the social and architectural spaces that we inhabit and the links between them, creating site specific installations and sculptures.
Stephanie Imbeau’s artwork is the product of her exploration of community, belonging, and the role that architecture plays in contextualizing life. She is interested in how homes and the built environment affect the way people live and interact with others.
Jolanta Jagiello is a sculptor who works predominantly in welded and scrap metal and found materials. She has also organised and curated high quality public art exhibitions primarily in non-gallery spaces, commissioning new contemporary artwork.
Katherine Moloney works with a variety of media from plaster to knitting. She makes, finds or collects everyday objects, which she then subverts to explore everyday ideas, some of which relate to her own identity as a twin.
News March 2009
Channel 4 has unveiled the fourth customisation of the Big 4, a towering public art installation erected on the steps of the channel’s London headquarters. Standing nearly 50 feet high and mirroring the channel’s on-air identity, the instantly recognisable logo can only be seen when viewed from a particular angle.
Arts graduate Stephanie Imbeau is the fourth artist to work on the project, having won a Channel 4 competition run in partnership with the Saatchi gallery. She uses hundreds of lost umbrellas to create a stunning, original work.
Stephanie Imbeau said: “Shelter for Ch 4 is an opportunity to give discarded umbrellas a second chance; to tell a story. Like Channel 4, which is viewed by people from every level of society, umbrellas are used by all, pointing to the ties that bind us together as a community of people instead of a nation of isolated individuals. I find everyday objects beautiful and abounding with symbolism, and seek to work with such materials we live with and use all the time but don’t notice. In England, umbrellas are certainly in the category of constant use, yet it’s easy for them to be under-appreciated. As an American living in London, I’ve noticed the enduring presence of umbrellas during all seasons and am delighted by the texture they add to this city.
The Big 4 was originally unveiled by the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge, MP, Minister of State for Culture, Media & Sport in October 2007 to mark the launch of the Big Art Project, one of the most ambitious arts programmes in the channel’s history.
Channel 4 and a panel of arts experts invited four different artists to customise the commission over a period of 12 months. Nick Knight, one of Britain's most innovative and influential photographers, was the first to unveil his design for the Big 4, followed by sculptor Mark Titchner, who was short-listed for the Turner Prize 2006. The third artist was celebrated Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui.
News December 2008
Congratulations to Inez Spencer a student from ArtyBird Carnforth. Inez's work was selected for the Sue Ryder Liberation Exhibition in The Mall Gallery. Inez has recently completed her City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate at our Carnforth centre. For more details about the felt making courses available through ArtyBird visit the ArtyBird Carnforth website. www.artybirdcarnforth.co.uk
News August 2008
Tracey was selected by the panel to provide permanent artworks to enhance a 100m corridor that links the new Wendover Wing, at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, with the existing hospital. She proposed to take pinhole photographs of the local and surrounding areas of the hospital. ·
To view all artworks visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/traceyfahy/
For more information about Willis Newson visit http://www.willisnewson.co.uk/
News July 2008
Artists in Residence (AIR) is an exciting showcase of new art work and projects by 12 artists who met whilst studying for an Artist in Residence Award in association with ‘ArtyBird’ and Morley College, London.
The exhibition aims to demystify and raise public awareness about what it is to be an Artist in Residence by showing how the participating artists approach working within the public arena and how their work and related activities can benefit the local community and beyond.Focusing on the artist’s own practice and its relationship to project proposal and development, the exhibition promotes the importance and benefit of the role of the Artist within the community, covering a breadth of artistic practices and projects that include painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, animation, performance and installation art. The exhibition provides opportunities for the public to directly engage with the artwork and with the artists and to acquire new skills, through participation in artist-led workshops to be held in the gallery throughout the exhibition (contact the gallery for details).
Initiated and curated by Veronique Chance, artist and AIR Project Mentor, this exhibition is an independent step forward for these artists who, having completed the Artist in Residence Award, have the opportunity to showcase their work and to reflect on their professional artistic practice.This exhibition has been made possible with support from Morley College and the Royal Female School of Art Foundation.
(Moorland Productions) take an open and experimental approach to a variety of media, exploring social and historical themes such as tourism and European integration.
uses animation to explore the medium’s core ability to engender empathy and enchantment for viewer and practitioner alike, and has an interest in both its cultural and practical accessibility.
concentrates on the dialogues between imagination and the everyday through the use of a variety of media and skills such as painting, drawing, photography, crochet and sewing.
mixed media practice explores embodied experiences, including the physical, the emotional, identity, relationships, solitude, touch and breath.
uses various pinhole, low-tech and toy cameras to produce images, which are artificially aged and represent a hazy sense of memory.
works with unusual partnerships of museum-quality antiques and curiosities, which are then married up photographically as “fictional objects”, to later become individual sculptures.
documentary photographs focus on the visual culture of the city and the urban environment through the extensive study of her local community
works from photographs, postcards or found images to produce paintings which, through layers and textures, explore notions of the banal, the sense of loss and the representation of memory
practice focuses on perception and how it is shaped by sensory experience, and explores the boundaries between art and other subjects
mixed media work represents natural phenomena using artificial ingredients to reacquaint the viewer with their innate sense of wonder
creative textiles practice explores the increasingly uncomfortable relationship between the natural and the man-made worlds
work combines conceptual rigor with the everyday, the mechanical with the sensual, and is concerned with memory and the archive.
Tracey Fahy's photograph entitled 'Trash' was one of the ten winning entries of The Hayward flickr Rodchenko photography competition, selected by Hayward curators.
These selected images were displayed on plasma screens in The Hayward foyer from 14 - 27 April 2008.
Tracey Fahy is currently studying towards the ArtyBird Artist in Residence qualification.
During 2008 in association with Creative Braunstone and Braunstone Working, ArtyBird will bring the exciting new City and Guilds approved ‘Artist in Residence’ training programme to selected artists in Braunstone, Leicester.
This course which is sponsored by Creative Braunstone and Braunstone Working is aimed at artists wishing to pursue a career within the creative industries.
Artists will carry out a series of assignments designed to build ideas, confidence and planning strategies for residency work.
Congratulations to Moira Lovell one of our graduating students. Moira is one of 5 to win the prestigious Jerwood Photography Prize. Moira graduated from the ArtyBird Artist in Residence Qualification in 2007 and has an M.A. in Photography.
‘Moira's current body of work involves taking young women out of school themed nightclubs and placing them, still wearing their 'fancy dress', in a new but not totally irrelevant space. This body of work has grown out of preliminary photo-sketches taken at such themed clubs, these documentary photographs show girls, under the influence of alcohol, flaunting themselves in revealing uniforms. The clubbers gyrate provocatively; emulating lap dancers with porn star facial expressions. Is this the influence of media imagery, informing the sexual identity of women or their own sexual instinct? Furthermore their routines appear to be aimed squarely at the opposite sex. Lovell's club shots invite the spectator to question the positioning of feminism within today's society.’
The 2007 Jerwood Photography Awards Exhibition
9 November - 9 December
Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN