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Anna Bhushan featured in ‘Varoom’ - October 23rd, 2014 -

CSAD academic staff member Anna Bhushan is featured in the current edition of ‘Varoom‘, a magazine that discusses the contemporary illustrated image.

In the ‘I wish I’d done this’ section of the magazine, cartoonist Peter Blegvard recommends Anna’s work for The Folio Society’s edition of the Bhagavad Gita. Peter writes ‘I like how she marries virtuoso control with surrender to/collaboration with chance’.

- October 23rd, 2014 -

Professor André Stitt will be presenting at Experimentica ’14 at Chapter, Cardiff on Sunday 9th November.

The presentation is in two parts and takes the form of a lecture entitled ‘Performing Political Acts: Performance Art in Northern Ireland’, followed by a film ‘ One Inch To The Left’ focusing on a recent performance by Stitt, Alastair MacLennan and Adrian Hall also known as Triple AAA. In the film they come together again in the city where they first met in the 1970’s and through live performance, personal archive and frank interviews, they recount their story.

- October 23rd, 2014 -
Cardiff Type Hunt: reveal/conceal - October 22nd, 2014 -

As part of the 2014 Cardiff Contemporary citywide Arts Festival and its theme of ‘reveal/conceal’, BA Graphic Communication students have been working with stencil letterforms to reveal the hidden typography of Cardiff.

As well as covering a white cube with their stencilled type, the first year undergraduates have been taking photographs of the many typographic delights often overlooked in and around the city’s streets.

View more images on the #cardifftypehunt website.



- October 22nd, 2014 -

In an article to be published in TANT Magazine, CSAD Senior Lecturers Dr Natasha Mayo and Chris Glynn talk about their initiative: Drawing Partnerships how it seeks to devise, broker and support collaborative drawing projects across disciplines and bring people together from different walks of life. The article centres around the role of ‘Drawing Partnerships at the ‘Thinking with John Berger’ conference held in Cardiff in September 2014.

The conference, September 4 -5th 2014, brought immense clarity to the intent of the ‘Drawing Partnerships’ initiative. Although Cardiff Metropolitan University has already played host to conferences, workshops and conducted research examining the boundaries of drawing’s potential as an interdisciplinary tool, the writings of Berger provided fertile ground in which to tend the aims of those practices.

The interconnectivity between ‘Drawing Partnerships’ and Berger’s thoughts is most clearly exemplified through the pages of ‘Bento’s Sketchbook’ . Here Berger’s impassioned meditations summon as muse a lost sketchbook belonging to the 17th century lens grinder Baruch Spinoza; an almost fabled sketchbook, often referenced by philosophers but never found.

In Bento’s sketchbook, Berger imagines how Spinoza might have employed the activity of drawing as an externalization of thought. In particular, he explores how an intensive observational engagement can enable him to gain greater insight into the subject matter of his writing, by creating the dynamic space and time in which to think freely about its possibilities.

Taking this discursive approach between drawing and writing as a loom from which to weave his observations of the world, Berger moves seamlessly between the everyday and deeply philosophical, using drawing to pause time, or at least slow down the quick succession of stages by which we ordinarily experience the world.

The ‘Drawing Partnership’ intervention, in collaboration with the conference, set out to ignite awareness and application of Berger’s methods by prompting each delegate to create their own Bento’s Sketchbook and invite them to doodle, capture fleeting thoughts, responses and information from the proceedings of the conference. They were encouraged to experience for themselves Berger’s approach, exploring how the activity of drawing can trigger thoughts and associations to their own discipline and research. They were asked to slow down time a little in coffee breaks, over lunch and in the evening to explore how those doodles interconnect with other thoughts and act as catalyst to new ideas.

- October 22nd, 2014 -

CSAD Senior lecturer Dr Natasha Mayo and associate lecturer Zoe Preece are currently devising and co-curating the exhibition ‘Sensorial Object’ to be held at Craft in the Bay in Cardiff.

This project presents the opportunity to convene artworks for which sensory evocation performs a key part of meaning. Its aim will be to bring together new digital technologies with the long established traditions of ceramics, wood, glass and textiles, in order that we might fully explore the sensory capacity of the applied art object, and the ability of materiality to trigger sensory connections from sight, sound, touch, smell and even taste.

The exhibits will be based around the domestic object, in order that we might re-visit familiar experiences through our sensory world, to enable fresh discoveries and new apertures of perception within and beneath the every day.

The exhibition will run from 17th January to 8th March 2015. It will be staged at Craft in the Bay in Cardiff, on behalf of the Makers Guild of Wales.

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- October 22nd, 2014 -

Adele Stanley will be taking part in the MADE London craft fair from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014.

Below are images of the type of work Adele will be showing at the event (stand 12 in the gallery).

Adele Stanley

Adele Stanley

- October 21st, 2014 -

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