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Life drawing class at Kingston School of Art, c.1950s. Image: Kingston University Special Collections

Thinking through Making: 140 Years of Kingston School of Art + Panel Discussion

6 Nov 2015

Charting the history of Kingston School of Art through designers and artists such as Archibald Knox, Reginald Brill, Daphne Brooker, John Carter, David Nash, Helen Storey, Fiona Banner and Mike Nelson, David Kew’s film offers an insight into the special atmosphere of the art school, their role in society, and their future.

This London premiere screening will be introduced by Professor Steven Spier, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, and followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Robert Knifton, featuring Kingston alumnus John Carter RA, Professor of Fine Art Mike Nelson, Head of Fashion Elinor Renfrew, Professor of Art History Fran Lloyd, and filmmaker David Kew.

Thinking through Making: 140 Years of Kingston School of Art: 4 Decades, dir. David Kew, 2007, 30 mins.

Mike Nelson makes large-scale sculptural installations, which immerse the viewer in an unfolding narrative that develops through a sequence of meticulously realised spatial structures. The weaving of fact and fiction has always been central to Nelson's practice and his constructs are informed by both literary and cinematic references whilst drawing upon the geography, history and cultural context of their location. Nelson represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and has recently completed two new installation works commissioned for his solo exhibition Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide at CAG, the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (2013), and The Power Plant in Toronto (2014).

Elinor Renfrew graduated from the MA Fashion Course at St Martins School of Art (CSM) and has worked for all levels of the fashion industry. Over the last seven years she has secured international sponsors for Kingston’s highly acclaimed Fashion course, including Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic and Old Navy in the US and H&M in Sweden.

John Carter is best known for his abstract sculptures. His work consists mainly of constructed “wall-objects”, often with a mathematical basis. He has exhibited widely in Europe, Japan and the USA. John Carter held a teaching position at the Chelsea College of Art and Design until his retirement in 1999. He now lives and works in London, where a solo exhibition of his work was held at the Royal Academy in 2013, entitled John Carter RA: Between Dimensions.

Director David Kew studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art. He created a series of documentaries for the National Gallery in London before becoming a freelance film and video editor. He was senior editor on the first series of Channel 4’s The Word and edited documentaries, music videos and concerts for Blur, Oasis, The Travelling Wilburys, Eurythmics and Take That before going to the National Film and Television School to study directing. His directing credits include Life for Daniel (BBC4), Judge John Deed (BBC1) StarStreet (Carlton), and Living on Water (Channel 4).

Fran Lloyd is Professor of Art History, Director of the Visual & Material Culture Research Centre and Director of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. She has published widely on contemporary and modern visual culture, and has over 15 years’ experience of collaborating on a variety of international interdisciplinary creative arts projects across the museums and galleries sector. A recent DAAD Fellow and Japan Foundation Fellow, her research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the British Council, amongst others.

Dr Robert Knifton is a postdoctoral researcher within the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre at Kingston. He is studying the history of Kingston School of Art from its inception in the 19th century to the present day, developing new oral histories, documenting artistic practice, and constructing digital and physical resources to help tell the story of Kingston University's creative past.

In partnership with Kingston University, generously supported by Henry Moore Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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