About this day
For A-level, IB, Foundation and BTEC Level 3 Students
Come and meet the artists…
Join us for another exciting day of Art & Design in London in the spring. In this visually stimulating programme, students will meet and learn from four leading internationally recognised artists working in different areas and hear how ideas become art. We are delighted to announce that artist and designer Pascal Anson will chair this day.
Programme & speakers
Transforming ordinary to extraordinary Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Sculptor and Installation Artist
Cornelia Parker will explore the influences and ideas behind her artwork, drawing on some fascinating recent projects.
About Cornelia Parker OBE RA
Sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker OBE RA is one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists. She became known for her large scale works including ‘Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View’. She suspended the fragments of a garden shed, blown up for her by the British Army. She is fascinated with processes in the world that mimic cartoon ‘deaths’ – steamrolling, shooting full of holes and explosions. Her work contains themes of gain and loss, and the presence of visual and verbal allusions enables the viewer to witness the transformation of ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. At the opening of Manchester’s Whitworth gallery, she teamed up with a Nobel Prize-winning scientist to turn fragments of drawings by Picasso, Constable and Turner into a new artwork, and her solo exhibition was greeted to critical acclaim. Recently she produced an extraordinarily democratic and thought-provoking embroidery based on Wikipedia’s Magna Carta page which was displayed at the British Library as part of their celebration of the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta; in the same year the public was treated to the iconic installation ‘One More Time’ at St Pancras station. In 2016 she was the first female artist to be commissioned to create an artwork for the roof garden of the New York Met, which resulted in Transitional Object (PsychoBarn). Once again was the first woman when she was chosen as the 2017 official election artist.
Conflict and crisis through the photographer's lens Simon Norfolk, Photographer
Simon Norfolk’s work is widely recognised and has won multiple awards. He uses the lens to explore life’s big questions, including the effect of conflict on both the physical and natural environment as well as on people and societies.
About Simon Norfolk
Simon Norfolk is an award-winning documentary photographer who often captures moments of war or crisis. His works have been collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Tate Modern in London.
Can graphic design save your life? Rebecca Wright, Graphic Designer
The power of design impacts us in many ways. Rebecca will explore the significant relationship between graphic design and health – from posters that inform and warn to advertising campaigns that shock and prompt action, and from redesigned pill packaging to educational apps. She will show examples that demonstrate how communication strategies and visual languages are employed to persuade, educate, prevent and ultimately protect – and the essential role graphic design plays in matters of life and death.
About Rebecca Wright
Rebecca Wright is Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. She co-wrote Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design and co-founded the publishing house GraphicDesign&.
Flirting with the abstract Hurvin Anderson, Painter
Hurvin Anderson produces artwork which today resonates ever more strongly, speaking to our political and social contexts with questions about identity and belonging. His vibrant paintings draw on the genres of still-life, landscape and portraiture to explore representations of community, memory and nationhood, while also referencing wider art history. He will discuss the challenges of being a contemporary painter and what inspires him.
About Hurvin Anderson
Hurvin Anderson’s paintings draw together the abstract and the figurative, leaving the viewer to ponder themes of identity, memory and ambience, all grounded in the familiar. His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and the US. He is nominated for the 2017 Turner Prize.