We had a great time at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea, from 18 – 21 October; we caught up with some old friends, made some new ones and saw so much great work from UAL Alumni!
Our Central Saint Martins Short Course tutors provided a range of engaging workshops and in-depth talks throughout the show, based on the theme of Gender and Identity. We started off in the Creative Lounge with a range of workshops led by Rochelle Fry and Alice White.
- Thursday Afternoon, Rochelle Fry
Miniature Worlds: Participants got to unleash the artist within and join CSM Short Courses tutor and artist Rochelle Fry, to discover a world of still life drawings with a twist. Constructing and drawing mini-still life arrangements from tiny objects that often get lost or discarded.
Moving Bodies: Those who attended had the opportunity to delve into new processes and materials, to create collages focusing on the themes of shape and movement. The session sought inspiration from artist Jens Ullrich, opening up to collage and the art of listening to your materials. Beginners were more than welcome to come along and the results were wonderfully surprising.
- Friday Afternoon, Alice White
Making Like Matisse: Participants were encouraged to immerse themselves into Henri Matisse’s glorious world of colour and compositions. By getting involved and being creative with collage, they were taught and tried out themselves, the cut-out and paste technique made so prominent by this leading figure of modern art. It was a perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to learn how to ‘paint with scissors’.
Sensory Still Life: Setting up a sumptuous display of fascinating fruits and follies Alice delivered a session devised around accessible drawing techniques. This unconventional still life set up was intended to provoke an exploration of the masculine and the feminine, and the multitude of meanings behind these terms. Participants were encouraged to focus on shape, form, colour and texture in this wonderful session that was open to all.
On Saturday and Sunday afternoon we hosted talks about gender and art in the Talks Lounge, with Dr Rosa Nogués and Theo Carnegy-Tan.
- Saturday Afternoon, Dr. Rosa Nogués
Art and Identity: Dr. Nogués delivered a thought-provoking talk on the relationship between identity and art. Questioning, how important is identity when thinking about art? Are issues such as gender, race, sexuality, and class part of understanding a piece? The talk delved into the topics of identity, difference and how representation have all been addressed in art since the 1970s.
- Sunday Afternoon, Theo Carnegy-Tan
Exploring Gender in Art: In an introductory talk, Theo looked at issues of representation and gender while discussing the ground-breaking works of photographers’ Claude Cahun and Cindy Sherman. Questioning, how is masculinity and femininity traditionally represented in the arts? How do these representations influence wider culture, and how can they be subverted? Attendees got to experience a fantastic and challenging discussion which took a closer look at gender in the arts.
We had a great time at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. We even saw some familiar work from recent Central Saint Martins graduates, including this lovely piece by Tingwei Liang.
Best of all, we love that the Affordable Art Fair is dog friendly! We had some great furry friends joining us at our workshops and our talks. It was lovely to spend an afternoon out and about in the community meeting lots of people that are interested in art. We feel inspired and ready to keep on creating!
We had a great time at the Affordable Art Fair and look forward to seeing you all again soon.
If you were inspired at the show – come join us! Our schedule of short courses run throughout the year so there are plenty of courses starting soon for students that are interested in getting back into the studios. View all upcoming Central Saint Martins short courses now.
Rochelle Fry teaches on the following short courses: Portfolio Development, Drawing Skills Workshop, Art and Design Residential Summer School for 13 to 16 Year Olds, Creating A Project Portfolio for 16 to 18 Year Olds, Portfolio Development for 16 to 18 Year Olds, Making Zines: The Art of DIY And Self publication for 16 to 18 Year Olds.
Alice White teaches on the following short courses: Beginners Painting, Beginners Drawing, Painting The Nude, Contemporary Oil Painting, Still Life Oil Painting, Contemporary Painting Practice for 16-18 Year Olds.
Theo Carnegy-Tan teaches on the following short courses: Interpreting Art, Art Theory: Introduction to Aesthetics (Online), Introduction to Modern Art History (Online), Modern Art History, Introduction to Non-Western Art History.