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Welcome to the School of Art and Design Arts Festival 2019.

Here are a wealth of wonderful events to inspire, educate and entertain, running from Wednesday June 5th to Thursday June 20th 2019.

You'll find talks, practical workshops, in-depth discussions and talks, radical ways to work, exhibitions, music and more! All events are free, and everything is provided to help you get the most from the festival.

Just click the register button to secure your place. We look forward to seeing you there!



New Events:

Photography Talk with Jo Gane

Wednesday 19th June 6.00 pm Hardwick Campus AP115

Join Jo, who recently ran the wonderful wet collodian process workshops with us, for a talk featuring her research into early photographic processes and their relevance to us today. Jo will bring examples of her work, and also some calotype and collodian originals.


Strange Times - A Painting, Drawing and Collage workshop with Nick Grellier

Spend two days exploring paint, drawing, collage and making with Nick, with emphasis on the realm of the imagination. All materials provided.

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June 10 am - 4 pm FCH Campus Illustration Life room



Letterpress Poster Printing Workshop

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th June 10 am - 5 pm FCH Printmaking Studio

An opportunity to work alongside printer/printmakers Angie Butler, Lucy Guenot, Mark Unsworth & Andrew Morrison to make posters that will be displayed in the community using movable wooden type. The themes follow that of this year’s Cheltenham Illustration Awards: Tales of Unity and the positive messages of the Chronicle Press publication - Go Forth! which has featured photographs of some of our previous posters.

All welcome, no previous experience necessary.

Contact Andrew Morrison amorrison@glos.ac.uk for more info.


Post Graduate Research Symposium

Wednesday June 12th 10.30 am - 3.30 pm Hardwick AP115

This symposium will showcase the work of the current MA students as well as PHD student Jonathan Parsons, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between their visual art practice and related research interests. In addition, we will be joined by Artist Larry Achiampong who will talk about his most recent work, including his collaborations with David Blandy. All welcome.

Contact Jack Southern for more information jsouthern@glos.ac.uk


Photocopy zine workshop

Saturday June 15 10 am - 4 pm Hardwick AP115

Join us for a day workshop making a zine with the Photocopy Club from your photos which we'll create, edit and bind on the day. Everyone will get a finished copy at the end. Please bring lunch and snacks. All welcome.

Contact Matthew Murray for more information mmurray@glos.ac.uk


Speculative Art School: Critical Matter

During the three days of this year's Speculative Art School we will be taking a critical look at materials - at what, where and how the earth’s resources are extracted, processed, transported and utilised in creative practice. In the observation gallery above room TC002A at FCH, you will find the Speculative Space, a compilation of written texts, propositions and reading lists from some of our favourite thinkers.

Tuesday 18 June

9.30 Field Trip to Blue Lias Clay Quarry, lunch and clay workshop.

Meet at 9.15 for minibus from Hardwick cafe. Return for lunch.

Clay Workshop

1.30 - 4 pm Digging Clay with Kate Martin & Sarah Bowden. FCH TC002A

Kate Martin will show us how she produces workable clay from the soil beneath our feet. Kate is a Cheltenham-based ceramic artist who works with the clay from the area around Hardwick Campus. She will provide already prepped clay to enable us to make tiles using Blue Lias as a slip.

Wednesday 19 June

10 - 12.30 Film Screening: Manufactured Landscapes FCH TC002A

A documentary film about the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, directed by Jennifer Baichwal.

12 -1 pm Talk: James Fisher discusses the work of Karen David. FCH TC002

Thursday 20 June

10 - 12.30 Discussion: The philosophy of geology with speakers TBC. FCH TC002A, followed by lunch.

1.30 - 4 pm Pastel Making from Scratch with Jean Boyd FCH TC002A

Contact Sarah Bowden for more information sbowden@glos.ac.uk


Advanced Etching Workshop with Jason Hicklin

Monday June 17th, Tusday 18th and Wednesday 19th June 10 - 5pm FCH Printmaking studio

This three day, practical workshop with master etcher Jason Hicklin will allow you to learn advanced skills in etching techniques such as spit bite, soft ground and sugar lift. Open to students with a basic knowledge of etching. All materials for the three days will be provided.

Contact Mark Unsworth for more information munsworth@glos.ac.uk


Xposed Club Music Concert - Exotic Sin + Run Logan Run

Wednesday 19th June 8 - 10 pm FCH Chapel

Exotic Sin, are Naima Karlsson and Kenichi Isawa, a collaborative duo combining improvisation with composition and repetition. Naima is an artist and musician from London whose practice includes photography, drawing, assemblage, text and music composition. She is Neneh Cherry's daughter, and the granddaughter of Moki and Don Cherry, and an archivist and coordinator for the Estate. The project began with, and continues to take roots from, the music and instruments in the Cherry family household - not to emulate, but to put into practice the teachings and spirit of the art and music as a living thread - in addition to Naima and Kenichi's own musical interests.

Kenichi Iwasa is an artist and musician from Japan, based in London since 1997. Improvisation and collaboration are paramount in his approach.
https://soundcloud.com/user-773286109

Run Logan Run are a head on collision of pounding tribal drums and screaming guttural saxophone. Architects of intense contrast, the duo’s diverse and precise instrumentation regularly flirts with fragility and raw power. Formed through a shared passion for improvisation, spiritual jazz and heavier experimental music, they are Andrew Neil Hayes (Saxophones / FX) and Dan Johnson (Drum Kit / Percussion), and have been authoring their own narrative in the new wave of crossover jazz, whilst touring the UK extensively.
http://www.runloganrun.com/about.html

Open to all. Entry £7; students (with ID card) free

Contact Stuart Wilding swilding@glos.ac.uk for more information.



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