Symposium preview: Andrew Grassie & Juan Bolivar

The first of our previews for the forthcoming Material Matters: Pigment symposium is: Rock Pigment Scissors: Andrew Grassie and Juan Bolivar in conversation. www.instagram.com/andrew.grassiewww.instagram.com/juanbolivarstudio2112 Artists Juan Bolivar (Camberwell College of Arts; The Fine Art Collective) and Andrew Grassie (City & Guilds of London Art School), who started their careers together at St Martin’s School of Art […]

Pigment symposium, 11 May 2019

As part of London Craft Week 2019, the Art School is holding a one-day symposium, on the subject of pigment. The recent turn within arts and culture towards a re-investment in materials and the hand-made, has seen artists engaging in the production of pigments for themselves. Artists today are not only reviving ancient recipes, but inventing […]

Material Matters foyer: Pigment

The Materials Foyer is a carefully-curated reference library in the heart of the Art School where students can learn more about what materials mean to conservators, carvers and artists. Its purpose is to draw attention to materials, create dialogue and acknowledge the breadth of processes used across our Historic Carving, Conservation and Fine Art departments. […]

A fascination with pigments: An interview with CGLAS alumna Catalina Christensen

Tom Groves, Head of the Art Histories Department at City & Guilds of London Art School, has been in conversation with Catalina Christensen about her fascination with pigment and her environmentally-neutral practice.  TOM GROVES: How did you first become interested in making your own pigments? CATALINA CHRISTENSEN: From an early age I have been interested […]

London Craft Week 2018

As part of London Craft Week 2018, our event featured a pigment, colour and gilding display and demonstration area, a popular destination for visitors.  Art School alumna and pigment specialist Catalina Christensen,  gave pigment-making demonstrations using the egg tempera process. Colour expert Jane de Sausmarez  informed visitors about colour theories. Art School Decorative Surfaces Fellow, Tuesday Riddell, demonstrated japanning and […]

In conversation with Dr. Tracey Chaplin, Andrew Grassie, Onya McCausland, Keith Price, Alison Seed, and Amikam Toren

To open our Material Matters: Pigment series, six of our expert practitioners were invited to respond to a question by Robin Mason, artist and Head of the Fine Art Department here at the Art School. The following is an edited transcript of their discussion. Defining Pigment, with Keith Price, Head of Foundation Diploma in Art […]

Pigment garden

The garden area at the back of the Art School has naturally evolved over many years. In summer 2017 it was re-landscaped as part of Phase 2 of our Masterplan, a building and refurbishment scheme to develop and upgrade the Art School. The landscaping work set out to uphold the special atmosphere that the courtyard […]

London Craft Week 2017: a visit from Tokyo University of the Arts Historic Sculpture Conservation Lab

Our Material Matters theme was extended through our London Craft Week event in May 2017. Visitors enjoyed gilding demonstrations, exploring the woodworking studios and special demonstrations by visiting specialists from the Tokyo University of the Arts Historic Sculpture Conservation Lab, lead by acclaimed Tokyo-based master carver Professor Yabuuchi Satoshi. Japan’s leading centre for the research, analysis, […]

In conversation with Gerry Alabone, David MacDiarmid and Dick Onians

To start our thinking about wood we invited three of the Art School’s expert practitioners – Gerry Alabone, David MacDiarmid and Dick Onians – to engage in a conversation facilitated by Principal Tamiko O’Brien. The following is an edited transcript of their discussion. DAVID MACDIARMID : The wooden object that I brought in is something that I made for an exhibition […]

Material Matters foyer: Wood

The Materials Foyer is a carefully-curated reference library in the heart of the Art School where students can learn more about what materials mean to conservators, carvers and artists. Its purpose is to draw attention to materials, create dialogue and acknowledge the breadth of processes used across our Historic Carving, Conservation and Fine Art departments. […]