The Art School was delighted to take part in London Craft Week 2022, with a two-day event held on Friday 13 May and Saturday 14 May. The event was a huge success with over 100 visitors coming through the Art School’s doors.

The activities marked the launch of our 2022-23 research platform, Material Matters: Paper, and visitors were treated to a range of paper demonstrations conducted by students and tutors on our specialist courses.

A series of one-hour ‘blind printing’ workshops was held in our Print Room, led by Print Fellow Kristina Chan. Blind printing is the traditional intaglio print process without the ink, so participants left the workshop with beautiful embossed artwork, but no inky fingers!

Throughout the two days, our wood and stone carving students took part in our ever-popular carving competition. This year the theme was Fables in the style of Grinling Gibbons in honour of the master carver’s Tercentenary.

We were delighted to welcome Professor Philip Ogden, Trustee of the Grinling Gibbons Society and past master of the Drapers, to judge the competition. Visitors were also invited to vote for their favourite carving.

Carving competition winners

Congratulations to all the winners for their well-deserved awards!

Visitors on Saturday were invited to ‘have-a-go’ at stone carving, always a popular pursuit, and Fabal lager offered an informative Talk and Tasting, featuring their celebrated English produce.

Art School Students and tutors who took part, had a really enjoyable two days and if you visited us, we hope you had an interesting and illuminating experience! Look out for details of our London Craft Week event in 2023 and we hope to see you then.

With thanks to the generous support of the Masons’ Company,  Dick Onians, the Carpenters’ Company, Fabal Lager and Pierre Heritage GB stone suppliers.