The Royal College of Art’s summer graduation exhibition is one of the highlights of London’s cultural calendar. This year we were thrilled to media partner with Show RCA 2014 and to provide an in-depth focus on this dizzyingly diverse show, where 575 students from six schools exhibit over two campuses.
We explored the exhibitions from several angles; interviewing staff, students and alumni in the build-up and and we reviewed the two shows themselves. We also produced a series of videos focussing on six students taking part in the exhibition and spoke to Professor Neville Brody about the importance of the degree show and the current arts education landscape.
As one of the most respected art schools in the world, London’s Royal College of Art combines a strong creative heritage with a responsibility to help drive and develop cutting-edge art and design practice. It’s this dual function which informs this brilliant identity for the RCA’s summer show, designed by recent graduates Giulia Garbin and Jack Llewellyn.
In a little under seven weeks, the Royal College of Art summer degree shows open to the public. In our role as media partners we’ll be counting down to the much-anticipated exhibitions with a series of articles profiling the people involved and the stories which are emerging from this hotbed of cutting-edge creativity.
It’s starting to get serious now for the students at the Royal College of Art with the degree shows just six weeks away. In preparation for the openings, we decided to speak to some people who know all about the high-pressure environment of the RCA graduation exhibitions. So we asked five alumni about their memories of the shows, what they learned and to see if they had any words of wisdom for this year’s crop…
For students the graduate show season marks the beginning of their careers but for some teachers it’s all about an ending. Professor Wendy Dagworthy, the Royal College of Art’s head of fashion, is overseeing her final degree shows later this month before bowing out after a stellar teaching career, first at Central Saint Martins and since 1998 at the RCA. In that time she has taught some of the industry’s contemporary stars, from Stella McCartney and Hussein Chalayan to Erdem and Giles Deacon and yet her enthusiasm ahead of this year’s shows appears as fierce as ever.
“I am feeling strangely relaxed,” Katarina Hruskova says. “I am waiting for the panic to begin; I’m sure it’s going to happen at some point!” Her current placidity is impressive considering how much she currently has on her plate. As an about-to-graduate photography student at the Royal College of Art, Katarina is not only finishing off her final degree work; she has also helped work on the book which the final year students have published.
Think of the final frantic few days before an art school degree show and you picture frenzied activity as pictures are framed, walls are whitewashed and final details are finessed. But for one of the Royal College of Art’s six schools, the preparations take on a very different form.
Next week the Royal College of Art’s much anticipated graduate exhibition Show RCA 2014 opens to the public; the culmination of two years’ intense study for the students involved. As media partners we have created a series of video portraits taking us into the studios 9And hopefully the minds!) of some of those taking part and the first one debuts today; a chat with Innovation Design Engineering student Nell Bennett. Look out for more next week as well as some special videos from the private views.
Graduate shows can be an intense experience and the Royal College of Art’s summer exhibition, which opens tomorrow, is no exception. With 575 students from six schools exhibiting over two campus, the sheer volume and diversity on display is a challenge in itself. Add in to this mix though the quality of the work and you have a pleasingly overwhelming cultural experience.
After the uber-impressive opening of the Royal College of Art’s Kensington graduate show, attention turned to the school’s Battersea campus. While the exhibition set-up at the former site compartmentalised schools fairly rigidly, there was more intermingling of disciplines down over the river where the Fine Art and Materials students are showing off their skills.
The Royal College of Art’s graduation shows are now in full swing and unsurprisingly the reaction to Show RCA 2014 has been terrific. Continuing with our video portraits of some of those students taking part, here are some more insights into the projects and personalities of those whose work is currently on show across the Kensington and Battersea campuses. From a ceramicist and a sculptor to an animator and one of those graduating in the brand new Service Design course, meet these four talents and then make a date to get down to the shows during the next week or so.
We’ve focused a lot so far on the students- taking part in this year’s Royal College of Art graduate exhibition Show RCA 2014. But it’s an intense time for the staff too, so in our latest video renowned graphic designer and Dean of the Communication School Neville Brody talks to us about this year’s work, and why the show is still such an important time for an institution like the RCA, against a challenging educational landscape.
There’s only a couple of days let to catch this year’s Royal College of Art graduation exhibitions Show RCA 2014 and having watched it unfold over the past few months we’re thrilled that the final shows have been so brilliant. If you needed any more convincing that’s it’s worth heading to either the RCA’s Kensington or Battersea campus (or both?!) over the weekend, then hopefully this film might sway you. With more than 570 students’ work on show it’s impossible to fully appreciate the sheer scale of the exhibitions without being there, but hopefully this gives you a taster of just how good it is.