September at The Cass

In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.
Date: 31 August 2017

This September will see The Cass complete it's move to Calcutta House, which will, for the first time, see all the School's disciplines housed under one roof. To celebrate this, and the diverse talents of its students and the wider community, The Cass will be hosting a number of events throughout the month.

Here are some of the highlights coming up.

Other Worlds 

From 8 -16th September, The Cass will showcase the work of its MA Photography, Fine Art, MA by Project and PhD research students in ‘Other Worlds’, an exhibition exploring differing artistic responses used to deal with uncertain and tumultuous world events.

Highlighting the interdisciplinary approaches to art seen within the school, visitors will be invited to experience new worlds and alternative realities through everyday objects through the work of MA Photography student Becky Probert. They will also be invited to explore common superstitious beliefs and falsehoods in modern society through a series of paintings by MA Fine Art student Marina Milani that combine traditional Iranian and Western abstract techniques. They will also be welcome to explore inner and outer dialogues through PhD student Spencer Rowell’s ‘Pathography’ series, combining photographic self-portraits with written text that incorporates the responses of psychotherapists.

Making Matters

From 18–23 September, as part of London Design Festival 2017, The Cass presents ‘Making Matters’, an exhibition exploring the process of designing and making. On display will be pieces by twenty graduates and alumni from The Cass design studios, each with an emphasis on social engagement. Disciplines include fashion & textiles, furniture, interiors, architecture, jewellery, product and visual communications.

Awash with Ideas

On the 20 September, also as part of London Design Festival, The Cass are holding a day of textile design workshops, leading up to a large street party to celebrate The Cass Design School's new space at Old Castle Street. The day-long event, ‘Awash with Ideas’, will explore dyeing linen with natural dyes using Shibori techniques. In a series of four 90-minute workshops participants will be able to create their own Shibori patterns, which will then be exhibited at The Cass. Design work from this year's Summer Show will also be on display. Workshops are free but registration is essential.

Entrer: Five architectures in Belgium

From 25 September–13 October the Wallonie-Bruxelles Architecture initiative returns to The Cass for the second exhibition in their Belgian architecture series. Entrer: Five architectures in Belgium is a multisensory exhibition exploring the diversity of architectural processes in Belgium. The show, curated by Audrey Contesse, focuses on five projects - with photographer Maxime Delvaux and sound designer Christophe Rault invited to analyse the projects through the display of non-synchronised video footage and soundtrack.

Entrer aims to tackle the inherent difficulties in exhibiting architectural projects located far away from the exhibition venue. The multisensory works will be on display alongside objects from the featured architectural projects, allowing visitors to walk through each exhibit and gain an understanding of the space and materials used in each project.

In April of this year The Cass hosted Inventaires #2, an exhibition of comics depicting Belgium architecture. The exhibition presented an up-to-date survey on architectural developments within Wallonia and Brussels by partnering illustration with architecture. The season aims to promote Wallonia-Brussels architecture and involves a series of lectures and exhibitions throughout 2017.

Image: Blasted Wood by Scott Kelly, BA Furniture Design graduate.