Cass Fine Art
Cass Fine Art is based in modern, purpose-built art studios, opposite the Whitechapel Gallery in London’s East End; a cultural quarter famous for its fringe and contemporary art galleries.
The Fine Art and Photography courses offer practice-based studios that set out to prepare you for your future career whether it’s as an artist, curator, or filmmaker. You will be taught by artists, professional practitioners and industry experts. With support to develop the specialist technical, conceptual and professional skills required for future practice in your chosen subject.
Working in a creative and lively environment, where cross over and collaboration are actively encouraged, students participate in studio based practice and ‘live projects’. Public screenings and exhibitions offer valuable opportunities to engage with industry partners and professional contexts as are part of our culture and ethos.
Cass Fine Art Studios
Studio Art 01: Negotiating Form
Andrea Medjesi-Jones and Pete Fillingham
This studio is about painting and sculpture. The painter Ad Reinhardt once famously quipped that “sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting”. Those were the days when medium-specificity counted. These days, another art medium isn’t really a nuisance like this anymore. So what is painting, now exactly? And what is sculpture now, too? We shall question new tendencies in painting and sculpture and discover and research what we mean by these categories.
Studio Art 02: Archive Fever
Patrick Ward and Galia Kollectiv
This studio explores the archive – the means by which historical knowledge and forms of remembrance are accumulated, stored and recovered – through the ways that it has been explored, subverted and deconstructed by artists from the early 20th century to the present.
Studio Art 03: Unstable Assembly
Rosemarie McGoldrick and Jonathan Whitehall
Unstable Assembly is a studio that looks at art and the world around us – how art fits in among the important stuff that increasingly impacts on the way we live – the environment, other animals, science and the great outdoors. If you are interested in learning how to push your art practice into the open, into wide public space, this is the studio for you.
Studio Photo 04: The Encountered Sign
James Russell Cant and Ania Dabrowska
Increasingly, progressive commercial photography agents work with photographers and artists whose practice is at home in the gallery as it is in the applied sector. This studio aims directly at that growing elision, too – building on the ideas of affect and the encountered sign.
Studio Photo 05: Post-Truth. Narrating the (Un)Real
Paola Leonardi and Heather McDonough
Presenting the photographer’s role as both artist, storyteller and witness of our times, this studio explores the construction of photographic narratives that reflect changes in and challenges to our society. In this studio, photography can be a tool to protest stereotypes, a method of testimony to events, a practice to construct fantasies or a way to engage with media trends.
Fashion Photography - BA (Hons)
With strong industry links and a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, the Fashion Photography BA degree encourages you to approach photographic practices through challenging and exciting projects.
Fine Art - BA (Hons)
Do you want artists as tutors, to work in amazing studios and have the creative city of London at your door? Study our Fine Art BA at The Cass.
News from The Cass
DRAF Curators success
Cass foundation alumni selected for edition 12 of the prestigious Curators’ series.
Cass Summer Shows 2019 – dates announced
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
In conversation with... Jillian Edelstein and Clare Park
29 April 2019, 6pm
Cass hosts in conversation event for Association of Photographers (AOP).
EXHIBITION: Fine Art Year 1 Pop-Up series
Various dates and locations in East London
A series of pop-up exhibitions curated by first year Fine Art students.
Alumna explores the machine gaze
Work by Cass Fine Art graduate Nye Thompson exhibited at The Barbican Centre and Waterman's Arts
Simon Norfolk in Conversation
25 March, 6pm-8pm
Cass partners Association of Photographers (AOP) for an event as part of their 50th Birthday celebrations.
Painting at The Cass
1-21 March 2019
Exhibition by eight artists who also teach at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
11-16 December 2018
Cass lecturer Jacek Ludwig Scarso leads participatory experience at Tate Modern reflecting on the meaning of waiting.
The Cass Cracker 2018
13th December, 5pm-8pm
Festive fine art open studio at Aldgate Bauhaus promises a feast of student creativity
EXHIBITION: 'The Waiting Room', a collaboration between The Cass and Tate Modern
The exhibition, made up of live art and multimedia installations, takes place at the Atrium Gallery in Goulston Street
The Waiting Room
4 and 5 December 2018
Exhibition of live art and digital installations will see twelve young artists reimagine The Cass Atrium as a metaphorical waiting room.
Make Art Not War
November 2018 to March 2019
Artist and Cass Professor Bob and Roberta Smith encourages young people to be creative about peace as part national 1418 NOW Project.