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Bright Light Issue 2: Thinking the Substrate

Friday 27 March sees the launch of issue 2 of CCW Graduate School’s journal Bright Light. The Bright Light series focuses on the latest debates in the arts and design and provides a way of seeing how practitioners are taking fresh perspectives on key questions facing designers, fine artists, lens-based media practitioners, curators, archivists and critical theorists. The Bright Light series is edited by Dr David Dibosa, CCW Senior Research Fellow and Course Leader of the MA in Curating and Collections at Chelsea, and each issue is guest edited by a member of CCW staff. In each publication themes such as the environment and technology, as well as socially-engaged practices and identity are looked at through the lens of current arts and design practice.

The first issue, Implicit Geographies, launched in summer 2014 and focused on a range of collections; private or public, professional or amateur and looked at the relations between places that objects suggest.

The second issue, Thinking the Substrate, edited by Dr Daniel Sturgis, is dedicated to the idea of the substrate. The publication stemmed from a series of three symposia hosted by CCW Graduate School and held in the Green Room at Chelsea College of Arts. Over the spring term in 2014, Professor Stephen Farthing, Professor Chris Wainwright and Dr Daniel Sturgis invited artists, academics and students from across the University, together with outside guests, to think about what a substrate could be and if the substrate might be an interesting way to speak cross-disciplinarily about practice.

Thinking the Substrate presents some of the discoveries from these symposia. Sturgis, together with Dibosa, asked participants from each of the sessions to either develop their papers or re-present them in a written form; not everyone who contributed to the sessions or discussions were included, which in some sense is a pity, but space was limited and there was also a desire to show divergent approaches. The one thing that everyone who attended the symposia discovered, as the reader does, is what a slippery fish the idea of substrate is. How can it mean very different things to different people – but remarkably within that breadth the substrate somehow still retains a base that links its various interpretations? It is this base that is so intriguing.

Thinking the Substrate features articles by Simon Morley (Dankook University), Neil Cummings (CCW), Adrian Glew (Tate Britain), Richard Layzell (WCA), Daniel Sturgis (CCW), Pia Gottschaller (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Jo Melvin (CCW).

The launch will take place from 5 – 7pm on Friday 27th March at Camberwell Space gallery, Camberwell College of Arts.

The Department of Repair

CCW PhD student Bridget Harvey is co-curating the upcoming exhibition The Department of Repair at Camberwell Space.

The Department of Repair opens on 12th January at Camberwell Space.  It explores (re)making through fixing, repairing and mending. The project reframes the theme of “repair”, exploring its identities and potential for environmentally and socially engaged practice.

It is a collaborative project between myself, Karen Richmond and Michael Hurley from BA Three Dimensional Design, and Maiko Tsutsumi from MA Designer Maker at Camberwell.  The concept expanded from an idea for a one-day event on fixing/mending.  I am researching repair practices for my PhD studies, and we are all interested in growing the community of practice surrounding making and mending.

Designed as a two-part project, the first part will involve an exhibition and generative workshops with visiting (re)makers, (re)designers and repairers, both to demonstrate and teach repair skills. Initially works which explore various facets of repair will be on display, including objects that have been through some sort of repair process, tools and other resources for mending as well as a stop motion film about the break down of a ship by photographer Tim Mitchell.  The outcomes from the workshops will join the exhibition for the latter weeks.  Collaborators include Hendzel and Hunt, Second Sitters, Seabass Cycles, Tom of Holland and The Restart Project.

A forthcoming website and two-part publication will complement the project, with writings on various perspectives on fixing, including conservation.   Through the project we are attempting to demonstrate and promote the potential of repair, reclaim and fixing over replacing. The project will offer a space within which to explore different ways of fixing – experimental, practical or anything in between, developing and playing with ideas – and help build a community of people who are interested in repair and who have different skills to offer one another.

The project reception will be held on 3rd February, with a presentation by Pr. Daniel Charny at Wilson Road lecture theatre at 4pm, followed by drinks in the Camberwell Space from 5:30-8:00pm.’

More details and event booking are here.

  • Part 1 (workshops and exhibition) 12th-30th January
  • Part 2 (exhibition) 2nd-20th February

twitter/instagram hashtag #thedeptofrepair

Top image by Bridget Harvey

Michael Marriott's thonet stool 2

Michael Marriott’s thonet stool


Owen Leather

Owen Leather


Seabass Cycles

Seabass Cycles


Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell


Between Thought and Space: a symposium

Between Thought and Space is a project that concerns a dynamic relationship between participants’ work and decision-making processes within a building. The project unites 15 practitioners from different disciplines through live research. The centrepiece of the project was to respond collectively to a specific space: the unusual and challenging environment of Dilston Grove, a deconsecrated church. It is one of the first poured reinforced concrete structures in the UK, dating back to the early 20th century, located in Southwark Park, an historically deprived area of South East London. Together, the practitioners are being challenged through a methodology imposing pace, restrictions and regular contact with audiences and each other, the building testing individuals’ creativity through its unique visual, phenomenal and historical characteristics. The product of these explorations is showing at Camberwell Space 29 September – 7 November 2014. The Dilston Grove exhibition is scheduled for 7 May – 7 June 2015.

symposium, taking place in tandem with the Camberwell Space exhibition on 16 October, makes public for the first time the debates and ideas informing the development of the project. Invited speakers will shed light on the history of the Dilston Grove space and probe both the creative and critical merits of testing the role of discipline within creative practice; where audience discussion and debate will inform the development of work still in progress. Speakers include Miraj Ahmed, Matthew Butcher, Kelly Chorpening, Tom Emerson, Richards Wentworth, Dr Martin Hargreaves and Salome Voegelin.

Chorpening contextualised the drawing she contributed to the exhibition. ‘For my part, the prospect of creating work within a deconsecrated church has inspired a re-engagement with Giotto’s work, specifically focusing on a peculiar detail from the St. Francis fresco cycle in Assisi – the depiction of the back of a cross. This has provoked a playful exploration into ways a drawing can both depict and be something; be both convincing illusion and artifice. Responding so directly to an historical work (made around 1300) is something new for me and an exciting challenge to consider within the context of a project today.’

The symposium takes place on 16 October 2014 from 10:30am – 5pm at Camberwell College of Arts in the Lecture theatre at Wilson Road. Book online

The private view of the exhibition will follow the symposium on 16 October from 5:30 – 8:00 at Camberwell Space.

Image credit: Outcome of visual correspondence between Issam Kourbaj and Foster Spragge (2014)