Thursday, 28 January 2010

'Streets of London'

2 March - 1 May 2010

Preview Tuesday 2 March 2010, 6pm to 8pm

Ruskin Café, Working Men’s College
44 Crowndale Road, London NW1 1TR 020 7255 4700
10am to 8pm weekdays, 10am – 4pm Saturdays

‘Streets of London’ features the works of WMC students in photography and the Foundation Degree in Art & Design, alongside professional photographer and tutor at WMC, Andrew Gilpin.

London is an inspiring location, especially when it comes to its amazing architectural mix. Here, the eyes of the photographer have caught those little details – street-lights, tube sign, rain catching on windows - that blend with iconic signs which makes
London the atmospheric city that it is.

The Working Men’s College (WMC) is proud to host ‘Streets of London’ as the second in a series of exhibitions in its Ruskin Café exhibition space curated by Karen Janody, Creative City. The Art & Design department at WMC has a strong reputation of successfully sending students on to study in prestigious art institutions such as Central St Martin’s and Goldsmiths. The exhibitions planned will enable WMC students to exhibit their works along those by international artists, providing an excellent way to support upcoming talents by raising the bar.

Photographs will be auctioned at the end of the exhibition.

The Working Men’s College has a remarkable history as a centre for innovation and excellence in the Visual Arts. In the mid 19th century it was at the radical centre of developments in both Fine and Applied Arts. John Ruskin, its first art tutor, provided the catalyst for the revolutionary work of both the Pre Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement, whose major figures (Rossetti, Burne Jones, Holman Hunt) either taught here or were regular visitors, as were Sickert, Spencer Gore and Lucien Pissarro of the avant-garde Camden Town Group toward the turn of the 20th century. Recent students have included Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume.

For more information: Karen Janody // 079 8995 4414

Tuesday, 5 January 2010


2010 starts with a bang!

'Diablos', or the concept of devils, as seen by artists Cesar G Serpa and Gillian McIver will honor the wall of the Ruskin Cafe at the Working Men's College, starting Jan 12th.

12 January - 25 February 2010

10am - 8pm, 10am – 4pm Saturdays
Working Men College Ruskin Café
44 Crowndale Road
London NW1 1RT

Diablo, devil in English and ‘accuser’ in ancient Greek, represents the fallen angel in Abrahamic religions. In modern culture, its has become an allegory for menace and the malevolent alter-ego, which the artists in this exhibition explore through photography. Is it a journey into the depth of consciousness, where guilt, transgression and temptation lie?

Gillian McIver is a Canadian artist based in London. Starting out as a photographer, she began to work with experimental film and video making, and site-specific installation art. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. “I am interested in revealing images which are very strong; that offer a glimpse of past worlds and indistinct realities; where the boundaries between fiction and documentary blur, and memories take on a life of their own.”

Cesar G Serpa studied painting in London, and photography in Italy, before moved to Maracay, Venezuela in 2004. Back in his home country, he focused on experimental photography, developing his own style and technique using light and exposure.

This is the first in a series of exhibitions hosted in the Working Men's College's Ruskin Café, curated by Karen Janody.

WMC Art & Design department has a strong reputation of successfully sending students on to study in prestigious art institutions such as Central St Martin’s and Goldsmiths.

The next exhibition ‘Streets of London’, featuring the works of WMC photography students will open on Thurs 11th February 2010.

For more information, please contact Karen Janody // 079 8995 4414