Monthly update on project progress

Cataloguing

Farnham School of Art and West Surrey College of Design archive catalogues are available on Archives Hub. These consist of student work, staff magazines, bulletins, and student associations, with interest for Graphic Design and Fine Art

The Working Press Collection, is currently being catalogued. This is a collection relating to working class artists in the 1980s, which explores the idea of artists as an oppressed group, and the meaning of what it is to be working class. This consists of the in-house printed working press book collection, related pamphlets and artists books used for inspiration, and the correspondence and financial information.

Graduation photograph collections from the Kent Institute of Art and Design from 2000 (Maidstone, Rochester and Canterbury), which includes images of Zandra Rhodes in her own designed gown, are currently being catalogued. Photographs from Surrey, which includes graduation images from the 1970s, have been appraised and will be undergoing cataloguing

Textile books created by a individual in the Embroiders Guild have been catalogued online. To be shortly available online

Preservation

Preservation workshops have taken place in Rochester and Canterbury
An access to the archives guide for students will shortly be written

Policies and procedures

Strategies for insurance, and a deposit agreement, and exhibition loan agreements, and appraisal guidelines have been written for internal use

Staff and student use

Fine Art students have photographed and represented images of Maidstone College of Art images in interesting ways. Images will shortly go on to UCA Archives website

External work

Conferences include the LGBT London Metropolitan conference in February, and UCA Archives will be presenting in an internal UCA staff conference with the Digitisation Unit in May

The Epsom Library Artist Book display will take place from the 8th April, with a talk from Graphic Designer and Artist Book creator Mike Nicholson on the 25th April in the evening

Work is ongoing for the Surrey History Centre display in August

Artists using archives: Nicola Naismith

GSA Archives and Collections

Nicola Naismith is a visual artist who uses analogue and digital technologies to make connections between historical and contemporary contexts. She is currently involved in a project based at the Norfolk Record Office (NRO) in Norwich and the Parliamentary Archives (PA) in London.

The project links the parliamentary outreach project People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities with the Arts In Parliament programme. The outcome of the commission will be shown on the Parliamentary website in 2013.

Nicola’s blog tracks the development of the project. You can also visit her personal website for more information about the artist.

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West Surrey College of Art and Design Catalogue Online

Records from the West Surrey College of Art and Design can now be accessed online at http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38029/West-Surrey-College-of-Art-and-Design

Records consist of Prospectuses, Student Societies, Departmental and School records, including Audio Visual Studies, Three Dimensional Design, Textiles. Fine Art. Design and Foundation Studies, Library minutes, Institutional reviews and reports for Council for National Academic Awards and Governors, Publications and newsletters,Henry Hammond, head of the department of Three Dimmensional Design, retirement photographs

West Surrey College of Art and Design consists of Farnham and Guildford Schools of Art. At the end of 1968 the first moves to merge the two art schools at Farnham and Guildford were underway. Guildford had undergone recent student unrest, and now in the first stages of merger, the fine art students were due to transfer from Guildford to Farnham, and the graphic design students from Farnham to Guildford. However the accommodation vacated by the graphic design students was unsuitable for fine art students, and alternative accommodation was suggested at Hatch Mill, formerly the Farnham Sanitary Laundry for 120 foundation students. However this plan was initially obstructed by the highways committee who considered the location over the other side of the bypass too dangerous for students to negotiate. There were other issues over council concerns over student attitudes (seemingly inflamed by the Guildford unrest).

Foundation students were currently housed in leased accommodation at Wrecclesham Hall. However this space was no longer available, and a second attempt was made under the leadership of Sir John Verney, one of the governors, and despite continuing opposition, a compromise was achieved, and the students were to be allowed the use of Hatch Mill for a period of nine years with a new footpath provided by the council.

In April 1969 200 students moved into the initial phase of the newly constructed building in The Hart. The building had cost £250,000 and was the work of county architect Raymond Ash.

In September 1969 Farnham School of Art formally merged with the Guildford School of Art to form the West Surrey College of Art and Design. The second phase of building commenced.

In the 1970s numbers 23 and 24 West Street were used for student accommodation, after the death of Jessie Goddard, the owner and widow of the local builder, John Goddard.

Ben Franklin was head of sculpture from 1970 to 1981. During that period he sculpted the bronze, entitled Matriarch, and this was erected in Borelli Yard.

James Hockey retired in 1971, having had an extension granted by Surrey County Council in order to ease the integration of the two schools. He had been a seminal figure for nearly 30 post war years and was succeeded by Thomas Arnold who remained as Principal until 1974.

In 1971/1972 a new course in animation was introduced. It was set up by the British Oscar-winning animator, Bob Godfrey (1921 -2013 ).

Leonard Stoppani was Principal from 1974 until 1984. He carefully steered the College into a new era, exercising initiative, restraint to allow the development of new patterns.

Design courses were still concentrated at Guildford, and foundation, fine art and craft courses at Farnham. However by 1976 the long-established courses in photography and graphic design, together with the more recently constructed film & television production, animation and television graphics were brought together under the Audio Visual Studies department under the leadership of Peter Sanger. The remaining courses finally moved from Guildford to Farnham and by 1977 all students and staff from Guildford had moved into the new building. Degree intakes started in 1980.

In 1978 the difficult decision was made to phase out all vocational design courses (Graphic Design, Product Design, Interior Design and Surface Design). They were considered more appropriate to the facilities of a polytechnic.

In 1978/1979 Harold Cheesman, Head of Fine Art retired, and was succeeded by the renowned “Polish Scottish colourist”, Leszek Muszynski, who had taught at Farnham since 1951.

During his time Art History was on the curriculum, and it was the difficulties in accessing the William Morris collection at Kelmscott Manor, that inspired Joseph Acheson, the Senior Lecturer in Art History, to mount an exhibition on William Morris that was held at Farnham in November 1981.

By 1982 there were nearly 640 full-time students attending the college. The Foundation course accepted 120 students a year, and remained in the old grammar school in West Street. The degree courses were organised into four departments: Fine Art (Painting with 20 students, Sculpture with 12 students and Printmaking with 12 students); Audio-Visual Studies (Photography with 25 students, Film & Video with 12 students and Animation with 12 students); Three Dimensional Design (Ceramics, Glass & Metals introduced in September 1981) and Textiles (Woven Textiles, Printed Textiles). Art History and Complementary Studies were an integral part of all the courses.

Michael Fairclough, lecturer, executed an abstract mural reflecting the town’s geographical location. It covers a blank wall of the newly opened Post Office at 107 West Street.

The second stage of the college development was completed in 1977, although the foundation course continued there into the 1990s when it too transferred to Falkner Road.

John Morris became Principal in 1984, remaining until 1986. Gary Crossley became Acting Director, until the arrival of Norman Taylor in 1986.

In 1995 the West Surrey College of Art and Design merged with the Epsom & Ewell School of Art to form the Surrey Institute of Art and Design.

Guildford Prospectus 1956-7

Artists and Archives

This post explores some ways that UCA Fine Art students and staff have used archives within Fine Art projects

Five BA Hons Fine Art Artists from UCA are currently putting on their debut exhibition in UCA Maidstone Campus, which involves using images from the Maidstone College of Art archive. This project will also explore sound art in the form of oral history, of the Maidstone College of Art alumnis. The exhibition will provisionallyt take place on the 18th-22nd March 2013. For news of their progress follow their blog here http://fiveartfuse.wordpress.com/

Maidstone prospectus

Lucy Harrison, Fine Art lecturer at Canterbury UCA, has also undertaken work into archives and libraries. This includes a A partial and ongoing collection of east London clubs and societies, commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation to anticpate the opening of a new North Park community hub in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the summer of 2013. This can be accessed here http://aclubcollection.tumblr.com/

This also includes the Library Archway project. This was a residency at Archway Library, London, between September 2012 and January 2013, part of Hostings / A Million Minutes. Two newspapers and an audio tour of the library, read by a member of library staff, were launched at the end of the project and are available in the library.
http://www.lucy-harrison.co.uk/projects/archway-library

Louisa Love, a Fine Art third year student at UCA Canterbury, has also curated a display with digital prints from the Tessa Boffin archive

Examples from other institutions include the Kingston School of Art oral history project accessible http://www.kingston.ac.uk/alumni/news-and-events/alumni-stories/2012/august/23-ksa-project/