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Degree Shows 2018

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Uncover the spirit that drives everything we do. From digital to traditional and everything in between, our annual degree shows dynamically showcase work from the freshest in creative talent.

Highlighting work from students across the college’s undergraduate programmes, this summer’s Degree Shows, from Friday 8 to Thursday 21 June 2018, offer an exclusive window into life at an independent art school, and a chance to preview a new wave of makers ready to take over the creative industries.

Three buildings, four floors and more than 20 outstanding exhibition spaces full of inspirational thinking and making. We provide a space where people come together, explore new horizons, and push the boundaries of creative practice. It starts with the people who come here - the optimists, activists, makers and communicators.

With open doors across all our working studios, guests are invited to explore cutting-edge facilities such as Fab Lab Plymouth and our £8 million dedicated crafts workshops for ceramics, glass and metalwork. An eclectic range of mediums, both modern and traditional, will be exhibited across the college — including film, photography, fine art installation, fashion design, game arts, illustration, glassworks, ceramics, animation, 3D printing and so much more.

Can't make it to the show during the day? We will also be hosting a late night opening on Thursday 14 June, 5-8pm (last entry 7.30pm).

You can get involved too with artwork available to purchase, film screenings, and live presentations running throughout the show schedule.

If you're attending our opening night on Thursday 7 June (invite only) then they'll be the chance to see our unmissable Fashion Showcase, taking place in our maker space The Warehouse on 7 June at 8pm and our Media Showcase at Vue Cinema on 7 June at 4pm, both are invitation-only events, if you are interested in attending please email brand@pca.ac.ukfor more information.

Considering a course with us? Make sure to register for our official Open Day on Saturday 16 June, the perfect opportunity to connect with staff, alumni and preview the thrilling culmination of three years study here at our unique institute.

Entirely free, open to the public, and the highlight of the UK’s creative calendar. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Continue the conversation on our Twitter and Instagram, using #KeepCreating

 

DEGREE SHOWS 2018 – FREE ENTRY
Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, PL4 8AT
8 June - 21 June

Weekdays, 10am - 6pm
Thur 14 June, 10am - 8pm
Sat, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Sun, closed

TEACHERS TWILIGHT EVENT
Thurs 14 June, 4pm - 8pm

OPEN DAY
Sat 16 June, 10.30am - 4pm

‘RE-WRITTEN’
FOUNDATION DIPLOMA IN ART AND DESIGN SHOW 2018
Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard PL1 3QQ
13 June - 16 June, 10am - 4pm

'INHALE EXHALE'
PRE-DEGREE SUMMER SHOW 2018
Palace Court, Buckwell Street PL1 2DA
25 June - 29 June, 10am - 6pm

If you have any questions, please get in touch:
brand@pca.ac.uk
+44 (0)1752 203 434

 

What: Degree Shows 2018

When: Friday 8 to Thursday 21 June 2018 // Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm) // Sat 8 June, 10:30-2.30pm // Sat 16 June, 10:30-4pm. Free and open to all.

Where: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place campus, Studio 11

Call out: Get Fresh 2019

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'Get Fresh' is a popular biennial exhibition celebrating emerging designer-makers. It will run at Devon Guild of Craftsmen's contemporary gallery space from Saturday 19 January to Sunday 10 March 2019.

This Open Call is for early career craft makers in the South West region (including photography, print-making and sculpture). 

Criteria are:
• Be a resident of the South West UK (Bath, Bristol & Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire)
• Maker within 5 years of graduating/ finishing training or setting up a new practice

If you fit the bill and would like to express your interest in exhibiting and selling work in Get Fresh, please supply by email: 1 digital image (size 1MB) and some brief details about your work.

Email: Saffron Wynne on: saffron.wynne@crafts.org.uk

Expressions of interest will receive an emailed acknowledgment; if you don’t receive one, please resend. You will then receive further information on how to send a full application.

 

Deadline: 
05/14/2018

Artist Studios Program

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MAD is now accepting applications for the Artist Studios Program, offering studio space and financial support to one Artist Fellow and six Daily Residents for a six-month term.

MAD is now accepting applications for the Artist Studios Program, offering studio space and financial support to one Artist Fellow and six Daily Residents for a six-month term, from August 2018 through January 2019.

What is the Artist Studios Program?

Reflecting MAD’s commitment to living artists and to contemporary craft practice, the Artist Studios Program hosts artists and designers daily in a live studio environment.

Since its founding in 2008, MAD’s Artist Studios Program has supported the careers of over 150 artists and designers.

What are the benefits of the Artist Studios Program?

The full-time Artist Fellow receives a $15,000 stipend and dedicated studio space, and the six Daily Residents receive a daily honorarium of $125 and shared studio space.

Residencies also include professional development and public programming opportunities, regular studio visits with museum staff and arts professionals, and continued engagement through the community of Artist Studios Program alumni.

Who can apply?

There are no fees or restrictions to apply for the Daily Residencies. Applicants for the Artist Fellowship must be NYC-based, 30 years of age or younger at the start of their fellowship, identify racially and/or culturally with a historically underrepresented community, and demonstrate the need for financial assistance to advance their artistic careers.

Deadline: 
04/16/2018

The Burke Prize

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The Burke Prize

A new annual award that reinforces MAD’s commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement, the Burke Prize is an unrestricted $50,000 award made to a professional artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood.

Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize will be determined by an annual jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design following an open application process.

Eligible applicants are professional artists under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents, living or working within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the US Virgin Islands. 

The applications will be reviewed by a jury led by Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator at MAD, and available starting February 2018. The first winner of the Burke Prize will be announced in the fall of 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants must be:

  • A US citizen or a permanent legal resident
  • At least 21 years old and not older than 45 at the time of application 
  • A working artist, not a hobbyist, who can demonstrate a commitment to their practice as a professional

Applicants cannot be:

  • An institution or small business
  • A full-time student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent
  • Applicants may not be students at the time of applying, even if graduation is pending the same year
  • A current employee, consultant, board member, or major funder of the Museum of Arts and Design, or an immediate family member of such a person

Why is there an age restriction? 

The prize is meant to celebrate and support young artists who represent the next generation working in the traditional American studio craft disciplines of glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood. In the past, “young” or “next generation” has often meant under the age of 30 or 40. We have expanded this to 45 to accommodate the length of time many artists take to complete schooling as well as the exceptional financial burden that schooling places on young artists today, requiring most to pursue full-time employment before they can fully dedicate themselves to the studio.

We recognize that there are many talented artists over the age of 45, but most (although not all) have had the benefit of time to create a stronger professional network and economic foundation for their practice. By giving visibility to the next generation of artists working in these disciplines, we hope to carry craft into the future both by inspiring artists to pursue these disciplines and by inspiring curators, critics, and collectors to recognize their work. In the end, this impacts the whole field.

Can collectives apply?

We understand that there are many collaborative partnerships in the art world and we encourage you to apply as long as all members of the collective meet the requirements of the application. You can find specific instructions on how to navigate our application as a collective in the application itself. Collectives must demonstrate an extensive collaborative practice.

What is the jury looking for in the winner?

The prize will recognize exceptional artwork in form and concept. Please submit the work that you see as best representing your art practice, and that reflects both your mastery of your craft and your innovation within your field.

Do I have to work solely in one of the five mediums (glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood)?

No, you do not, although these mediums and your skill in handling them, both manually and conceptually, should be evident in your application. Applicants can work in all five mediums, a combination of these mediums, or a combination of these mediums and others not listed, like video or performance.

I don’t have an MFA. Can I still apply?

Yes.

I work in one of the mediums listed, but I focused my schooling on painting (or video, or another studio discipline). Can I still apply?

Yes.

Craft has been a hobby of mine for some time. Should I apply?

While we accept applications from self-taught artists, your practice should be a full-time, professional pursuit, not a part-time hobby. In the end, it is up to you to judge your commitment to your practice before taking the time to submit.

When can I apply?

The application database will open February 1, 2018.

If I don’t win the award, can I apply again next year?

Yes, as long as you still meet the requirements for application.

If I win, will I have to pay taxes on my award?

Yes, all cash prizes are taxable income.

Deadline: 
04/20/2018

Balham Easter Market

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Join SoLo Craft Fair for our first event of the year on 31st March. We will be returning to the beautiful ballroom of the Balham Bowls Club.

Beat the high street queues and have a more enjoyable shopping experience. Grab a drink from the bar, browse the local stalls selling handcrafted gifts, enjoy the live music and get creative by joining in the workshops and the doodle wall.

As always, we will have a children's activity corner so the little rascals will be kept busy creating their own masterpieces!

Join us at Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Road, Balham, SW12 8QX 12-5pm - free entry!

Saturday 31st March 12-5pm.

Winter Designer Maker Fair

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The Winter Designer Maker Fair is Kingsgate Workshops’ annual festive craft and design sale.

Friday 24th November 6-9pm

Saturday 25th November 12-9pm

Sunday 26th November 12-6pm

This year a selection of contemporary craft makers and designers, producing everything from high-end ceramics to paper sculpture, will be selling their work from a new outdoor market and in curated indoor shop spaces in our Victorian warehouse building. Unique and precious gifts, decorations, and wrapping paper will all nestle together on our fairylit market stalls.
We’ll also have festive food and a chance to peek inside the building and its beautiful yard, which are both usually closed to the public.

PLUS:
Beautiful new outdoor space
Celebrate the launch of our new revamped yard space – our beautiful garden is now twice the size, covered in twinkling lights, warmed by roaring fires in our patio heaters, and scented with woodsmoke and gingerbread spice.

Enjoy festive gourmet treats 
The gingerbread scent we mentioned will be emanating from The Lounge Cafe's beautiful pop up kitchen, overflowing with lebkuchen and mulled wine. If you fancy something to take home to save for later, we'll have stalls full of festive treats ready wrapped for presents too!

Explore the historic Victorian warehouse
Visitors can head inside the building for a Christmas grotto for grownups, showcasing the objects made by studio holders in festive displays, and to see inside a selection of studios to get more insight into the making of the ceramics, jewellery and painting on display.

Christmas Light and Paper Installations
Chisato Tamabayashi's beautiful paper installations will cast enchanting shadows on the pavements outside.

Free canvas bag designed by a Kingsgate artist with every purchase
Our exclusive artist designed goody bags will be available for the first 20 visitors – after that, a donation of £5 will secure you one, plus a selection of limited edition badges designed by our studio holders.

Who are Kingsgate Workshops?
Kingsgate Workshops started life as an artists’ squat in the 70’s, and has blossomed into a charity which celebrates and supports the creative work of over 75 artists designers and makers who work in the building, and many more who take part in our artist residencies and shows.

For most of the year, the main building is closed to the public, and only our corrugated shed Project Space in the yard runs regular exhibitions, talks and screenings.

Just twice a year we showcase the beautiful pieces made by our studio holders, giving you a glimpse into our somewhat rickety, higgledy piggledy 3 floor warehouse.

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