Monthly Archives: February 2015

Darktown Valentine’s Show: Free Card Making with Jonny Hannah

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Fancy making something abit more personalised for your special someone? Printmaker Jonny Hannah will be coming to the NCCD to host the Darktown Valentine’s Show on Saturday 14 February from 11am – 4pm. Join Jonny for a free drop-in card making day (using a printing press/rubber stamps). Suitable for all ages. Jonny will also be signing copies of his new book Greetings from Darktown and limited edition prints will be available to purchase from the shop.

Saturday 14 February, 11am-4pm  // National Centre for Craft & Design // Free

Communications and Marketing Assistant Internship

Recent College of Arts graduate? Fancy working at one of Lincoln’s main arts venues? This opportunity may be for you:

Lincoln Drill Hall are looking for a dynamic intern who is passionate about events, arts, communication, digital, culture, people and Lincoln.

This role will involve working with the Drill Hall Marketing Manager and team to deliver a number of marketing tasks from online communications and social media to management of print materials and assisting with live events.

Lincoln Drill Hall hosts a wide variety of events and welcomes a wide range of audiences so the right person for this role would be someone who is keen to learn, quick to adapt and happy to support various roles and activities, has an interest in people, live events, theatre and providing great visitor experiences.

This fantastic opportunity is available to recent graduates of the College of Arts as part of RADAR, our Creative Graduate Accelerator Scheme in partnership with Threshold Studios.

For more information on the role visit the University’s careers website.

 

 

‘This is All I’m Going to Say, You Know What I Mean’

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‘This is All I’m Going to Say, You Know What I Mean’ is a touring group exhibition bringing together artists from China and the UK. Eight contemporary artists – Steve Dutton, John France, Wei Zhen, Chunmei Liu, Fang Lu, Mengmei Zheng, Tao Zhang, and Eleni Zevgaridou – whose work range across traditional oil paintings, Chinese ink paintings, and contemporary sculptures, with the common theme of commenting on opacity in language, in a spirit of critical realism.

The exhibition is curated by Annie Xu.

For more information visit the Project Space Plus blog.

3-13 February // Project Space Plus Gallery // AAD Building, East Wing, University of Lincoln // Free

NCCD Free Taster Day

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a contemporary craft & design gallery? Whether you’re interested in curating, marketing, designing, making or anything else to do with craft and design NCCD want you to join them for their FREE taster day on Saturday 7th of February. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in their live exhibition project. For more information visit their website.

 

David Bramston’s Illuminating Exhibition Opens in China

Our very own David Bramston has produced an illuminating exhibition in China; the exhibition is the first of its kind and showcases a collection of 100 lights created from waste materials.

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David, and his team of nine design students from Guangzhou Institute of Technology, created each of the 100 lights at the headquarters of Guangzhou Valuda Group Ltd in China in just three weeks. The lights have been constructed entirely from waste materials from various factories across China.

The sustainable design project has been running with support from the British Council, as part of its ‘upcycling’ campaign to encourage young designers to turn discarded materials into attractive and useful new products.

David Bramston, who leads the MA International Design Enterprise programme at the University of Lincoln, said: “This has been an incredibly exciting project to work on. We have been involved with a number of upcycling schemes led by the British Council in the past; however the experience of creating 100 new products entirely from waste materials in just 21 days has been unlike any of our other design initiatives.

“New design professionals need to recognise that their decisions to engage with more considered and environmentally friendly practices can influence cultural change. The British Council in China and their sponsors provide a valuable international platform for doing this, which we are delighted to be associated with. It has been a pleasure to work with a very exciting team of young designers here in China, and these practices continue to feed into our work in Lincoln.”

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The 100 Lights exhibition opened in Guangzhou on Thursday 18th December 2014 with a launch event that was attended by guests from education, industry and the British Council. The collection will be shown in Beijing throughout this year, and could also form part of the British Council’s China UK Cultural Year in 2015.

One of the light creations – a five metre high construction entitled ‘Bamboo’ – has also been selected by an art gallery in Guangzhou to form a centre piece in its new gallery space.

Vanessa Li, Higher Education Manager for British Council China, said: “This 100 Lights project is one of the direct outcomes of the International Higher Education Collaboration on Upcycling of Industry Left-overs organised by the British Council. The University of Lincoln first joint the Upcycling programme in 2012 and has participated in each of the derived programmes since then, establishing links with more than 28 Chinese Higher Education institutions and companies.”

The 100 Lights project has been supported by sponsorship from a number of lighting companies in China, including PAK Lighting, which has supplied most of the LEDs used in the creation of the collection.

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Following the success of the 100 Lights exhibition, David Bramston is now planning to create a second collection ten times as large, called 1000 Lights. This ambitious project would support charities across China, providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people to help design and create the objects.

 

 

 

Wolfgang Buttress Guest Lecture

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WOLFGANG BUTTRESS presents UK PAVILION MILAN EXPO 2015

The University of Lincoln Architecture Society presents a free Guest Lecture by artist Wolfgang Buttress, winning designer of the United Kingdom Pavilion at the World Expo, Milan 2015.

The theme of the Milan Expo is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It will be the world’s largest ever event exploring food and nutrition – a global showcase of the best technologies designed to help guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone.

The UK Pavilion, titled BE, the “pulsating virtual hive” was designed to call attention to the plight of the honeybee, highlighting the important role honeybees play in food production. The Nottingham-based artist, whose team includes fashion designer Paul Smith and specialist engineer Simmons Studio, hopes that BE will help bring visitors closer to the British landscape and inspire ways to help solve the dying honeybee populations.

Wolfgang Buttress opened his first studio in Nottingham after graduating in 1987. Over the last 12 years he has won numerous national and international awards, including the International Structural Steel Award for projects under £2 million in 2013. Earlier this year he received the Kajima Gold Award in Japan for his work ‘Space’.

Wolfgang Buttress said:

“I’m happy and honoured that I have been selected for this prestigious commission. My wish is for visitors to engage with the UK Pavilion as a whole and for the hive to be recognised as a barometer for the health of the earth; drawing parallels between a hive and human society.”

Dr Amira Elnokaly, Programme Leader for MSc Sustainable Architectural Design at the University of Lincoln, said: “I am delighted that Wolfang Buttress will be presenting in the School of Architecture & Design, as the talk represents a great opportunity for our students. Over the past six years, our Lincoln Architecture lecture series has provided an important connection with the built environment industry and practice, and this event is another great example of that.”

Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear from one of the Country’s leading designers as Wolfgang gives us an insight into the creation that will represent our nation.

For updates on the UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 see Wolfgang Buttress’s website.

The lecture will be held in the main lecture room in the AAD Building in the Brayford Pool Campus.

Tuesday 10th February // 6pm // University of Lincoln,  AAD0W25 // Free