Last week was the book launch and supporting exhibition for Long Live The Art School, the graduate show for the Graphic Design course I work with at UCA Epsom.
The book (click for online edition) celebrates the opening of the original Epsom School of Art by Lord Rosebery in 1898. The book features the events on the course over the past year, including workshops, visiting speakers, exhibitions, publications and the Print Area which I run. Long Live There are essays on the subject of the Art School from guest writers, artists, lecturers and designers including Adrian Shaughnessy, Andy Altman (Why Not Associates), Ken Garland, Martin O'Neill and Vaughan Oliver.
The book also acts as a catalogue of graduate work from the course and is supported by the exhibition of graduate work at The Gallery on Redchurch Street, London. I worked with the curatorial team to design and hang the exhibition, my main role being to curate a salon hang of 55 A3 frames, each one representing a graduate.
The website designed and built by Aaron Nicholls includes a digital version of the salon hang which links you to the graduates portfolios when you roll-over.
The book features a number of my own prints made in the Print Area alongside students prints from the past year. As well as featuring projects I have worked on such as Acne Paper, Minotaur and Elephant magazine. I also printed a letterpress quotation from a lecture Andy Altman gave at epsom earlier in the year and the back cover features a letterpress print I did for the book saying Long Live The Art School. Pictured aboved (photo credit to Bob Wilson)
As well as celebrating and exploring the notion of the Art School the book has collated all the interesting, intriguing, inventive and intelligent work which has been done by both staff and students this year and truly expresses the nature of the course.
Long Live The Art School!