Interior Architecture and Design students address inefficiency in the workplace

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Images from the Despite Efficiency: Labour exhibition in the Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury

Image from the Despite Efficiency: Labour exhibition in the Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury

Interior Architecture & Design students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) have developed an ambitious exhibition with multidisciplinary studio Aberrant Architecture that challenges the efficiency of workplaces.

Currently on display in UCA Canterbury’s Herbert Read Gallery, Despite Efficiency: Labour is a participative exhibition thatlooks at the practical consequences and critical value of inefficiency in the context of work. Upon arrival, visitors are invited to sit underneath a 1.5 metre suspended ceiling on a desk chair in an area flooded with artificial light.

“Inefficiency can be understood as an effort without reward; as the negative result of a system designed to be profitable,” explained Emma Braso, UCA’s Cultural Programme Curator. “The project creates a working space where these ideas can be played out in different formats and shapes, independent of their utility.”

Openings in the grid ceiling also allow visits to stand up and enjoy a series of different micro-environments, which are naturally lit. A number of narrative panels, each individually designed by participating students and able to be viewed through binoculars placed by each opening, explore the history of office design.

The gallery is hosting a number of live performances, videos and projects as part of the exhibition, all presented by a group of international artists and related to situations and models of unprofitable, futile or ineffective work.

This project was supported by Recreate and ICR, two initiatives selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme Interreg IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

View over the top of the suspended ceiling - natural light

View over the top of the suspended ceiling – natural light

View of office desk with seats below suspended ceiling and video playing

View of office desk with seats below suspended ceiling and video playing

View of visitors on seats underneath the suspended ceiling

View of visitors on seats underneath the suspended ceiling

 

For more information about Despite Efficiency: Labour, please visithttp://www.ucreative.ac.uk/galleries/herbert-read.

 

ICR was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF

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Interior Architecture students’ winning proposal celebrated in France

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A proposal by Architecture students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) to reimagine a former school building in Lens, France has been declared as the winner of an INTERREG ReCreate competition and celebrated with a launch event in Lens.

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design students from UCA Farnham Veema Chellen and Charlotte Saben’s idea proposed a business start-up and exhibition space, which would act as a creative hub and support the area as a place of local art and design production. It would enable local artists, designers and students to create and display their work to members of the public.

“We focused on the design of the central exhibition space,” explained Charlotte. “It reflected the area of Lens’ past means of production – coal mining – as well as supporting new means of production, the art itself. The focal point of the space was the ‘black out’ pavilion, an enclosure where digital work could be projected and viewed by visitors.”

The inauguration event in Lens

The inauguration event in Lens

The proposal also included a Fab Lab – a digital fabrication space, which would provide access to a variety of digital fabrication processes.

Designers behind the winning idea

Veema and Charlotte

Charlotte and Veema were invited to the launch event in Lens, which was a grand lunch attended by community representatives, regional politicians, economists and entrepreneurs. Charlotte and Veema’s work was displayed around the venue and they were also interviewed by journalists from India, China and Korea.

“It was great to be a part of the launch party,” continued Charlotte. “We were able to hear ideas about the progression and changes of the project and how it fitted into the larger ReCreate initiative.”

The competition was part of the wider INTERREG ReCreate project, a collaborative initiative to support economic regeneration and job creation across the north of France and the south of England.

“This project was particularly enjoyable as we were able to face some of the challenges of working to a live brief,” said Charlotte. “Visiting Lens was a good experience – we were able learn about the area, its history and its culture.”

After graduating later this year, Charlotte hopes to work in the realms of sustainable design. For more information on the ReCreate project, please visithttp://interiorsfarnham.com/2014/02/10/recreate-live-project-lens-france/

The ReCreate initiative is selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Image from the winning designThe fabrication lab as part of the winning idea

Charlotte and Veema’s designs

UCA photography students takeover Medway

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Kate Morrison exhibits at Medway Photo Festival

Kate Morrison exhibits at Medway Photo Festival

Budding photographers from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) exhibited at three sites across Chatham as part of the annual Medway Photo Festival. Students from BA (Hons) Photography and MA Photography at UCA Rochester had the opportunity to showcase their work at the Festival, which is now in it’s 7th year.

The festival, which took place between January 14 – 18, gave students from BA (Hons) Photography and MA Photography at UCA Rochester the opportunity to showcase their latest works.

Now in its seventh year, the festival featured five shows – Enigma, Envision, Ipseity, Within the Shadow, and Work in Progress – spread across Chatham’s Pop Creative Space, Sun Pier House, and Nucleus Arts Gallery.

Pop Creative Space on Chatham High Street hosted Enigma and Within the Shadow, which looked at the subjects of social documentary, and existence respectively.

Amongst the exhibitors at Pop were Luna Limbu, who portraits ex-Gurka soldiers, and Hannah Vigors, whose work “The Horse” examines the anatomical movement of horses.

Sun Pier House on Medway Street, Chatham,  exhibited the undergraduate show Ipseity and the postgraduate show MA: Work in Progress. Exploring the concept of identity, Ipseity featured the work of six photographers including Kate Morrison, whose series Our Normal looks at people who have modified their bodies with tattoos and piercings.

The final show, Envision, took place at the Nucleus Arts Gallery on Chatham High Street and looked at various mental states within society. Exhibitors included Catherine Stuart, whose work “The Lure of the Lighted Window” took a disorientating look at shopping addiction and consumption, and Charlotte Rose Edwards, whose series “My Mind is a Horror Story ” explored how mental illness is glamourised by the fashion industry and teen culture.

The Medway Photo Festival is supported by the Recreate project, which helps the development of the creative industries in specific regions of the UK and France.  Recreate was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

UCA Rochester has a strong history of graduating talented photographers, with recent alumni Adam King’s latest work Chip off the Old Block currently featured on the influence Photomonitor.co.uk.

For further information about the festival, please visit medwayphoto.co.uk.

The Dove of Peace at Cruise Terminal 1, Dover

Anthony Heywood’s sculpture, The  Dove of Peace, was unveiled at an event at Cruise Terminal 1, Dover on 22 December.  The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, and Viscountess De L’Isle attended as guests of honour.

The installation of the sculpture, a full size spitfire made from a special type of paper developed at the former Buckland Paper Mill in Dover, is part of the Port of Dover’s commitment to commemorating both World War I and II.  The Cruise Terminal 1 building, which played a significant role as a staging post during both world wars for troops leaving to fight and returning home, is the location for the sculpture as well as future commemorative events through to 2018.

Anthony Heywood and Uwe Derksen worked on this idea for the last couple of years and, with the support of Dover Arts Development and part-funded bythe UCA’s research budget and the EU Interreg Channel programme, got the backing of Dover Harbour Board.

Reflecting on the occasion, Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:

This wonderful event is a seminal moment for the Port, its commitment to its community and for the future use of such an historic building. This is the culmination of much work with a great many partners and is the launch pad for a new era for this place. Seeing so many members of our community come and be part of our shared story is simply wonderful.

UCA’s Anthony Heywood  said that the Dove of Peace “symbolises heroism, individualism and belief; it symbolises self-preservation, fear and the shattering of young lives.”  It can also be seen as a symbol of future conflicts yet to pass and of precious and fragile peace.  Reflecting both war and peace, the event played homage to the 1914 Christmas truce that took place in the trenches, and included

The Dove of Peace installed

The Dove of Peace installed

readings and carols.

More on the story at the Port of Dover website.

Lens student exchange – results!

Design development of the school building in Lens

Lens Student Exchange

Students on the Interior Architecture and Design course have completed their work on plans to transform old school buildings in Lens, France, into an enterprise centre. During a seven-month exchange scheme, part of the Recreate project, the students worked with furniture design students from the University d’Artois to present their proposals for the space.

Course Leader Peter Waters said:

A cross border project like this not only enables our students to experience a live brief, but it also encourages them to step away from their, perhaps, overly familiar surroundings to experience a similar but sufficiently different culture. They also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role that an interior designer can play in the regeneration process.

 

For more information please contact Amie at arai2@ucreative.ac.uk

A contemporary reading room

Inspired by Margate’s Georgian reading rooms and as part of an overall debate on the role of interior architecture on urban renewal, students on the Interior Architecture and Design (BA) Hons course worked with lecturers to design a modular reading room for the modern day.

Traditionally, reading rooms were a cross between a library, a museum of curiosities, and a place for games and gossip so students built into the reading room their own modules, places for reading, writing, playing games and chatting.

Initially installed at the old Pettman’s Depository, Resort Studios, Margate in November 2013 to host a week-long series of events and talks. During the summer of 2014, the Reading Room continued its legacy travelling to the Folkestone Triennial where it was housed at the Visitor Centre acting as a place for public forums as well as an information point for festival visitors. For more images go here.