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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The enterprise of liberation

The Creative Challenge has kicked off with a bang this year, with a packed schedule of workshops in the UK and a residential in France for many students. There is a truly international flavour with students from ESADHaR as well as our own UCA students getting involved.

Both UCA and ESADHaR students submitted proposals this year; submissions were scored by external assessors and all successful students were offered an all-expenses paid place on the Residential Workshop held in Le Havre, France from Monday 24th to Friday 28th November. The trip to Le Havre was a great success, with forty-nine students from UCA and ESADHaR attending.

“Liberation” was the theme of the residential; student were grouped to focus on different aspects of liberation with the support of a facilitator and, for many groups, a previous Creative Challenge student. Each group was challenged to tackle their theme and to create a work to exhibit.

 

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

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Creative Challenge Residential Nov 2014 gallery

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UCA and ESADHaR create together

A Sense of Place Dover team

Another successful collaboration – between UCA and ESADHaR in Le Havre – was celebrated with A Sense of Place, an exhibition of artwork by students of both universities.

A Sense of Place was the showpiece of months of research by the students, who, over the last year, examined the social, cultural, historical and architectural aspects of these two World Heritage sites and created their graphic responses, ranging from book art and posters to wallpaper designs. A Sense of Place has been exhibited as part of art and place festivals across the south east and France, including the Folkestone Fringe 2014 and East Kent Cultural Conversations June 2014 with Dover Arts.

Hugh Harwood, Course Leader – Communication Media Cluster, School of Communication Design, says

 Over the past two years, UCA Canterbury has developed a partnership with ESADaR art school in Le Havre. Students and Staff from both institutions have created graphic responses to each of these contrasting environments;  both UNESCO world heritage sites but so different – the high modernism of Le Havre and the medieval foundations of Canterbury.

We are also developing a partnership with ESADaR art school in Le Havre. Through this partnership we are developing close links with staff and students, as well collaborative projects, culminating in a range of publications and exhibitions. The first of these was exhibited alongside a symposium on the theme ‘sense of place’ at UCA Canterbury and Dover Arts Development gallery in Dover in June and this was then developed into an exhibition that showed at the Brewery Tap in Folkestone as part of the Triennial fringe and then moved to UCA Canterbury gallery in Sept/Oct 2014. Further material and publications will be developed across the next year to be part of the Saison Graphique festival in Le Havre 2015.

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Louisa’s new opportunity

Louisa at work

Alumna Louisa Love is a successful artist, who has developed a wide practice that encompasses sculpture, writing, research and archiving and collaborative activity. Through the ICR programme, Louisa is undertaking a graduate residency at UCA Canterbury based on the Limber: Spatial Painting Practices exhibition and research project which was showcased at the Herbert Read Gallery and Grandes Galleries de l’ESADHaR, Rouen, in 2013.

As part of the residency, Louisa has been invited to be a guest artist at the graduate show at ESADHaR in Le Havre, and will be visiting the art school this month to install her work alongside the students.

Louisa says,

This is a great opportunity not only to begin exhibiting my work internationally, but also to test out and develop ideas and ways of working with other people. The work I’ll be exhibiting will take quite a different approach to the previous shows I’ve done and will mark this really interesting point in my practice. The residency I am doing is generating some really exciting conversations, collaborations and opportunities, which I hope will continue to develop these close relationships between UCA and ESADHaR and their respective regions.

 

 

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

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Creative Challenge kicks off!

Creative Challenge in action

It’s all kicked off at the Creative Challenge, a free and inspiring programme where students have the opportunity to meet industry experts, showcase their ideas and, for some students, there is an opportunity for an all-expenses-paid residential trip to France to further explore their ideas.

After receiving advice from Enterprise staff and Creative Challenge mentors, over 600 students signed up for the Challenge programme 2014/15. 150 UCA students have taken part in four workshops at Epsom, Canterbury, Farnham and Rochester to work on their ideas that combine their view about society and the environment with their creative and entrepreneurial skills. 45 best concepts have now been selected to attend the Residential Workshop in Le Havre in November.

Jennifer Xu, studying on the International Foundation Diploma of Art and Design, attended the Farnham workshop. Jennifer says,

I signed up for the Creative Challenge as I thought it would be good to experiment with new things, as I have not attend a workshop like this before. And it indeed was a good experience for me. The workshop gave me inspiration as the tutors talked about the possibility of combining two random things and how to research m ideas. For me, the most valuable advice I received is that to actually think about the resources around and how I could develop my idea using these resources; I’ve never really considered how the resources I have can be used. And it gave me lots of inspiration to work on my sketchbook for my IFAD course.

UCA will now run workshops for the ESADHaR students at their campuses in Le Havre and Rouen, and selected individuals will be invited to join the programme and work on their projects alongside UCA students.

To see films and images from our events and workshop, please follow the Creative Challenge Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Challenge/144860895578292?fref=ts

More information: Marta at marta.patlewicz@gmail.com or check out http://creativechallenge.info