The Architecture Programme at the RA

The Royal Academy hosts talks, performances, exhibitions and debates about architecture’s relationship with film, history, art , gender and more. See the new programme of events for February – April here, including talks on concrete fetishes and everyday modernism.

If you can’t make the talks, (they book up quickly!) or you missed one previously, many are available as podcasts after the event. See this link to browse previous talks available to listen to.

If you are wandering how to reference a podcast for any assignment, (or anything else for that matter) see the referencing section on our library webpage.

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New Zealand too far to go for an exhibition? Well look online!

For those of you interested in Artists’ Books/Book Art/ Letterpress etc this exhibition in the University of Otago Library Special Collections looks great! A bit far to go? Well most of the content is shared on line.

The exhibition is about a Book Arts Workshop in Dartmouth College, which the university is associated with, and celebrates some of the work that has been produced there, including examples of letterpress and woodblock printing.

See the listings of some of their previous exhibitions too, much of which can also be viewed online, including one on bookbinding, one on fashion and one on botany.

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Government Art Collection

Did you know the UK Government own a collection of art? The role of the collection is ‘to promote British art while contributing to cultural diplomacy’, and pieces are selected to be displayed in government buildings in the UK (including Downing Street) and across the world, e.g in embassies. It contains 13,500 works by mainly British artists in a range of media.

The collection is housed just off Tottenham Court Road, and you can visit it through booking onto one of their organised tours. You can browse most of the collection on their website, and find more information about their history and events, including what kind of art works Maggie Thatcher and John Major preferred!

If you are interested in seeing what other art works are in public ownership (owned by the state) in the UK, see the artUK website, where many are listed and where you can see them across the country.





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Open your mind to mental health

In Aldgate library we have put together a display of books on artists who portrayed mental illness, or who were considered ‘mad’ themselves. As we also have many law books here, you can also read about the mental health act, and how the law deals with mental health issues.

According to the mental health charity mind, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year, from depression and anxiety to OCD and eating disorders.

Bedlam, the Asylum and beyond, currently on at the Wellcome Collection explores the mental asylum and how it has shaped our views on mental health today. Various studies have claimed either artists/creative people  are more likely to suffer from mental illness or they are considered ‘mad’ because they think differently.

Bethlam Museum of the Mind in Beckenham ‘cares for an internationally renowned collection of archives, art and historic objects, which together offer an unparalleled resource to support the history of mental healthcare and treatment.’ It is open to the public, or it has some online resources available.

See this article from the Guardian for some key pieces from art history of artists portraying mental illness.

See the health and well being pages on the London Met website for advice on mental health and counselling services in the university.

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London Animation Festival

Inspiring all you animators out there, our current display in Aldgate library is to coincide with the London Animation Festival.

“Founded in 2003, LIAF aims to dispel the popular misconception that animation is just cartoons for kids by screening the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative current films on offer from all around the world as well as retrospectives and specialised sessions from countries and animators who don’t normally elicit such attention.”

This includes an event at our neighbours the Whitechapel Gallery,  Edge of Frame: Journeys into Experimental Animation on December 10th.

Don’t forget as well as books on animation we subscribe to journals. If you can’t see any in the Cass journals area on the third floor, they may only be available online, so make sure you check the library catalogue.

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Green is Gorgeous

Aldgate library has been helping to promote Green London Met  with a display of ‘green’ related books, including green design and eco fashion, and also some materials from the materials and products library made from sustainable material. For those who have visited the library you know we love our plants and greenery and one has made its way to complement the display.

London Metropolitan University is committed to continuing to reduce our environmental impact and to use resources in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way. November was waste and recycling month, and December is energy month.

You can also find in the library a box to recycle your batteries and a clothes recycling box from Traid. There are plenty of recycling bins scattered around as well, so plenty of opportunity to help out and recycle what you can.

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Winter is coming

To help you create your winter fashion masterpieces as the cold nights draw in, we have created a small display in the library with some winter and fashion themed books and items from the materials and products library.

For more inspiration for your gowns, robes, and armor don’t forget you can log into the excellent WGSN fashion forecasting website (log in through the library catalogue with your university username and password), where I have just discovered libraries are in for A/W 18/19 (but please don’t wait until then to visit!).

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War Artists

As Remembrance day approaches, and the Paul Nash exhibition at Tate Britain opens, we can consider the role artists take in war time.

War artists depict aspects of war through art, exploring aspects of violence and social changes, often not seen in written accounts. The first scheme set up by the British Government was in 1916 during the first world war, when significant artists of the day were commissioned to create visual accounts of the conflicts.

Many of the war artists from the first and second world war can be found in our library collections, including Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, Edward Bawden, John Piper , Eric Ravilious and Graham Sutherland. Try Bridgeman Education too for image searches (log in through the library catalogue)

Women war artists seem a bit under represented, but see this post from the Imperial War Museum for 6 first world war artworks by women artists.

Defence of Albion by Paul Nash © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 1933)

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Photomonth is a festival of photography across East London during October and November. Exhibitions and events take place at a variety of galleries and venues across the area, celebrating the diversity of contemporary photography.

The Cass staff and alumni  have presented and taken part in a variety of exhibitions during the festival.

To help celebrate,  Aldgate Library has a display of photography books from our collection, just a small amount from our vast collection of fantastic  books.

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Art For Change

‘Protest art is avowedly activist, seeking to achieve a tangible political impact by mobilizing opinion against a powerful adversary. Protest art turns state propaganda on its head, creating a subversive counter to official iconography.’

(taken from 100 ideas that changed Art via Credo Reference on The London Met catalogue).

On display in Aldgate library is a selection of books on this subject from our collection, including by The CASS lecturer Patrick Brill, aka Bob and Roberta Smith who instigated the ‘Art Party’, a project concerned with campaigning and sharing political thought in and through contemporary art, along with other politically engaged work.

See also current exhibitions at Victoria Miro ‘Protest’, on until the 5th November, or the ‘Guerilla Girls’ at the Whitechapel Gallery, on until the 5th March.

The Guardian article interviewing some on the artists involved with the Victoria Miro exhibition. 

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