London Anime and Gaming Con

The London Anime and Gaming Con  is once again being hosted at London Met, in the rocket complex at Holloway Road, 3 – 5th February 2017.

If you are a fan of anime, manga or gaming, this fun and friendly convention is the place to be. With activities ranging from tournaments, talks, screenings and appearances by voice actors, cosplayers and more, there is plenty to keep you busy.

To coincide, we have put together a display in Aldgate library of some of our many books covering anime manga and gaming, to help all you aspiring artists out there.

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Artists in Residence in Libraries

As well as the resources contained in libraries, the library environment itself can be a source of inspiration for many artists.

Artists in residence in libraries has been an ongoing practice for many years, from public libraries to academic and gallery libraries.

This Friday sees the culmination of Yu-Chen Wang’s residence at Outset Study, the library in The Drawing Room gallery, with the artist in conversation, followed by a performance piece.

Another exhibition of library artist in residence is at Chelsea College of Art ‘CHELSEA Space’ Gallery , with Kit Poulson who is a library residency artist during 2016/17 through a collaborative new commission platform initiated by Book Works with Chelsea College of Arts Library and CHELSEA space. The exhibition is on until the 3rd March 2017.

Over at INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts) Ting-Ting Cheng has been awarded the Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency, until March 2017.

See this interesting blog post by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) about how artists and libraries can work together, including some information about the library as incubator project in America which has initiated many library artist in residence schemes over the last few years, see some here.



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John Berger

To mark the death of art critic, essayist, novelist (as well as artist) John Berger on January 2nd, we have put a small display up of just a few of the many books we have in the library written by him, or containing essays by him.

His book ‘Ways of Seeing’ (based on his BBC TV series from the 1970′s criticising traditional western cultural aesthetics) is a staple on many art college reading lists, and at London Met we currently have 29 copies in our libraries, which have been borrowed over 1000 times between them in the last few years!

We also have the tv series available for loan on video (if you don’t own a video player there is one in Aldgate library where you can watch them!), but they are also available to watch digitally through Box of Broadcasts.

Guardian Obituary about John Berger.

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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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