First year student wins climate change-focused art competition

Nicholas Bennett, a first year BA Design student at Goldsmiths, is the winner of the #CreateCOP25 competition launched by artist management agency Art Partner. The contest invited young creatives to submit artistic proposals that engage with contemporary issues around climate change.

Nicholas’s winning entry is a waterproof formal suit for people to wear during flooded commutes:

I created this work a year ago, whilst exploring the ways people use objects to protect themselves from environmental forces. I started creating solutions for flooding with the everyday objects that surrounded me. This issue is becoming increasingly prevalent, since I’ve completed this work the news has been constantly filled with people living in floods such as recently in the UK and Venice, I used temporary waterproofs as a solution. It also fascinated me how we attempt to face climate consequences. I wanted to continue to understand the lengths people will go to, to carry on with ‘life’.

More information about the competition and the winners can be found on the Art Partner website.

Barbershop Football Tournament

Starting out as a project for a BA Design brief, group of second year students have set up a friendly football tournament for barber shops in the local community. After a successful founding match, the Barbershop Football Tournament will continue this autumn with a focus on young players 15-21. A 7 team event will be hosted by Deptford Green School on 15 September; find out more from the event flyer.

Student Medina Mukhayer explains how the initial event came to be: “We were given a brief by the Wellcome Trust to create alternative narratives around mental health and to reach out to demographics that are least likely to engage with medical institutions in regard to their well being. In discovering that Afro-Caribbean barbers had taken on the role of unofficial counsellors in their communities, due to social political histories, we wanted to accredit and utilise the organic power by these spaces.

We set up the Barbershop football tournament as a means of strengthening support systems within the social networks that are held within each shop, inviting a couple of different shops to create a positive unifying effect in wider communities and open up a dialogue about mental health.”

BA Design show 2019: The Milk Has Turned Against Us

Last week’s BA Design show “The Milk Has Turned Against Us” brought cricket pizza, virtual reality, green giants and performances to Copeland Park in Peckham; the show was open to the public from 14 to 17 June.

We highlighted a few projects from the show on the blog in the weeks leading up to the exhibition; you can find them (again) by following the tag The Milk Has Turned Against Us. The video team at Goldsmiths shot a promo on Aaron Panesar’s project on masculinity:

An article featuring some of the projects from the show has also appeared on the ARTSTHREAD website.

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.