The School of Art and Design - the founding school of the University of Ulster marks its 160th anniversary this year. To celebrate this landmark, the University has staged a series of events during 2009 culminating in this major retrospective exhibition at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, running until 30th January 2010.
The exhibition and accompanying publications by Mike Catto and Professor Liam Kelly will present a comprehensive visual and contextual history of the School from its foundation in 1849 as the Belfast Government School of Art to the present day as the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment at the University of Ulster, York Street.
The exhibition recreates the atmosphere of significant periods across the School’s history. From the life drawing rooms of the early 1900’s as recorded in the photographs of Alexander Robert Hogg, the flamboyant interior and architectural designs dating from the 1960’s by internationally renowned architect Max Clendinning to evocative works from recent times including Willie Doherty’s most recent commission ‘Buried’ shown at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery earlier this year and getting its first screening in Northern Ireland at this exhibition.
This is a unique opportunity to see the work of a range of artists drawn from private collections and arts institutions across Ireland never before exhibited together.
The exhibition celebrates the achievements of some of Northern Ireland’s most prominent artists and designers who have been associated with the School of Art and Design throughout its long history.
Something else for your letter to Santa; the more dapper out there will know all about it. I, on the other hand, although familiar with the blog, only actually saw the book in the flesh a couple of days ago but it's as sharp as the suits inside.
I'm a bit of a fan. Ever since Jeremy Tankard released Bliss all those years ago and I rang him up and ordered it directly, over the phone, man to man, I've felt a kind of bond. A kind of out-of-kilter, stalking kind of bond perhaps, but a bond nevertheless. It's not that I've used his fonts much really. Would love to. Enigma is superb, Kingfisher beautiful, The Shire Types voluptuous. Aspect, well I tried Aspect recently and while I was extremely pleased with what I thought was an elegantly simple bit of work, our client plumped for something scriptier.
Has everyone got their Munken Agenda for 2010? Not to actually use or anything, unless you're brave enough to use a pencil very lightly. Just tuck it away somewhere safe, with all the others. This year's was designed by Grow in Stockholm.
It's that time again when lovely stuff appears that you should be buying for someone special in your life but the temptation to keep it for yourself is almost over powering. First up: Typotheque's Limited Edition 2010 Diary.
I was chatting this old chap last week, on his stall of miscellaneous memorabilia. Mostly military stuff, which is one thing I'm not really into...unless it happens to be designed in an interesting way, like that Bomber Command book from way back. He had a couple of random postcards with interesting type on them that he sold me for next to nothing, and while I was kneeling down to tuck them into my bag I spotted this old cigar box hidden under his table. Now I'm a sucker for a cigar box so was very pleased that he agreed to sell it to me.
There's many to choose from but I think my favourite rendering of the brand name is really the one on the pattern-edges tape that runs around the edges, but you are kind of spoilt for choice.
Incidentally, if anyone's commented lately: firstly, thanks! and secondly, my apologies for taking my time publishing them. I've had a pile of rubbish coming through the related email address so I switched it off for a while.
Inspired by last month's excellent Naughton Gallery exhibition, I sought out my own little bit of Abram Games' brilliance on ebay. Issued in 1953 Conquest of the Desert was one of six stamps Games designed for Israel's Philatelic Department after he won a competition, a few years earlier, to design a special stamp commemorating Israel's Independence Day. The design was inspired by a Biblical quotation (Isaiah 35 verse 2), "The desert shall blossom as a rose". Cleverly, the stem of the rose is a surveyor's rod. At the time of issue, the stamp caused a bit of a stir; Games took the quote from the King James I English translation, in the original Hebrew the blossoming flower is a lily of the valley.