1st Year Portfolio 2012

Press Release

1st Year Portfolio

9 March – 30 March

Ruskin Gallery at Working Men’s College is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition by 1st year students from the Portfolio preparation course.  Seven artists including Gulcan Cimen, Irati Martinez, Nicola Kirkham, Philip Niesing, Robert Eunson, Tracy Holtham and Ashley-Yin Karriem share their professional developments and aspirations.

There is certain uniqueness present in the hung works – ripples of uncanny-ness emanate and a sense of solidarity is so vivid in many of the works.  The artists presented here have much more of a confined practice, meeting only twice a week at WMC to collect and gather information with each other, whereas conventional institutions will see artists socialising and developing much more collectively.  The outcome of a solitary practice like this, are artworks less influenced and much more challenging in one’s artistic understandings, aesthetic valuations and societal perceptions.  In other words, less institutionalised.

The exhibition then, is here to not only introduce these works and the artists, but to celebrate their definitive approaches and manners in creating a piece of artwork.  It aims to bring up unusual perspectives and uncommonly references that should not be ignored, but respected.

The portfolio preparation course is a two-year part time course that offers students opportunities to work across a variety of media and techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, print, collage and digital imaging. The course is designed to encourage students to develop their own ideas and visual language in order that they can develop their portfolio. Some students progress on to BA level course while others develop their portfolio for personal development or use in the future. Creativity and individuality is promoted through a range of projects and supported by group discussion, individual tutorials, site visits and research trips

For more information about the artists and for images of their works, please contact Erica at EricaS@wmcollege.ac.uk or through http://www.ruskingallery.com.

Exhibition Private View: 13 March 7:30 – 9pm
Exhibition open Monday to Saturday 10-5pm

Robert Eunson “Eggs”, 2012

Installation view

Installation view

Philip Niesing “Untitled” 2012


About ruskingallery

The Ruskin Gallery is located at the Working Men's College in Camden. Ruskin Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the historic building of Working Men’s College in Camden. In addition to providing students the opportunity to show at a professional level, the exhibition programme at Ruskin Gallery involves inviting external artists for site specific projects. The Ruskin Gallery is run by curator Esther Windsor, who is a curator, artist and writer living and working in London. Working Men’s College (WMC), the oldest surviving adult education institute in Europe, was founded in 1854 and was associated with the Cooperative Movement and the Christian Socialists, stemming, from the same tradition that led later to the Worker’s Educational Association. The Working Women’s College, founded 10 years later in 1864, finally merged with WMC in 1967. Early supporters of both have included F D Maurice, John Stuart Mill, Tom Hughes, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Ford Maddox Brown, Walter de la Mare and Octavia Hill. Originally based in Red Lion Street, we have been in this listed building in Camden Town since 1905. We have continued to develop the tradition of liberal education and today the College serves the whole community, with women, unemployed and refugee students forming the majority of the student body. We have grown rapidly in recent years but are still small enough to know all our students and to respond to their individual needs. WMC was designated as a Specialist Designated Institution (SDI) under the 1992 Further Education Act.