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Dracula comes to the Art and Design Academy

‘Illustrating Dracula’ is a new exhibition starting today which brings together a unique selection of specially commissioned works, in celebration of the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, drawing upon the work of well-established illustrators, LJMU graduates and students.

The exhibition is being curated by Liverpool School of Art and Design student, Bee Hughes, as part of her MRes thesis into the subject. The show will demonstrate the intimate links between text and illustration relating specifically to Dracula. By curating text and picture side-by-side, the exhibition aims to draw attention to these interdisciplinary relationships and current practice in the field. The illustrations exhibited reflect the concept that illustration should ‘engender the best intellectual engagement’ (Male, 2005) with Stoker’s text.

The exhibition also aims to show that the most effective and thought-provoking illustrations are produced where the illustrator demonstrates a thorough understanding of the text. The audience is invited to see for themselves how illustrators interact with the novel, presenting working drawings through to finished illustrations. Through the inclusion of relevant contextual information the works aim to challenge pre-conceived perceptions of Dracula that have been inherited from the cinematic adaptations of the novel produced in the last century.

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847. He studied at Trinity College, and entered Ireland’s civil service before relocating to London. Here he worked alongside Henry Irving as manager of London’s Lyceum Theatre. Following Stoker’s death in 1912 Dracula was adapted first to the stage, and then made its debut on the silver screen. Despite the novel never being out of print since 1897, the spectre of cinema that has provided the final coffin nail, ensuring Count Dracula and Stoker’s immortality in the public imagination.

Contributors for the exhibition include: Rebecca Adams, Peter Bailey, John Biddle, Elizabeth Connolly, Hannah Cooper, William Daw, Chantelle Hunter, Bee Hughes, Ed Kluz, Andrew Kulman, Rheannon Ormond, Milos Simpraga, Sasha Spyrou, Paul White, Janet Woolley, and others.

The exhibition is open between 27 July to 8 August, Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.

Liverpool School of Art & Design Liverpool John Moores University Art & Design Academy,
2 Duckinfield Street (off Brownlow Hill) Liverpool,
L3 5RD

To read more about Bee’s work, visit her blog:

Fine Art graduate - painter - Jane Barwood

I’d always regretted not going to art college so when the opportunity came later in life I took it. As a child I was always drawn to art and creative practices but at school I was discouraged from pursuing it by careers advisors and teachers. Jane had worked in administration for several years including positions as Programme Administrator and Admissions and Information Officer at LJMU.

She maintained her interest in art by visiting exhibitions and drawing and painting in her spare time. This led her to evening classes in life drawing at St Helens College, building her confidence and fuelling her passion for art. After completing an Art Foundation Studies Diploma at St Helens she returned to working at LJMU with no intention of further study. However after a few months she found herself increasingly longing to return to full time art practice and began researching degree courses. 

Jane intends to eventually undertake a Masters degree, but has decided to take a year out in order to focus on refining her painting technique and to earn and save up to fund her future study. She has already exhibited in a number of shows and will continue to do so.

“I have no illusions about becoming an overnight success. I’m fully prepared to take part-time jobs in order to support my painting practice. The important thing is to keep painting.”

LJMU Architecture graduates win London bench commission

Chris Dove and Craig Mitchell, two LJMU Architecture graduates have won a competition to create a new stone seating area for a busy public space in Central London.

Chris and Craig’s submission was chosen as the winner of a national competition run by the City of London Corporation, aimed at UK architectural students to find an original and inspiring piece of functional public furniture within London’s famed Square Mile.

The Bench consists of ten hand and machine carved Grove Whitbed Portland Stone blocks, which continuously grow in size, giving the appearance of the bench growing out of the ground. This allows variable seating conditions for users of all ages, and creates a central point for people to gather, as well as allowing the public traffic of the area to continue unaffected.

The ‘Stone Bench’ will sit on an enlarged public highway on Cheapside, adjacent to St Paul's Cathedral and Jean Nouvel's 'One New Change', and will be constructed over summer 2012 by a team of apprentice stone masons who will be working closely with Chris and Craig. It will be officially unveiled by the Boris Johnson, Lord Mayor of London in October.

Commenting on winning the prize, the pair said; “we are really excited to have won this national competition. Designing the Stone Bench is something we are both extremely passionate about, and the idea to create an object that will form a new public gathering point in London is something we are incredibly proud of.

"We also feel the chance to work with such an exciting material, Portland Stone, is something that we as young designers always aim to do, working with a quality building material that will have a positive effect on the context in which the intervention will sit."

Chris and Craig graduated with their BA Architecture (RIBA Part 1) from LJMU in May 2011 and founded their studio [op]era shortly after.

For more information on [op]era's work, and to follow the process of  'Stone Bench' from its conceptual stages through to its construction visit:

LJMU Architecture has its own blog where course tutors and students show work and inspiration, visit and follow the blog here:

LJMU design graduates exhibiting at New Designers London Exhibition

Graduates from Liverpool School of Art and Design are exhibiting at a leading UK design graduate exhibition from 4th - 7th July.

New Designers, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, gives graduate designers a national platform to show their portfolio, network and share ideas with designers from other disciplines.

The LJMU team, led by senior lecturer Jon Spruce, will consist of graduates from the School’s Product Design and Interior Design programmes. The exhibition will consist of display artwork and working prototypes of graduates’ work.

Jon and his teaching team from the School will also be showcasing the new BA Spatial Design course which will receive its first intake of students this September.

Commenting on the exhibition, Jon Spruce said: “New Designers is a great opportunity for us to showcase some of our most talented young graduate designers, placing them on a national stage alongside graduates from other leading UK institutions.

“New Designers is a great place for graduates to kick-start their design career, gain employment opportunities and meet leading figures from the world of design. The exhibition promises to be a great success, both in providing our graduates with a highly valuable experience in launching their design careers and the enhancing the national promotion of our Spatial Design course.”

Liverpool School of Art and Design will be on stand S19.

For further information on the show and how to find the Business Design Centre, visit

The LJMU graduates exhibiting are:

Product Design
Tom Poole
Lewis Wantling
Paul Whittle
Rob Coates
Abigail Causer
Bradley Griffiths
Matthew Blake

Interior Design
Emma Jones
Sarah Robinson
Rebecca Cook-Griffiths
Abigail Bell
Katie Danson
Claire McManus
Annabel Sharratt

Professor Colin Fallows Curates Exhibition at Kunsthalle Vienna

Liverpool School of Art and Design’s Professor Colin Fallows, Professor of Sound and Visual Arts, has just returned from Vienna, where he curated a major exhibition on the work of the American writer and artist William S. Burroughs, one of the leading lights of the Beat Generation of American writers, poets and artists.

This special exhibition, entitled ‘Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs: The Art of William S. Burroughs’ at the Kunsthalle Vienna brings together a unique large collection from Burroughs’ vibrant and experimental body of work including writing, soundworks, painting, photography, film, video and associated documentation.

The world-renowned Kunsthalle Vienna is the exhibition institution of the City of Vienna for international contemporary art and Prof. Fallows was invited by the Kunsthalle to devise and curate the exhibition in recognition of his previous international publications in the field. The four-year research and development period leading to the exhibition included collaboration with institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, Maggs Bros. London, the William Burroughs Estate and several private galleries and collectors in the UK and USA. The exhibition also includes a selection of items from LJMU’s Archives of Popular Culture which Prof. Fallows was instrumental in attracting to the university.

Prof. Fallows has co-edited an accompanying book to the exhibition, published in both German and English, which includes scholarly texts and in-depth interviews by leading cultural historians in the field. The book also explores how the experiments by Burroughs, and the possibilities they imply, have had a wide-ranging impact on artists and musicians across the late-20th century and early 21st century.

Prof. Fallows commented: “It has been a pleasure to receive the support and enthusiasm of the team from across all departments of the Kunsthalle Vienna for my research and work on the staging of this large-scale and complex exhibition.”

The exhibition has received excellent media coverage, including features, interviews and reviews in Austrian national radio and television programmes, magazines and newspapers. Film footage of the show is available at:

To coincide with the exhibition, the British Library has published an audio CD of rare and previously unpublished soundworks by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin held at the British Library Sound Archive. Prof. Fallows was invited by the British Library as the subject expert to write the contextual essay for the publication which includes a recording of a full 42-minute reading by Burroughs in Liverpool in 1982.

Prof. Fallows has also been invited by Austrian national radio to write and present a one-hour radio programme in relation to the curatorial theme of the exhibition.

The exhibition is on until 21 October and for those who can’t make it over to Vienna, the gallery website and catalogue can be viewed at: 

LJMU 2012 Graphic Design and Illustration graduate our new Artist of the Month!

We are delighted to announce that 2012 LJMU graduate, John Biddle, is our new Artist of the Month.

The winning student, studying Graphic Design and Illustration BA at LJMU's Art and Design Academy, was selected by The Double Negative from this year's graduates. The AOTM is by invitation only, and requires the artist to create a brand new piece of work to display in our homepage banner for one month, alongside a feature interview and a profile in Little Black Book.

John's incredible animated, comic-strip style banner was inspired by sci-fi author John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes. You can see it here on


Little Black Book:

Invitation to the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC) Seminars Liverpool School of Art & Design.

Tuesday 15th May,  4.00pm - 5.30pm
Studio 9 (1st floor)

Simon Ferdinando, Cheryl Meikle and Dr. Toby Heys will give presentations on their PhD research

Simon Ferdinando

An Investigation of Interpretations of Vincent Van Gogh by Antonin Artaud and Francis Bacon.

Simon Ferdinando was born in Mombassa Kenya (1961). Since 1989 he has lived and worked in Amsterdam. Now a former postman, he periodically teaches at both the Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam) and the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. Prior to making Amsterdam his home he studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London. Describing himself as an artist who writes, thanks to LJMU this practice has extend into a PhD. His research interests include Antonin Artaud, Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Francis Bacon and cinema. Drawing largely on anonymous and found photographic material his work as an artist is connected to an interest in and commitment to the practice and idea of analogue media, the book in particular. Both practically and metaphorically his work reflects upon phenomenological disjuncture. In 1998 he began to curate exhibitions and works in close proximity with a number of other artists to realise projects referring directly to human presence and identity caught between political and poetic contexts.

Cheryl Meikle

The Liminality of Exile: A Practical Interrogation of the Role of Arrested Liminality in the Varieties of Exilic Condition.

Cheryl Meikle is a PhD researcher and MRes graduate at Liverpool John Moores University. She also gained her BSc. Anthropology/Psychology from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1983), a BA Fine Art (First Class) from Liverpool John Moores University (2004), and she gained a Fellowship 2004-2005 at Wirral Metropolitan College, Birkenhead. Cheryl was born in South Africa, and has lived in Italy and in Belgium. Her personal experiences are a significant influence on her art practice. These influences are obvious on the concepts that she work with, such as cultural displacement, the role of memory, and the loss of self, but they are also evident in the colours and textures that form the main bridge with an audience for her work. Although initially her practice was based around painting, she gravitated towards sculpture and video during her undergraduate work.
Toby Heys

Sonic, Infrasonic, and Ultrasonic Frequencies: The utilisation of waveforms as weapons, apparatus for psychological manipulation, and as instruments of physiological influence by industrial, entertainment, and military organisations.
Dr. Toby Heys recently completed his AHRC-funded PhD at Liverpool John Moores University. The research topic was concerned with how infrasound, ultrasound and sound are used as weapons by military and civil policing organisations. He is the co-founder of four active collaborations; AUDiNT with Steve Goodman, which is currently touring the ‘Dead Record Office’ project around Europe and North America; The KIT Collaboration - which has produced over 100 solo and group shows for galleries, festivals and museums around the world; Battery Operated – which is a group of sound and video artists who have produced installations, screening events, film soundtracks and CD/DVD works for various sound art labels, museums, galleries and festivals. Dr. Heys is also the director of the Cocosolidciti commissioning organisation, which curates sound, video, graphic and new media artists for the purpose of CD/DVD projects, festival performances and gallery projects.

History of Art Students' Success in Venice and Buckingham Palace

For several years now, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice has, each summer, selected one BA (Hons) History of Art student from level 5 to undertake a placement at the museum in Italy.  However, recently, the course has received the excellent news that two students have this year been offered the positions!  The students are Sarah Fallon and Beverley Turner (both pictured).  Upon hearing the good news, Sarah stated:

Sarah Fallon

“I'm really excited to be living and working in one of the most cultural and beautiful places in the world. It's an amazing opportunity and I look forward to one of the best months of my life." 

Sarah will be spending the month of September in Venice and, like all the interns there, will have to present talks to the public, conduct research in the archive, and learn about behind-the-scenes activities in the museum.

Beverley Turner

Beverley will be in Venice throughout December because, during the summer, she will also be working in the Queen's Gallery and the State Rooms at the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace!  Beverley said:

"I cannot wait to start work at both Buckingham Palace in London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice this year. I will be lucky enough to experience two amazing art collections."

Programme Leader, Dr. Emma Roberts, commented:

“The programme team are very proud of Beverley and Sarah.  Both Buckingham Palace and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice will accept only the highest calibre of applicant and so the students have had to go through rigorous selection processes.  I am sure that both Sarah and Beverley will have life-changing experiences during their placements and the other students, staff and I look forward enormously to hearing about their work in Buckingham Palace and Venice when they return.”

Invitation to the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC) Seminars at Liverpool School of Art & Design.

On Tues 17 April,  4 -5.30 pm, Studio 9 (1st floor)

Invitation to the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC) Seminars at Liverpool School of Art & Design.

On Tues 8th May,  4 -5.30 pm, Studio 9 (1st floor)
Mark Leckey will give a presentation on selected aspects of his art practice.

Mark Leckey is a British artist, working with collage art, music and video. His found art and found footage pieces span several videos, most notably Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) and Industrial Lights and Magic (2008), for which he won the 2008 Turner Prize.

Alnoor Mitha
Director of Shisha, the agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts
will give a presentation on
Multiple Perspectives
Alnoor will discuss the multiple perspectives which inform the creation of platforms for arts practice, curatorship, critique and dialogue exploring the intersections between the local and the global in contemporary art, especially the impact and interplay between the arts in the UK and the burgeoning contemporary arts sector in and from Asia. These issues are at the forefront of innovative projects initiated and developed by Alnoor, of strategic significance for the creation of new work through working with artists and curators and also for social and economic regeneration. The most recent project was Asia Triennial Manchester in 2011 which comprised of 48 artists from 17 countries across Asia to exhibti work across 18 venues, including such prestigious and unusual venues as Manchester Cathedral, The John Rylands Library and Cheshire's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.
Alnoor Mitha is the Director of Shisha, the internationally acclaimed agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts, based in Manchester. Alnoor was born in Uganda, East Africa. He trained as an artist under the renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor. In 1984-86 Alnoor was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship to study Master of Fine Arts at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India.
Alnoor founded Shisha, at a timely moment when funding policy was re addressing the balance of “The Arts Britain ignores”. Over the past twenty years Alnoor has built a unique international reputation as curator and an expert on South Asian visual cultures at both Huddersfield and Oldham art galleries. Alnoor has conceived and delivered several internationally acclaimed World class, Award winning programmes. As part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural programme in 2002, Alnoor presented ArtSouthAsia, this was a unique series of four seperate exhibitions from India, Pakistan, Banladesh and Srilanka and the inaugural Asia Triennial (ATM08) in partnership with 6 strategic venues in Manchester. Most recently, Alnoor has pulled together the second Asia Arts Triennial (ATM11).
In addition, Alnoor continues to play a leading part in advising and shaping strategic organisations in the UK through being a trustee for FutureEverything, Manchester, Cubitt artist’s studio, London and is on the Steering Committee of The Shape of Things (TSOT) national intercultural Crafts programme.


A Symposium by Masters in Research (M.Res.)Students at the Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University.

Tuesday 27 March 2012
The Auditorium, Tate Liverpool

For more information please click here

LJMU further develops connections with RIBA

LJMU’s School of Art and Design is hosting one of the world’s most prestigious architectural education exhibitions.

The RIBA President’s Medals exhibition opened at the University’s Art and Design Academy (ADA) on 5 March, and is free for members of the public to attend until it closes on 28 March.

The RIBA President’s Medals, awarded to outstanding architecture students, are considered the most prestigious and long-lasting architectural education awards. The exhibition at the ADA features the work of this year’s award entries.

The aim of the awards is to promote excellence in the study of architecture. Each year, students aspire to be selected by their school to enter for the medals and for the opportunity for their work to be recognised and publicly exhibited.

Schools of architecture can nominate up to two entries for the Bronze Medal, up to two for the Silver Medal, and one for the Dissertation Medal. In 2011, the RIBA invited the largest number of schools of architecture in the history of the awards (300 schools from over 60 countries) resulting in the highest ever number of entries.

Juan Cruz, Acting Director for the Liverpool School of Art and Design, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition of the RIBA President's Medals 2011. The medals reward talent and encourage architectural debate around the world. An eminent panel of judges has selected the winners of this competition as well as the runners-up, all of whom we see here today through their work. We are very proud to see the work of our own students - Anna Drakes, Zaynib Khan and Jonathan Woodward - in the exhibition.

 “We are also very pleased to extend our collaboration with the RIBA here in the North West. Belinda Irlam-Mowbray is the Chair of the School's Advisory Board and has been tireless in her support of the school her and her advocacy of architecture graduates.

“  Aspiring architects, artists and designers come to us with a passion to work in fields that they find inspiring and which they trust will sustain them in productive and creative lives. We are developing schemes to support architects and other emerging creative practitioners to remain in their chosen field through challenging times for the sector. These schemes are generously supported by the RIBA and firms such as Urban Splash, who share our passion and commitment to the importance of sustaining emerging practitioners within their chosen field of activity.”

RIBA - the Royal Institute of British Architects – is the oldest and most influential architectural institution in the world. It reaches a worldwide audience of individuals and organisations interested in the development of architecture, design and the built environment. The RIBA has over 43,000 members internationally, including 13,000 student members.

A Cultural Response to Climate Change

8 March—26 April 2012
Open Monday to Friday, 10am— 5pm

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool School of Art & Design
2 Duckinfield Street (Off Brownlow Hill)
Liverpool L3 5RD

0151 904 1216

ADRC Seminar

The ADRC Seminar on Tues 21 Feb ,  4 -5.30 pm, Studio 9 (1st floor) presents
RUNO LAGOMARSINO, a visual artist collaborating with Liverpool Biennial
Lagomarsino’s work consists of documentary elements that develop thought around our historical, political and geographical context, which he himself continuously recontextualizes. His interest in the New and Old creates a conceptual narrative that allows him artistic and philosophical reflection on historical facts.

The combination of elements in his work includes the materiality of making drawings in relation to a variety of spaces, situations and media.
You are all cordially invited to the ADRC Research Seminars. Other relevant, interested parties are also welcome - please do invite them.
ADRC Research Seminars are a valuable opportunity to hear presentations and engage in stimulating dialogue with leading art and design practitioners, conducive to the development of your research and enhancing the School research environment.

The Doors Exhibition - Friday 24th February

The Doors Exhibition is to open at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday 24th February

Mark Cockram (fellow designer of Bookbinders/book artist) will be giving a talk at 2.00 pm on Friday 24th at the Museum of Liverpool, level one, about the exhibition, which is a collaborative work between Roger McGough, himself and students from the Liverpool School of Art and Design.

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