At Winchester School of Art we meet the challenges of the creative future with a highly contemporary and global outlook, with state-of-the-art facilities.
Our staff are leaders in their fields, and extremely experienced in all the industries relevant to our disciplines. They are engaged in current professional practice, conduct world-class research, and share a commitment to quality in the teaching they provide.
Our students are a source of great pride to us: whether achieving employment at a high level or receiving prestigious awards, they reflect in their accomplishments the quality and relevance of the School’s innovative programmes in art and design.
Below is just a small selection from some of our recent achievements:
Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media
The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media highlights historical, contemporary and future roles for art, design and media within globalization. Its members build sustained collaborations with international partners in public service, the creative industries and civil society. Some of these partners include Tate Liverpool, V&A, Third Text Journal, transmediale and Palestinian Art Court – al Hoash.
Critically concerned with art and design practices of making, thinking and representation, the Winchester Centre actively engages in education and enterprise, exploring the contribution of media, materials and technologies to the improvement of human societies globally. Our events are issue-based and centred on globally relevant topics such as the environment, society, politics, art and demographics.
As a part of its Global Futures Speaker Series, held at the Winchester School of Art, the centre invites high profile academics, artists, curators and filmmakers to give talks, and creates a platform for the local and regional communities to engage with these speakers.
Recent speakers have included:
• T.J. Clark
• Ken Garland
• Benjamin H. Bratton
• Mark Amerika
• Kathy Battista
• Eric Musgrave
• Jodi Dean
• Rod Cousens
The centre is also responsible for the organization of an annual Global Futures Conference, mostly recently held in June 2013. This conference, entitled “10 Years On: art and everyday life in Iraq and Iran”, was a two-day public forum held at The Mosaic Rooms in Kensington, London, and brought together specialists and professionals from the mass media and visual and performing arts. It served as an important forum for diverse alternative accounts of real life in Iraq and Iran today.
You can find out more about the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media here. You can also follow the Centre on Facebook and Twitter.
Dalian Polytechnic University Collaboration
Our joint campus at Dalian, China, offers an exciting opportunity to study graphic art and fashion design in an international environment. Dalian is one of China’s most affluent regions, home to a large number of hi-tech enterprises and hosts China’s long-established international fair for the fashion and textile industry.
High-quality teaching, excellent facilities and the opportunity to work with industry experts on live projects give you a rich and supportive opportunity to develop the skills and attributes most valued by the creative industries. Your assessment will be continuous rather than exam-based and the final year Degree Show is a showcase for achievement.
Programmes are taught in both Mandarin and English, and offer a progression route to study at Winchester School of Art. Both programmes, BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & BA (Hons) Fashion Design, offer the opportunity to study specialist English Language for Art and Design.
You can find out more about our DPU Campus at the International Campuses section of our website, here.
Explaining Neuroscience Through Fashion
Fashion students from Winchester School of Art have worked with biological scientists from the University of Southampton in a unique project to explain neuroscience through fashion.
Over the last three years, the Changing Minds project has challenged second-year fashion design and knitwear students to design garments inspired by research into conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.
Six outfits from the project will be attracting attention and bringing biological science to new audiences at the Wonder Street Fair, which forms part of a wider season of brain-related events organised in partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Barbican in London.
Cecilia Langemar, Programme Leader in Fashion and Textile Design at WSA is also involved. She says: “This links with a project that I have been running since 2008 called 'Make A Change' where the students are asked to consider how they can make a change through their fashion design ideas and concepts. It has always been a very successful and interesting project as the students expand their perception and understanding of what fashion design can be and the changes you can achieve as a designer when joining design and a particular cause.”
New Art of Making Books Conference
Winchester School of Art hosted a one-day conference, curated by Senior Teaching Fellow Danny Aldred, which looked at how digital technologies have transformed what we traditionally think of as books and book art, bringing together an exiting range of creatives who are interested in the dialogue between and print-based media.
Speakers at this event included Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish Be Happy, David Pearson, independent designer for Penguin Books, and Karen di Franco, archivist with Book Works.
With technological developments in book-making having impacted on creative disciplines encompassing publishing, printmaking, illustration, typography, and motion graphics; the conference explored how artists from these areas have used new forms of communication to create a different reading experience, and questioning what we mean by the word ‘book’ in 2013.
All the talks from the conference can be viewed here.
In The Loop
The University Library, in collaboration with Winchester School of Art staff, have held regular conferences (starting in 2008) encompassing knitting research and culture, hosting internal conferences covering topics that include knitting methodologies, artistic knitting boundaries, historical knitting, narratives, culture and fashion. This year's conference will be held in partnership with Shetland Arts as a part of an International Textile Festival, later this year (2013) in August.
The conferences aim to It is our aim to encourage and support all types of research and making from academics to designers, artists to knitters, students and experts, including all generations in contributing to worldwide knitting.
In the video above you listen to WSA Alumni Rohini Devasher talk in-depth about her work and her methods as a part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
International conservation charity, World Land Trust (patron - Sir David Attenborough) has produced a deckchair collection in collaboration with University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art and Southsea Deckchairs. Each deckchair sold will enable World Land Trust to purchase and protect half an acre of threatened habitat forever.
The Sit to Make a Stand Collection of five designs, inspired by the Trust’s international conservation work, encourages people to take direct action for the environment. The collaboration will raise funds to save critically threatened tropical forests and the animals that depend upon them through the Trusts, Buy an Acre programme.
At times the rate at which the natural environment is being lost can seem unstoppable. But small gestures can achieve great things, and we don’t all have to be on the front line when it comes to saving the rainforest. The Sit to Make a Stand Collection is designed for the armchair activist who can relax in the sun, comfortable in the knowledge that each deckchair represents half an acre of biodiversity saved for ever.
Each deckchair represents one of five key World Land Trust projects including:
Coral Reefs, designed by Sarah Lewry
Elephants, designed by Jessica Walsh
Orang-utans, designed by Shahnaz Binte Nazimuddeen
Big Cats, designed by Hannah Baker
Parrots, designed by Rachel Iball
Leading Young Indian Designer
Winchester School of Art graduate Richa Aggarwal has been chosen as one of India’s next generation of designers and invited to exhibit her work at the prestigious Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.
Publicity for the event described her work: "The soul of her latest collection lies in the colours and textures of the vibrant streets of India. Fabrics and patterns are juxtaposed to re-create a multi-layered experience. Simple silhouettes coupled with hand done surfaces create traditional feel as well as offer modern functionality. She aspires to blend the old with the new by rekindling the traditional Indian techniques of handlooms and handicrafts."
John Hopkins, Head of Department Fashion and Textiles at WSA remembers Richa as a modest but highly motivated individual: "I am very pleased to hear of Richa's success," he says. "She has built on her graduating collection at WSA to extend her theme further and celebrate the vibrant styles and ingenuity of streetwear that can be found in India. Richa was very good at visual research, collecting points of reference for her work and displayed considerable craftsmanship, carrying out her own dyeing and macramé and working with interesting materials including tarpaulins."
WSA will be presenting Richa with an outstanding alumni award later this year.
Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organised by Lakmé, a leading cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and event organiser IMG. The Winter / Festive 2012 event was held in August at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai.
Fashion & Textile Festival
Winchester School of Art hosted a Festival of Fashion and Textile Design between 9-11 July 2013. The special three day event celebrated and shared the achievements of our students, staff and alumni.
The festival included a variety of hands-on workshops aimed at pre-degree students seeking practical experiences within a creative space. Exhibitions spanning fashion photography, fashion illustration, textile design and fashion marketing were free to visitors.
An industry-led trend presentation on 11 July preceded a special talk by Roger Saul, founder of Mulberry and creative entrepreneur who joined us for an informative and entertaining Q&A session.
Two professionally produced fashion shows featuring the very best work from the School's graduating students and international University partners culminated in a dazzling professional and industry-facing Gala Fashion Show and Awards presentation with Roger Saul, followed by a sparkling reception with entertainment. Shows sponsored by Guillaume Hair and Bobbi Brown for make up design.