Monday, 1 December 2014

24 Hour Project: Contemporary Consumer Culture

We gave our 1st year students 24h to interpret the theme Contemporary Consumer Culture. They could take the theme in any direction they wanted. Here are some of the images that were produced in these 24h.

Amy Santos

Laura Voet

Connor Fossey-Harris

Neo Gilder

Megan Harding

Emma Dullingham

Inaki Ahedo

Marika Akula
Tim Shati

Nicole Keeley

Oliver Cross

Sylwia Dylewska

Patryk Majewski

Hollie Davies

Jekaterina Leoncika

Thursday, 27 November 2014

BA Photography exhibits at Changing Spaces

The Basement Show showcases work from our BA Photography. Last summer we invited Maria Mann, Director of International Relations & Creative Photography at European Pressphoto Agency to work with our students, giving lectures on professional conduct. She also did portfolio reviews for our second and third year students. Students, like always, enjoyed the external input and relished the opportunity of feedback from the industry.

We then asked Maria to curate a show for us, independent from grades and other university work. Maria went with her gut feeling, searching through our first, second and third year students’ work and coming up with a selection we are now proudly presenting here.

Rosie Field, exhibition manager for this show, graduated in October and relishes the opportunity to be in charge of her first show. Rosie is working with several galleries in London and Cambridge and was inspired by working with Maria on this project.

Congratulations to all the photographers on show and thank you to Maria for her enthusiasm. We are very please to showcase the talent on BA Photography course at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Current Conflict - Artists Talk 10th November

Current Conflicts is an exhibition of recent work by six photographers at the Ruskin Gallery at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. 

The exhibition aims to engage the public with a series of artists’ responses to ideas around modern warfare, in particular the West’s engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a very topical subject, through our own research and the work done at seminars we have found that the exhibition provides a forum for debate. We have discovered a public feeling that there is little alternative to thinking about war except within the parameters set out by the media. Concepts such as embedding and citizen journalism do not seem to have resulted in any increased knowledge, empathy or discussion. The artists have built towards two significant markers occurring in 2014; the pullout of NATO troops from Afghanistan and the centenary of the start of the First World War. One of the themes of Current Conflicts is the constant of war in human life. Others include masculinity and war, media representations (and misrepresentations), the aesthetics of war, and landscapes and war. The artists utilise their varied proximity to current conflicts to explore ideas shared by all of us when confronted by the modern notion of war.

Current Conflicts features work by Matthew Andrew, Christopher Down, Richard Monje, Olivia Hollamby, Jamie Simonds and Les Monaghan

On Monday 10 November at 4pm there will be an artists’ talk for our students and the general public.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Atik Gallery signs Alumnus Justin van Vliet

The works are a series of abstract light paintings, using installations of layered materials, objects, individuals and coloured lighting. The works are about the acceptance of the intangible. Based on our daily thoughts, problems and options in life, there are many things we feel and are powerless to fully understand and control. The moment we relinquish any need to do so, surrender and accept our thoughts and what we see, a deep enjoyment of the world sets in.
Besides the limited editions I am also making single edition hand-resined C-type prints which are up for exhibition in the Netherlands.

Justin writes about the signing process: "At the begin of the year I was commissioned to photograph a series of famous artists. Many showed an interest in the works I was creating  and encouraged me to make these a more central part of my life. A couple of months later I was contacted by the Atik gallery and signed with them. The Atik Gallery ( works in collaboration with and American publisher called Odhams press (, the company sells high quality limited edition prints in the UK and the US. The show in October will be a series of new artists taken on by the Atik gallery for the coming year and will show for a week at the Gallery on the Corner in Battersea. I will be one of the 6 artists showing work at the show."

The exhibition will run from the 27th October to 1st of November (10am - 7pm Monday to Friday, - 10am -3pm Saturday) at the Gallery On The Corner,  155 Battersea Park Rd, London, SW8 4BU

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Alumnus Josh Murfitt on working with Art Language Location

Art Language Location is a city-wide art exhibition in Cambridge, and I’m working as their documentary photographer for a second year. 

When I was a third year student at Anglia Ruskin, the organisers gave a presentation to our class, and said they sometimes need photographic records of things. I got in touch and proposed a documentary project, and it went from there. 

It’s been a great opportunity to meet established artists which has led to some of my first commissions photographing art work after graduation, not to mention that it’s been a really fun project to work with. This year I have some framed prints in a mini-exhibition at Waterstones in Cambridge, and some wrapped prints for sale in the ALL shop. I also have a gallery page on the ALL website which I’m keeping up-to-date throughout the events, at

The show runs from 15th October - 2nd November 2014

Royal Photography Society lecture by Tim Flach at the Cambridge School of Art

Every year the RPS sponsors a lecture series by an eminent photographer and this year they selected Tim Flach. 

Tim Flach is an animal photographer. He developed a distinctive style searching for a human characteristics in the animals and developed meaning beyond the photograph. His style sits comfortably in both the commercial and art world. Yesterday he will spoke about his approach and style.  

This lecture brought together the photographic community in Cambridge and we  welcomed members of the Royal Photographic Society, the Cambridge Camera Club and student, alumni and staff of our two photography courses, as well members from the public.

We had sponsorship from the Royal Photography Society and Cambridge School of Art to present this free event.   

Monday, 6 October 2014

MA Photography students exhibit in Cambridge

MA Photography Students show work in two exhibitions in Cambridge at the moment. Please feel free to come along.

Currently showing in Changing Spaces Norfolk Street project space:

From Tomorrow: Pop-Up exhibition on Regent Street, down the road opposite the Lloyds Bank at the junction of Gonville Place and Regent St - 3 x MA photographers and 1 x MA Fine Artist installation and our very own Artist in residence from ARU, Anji Main

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Adam Catling shortlisted for Royal Photography Society Bursary

Graduating student Adam Catling's series Chernobyl was shortlisted for the Environmental Awareness Project Funding by the Royal Photography Society. 

Environmental Awareness Project Funding
The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with The Photographic Angle is offering  1-year bursaries to support a photographic project that will promote environmental awareness. The bursaries will provide £3000 each to assist with travel expenses, photographic equipment and other project-related costs. 

Winners will be announced on the 8th of August.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Video by May Simpson: Chemo

Brenda was diagnosed with breast cancer on 29th July, 2013. May followed her through her personal and unpleasant journey; 21 weeks of formidable chemotherapy followed by 5 weeks of daily intense radiotherapy. Although Brenda’s story was personal to her, there is also a universal aspect. Cancer is a terror so many people are faced with across the globe. By following Brenda through this terrible time, it was a way to understand the pain, confusion and darkness that so many people are exposed to at a dark time of their lives and characterise this in an intimate way. Cancer is not often something that can’t be explained and neither can the emotions surrounding it. This is May's interpretation.

This video was produced as an outcome for the Time Based Media selective module in Semester 1 2013/14

Thursday, 17 July 2014

MA Photography Student Loren McCarthy exhibits VIVID YOUNG CREATIVES project

VIVID Young Creatives sets out to give secondary aged students the opportunity to meet and work with a practicing visual artist in a workshop session. AccessArt and VIVID aim to use the workshops as a springboard for opening debate around approaches of how to facilitate creative opportunities for young people and broaden the ambition of projects and opportunities within the school curriculum.
Loren McCarthy worked with AccessArt, the organisers of this initiative, to document the workshop sessions in four Cambridgeshire Schools. Tonight Loren's images with be displayed in the Ruskin Gallery during a celebratory evening between 6-8pm. The exhibition can be seen until Friday, 25th of July. 
Access Art worked in collaboration with the Cambridge School of Art.

VIVID Young Creatives link

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Third year students run successful schools and colleges workshop

This schools and colleges photography workshop was run by Alex Dickens and Elliot Ford and was offering a taster in to the uni experience to A-level, BTEC and Foundation students. 

College students were able to utilize our extensive photographic facilities and experience what it's like to study art and design at a higher education level. College students were working under the guidance of our final year students. Alex said: "I really enjoyed the workshop, working and teaching with students was a really eye opening experience for me. It's something that I will never forget."

Students were actively encouraged to produce an exemplary piece of work for their portfolio. A student from Netherhall School reflected, “it’s good to see the facilities on offer at the university, the darkroom is huge. They clearly have plenty to offer in terms of equipment and support”. See some of the outcomes of the is 4 hour workshop below.