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‘Hidden’ Talents of Staff Showcased at the RCA

From 16–20 November 2018, the Royal College of Art presents Hidden, an exhibition showcasing work from over 50 of the College’s technical and non-academic staff. From jewellery and textile design, sculpture and performance to floristry and interactive photographic work, this exhibition brings to the fore talent and technical skills that are often hidden from those outside the College.

The RCA’s technical staff have a wealth of skills-based knowledge which is put to use on a daily basis supporting students across the College. As part of the learning environment, the RCA provides specialist facilities encompassing traditional workshops and cutting-edge digital technologies such as rapid prototyping, CNC milling and laser-scanning. Technicians play a vital role at the College, supporting students in mastering the required skills for their particular aesthetic and approach. As Hidden highlights, many of these technicians are highly skilled specialists in both traditional crafts as well as expert innovators with newer technologies.

Finnish textile designer and Technical Instructor in Printed Textiles, Jonna Saarinen, has created a new hand screen-printed collection of large-scale wall hangings and furniture pieces designed for the exhibition. The collection draws inspiration from the light summer nights on the Finnish archipelago and swimming in the gentle waves of the Baltic Sea in the moonlight. The pieces have been designed with hand-cut stencils and screenprinted on to linen and wood using soil association-approved eco-inks.

Annie Richardson – designer, researcher and 3D Making Technician at the RCA – is showing some material samples from her practice investigating transitions through material language and digital technologies. These experiments invite a playful dialogue between human and material and are part of an ongoing exploration of the relationship between hard and soft surfaces. Technical Instructor in 3D Making Kevin Koekkoek is exhibiting his 3D Printed clock and art deco-inspired 3D printed lampshade. Made from Nylon SLS they are durable, have a unique texture and can be made to order through 3D printing platforms, removing the need for Kevin to be involved in the fabrication and shipping process.

Award-winning photographer, Kyle Zeto – Technical Assistant, Photography – is just one of the well-known artists taking part in the exhibition. Zeto will present striking multi-layered video work exploring the relationship between the perception of technology and its connection with nature. Also included are bronze sculptures from Nick Lott – Specialist Technical Instructor in Sculpture and Metalwork – as well as collages by Mollie Tearn – Screen Print Technician. Mollie’s work explores the migration of people and objects. She uses collage as a tool to both unpick and rebuild the visual world, revealing hidden or out of view realities through a multi-layered collision of cultures that constantly intermingle and change in a precarious and fragmented fashion.

Studio Bergini, a graphic design studio founded by Kristian Hjorth Berge and Francesco Corsini, run the Royal Duplication Centre within the School of Communication at the RCA. The pair have produced an impressive portfolio of design work from highly conceptual artist publications to large-scale festival identities. At Hidden they will showcase Annual Report MMXVI–MMXVII, a unique and abstract glimpse into the leftover prints produced by students at the RCA.

16–20 November 2018, 12–6pm
Royal College of Art, Courtyard Galleries, Kensington, London, SW7 2EU

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