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StudioRCA 2018/19 Archive Gallery

Highlights from the year's exhibitions and events

For more information on recent and upcoming exhibitions and events, visit the StudioRCA page.

Designs for Real Life

6 July – 4 August 2019

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) at the Royal College of Art undertakes design research and projects with industry that will contribute to improving people's lives. The final exhibition at StudioRCA was a showcase of some of the Centre's diverse and engaging projects, as well as displaying winning student designs from The 2019 Helen Hamlyn Design Awards – an annual competition for graduated RCA students that rewards creativity in people-centred design across all disciplines. Awards are given to projects that address issues across five HHCD themed categories: Digital Inclusion, Healthcare, Inclusive Spaces, Work Futures and Disability. There is also a special overall prize for ‘Creativity,’ judged and personally awarded by Helen Hamlyn.


Air-It-Yourself, Jihee Moon
Air-It-Yourself, Jihee Moon
Photographer: Stephen Pover

Winner of the IA Interiors Design Award for Work Futures 2019. Air-It-Yourself is an inexpensive DIY air purifier that anyone can make at home by reusing everyday household materials. 


Ambl, Amir Afshar
Ambl, Amir Afshar

Joint Winner of the Helen Hamlyn Award for Creativity 2019. Ambl is a dynamic mobility aid that takes the form of a comfortable pair of body hugging shorts.


Moment, Lucy Jung
Moment, Lucy Jung

Joint Winner of the Helen Hamlyn Award for Creativity 2019. Moment is a patent-pending wearable device that improves the lives of people with Parkinson's disease. 


Yinka Ilori: Types of Happiness

8 May – 23 June 2019

Coinciding with Yinka Ilori’s first public commission, Happy Street – redesigning the Thessaly Road underpass in Nine Elms, London – Types of Happiness was a solo exhibition from artist and furniture maker Ilori, inspired by the 16 different types of happiness incorporated into his bridge artwork. 

Each upcycled piece Ilori creates tells a story that brings Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design, touching on themes of hope, sexuality and social class through parables that are as relevant today as ever. This new exhibition also profiled Ilori’s passionate drive to counter the unnecessary waste of European and West African consumer cultures. Alongside the exhibition, Ilori hosted workshops and events. 

Part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe festival (3–19 May). 

Types of Happiness, Yinka Ilori
Types of Happiness, Yinka Ilori
Photographer: Wandsworth Council


Types of Happiness, Yinka Ilori
Types of Happiness, Yinka Ilori
Photographer: Wandsworth Council


ActionSpace: Assembled Lines

3–5 May 2019

ActionSpace is a visual arts organisation supporting artists with learning disabilities to develop their professional arts practice. Assembled Lines was a group exhibition featuring ActionSpace artists Lasmin Salmon, Chandrakant Patel, Roland Young and Robin Smith. They share fascinations with lines, edges, figures and repetition which are explored through textiles, painting, drawing and projection. 

Part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe festival (3–19 May 2019). 

Assembled Lines exhibition
Assembled Lines
Photographer: ActionSpace

Assembled Lines exhibition
Assembled Lines
Photographer: ActionSpace

Assembled Lines exhibition
Assembled Lines
Photographer: ActionSpace


James Capper: WALKING SHIP

16 February – 22 April 2019

WALKING SHIP brought together drawings, maquettes and sculpture to chronicle the conceptual, aesthetic and technical evolution of MUDSKIPPER: a 12-ton, hydraulic amphibian sculpture by British artist and RCA alumnus James Capper. 


Maquette, WALKING SHIP
JAMES CAPPER - WALKING SHIP
Photographer: Tommo


James Capper - WALKING SHIP
JAMES CAPPER - WALKING SHIP
Photographer: Tommo


Private View, James Capper - WALKING SHIP
Private View, James Capper - WALKING SHIP
Photographer: Tommo


Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’

26 January – 3 February 2019
Nina Wakeford

Senior tutor in Contemporary Art Practice and reader in Contemporary Art, Nina Wakeford’s residency at StudioRCA invited visitors to experience work in progress from her Art on the Underground project, commissioned alongside the extension of the Northern Line and the two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea. Visitors could hear the recording of a performance that took place in the new Underground tunnels that run below Nine Elms. In the performance Nina and a local drag king spoke and sang memories of the Market Tavern on Nine Elms Lane, weaving together sounds of the current construction site with memories of the LGBT scene in the 1980s and 1990s.

Special events including an artist talk and a conversation with drag king and local resident, King Frankie Sinatra.

Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019

Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019

Health Tips for the Year Ahead

1 December 2018 – 20 January 2019
Live Canon - co-commissioned by Wandsworth Council and the RCA

An interactive poetry installation, conceived and curated by Helen Eastman and Anna Bruder, and inspired by a poem by NJ Hynes.

To welcome in the new year, we turned to three thousands years of poetry for some advice, humour, solace and wisdom. In this installation, visitors could surround themselves with poems written on the walls, listen to poetry vinyl and self-medicate from the poetry prescriptions. The exhibition hosted a number of special events including yoga amidst the poems and poetry readings.

Women sits, dressed, in a bath filled with ping pong balls. The walls are covered in handwritten poetry.
Health Tips for the Year Ahead: Poetry Bath
© Nine Elms on the Southbank
A bath full for white pingpong balls
Health Tips for the Year Ahead
© Nine Elms on the Southbank

Future Archive

5–25 November 2018

Future Archive was the second of a series of public events in which RCA students and graduates responded to the development of the new flagship Battersea campus. Acclaimed photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg is leading Future Archive in her role as Battersea Artist-in-residence and Senior Research Fellow at the RCA, with the exhibition forming part of her ongoing study into new ways of representing architecture under construction. Simone Mudde utilised the nineteenth-century technique of colour separation to create coloured images from black and white negatives that capture passing time and latency of change. 'Fingers Crossed' by Jazbo Gross was the exhibition highlight, taking the form of a video that responded to the plans for Battersea, filmed when the old Sculpture Building was still standing.

The exhibition included a special sound performance by Keef Winter who investigated the sonic properties of a filing cabinet using contact mics, effects pedals and sledgehammer.  

Installation view of an art exhibition, with a yellow ladder and unframed prints tacked to the wall
Future Archive
Photographer: Eleonora Agostini
Installation view of an exhibition, with two women examining a screen on which is projected a loading bay.
Future Archive
Photographer: Eleonora Agostini
A person in a dark room bending over a sound interface, with an image of a concrete wall projected onto the wall behind them
Future Archive
Photographer: Eleonora Agostini

Exquisite Banquet

19–30 October 2018

Exquisite Banquet was an installation curated by Nine Elms on the South Bank as part of their Harvest Programme, rooted in the historic orchards and market gardens that used to populate London’s south bank. It included two events open to the public – Agape Banquet and Exquisite Future. Exquisite Future was an experimental workshop where participants could join the making of an artist’s book by manipulating one page from a traditional cookbook. Agape Banquet was a pasta-making workshop and meal, from artist Bea Bonafini.

Two seated women are served pasta by three laughing young people
Agape Banquet being Served
© Nine Elms on the Southbank

A group of people sit around a a dinner table in a gallery space
Agape Banquet being Served
© Nine Elms on the Southbank
A dinner table laid with unusual bowels and place settings
Agape Banquet Laid Table
© Nine Elms on the Southbank
Agape Banquet: Pasta in Bowl
Agape Banquet: Pasta in Bowl
© Nine Elms on the Southbank