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Winnie Soon, Unerasable Characters Series
Winnie Soon, Unerasable Characters Series

Photo credit: tom mesic

Meet Dr Winnie Soon, who will be leading our new BA in Art and Technology, which starts autumn 2025.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your practice?
    I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I did my PhD and worked at Aarhus University in Denmark for around 8 years before moving to London in 2022. As an artist, coder and researcher, I am interested in the intersection of art and technology with the focus on wider power asymmetries. My scholarly and artistic practice engages with themes such as Free and Open Source Culture, Coding Otherwise, artistic/technical manuals, digital censorship and minor technology
    Artistically, I have received the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica (Artificial Intelligence and Life Art Category), the Expanded Media Award for Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media, WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale Award, and the 26th and 17th ifva awards (Special Mention and Silver award), where artworks have been exhibited internationally. I am also actively providing and maintaining two ongoing software art projects: generator (w/ Cornelia Sollfrank and Gerrit Ché Boelz) and Queer Motto API (w/ Helen Pritchard & Cristina Cochior). My practice is manifested in the form of scholarly written materials, code poetry, workshops, artist books and manuals, software and installation that is seen in bookshops, galleries & museums, festivals and distributed networks.

  2. What is your role and what does it involve?
    I am currently an Associate Professor at Slade, working on the new BA Art and Technology programme. This involves directing and developing the new programme and its modules, as well as teaching and research.

  3. What led you to pursue a career in this field?
    I have been always interested in technology specially building a computer from parts, and internet art in the 90s (the era where I needed to use command line interface, instead of graphical user interface to interact with machines). My first job after my undergraduate studies was a programmer and then I worked in a few industry jobs in the field of telecommunications. I was part of the launching of the first surveillance mobile application in Asia, and at that point I started to think about what that means to society in terms of the consumption and production of technology. Then I did my first Master in Media Cultures in Hong Kong and went to the UK to pursue my masters degree in Digital Art and Technology, where I was fortunate enough to get introduced to the field of Software Studies (or Computational Culture) that brought me to think about the politics of technology. Since then, I started to develop my academic and artistic career in this area as a way for me to understand, reflect, and critique technology. I see art is a powerful device for me to think and work otherwise beyond solutionism, engaging with the materiality of technology and connecting with people to explore and experiment with different socio-technical relations.
    After working in art and tech for more than two decades, I have become more aware of issues of race, gender, class, as well as the centralisation of power. I hope there will be more women, non-binary and queer people who feel more comfortable in working with technologies in order to challenge existing dominant norms of technology and imagine socio-technical relations otherwise.

  4. What is your next project (your own research)?
    I have received a grant from Open Book Futures with Prof Geoff Cox from London South Bank University to develop a book about "ServPub" via computational publishing. Servpub itself is a platform for research and practice around autonomous networks, affective infrastructures and experimental publishing through artistic and feminist methods. This project works with artists, designers, academics, technologists, activists and grassroot communities to explore alternatives of infrastructure. If you are interested, you can see how we use our homebrew platform to produce a peer-reviewed newspaper collaboratively.
    We want to develop a self-hosted and self-organised sustainable resource and workflow for book production that challenges normative open publishing paradigms. The resulting publication will be both a critical account of the process of production and at the same time provide. detailed documentation that allows others/publishers to produce/fork their own versions.

  5. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about applying for the BA Art and Technology?
    It is very exciting to work in art and technology, not only to see its limitations and potentials, but also as a way to understand and reflect how we consume and produce technology in digital culture. Since technology is changing everyday, you need to be self-initiated, adaptable and curious to (un)learn. Moreover, you also need to be open to changes, cope with frustrations, and sometimes comfortable with the trouble of not knowing. This programme is for artists who are interested to think otherwise beyond just the use of technology as neutral tools, challenging ways of working with technology, and potentially contributing to the society by making changes and shaping the future of art and technology.

Colour & Poetry: A Symposium VI celebrates International Colour Day, World Poetry Day on 21 March and World Pigment Day on 22 March.

We are pleased to welcome poets/poet-artists George Szirtes, Sharon Morris, Sean Borodale, Chris Kirubi, Mataio Austin Dean, Brece Honeycutt and Benjamin Arthur Brown, who will be reading from their work at the event on 21 and 22 March. For the full programme, see the Colour & Poetry: A Symposium VI event page.

Sharon Morris: 

Born in west Wales, Sharon Morris is a visual artist, poet and theorist, fascinated by the relation between words and images. Her first collection of poems, False Spring, Enitharmon Press, 2007, was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh prize for a first collection, and anthologised in The Forward book of Poetry, 2008; Rome: A Collection of the Poetry of Place, 2008. A further collection, Gospel Oak, was published by Enitharmon Press in 2013. An artist’s book of poetry and images, The Moon is Shining on my Mother, commissioned by the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, for the exhibition The Moon and a Smile, and published by Enitharmon Editions, 2017. Readings of poems from these collections are available on The Archive of Now

Amroth Rocks
Sharon Morris, Amroth Rocks

George Szirtes:

George Szirtes was born in Hungary in 1948 and came to Britain as a refugee in 1956. His first collection, The Slant Door, was joint-winner of the Faber Prize in 1979. Since then he has published many books and his other prizes include the T S Eliot Prize for Reel in 2005 His most recent collection is Mapping the Delta (Bloodaxe). He has been awarded various international prizes for his own poetry as well as for his translations of Hungarian poetry and fiction, including the Man Booker International translator’s prize for his translations of László Krasznahorkai. He has written three books for children, most recently How to be a Tiger (2017). His memoir of his mother, The Photographer at Sixteen (2019), is published by MacLehose Press. His most recent book is Fresh Out of the Sky (2021).

Chris Kirubi

Chris Kirubi is a poet-artist based in London. Their debut collecting WILDPLASSEN is forthcoming in October this year with the87press. In 2018 they slipped a zine titled Those Institutions Should Belong to Us inside Rehana Zaman’s Tongues published by PSS. They are a Lecturer in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art.


Sean Borodale

Sean Borodale was born in London and works as a poet and artist. His first collection of poetry, Bee Journal, was shortlisted for the 2012 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, the Costa Poetry Book Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Subsequent collections include: Human Work (Jonathan Cape, 2015), Asylum (Jonathan Cape, 2018)and Inmates (Jonathan Cape, 2020).  He currently teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Steinwerk (staged screenprint, score for voice in 6 acts) Marylebone Theatre 2-8 Mar 2023
Steinwerk (staged screenprint, score for voice in 6 acts) Marylebone Theatre 2-8 Mar 2023

Mataio Austin Dean:

Mataio Austin Dean’s practice extends across visual art, poetry, music, and activism. He creates images, often intaglio prints, which explore England and Guyana’s darkly intertwined histories, throwing light upon moments of resistance whilst unearthing stories of coloniality and rebellion embedded in English landscape and architecture. Through performance, he probes the relationship between printmaking and orality, interrogating the temporality and political potency of images, symbols, and sigils. English and Guyanese oral cultures are at the heart of Austin Dean’s work; reimagining, writing and performing folksong and poetry breathes life into the printed image, corporealising the past whilst confronting the present. Austin Dean’s practice is research-driven, exploring Marxism as a framework for emancipatory praxis. Recently, he has worked with cartographic and diagrammatic methodologies, and hyper-local historical research, linking sites in London and the South of England to macro-systems of settler-colonialism, enslavement, ‘new’ imperialism, and financialised capitalism. In this work, etchings function as nodes, at which, histories, symbols, and residues of labour coalesce and collude as sigils which intercede for the dead and the hidden labour of the past, present, and future.

My Grandfather Carried the Sacks of Flour
Mataio Austin Dean, My Grandfather Carried the Sacks of Flour, 2020

Brece Honeycutt

Brece Honeycutt is a multi-media artist, uses research as a material for her history and nature based works. Her installations have been placed in university campuses, historic houses, inner-city parks and in office buildings, libraries, urban markets and galleries. Honeycutt holds a B.A. in Art History from Skidmore College and an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University.

colour considerations, 2023

Brece Honeycutt, colour considerations, 2023, natural dyes on silk, wool and cotton, linen thread, 28 ½” x 25” Natural dye culls colors from the landscape. color considerations is constructed from ‘test’ swatches from many dye baths and sewn together to make a spectrum. Dyes:  goldenrod, annatto, coreopsis, oak, onion skin, weld, acorn cap, madder, sappanwood, logwood, black walnut, indigo, shagbark hickory, butternut.

Benjamin Arthur Brown

Benjamin Arthur Brown is an artist, writer and curator born in Essex, living and work in London. He attended the Slade School of Fine Art. Working across sculpture, writing and sound, with frequent deviations into other media. Brown’s work often concerns itself with the intersection between reality and the surreal; how objects can become totems – capsules for narratives both fictional and not – and how our bodies and imagination are webbed together in a network of conspicuous consumption which acts both as expansive and conversely restrictive.

Degree Show Documentation 2023
Degree Show Documentation 2023, 2023, film still from 16mm film footage

©the artist/Slade School of Fine Art

For the second year running, the Slade’s initiative of providing students with 16mm film during the Degree Show installation period results in a unique time capsule of exhibiting graduates preparing to present their work to the public.

This year’s participants were Uday Banerjee (Undergraduate Fine Art Media), Roman Sheppard Dawson (Graduate Fine Art Media), Lujain Mansour (Undergraduate Fine Art Media), Lily Petch (Undergraduate Fine Art Media) and Lianqi Yao (Graduate Fine Art Media). They captured a multi-faceted representation of student efforts at the Slade, from the hanging of paintings to the finishing of sculptures.

The initiative was supported by Kodak and the Slade Material Research Project.

To read more about this project and watch the video, see our Slade Degree Show 2023 documentation page.

Poster for Paper Safari, Lisa Milroy, One Off Contemporary Art, Kenya
Poster for Paper Safari, Lisa Milroy, One Off Contemporary Art, Kenya, 2024

Lisa Milroy has a solo show, Paper Safari, at One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 March to 21 April 2024. 

Colour & Poetry: A Symposium V publication launch
Colour & Poetry: A Symposium V publication launch, 2024

13 February, PM/AM Gallery, London

Photo credit: Grace Hailstone

The Colour & Poetry: A Symposium V publication launch took place on Tuesday 13 February at the PM/AM Gallery, London. The publication documents the fifth year of Colour & Poetry: A Symposium V, which took place on the 21–22 March 2023. The cover Colour & Poetry (Palatino) was designed by Lesley Sharpe and the publication was edited by Jo Volley, Symposium Director.

Booking for Colour & Poetry: A Symposium VI, which takes place online on 21–22 March 2024, is now open via Eventbrite.

The launch was supported by Winsor & Newton.

Colour & Poetry supporters
Publicity image for Spineless Wonders: In Touch, 2024
Publicity image for Spineless Wonders: In Touch, 2024

This latest in the Spineless Wonders series of events looks at small press and artists’ publications through the theme of touch. Artists, makers, academics and librarians will consider the book as a tactile object, asking how artists’ publications themselves invite and explore the sense of touch. 

This online event takes place on Friday 15 March, 11am–5pm. Free, reserve your place via Eventbrite.

For more details about the event see the Spineless Wonders: In Touch event page.

Colour & Poetry: A Symposium VI, 21st - 22nd March 2024, is a cross- and inter-disciplinary two-day virtual event held by the Slade School of Fine Art, in celebration of International Colour Day, World Poetry Day and World Pigment Day. The symposium hosts a range of speakers representing the arts and humanities, science, and industry, drawing upon knowledge from within and outside of the UCL community.

This years confirmed speakers include:
Mataio Austin Dean / Miranda Lynn Barnes & Stephen Paul Wren / Sean Borodale / Jane Bustin / Mark Cann / Egidja Čiricaitė / Sara Choudhrey / Rose Davey / David Dobson / Duncan Greig / Lavinia Harrington / Brece Honeycutt / Andy Leak / Alexandra Loske / Sharon Morris / Stephanie Nebbia / Vanessa Otero / Andy Pankhurst / Poetry Shed / Sarah Pettitt / Vaishali Prazmari / Rachel Reynolds & Jo Volley / Robert Rivers / Rose Shuckbrugh / Kimberly Selvaggi / Ruth Siddall / Henrietta Simson / Kirsty Sinclair Dootson/ Paul Smith / Jessie Stevenson / George Szirtes / Estelle Thompson/ Piers Veness /Edward Winters / Yannis Ziogas

Free, book via Eventbrite.

For full details, see the Colour & Poetry: A Symposium VI event page.

Lumen: The Ghosts She Summons, 2021
Lumen: The Ghosts She Summons, 2021, Sutapa Biswas, 2021, C-type print on Fuji Maxima paper, 85.8 x 129 cm

© Sutapa Biswas. All Rights Reserved DACS 2024

Invisible Murmurs: Mapping Invisibility and Belonging in Contemporary British Art, featuring Sutapa Biswas, Sophia Hinton-Lever, Svetlana Sequeira Costa, Dr Nuria Querol and Linsey Young, takes place on Friday 16 February, 11am - 4:30pm.

Venue: Institute of Advanced Studies, Room G11, IAS Common Ground, South Wing, UCL

The event is chaired by Bindu Mehra, Artist and PhD researcher, Professor Kristen Kreider, Head of Doctoral programme, UCL and Dr Marquard Smith, Associate Professor IOE - Culture, Communication & Media, UCL.

There will be a round-table discussion and Q&A session after the presentations.

For more information, see the Invisible Murmurs event page.

Mary Evans receiving A Personal Gesture from Carly Everaert
Mary Evans receiving A Personal Gesture from Carly Everaert, December 2023

Photo credit: Jos Nyreen

The Slade School of Fine Art is pleased to announce that its Director, Mary Evans, has been invited to participate in “A Personal Gesture”, an art project initiated by Dutch artist Rini Hurkmans. The project involves a sculpture based on a detail from Michelangelo’s Pietà in Saint Paul’s Basilica in Rome, which is passed from person to person as a symbol of empathy and connection.

The sculpture, which is a reproduction of the hand of the Virgin Mary reaching out to the viewer, was created by Hurkmans in 2020 as a response to the global pandemic and the social distancing measures that followed. The intention of the project is to pass A Personal Gesture from individual to individual, allowing them to reflect on the gesture and its meaning in different situations and contexts. The project also aims to create a dialogue about how we exist in relation to one another, especially in times of crisis and isolation.

Mary Evans received A Personal Gesture from Dutch lecturer, researcher and costume designer Carly Everaert on 4 December, and the piece will be kept in the Director's Office for a six month period, before passing it on to another person of her choice. During this time, she will document her experience and thoughts on the gesture.

For more information, visit the project website.

MANIFEST: Art & Policy, Bloc Sheffield
MANIFEST: Art & Policy, Bloc Sheffield, Dryden Goodwin, 2023

©Dryden Goodwin

Slade Prof. Dryden Goodwin  is one of the three artists exhibiting in 'MANIFEST: Art & Policy’ at Bloc Projects, Sheffield. Following his residency exploring ‘What role can artists play in policymaking?’ - a new initiative following in the footsteps of the historical Artists Placement Group inquiring into the potentiality of art in Policy Spaces. Other artists in the exhibition are Christopher Samuel and Semiconductor.

The exhibition is open until 16 December 2023.

MANIFEST is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to evaluate artistic approaches and effects relevant for policy, and how artists can work with policymakers to channel those dimensions to improve the process of policymaking.

The residencies and exhibition are curated and produced by SRG Bennett, co-head of Policy Lab within the civil service, a team which seeks to radically improve policy through design, innovation and people-centred approaches.

Photos: Dryden Goodwin from ‘A Day With Mark’ and ‘Sphere(s) of Influence’ 

Jesse Darling at Turner Prize 2023, Towner Eastbourne
Jesse Darling at Turner Prize 2023, Towner Eastbourne, December 2023

Photo Victor Frankowski, Hello Content

Congratulations to alumnus Jesse Darling, winner of this year's Turner Prize. He graduated with a MFA in Fine Art in 2014.

Darling was nominated for his solo exhibitions, Enclosures at Camden Art Centre and No Medals, No Ribbons at Modern Art Oxford. The exhibition of shortlisted artists' work is at Towner Eastbourne until 14 April 2024.

Read about his win in The Guardian.

Mural for Winsor & Newton Mural Project, London Graphic Centre, Covent Garden
Mural for Winsor & Newton Mural Project, London Graphic Centre, Covent Garden, Jessie Stevenson, 2023

Photo: Peter Cattrell

Jessie Stevenson, Material Research Project, Honorary Fellow, has created a wall painting at the London Graphic Centre, Covent Garden for the Winsor & Newton Mural project. She writes:

"My work is inspired by the natural world as a way to explore physical and emotional energies. Built of shifting, bright colour dynamics, the wall painting investigates a sense of escapism as a poetic and philosophical narrative. The expansive piece embodies a feeling of a brooding storm, using bold curvilinearity and applying thin layers of acrylic paint to create an ethereal effect. The clouds and waves are inspired by the tumultuous stormscapes of the Dutch Old Master artists, William van de Velde the Elder and Younger whilst using a contemporary soft colour palette to situate the work today. ‘Loosed from its hold, how no one knew’, 2023. 400 x 300 cm."

UCL East Saturday Club in Art and Design - 3 tone paintings of flowers
UCL East Saturday Club in Art and Design - 3 tone paintings of flowers, November 2023

The UCL East Saturday Club in Art and Design is a free weekly art and design workshop for Years 9,10 and 11 living and/or attending schools in the East of London. For some of these students Art is not on offer for GCSE at their schools.

This term's Saturday Club began on Saturday 4 November 2023 with 25 students, the Slade is leading seven sessions, organised by Sandra Smith, Slade Summer School and Short Course Coordinator. This session involved working with light, making delicate lumen prints alongside classic three tone painting exercises, all with plants.

There are seven sessions, which move through working with light, drawing, geometry and pattern, casting, video, sound, performance and broadcasting. All sessions are intertwined and related to questions about the human/non human.

For more photos, see our Widening Participation page.

Think Pink
Think Pink, Liz Rideal

Slade lecturer Prof. Liz Rideal and alumnae Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Judy Clark, Catherine Elwes, Bhajan Hunjan, Zarina Bhimji, Sutapa Biswas, Mona Hatoum and Anne Tallentire are showing in Women in Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970–1990, 8 November 2023–7 April 2024, at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG.

Women in Revolt! Is a landmark exhibition of feminist art in the UK from 1970 to 1990. It will explore how interconnected networks of women used radical ideas and rebellious methods to make an invaluable contribution to British culture. Showcasing work by over 100 women artists and collectives living and working in the UK, this will be the first major survey of its kind.

Paper, 2021

photo: Lesley Sharpe

Spineless Wonders of Wales is hybrid event takes place at Y Drwm, NLW/LLGC, Aberystwyth and online, Friday 17 November, 10.00am - 5.30pm.

Spineless Wonders is an international network of artists, writers, academics and librarians, creating and researching small press publications including artists books.

Presenting small press material by small publishers in Wales at NLW/LLGC we will be joined online by presentations of material in the Welsh language from library collections at University College London, UCL and The Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The aim of the day is to focus attention on these small press collections with poetry readings, film and visual art presentations, discussion panels, and a creative workshop.

FREE, register:

Woburn Square Refurbishment
Woburn Square Refurbishment, 2023

Photo credit: Fred. © Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins have worked with University College London (UCL), University of London (UoL) and the UCL Slade School of Fine Art to deliver the refurbishment of eight top-lit painting studios in the Bloomsbury area of London. Designed in the 1950s by Charles Holden as gallery spaces for the Courtauld Institute, the studios sit on the top floor of the Warburg Institute building but are accessed by a dedicated entrance and stairwell.  

A glazed roof and laylight ceiling provide filtered natural light, creating ideal conditions for painting and sculpture, while retaining maximum available wall space for display. 

The spaces have been called ‘home’ by generations of students at the Slade. Haworth Tompkins have refined and refreshed the interiors with respect for the integrity of the original design. New heating, lighting and ventilation systems are carefully incorporated to improve the studio’s energy efficiency and user comfort to contemporary building standards.

These sensitive refinements give the studios a new lease of life, providing refreshed creative spaces for generations of students to come. 

Mary Evans, May 2023
Mary Evans, May 2023

Photo credit: Christa Holka

We are delighted to welcome Mary Evans as new Slade Director, who started on 4 October. To get to know her better, we asked her five questions:

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your practice?
    My research interrogates the social and political frameworks of Diaspora. I work mainly on large scale site and research responsive installations. My main medium is paper which I use because it is both fragile and resilient and is a metaphor for the investigations at the core of my practice which involves making the Black Body visible. I deploy craft-based processes and my work is often ephemeral and temporary.

  2. What was your previous role and what did it involve?
    Previously I was the BA Fine Art Course Leader at Chelsea College of Arts/UAL. I led the staff team in the running of the course and was also a personal tutor for 30 students a year. I particularly enjoyed teaching in year 1 when students are starting on their creative learning journey. I consider teaching to be part of my practice as an artist. Before Chelsea I was an associate lecturer at CSM where I taught on the BA Fine Art XD pathway as a personal tutor.

  3. What is your vision for the Slade?
    At the core of my vision for the Slade is to strengthen equity in relation to staff and students and reduce barriers to inclusion and progress. I want to nurture and strengthen the diverse voices and experiences that make up the community of practice at the Slade.

  4. Which artists do you admire?
    Kara Walker, Zanele Muholi, Carrie Mae Weems, El Anatsui, Sonia Boyce.

  5. What advice would you give to artists starting their careers?
    Say ‘yes’ to opportunities, apply for opportunities: open calls, residencies, calls for papers etc. Even if you may not be immediately successful, you never know who will see and remember your work and contact you in the future.
Poster for Grace Lee: Fitting Room at Huxley Parlour
Poster for Grace Lee: Fitting Room at Huxley Parlour, 2023

Grace Lee has a solo show, Fitting Room, at Huxley Parlour, 45 Maddox Street, London W1S 2PE, from 25 October - 25 November 2023.

Grace Lee completed their MFA in 2021 and was awarded the Bartolomeu dos Santos Award in 2021. They said: "The award really has been such a help since graduating, and allowed me to keep working as an artist without constant financial pressure".

Installation view of Jesse Darling, Enclosures, at Camden Art Centre 2022.  
Installation view of Jesse Darling, Enclosures, at Camden Art Centre 2022.  

Photos by Eva Herzog. Courtesy of Camden Art Centre

Congratulations to Jesse Darling, who has been nominated for the Turner Prize 2023 for his solo exhibitions No Medals, No Ribbons at Modern Art Oxford and Enclosures at Camden Art Centre.

An exhibition of shortlisted artists' work is now showing at Towner Eastbourne, East Sussex, from 28 September 2023 to 14 April 2024. The winner will be announced on 5 December 2023 at an award ceremony in Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens.