Exhibition: KP75: Art School Practices Then and Now – Knights Park Campus
3 – 22 February 2015
Discover the changing face of Kingston school of art. images of staff portraits alongside students at work and play from across the eras, and examples of workshop and studio practice offer an insight into the art school past and present, and construct a portrait of Knights Park as a place of creativity and imagination.
Knights Park has been a vital cog in the workings and success of not only Kingston University, but also in its early forms as Kingston Polytechnic and Kingston School of Art. It has been home to artistic innovation, creative expression and inventive design for 75 years. It is therefore fitting that we celebrate Knights Park here at the Platform Gallery, showcasing a snapshot of the many talented characters that have passed through, the wonderful art created and the working spaces used throughout Knights Park’s history to present day.
This exhibition explores the practices of architecture, fashion, fine art, photography, sculpture and three-dimensional design through original artefacts and fascinating photographs, complimenting Bruce Morgan’s photographic display of current characters at Knights Park, It’s Rude To Stare… We hope you enjoy the exhibition.
Curated by volunteers and students:
Avril Beith, Vivien Chan, Noel Isaacs, Rosanne Powell & Sharon Powell.
It’s Rude To Stare… Staff Portraits by Bruce Morgan.
As part of our day-to-day working we cross paths with a diverse range of staff here in Knights Park. Sometimes briefly saying hello, but mostly never really knowing much about the people and their real lives.
We see each other as familiar faces. Eye contact is minimal, and pleasantries are exchanged on a basic level as we pass each other on the buildings’ familiar walkways
These pictures offer the opportunity to pause – to stare at a familiar likeness for a while and perhaps imagine more about them as individuals.
Knights Park Campus,
Kingston Upon Thames
Surrey, KT1 2QJ
Monday – Saturday
9am – 5pm
As an ex-patriot, ex-student, ex-senior lecturer 1958-61/ 1978-1997. how lovely it would have been to visit the exhibition, which I have just found out about from another ex-pat, ex-student! However our wonderful Graphic Design is not mentioned in your blurb and I hope there is some representation of its glories. The Bahaus-based Basic Design Course of my era was splendid and I helped to forge the fabulous reputation of Kingston
with the outstanding work of Graphic Design and its graduates from the 70s onwards.
Wishing you every success!