Date & time

Wed, 4 Dec 2019
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

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About this day

For A-level, IB, Foundation and BTEC Level 3 students

This autumn sees the return to London of another eye-opening and visually stimulating Art in Action programme. During this informative and immersive day, students will have the chance to meet and hear from four leading contemporary artists working in different areas of art and design. Through their fascinating presentations, the artists will explore their unique creative journeys, what inspires them, and how they turn an idea into a work of art. There will be plenty of time for questions and students are guaranteed to leave inspired and brimming with ideas for their own work.

The day will be chaired by Rebecca Wright, Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. Rebecca co-wrote Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design and co-founded the publishing house GraphicDesign&.

Programme & speakers

Theatre and installation design - creative challenges, change and chaos! Tom Piper MBE, Set Designer

Award-wining set and costume designer Tom Piper MBE will talk about creative challenges, change, and chaos!

Tom Piper MBE

About Tom Piper MBE

Tom Piper is an award-winning set designer. He was the designer for the acclaimed Poppy installation at the Tower of London and Associate Designer at the RSC (2004 – 2014).  He is Creative Associate at the Tricycle Theatre and collaborated with the British Museum and Alan Farlie on the exhibition ‘Shakespeare: Staging the World’ in 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad.  He has worked at numerous theatres across the UK, including the National Theatre, the Donmar, the Royal Opera House, the Nottingham Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre and in the West End.  His work includes set and costume design and art installations.  He received an MBE in 2015 for services to theatre and First World War commemorations.



Diary of a mobile digital artist Roz Hall, Digital Artist

This talk will explore the use of touch screen technologies in contemporary art, famously embraced by David Hockney. Pioneering digital artist Roz Hall will demonstrate the techniques required to create a successful painting on a tablet or mobile device.

Roz Hall

About Roz Hall

Roz Hall is a digital artist, specialising in portraiture created on tablet and mobile devices.  His artworks blur the boundaries between contemporary art and personal and social media.

Realism Richard Billingham, University of Gloucestershire

Richard Billingham will discuss how the close observation of everyday life, reading around themes, visiting gallery exhibitions and vintage art and paintings have inspired and informed the creative process of his film and photography.

Richard Billingham

About Prof. Richard Billingham

Richard Billingham is an award-winning artist, photographer and film maker whose work is based on the close observation of everyday life. He has made work his family history and landscape. Work in public collections includes the Met. New York, The Tate and V & A Galleries London. In 1997 he was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize and he was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001. He recently wrote and directed the BAFTA nominated feature film ‘Ray & Liz’ based on his own lived experience of growing up during the Thatcher Era. He has recently begun working with marginalised people in UK cities.

Through the looking glass - learning from other cultures Rebeccca Salter RA, Painter and printmaker

Rebecca will discuss the importance of living and studying in a completely different culture (Japan) for her career and artistic trajectory. She will explore the lessons she learnt thanks to this experience, the benefits, as well as the trials involved.

Rebeccca Salter RA

About Rebeccca Salter RA

Rebecca Salter graduated from Bristol Polytechnic then spent two years as a research student at Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan. She combines her main practice in painting with an interest in the history and technique of Japanese woodblock printing. In 2003 she was artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, USA and in 2011 had a major solo show at Yale Center for British Art.. She has also featured in numerous international solo and group exhibitions. She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in December 2014 and in 2017 was elected Keeper of the Royal Academy.