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London’s Royal College of Art exhibits works of Indian artists in a virtual show

RCA's graduate exhibition is known to kickstarting the careers of designers, architects and artists who later became popular worldwide

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 30, 2020 7:10:29 pm
royal college of art exhibition ‘Nurtur’ by Radhika Agrawal and Fanghui Song, MA Service Design, at . (Source: royalcollegeofart/Instagram)

Royal College of Art (RCA) just opened its graduate exhibition online as various colleges are now shifting to the virtual platform amid the coronavirus pandemic.

RCA’s graduate exhibition is known to kickstarting the careers of designers, architects and artists who later became popular worldwide. The alumni include Sir James Dyson the inventor and industrial designer, David Hockney the influential artist, along with India’s Pradip Bose the Vice President Global Design at Tata Motors, Sandeep Ashwath the Associate Dean at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, and Geeta Kupur the well-known art critic, historian and curator.

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The isolation necessitated by lockdown and social distancing has influenced #RCA2020 graduate work both in terms of method and content. We’ve been looking at how some of our graduates have been developing projects on the theme of isolation and those who have been thriving in isolation, adapting to working outside of their usual studio spaces. Head to the link in the bio for the full story, and head to the RCA2020 digital platform to discover more. 1. “The Story of Life”, Shiyun Ge (@rita_geshiyun), MA Photography 2. “All the best,”, Magda Tritto (@magda.tritto), MA Visual Communication 3. “Solitudism”, Bi Xia (@bbxax), MA Interior Design 4. “Exoskeleton1”, @nicolecoson, MA Painting 5. “Dissecting Traditional British Table Manners”, Finchittida Finch (@finchittida), MA Jewellery & Metal 6. “Household Health App”, Alessandro Paone (@alepaone) & Pinja Piipponen (@pinja_anniina), MA Service Design 7. “ISOtouch”, Aliki Siganou (@aliki.siganou), MA Design Products 8. “Behaviour”, Xijin Zeng, MA Interior Design 9. “It's six minutes to five somewhere – Part 2” detail, @mandy_franca, MA Print

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Visitors to the online graduate show this year will witness the works of 850 students from around the world, which you could have earlier enjoyed only if you were in London. Visitors can now also discover a collection of graduate work by leading artists like Sir Jony Ive, RCA Chancellor and Apple Designer, and India’s Sandhini Poddar, Art Historian & Consulting Curator for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

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#RCA2020 demonstrates that collaboration across disciplines, with industry and between practitioners is integral to the work done at the RCA. Our graduates have worked with industry leaders and charities, forged interdisciplinary collaborations as well as partnerships with peers at the RCA which will take them further in their careers beyond graduation. We’ve collected a few examples on RCA Stories – link in bio – of the collaborative graduate projects that have widened the scope and practice of our 2020 graduates. Scroll through the images here and head to RCA2020 – link in bio – to see more work from our amazing grads! 1. “Sensaura”, @sophiehorrocksdesign, MA/MSc Global Innovation Design 2. “Greyfields Project”, Georgia Cottington (@georgiairis) & @elliotlunn, MA Design Products 3. “Loopholes”, Sophie Kemp & @dollykershaw, MA Sculpture 4. “Similes”, Isabel Alonso (@isa.bel.alo.nso), MA Design Products 5. “Nothing gentle will remain” Lydia Antoniou (@lamda_alpha), Caterina Guadagno (@pluche_c), Nora Kovacs (@kora.novacs), Titus Nouwens (@titusnouwens) & William Rees (@roamingprohects). MA Curating Contemporary Art Artwork: “Sènsa”, Paul Maheke with Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi); Ariel Efraim Ashbel 2019 Photographer: Frank Sperling 6. “BodyMind Series”, Virag Kiss, MA Fashion 7. “The Window Cleaner Society”, José García Oliva (@olivajosec), MA Visual Communication 8. “Ikea Rey Catalogue”, Beatrice Mandelstam (@beamandelstam) & Jess Stein, MA Service Design 9. “Next”, Kun Qian, Huitong Li, Chao Dai & Yushan Zhai, MA Service Design

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Among the exquisite works will be that of a talented graduate from Bengaluru, Rakhee Shenoy, who has an MA in Textiles, and will depict a reflection of the time spent in London’s iconic Hyde Park and her travels. Titled Nature to Weave, her work is a collection of tapestries and prints inspired by the complexity of colour, texture and form that is found in nature.

Among other talented Indian artists and designers who will showcase their works are Rashmi Bidasaria from Mumbai (MA Design Products), Kaushikee Gupta from Assam (MA Contemporary Art Practice), Deepak Kathait from New Delhi (MA Photography), Shardul Shekhar from New Delhi (MA Painting), Saumya Singhal from Mumbai (MA Service Design), Aarushi Kalra from Delhi (MA Interior Design), and Avirukh Roy from Kolkata (MA Intelligent Mobility).

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