Students from BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Graphic Design recently visited London, accompanied by BA (Hons) Illustration tutors, Christopher Rainbow and Evgenia Barinova. A busy itinerary took in the National Gallery, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, British Library, National Portrait Gallery, Wellcome Collection, House of Illustration, Bankside Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Serpentine Gallery. Students also had the opportunity to explore the work of BA and MA graduates at Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins College, as well as the D&AD New Blood exhibition at Spitalfields Market.
The group also visited the Association of Illustrators, where AOI project manager Derek Brazell discussed Illustration trends in the UK and abroad, rights and contract issues for illustrators and distributed free copies of their publication, Varoom.
Another fascinating trip arranged was to St Bride Foundation, a treasure trove of printing history hidden just off London's famous Fleet Street. At St Bride, students and staff were shown incredible works such as the Kelmscott Chaucer designed by William Morris in 1896, and Eric Gill's development sketches for his iconic Gill Sans typeface. Afterwards, students had the chance to try out wood engraving and letterpress techniques in the St Bride print room.
Besides, the staff and students enjoyed simple London pleasures such as riding on the top deck of the bus, sitting in traditional English pubs, eating fish and chips, walking through Hyde Park and tasting food from around the world on Borough Market. At the end of the week, everyone said their goodbyes, staggered to the airport with their suitcases bulging with new art books, materials, graphic novels and design magazines; and looked forward to meeting again when the school year restarts in September.