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Wimbledon College of Arts'

MA Painting course 2019

Philip Guston observed that painting is like “some kind of peculiar miracle”. It has been described as a “discursive medium” (Laura Hopton), with the “characteristic of being a never-ending web of representations” (Thomas Lawson). Achim Hochdörfer suggests that paintings can be understood as “hubs of much larger referential networks”, echoing David Joselit’s assertion that “the painted work lends itself to the visualization of today’s networked-image-production mechanisms as does no other medium.”

The emergent artists of this year’s MA Painting course at Wimbledon view painting as a networked activity through which they can engage with a wide range of urgent subjects, including: the rarefied atmosphere of privileged white gated communities that prevail in post-apartheid South Africa; ruined industrial spaces and liminal wastelands that provoke  questions about the politics of land use; memories of familial migration and displacement; the multiple meanings and status of reportage imagery in a post-truth era; screens as now commonplace tools to navigate the world through mapping and data collection; language as a key driver of cultural identity; the use of ethnographic methodologies to interrogate our everyday social and cultural rituals; collections, accumulations and hordes that often act as archives of memories; depopulated, domestic interiors as metaphors for the psychology of the self.

Isabelle Graw argues that painting produces a “trace of an activity that… allows for projections of agency” and vitality. This, she says, explains its enduring currency and success. This exhibition is a testament to that success - a generator of ideas and a site of exchange, dialogue and debate.

MA Painting degree show

Wimbledon MA Summer Show 2019

Private view: Thursday 5 September 6-9pm

Show continues: 6 - 12 September

Sat 11am - 5pm | Sun Closed | Mon - Fri 10am - 8pm

Wimbledon College of Arts UAL, Merton Hall Road, London SW19 3QA


MA Painting exhibition event: Hurvin Anderson in conversation

Thursday 12 September 6.30pm, Lecture Theatre, Wimbledon College of Arts

MA student nimmi has been selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing prize (formerly the Jerwood prize). The UK's most prestigious drawing competition attracted over 2000 entrants this year. Only 62 were selected including this wonderful drawing by nimmi.


Behind the scenes: images from the

MA Painting studios this July and August

Denise Harrison

Artist-in-residence at the Phoenix studios and gallery, Brighton during July 2019

Denise Harrison's book If You're Bored with Acrylics Read This Book is launched on Thursday 5 September

Gabriela Max exhibits at 20 Palmers Road E2, opening Sat 10 August 6-10pm

Loraine Monk

Loraine's Gilets Jaunes Print The Crowd will be included in the Ålgårdsvägen Print Fest, Sweden 17 - 22  September. The Police Line, also from the Gilets Jaunes series has been selected for the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London, 7 -10 November.

Caroline Streatfield

Selected for Made in Arts London exhibition 2019

Jacqui Chapman - Shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019. The work was inspired by J.M. Coetzee’s 'Age of Iron' about innocence growing up behind the walls in South Africa.

MA Painting interim show

The Nunnery

Bow Arts Trust, 181 Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ

Friday 3 – Sunday 5 May 2019 (10am – 5pm)

Private view: Thursday 2 May 6-9pm

Loraine Monk’s Kingston Museum residency exhibition opens on 11th October and runs until 11th January 2020. The research concentrates on the designer Denise Wren and her connection to the Kingston Suffragette movement.