Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote: 

Liz Orton

London College of Communication BA and MA Photography alumnus, MEAD Fellowship awardee and Associate Lecturer.

Liz is a visual artist whose practice is broadly concerned with entanglements of land, vision and natural science. She engages widely with archives, both real and imagined, to explore the tensions between personal and systematic forms of knowledge. Liz currently holds a Fellowship at the University of Arts London, and has recently been awarded a Wellcome Trust Arts Award for a project on social and cultural aspects of medical imaging. Liz has exhibited widely in group shows both in the UK and internationally, and her recent body of work, A Handful of Soil for the Whole Horizon won the MACK photography prize, and was exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery as part of FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015.

Afternoon Keynotes

Sarah Christie

Final year BA Ceramic Design student as Central Saint Martins and MEAD Scholarship awardee.

Sarah is going into her final year of BA Ceramic Design at CSM and will be sharing her project Touch… and see and also her experience of research in her educational journey. 

A handling collection of abstract objects for use in tactile workshops for medical students at Imperial College, Touch… and see is an inter-disciplinary project designed to improve observation and descriptive skills.

Each piece is discovered while hidden in a bag, which provokes a tactile response. The observation of small differences and detailed description are more important than identification. Her initial collection of 32 individual handheld ceramic objects and bags from differing, highly textured fabrics, creating a 360 degree tactile environment, have been trialled in workshop sessions and further development is planned.

Awarded the Mead Scholarship in 2015, this project has attempted to bring together the experience and observations gained from volunteering at Imperial College into a collection of sculptural, yet functional, pieces.

Sisterhood (Rebecca Thomson, Rachita Saraogi & Marina Viktorsson)

Sisterhood are three graphic design Alumni from Central Saint Martins passionate about using design as a medium to address social issues. We are doers, makers, thinkers, and sisters.

Their project ‘Sisterhood’ was final collaborative project and mentioned in ‘Creative Bloq’s” “New Talent: Central Saint Martins 2015 Show” article. They will be sharing their project and discussing how research played an integral part of the project.