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From Monday January 31st until Sunday February 6th 2011 the UCL Slade School of Fine Art will return to Healís as part of Artists in Residence 2011.
For one week only students from the prestigious Art School will take up residence in the windows of the flagship Healís store on Tottenham Court Road to create original and limited edition artwork and installations.
This inspirational design project of interactive windows was first launched in February 2010. Proving to be a fantastic success, this year Healís hopes to create the same excitement, encouraging customers to take part and be involved in the process of seeing an original piece of art being created.
Some of the highlights of the previous project included;
- Gavin Weber; 1830s wood block printing press. Gavin and other Slade students created wood cuts live over the seven days which were then printed and available to purchase.
- Alex Springer; a pinhole camera was built prior to the project, which took 200 customer portraits over the seven days. The photographs were given to each customer to keep with Alex using the negatives to create a collage.
- Nina Rodin; multi layered abstract forest of trees, painted on the glass of the store windows in a continual marathon seven day session.
- Jayne Wilton; installation ĎCatching Breathí where 200 customer breaths were caught as copper plate etchings.
- Haruka Ono; large scale keepsake reproductions of customer sales receipts screen printed in bold primary colours.
- Jeremy Hutchison; recreation of Ambrose Healís 1915 office which extended the original Ambrose Heal Design and Industries Association Logo and slogan ĎNothing Need Be Uglyí into a series of icons and rules that playfully mocked British table manners and modernist design.
The project Artists in Residence is about linking with the art and design community which is of fundamental importance to the business. The project has potential to lead to many exciting future collaborations such as the forthcoming collection ĎHealís Rulesí. After the success of his installation Jeremy Hutchison has since proceeded to develop his original slogan campaign, working with Healís to produce an exclusive ĎHealís Rulesí product range to be sold in-store and online from February 2011.
Healís was founded in 1810 and in 2010 celebrates its Bicentenary. Healís has seven stores located throughout the UK and an online store www.heals.co.uk selling a wide range of modern, designer and contemporary furniture, homewares, lighting, accessories and gifts for the home.
For further information about the UCL Slade School of Fine Art please contact Dave Weston in the UCL Press Office on +44 (0) 20 7679 7678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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