Press Release:
MA Show ‘Other Worlds’, ‘Making Matters’ exhibition and workshops as part of London Design Festival – plus celebratory street party

In celebration of its MA graduates, new premises and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.

From 8 – 16th September, The Cass will showcase the work of its MA Photography, Fine Art, MA by Project and PhD research students in ‘Other Worlds’, an exhibition exploring differing artistic responses used to deal with uncertain and tumultuous world events.

Highlighting the interdisciplinary approaches to art seen within the school, visitors will be invited to experience new worlds and alternative realities through everyday objects through the work of MA Photography student Becky Probert. They will also be invited to explore common superstitious beliefs and falsehoods in modern society through a series of paintings by MA Fine Art student Marina Milani that combine traditional Iranian and Western abstract techniques. They will also be welcome to explore inner and outer dialogues through PhD student Spencer Rowell’s ‘Pathography’ series, combining photographic self-portraits with written text that incorporates the responses of psychotherapists.

Painting by Marina Milani

Photographic work by Becky Probert

From 18 – 23 September, as part of London Design Festival 2017, The Cass presents ‘Making Matters’, an exhibition exploring the process of designing and making. On display will be pieces by twenty graduates and alumni from The Cass design studios, each with an emphasis on social engagement. Disciplines include fashion & textiles, furniture, interiors, architecture, jewellery, product and visual communications.

On the 20 September, also as part of London Design Festival, The Cass are holding a day of textile design workshops, leading up to a large street party to celebrate The Cass Design School’s new space at Old Castle Street. The day-long event, ‘Awash with Ideas’, will explore dyeing linen with natural dyes using Shibori techniques. In a series of four 90-minute workshops participants will be able to create their own Shibori patterns, which will then be exhibited at The Cass. Design work from this year’s Summer Show will also be on display. Workshops are free but registration is essential.



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Title: ‘Other Worlds’

Dates: 8 September-16 September

Private view: 7 September at 6-8pm

Address: The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, Calcutta House, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT.

The exhibition is open weekdays 11am to 7pm and weekends 11am to 5pm


Title: ‘Making Matters’ exhibition

Dates: 18-23 September

Private View: 18 September, 6-8pm

Address: The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT

The exhibition is open weekdays 11am to 7pm and Saturdays 11am to 5pm


Title: ‘Awash with Ideas’

Sign up here:

Dates: 20 Sep 2017, 10am-4:30pm

Address: The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, Calcutta House, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT

Participants should wear appropriate clothing, aprons and gloves will be provided



1st session: 10-11:30am

2nd session: 11:30am-1pm

3rd session 1:30-3pm

4th session 3-4:30pm


The Cass:

The Cass is the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. It is one of six schools within the University. The Cass teaches about 2000 students at Foundation, Degree and Postgraduate level at an integrated campus in Aldgate. Subjects include Architecture, Creative Writing, Design Studio Practice, Fine Art, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery, Painting, Production Design, Publishing, Photography, Textiles, Theatre and Performance Practice.

The School also offers 200 short and professional development courses. There is a strong emphasis across the studios on socially engaged Architecture, Art and Design applied to both local and global contexts, a Faculty-wide interest in making and many projects focus on aspects of London. Students at The Cass are encouraged to learn through practice, experiment with process and gain real-world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies.