ROSL Arts present a purchased work from the department of Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art to the winner of the Annual Music Competition's Overseas Award.
In 2019 Benson Wilson baritone won the Overseas Award and recieved the artwork below created by artist Nico Conti.
Having lived on the small island of Malta all his life meant that Nico was constantly surrounded by family and tradition. Leaving the faithful heat of the Mediterranean sun and building a life in the metropolis that is London has exposed him to vast resources and opportunities. This sudden shift into the contemporary has impacted his work the most.
With the ever so fast advancements in technology, art and craft are affected by modern tools and machinery. Nico now looks at clay and seeks to find new ways of taking it to new territory. He is drawn by conflicting themes he strives to bind in his work; traditional and contemporary, stability and weakness, order and chaos. Each side has a little of the other; there are no clear solid boundaries and that overlap is where Nico draws most of his inspiration from. For him, clay is not a material but also a tool that serves as a visual vocabulary to express his ideas.
Exhibitions and group shows
2019 Miscellany (London)
2018 Royal College of Art / WIP Show (London)
2018 Beneath the Stats: The Beach (London)
2017 Royal College of Art / WIP Show (London)
2017 Lanċa Ġejja : Malta, Past and Present Exhibition (Brussels) 2016 MACST End of Year Exhibition / Leave a Mark (Malta)
2015 MCAST End of Year Exhibition / #TIKKA (Malta)
2014 Design Week Festival (Malta)
2014 Bieganski Art Festival / Commemoration of WWI (Malta)
In 2018 Alexander McFarlane viola was presented an artwork (pictured below) by Ceramacist Judy McKenzie.
Judy creates unique ceramic objects using the processes of Nerikomi and Kintsugi. Nerikomi focuses the attention on the porcelain clay, coloured with stains and oxides to create patterns. Kintsugi, embraces imperfections. Her fascination with the techniques is not only that the clay and pattern combine to become a material, but also, the true character of the clay is exploited. When manipulated, the plasticity of the clay encourages movement, forming naturally soft lines which appear to drift in and out of focus within the designs. The Kintsugi becomes a precious scar, reminding us that there is strength and beauty in the fragility of life.
Royal College of Art - Ceramics and Glass studying for a Masters Degree
Havering College of Further and Higher Education: BA (Hons) 3D Design and Craft : Graduated 2015 1st Class BA (Hons)
Exhibitions and group shows
2018 - 'Materialise' - Group Show in the private home of Preston Fitzgerald, London
2017 - Work in Progress Show - Royal College of Arts
2015-2016 - Cecilia Colman Gallery, London 'In the Window'
2016 - Emerging Makers Exhibition, Bils & Rye Gallery, Yorkshire
August 2016 - Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries
Jan/Feb 2016 - Bevere Gallery, Worcester, Graduate Exhibition
Nov 2015 - ArtsThread : Handmade in Chelsea
Oct 2015 - Royal Opera Gallery Sculpture and Ceramic Exhibition
Oct 2015 - Innovations in Ceramic, Cambridge, Art Anglian Potters Showcase
July 2015 - Connect2colour Lacey Contemporary Gallery Finalist
June 2015 - New Designers graduate show
In 2017 Abel Selaocoe, was awarded an artwork (pictured below) by Glass artist Viil Coward.
Viil Coward is a Norwegian glass artist living in London. She graduated from Falmouth University in Cornwall, England with a BA(hons) in Contemporary Craft in 2015. It was there that she first were introduced to glass and she specialized in lost wax casting.
She is now in her final year of an MA at Royal College of Art in ceramics and glass. Since starting at the RCA she has been fascinated by cut glass and the different techniques that goes under this category. She is now exploring these different techniques and are discovering how changing the surface with a texture transforms the shape and how we see an object.
2015- 2017 Royal College of art, MA Ceramics and Glass
2012-2015 Falmouth University, BA(hons) Contemporary Crafts
2017 “Collections” in the private home of Preston Fitzgerald, London
2017 “The emerging and the established” Christie’s, London
2015 Degree show, Falmouth University, England
2015 “Beauty and power” Plymouth museum and art gallery, England
2014 “In the Window” Malcolm Sutcliffe gallery, England
2014 “You are here” Trelissick gardens, England