Category Archives: Events

CPDA events at Stockwell Street

Graduate Show 2016



Creative Professions & Digital Arts / Graduate Show 2016

We welcome you to join us…

Wednesday 15th June

Private View / First Floor Studio Space open 6 – 9PM / Official Opening time 7pm

Film & TV Awards Presentations / 6 – 7PM

16th – 25th June 2016

Exhibition open to the public 12 – 6PM Monday – Sunday

Stockwell Street Building / University of Greenwich / London / SE10 9BD

Broken Plate: Events Schedule



With the Broken Plate weekend fast approaching, here we share a timetable of the events that will take place within the Stockwell Building.

Together with locally based arts company, Emergency Exit Arts, and the University’s Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts with the Literature, Language and Theatre Department we have created a series of interactive experiences that are visible inside and outside the building. Through this project we hope you will enjoy discovering the building and look at what we can produce here.


Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 May        12.00pm – 2.00pm and 4.00pm – 6.00pm 

Saturday 21st May                            12.00pm – 3.00pm and 5.00pm – 8.00pm


Before I Die I Want to Learn……

Express your thoughts and hopes about what it is you want to learn and experience in life on our big chalk boards.

Arjunan Manuelpillai, Anna Bruder

 Broken Plate Image


Tuesday 17 – 21 May      9.00pm – Midnight


Silhouetted World – Night Projections

Animated silhouettes, negative spaces and creative abstractions take the viewer through an imaginary narrative where people and technologies are heavily inspired by Victorian Greenwich, steam-punk, and surrealism.

Manos Kanellos, Rob Hurley, Gabriel Radvila


Pub Under the Stairs Image performance art


Friday 20 May                    4.00pm – 6.00pm

Saturday 21 May              6.00pm – 8.00pm


Time Travel TV

An opportunity to become a character from the past and the future and tell us a memory, a story or an opinion that will be live on camera in our mini TV studio.

TV film maker: Danny Santos Amaral

Andrew Macklin as your host


Abstracted Greenwich,

A hybrid digital video, hovering somewhere between an advertising poster and abstract animation – inspired by the history and recent excavations of Stockwell Street.

Sarah Daniel, Mike Feeley, Sinead McCarthy, Jelena Sipilova


A-Line Market

Enter the A Line market, an interactive colouring-in installation for all the family. Pick a flower, a plate of food or a pair of glasses from one of the stalls and get colouring! Inspired by the old flea market that inhabited Stockwell Street.

Artist: Anna Bruder – A Line Arts;

Sound recordings: Diana Nechilcuic

Film: Kyle Graham


Paper Cities

Immerse yourself in this video installation, created with local school children from James Wolfe Primary School, which creatively explores ideas surrounding changing places, developing communities and celebrating the heritage and future of Stockwell Street.  Through a series of workshops the young people have explored ideas about Urbanism and how Urbanist thinking can affect the way that we live and behave in the places around us?  It is this fundamental understanding of what makes places unique and how we can act to appreciate our environment that underpins the thematic content of the collaborative artworks and film.

Artist: Alex Evans with Film Maker: Kyle Graham, Sound and poetry: Arjunan Manuelpillai


Words from the Well

Discover the storytelling well and tales of what lies beneath Stockwell Street and old Greenwich. Hear short tales, tall tales or make up your own from the words in the well.

Storyteller: Arjunan Manuelpillai; Musician: Nick Cattermole


The Pub Under the Stairs
A cynical barmaid, a lady from the council and customers from another era all meet in a pub that time forgot. Inspired by the curious objects and artefacts that were dug up when the new Stockwell Street site was built, this 15 minute performance brings together live action and filmed images into a shared reality. Who and what was here and will you ever leave once you have arrived?

Directed by Jillian Wallis, film by Ed Currie.

Performers: Amy Bentley, Ruby Brown, Harriet Gandy, Daniel Ward-Nixon, Abbie Woolcott


Loops and Tides

An imagined Greenwich, looped in change, yet always returning, is evoked through animations, soundscapes and performance along with local residents’ views on how the centre of Greenwich has changed. The piece explores time and space and their impact on the area.

Lisa Hayes, Zhan Wang, James Riordan, Rory Dempsey



Sand is a mass participatory interactive projection work. It enables people to connect, communicate and play through drawing and writing. Sand is based on an online experiment, written by Output Arts member Jonathan Hogg, which was designed to allow people to draw interactively together across the internet, making simple, colourful marks that fade within moments.

Jonathan Hogg, Andy D’Cruz




Creative coordinator, University of Greenwich- James Hobbs:

Stephen Kennedy

Artistic Director (EEA):  Deb Mullins

Project Manager (EEA): Elena Grice

Poster and Programme design: Shaan Blackford


Thanks to:

David Waterworth and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich Bright, Amelia Lind and James Wolfe School, Greenwich Heritage Centre, Dave Hockham, John Dawson, James Corner, The Mitre Pub, Tony Othen and Mr. Sabo

Arts Council England

Broken Plate: Drawing on the Past, Looking to the Future

Broken Plate Image

An artistic collaboration between the University of Greenwich (Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts) and local arts company Emergency Exit Arts that will trace the stories of the people and the built environment connected to the site of the University’s new Stockwell Street Building.

From 17 – 21 May the public will be able to view video projections on the university’s new award-winning building and interact with giant blackboards outside the building where they can express their ideas and views in writing.

On the evenings of 20 and 21 May the University’s doors will be open to Greenwich residents and visitors who are invited to experience a series of digital art installations, performances, storytelling, animations and hands-on arts activities created by artists and students. Local residents, businesses and children from James Wolfe Primary School have also contributed their memories, stories and drawings to the project.

This is an Arts Council England funded project.

Times: 20 May 4.00pm – 6.00pm, 21 May 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Events are free and suitable for all ages.

Background: The new university building in Stockwell Street, Greenwich, sits on a site once occupied by malt houses serving the pubs of Greenwich. Three deep wells were excavated during the construction of the building and numerous artefacts were uncovered, including a broken plate depicting redundant gravediggers sitting idle while a mechanical digger does the work. This scene resonates with the new building, a beacon of technological advance that signifies the passage of time and the passing into memory of former industries and practices. In response to the heritage of the site locally based arts company, Emergency Exit Arts, and the University (Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts and Department of Literature, Language and Theatre) will create a series of interactive experiences throughout the building that will be open to the public over two evenings on 20 and 21 May.

Drawing on the history of Stockwell Street and imagining the future of the city has inspired work created by multi-disciplinary artists, filmmakers and designers. Their work will trace the stories of the people and the built environment connected to the site. From 17 – 21 May a digital collage, created by artist Jim Hobbs with graphic design students, will be projected at night onto the windows of the building’s foyer. In the day time people passing by will be encouraged to complete the sentence ‘Before I die I want to learn….’ by writing on giant blackboards. Artists have recently worked with local residents, businesses and children from James Wolfe Primary School who have shared memories, stories and drawings that have been incorporated into the installations and performances. On the evenings of 20 and 21 May the University’s doors will be open to Greenwich residents and visitors to take a look inside this amazing building and celebrate the innovation and experimentation happening within.


Participating artists: Jim Hobbs (Creative Consultant), Jillian Wallis, Ed Currie, Alex Evans, Lisa Hayes, Zhan Wang, James Riordan, Rory Dempsey, Anna Bruder, Arjunan Manuelpillai, Nick Cattermole, with students and graduates from the University of Greenwich.

About Emergency Exit Arts: EEA has been a leading light in outdoor arts since forming in 1980. EEA is the company with the imagination and experience to deliver unforgettable theatrical and participatory events in public spaces using visual performance, processions, puppetry, music and pyrotechnics. The company is based in Greenwich and has a national and international reputation for inspirational, celebratory and participatory performances, happenings and events. Through our exemplary community and cultural engagement we create the conditions for artists and participants to work together to create extraordinary artistic experiences in public spaces.

Pub Under the Stairs Image performance art

Social Cinema: Sound of Gravity









At the 2014 Academy Awards Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity won seven Oscars. Three of these seven were for sound:

  • Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures,
  • Best Achievement in Sound Mixing,
  • Best Achievement in Sound Editing.

The sonic element forms a vital component of the filmic experience, unseen and often neglected.

The next Social Cinema recognises the importance of sound in the filmic experience by presenting the feature film alongside a Sonic Documentary made by the films Sound Designer, Glen Freemantle.

Merging sound design with the memories and reflections of real Cosmonauts and Astronauts, Glen Freemantle explores the possibilities afforded by sound in constructing evocative and compelling dramatic narratives.

Join us in LT0004, on the 11th April for a sonic journey and the final Social Cinema screening of the year.

6pm – Sounds Up There, by Glen Freemantle (Best Achievement in Sound Editing 2014, Gravity)

6:30pm – Gravity, by Alfonso Cuarón (et al.)


Social Cinema: Run Lola Run

Run Lola Run:

A heart pounding story of life, death, decisions and repercussions including live action, animation and a stonking techno soundtrack. 

Lola’s boyfriend loses 100,000 DM while delivering it to mobsters, she has 20 minutes to raise the money and get it to him to prevent him from robbing a store.

Will she make it?

Join us on the 22nd of February to delve into the narrative of Run Lola Run and take part in our social cinema series. The event is free and open to all to attend. The screening will take place in Stockwell Building’s LT 0004 at 6pm.

Will you make it?

Where Is My Mind? The Work of Vaughan Oliver and the Pixies

Where Is My Mind: The Work of Vaughan Oliver and the Pixies

26th February – 8th April 2016

Private View and lecture – Thursday 25th February 2016

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery & Project SpaceStockwell Building, 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 9BD


Curated by Nic Clear

First major exhibition celebrating the long-standing collaboration between legendary Art Director and designer Vaughan Oliver and cult American band the Pixies.

There are layers and then there are layers of layers. There are layers where images and text mix and layers where image becomes writing and layers where text becomes image or object. And then there is the sound, another layer, an immense gigantic layer.

You can appreciate and love the music and the images separately but together they create one of the most celebrated artistic collaborations of the last thirty years. When the creative output of one of the most important music groups, I avoid the words ‘rock band’ as they were so much more than that, intersects with the visual genius of a hugely influential designer working in collaboration with a team of highly innovative photographers and illustrators the results can only be described as epoch defining.

From Come on Pilgrim to Indie Cindy and beyond the combination of Vaughan Oliver’s art direction and the Pixies unique sound has resulted in a sonic and visual partnership, a synthesis of music, image and text that combine to create a strange, surreal and wholly beautiful body of work.

There are two parts to the exhibition; the first part, located in The Gallery, is a retrospective of the artwork emanating from the Pixies six studio albums, associated releases and rarities. As well as final artwork the exhibition will feature original work up material exploring Vaughan Oliver’s creative process. Organised around a linear chronology the exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the designs that emanated from this remarkable alliance.

The second part of the exhibition, in the Stockwell Street Project Space, is a collaborative installation between Vaughan Oliver, Creative Lead of Graphic Design in the Department of Creative Profession and Digital Arts, and Nic Clear Head Of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich. The installation is based upon the Pixies Minotaur limited edition box set and incorporates a range of text, image, video and objects organised as a series of layered spaces to create an uncanny labyrinthine environment.

Nic Clear 2016


The Sound of Music Sing Along

12038609_1646967475571699_3409309374301863083_oMonday the 8th of March / LT 0004 / 6pm

The hills are alive!

Don’t miss our excellent opportunity to join in with the Von Trapp Family Singers as they belt their way through the German Army, the Swiss Alps and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music.  Hosted by CPDA Head of Department Professor Gregory Sporton, you are encouraged to dress for the event (nuns, nazis, cows, edelweiss), and after a brief vocal warm up, join the cast in the fabulous event that is a Sing-a-long Sound of Music. Tired of watching films all on your own?Then attend this Social Cinema must-see, and resolve once and for all whether Gauti Sigthorssen really is Julie Andrews’ love child. 


Social Cinema: Into Eternity

Into Eternity Graphic


CPDA’s Social Cinema series returns on the 25th of January with a screening of  ‘Into Eternity’. 

Open to all students and staff and 100% cheaper than going to the cinema (it is a free screening), it’s virtually impossible to say no. You’re very welcome, people of Greenwich!

The screening will take place at 6pm in Stockwell Street‘s Lecture Theatre 0004.

Join in online and post about the event using the hashtag #socialcinema!

Creative Alumni Networking Event

Stockwell Street Building

27th January  / 6 – 8:30pm


We look forward to seeing you…

The Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts invites all third year CPDA students to our exciting creative industry networking evening, along with our esteemed, creative alumni.

Attend our event on Wednesday the 27th of January to hear the alumni, from all areas of creative industries, talk about their journeys and answer any questions that our soon-to-be graduates have about life after University.

The free event will run from 6pm in the Project Space with welcome drinks, followed by an enthralling panel talk and Q&A session. The evening will conclude with invaluable time to network with the alumni, during a drinks reception in the Crit-Pit.

There will also be the chance to win bottles of champagne!  

Please let us know if you will be attending by registering through the link below:



The University of Greenwich’s CPDA Department premieres new artworks at Latitude Festival

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Night Journeys and Escaping the Grid at Latitude Festival 2015
As part of this year’s Latitude Festival in Suffolk, UK (an internationally renowned music, film, literary, and performing art festival), Jim Hobbs and Manos Kanellos have put together a team of student artists from across disciplines/degrees within the University’s CPDA department to create 2 artworks to be premiered at the festival. This is an excellent opportunity for the University of Greenwich to showcase its work and provide publicity within a setting which sees over 35,000 attendees.
Night Journeys will be a live sound and visual performance by Jim Hobbs and Al Doyle (Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, New Build) which sees a live DJ set integrated into a120 minute long piece of film, video and motion graphics inspired by W.G. Sebald’s short poems from For Years Now.  Sebald’s work explores notions of memory, history, displacement, and loss – these will be the themes of the visual components as the narrative of the film loosely follows images and actions suggested by the short poems.  Sebald lived and worked in East Anglia (where Latitude Festival is held every year) and portions of the project will be filmed within many of the locales which Sebald used as reference in his work.  Additionally, Hobbs has been working with Tess Jaray (RA who worked closely with Sebald) and the British Library to develop imagery for the piece.
Escaping the Grid looks to develop further the 3D mapping projects Hobbs and Kanellos have worked on together previously.  For this new work, a portable sculpture will be constructed out of timber, painted and mapped within the workshops and studios of Stockwell Street.  The work is an expansion of ideas originally explored through the FMP (Final Major Project) work of 3rd year student Joao Barcelos Rocha.  The outcome of the project is to create a portable structure of substantial size that can be mapped in studio, and then transported to a new site.  The work will run on a continuous loop and be on public display (after dusk) for the entirety of the festival.
Lead Artist/Director: Jim Hobbs, Senior Lecturer in Design and Artist in Residence
Assistant Lead Artist/Director: Manos Kanellos, Senior Lecturer in Design
Student Artists: Viktor Krastev, Joao Barcelos Rocha, Shaan Blackford, Daryl Wilson