The Art of Making Sense Catalogue

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In May 2017 The Art of Thinking exhibition was held at Conway Hall Library as a University-wide Academic Support initiative. Students from different courses at UAL shared their approaches to keeping sketchbooks and notebooks. The showcase included a range of formats, including the premade booklet format to loose scattered pages, to the hand-made and hand-bound. Intimate reflective spaces, edited portfolios for public presentation, or finished artworks in themselves. In conversation, we also found many students used digital platforms to store information as well as other mediums to record process. It was a result of this experience that The Art of Making Sense project came about. Setting out with the intention to open up the conversation to a wider set of mediums that are used to document process. In 2018 five UAL students: Cristina Oses Gutierrez, Rafael MC, Priyanshi Jhaveri , Kath Lovett and Florence Macleod responded to an open call and took on the role of curatorial team for The Art of Making Sense project. This is an experiment in thinking about, investigating and displaying various approaches to capturing and documenting how creative processes unfold, concentrating on the thinking and making that goes on behind the final outcome.

Exhibition open Tuesday 29 May – Thursday 31 May 2018 Opening hours Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 – 6pm Thursday, 10 – 5.30 Venue Triangle Space Chelsea College of Arts 16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU Previously Peter Liversidge part of The Art of Making Sense project 7 May - 18 May 2018 Venue Chelsea College of Arts Library 16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU

All events are free but some may require booking. Academic Support Online: Thinking Through Zines and Sketchbooks Tuesday 29 May, 16:00 - 19:00 Meet The Art of Making Sense team Wednesday 30 May, 18:00 – 19.30 Join us for refreshments and meet the team behind the project. Show and tell us about your creative process by adding your postcard to the evolving paper sculpture. Sharing Sketchbooks Thursday 31 May, 10:00 - 12:30 Modelling your creative learning - coaching and study skills Thursday 31 May, 14:00 - 17:00 Venue: Triangle Space Chelsea College of Arts 16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU

As part of the project, The Art of Making Sense curatorial team selected material from the Peter Liversidge Archive held at the Special Collection to be displayed at Chelsea College of Arts Library. In Peter Liversidge (b.1973) The Art of Making Sense team found a diverse practice in constant evolution that makes a statement about the often-hidden aspects of realising and displaying artwork. For example, this can involve other people in the realisation of the work through postcards, letters, mail and objects. The display shows the rare archives of his proposals and multiples that gives a glimpse of his creative process. Inspired by viewing the material in the Archive, postcards are scattered around the exhibition that become tools of a communication exchange - between the curators, the artists, and the public.

‘Each to their Own’ is an installation by Hannah Jones where collaborating become part of the making process. Hannah will also show a series of lithographs ‘Animals’ whereby showing the various iterations gives insight into this process of failure, experimentation and opportunity. Images courtesy of Hannah Jones


Kath Lovett - investigating transitional objects and objects from the past which have strong associations and memories - produces mixed media pieces and textile sketches which are soft yet unnerving. Image courtesy of Kath Lovett

Silvia De Giorgi and Lara Domeneghetti use the journal format as a tool to collaborate. Image courtesy of Silvia de Giorgi


Tere Chad takes us through different mediums as her sketchbooks, sculptural tests to video documentation of her installing an artwork in a space. Image courtesy of Tere Chad

Priyanshi Jhaveri used her sketchbook - an integral part of her process, as a finished work in its own right, where drawing and narratives aim to reflect the violence that is universal. 10

Image courtesy of Priyanshi Jhaveri

Patrick Joseph explores the relationship between the analogue and the digital in his notes and sketches that are drawn from an archive of unrealised projects from 2007-2018. Image courtesy of Patrick Joseph

Robert Verrill presents a part of his studio in an installation. Here, objects rescued from oblivion in the local vicinity can be tended, sorted and arranged with some finding a new purpose as part of an art project. Image courtesy of Priyanshi Jhaveri


Emma Holloway’s handmade sketchbook is formed from a collection of discarded drawings, old cut-offs of paper and unused grounds, all leftovers from five years of attending life drawing classes on a regular basis. Image courtesy of Emma Holloway

Sepideh Khalili displays a sketchbook as a collection of different approaches she has towards research, correlating between origin, geometry and pattern. 12

Image courtesy of Sepideh Khalili

Carlos Sebastia displays a couple of mind maps about his photographic process. Image courtesy of Carlos Sebastia

Rafael MC will co-run a zine and sketchbooks workshop to explore publications as a way of gathering together individual and collaborative perspectives. Images courtesy of Rafael MC



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With special thanks to Gustavo Grandal Montero (Academic Support Librarian), Natasha Sabatini and Adam Ramejkis without whom this project would not have been possible, and to the Chelsea College of Arts for hosting the exhibition and events. 200 copies were published by Editorial Facsimile on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Art of Making Sense’ at Chelsea College of Arts, London from 29th May to 31st May 2018. All images are courtesy of the artists and curators.


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