May 25, 2021

Richard Kenton Webb and Mohini Chandra join postgraduate programmes

Arts University Plymouth

Richard Kenton Webb. Courtesy of Plymouth College of Art. 

Mohini Chandra, Paradise Lost, (still), 2017. Film.

Award-winning artists join Plymouth College of Art on postgraduate programmes.

Plymouth College of Art is home to a cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers, all seeking a critical space in which to interrogate and push the boundaries of their specialist creative interests and working practices, at a time when the world needs creatives more than ever.

We welcome recent UK and international graduates, as well as established practitioners who are already active in their specialist fields. There’s a rich suite of MA programmes available, including a route through to our MFA programme. Our academics and invited expert practitioners collaborate to explore radical approaches to an expanded creative practice, that propose new critical approaches to the relationships between topics that include social justice and creative learning, material exploration and interdisciplinary experimentation.

Our Postgraduate Centre is located in Studio 44, a few minutes walk from Plymouth College of Art’s main-campus.The centre provides flexible teaching, study and display spaces dedicated to postgraduate students.

Students have welcomed the college’s newest appointment, Richard Kenton Webb, as Senior Lecturer and Subject Tutor in MA Painting, Printmaking and Drawing. Richard has been announced as winner of the prestigious international Sunny Art Prize 2020. Richard said: “It was unbelievable to win such a prestigious art prize! I feel very excited about the possibilities and potential international collaborations that this award opens up, for both myself and Plymouth College of Art.”

Richard Kenton WebbSubject Tutor MA Fine Art
Richard is an artist and educator with over 30 years of teaching experience at institutions including The Slade School of Fine Art, London, and The Royal Drawing School, London. As well as teaching at some of the most respected art colleges in the UK, Richard has taken part in many residencies overseas, including The British School in Rome; Cité International des Arts, Paris; SACI International, Florence; LARQ, Tasmania, Australia and Tao Hua Tan, China.

An award-winning artist, Richard’s practice focuses on painting, drawing and printmaking. With a research focus on the grammar of art and its materiality, Richard makes his own paints and inks using pure pigments and is currently working on a series of imaginative drawings, paintings and linocuts inspired by John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost.

The Postgraduate Centre is also celebrating the success of Dr. Mohini Chandra, MA Photography Subject Leader with her latest shortlisting for the Jarman Award which recognises experimentation, innovation and imagination in UK artist filmmakers. Mohini has received previous awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Autograph ABP, the Arts Council England, the British Council and the Australia Council for the Arts and Asialink. Mohini has also been added to the Hundred Heroines list for 2020, celebrating women in photography with tenacity, passion and great creativity.

Dr Mohini Chandra—Subject Tutor MA Photography
Mohini’s work as an artist deals with articulations of identity and globalized spaces, and the role of the photographic in relation to memory and migration. She has an interest in photographic histories and the processes of visual culture within colonial, anthropological and ethnographic discourses and the imagery of contemporary globalized cultures.

Having previously worked across the Asia-Pacific region in search of diasporic narratives, her recent project Paradise Lost examines the complexities of colonial seafaring through the archaeology of shipwrecks, with a forthcoming solo show supported by Arts Council England at MIRROR, Plymouth College of Art’s new gallery platform.

She has exhibited in venues such as the Asia Society and Museum, the Queens Museum, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Photography as well as the First Johannesburg Biennale, Photo Kathmandu and in Now! Now! at Chelsea College of Art (presented by Iniva and BAM).

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