The Inventors: Artist Announcement and Student Project Ambassadors

The University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries are thrilled to share the success of Mres alumnus, Ming Wu, who is taking part in The Inventors, alongside four Illustration students supporting the project.

Aspex & The Makers Guild are delighted to announce the three artists commissioned for their Summer project The Inventors.  The CCI students will work as Project Ambassadors with The Inventors.  They are Olivia Nelson (Illustration MA) and Matthew Gurr, Megan MacDonald, and Josie Keable (BA (Hons) Illustration).

Each artist has been commissioned to act as an inventor, working with the people of Portsmouth to explore new ways of making through a series of workshops, exhibitions and artist residencies. These events will take place across the city, culminating at Victorious Festival in August 2018.

The Inventors are:

  • Jon Lockhart is as an artist and arts educator, working in mixed media installation using made and found objects. Jon has worked on a wide selection of community engaged residencies and projects in the UK and abroad.
  • Fern Toynton describes herself as a “designer, thinker and maker. With a maker’s mentality and a love of being in the workshop”. This inventor’s work work has been shown on Dezeen and in publications such as Frame and Crafts.
  • Ming Wu is a Portsmouth born Industrial Designer. His practice is diverse, from designing underground trains, to a simple tea set.

Ming is a graduate from University for the Creative Arts: Farnham in Product Design, he progressed on to completing an MRes in Technology from the University of Portsmouth. His design practice takes him to many different areas of work, from designing underground trains, to a tea set. This is evident in the methods that create most of his work, integrating the latest technology and methods to create geometric shapes that are hard to achieve through traditional methods.

Explaining why he is taking part in The Inventors, Ming said: “This project allows me to spread my love of creating almost anything”.

The Inventors is inspired by Aspex’s Summer exhibition Push & Pull from the artist Will Cruickshank, who creates work through the use of hand-made machines and jigs. The exhibition is on show until 19 September 2018.

To get involved, or simply learn more about the commissioned Inventors, visit here or pick up a brochure from the Gallery.

The Inventors is supported by Building IS, Conquest Kitchens, Gunwharf Quays, the University of Portsmouth’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and Seadog Print Studio.

Aspex​ is a unique contemporary art Gallery located in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. Our mission is to support emerging artists and reveal the creative process. We connect people with artists, creating opportunities to experience contemporary visual art in a broad variety of ways; from looking and discussing, to making and curating.

The Makers Guild CIC is an initiative created to inspire the next generation of innovators and makers, in fields relating to: design, art, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Makers Guild provide access to a vast bank of knowledge and skills, paired with a range of tools, equipment and technology.

Katie Clarke

Katie Clarke is a Media Studies Student, currently on her Placement Year, working as Promotions Assistant for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Portsmouth.

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