Consultancy and commissions

A resource for creative intelligence

Creative thinking is always in demand. Kingston School of Art has the people and the ideas to add content, originality and breadth to any project. Staff and students can be commissioned to undertake creative production and research consultancy projects.

Creativity and insight

Kingston School of Art staff and students can help with any aspect of art and design. We offer creative ideas; product piloting, prototyping and launching; research insights; and knowledge exchange.

Reflective but responsive

Many universities focus on commercial projects. At Kingston School of Art, we are more conversational. We enjoy working on commissions that are about artistic dialogue, interaction and experimentation.

And our offer is not fixed: we are responsive to the uniqueness of a client's brief and will always offer a bespoke solution.

Studio KT1

Studio KT1 is a new offering from Kingston School of Art and Kingston University giving the opportunity to students to work on commercial briefs with real world experience, getting paid for their work alongside their studies.

We've worked with Mozilla on an AI installation for their annual festival, built a light-up polar bear for Veolia to highlight homelessness in the capital, disrupted the TBD Conference with an office chair race and are about to launch "Kingston Canvas" with Kingston First: wrapping vacant shops in Kingston with student artwork. We've also been curating events and installations at the Bentall Centre over the past year.

The initiative aims to increase student employability, encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and develop new products and services, and makes student talent available under a commercial model for the very first time.

Studio KT1

The hunt for an expert communicator

The Big Painting Challenge is a BBC One art programme. Contestants are set weekly challenges set by the judges. They are guided along the way by an art expert.

The show's producers were looking for an art mentor who could explain complex artistic ideas and practices. This person would need the communication skills to strike a balance between clarity and detail. They chose Kingston School of Art lecturer, Pascal Anson.

Pascal Anson: It's all about understanding

Pascal Anson is a tutor on graphic design, product and furniture design, and art foundation courses. He helps students to see things in a different way by giving them a fuller understanding of the subject matter.

"Mastering a technique like perspective is not about being good at drawing, it's about being good at understanding. I'm always looking for alternative ways to help people understand the world that's around them," says Pascal.

A man of many talents

Pascal has gone on to create a series of YouTube videos. The videos were spotted by Penguin and this led to a book deal. His book, Ordinary Made Extraordinary, charts his explorations and inventive creations.

Contributing to The Big Painting Challenge has definitely been a positive experience for Pascal. His contribution has also benefited the show. The Big Painting Challenge is a well-received multi-series programme.

Hiring a consultant from Kingston School of Art can add value to any project. Can we help you? Why not email us now.

I'm always looking for alternative ways to help people understand the world that's around them

Pascal Anson, Tutor, Graphic Design

Pascal Anson, Tutor, Graphic Design

The V&A Awards: the search for the country's best illustrators

Every year the Victoria and Albert Museum looks for the most talented illustrators in the country. The "V&A Awards" recognise the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year.

The winning entries are exhibited in the museum itself so entrants are competing for a prestigious commission.

Vivien Chan: an undergraduate with vision and energy

The Student Illustrator of the Year Award recognises up-and-coming illustrators while they are still learning their craft. Vivien Chan was in her second year of Kingston School of Art Illustration Animation BA(Hons) course when she entered the competition.

Earlier that year, Vivien had attended the London Fashion Show, where she gained access to the backstage area and the catwalk. She spent up to 13 hours a day over five days creating 70 drawings. She submitted three of these to the V&A Awards, and won the runner-up prize.

The winning ingredient: a unique and broad course syllabus

Vivien puts her success down to the education she received at Kingston School of Art. She said at the time: "I think my course is a very unique one. It's broad enough to cover so many aspects of the illustration and animation industry. Without the particular set-up of the course I would never have been able to look beyond an illustration and see what it could become."

My course is a very unique one. It's broad enough to cover so many aspects of the illustration and animation industry.

Vivien Chan, Illustration Animation BA(Hons) student

Vivien Chan, Illustration Animation BA(Hons) student

Sustainable sculptures for the Canadian High Commission

Students from Kingston School of Art created sculptures that were installed in the Canadian High Commission in Central London. The project centred around sustainability and was inspired by Canada's Inuit and First Nation hunters. The installation coincided with the launch of London Fashion Week.

The eight second-year Fashion BA(Hons) worked alongside fashion sustainability champion Dr Noki and London-based Canadian designer Todd Lynn.

Highlighting the importance of ecological concerns in fashion

The students were keen to demonstrate the potential for sustainable design practices. They recycled items from second hand shops and materials from their own wardrobes to mirror the sustainable approach of Canada's indigenous communities.

Great for sustainability and great for the Canadian High Commission

The team at Canada House were delighted to be able to collaborate with the students. Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette, said: "The fashion sculptures created for display in our windows tap into stories of Canada's First Nations and Inuit communities and everyday life in the Canadian north. The impressive use of up-cycling and sustainable materials demonstrate the true power of imagination."

The impressive use of up-cycling and sustainable materials demonstrate the true power of imagination.

Janice Charette, Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Janice Charette, Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Talk to us

We welcome conversations on art and design commissions from organisations and institutions.

Please email us to discuss your ideas.