Visiting Artists

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Georgina Stabler, TASIS England Class of 2012, graduated this past spring from Oxford Brookes University with a BA (Hons) degree in Interior Architecture. As this year’s Alumni Visiting Artist, she’ll be on campus in October, working with TASIS England Visual Art and Humanities classes. Her Fleming Gallery Exhibition features a series of innovative and compelling projects from her course work at Oxford Brookes. The show will focus on the importance of problem-solving in the design process, allowing viewers to follow the evolution and development of the designer’s ideas.


We are very happy to present John Sweetman as our visiting artist for the month of October. John visited TASIS England the week before October break and worked extensively with our Upper School Photography, IB Visual Arts, and Culture & Values classes. John’s exhibition is entitled Frames of Reference: An investigation into seeing the world through the visual framework of photography. Through his numerous gallery talks and studio visits with students, John provided a week filled with insightful ideas and stimulating discussions.

An educator with seventeen years of experience teaching in Canada, Hong Kong, Hungary, Oman, and South Korea, Canadian photographer John Sweetman knows well the rewards of learning from first-hand experience, and has enjoyed the continual challenges and eye-opening encounters that foreign travel offers. He is now based in Toronto, Ontario, where he teaches Photography, Art, and Design at the secondary level and is an IB Visual Arts examiner. With a background in Documentary Media, Industrial De- sign, and Architecture, Sweetman has a particular photographic interest in documenting the built environment and its relationship to the natural landscape. John Sweetman’s photographs and writings can be viewed at: www.johnsweetman.wordpress.com

An excerpt from his statement for the exhibition:

What’s in the frame is everything. To believe that photographers simply show the world the way it is in front of them is naive. When we see photographs we see select fragments of a world. The corollary of the opening line is also true – what’s outside of the frame is not there. It is invisible. Therefore photography not only describes a world, it defines it to a large degree. As a photographer I am aware of this duality of the frame every time I compose an image in my viewfinder. I often experiment with ways to subvert the frame, or to play within it. At times I try my best to get the image to expand beyond it. But it is always there imposing its boundaries on what I can and cannot see with my camera. 



Savannah, Georgia, USA 2012

Budapest Opera Eyes

Budapest, Hungary 1998

Cerro Colorado, Urugay

Cerro Colorado, Urugay 2013

Visiting Photographer Exhibition

A view of John Sweetman’s Exhibition: Frames of Reference

IB students discussing the work of visiting photographer, John Sweetman

IB students discussing the work of visiting photographer, John Sweetman

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Lauren Dorman, our first visiting artist this year is an alumni of TASIS England, class of 1989. Lauren completed her Masters of Art in Natural History Illustration with an Ecology Emphasis at the Royal College of Art, London. This followed an Illustrative Arts degree with first class honours from City & Guilds London Art School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration course at the Parsons School of Design in Paris. Since graduation, she has worked as a freelance wildlife artist, illustrator and graphics designer. She has illustrated several publications, and exhibited in group and solo shows. She actively supports several conservation groups, including the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, raising awareness and funds for the survival of some of the most threatened species on earth.

We were delighted to have Lauren Dorman with us at TASIS in September. Lauren worked with our art classes in each divisional level, giving some terrific gallery talks and studio demonstrations. It was also inspiring to see Lauren working on current paintings right in the Fleming Gallery!

Lauren Dorman - sketchbook page and painting

8th Grade Photography and IB Visual Arts classes had a special treat on Monday as TASIS England Alum, Photojournalist Conner Jay dropped by to share his work with photography students. Conner has been working as a photographer and multimedia journalist for the Salinas Californian and has recently been awarded San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographer Association’s National Journalism Award for his documentation of gangs in small towns of rural California. Conner shared some incredible work from his extensive portfolio site, pathosphoto. During his talks, Conner offered students great advice on being open to unexpected moments, capturing peak action and moments of emotion. He also explained the importance of developing relationships and building community in documentary photojournalism.



We were very fortunate to have two talented visiting artists spend some time working with TASIS students earlier in this school year. Below are several images of studio projects and activities with both Carolyn Genders and Annabelle Elford.

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The Fleming Gallery is proud to present Carolyn Genders, Works 2005 – 2012, the second installment in our Visiting Artist series. Carolyn draws inspiration from the natural world. Her ceramic forms are created in response to the rhythms, patterns and surfaces that she sees throughout the landscape. Carolyn’s work is featured in many prominent collections and she is also the author of several successful books: Sources of Inspiration and Pattern, Colour & Form: New Approaches to Creativity, both published by A&C Black. She has lectured at Christchurch University, Canterbury, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the International Festival of Ceramics in Dorset. She is currently a short-course tutor at West Dean College. We are delighted to have Carolyn here with us this month. Stay tuned for more!

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The Fleming Gallery is proud to present Annabelle Elford’s INDIGO SKY: Arrival and Endurance in Afghanistan, as the first show in our Visiting Artist Series for this new school year. The show will feature drawings and paintings that seek to understand and process the experiences of the artist’s son, who is currently stationed in Afganistan. The show will be on display in the Fleming Gallery from 7 September through 15 October, 2012.

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The second show in our Visiting Artist series featured work by painters Alan Mitchell and Matthew Weemaels. A variety of themes run through the work of both artists, most notably are reflection, time and memory. Matthew is a Belgian-based painter whose work is being carried by several galleries in Brussels and Denmark. Alan was also visiting us from Belgium where he teaches at St. John’s International School. We were very fortunate to have Alan visit many of our studio classes during his time here to work with students and give several gallery talks.


We were very lucky to have an exhibition this fall from artist Joanna Veevers as part of our visiting artists program. Joanna is an artist and educator with a background in textiles and ceramics. For her ceramics pieces, she utilizes a very unique process of drawing with layers of slip prior to casting and firing. This gives her pieces extraordinary detail that could be associated more with some printmaking processes than with ceramics. Also on exhibit was a range of other works including intricately detailed sketchbooks, collections of natural and found objects, as well as several textile pieces and a few collograph prints. In addition to setting up the show, Joanna was also on hand for several days to work with students and gave some terrific printmaking demonstrations and gallery talks.

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