Shades of Noir’s at Camberwell College of Art’s Undergraduate Degree Show 2016

The show must go on! ..And so it did, with great success!

The Camberwell Degree Shows Private View took place on Monday 20 June 6pm – 9pm and the turnout was eventful, to say the least.

This year the show was divided into two sections. The Fine Art pathway curated in the main building (1970s block, North block, and South) on Peckham Road and the Graphic Design, Illustration and 3D Design exhibiting in the CCW Progression Centre Building on Wilson Rd.

The 2015-2016 academic year was going to be a tough one, as students returned to their college; newcomers returned from freshers, anticipating their first year at Camberwell, meeting and greeting their peers, there were many things that had changed over the summer which we would all soon find out about. The main workshop facilities had moved to smaller spaces, such as the fourth floor of the main building or to the Progression Centre. Technicians had been allocated, were no longer working at Camberwell or would return temporarily to cover others. Students were given notice and informed about the works that were going to take place, but it is one thing to be warned about disruptions and another to actually experience these changes and adapt to them accordingly. This leads to the students union campaign of ‘Compensation of Camberwell’ making students concerns and opinions heard and student surveys on experiences at Camberwell.  But even through what seemed to be a turbulent time at Camberwell with tensions high, the degree show reflected a high level of creativity and adaptability to their altered environment.

SON ventured through Camberwell’s Degree 2016 Show and created a list of


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Rhian Spencer-Noronha ‘Black Faces In White Spaces’

Fine Art students exhibited via new digital platforms such as pieces by Rhian Spencer-Noronha ‘Black Faces In White Spaces’, who uses drawing as the observational tool. Site- specific works such as Dionne Wards ‘The Colour Terracotta’ and installations such as Ikra Arshad’s playful supersize sketchbook installation.

Dionne Wards 'The Colour Terracotta

Dionne Wards ‘The Colour Terracotta

Ikra Arshad's playful supersize sketchbook installation

Ikra Arshad’s playful supersize sketchbook installation

We found that this year presented many sculptural pieces and installations coming from all pathways. Ebun A Sodipo’s sound and visual installation was exhibited on the Sculpture Floor in the 1970’s block. 

Ebun A Sodipo’s sound and visual installation

Ebun A Sodipo’s sound and visual installation

”Every year I watch 3rd-year students with anticipation and wonder. I witness them begin to trust their intuition. They start to realise that their individual interests and responses to the world around them are valid starting points. An increased confidence along with a ‘now or never’ mentality enables risk taking and bold steps. They take ownership and often surprise themselves with the leaps forward they make in their work. ” – Annette Robinson Drawing Tutor,

Chinoko Sakamoto's large scale ceramic pots

Chinoko Sakamoto’s large scale ceramic pots

We journeyed from room to room, encountering strong sculptural pieces such as Chinoko Sakamoto’s large scale ceramic pots, to nostalgic photography by Rochelle White and thought-provoking images by Cari Addy’s ‘21%’

Image 6 Rochelle White 'Index (Version 2)'

Rochelle White

Image 7 Cari Addy '21%'

Cari Addy’s ‘21%’

”Working towards a show is not like landing a plane but there are some similarities”  – ”To make a show is to invest in a thought or a moment that could in the cold light of day seem both futile and possibly underwhelming. To have the courage to commit to such a  moment can reveal very real human thoughts and conditions. – Neil Rumming

Let’s not forget the Design Students and their show at Wilson Road, and what a show it was. With an illustrative installation by Habiba Nabisubi titled ’14’, a reflection on the new cross fire that took place at flat 439 on the morning of 18.01.81 and the events that took place later that year. Graphics very own Kane Coeur- De -Lion Chung with ‘BLACK:FACES’, a piece of black history being revised, erased or even “white-washed”.

Kane Coeur- De -Lion Chung 'BLACK FACES'

Kane Coeur- De -Lion Chung ‘BLACK FACES’


image 8 Habiba Nabisubi - '14'

Habiba Nabisubi

Finally, we end our TOP 10 SON DEGREE SHOW ARTISTS with 3D Design’s Darren Appiagyei. Presenting pieces inspired by his cultural heritage. The ‘Banksia Jar’ and ‘The Ashanti Stool’, which was a representation of naivety and direct inexperience of the culture of Ghana. The reinvention represents the eagerness to learn and understand his own cultural identity through making.

Darren Appiagyei 'The Banksia Jar'

Darren Appiagyei ‘The Banksia Jar’

Image 12 Darren Appiagyei ' The Ashanti Stool'

Darren Appiagyei ‘ The Ashanti Stool’

That concludes SON’s coverage of Camberwell’s 2016 Degree show. Congratulations to you all and to all Camberwell Students that participated in the degree show. We wish you all the best in your creative paths and to our list of 10 SON Camberwell Artists of 2016, we salute you!

”The quality of the work on display, that encompasses the breadth of concerns in the art world more generally, is testament to the quality of the dialogues that take place each and every day in the studios and workshops here. I thank all the academic, technical, and administrative staff, and the Dean for helping in different way to facilitate those conversations that have and will continue to be so very fruitful for these graduates. – Daniel Sturgis Head of Painting.


Artists Blogs and sites:


  • Rhian Spencer-Noronha:
  • Dionne Ward:
  • Ikra Arshad:
  • Cari Addy:
  • Rochelle White:
  • Chinoko Sakamoto:
  • Ebun A Sodipo:
  • Kane Coeur- De -Lion Chung:
  • Habiba Nabisubi:
  • Darren Appiagyei:  Instagram : inthegrain93  email:


Image References:


  • Image 1: Gif format, courtesy of the artist.


  • Image 2: Original image, courtesy of the artist.


  • Image 3: Original image, courtesy of the artist.


  • Image 4: Taken from artist’s site with permission


  • Image 5: Photograph taken by Josh Philpott


  • Image 6: Original image, courtesy of the artist


  • Image 7: Screen capture of original image from the artist’s site, permission to use    image given by the artist.


  • Image 8: Original images, courtesy of the artist


  • Image 9: Above


  • Image 10: Original image, courtesy of the artist


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  • Image 12: Original image, courtesy of the artist