Yemi Awosile is a designer living and working in London. She teaches on the design (graphic, textile and fashion) module of the YAP. Her recent projects include collaborations with the De La Warr Pavilion, Tent Rotterdam, Tate Gallery, Contemporary And (C&) magazine, Design Museum, ICA, Crafts Council, and British Council. She trained as a textile designer at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art. She has taught textile design for a number of years at Loughborough University in the School of the Arts and worked as an artist educator in museums and art organisations. Yemi is an alumnus of Open School East (2013–14).
James Binning, teaching on the design module of the YAP, is a founding member of the award-winning design collective Assemble, an interdisciplinary collective practice whose work is focused on the cultural use and physical form of our environment. James has worked on a number of public, cultural, institutional, furniture and installation projects with a range of lifespans and across a range of scales alongside teaching at The Cass School of Art and Design in London.
Adam Chodzko (teaching on the film module of the YAP) lives in Whitstable, Kent. Adam is an artist working across media, exploring our conscious and unconscious behaviours, social relations and collective imaginations through artworks that are propositions for alternative forms of ‘social media’. Exhibiting work nationally and internationally his work speculates how, through the visual, we might best connect with others.
Since 1991 Chodzko has exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions including: Tate Britain; Tate, St Ives; Raven Row, London; Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (MAMBo); The Benaki Museum, Athens; Athens Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Venice Biennale; Royal Academy, London; Deste Foundation, Athens; PS1, NY; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Kunstmuseum Luzern etc. Projects include commissions by Creative Time, New York, The Contemporary Art Society, Wellcome Trust, Frieze Art Fair and Hayward Gallery. Awards include: Hamlyn Foundation (2002) and the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York (2002), AHRC Research Fellowship in the Film Department at the University of Kent, Canterbury (2007), Jarman Awards shortlist (2015), DACS Art360 Award to develop a comprehensive archive of his practice, (2016).
Nicolas Deshayes (teaching on the sculpture module of the YAP) is an artist living and working in Dover, Kent. He makes sculpture from a wide range of industrial processes and materials such as cast iron, factory ceramics and vitreous enamel. Drawing on the history and temperature of these processes he explores the relationship between industrialisation and the human body, by pitting materials that are usually used for sanitation, medical or civic situations against the malleability of being human.
Nicolas was born in Nancy, France (1983). He graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture (2009) after completing a BA in Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and Design London (2005). His work has been included in exhibitions at E:Werk, Luckenwalde, Germany; Tate St Ives, Cornwall; Pump House Gallery, London; Modern Art, London; Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Ca’ Pesaro Museum of Modern Art, Venice; Museion Bolzano, Italy; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; Inverlith House, Edinburgh; Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds; Kestnergesselschaft, Hannover, FRAC Ile de France and FRAC Grand Large, France.
Cynthia Lawrence-John (teaching on the design module of the YAP) has lived in Thanet for 3 years. She began her career as a photographer, shooting documentary and fashion portraits as well as creating photographic installations based around race and gender issues. Her work has appeared in group shows in the UK, Germany and Belgium. Cynthia’s career has spanned many genres and areas including fashion, music and film, working as both a practitioner and commissioner of projects, she has always been particularly passionate about mentoring young women, particularly those who feel marginalised and unrepresented.
Over the past 20 years and still to date , Cynthia has worked mainly as a fashion stylist/creative director–collaborating with photographers and film makers–utilising fashion as a means to tell stories and evoke social and political dialogues.
Dan Scott (teaching on the sound, music and radio production module of the YAP) is an artist and musician based in Margate. He works across installation, performance, sound and socially-engaged practice and has shared his work at Tate Modern, De La Warr Pavilion, Turner Contemporary, Venice Agendas and Whistable Bienalle, amongst others. He has recently completed a PhD at the University of the Arts in London on the practices of listening within contemporary art.
Kellenberger–White (teaching on the design module of the YAP) is a London-based graphic design studio with an international reputation for context-specific design schemes that combine bespoke typography, craft techniques and digital technologies. For ten years, the studio has developed visual languages that are responsive and process-led – from books, websites and printed matter to branding, wayfinding and exhibitions. Eva Kellenberger and Sebastian White began their creative partnership while studying at the Royal College of Art. They have been invited to exhibit and talk around the world, and their work is held in public collections in Europe. Kellenberger–White’s identity for the Glasgow International arts festival was shortlisted by the Design Museum for Designs of the Year 2015. Awards include the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2016. In 2018, the studio’s ‘Alphabet’ installation was headline project for the London Design Festival.
Adam Willis, teaching on the design module of the YAP, is a founding member of the award-winning design collective Assemble, an interdisciplinary collective practice whose work is focused on the cultural use and physical form of our environment. has worked on the production of ceramic tableware, to the construction of a temporary cinema to, most recently, the design of a new public art gallery for Goldsmiths University. Adam has previously taught Architecture at the University of East London, and has been an invited critic at schools across the UK and Europe, from the University of Cambridge to ETH Zurich.