STEVE MEPSTED

STEVE MEPSTED

My first degree was in Fine Art Painting and I hold a Masters Degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication.

I am an artist who primarily uses photography to explore notions of community, neighbourhood and local identity. In doing so I hope to reflect the effect that infrastructural change, national policy and local activism has on the general ‘health’, capital, assets and resilience of (these) social structures and the populace. My current project is entitled ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ and is concerned with photographing the aftermath and events surrounding the Grenfell Tower disaster of June 14th 2017, which happened a few hundred yards away from where I live. 

I find myself more and more concerned with exploring complementary ways of making pictures: experimenting with the physical and metaphorical qualities of surface, exploiting analogue materials, ‘alternative’ processes, time-based media and installation.

I am an experienced teacher and presenter with over 25 years of practice, teaching across all levels at London College of Communication, Kensington and Chelsea College and The Cuming Museum. I am currently Programme Manager for Digital Media, Film and Photography at Morley College, London.

I have exhibited widely and write for publication in magazine, blog and book form. My writing and photographs have been published in Blueprint Magazine and AP Magazine amongst others. I am interested in exploring fresh ways of presenting photographs: in the gallery, in books and zines, via installation and through the use of sound and text. I work on location and from my studio, based in London.

EDUCATION 

MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, 2011-2012.

BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting), Chelsea College of Art & Design, London Institute 1990-1993

EXHIBITION 

‘Holborn Library’ Holborn Library, London, 2017. Group Show

‘Out of Office’ The Morley Gallery, London, 2017. Group Show.

‘Orphans’ - a Photographic installation under the Westway Flyover’ London, 2014. Solo Show

‘Media & Myth: Mass Media and the Vietnam War.’ Hundred Years Gallery, London, 2014. Exhibitor and Speaker

‘The Elephant in Focus - UK Economy’, Cuming Museum, London, 2012

‘Neither Snake Nor Lizard’, London College of Communication, 2011-2012

‘India Travelled’, Inn on the Green Gallery, London, 2010

‘Exemplar’, Hortensia Road Gallery, London, 2009

‘Domesticalia’, Old Street Gallery, London, 2007

‘Peter Stanley and Friends’, Hortensia Road Gallery, London 2007

‘360 Degrees’, The Roundhouse, London, 2001

‘Recent Paintings’, Balcony Bar, Portobello Road, 1998

‘Worth’, St. Pancras Chambers, London, 1998

‘LODE’, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 1994

‘The Raft’, ICA London, 1994

‘Post-Morality’, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, 1994

PUBLICATION

‘Airbrushing History’ - An interview with Philip Castle, Blueprint Magazine, Issue 331, November 2013

‘Economy’ - ‘The Elephant and Castle’, Group Photostory Book, Pub: University of the Arts, Mar 2012

‘The Co-op’, The People & Histories of the West Eleven Housing Co-operative’ Self Published, Dec 2011

‘Artists Page - ‘Letter’, 200 Limited Edition, Artists Book Year Book, 1995

‘A Man Staring out of the Back of his Head’ an Interview with Artist John Latham,
Artists Book Year Book, 1994

TEACHING

Thirty years’ experience as a teacher, trainer and manager in a range of institutions including London College of Communication, Kensington and Chelsea College, Morley College, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and The Cuming Museum. My first degree was in Fine Art painting and I am able to approach curriculum planning, course validation and project setting with a wide range of knowledge and skills. My main positions held during my time at KCC were as a Tutor in Design, Curriculum Leader for Multimedia and Performance Manager for Media and Performing Arts, along with a host of committee roles and project development activities.

UAL: London College of Communication
Visiting Lecturer. March 2013 – Present. Graphic Design and Communication
Speaker. ‘NAM’: Media, Popular Culture and the Vietnam War. March 2012
Speaking to MA students and UAL Staff on my paper detailing an interview with Philip Castle. Poster Designer for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’
Tutor in Communication Studies and Photography for cohorts of international students.

Morley College, London
Programme Manager for Digital Media Film and Photography. 2015-Present
Management of a large team of teaching staff and the development of curricula both accredited and non-accredited

Kensington and Chelsea College
Performance Manager, Media and Performing Arts.
Sep 2009 – Jan 2011
Management of a large team of teaching staff and the success, retention, and achievement of all students within the Curricula of Multimedia, Graphic Design, Web Design, Music, Dance and Performance.

Kensington and Chelsea College
Curriculum Leader: Multimedia and Graphics
Sep 2003 – Sep 2009
Led a large team of staff, taught and devised curricula for Multimedia, Graphic Design, Web Design, DVD and Film production.