Department of Art Open Days

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The Department of Art at Goldsmiths holds its Open Days during the Autumn term.

Please note that these Open Days do not include other departments, such as the Department of Design. You can find out more about studying in other departments at Goldsmiths Open Days.

Postgraduate Departmental Open Day, 4 December 2019 - Cancelled

The Postgraduate Departmental Open Day has been cancelled due to industrial action.

There will be an Open Day event for MA Artists' Film & Moving Image applicants on Thursday, 5 December at 2pm at Curzon Goldsmiths. This will include an introductory talk from the Programme Director and there will be an opportunity to view the work of previous graduates.

To confirm your attendance or for more information please contact artistsmovingimage (@gold.ac.uk).

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Steve McQueen

Photo of Steve McQueen
Turner Prize-winning artist and film-maker who was the first black director to win a Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years a Slave.

Steve McQueen made his first films at Goldsmiths, graduating from the BA Fine Art course in 1993. In the same year he made Bear, which documented an ambiguous encounter between two naked men, one of whom is McQueen himself. The film raised issues about violence, homoeroticism and race, themes that continue to influence McQueen's work. In the years that followed he made more short films, often projecting them onto the walls of an enclosed gallery space, for heightened intimacy.

In 1999 he won the Turner Prize for his original and uncompromising approach to film installation and his innovative presentation of work in other media. The organisers commented on McQueen’s ability to “take a simple incident or image and evoke complex emotions and ideas from them”.

During his varied career he has also worked as an official war artist in Iraq (2006), and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2009.

In recent years McQueen has gained critical acclaim for filmmaking. In 2008 he won a BAFTA and the prestigious Caméra d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival for Hunger, his feature film about the 1981 Irish hunger strike. He co-wrote and directed Shame (2011), “a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction”.

His most celebrated film, 12 Years A Slave, is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup and brings to life the incredible true story of a free man who was forced into slavery. The film – which has been described by The New Yorker as "easily the greatest film ever made about American slavery" – has won awards including an Oscar for Best Picture, the first film with a black director to scoop the award. It also earned a BAFTA for Best Film, and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.