From Goldsmiths Summer School to national recognition

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A recent graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London has been awarded the revered ALUMNO/SPACE award for young artists.

Djofray Makumbu 'Dreams'

Djofray Makumbu and Karen Davies (SPACE Head of Artist Development)

Djofray Makumbu, 23, was introduced to the University at the age of 18 via its Summer School programme and has since gone on to complete a BA in Fine Art this year.

He has been recognised for his 2017 final year project, ‘Dreams’.

His award-winning degree show project was influenced by his upbringing in east London.

The multimedia installation features digital and stop motion animation, video, sculpture, painting and performance.

It tackles a range of subjects including street culture, hip hop and drug abuse.

His prize is a year-long residency in a state of the art studio in Old Southwark Town Hall, Camberwell. The studio rental is supported with a year’s stipend from the Department of Art at Goldsmiths.

The Goldsmiths Summer School aims to encourage local London teenagers with a talent for art to experience what it’s like to study at university.

Students who would be the first in their family to attend Higher Education, like Djofray, are prioritised.

Run over two weeks in the Goldsmiths art studios, the course encourages students to create work with found materials, experiment with new methods, attend critical studies, gallery visits and make a final exhibition.

Djofray was part of the programme in 2014 after meeting Goldsmiths staff at his foundation college, BSix in Hackney, and impressing with his stop motion animation about the New York Graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.