Spitalfields Music Festival
The Spitalfields Music Festival catalogues represent an 11year collaboration (1996-2006 inclusive) between photography students from The Sir John Cass School of Art (The Cass) under the guidance of the former head of photography Mick Williamson, graphic designer Tamasin Cole, and the Spitalfields Music Festival itself. Each year photography students would respond to a brief from the designer to produce photographs for the catalogue and Tamasin would then work her magic with images and text for the catalogues. The students also made work for a small annual exhibition, which took place in The Festival venue, Christ Church Spitalfields. A selection of this work is viewable here on the website catalogue pages.
Mick Williamson is the former Head of Photography at The Cass, where he worked for 46 years. Throughout his time there, Mick always encouraged connections with local and national groups and businesses in order to offer the students valuable opportunities to participate in professional practice with public outcomes. The students benefitted greatly from the experience of working with genuine clients, and seeing their work published and on public display.
Judith Serota, the former Spitalfields Music Festival Manager, said of designer Tamasin Cole, “I was looking for a graphic designer with musical knowledge, to work on the Spitalfields festival programme book, an A4 volume of some 100 pages. Tamasin was the perfect choice. I didn't have to explain that page turns had to be placed with particular care, or that movements and composers dates needed to be clear. Tamasin was a brilliant designer.”