Neasden Control Centre
Stephen Smith came to our University last year to give a lecture, I had not discovered Neasden Control Centre before this lecture and was pleasantly surprised.
I am writing about this again as I feel this company is a encouraging group and can provoke people to step over the boundaries of design. He has definitely made me challenge my way of designing and making sure I develop my creative skills.
Steve Smith has been working for many years, his company is in London in a place called Neasden and therefore his company is called the Neasden control centre. It was an exceptionally very interesting lecture and inspired me to start drawing again. I was disappointed that I wasn’t picked to do a workshop with him but it was for people who didn’t really do illustrations or draw so am sure it was so much more encouraging for them.
Neasden Control Centre is Stephen Smith - working broadly across disciplines in creative direction, graphic, installation, film and motion. Since its establishment it continues to develop by hand a raw, layered, collaged, and primal approach while expanding in scope and vision. The mission is always to remain experimental and diverse working closely with clients, curators, galleries and institutions on a broad range of specific print executions, billboards and other one-off projects. NCC has released three monographs/books: Neasden Control Centre (Die Gestalten Verlag, 2003); Smithfield Building (Rojo, 2006); and Lost Control (Die Gestalten Verlag, 2007). Both the 2003 and 2006 books have sold out. Other work includes editioned screenprints, zines and working with universitites / publishing houses on a broad range of exhibitions, public programme's, installations, talks and workshops. NCC has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions across Europe and in Group Shows that include the Spank The Monkey exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art where NCC together with Banksy and David Shrigley were the three invited British artists. As well as regular commissions, NCC has attracted Arts Council of England and British Council support for its projects.