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Inspirational quotes from UAL honourees 2015

Congratulations to the class of 2015 on a fantastic graduation week at the Southbank Centre. Speeches were made, hats were thrown, photos were snapped and the clapping and cheering from proud friends and families nearly took the roof off the Royal Festival Hall.

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We had an exceptional list of honorary graduates this year, all of whom had inspiring and energising words of wisdom to pass on to our new graduates. We’ve picked our favourites below.

Bill Amberg: “Remember to look up. Take everything in and make the most of opportunities.”

Zeinab Badawi: “If you are always guided by passion and compassion, you will truly have a life of meaning.”

Jonathan Barnbrook: “Be nice. Your personality is as much a part of your portfolio as your work.”

Simon Costin: “Stay weird and stay wonderful. Come on, class of 2015 – get out there and ruffle some feathers!”

Ilse Crawford: “Ask questions and be curious. Everyone wants to be interesting, but it’s so much better to be interested.”

Tacita Dean: “Stick with your process, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and take your time.”

Theo Fennell: “You are the luckiest people in the world with your whole creative lives ahead of you.”

Ralph Fiennes: “Let us, as artists, never stop asking questions & provoking each other to interpret.”

Tom Hardy: “It’s okay to fail. You learn so much more from failure – it’s not embarrassing.”

Phoebe Philo: “Be brave. Work hard, be true to yourself, and remember to enjoy yourself along the way.”

Peter Saville: “Your education hasn’t finished today. You have just started.”

To get an even better idea of the happy atmosphere of graduation week, you can search for our very popular hashtag #UALgrads on Twitter or on Instagram.

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[Photos by Ivan Jones]

UAL sustainability projects gain national nominations and awards

LCF graduates - Here Today Here Tomorrow

UAL’s commitment to sustainability has been celebrated through a series of nominations and awards. UAL talent received several nominations and an award at the recent Observer Ethical Awards, which was followed by seven nominations for this year’s Green Gown Awards.

The Observer Ethical Awards, which took place on 2 July at the V&A and are now in their tenth year, highlight ethical and environmental success throughout the UK and internationally. UAL’s work on improving the ethical and environmental standards of its suppliers – through the implementation of an index measuring sustainability ineconomic, social and environmental terms – led to a nomination in the arts and culture category. Visit meetthetide.com to find out more

The sustainable style category award was won by a group of London College of Fashion alumni from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. They currently work as mentors at the Centre, and their enterprise, ‘Here Today Here Tomorrow’ sells fashion items and accessories that have a known provenance. Also shortlisted for the sustainable style award was London College of Fashion’s Rosalie McMillan, who works on the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s business support programme. She was nominated for her handcrafted ‘java rock’ necklace, made from material derived from recycled coffee grounds. Lucy Siegle, who hosted the awards, was wearing an outfit from womenswear brand Kitty Ferreira, which was founded by London College of Fashion graduate Valerie Goode and is also part of the Centre’s business support programme. The Centre’s director, fashion designer Dilys Williams, has held the honour of sitting on the judging panel since 2008, and was joined this year by luminaries including children’s charity founder Camila Batmanghelidjh and broadcaster Stacey Dooley.

UAL also received several nominations for the Green Gown Awards including a nomination in the food and drink category for ‘Food for Life’, its catering facility, the first of its kind to receive the Gold Catering Mark by the Soil Association. The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. Other nominated projects came from London College of Fashion, including Rachel Clowes’s ‘Grow a Garment’ initiative in the research and development category and ‘Creative Collaborations/Design+Make’ in the community innovation category. London College of Fashion’s Professor Frances Corner OBE, Dr Rosemary Willatt and student Charlotte Rebekah Instone have also been shortlisted for the awards.

These accolades demonstrate the impact of UAL’s sustainability agenda. The finalists of the Green Gown Awards will be announced on 26 November.

Find out more

The Observer Ethical Awards

The Green Gown Awards

UAL’s sustainability index

Centre for Sustainable Fashion

 

New UAL campus at the heart of proposals for Elephant & Castle town centre regeneration

University of the Arts London (UAL) has announced a new cutting-edge campus for London College of Communication and a new centre for its core university services at the heart of proposals for the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

An architect's impression of how the proposed Elephant & Castle development could look.

UAL’s presence in the proposed development will reinforce the status of the area as a major cultural and educational destination in central London.

The new campus for London College of Communication builds upon a number of high-profile estates investments undertaken by UAL including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, the relocation of London College of Fashion to the Olympic Park at Stratford by 2021 and the completion of its Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.

Incorporating the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the adjacent London College of Communication’s existing site, initial proposals will include a first class shopping and leisure destination with new homes to rent for people living and working in London, state-of-the-art educational facilities for UAL students, excellent transport links and enhanced public spaces. It will build upon the existing community and cultural diversity of the area and sit at the heart of the changes within the local area.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of Arts London, said: “We are delighted that a new cutting edge campus for London College of Communication and a new centre for UAL’s core university services will be at the heart of one of London’s most exciting regeneration projects. UAL is proud to have been at the heart of Elephant & Castle for more than half a century and this development will mean we are there for years to come. This investment will mean a great deal to our staff and students, many of whom live and contribute in many exciting ways to the vibrancy of Elephant & Castle.”

The Elephant and Castle town centre redevelopment is the lynchpin to the wider £3 billion regeneration underway in the area and integral to Southwark’s wider regeneration plan, which includes the creation of a new pedestrianised town centre, market square, 5,000 new and replacement homes, approximately 500,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, an integrated public transport hub and five green spaces.

The emerging proposals for the new town centre were officially announced today by Delancey’s client fund DV4 and Europe’s largest pension fund asset manager, APG.

Jamie Ritblat, on behalf of Delancey and APG commented: “We want the community to be at the heart of our proposals for the revitalisation and renewal of the town centre, and in that spirit and objective, local feedback is key to ensuring that our vision corresponds to that of the local community and the wider activities within the regeneration area. This public exhibition will show for the first time our emerging plans to deliver a fantastic new town centre at the heart of Elephant and Castle. Proposals include new world-class educational facilities, a significant increase in homes for rent and improved shopping and public realm for locals and visitors alike. We would like to encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and provide feedback to help inform the next stage of the design process.”

The proposals are at the centrepiece of a public exhibition to be held in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre from 9 to 11 July. Local stakeholders, businesses, residents and community groups are being invited to contribute to the evolving proposals and meet some members of the team including lead architects, Allies & Morrison.

UAL to present honorary awards to leading creative figures

Oscar-nominated actor Ralph Fiennes, BAFTA-winning actor Tom Hardy, Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing and fashion designer Phoebe Philo are among twelve leading figures in the creative and cultural sectors to be given honorary awards by UAL this year.

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L-R – Tom Hardy, Phoebe Philo, Ralph Fiennes, Gillian Wearing

They will be recognised for their outstanding contributions to the creative industries at UAL’s graduation ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall from 14th-17th July 2015.

The full list of honourees for 2015 is:

  • Bill Amberg, accessories designer
  • Zeinab Badawi,journalist
  • Jonathan Barnbrook,graphic designer
  • Simon Costin,set designer
  • Ilse Crawford, interior designer
  • Tacita Dean, photographer and filmmaker
  • Theo Fennell,jewellery designer
  • Ralph Fiennes, actor
  • Tom Hardy, actor
  • Phoebe Philo, fashion designer
  • Peter Saville, graphic designer
  • Gillian Wearing, artist

Ralph Fiennes studied at Chelsea College of Arts in 1981, before going on to study acting at RADA.

He said on receiving this honorary award: “I was only at Chelsea College of Arts for a year but I know that the intense stimulation of that course provoked me, or perhaps challenged me, to want to act – to be an actor.

“A career as an actor is not a career as a visual artist but for me there are strong links and connections between all artistic disciplines and expression. The work of an actor and the work of a painter or of a director may join forces.

“The questions and challenges I encountered during that brief time at Chelsea College of Arts were rigorous: they were about life, ways of seeing, ways of interpreting the world, ways of communicating. They haven’t gone away. I feel deeply honoured to receive this Honorary Fellowship from University of the Arts London.”

Tom Hardy studied at Drama Centre London before going on to win the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2011.

He said on receiving this honorary award: “It is an unexpected pleasure to be honoured by UAL in any way. I am very grateful and proud to receive this honour and be acknowledged at all by such a prestigious establishment.”

Gillian Wearing studied at Chelsea College of Arts before going on to win the Turner Prize in 1997.

She said on receiving this honorary award: “Being accepted at Chelsea College of Arts in the mid-eighties changed my life. I had worked for six years before as an office clerk/secretary before applying to art foundation course. Being refused by all except the Chelsea Art and Design BTEC, I had gone there to become a graphic designer but was told by a tutor that I had a fine art sensibility and that I should pursue that. It is now incredible that I have the honour of returning, having been awarded an Honorary Fellowship for my outstanding contribution to Conceptual Art, and it is with deep gratitude that I accept this honour as I became an artist because of the college.”

The honourees will be recognised for their contributions to their fields in eight graduation ceremonies over four days at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank. Each will address graduating UAL students and share their experiences and advice for a successful career in the creative industries. For full biographies of all 12 honourees, please visit our dedicated graduation page.

The ceremonies will be streamed live on UAL’s website and live-tweeted under the hashtag #UALgrads.

UAL announces major investment in Camberwell College of Arts­

University of the Arts London (UAL) has announced a major investment of over £62million into the regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts and adjoining land.

Architect's vision for the Camberwell development

Architect’s vision for the Camberwell development

This is the first major work on the College for a generation, and will enlarge the existing 1970s building creating a new academic extension which will house a new lecture theatre, studios and library.

There will also be major alterations to the front façade of the building entrance and reception on Peckham Road, making the building fully accessible, as well as a new gallery and courtyard area.

Additionally, the current site is being expanded, with brand new UAL student accommodation being built to further enhance the campus feel.

Camberwell College of Arts, one of UAL’s six world-renowned Colleges, attracts students from all over the world who go onto become some of the leading artists of their generation. Illustrious alumni of the College include painters Howard Hodgkin, Terry Frost, Maggi Hambling and Gillian Ayres; filmmaker Mike Leigh and musicians Florence Welch and Syd Barrett.

Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice-Chancellor, said: “Camberwell College of Arts has been at the heart of the community for nearly 120 years. UAL is delighted to contribute to the arts-led regeneration of Camberwell through this major investment in our college’s facilities and the building of 264 new student rooms.”

The project has been designed by RIBA award-winning Stephen Marshall Architects.

Drawing of the new facade at Camberwell College of Arts

Drawing of the new facade at Camberwell College of Arts

The announcement of this development follows news last month that an award-winning architecture practice has been chosen to design UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. The new campus will bring together London College of Fashion’s 6,500 students and staff for the first time in the College’s 100 year history.