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2015 London Film Festival

London Film Festival is back, with hundreds of screenings, premieres and talks across 12 days drawing over 100,000 film fans to the Capital. The 2015 London Film Festival opens with Suffragette, which sees Drama Centre alumna Anne Marie Duff playing women’s rights campaigner Violet Miller.

Starring alongside Carey Mulligan in the film, Anne Marie told the Telegraph: “Violet is extraordinary, she’s a firebrand… I found her thrilling”.

Recent UAL Honorary Doctor Tacita Dean will headline the Festival’s LFF Connects series, speaking with Christopher Nolan in an event which will “reframe the future of film”. Tacita comments: “As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema. Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it. We need to keep the medium distinct from the technology; we need to keep the choice of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”

UAL alumni appearing throughout the Festival include Chelsea alumnus Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash, Drama Centre graduates Michael Fassbender, Russell Brand, and Frances de la Tour all in new releases, and LCC alumna Bonnie Wright in new children’s film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?.


New short film NASTY features a soundtrack by LCC Sound Arts students, created as a live project by lecturer Tim Harrison. All 17 students are credited on the short, the post production of which was facilitated by LCC.

London Film Festival runs 7-18 October at venues across London.

Read the full 2015 London Film Festival programme

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Free event celebrates drawing and creative education in King’s Cross

Drawing the World, a free event and highlight of The Big Draw Festival, will take over Granary Square at King’s Cross on Sunday 11 October, where visitors of all ages are invited to join in with a day of creative activities from 11am-4pm.

DrawingInSpace - Alaistair Steele

Drawing in Space by UAL Associate Lecturer in Architecture and Spatial Design Alaistair Steele 

Drawing the World is a partnership event between The Big Draw, UAL and House of Illustration, joining together to promote the vital role of creativity in education, society and everyday life.

Visitors can choose from a programme of workshops created by Central Saint Martins, House of Illustration and The Big Draw to become an artist, architect, fashion illustrator, print-maker, or urban sketcher for the day.

Activities on offer include:

• Watch Rootstein Hopkins UAL Chair of Drawing Professor Stephen Farthing RA and 30 UAL postgraduate students produce an epic drawing of the world in a performance directed by a drone and mobile phones
• Trace the universe’s first 14 billion years on a Mythical Drawing Trail with Global Generation, and discover their unique Skip Garden
• Discover 3-D drawing; try experimental map-making with David Lemm, illustrator-in- residence, and see who can make and draw the biggest GRRRRR! in illustrator Rob Biddulph’s workshop, all at the House of Illustration
• Ready Steady Colour a take-away pizza with ketchup ‘paint’ and salt ‘n’ pepper glitter
• Sketch the changing urban scene from viewing platforms, map its history on a giant timeline and design emoji for King’s Cross
• Complete a walk-and-draw map while discovering even more of King’s Cross

The Big Draw President Sue Grayson Ford said of the event:

“Drawing the World will be an epic celebration of creativity, and it promises to be a highlight of the October 2015 Big Draw Festival, which will see thousands of people take part in hundreds of drawing events across the globe.”

Dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins, UAL Mark Dunhill said:

“Drawing is a language that encompasses a very wide range of media and approaches, and can be used for a multitude of different expressive, descriptive and practical visual thinking purposes. We are delighted to be involved in activating the public spaces around the Granary Building as part of this event. Drawing the World will turn the college inside out and stimulate all kinds of intriguing, fun and thought provoking ways of making images collectively.”

Director of House of Illustration Colin McKenzie said:

“As the only public gallery in the world devoted to the art of illustration in all its forms we are delighted to be working with The Big Draw and UAL on this exciting day devoted to getting as many people as possible involved in the activity of drawing.”

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Drawing Seance by Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art students Marc Hulson and Kjetil Berge

Drawing the World is one of hundreds of activities taking place as part of The Big Draw Festival, an annual festival encouraging people of all ages to connect with museums, galleries, parks, artists, designers and illustrators across the world through drawing. You can also watch a short film about the event on the UAL Postgraduate Community’s YouTube channel .

For a full list of all the activities on offer on the day and details on how to book for certain workshops, please visit The Big Draw’s website.

Taking centre stage in Beijing

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The largest ever exhibition of European theatre design opens in China this week, curated by Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. Hosted by the National Centre for Performing Arts, highlights of the exhibition include the designs for the Lion King stage play and Cheek By Jowl productions.

Coinciding with Beijing Design Week and the China-UK Year of Cultural Exchange, the exhibition will put a spotlight on the design process from initial idea to final production and will cover the full range of design for theatre and performance. The curators have described the exhibition as a “garden of ideas” that also illuminates for a Chinese audience the differences and nuances of design approaches across Europe, with drawings, process work, scale models and costumes, as well as moving image on display.

Curated by Wimbledon’s MA Theatre Design course director Michael Pavelka and Theatre Design Senior Lecturer Peter Farley, the exhibition features work from the Lion King by Wimbledon alumnus Richard Hudson, Cheek By Jowl by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnelan, Ping by LCF alumna Daphne Karstens, alongside designs by Thomas Rupert and Dimitry Krymov.

Ping by DAPHNE KARSTENS photo Alex Traylen

Dean of Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL Simon Betts said: “Wimbledon has a long and distinguished history as one of the UK’s leading specialist theatre institution and is internationally recognised for preparing students for the professional world. Our graduates have been pushing the boundaries of performance design for many years, so it’s extremely exciting for the College to be invited to put together such an important showcase of best practice in this area.”

Curator Peter Farley said: “It is exciting to take an exposition of European performance design to China and that the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing recognizes the importance of this largely undocumented subject as an essential and vital component of performance-making.”

Recognized for its preeminence in both design for theatre and film, Wimbledon’s roster of star alumni includes Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award winners such as Sarah Greenwood, Anthony Ward, James Acheson, Charles Knode, Christopher Oram and Mark Tildesley.

Richard Hudson Contes de Hoffmann Spalanzani

This month UAL will launch a new alumni network in Beijing, high profile graduates include fashion designers Min Wu, Huishan Zhang, and Johanna Ho, Vogue China fashion editor Grace Lam, and designer Tom Shi.

UAL has just signed an MOU with Beijing Municipal Commission for Education which will represent the first stage in a collaboration that will involve UAL working closely with selected key Beijing institutions. UAL is the only UK arts and design institution with which the Education Commission is working. The collaboration will involve the provision, by Beijing, of a number of two year scholarships to fund the best Beijing students to study at UAL colleges for our first and second year. UAL and the Commission also hope to collaborate on allied activities, including the development and provision of summer schools for Beijing students.

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Read more about the Evolving Design For Performance exhibition in Beijing



Insiders’ Guides to London Design Festival 2015

As London Design Festival roars back into town with a staggering array of exhibitions, installations, talks and fairs, UAL’s community of design experts share their insights into the must-see events for London Design Festival 2015.

Alice Rawsthorn
Design critic and author of “Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, UAL honorary fellow
Max Lamb My Grandfathers Tree  Courtesy of Gallery FUMI

My Grandfather’s Tree: “Max Lamb’s “My Grandfather’s Tree” project at Somerset House sounds fascinating. Over several years, Max felled a sickly female ash tree on his grandfather’s farm in North Yorkshire helped by a friend Jon Turnbull. The tree was cut into 131 logs, from the top down, respecting the natural structure of the knots, branches and crotches. Max has since remade each log into a chair, stool and table, and young ashes are growing on the remains of the original tree.”
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Jonathan Barnbrook
Designer and UAL honorary doctor

LDF at the V&A: “There are very strong links between the V&A and the LDF, I know Victoria Broakes the curator at the V&A who is heavily involved and a great supporter of LDF (and whom I worked with on the ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition). I particularly like this year the way in which the special projects LDF which have ‘infiltrated’ the V&A. Great to look out or discover by chance as you walk around the museum, most unexpected for me is Creative Cloud by mischer’traxler situated in the Norfolk House Music Room a brilliant poetic combination of the old and new.

Also I would also recommend the Robin Day installation, the industrial design he created shaped the environment of my youth. Not only are they great examples of well-considered, human, production lead design but also contain an interesting psychogeographic element having appeared in every school or TV programme in the 1970s.”
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Peter Saville
Graphic designer and UAL honorary doctor

Kvadrat: “I’m looking forward to seeing Raf’s new collection for Kvadrat.”
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Paul Goodwin
UAL Chair of Black Art and Design

You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well as By ReflectionV and A Pavillion Olivier Bellflamme
Mexican Pavilion at the V&A: “You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well As By Reflection: I’m looking forward to seeing this exciting architectural intervention in the John Madjeski garden at the V&A by the young Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. I’m very interested in how architects create interactive environments and spaces to encourage public interaction and common reflection about who were are as urban citizens and how we can live, work and play together in pubic spaces. This work reminds me of the brilliant outdoor installations and pavilions of visual artists such as Jeppe Hein or Dan Graham who work with expanded notions of art and architecture to open up new understandings and experiences of communal spaces.”
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Nick Bell
UAL Chair of Communication Design
The excessively long slow shoes

The Intelligent Optimist: “The dominant world-view we’ve known this last hundred years is in the advanced stages of decay and is being superseded by nimble new models. If you are curious as to the kinds of transformative design intelligence the future needs then don’t miss The Intelligent Optimist at Central Saint Martins. Look out for the ‘Social Agents’ and especially ‘The Fixers’ who don’t see the world as a set of problems but ‘as situations to make productive sense of.”
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Sir John Sorrell
UAL Chairman and London Design Festival Chairman
Marta Bordes Elastic Lights
UAL Now, designjunction and Odyssey Virtual Reality: “I highly recommend a visit to Design Junction and also a visit to the London Design Festival at Somerset House to have a ride with Odyssey Virtual Reality.”
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Ben Kelly
UAL Chair
What Is Luxury? and  50th Anniversary of the British Road Sign: “What is Luxury? at the V&A. This is an unusual take on the definition of luxury. Sir John Soane’s Museum – Space and Light. 50th Anniversary of the British Road Sign at The Design Museum. 100 leading British artists and designers have been asked to submit their own road sign design – to develop concepts that evolve from the current signs and develop ideas which makes us stop, look and think about design and our environment in a slightly different way; less instructions and more pause for thought. I am included in the 100 designers. Clearly, this is a must see exhibition!”

Vicky Fabbri
Barnaby Barford The Tower of Babel bone china building c Barnaby Barford courtesy V and A
Tower of Babel by Barnaby Barford, Tokyo Bike Tours and LDF x Mast Brothers chocolate collaboration: “Barnaby is an artist working within the medium of ceramics to cross into the design world. The Tower of Babel is 6m high and represents 1000s of real shops seen on London High streets, made from bone china in Stoke on Trent. It will be an awesome faciniating sight, and is already getting heaps of press. The bike tours are a great way to explore the London Design Festival, which are guided by design experts (in the past Max Fraser and Duncan Richie), whilst test riding the gorgeous Tokyo bikes. And chocolate… that’s just pretty cool!”
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Discover UAL’s events at London Design Festival 2015

See a preview of UAL Now at designjunction

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UAL at London Design Festival 2015

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For London Design Festival 2015, UAL invites you to talks, workshops, exhibitions, pop-up shops, and installations across London. Find out what’s on during the Festival.

Kuniko Maeda
24-27 September
designjunction, The College, Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP
Sixteen creatives destined to define the future design landscape will exhibit in UAL Now at designjunction during London Design Festival 2015; selected from UAL’s graduating class, the exhibiting artists are drawn from over 5,000 graduating students. At designjunction these rising star designers will appear alongside prestigious brands from around the globe, through the UAL Now initiative which showcases the most exciting emerging talent from University of the Arts London.
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design education wtf
Design Education… WTF
24-27 September
designjunction, The College, Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP
During designjunction UAL’s Central Saint Martins Product and Industrial Design programme will be exploring the question: What’s The Future of Product and Industrial Design Education? through a series of discussions and workshops.
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An interactive ‘exhibit’ inviting product and industrial design alumni to sign or carve their name or design into a new wood workbench
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Edit 2
EDIT 2.0/
11-21 September
Upper Gallery London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle,  SE1 6SB
11-21 September
An exhibition celebrating the launch of EDIT 2.0/, a publication produced by LCC’s Course Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, Craig Burston. Subtitled ‘What Does Green Really Mean?’, the book records an investigation into the assumptions we make about the notion of ‘green’.
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STAK Exhibition

11-21 September
Well Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
An exhibition of work produced by the advertising photographer and commercials director STAK. Born in Cyprus, STAK came to England with his family at the age of six and studied at LCC alongside other illustrious alumni such as John Hegarty.

Ladybird Reimagined
Ladybird Books Reimagined
11-21 September
Lower Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
Students from London College of Communication have joined forces with iconic publisher Ladybird Books in a collaboration that reimagines the brand in today’s world. The exhibition is the culmination of a six-month project in which illustrators, animators and graphic designers from LCC have collaborated to create work that celebrates and reimagines Ladybird’s classic pocket-sized books for their centenary year.
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MADCFJ Ana Quinones Noriega
The Intelligent Optimist
19 September-17 October
Lethaby Gallery, Crossing Gallery Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
Showcasing recent CSM graduates who are shaping the future of design, The Intelligent Optimist can take many guises: Future Gazers, Material Explorers, Social Agents and The Fixers. All, in their various ways, are using their creative practices and canny intelligences to reimagine better futures.
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 Tsai & Yoshikawa Figure No.1
Tsai & Yoshikawa Figure No.1

19 September-19 October
Henry Moore Courtyard, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU
This new site-specific work by collaborative artists Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa will be installed within Chelsea’s Henry Moore Courtyard. Commissioned by Chelsea College of Arts, the artists have taken inspiration from the courtyard’s absent Henry Moore sculpture, ‘Two Piece Reclining Figure No.1 1959′, considering its historical relevance to Moore’s work and the College.
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Chelsea 10
19 September-7 October
Chelsea College of Arts will be celebrating 10 years of creativity at Millbank with ‘Chelsea 10’ an exhibition celebrating Artists and Designers that have graduated from the college since 2005. The exhibition is taking place across the Millbank site with work exhibited in the Triangle Space, Cookhouse Gallery and the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.
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we built this city
MiAL Pop Up Shop at We Built This City

19-27 September
56-57 Carnaby Street, W15 9QF
UAL Students’ Union initiative Made in Arts London are teaming up with We Built This City’s Carnaby Street store to host a week long pop-up shop showcasing an exciting selection of emerging art and design. MiAL’s Pop Up Shop will offers the chance to buy affordable art and design from some of the most talented students and graduates from University of the Arts London, including illustration, limited editions, artist books, homeware, fashion, and accessorie. The pop-up shop will host two artist workshops: Make your own Pop Art Jewellery and Screen Print your own Tote Bag.
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Read the exclusive insiders’ guides to London Design Festival 2015 from UAL’s design experts

See a preview of UAL Now at designjunction

Explore the full London Design Festival programme

Search design courses at UAL

Follow UAL Edit on Instagram to see shots from the shows