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BA Fine Art Graduate Shortlisted for Woon Art Prize

© Ana Gold

© Ana Gold

Having been shortlisted for the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize, graduate Ana Gold’s work is currently on display at Northumbria University’s Gallery North.

Gold said: “I am delighted about the opportunities that the Woon Prize has to offer. It is an exciting competition as a young graduate, as a way to enter the art world and continue my education, especially after the productive and critical years at Central Saint Martins.”

© Ana Gold © Ana Gold © Ana Gold © Ana Gold

The prize was initiated by Mr Wee Teng Woon, a keen art collector and graduate of Northumbria University. Each year, his family’s foundation fund three major prizes and discretionary consolation prizes for final-year fine art, painting and sculpture undergraduates.

The first prize is a £20,000 bursary to fund a fellowship at BxNU Institute for Contemporary Art. The winner will have access to dedicated studio space and a high-profile mentor. Second and third prizes of £9,000 and £6,000 will also be awarded.

All the shortlisted artists’ work will be on display in the Gallery North until 19 September. Ana Gold will also be in a show at the Anise Gallery, London, from 28 September 2014.

More information:
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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes from Graduation 2014

Ten of the most inspirational quotes from the art, design, fashion and performance luminaries honoured at UAL’s Graduation 2014.

Award Ceremony

1. Emma Hill: ” I admire free thinking, brave, ambitious, fabulous, bonkers British creativity. We have produced, nurtured, created and attracted innovative creative talent in Britain for generations. Sometimes we take it for granted but we shouldn’t. Sometimes politicians and the financial community don’t take creativity seriously but they should. Creativity can and does change the world.”

2.Rob Dickins: “Be the light not the reflection.  Take risks – when I took risks I had momentous successes and tremendous failures, but they were noble failures.”

3. Felicity Green  “I like to break the rules. Journalism should be fun. It should be about words. I’d rather talk about style than fashion.’”

4. Harold Koda: “There are likely to be prodigies and wunderkind among you, but for the majority of us it is important to remember that the process of continual learning, intellectual and creative evolution and maturation is as likely to bring us to our goals as an explosion of youthful genius. Today you are all poised with the potential to add your original inflection to the future.”

5. Alice Rawsthorn: “Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives and also one of the most misunderstood. You’re entering design at such an amazing time, empowered to work in more roles than ever. There’s an incredible array of opportunities ahead of you. Enjoy it – that’s the most important thing.”

6. Tom Hulme: “My dad’s advice to me was: stop and smell the flowers – celebrate the small victories. Err on the side of openness. Don’t hide your ideas because you think they’re not perfect.”

7. John Tusa: “The arts help us learn, think, heal, communicate, make us happy and shape the way the world around us looks.”

8. Justine Picardie: ” I was drawn to fashion by the power of storytelling – what binds us together rather than separates us. As Virginia Woolf observed, the clothes we wear tell us something about ourselves.”

9. Mariko Mori: “Our past and present are witnesses of political and religious conflict. I would like us to remember that every ethnic shares the same belief in appreciating nature. My personal hope is that my work contributes to the unity of humankind and our shared values on a timeless connection to our earth. We are all children of nature.”

10. Nick Knight: “Your excitement starts now.”

 Find out more about UAL’s honorary awards and watch the recipients give their speeches to the Class of 2014

Photos: Students Help Bring Carnival to the Tate

© Stephen Carter, XD Pathway Leader, BA Fine Art

© Stephen Carter, XD Pathway Leader, BA Fine Art

This weekend Up Hill Down Hall took place at the Tate Modern’s turbine hall. Our students and staff supported independent curator Claire Tancons in producing The Sky is Dancing, a performance offering critical and artistic perspectives on carnival.

The Fine Art students from the XD Pathway at Central Saint Martins also worked with the artists commissioned for Up Hill Down Hall. They helped produce works for the performances and in some cases created works themselves.

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The Sky is Dancing was inspired by extensive student research into the socio-political history of the Notting Hill Carnival and the politics of space and location.

It responded to wider critical debates about public art and ceremonial practices that relate to carnival as a cultural and artistic form.

More information:
Guardian preview
Student contributions
Tate website

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UAL Edit interview: Teleica Kirkland

Director of the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora and winner of one of UAL’s Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship award, Teleica Kirkland is currently studying on LCF’s MA History and Culture of Fashion. CIAD’s inaugural exhibition opened this month in London, featuring garments from Vivienne Westwood and the Black Watch Museum.

Teleica Kirkland

Who or what first inspired you to follow your chosen career?
Actually my family are from Jamaica, from the mountains, that means they were quite poor so in my direct line going back my nan, great gran, great aunt, everyone made their own clothes, my mother sews and knits, it’s a family thing – not on purpose to be passed down, it’s just something that we do, it’s just one of those things that we just end up doing. It wasn’t necessarily an inspiration, it was just one of those things that just happens, it’s just there.

What are you working on at the moment?
The exhibition – for the rest of my life! Basically this exhibition has been about two and a half years in the making. It started on the 23 June 2011 because it was the first time I traveled to the Caribbean specifically to visit seven countries finding out about the different types of traditional dress, it was from there that I really picked up the understanding about madras and its link to tartan, so it was really from then that the whole idea started to percolate, it wasn’t even an idea then to be a project, the project itself has ballooned out of all proportion, mushroom clouded – you tell a few people and they tell a few people and then the V&A and Vivienne Westwood are involved, and then here you are!

Tartan exhibition

What are you most passionate about?
Creative freedom. Having the freedom to express yourself as you see fit – as long as it’s not causing detriment to anyone – to creatively explain or pronounce what is going on in your heart without fear of reprisal or retribution. People’s ideas of creativity are different but as long as it’s not causing harm to anyone or living thing then I think it should be allowed to be. When you think of Pussy Riot, I mean that’s not my thing, but what happened to them was ridiculous. When you’re creative and sensitive trying to traverse the seas of life is more difficult when your only avenue of being able to live some kind of life is curbed, in whatever form those retributions come, I just can’t have it!

Which piece of art/design/performance/communication/fashion do you wish you had created?
There have been several pieces of art, I’m a trained fine artist – I couldn’t go through the standard fashion route and so I went through the fine art route – I’ve come across so many pieces that make me go “that’s amazing”. One of the most amazing pieces of dance that I’ve ever seen is Revelation by Alvin Ailey, it’s just really a stunning piece of dance and the choreography is amazing, the music is so fitting using old slave songs to choreograph the dance pieces to and it’s just beautiful. Also work by Andy Goldsworthy, I’ve got a real thing about circles and curves and he does some of the most amazing things with leaves, petals and bits of found objects, lines, curves, pathways, it’s so impactful. Things like that really make me want to stop. One time when I was doing my first degree I saw a piece by Richard Wilson, 20:50, which is crude oil in a tub. That at the time was so impactful because it was so still, it was so powerful because the oil is so heavy, it was in a steel tub, black steel, black oil, and the reflection on it was so still and clear, it looked like a shiny hard surface, the fact it was oil and the play on sensory perception, I can’t even find the words! Amazing doesn’t do it justice. Things like that have really impacted on me.

Andy Goldsworthy Time

Where is your favourite London haunt?
I really love the Southbank, I love the river, the river at night time is one of the most beautiful places in the whole of London, the skyline, the light, the blue trees, it’s absolutely perfect, especially at this time of year, there are people chatting, skateboarders, people on dates, it’s such a nice atmosphere, it feels oddly safe.

Southbank

What is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t think I have one, isn’t that boring! I don’t live far from Farringdon and there’s Bea’s of Bloomsbury Bakery there, they have these amazing cinnamon buns, I’m going past looking at all kinds of naughtiness. Also there’s a cheese shop in Covent Garden, it stinks to high heaven and I’m allergic so I’m not supposed to eat it but I love cheese, so I go past and see the cheese in the window, sometimes a tiny little bit of cheese is my guiltiest pleasure.

Neal's Yard Dairy

Name a favourite book, song and film
The Life of Pi, before the film, Wild Seed by Octavia Butler, Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah.

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

I’m a real lover of musicals, I think for ages my favourite film was Cabaret, for the story more than music. A film I truly love is Burning an Illusion, it’s a film from the early 80s by Menelik Shabazz but it’s such a great story and it says so much about the Black British experience.

Burning an Illustion poster

So many songs resonate with you. Leave My Kisi Loo is a really old, old, old Jamaican song, by Stanley and the Turbines, it’s not like a favourite song but it’s one of the first I ever heard, whenever I hear it I have real nostalgic memories of my Nan and her putting it on. The lyrics are a bit out of order if you listen to it, it’s a bit off key, but I’ve just got fond nostalgic memories of being with my grandmother when I hear it.

Leave My Kisi Loo

What is your signature dish?
I’m vegetarian so I like making a variation on a Gambian dish called Domoda, I make it with peanut sauce.

Do you think University of the Arts London has an important role to play in Britain’s cultural life?
Yes I really do, I don’t know that there’s a uni bigger than UAL that focuses on all the different types of art. I do think that it has a really important role to play in the UK to outline and underline what creative culture is in this country. It’s very difficult because UAL have a push to try and bring together a more ethnically diverse understanding of the student body, but the UK has never been one single type of people, as an island all kinds of people have settled here over thousands of years. There needs to be a creative education with regards to that and UAL has a role in terms of that. When you teach things in a creative way it’s fun, if UAL can really get to grips with that it can really fly.

What advice would you give to aspiring creatives?
Do whatever you can, however you can, wherever you can. Don’t think you can’t do something because there isn’t funding, space, whatever; there is nothing to stop you doing anything if you want to do it enough. I can’t stand when people think there’s only one way to do something, there are millions as long as you find one way, anyway, find a way to produce, find an outlet. When I was younger there was no internet, but people still found a way to produce and get their stuff out there, now it’s much easier. Just do it!

justdoit

Tell us more about your current exhibition
The exhibition is called Tartan: Its Journey Through The African Diaspora, but really it’s about how the cultures in Africa and the Diaspora have used tartan in their own material culture, to highlight the agency and autonomy of these people, what they’ve done with what was left after colonialism and drawing the story back from where they are now. Pointing arrows to those links and trying to highlight the autonomy of these people. They were in this awful situation but look what they did with what they were left with.

tartan fabric

Tartan – Its Journey Through the African Diaspora is at Crafts Central until 30 August. Read more

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Friday Feature // The LCC graduate helping Rio prepare for 2016

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A brainstorming session at the Committee developed by the Rio 2016 Digital Communications department.

After graduating from LCC’s MDes Service Design Innovation course in 2012, and with experience running an interaction design studio, Marcelo Albagli hoped to pursue a career as a digital communications and service innovation consultant.

When the Rio 2016 Organising Committee got in touch after a few months, he was delighted. Their digital communications department needed help in developing the strategic plan for the pre-Games period, but during his few months with the team, Marcelo began to realise the size of the project:

“In the next two years, the Games will involve 8,000 employees, 35,000 third party service providers, and 70,000 volunteers in the making. Rio 2016 will probably be the largest sporting event ever, with 15,000 athletes from 204 countries participating.

“Over 7 million tickets will be sold for the 64 Olympic and Paralympic competitions, and more than 20,000 media professionals are being expected in the city. It’s overwhelming”.

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Signing the ’2 Years to Go’ board

Marcelo decided that the digital communications strategy should be devised not through interviews with the leadership but during brainstorming and co-designing sessions with employees.

People from different departments were invited to generate ideas, beginning a collaborative creative process. These sessions allowed Marcelo to understand the Games from many different perspectives, while he and the team also researched the London 2012 and Vancouver 2010 Games.

Co-designing proved to be a powerful approach, translating the idea of social participation into practice. Marcelo adds:

“In my opinion, it is possible to say that co-designing served the Committee almost as an analogy for what we wanted to be doing online. These sessions also confirmed how highly motivated everyone was.”

Marcelo was then invited to write the creative brief for the development of Rio 2016′s digital channels during Games time and outline how proposals should be assessed. He also conducted brainstorming sessions to design the Olympic torch relay:

“We all have an idea of how the Olympic flame usually travels across the hosting country to finally light the cauldron in the main stadium of the Olympics. However, the torch design, who the torch bearers are, and which landmarks are highlighted during the relay, that is what needs to be realised and orchestrated to create a meaningful narrative.

“And from what I’ve seen in these sessions, where most of the participants were not members of the Organising Committee, I can tell how unique the relay has the potential to be in Brazil.”

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In the Olympic torch relay brainstorming sessions, most participants were from outside the Committee.

Marcelo has also been involved with the development of a mobile app for volunteers, the first test event in Rio – the International Sailing Regatta 2014 – and an education programme to help students communicate using digital media. But most centrally, his job is to plan and deliver the digital communications channels for the Games period.

Reflecting on the challenges so far, Marcelo points out:

“One needs to learn how to cope with frustration when helping to make the Games. There are many exciting opportunities to build something meaningful being revealed all the time. However, just as it is with any other project, regardless of its size, resources are limited and you can’t control everything. We work for the best, and we hope for the best.

“I learn something new every day, which is the most rewarding aspect of the job apart from having the opportunity to contribute to society in some way. Whatever direction you look in you will find something amazing.”

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Guanabara Bay, where Rio’s first Olympic test event, the International Sailing Regatta 2014, took place.

Read about MDes Service Design Innovation

Read Marcelo Albagli’s alumni profile

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