A new space for student and graduate talent has opened at UAL’s High Holborn HQ.
Managed by the Student Enterprise and Employability service, Showroom will showcase and sell the work and ideas of students and graduates, with the aim of supporting them as they build their creative careers.
The space is an integral part of the building’s reception area, meaning that the works – including art, ceramics, jewellery, fashion and film – are the first thing that staff, students and visitors to UAL see.
Each piece of work on show has a QR code, linked to a student’s portfolio profile on Showtime, and Made in Arts London, helping them to directly promote and market their work to potential buyers and arts enthusiasts.
The flexible space will also lend itself to hosting a range of exhibitions, displays, pop-up shops, talks and events as well as displaying items from historical archives and special collections from each of UAL’s six Colleges.
Stephen Beddoe, Director of SEE, explains:
“Showroom will enhance UAL’s status as a launch pad for the latest creative talent in the UK. By helping them to develop further art and business practice and bringing together the work of all six Colleges, the space aims to give students and graduates a new voice on the cultural stage. They will have the opportunity to promote and directly link to their online work, profile and services, in the process improving their chance of creative employment and enterprise success.
“We also want the Showroom programme to reflect the broader cultural calendar in London, one of the world’s creative hubs and UAL’s contribution to this.”
Vicky Fabbri, SEE Events and Showcasing Manager, adds:
“To ensure art installations remain fresh, diverse and engaging, work in the Showroom will be rotated every three months to celebrate the rich, creative styles of UAL students and graduates. Alongside the opportunity for students and graduates to sell their work online, this will help to make work produced by UAL available in new ways to new audiences.”
Showroom will show the diverse talent amongst UAL’s students and graduates by showcasing the mix of creative disciplines that UAL is home to – including drawing, painting, illustrations, sculpture, digital technology, film and video, fashion, theatre arts, fine art and photography.