As the UK prepares to go to the polls for the 2015 General Election on 7th May, we bring you a selection of activity from across University of the Arts London (UAL).
London College of Fashion has been facilitating discussions on social media around fashion and politics, considering how can fashion be a force for good in all of our lives – from the wearer to the producer. This follows the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF)‘s event at the House of Commons last month, ‘I Stood Up’, which placed the spotlight on fashion’s ability to be a voice for change. This event explored how fashion can be used to spark cultural, social and political change with key politicians. Join the conversation on Twitter with #fashionpolitics
UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington was asked by Design Week recently – ‘What’s the first thing you’d like to see the next government do to help the design industry?’ Nigel said:
“Government needs to see creative subjects as more than just a skill-set. Creativity is a way of thinking that leads to innovation, can be taught to anyone and used in any career.”
Nigel has also recently contributed a blog entry to Universities UK, the national body for higher education institutions in the UK, on the negative impact leaving the EU would have on the cultural diversity of higher education in this country.
Students from across UAL have been responding to a call-out from the Guardian asking for art and design students to design alternative election posters, such as the one above designed by Central Saint Martins MA Communication Design (Illustration) student Georgina Trestler. Submissions are being accepted up until election day on 7th May and are being featured in a gallery on the Guardian Witness site.
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