UAL will launch a pioneering new retail space this autumn, selling design-led products and artwork from its abundance of talented alumni.
not just a shop will stock a diverse range of home, fashion and giftware – from cards, stationary, bags and jewellery, through to limited edition prints and one-off artworks – all created by those who studied at UAL’s six world-leading arts colleges.
Opening on 28 September as a unique and welcome addition to London’s busy High Holborn, the store will sell products by a wealth of established and up-and-coming design talent, with a focus on sustainability, British manufacturing and traditional manufacturing techniques.
UAL has long supported its students with starting and developing their businesses; the University’s Careers and Employability department helps students and alumni to embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, find jobs, set up businesses and sell their work. As the name suggests, not just a shop will be much more than a commercial retail space; profits from the shop will go back into supporting the department’s enterprise programme, which includes free talks, workshops, funding and one-to-one business education and support.
Vice-Chancellor of UAL, Nigel Carrington, commented:
“As the main talent pipeline to the UK’s £87-billion-a-year creative industries, UAL takes great pride in nurturing and supporting the next generation of creative talent. not just a shop will be an invaluable platform, right in the heart of London, for us to showcase our talented graduates to the world”.
The new space will also provide a venue for UAL to host relevant enterprise learning events, with topics including: intellectual property for creatives; pricing and selling art and design work; visual business planning; building a brand and delivering the perfect pitch.
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not just a shop
272 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EY