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MA Photography alumna features in ArtGemini Prize 2014 at Singapore Art Fair

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‘Stars 8′, Ellie Davies, 2014. (Source material credit: STScI/Hubble & NASA).

MA Photography alumna Ellie Davies (2008) has scooped 1st Prize Photography in the ArtGemini Prize 2014.

The annual ArtGemini Prize is a celebration of international contemporary art for emerging and estalished artists around the world.

Ellie’s winning work ‘Stars 8′ (pictured above) is part of her recent ‘Stars’ series, in which she explores her desire to balance a relationship with the wild places of her childhood and a sense of disconnection from the natural world.

The work is a response to the experience of gazing at landscapes as a tourist, while living in urban or semi-urban areas, which often alienates viewers from the scene in front of them.

‘Stars’ attempts to address both the mystery and material sensuality of our landscapes and interposes photographs of ancient forests with images of the Milky Way, Omega Centauri, the Norma Galaxy and Embryonic stars in the Nebula NGC 346.

The ArtGemini Prize is showing this month at the Singapore Art Fair, where Ellie has been selected to exhibit alongside two other artists from the 2014 Shortlist, Jaykoe and Adrian Scicluna.

The Singapore Art Fair runs from Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November 2014 at The Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore.

The ArtGemini Prize can be found at Booth D10, so we hope that any of our readers who are in town will stop by to take a look!

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The Dots: a new professional networking platform for the creative industries

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The Dots is a new networking platform for the creative industries. Best described as a LinkedIn for creatives, The Dots is a completely free promotional tool for students specifically designed to help you connect to industry, clients and jobs. SEE is now collaborating with The Dots on a number of exciting initiatives and events throughout the year.

The Dots sponsored the Freelance Award at Creative Enterprise Week 2014, and Founder Pip Jameson presented the award to illustrator Robbie Porter. SEE’s Creative Opportunities is now featuring a Job of the Day from The Dots site to ensure that UAL students are aware of the most exciting creative jobs available right now. So far we’ve included a Junior Stylist role at Liberty London, Junior Photographer at Hearst Magazine and an internship at Random International – creators of the infamous Rain Room. We will also be collaborating on portfolio review sessions throughout the year. Watch this space.

So join The Dots and connect with companies and job opportunities, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Wolff Olins, Net-a-Porter, Facebook, Sony Music, V&A, Harvey Nichols, and many more.

Find our more at: the-dots.co.uk

And connect with UAL: the-dots.co.uk/UAL/overview

Creative Enterprise Awards 2014: An insider’s view

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On the 19th of November, with champagne and canapés in hand, invited guests gathered to honour the talented students and graduates of the University of the Arts London at the Creative Enterprise Awards 2014. Held in the exquisitely decorated Bloomsbury Ballroom, the event was a far cry from the original awards held in a student bar just six years ago. This upgrade is owed in part to NatWest, who sponsored the award for the third year running.

UAL has a rich history of enterprise and innovation. Many of the University’s most well-known alumni had an enterprising spirit which led them to “go out on their own” – including fashion designer Stella McCartney, film director Mike Leigh, industrial designer James Dyson and fine artist Antony Gormley. The Student Enterprise and Employability’s (SEE) mission is to support the inventiveness of UAL students as well as celebrate their impressive successes. SEE received over a hundred high quality entries this year which resulted in very impressive shortlists.

The night begun with the Digital Award, sponsored by UAL Futures and Decoded, and was given to Natalie Grogan for her user-led fashion platform Style Scape The Ethical or Social Enterprise Award was awarded to Gyo Kim for his sustainable womenswear label Gyo Yuni Kimchoe .

The Enterprising Individual award went to Melanie Smith for Story, a design business which creates interactive products and books specialising in storytelling for children. She was awarded a very generous £10,000 business loan plus unlimited business support from the East London Small Business Centre.

Jamie Coe used his own experiences as an art student at UAL to create the ArtSchooled comic and was awarded the Enterprising Project Award. The International winner was Elena Ozherelyeva for IN-SPACES a multifunctional PR, design, sales and communications platform, specialising in interior décor

The Freelancer Award was sponsored by portfolio and job website The Dots and founder Pip Jameson presented illustrator Robbie Porter with his award. Robbie Porter’s illustrations are also currently showing at Creative Outlet at the UAL Showroom.

The New Business Award was given to Emily Bridge and Emma Witter in recognition of their impressive artistic partnership, Beast & Burden , which explores social relationships and visual associations triggered by food.

These were followed by was four awards given from UAL’s individual Colleges. Bronwen Campbell-Golding & Fanny Santini were presented with the CCW award in recognition of their textile company Petite Albion. Central Saint Martins presented industrial designer Sarah Gold with her award. The LCC award was given to Callum Copley for founding the Registration Summer School, an innovative, free design course offered in Deptford, South London. London College of Fashion granted two awards; one to Fashion Textiles graduate Emily Carter and Fashion and the Environment MA student Sara Pignatelli.

The Awards were a dazzling display of fresh talent, and a reminder of the impressive creativity of UAL’s expanding network of students and alumni. Students and alumni, don’t forget to submit your work for consideration next year for a chance to join this remarkable roster.

Words by Anna Kealey | Coordinator, Creative Opportunities.

LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Sound Arts

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‘Found Composition’, Gilda Manfring, 2014

The second of our Postgraduate Shows 2014 – featuring MA Sound Arts – is just a few days away, and we’ve had a sneak preview of the work on show.

MA Sound Arts is an intensive, specialised course which gives students the chance to develop their conceptual and contextual understanding of sound arts in practice and theory, while tapping into the Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre.

Each of the twelve students on the course has developed their own individual approach and built a distinctive portfolio – so what can we expect to see at Hackney’s Angus-Hughes Gallery this year?

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‘Found Composition’, Gilda Manfring, 2014

Gilda Manfring’s ‘Small pieces loosely joined’ is a journey of research and investigation resulting in a body of experimental scores and sound compositions.

The work is collected in a self-published book and CD and partially presented in the wall of the gallery, and unfolds as a collection of accidental discoveries rather than the execution of an idea.

Gilda’s practice is based in experimental electronic composition, using and re-using sounds mainly found in invisible places like the internet or her mind, with improvisation and spontaneity at the core of her process.

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‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’, Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong, 2014.

‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’ by Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong seeks to question the assumptions we make about people through voice, looks and gestures.

This sound and visual piece draws inspiration from contemporary dancers and pop lyrics written about sexual adoration from a woman to a man, and how this kind of adoration is much less prominent when it comes to men in pop music who identify as gay.

Dan Helgi sets out to critique the heteronormative world of pop by exploring gender-norms as well as making a critique of ourselves as judges.

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‘Seeing with Ears’, Jamie Lu, 2014.

Jamie Lu’s video walk ‘Seeing with Ears’ takes the audience on a tour of London’s West End, based on his own relationship with the area.

Jamie has spent most of his spare time in the West End this year and is passionate about its theatres and their work. In creating this piece he gave his emotional responses to this part of London a shape, and transformed them into sound, expressing feelings that could not be articulated in speech.

His intention is that ‘Seeing with Ears’ will give those who are familiar with the West End a new point of view while newcomers receive an introduction to the district via Jamie’s own experiences.

The exhibition will close with a symposium and performance evening on Sunday 7 December. The symposium will focus on the place of research in creative practice, with talks from sound artists Lisa Busby and Mark Peter Wright, as well as contributions from the students and Course Leader Salomé Voegelin, chaired by the exhibition’s curator Irene Revell.

The symposium will also be an opportunity to engage directly with the students’ research.

Following this will be an evening of performance, including works by Tian Bai, Rebecca E Davies (with Holly Jarvis), Gary Fisher and Emre Yağcı.

Below are details of the exhibition and events programme:

Postgraduate Shows 2014: School of Media, MA Sound Arts
Private View: Monday 1 December 7-9pm
Exhibition open: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 December
See opening times: www.angus-hughes.com
Late opening: Thursday 4 December until 9pm
Symposium and Performances: Sunday 7 December
RSVP for symposium and performance evening to: Lisa Hall, crisap@arts.ac.uk
Venue: Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney, E5 0PD

Read more about MA Sound Arts

Read more about CRiSAP

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New out of hours IT Service Desk

University IT Services are pleased to announce that the Service Desk is now able to offer out of hours support.

Starting from 10 December, staff and students with IT problems will be able to phone our usual Service Desk number (0207 514 9898) for help and support between 5pm to 8am weekdays, plus weekends and holiday periods (including Christmas and bank holidays).

Any questions contact Service Desk on it@arts.ac.uk

Illegal downloads and copyright infringements

University IT Services have been informed by our network provider of several recent copyright infringements, primarily the downloading of pirated current box-office films.

Please be aware that it is illegal to download pirated films, music or any other copyrighted material from the internet. Staff or students found to be doing this using UAL’s internet connection may face disciplinary action or be suspended from work or study.

More information on UAL policy can be found in our IT terms of use. Please contact IT Service Desk via it@arts.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Awarded UAL MPhil Maria Christoforatou exhibits in London

Maria Christoforatou graduated earlier this year from CCW with an MPhil, we caught up with her to talk about her experience at UAL and what she has been doing since.

Why did you choose to study your PhD at CCW? Was it a good experience?

I chose to study at CCW because I was confident in the high academic standards and knowledgeable and experienced tutors. It was challenging and enriching experience throughout.

What was the transition from PhD researcher to independent practitioner like?

Since finishing my PhD/MPhil course, less than a year ago, I had 3 solo exhibitions and several group shows. I feel well equipped to explore and present my ideas and my work. I am ready to dedicate myself to further developing and expand my artistic vision.

How has the PhD/MPhil influenced your work and career?

It gave me a deeper understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of art. Also the extensive study and research opened doors to better appropriating the various aspects of my practice.  Most of all it gave me confidence in expressing my ideas and putting them into work.

Tell us about the work you are including in this solo exhibition; is it different from your PhD/MPhil work?

I am expanding the research that I have undertaken and developing new vision and possibilities for my art work.

Maria Christoforatou: Constructing Spaces

28 November – 30 November 2014
The Chocolate Studios, Flat 21, Shepherdess Place 7, London N1 7LJ
RSVP/contact: kornelia.pawlukowska@gmail.com

 

The exhibition Constructing Spaces presents new works by London based artist Maria Christoforatou. Christoforatou works across a variety of medium including drawings on paper, installations, sculpture, oil paintings and most recently collage.

 

Her practice examines the emotional effects of displacement in relation to notions of home as a place of refuge and departure, as well as the ways in which art can expose the effects of forced displacement, making observable such feelings as fear,
pain and loss. It is clear that her own personal experiences from the past, which has seen her lose two homes in fire has had a huge impact on her artistic practice.

Maria Christoforatou Constructing Spaces

Through her research Christoforatou examines critically the relationship between the romanticised notion of home, as a place of safety, security, comfort and belonging, and the emotional and material impact of its loss.

To express this concept, the artist deconstructs architectural and physical elements of a house, that are normally seen but overlooked, such as pipes or scaffoldings, to recreate a variety of pieces. By doing this Christoforatou emphasises that the
concept of a home can be very unstable, precarious and vulnerable reflecting the many changes and insecurities that humans have to face today.

The limited use of colour, the absence of people, the use of subtle lines, juxtaposed with the reproductions of Tudor and Victorian houses, as well as gable houses, are what characterise and distinguish Christoforatou’s work.

About Maria

Maria Christoforatou received her BA (Hons.) in Fine Art from the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in Greece and her MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Recently she graduated from CCW Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London with an MPhil in Fine Art Practice-based research. As part of her research she has been investigating narratives of home and displacement in contemporary art practice.

She recently had a solo exhibition called ‘Dislocated’ at The Gallery @Idea Store Whitechapel, London, UK (2014) and another called, ‘Un-build’, at the Galeria-Atelier Metamorfose, Porto, Portugal (2013). During her career she has taken part in shows in Greece, UK, Italy, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and USA, and awarded academic scholarships for her work in Greece (Academy of Athens, IKY). She has also been involved in organizing numbers of workshops in London for Tate Galleries, Barbican, Parasol Unit and The National Gallery as well as in Greece and Italy.

Further information about the artist:

LCC MA Photography final show prizes 2014

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’54°0’13.176”N 2°32’52.278”W’, Sproxton Award winner Véronique Rolland, video, 2014.

As part of our Postgraduate Shows 2014, on Tuesday 25 November MA Photography students received a range of prestigious prizes honouring different aspects of photographic practice.

In this sixteenth final show for MA Photography, LCC was very happy to again host the Sproxton Award for Photography as well as awards by Photoworks, MACK, Photofusion and Troika Editions.

The Sproxton Award for Photography
The prize is given each year to one student in the MA Photography final show, as judged by a panel consisting of an industry professional and MA Photography alumnus. The winners receive £1000 to help kickstart their photography careers.

The prize was set up by David Sproxton from Aardman Animations in memory of his brother Andrew Sproxton, who together with Val Williams founded the Impressions Gallery in York in 1972. Judged by Phillip Prodger (National Portrait Gallery) and Kate Elliott (MA Photography 2009 alumna).
Winner: Véronique Rolland

The Photofusion Prize
Located in Brixton, Photofusion is an independent photography resource centre and gallery that offers studio and darkroom hire, digital printing, film processing, training and professional support. It also delivers a wide range of community outreach and participatory projects.

The prize consists of a voucher worth £200 redeemable against any of Photofusion’s services, including mentoring and portfolio advice, scanning, film processing, courses and use of rental facilities. Judged by Paul Ellis and Jenna Banat of Photofusion.
Winner: Xiaoyi Chen

Troika Photography Award
Troika Editions is delighted to support the LCC MA graduate programme with the Troika Photography Award, a 12-month mentoring programme. Judges and Troika Editions co-founders Bridget Coaker and Michael Walter select a winner from the MA degree show.

The successful graduate is supported for 12 months, through curatorial advice and critical reviews during their post-university projects, to the equivalent monetary value of £1500.
Winner: Paloma Tendero

The Photoworks Prize
The winner of the prize is featured and interviewed in the Photoworks online showcase and receives free Photoworks Membership for a year.

Photoworks curates, commissions and publishes photographic work and new writing about photography and produces projects, exhibitions, books, the Brighton Photo Biennial and Photoworks Annual. Judged by Celia Davies, director of Photoworks, and Mariama Attah.
Winner: Holger Pooten
Commendations: Lu Zhang, Sarah Janes

The MACK Award
Publisher MACK presents the MACK Award, established in 2013, which offers the winner a prize of a £200 voucher for the purchase of MACK books, and the opportunity to take part in a three-month internship at MACK’s London office. Judged by Michael Mack, director of MACK.
Winner: Liz Orton
Commendations: Emilie Sandy, Amber Rowlands, Jisun Choi

The MA Photography final show, featuring work by these students and many more, is open until Monday 1 December.

Read more about MA Photography

Visit the LCC Postgraduate Shows 2014 page

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Call for Papers: Writing Histories of the Moving Image

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Call for Papers

‘Writing Histories of the Moving Image’
A Doctoral symposium to be held on Thursday 26 March 2015 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) Kings Cross

Deadline for submission of proposals: 19 January 2015

This call for papers invites submissions for the symposium Writing Histories of the Moving Image.

Moving image studies have been readdressing histories of artists’ film and video, expanded cinema, independent, community and activist film/video since the early 2000s. Recent research has often focussed on practices that go beyond earlier accounts that segregated histories of cinema, art and other forms of reception, distribution and engagement.

Moving image studies thus examine a wide range of histories, including those of exhibition contexts (Balsom, 2013; Uroskie, 2014), alternative approaches to television (Connolly, 2014), or documentary art practice (Demos, 2013). Moving image studies also frequently locates overlooked practices excluded from existing narratives, and in doing so casts a new light on the processes of inclusion and exclusion at work within historical accounts.

The discourse of moving image research reveals that its histories are open, and can be understood from a number of differing theoretical and critical perspectives. Scholars from different fields of academia such as Art History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Gender, Media and Film Studies, have contributed diverse theoretical approaches that have helped to broaden, deepen and contest histories of the moving image.

Writing about artists’ and experimental moving image is therefore built on a fragmentary patchwork of discourses, theoretical concerns and methodologies. While the approaches are diverse, these new histories have often set out to re-read canons, create new narratives, and disrupt boundaries between media and forms of film and video making. In light of these developments, this symposium aims to examine how and why academics today are writing historical narratives about moving image practices.

We invite submissions from speakers that explore new approaches to the histories of the moving image. The day-long symposium will consist of two panels and each speaker will present for 20 minutes. There will also be screening sessions, events relating to The British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection (part of the Central Saint Martins Museum) and a screening event co-organised with students undertaking the MRES Moving Image at CSM.

The symposium is organised by Claire Holdsworth and Colin Perry, who are currently undertaking PhDs at CSM. It is being organised with support from CSM Research. As well as encouraging submissions relating to PhD and post-doctoral research, we also welcome proposals from academics and curators with insights and interests relating to writing histories of the moving image.

  • Please send a 300-word abstract proposal, and 3-5 keywords, along with your full name, institutional affiliation and a short biography (ca. 50 words).
  • Proposals should be submitted by email with the subject heading “Proposal: Writing Histories” to:
  • Claire Holdsworth (c.holdsworth1@arts.ac.uk) by 19 January 2015

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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Christmas 2014 Pay Day

The December pay day for Christmas 2014 will be Monday 22 December.

Any agreed fee claim forms and any salary changes must be with the HR Officer or HR Consultancy by Thursday 27th November. All other hourly paid contracts, overtime claims and season ticket loan applications must be received by Payroll by Monday 1 December to ensure that they are included in December pay.