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The power of The Collective

Gone are the days of getting discovered in obscure downtown galleries – it is the era of The Collective. Assemble – part architects, part designers – proved just that when they were the first Collective to scoop the Turner Prize last year. Death of the Turner? Or just a new way of practicing art?

Here, UAL talks to Steph Wilson, 23, founder of the Lemon People who says the Collective just well may be the way of the future.

Lemon People group shot

You’re the founder of the Lemon People who are…
We’re a London-based collective made up of artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers and musicians. We work as individuals, mostly as freelancers, but a lot of our work wouldn’t be possible without the combined effort of the Lemons. Plus, our never ending favours to one another means our creativity is never hindered.


Alice Zoo

Do you actually just need to be in a Collective to afford studio space and have enough money to study and have a social life?
No, but it definitely helps. Being in a Collective just adds more reason to go out of our way for each other. There’s an element of knowing that if a fellow member succeeds, then that success will lead back to the Collective. That way, you and your fellow Lemons work will be seen more frequently.


Elliott Arndt

Do Collectives get noticed more?
In a literal sense, yes they do. By having our work all linked to Lemon People it all leads back to one place – increasing the views of our website, and our collective’s work. We become more noticeable.

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Steph Wilson

You all look like models! Is there a conscious effort to look a certain way as an artist?
Yes, I intended to make an art collective/model agency hybrid. Really? No. We just got lucky.

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Is there an ‘audition’/ hazing ritual process for becoming a Lemon?
We’re all close friends, so, to become a Lemon I guess you’ve got to get on our good side for, on average, about five – 10 years. I’ve known most of the girls since we were about 12. We all went to school together. Either that or you could donate £100k to the Collective. We’d let you be a member for that, too.

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What is it about Collectives that make them powerful?
It serves as a kind of comfort knowing that there are people who have got your back. We know that if a job comes up that I can’t do, it’s not a wasted opportunity and it’ll go to a Lemon and vice versa.

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Do you operate almost like a ‘dysfunctional’ family and tell each other when one of the Lemon’s work is not up to scratch?
If a dysfunctional family means that I am the angry nagging mother that says how shit something is occasionally, then yes. It’s difficult when people are at a risk of being offended. I’m a fan of being as blunt as possible, regardless of how tactless it comes across as, and I’m sure I’m hated for it. But hey, someone’s got to do it.

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What are the biggest tensions/ most frustrating thing about being in a Collective?
Ego. Almost all of us are quite strong characters with our own minds made up about certain things. Ego and stubbornness often gets very frustrating, and we still need to learn to curb that into a positive asset by asserting official roles when working together collaboratively as to not trip over each other.

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If you could come up with a new ‘model’ for how artists work, what would it be?
I would design a laissez-faire art system. I liked how when I did a 6 month foundation course at UAL’s Chelsea College of Arts, it was based on positive criticism, led by an experienced figure. But essentially, you’re left to your own devices. To learn in an environment, where you are free to simply soak up knowledge and experience- would be a good structure. Constantly meeting useful and interesting people always gets you so much further than a piece of paper.


Alice Zoo

What are your predictions for the ways artists will work in the future?
People are getting quite lazy, so I hope it’s not just online stuff or work so abstract you eat it by accident at the private view. As young people get more savvy – because they have to – hopefully this will lead them to become even more creative in order to survive. I just hope it doesn’t turns into the very wealthy taking on their mother’s art gallery and only exhibiting their very wealthy friends’ shit work.


Steph Wilson

Sex? Politics? What do you think will always be the ‘best-selling’ subject as an artist?
Oneself. We’re all obsessed with ourselves; what we think, how we feel, what our shit looks like, everything.

Meg Nixon

Meg Nixon

The worse the break-up, the better the art?

You can cry and scream, or you can do what these 12 artists did…

1. FEEL THE BURN: Microwave the evidence

Hansika Jathnani - London College of Communication, BA Photography

Hansika Jethnani, Xhibit Artist, London College of Communication, UAL

“My long distance ex-boyfriend broke up with me over a WhatsApp conversation. Breaking up in person was impossible, and so it happened over a cyberspace of floating words instead. Like the anticipation of heating something up in the microwave – I was in constant agony waiting for a reply. When I heard back, it was gut-wrenching words that broke my heart. I put Polaroids I photographed in the microwave. What I photographed did not matter – it was what happened to the Polaroid once popped into the microwave that did. Burnt and damaged they resembled me through the wretched phase of my relationship.” – Hansika Jethnani, Xhibit Artist, London College of Communication, UAL.
See it now: Xhibit 2016 @UAL



“Ex-Axe”: Museum of Broken Relationships.

Forget storing memories of your ex in a tattered shoe box – display the remnants of your break-up in the Museum of Broken Relationships instead! Sheer exhibitionism? Cathartic relief? Closure? Whatever the motivation, you are free to share in and gawk at others misery in a united “we’re so over you” front. From a toaster stolen out of spite, to a used axe that a spouse had used to smash up every bit of her cheating husband’s furniture – there’s something for everyone. Even Jeremy Clarkson revealed to Sunday Times readers that he was impressed: “…most of the world’s museums are filled almost entirely with stuff that’s not very interesting. (This) was the only museum I’ve visited where every single thing on display was utterly fabulous. Certainly, I must confess, as I moved from exhibit to exhibit, that I felt a tinge of fear that the next would be a teddy bear with a severed head and a short accompanying story about a former local newspaper reporter with an interest in cars and a very small gentleman sausage . . .”



Allison Wade/ Huffington Post

“I obviously date the wrong people,” artist, Allison Wade told The Cut after she received a text message from an ex telling her: “I’ll contact you after the burial”. She never heard from him again. It prompted her to comb her phone for other break-up texts and used these, along with inspiration from rom-com clichés to create a series of Break-up Text paintings, which showcase the messages she’d sent and received at the end of various relationships. Dizzying texts: “WTF!!! You left for Ibiza without me,” to “Sorry I have been out of touch this week. There was a snowstorm and I have been watching movies,” to “on Zanax at the airport had a panic attach please stop calling me” are juxtaposed against jaunty colour hues – perhaps a nod to the cold nature of screen-based communication.



You can cry or you can show them how good you can look – which is exactly what Alexis Housden, London College of Fashion, UAL student did when he based his MA16 Menswear show on a break up. “When someone leaves you, you think you are going die but you don’t – everything ends up OK and life continues – the world continues to be light and wonderful.” Housden’s collection represents mourning, anger and then rebirth.



The Scream, Edvard Munch, 1893

It may very well have been a break-up that led to expressionist, Edvard Munch’s seminal work: “The Scream.” It’s 1892 and Munch confesses in his diary: “I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature…” His misery may have been born out of an ill-fated on-again, off-again affair with his cousin’s wife – irrational bohemian Tulla Larsen. The affair ended with a bang, when Larsen shot off one of Munch’s fingers with a revolver during an argument. Adding insult to injury, Larsen went on to marry one of Munch’s colleagues.



Sophie Calle, Take Care of Yourelf, Artation

French artist, Sophie Calle received an email sent to her by a boyfriend intent on breaking up with her. It ended with the words, “I would have liked things to have turned out differently. Take care of yourself.” And so, she did just that. Calle sent the letter to 107 women from different professions and backgrounds—a psychiatrist, an author, a rifle shooter, an opera singer, a family mediator, a lawyer, even a parrot—asking them to interpret the text. It resulted in her 2007 tour de force, Take Care of Yourself that saw an entire gallery taken over with interpretations and performances of the letter. The repetition of the original letter, played over and over again, led Calle to focus on the project – not the man. Voila! Take her of herself, she did.



Matthew Broderick & Helen Hunt, 1987, Old Loves

Old Loves. The name invokes images of elderly lovebirds, but it’s actually an exhaustive catalog of celebrity couples who are no longer together. From Matt Damon and Winona Ryder, to Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt, and Cher and Gene Simmons. The ex-files are out.



Screenshots of the Facebook breakup tool, New York Times

Not only does Facebook have a dedicated Compassion Team – it also has tools that allow you to digitally fade out former lovers. Product designer, Emily Albert got thinking when she found it difficult to face her former flame’s Facebook post. Solution? Create a tool that prompts users to choose from a variety of phase-out options after changing their relationship status: “Take a Break. Here are some changes that might be helpful. We won’t notify Taylor of any changes you make. See less of Taylor. See Taylor on Facebook only if you visit his profile.”



Revenge Dioramas, Facebook Page

Want to live in a world where your ex gets run over by a train? Where lovers rule and the cheats who have wronged them perish in a dinosaur attack? Well, now you can thanks to artist Laura Stokes and her collaborator Nichole Cordin who have created ‘Revenge Dioramas’ – based on break-up fantasies, which they photograph and post to their Facebook pageCountless stories of betrayal inspired Stokes to make her revenge dioramas: “I realized this is really a thing that women in particular need,” she told Mashable. “We need to laugh at men. With all the headlines about men taking away our reproductive rights, denying us justice in court for rape and sexual harassment, refusing to listen and believe women about their experiences, there’s a lot of justified rage in women right now,” she said. “This is just one way to feel some catharsis about that, to strike back just a little bit.”



Untitled, 2012. From the series Beth. Matthew Swarts.

Constantly comparing? Hard to let yourself fall for new love? Matthew Swarts dealt with these questions he split up with a long-term girlfriend and then found a new one a year later. He channeled the change-over in two photo series. In Beth, he manipulates old photos of his ex-girlfriend so she slowly fades from view. In The Alternatives, he manipulates images of his new girlfriend to represent the complicated process of forging a new bond.

11. GET A MAKEOVER: “Love Raised Me Lipstick Saved Me.”


Angelique Velez

New York City based make-up artist, Angelique Velez founded Breakups to Makeup, an accessory & apparel line, showing that makeup is more than a simple product – it’s art. And sometime the only thing better than saying it – is wearing it.



Nicole Leth. Instagram: sex.icecream

Take a leaf out of Nicole Leth’s book and rebound from a break-up by launching a business and becoming ridiculously successful. Founder of Sex + Ice Cream, a clothing brand that could be described as “breakup art,” based on “graphic patterns, bright colours, traditional fiber techniques mixed with modern processes, and honest storytelling of my girlhood.” Every fiber of Leth’s being goes into her designs—she’s literally personally attached. “All of the patterns and prints I use are scanned directly from my diary,” she told Nylon.

Charlotte Hodes film selected for the UK’s first film festival launched by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine

Hodes Film

‘Questions of Travel’ a film by Charlotte Hodes, Professor in Fine Art at LCF and Deryn Rees-Jones, Professor of Poetry, University of Liverpool has been selected for the UK’s first film festival launched by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, is set to be among the highlights of this year’s London Craft Week.

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival takes place on the evenings of 4 and 5 May at Picturehouse Central in London’s West End, with a carefully curated programme of different films shown each night.

Following an open call, 36 films have been selected from well over 300 submissions, covering the gamut of styles from animation to satire and from documentaries to surreal art pieces. As diverse as the films are, each looks at our relationship with materials and making in different ways.

Questions of Travel follows Elizabeth Bishop’s poem Questions of Travel (1956), deconstructing the binaries of ‘here’ and ‘there’ to develop the idea of travel as a metaphor for the creative process: reading, drawing, thinking and imagining. Bishop’s phrase ‘must we dream our dreams and have them too?’ is central to our exploration of anxieties about empirical thinking and the workings of the imagination. Hodes’ work, which uses physical handcraft and digital processes of ‘cut’ & ‘paste’ engages directly in a visualisation of Bishop’s own aesthetic. It enacts Bishop’s engagement with modernist techniques which sought to disrupt linear time into an act of what Bergson calls ‘continuous creation’. Rees-Jones’ underpinning research for the collaboration draws on Bishop’s early writing and her desire for what she calls ‘experience-time’; playing with screen, stage, frame, ‘binocular’ and ‘monocular’ visions we ally this notion with Bishop’s use of the term ‘stereoscopic’ to dramatise her particular poetics of looking.

‘Questions of Travel’ was commissioned by Dr. Jonathan Ellis, University of Sheffield for the Festival of the Arts and Humanities, Sheffield 2015 and was first screened at the Site Gallery, Sheffield 15 May 2015. It  is the second in a series of commissioned collaborations by artist Hodes and poet and critic Rees-Jones using the poemfilm both as artistic practice and vehicle for critical interpretation. Their  project uses work by women writers, set at historical intervals, to open debates about female creativity. It forms part of an ongoing research project, ‘Reimaging the Muse’.

Shakespeare 400 at UAL: Costume Designs from WWII to Today

Joining activities across the UK to mark Shakespeare’s legacy on 23 April, Shakespeare 400 has been created to explore Shakespearean costume design and theatre across UAL.

The website showcases the original watercolour sketches of costume designs for some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters from the WWII era, inlcuding John Gielgud’s Hamlet in 1944. These feature alongside some of UAL’s latest student designs showing how Shakespearian costume design has evolved to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400 year legacy.

Richard III Costume by Jeanetta Cochrane, 1944, alongside costume design for Richard III in 2014

Richard III costume design, 1944, by Jeanetta Cochrane, alongside costume design for Richard III in 2014, by Laura Albeck, UAL student

All the original watercolour sketches from WWII era, held by UAL at its Central Saint Martins museum, are by costume designer, Jeanetta Cochrane. The designer, who studied at Central Saint Martins (formerly known as Central school of Art & Design), went on to teach at the college in 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, and led it from the 1930s through the Second World War, up until her sudden death in 1957.

Commenting on the costume designs, Judy Willcocks, Head of Central Saint Martins Museum, said:

“Jeanetta Cochrane was a real inspiration. These beautiful Shakespeare costume designs show her desire for greater historical accuracy in theatrical costume. I’m delighted they are now curated online for everyone to see so her creativity and memory can live on.”

Jeanetta proposed a building of a professionally equipped theatre with adjoining workshops, costume cutting rooms and design studios for students. Named after her, the former Cochrane Theatre in Holborn (next to the original Central Saint Martins), was opened in 1964 although sadly Jeanetta did not live to see it. The Cochrane Theatre closed in January 2012 and Central Saint Martins, part of UAL since 1986, moved to their new site in the highly-successful art-led regeneration of the King’s Cross area, including the new Platform Theatre.

Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor of UAL, said:

“The creative practice-centred approach, exemplified by Jeanetta Cochrane, lives on in the philosophy of all UAL colleges today. Providing a liberating platform for creativity to thrive, UAL has produced multiple winners in the most prestigious art and design awards including the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars. Over the next five years, UAL will invest more than a quarter of a billion pounds on new buildings in regeneration priority areas of London to keep innovation and creativity at the heart of the capital.”

Shakespeare Now – Latest UAL Costume Designs & ‘Shakespeare in the Park’:

For contrast, the latest Shakespearian costume designs from UAL show how Shakespearian costume design has changed over the last 70 years. The costume designs are from two UAL colleges: Central Saint Martins and Wimbledon College of Arts. These prestigious costume and theatre design courses have produced the likes of Jenny Beavan, Oscar winning costume designer for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Gasholder Park, King's Cross

Gasholder Park, King’s Cross

Joining events across the UK for Shakespeare 400, is ‘Shakespeare in the Park’; UAL Central Saint Martins’ production ‘Brave New World’, performed outside in the Gasholder Park in King’s Cross, London. The play takes a radical approach looking at the role of women in four of Shakespeare’s late plays by using only the acts which contain women. The 5 act play will be performed on 22 & 23 April by students from the prestigious MA Acting course which has produced stars such as Edward Holcroft, known for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Wolf Hall.

Costume designs for this production are by Laura Albeck and Sonia Birman, Performance Design and Practice Students at Central Saint Martins.

Part Of Us: Auction & Exhibition 25 April 2016

It is one of the largest contemporary humanitarian crises we’ve faced.

The numbers of displaced refugees seeking asylum from war and persecution is on the rise. A recent survey in a  Calais camp showed 61.1% of children stated they ‘never feel safe’. Violence, health issues, and concerns that the camp could one day be demolished were areas of gravest concern. One 16-year-old respondent said: “In Afghanistan there’s 80% chance to die, here there’s 100% chance”.

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For Temor Alkaisi, 24, a refugee from Iraq who fled to the UK when he was 17, it was art that saved him.

“Art isn’t our thing back home. But art is like therapy. I’ve experienced trauma repeatedly and witnessed horrific violence against my family back home. I had no idea what I was going to do when I first came to the UK. I was lost and had no confidence. But finding art helped me re-focus. It gave me the freedom to express myself in a way that nothing else could.”


Temor Alkaisi

PART OF US: Auction
See first-hand how art is responding to this crisis in PART OF US – a very special one night only auction and exhibition event to be held at Central Saint Martins, UAL on Monday 25 April 2016.

A live and silent auction featuring the work of UAL students, staff and alumni will be offered. Proceeds will directly fundraise for charities on the ground in the border of refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk, providing critical services for refugee communities including basic survival, legal aid, mental health services and art therapy, as well as collaborative youth group projects. These charities include: Refugee Community Kitchen, Art Refuge UK and Humming Bird Project, as well as the legal and humanitarian focused Refugee Rights Data Project.

Mustafa Boga

Chloe Bennet

Chloe Bennet

Auction: pledges
In addition to the selected artworks, a series of pledges have been donated ranging from luxury beach-side escapes – including 34-foot sailing yacht in Valencia, to an Art Deco style boat in the beautiful Discovery Bay Marina, Lantau Island, Hong Kong – award winning jewellery, cocktail and dance classes. Also up for auction is a complete tour of Central Saint Martins’ Head of College, Jeremy Till’s eco straw bale house.

Jeremy Till

Jeremy Till: Tour of 10 Stock Orchard Street, lunch and book on the building.

HK yacht

Two- night B&B in Art Deco style boat in the beautiful Discovery Bay Marina, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Flights not included.

Alongside the auction, PART OF US will display an exhibition of the work of artists and initiatives which voice perspectives on the current crisis.

Participating artists
Carolina Rapezzi is a photographer who just returned to England from a trip to the Calais refugee camps in March 2016. From this she has produced photography and a short video. Her previous work includes photographic series such as Minors on the Move (2015).

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Young Roots is a charity organisation active in the UK which have equipped children and youth affected by migration with cameras and asked them to document their experiences. A selection of these candid moments will be on display.

Young Roots

The Refugee Phrasebook Project is ‘an open collaborative project to provide important vocabulary to refugees. It assembles important phrases from various fields and encourages designers and experts in the field to improve on the material. The Refugee Phrasebook is a multilingual tool that provides basic useful vocabulary related to the most common immediate needs.’

Refugee Phrase Book

Nana Varveropoulo’s photographic series No Man’s Land No Man’s Land is ‘a collaborative project that explores experiences of indefinite immigration detention.’


Zory Shahrokhi is ‘a British- Iranian visual artist based in Greater London. Her practice developed through a concern to explore cultural/political agendas, employing performance in relation to installation and photography.’ We are hoping to feature her project Waves (2007) or some of her more recent textile works.


Behjat Omer Abdulla, ‘is a Kurdish visual artist who works with mixed media, mainly drawing, photography, and video installation, in order to listen to peoples’ stories and try to create a platform for debate around the issues raised. His work raises questions about identity and people’s position in the world.’ His self-portrait will be exhibited.


Saf Suleyman’s short film Bilaadi, screened as part of the ‘Global Movements’ event at London Short Film Festival 2016, portrays Shafik and his young family, who escaped Syria two years ago. “Since settling in Istanbul they have been coming to terms with their pasts and attempting to build a future, wherever that may be. “I am happy here, but I want to go back to Syria.”


Ana Cvorovic was born in 1981 in former Yugoslavia and now lives and works in London, UK. Her 2014 work Discharged or 2016 work A Fleeting Freeing.


The evening will also see the launch of a long term mural project with Artolution. Join Part of Us and celebrate the power of how art can shape its community.

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Event details
The programme for the evening is as follows:
Exhibition opens at: 5pm
Drinks served from: 6pm
Event and Auction start: 7pm
Location: 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Booking required.
RSVP via Eventbrite

For any press inquiries or other information, please contact or refer to our website:

Collaborators include Counterpoints Arts, S.T.A.R, Refugee Phrasebook, Artolution, Carolina Rapezzi and Young Roots.

Design Creativity Partners Up with Social Sciences to Tackle Big Public Policy Issues

University of the Arts London (UAL) and King’s College London have started a new partnership to bring together staff and students on research, teaching and public engagement to tackle some of the biggest public policy issues.

Image (c) Ana Escobar

Image: copyright (c) Ana Escobar

A joint collaboration between the Policy Institute at King’s and the Innovation Insights Hub at UAL, presents a unique context for students to explore, develop and assess the intersections between design and policy. The collaboration includes two new joint PhD studentships bringing together UAL’s design thinking and King’s policy expertise, to contribute to the emerging field of policy innovation.

Announcing the plans, Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL said:

‘This is an exciting step which combines UAL’s expertise as one of the world’s top five universities for art and design, with the wealth of knowledge in the social sciences and technology at King’s to bring about positive change in policy. It builds on UAL staff collaborating for over a decade with government policy makers to help them generate and prototype new creative solutions to some of the biggest public challenges.’

Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice Principal, Arts and Sciences of King’s College London, said:

‘We’re delighted to be partnering with UAL on this innovative new project. The Policy Institute at King’s is one of the many parts of the university which make King’s one of the top twenty universities in the world and we hope that collaborations of this sort will help to make King’s an even stronger world leading education institute.’

The partnership will see the first joint fully-funded PhD Studentship in Design Thinking for Policy Making Practice between UAL’s Innovation Insights Hub and the Policy Institute at King’s. This post will lead the research in further understanding how policies can be developed and tested using approaches from design. The work will be supported by interdisciplinary and interfaculty research seminars, exploring future joint research projects.

Dr Lucy Kimbell, Director of the UAL Innovation Insights Hub and leader of the PhD Studentship in Design Thinking for Policy Making Practice programme, :

“We’re looking to bring imagination, creativity and science to the forefront of public policy, exploring design solutions for today as well as future generations. This programme joins our current project in collaboration with Policy Lab in the Cabinet Office, delivering training on design thinking for civil servants and supporting the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to develop an EU Policy Lab.”

Professor Jennifer Rubin, Professor of Public Policy & Director of Analysis at King’s Policy Institute, also commented:

‘There are many areas where policy thinking has not yet caught up with and responded to people’s behaviour and needs in order to improve outcomes. We are delighted that this partnership will bring together rigorous social science, policy and design thinking in new ways to help tackle societal challenges.’


The first three-year joint PhD students will start in October 2016.



XHIBIT 2016: The next wave of defining artists

No brief. No theme. No constraints.

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Just one show with 13 artists – set to showcase every design discipline in one space.


Featuring UAL students at every level, across all disciplines – Xhibit is the one show where you will discover the cross range of new talent unfold in front of you. From the final-year fashion illustration talent, next to the rigour of the second-year fine artist and the flair of post-graduate photography – every corner of Xhibit will pulsate with the kaleidoscope of UAL talent.


The only qualifier? Talent.

“We were looking for something that we hadn’t seen before,” said Natalie Stevens, Events and Showcasing Coordinator, UAL.

For Xhibit judge and artist, Dave Charlesworth, that meant being wowed.

I am wowed by the unexpected. I like being made to look, look and look again. A good art work immediately grabs your attention and holds it.  Xhibit is a long running and well respected selection exhibition. It lifts the lid on the studio and shows the general public work that is new, challenging and in that daring state of flux that comes with being in education.”

Selected by an expert panel of artists, curators and creative industry professionals, artists not only win a coveted spot in the annual Xhibit 2016 exhibition, participants are also offered a supporting professional development workshop programme and receive a year’s membership to the V&A.

Xhibit is the launching pad of tomorrow’s artists. “After being featured in Xhibit 2014, my work got selected for more shows and by the end of the year it was sold.” – Marta Barina, Xhibit artist.


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Bolor Amgalan, Central Saint Martins, MA Materials Futures

“Metabolism” is the result of months of experimentation – paper-folding, laser-cutting, draping and other 3D form fabrication tests. Garments are no longer cut and stitched, but the pattern pieces interlock together like Lego pieces. This saves energy and increases efficiency, all the while satisfying the wearer’s needs for longer. A jacket becomes a clutch, then a vest, or a skirt and on it goes.”

Frederic Anderson, Wimbledon College of Arts, MFA
“I work exclusively from direct observation, usually in charcoal, pencil or ink on paper. To make the connection between subject and drawing as direct as possible, I use blind drawing techniques – not looking at the page as I work. As I draw, my eye is constantly moving across the subject, I lean in closer, back away and peer around the sides…”

Darae Baek, Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art

“I spent a month in Olafsfjordur, a small fishing village in Northern Iceland. Iceland is so far north that during the summer, the long days drag on endlessly in what locals call the white night. Experiencing the eerie brightness of the white night for the first time frightened me. This work will express the exact emotions I felt.”

Marta Barina, London College of Communication, BA Photography

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“These photographs reflect my interest towards the audience and the exhibition momentum. I took these pictures while visiting a string of art fairs, exhibitions and Biennales, from Paris Photo, to the Venice Biennale and White Cube exhibitions. By cancelling, turning, cutting and adjusting objects, people, lights and perspectives – the beautiful empty stage that surrounds the visitor is revealed.”

Tobias Benedetto, Wimbledon College of Arts, MFA

“The story is of a caveman who lives in a forest, who loses his lover there and pursues her deep into this forest, where he becomes lost, before he passes out and is then rescued by a spaceship that is an amalgamation of his lover and his future self. The conditions for this event are explained in the rest of the story, which unfolds inside the spaceship and its virtual reality laboratory.”

Anya Broido, London College of Communication, Graduate Diploma in Photography

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“I take photos in Soho between the hours of 11pm to 4am. This tiny pocket of London, forever on the threat of dying, still beats. It exists as its own ecosystem, where all different types, from theatregoers to clubbers, ladies on hen nights, drug-dealers, sex workers, artists, tourists and coffee drinkers, all collide within this small terrain. Soho is of a time past; I take photos in an attempt to preserve some part of it.”

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“All I want is for the audience to feel my work is infectious: to feel a pull of positive energy and happiness.”

Juliana Dorso, Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art XD


“I am particularly fond of Virginia Woolf. Over the years, I have read her books many times and have visited her houses in and outside London. All my visual work – paintings, photographs, graphic novels, videos, clothes – deal with fictional and non-fictional territories belonging to Virginia Woolf. Dirty Woolfian Underwear are unisex underwear inspired by Virginia Woolf’s, Orlando. Made with canvas, they fit females, males, intersexual people and beyond. They are a kind of nomadic pictorial space which can be worn by everyone.”

Hansika Jethnani, London College of Communication, BA Photography

“My long distance ex-boyfriend broke up with me over a WhatsApp conversation. Breaking up in person was impossible, and so it happened over a cyberspace of floating words instead. Like the anticipation of when heating something up in the microwave, I was constantly in anticipation waiting for a reply. When I heard back, it was gut-wrenching words that broke my heart. I put Polaroids I photographed in the microwave. What I photographed did not matter – it was what happened to the Polaroid once popped into the microwave that did. Burnt and damaged they resembled me through the wretched phase of my relationship.”

Armenoui Kasparian Saraidari, Central Saint Martins, PhD

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“My family was part of the larger movement of the Armenian populations that experienced the massacres and mass deportations from their historic homeland. As they walked in exile from their homeland and yearned for the beginning of a new future, our family photographic collection took shape. Nameless creates an analogy between the loss of singularity in a photographic archive and through the mass killings. It attempts to restore their facelessness by offering each person a single frame on the film.”

Kuniko Maeda, Chelsea College of Arts, MA Textile Design

“I was fascinated with creating something visible from the invisible. I recorded everyday movements such as dancing and applied colour and texture to correlate with emotion. Through the use of everyday materials, I transformed these sketches into 3D objects.”

Lauren Pennycott, Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art

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“I am interested in the difference between weight that is literal and that which is painted. Even a wisp of a paper bag is bound to physical laws of gravity; trapped by the masking tape, the material is literally pinned down, quieted and contained.”

Xiuching Tsay, London College of Fashion, Fashion Illustration

I am interested in decoding visual symbols in advertisements. This work explores how the objects in advertising can stimulate viewers’ sexual perceptions and how innuendos function as signs that convey sexual contexts. I have created an icon called ‘Lolla’, who appears as a presenter of fashion advertisements. This piece mimics the Marc Jacob perfume ad, ‘Oh Lola’. I decode the advertisement’s messages, combined with my own imagery. Here, my icon Lolla, has replaced the actual presenter, Dakota Fanning.



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Xhibit 2016 has been selected by: Natalie Stevens (Events and Showcasing Coordinator, UAL) Summer Oxley (SUARTS elected Activities Officer) Rosa Harvest, Coordinator (Made in Arts London); Dave Charlesworth (Artist and Curator) Alice Cunningham (Artist).

Read what the judges had to say.

If you only visit one show this season, visit Xhibit2016.

14 April – 3 July

UAL Showroom
University of the Arts London
272 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EY

Private View: Wednesday 13 April, 6 – 8pm

The UAL Showroom is open to the public and free to visit with no booking required. For more information and opening times please visit the UAL Showroom.


UAL in World’s Top 5 Universities for Art & Design

UAL is now in the top 5 universities in the world for art and design. UAL has soared to 5th place in the QS World University Rankings® affirming its status as a leading global provider of art and design education.

Image by Nadia Speranza for UAL – background image: Molly Butt, MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts. Photographer: Ivan Jones

UAL also maintains its status as a leading UK art and design university in these rankings, holding steady in 2nd place, just behind the postgraduate specialist RCA.

The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 42 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, said:

“Universities such as UAL are integral to the success of the global creative economy; providing the talent pathway for graduates who go on to lead in their fields across the world. UAL is a truly global university and we are delighted to be recognised as one of the world’s top five universities for art and design in the 2016/17 QS World Rankings. This is fantastic news for our students and credit to the hard work and dedication of staff across the university.”

For full listings and more information, visit the QS World University Rankings by Subject website.


Pop-Up Art: UAL Students Scoop New VM Student Award for Retail Designs

Last Thursday, 10 March, UAL students Kelly Wong, London College of Fashion, and Daria Rodionova, Chelsea College of Arts, won two of the first ever student awards for their visual merchandising designs at the Retail Design Expo 2016.

Working with Liberty of London and Oasis, UAL students were challenged to create a pop-up space, personalising it for their particular store. UAL students and first-ever winners of the new VM Student Award (and prizes of paid work placements at Liberty and Oasis), give us the inside story on working with some of the biggest retailers in the UK…

Kelly Wong, London College of Fashion, being interviewed about winning the VM Student Award at Retail Design Expo 2016

Kelly Wong, London College of Fashion, being interviewed about winning the VM Student Award at Retail Design Expo 2016

Kelly Wong (pictured above) from UAL’s London College of Fashion wowed the creative team at Liberty of London, the world-renowned luxury UK retailer formed in 1875, and which Oscar Wilde once described as “the chosen resort of the artistic shopper”.

Oasis, one of the top UK high street retailers, worked with Chelsea College of Arts, challenging students to expand their design horizons. Winning another of the inaugural VM Student Awards, Daria Rodionova (pictured below), originally from Moscow, tells us what it was like to work on this exciting project and studying at UAL:

Daria Rodionova with her winning 'Fashion Fridges' designs at Retail Design Expo 2016

Daria Rodionova with her winning ‘Fashion Fridges’ designs at Retail Design Expo 2016

“My idea was to create «Fashion Fridges», which would be used instead of ordinary changing rooms and clothes hangers. I wanted them to become a symbol of Oasis that would represent the main principles of a brand: contemporary, stylish and fun.

I am very proud of my work; it combines contemporary design and classical elements of decor and it is made from easily accessible materials. I hope that it is the first step in my career, which will give me experience and knowledge about the industry I work in. 

While living in Moscow, I knew I wanted to study abroad. I chose UAL because it is one of the leading universities in the world of design and it provides its students with many opportunities to collaborate with the biggest design retailers. 

I am very happy that I have won the competition with my project and now I have an opportunity to work with the Oasis brand in summer.” Daria Rodionova, Chelsea College of Arts

A total of twenty UAL students worked with these renowned brands, including Young Soo Bae, Chelsea College of Arts (pictured below) who received a highly commended award.

Yung Soo Bae at the Retail Design Expo 2016 with her designs which were highly commended at the VM Student Awards

Young Soo Bae at the Retail Design Expo 2016 with her designs which were highly commended at the VM Student Awards

Here’s what other UAL students had to say about this amazing opportunity:

“It was a great experience to practice, experiment and analyse abilities and ideas…”

Rana Bashirova, Chelsea College of Arts

“I very much enjoyed working for Oasis and tried to bring something to this passionate brand. I felt like my work was constantly being reinvented and pushed beyond my own boundaries.”

Alberto Segato, Chelsea College of Arts

“Working for Oasis has been an extremely challenging and interesting experience. It has been an incredible and also rewarding experience and I have learnt to question myself and my ideas to create something different for this brand.”

Martina Bergamo, Chelsea College of Arts

London College of Fashion students shortlisted for the VM Student Awards

London College of Fashion students shortlisted for the VM Student Awards

New competition launched at UAL to mentor tomorrow’s female arts leaders

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It’s a pattern that has steadily grown. Increasing number of female arts graduates, should mean an in increase in women working in the arts.

But the numbers paint a very different picture.

Research shows that approximately only 30 per cent of artists represented by galleries in London are female and British Theatre Consortium statistics assert that only 31% of professional playwrights are female.

It was this gender gap that inspired the launch of a brand new scheme – ‘University Women in the Arts’ – that took place at Central Saint Martins, UAL and is designed to mentor female University arts students to take up leadership roles in the arts.

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Open to all female students studying the arts at University level – 10 participants will be selected to be mentored over the course of a year by 12 women who are leading the way in the arts in the UK.

The scheme is run by the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at UAL’s Central Saint Martins, the Women of the Future Programme and Writers at Work Productions, in association with Tonic Theatre.

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Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader for MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at UAL’s Central Saint Martins said:

“I think it’s incredibly important to provide mentoring opportunities for young women wanting to work in the arts.

“It’s shocking how different the figures are – over 70% of women studying the arts at the UAL are women. We want to explore whether the drop off in numbers once women make the transition from studying to working in the arts is due to lack of mentorship, a previous lack of examples women can follow as they negotiate their career paths, family reasons, the insecurity in the industry, confidence or another reason.”

Jennifer Tuckett

Jennifer Tuckett

Jennifer goes on to say:

“Lucy Kerbel’s research from Tonic Theatre showed that in 2013, 59 per cent of Directing course graduates were women – but only 24 per cent of working directors were women, which is a huge difference.

“Over 70 per cent of our students at UAL are female, but in all areas of the arts there seems to be far fewer women than men.

“For the first time, the University Women in the Arts will investigate the reasons for this gender gap and hopefully, in doing so, get us thinking about how we can address this.”

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Pinky Lilani CBE DL, founder of The Women of the Future Programme, said:

“The Women of the Future Programme is honoured to be working with Central Saint Martins, UAL on a programme that is crucial to helping women achieve their potential. Mentorship is pivotal to career success. ”

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Lucy Kerbel, founder of Tonic Theatre, said:

“I think this scheme is a brilliant idea. Young women who are keen to build careers in the arts often have to look harder for role models than their male counterparts. Consequently, a programme such as this which connects female students with trailblazing women is hugely valuable because it makes it all the easier for them to visualise themselves in top roles.

“Furthermore, hearing in detail how these women have achieved the success they have, and being able to begin to translate that to their own artistic and professional journeys is something that could make all the difference to a young woman when navigating the tricky initial steps into her career in the arts.”

In addition to the mentoring opportunity for 10 female students, there will also be public events over the course of the next year which anyone can attend.


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“Being a woman means being collaborative. This is something the Women of the Future Programme, who are one of the partners on University Women in the Arts, have spoken about a lot and which really interests me. To advance gender equality, they talk about how it seems to be most helpful when women use their innate skills at collaboration and kindness towards one another. I think that’s fascinating research they’ve done.

Mentors of the University Women in the Arts include: Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet Tamara Rojo, Managing Director of Penguin Books Joanna Prior and film producer of the Harry Potter films amongst other films and former Head of the Film Fund at the UK Film Council Tanya Seghatchian.

Find out more University Women in the Arts scheme here.