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Speakers announced for AHRC 10th anniversary debate

UAL is delighted to announce the speakers for its debate Books and the Human, which is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)’s 10th anniversary celebrations series, The Way We Live Now. UAL was selected from over 40 universities to take part in this prestigious series, and the debate will take place at Central Saint Martins on Wednesday 16 December, 6-8.30pm.

The book

The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects,  Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, 1967

The panel of distinguished speakers, who will be introduced by UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington, will approach the topic ‘the book’ through the various lenses of philosophy, history, politics, literature and creative practice (the making of books). Speakers announced today (with more to be confirmed) are:

•  Stuart Kelly (Chair), Writer, critic and Books Editor of Scotland on Sunday
•  Professor Johanna Drucker, Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA
•  Dr Catherine Eagleton, Head of Asia and Africa Collections, The British Library
•  Tom Uglow, Creative Director, Google Creative Lab

The debate will discuss:

• The book in all its forms and how it connects us to the past, captures the present and looks to the future.
• The intimate relationship between books and knowledge and between books and human beings is fundamental and crosses times and cultures
• In an age when digital technologies and e-books in particular are challenging the traditional forms of the book, how do these changes impact on our relationship with it?
• What does the book as an idea, as a repository of information and as a physical object mean to us any longer?
• What does our changing relationship with the book say about ‘The Way We Live Now’?

Alongside the debate, additional events taking place on 16 and 17 December 2015 will explore how books are conceived, crafted, experienced and shared. These events will include bespoke tours of the British Library Ritblat Treasures collection, object-handling sessions looking at specially selected items from Central Saint Martins’ extensive letterpress archive, bookbinding workshops and a Penguin Books round-table discussion.

The debate, together with these events, will question the intellectual, experiential, practical and public aspects of books and how they shape who we are, offering us an opportunity to reassess what the book means to us, as well as to explore its future as an ongoing part of human culture and life.

Programme Director and Course Leader of MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins Rebecca Wright, who was part of the team to put forward UAL’s successful application, said of the debate:

“We’re delighted that UAL has been chosen to take part in this debate series to celebrate ten years of AHRC. The Graphic Communication Design programme at Central Saint Martins has a long and rich history of association with typography and book design, dating back to 1896 as the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Hosting this AHRC national debate provides an exciting opportunity to explore the form, function and future of the book from the perspectives of making and thinking, integrating design with the wider humanities. Our interest is in how the book is intimately linked to the way we live now.”

Full programme, booking links and further announcements can be found here.

This debate is a collaboration between UAL and the AHRC.

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UAL and fossil fuel divestment

University of the Arts London (UAL) plays a leading role in research, teaching and industry collaborations on environmentally sustainable fashion, arts and design.

UAL was the most improved major institution in the Green League 2015. We achieved a Gold Award for sustainable catering and were nominated for a 2015 Observer Ethical Award for applying the Chartered Institute of Procurement Specialist Sustainable Index to our supply chain.

As part of our sustainability strategy, UAL has scrutinised the management of our endowment assets with regard to investment in fossil fuels. The endowment assets are donations to UAL and our colleges for teaching and research, and constitute a small fund of £3.9m.

UAL plays a leading role in environmentally sustainable fashion, arts and design and is now divesting from fossil fuels. (Tara Baoth Mooney, MA Fashion and the Environment 2011 photography Sean Michael. Image courtesy of Centre for Sustainable Fashion)

UAL plays a leading role in environmentally sustainable fashion, arts and design and is now divesting from fossil fuels. (Image: Tara Baoth Mooney, MA Fashion and the Environment 2011. Photography: Sean Michael. Image courtesy of Centre for Sustainable Fashion)

None of UAL’s endowment is invested directly in fossil fuels. Mindful of the impact of climate change, UAL will strengthen our investment policy to ensure that we do not indirectly invest in fossil fuels via managed funds.

As a framework for our investment policy, UAL will sign up to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. We will disinvest from any fund which does not comply with the UN Principles.

The UN Principles are internationally recognised standards that ensure environmental, social and governance issues are an integral part of investment policy. They have been adopted by other universities as well as major investors and pension funds.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, commented: “UAL’s commitment not to invest in fossil fuel helps our strategy to put sustainability at the heart of everything we do. We hope it will be welcomed by our staff and students.”

Signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment include Harvard University, Edinburgh University and CCLA, fund manager for universities including Birmingham City University, Cranfield University, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Westminster.

Creative Enterprise Week 2015 at UAL – book now!


Book now for Creative Enterprise Week – offering talks, workshops and events, to help you get your creative business off the ground.

Get advice from inspiring business owners and enterprise experts. Find out how to create and grow your ideas, get funding and build your network.

Creative Enterprise Week takes place across the Colleges of UAL from 16 to 20 November, with all events free and available to all UAL student, graduates and staff. Booking is essential, so reserve your seats today!

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Chair of BAFTA and former Universities UK President announced as UAL Governors

Chair of BAFTA Anne Morrison and former Universities UK President Sir Eric Thomas have been appointed to the Court of Governors at University of the Arts London (UAL).

Anne and Sir Eric will join the UAL Court of Governors, who are also the University’s trustees, and will help determine and promote the educational character and mission of the University among other duties.

 Sir Eric Thomas and Anne Morrison have joined UAL as Governors (Image credit: courtesy of Sir Eric Thomas & BAFTA/Rich Hardcastle)

Sir Eric Thomas and Anne Morrison have joined UAL as Governors (Image credit: courtesy of Sir Eric Thomas & BAFTA/Rich Hardcastle)

Anne commented: “Throughout my career I have been committed to nurturing the next generation of creative talent from all backgrounds and ensuring that higher education and employers work together effectively. UAL is one of the most important artistic and educational institutions in the country and a vital component in the UK’s high reputation worldwide in the creative industries, so I am delighted to be able to contribute to its future development.”

Sir Eric commented: “I am delighted to be joining University of the Arts London. It is a unique institution which leads in academic and cultural aspects of the arts nationally and internationally. I hope my input following my experience in universities will help, in some small way, to continue on its pursuit of excellence.”

About Anne

Anne is the Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the leading charity in the UK supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image.

Until 2014 she was Director of the BBC Academy, the BBC’s centre for training, which she launched in 2009. Anne’s background is principally in television production, working as a producer/director and rising to become Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual at the BBC.

She is a frequent speaker on issues in the arts and education such as diversity, employability, talent development and creativity. She is a trustee of the Charleston Trust, a Board member of London & Partners and a trained executive coach and consultant.

About Sir Eric

Sir Eric was knighted for services to Higher Education in 2013 and was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 2001 to 2015. He was President of Universities UK from 2001 to 2013 and Chair of the Worldwide University Network from 2003 to 2007. He also chaired the Government Taskforce into Increasing Voluntary Donations to Higher Education which reported in 2004, the so called Thomas Report.

He graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1976 becoming a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 1987 until 2001. He was Head of the School of Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton from 1995 to 2000. He is married with two grown up children.



Apple Recruitment day at UAL – Tuesday 27 October

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Looking for a part-time job?

Apple Retail UK, are coming to UAL for one day, in two locations with lots of jobs to offer.

On the 27th October Apple will be in High Holborn and London College of Communication from 11am-5pm waiting for you to drop in (with your CV) ready to speak to discuss their retail jobs in their London stores.

If you love Apple products and Macs are second nature to you, come and speak to Apple about the different retail positions they have available in their stores.

What are Apple looking for from UAL students and graduates?

Clink on the link to see the different types of roles available, from sales opportunities to Genius roles:

Work where extraordinary happens.

Apple Store employees are unique individuals whose varied talents and experiences bring value to the way they connect people with Apple. So whether you’re analytical or creative, tech savvy or a people person, the Apple Store provides an ideal opportunity to challenge yourself.

Apple are currently hiring for our London retail stores. Please come along to Holborn or LCC on Tuesday 27th October to meet Apple representatives and find out more!

Frieze Week: insider’s guide by Max Mara Art Prize nominee Emma Hart

Max Mara Art Prize for Women  Tania Kovats, Ana Génoves, Ruth Ewan, Phoebe Unwin, Emma Hart. Photo - Gabriele Micalizzi Cesura. Courtesy Collezione Maramotti

At the historic headquarters of Max Mara in northern Italy, the six names of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women shortlist were revealed earlier this month. The finalists include Wimbledon College of Arts course director Tania Kovats, Central Saint Martins lecturer Emma Hart, and Chelsea College of Arts alumna Ana Genovés.

Ahead of the Prize announcement, nominee Emma Hart shares her insider’s guide to where to go in London during Frieze Week.

Kate MacGarry
On Wednesday 14th October I’ll be setting out to hear what Marcus Coates has to say as he gives an artist talk at Kate MacGarry, where he has collaborated with dance artist Henry Montes on the current exhibition which tests whether contemporary dance can be of any use in society today.
A Question Of Movement: MARCUS COATES & HENRY MONTESThe exhibition a Question Of Movement: MARCUS COATES & HENRY MONTES continues at Kate MacGarry until 24 October.

My own twinkle toes will also hot step it to Space on Mare Street where I can’t wait to see Florence Peake’s exhibition, more dance served up with a bonkers vision and sculptural excess.
Florence Peake Orbit my O O my Originally a section from Performance Shift Construct developed with musician Desmond Byrne for Gallery Lejeune 2015 Dancers Katye Coe and Rosalie Walhfrid

David Roberts Art Foundation
On Thursday 15th October I’m hoping I get into see Caroline Achaintre, John Bock, Sue Tompkins and others present new performances at the David Roberts Art Foundation. Entry is on a first come, first served basis and it will be very busy as witnessing a “legendary’ John Bock performance is something you must do at least once in your life and Caroline Achaintre’s never presented a performance before, it’s her “live” debut. I hope I get in!

Portrait of Shannon F Photo Eliot HazelThe exhibition Albert the Kid is Ghosting continues at David Roberts Art Foundation until 12 December with special opening times during Frieze Week.


Frieze London and Frieze Masters run 14-17 October, find out more about Frieze Week on the Frieze website

The Max Mara Art Prize for Women winner will be announced in early 2016, find out more on the Whitechapel Gallery website

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2015 London Film Festival

London Film Festival is back, with hundreds of screenings, premieres and talks across 12 days drawing over 100,000 film fans to the Capital. The 2015 London Film Festival opens with Suffragette, which sees Drama Centre alumna Anne Marie Duff playing women’s rights campaigner Violet Miller.

Starring alongside Carey Mulligan in the film, Anne Marie told the Telegraph: “Violet is extraordinary, she’s a firebrand… I found her thrilling”.

Recent UAL Honorary Doctor Tacita Dean will headline the Festival’s LFF Connects series, speaking with Christopher Nolan in an event which will “reframe the future of film”. Tacita comments: “As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema. Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it. We need to keep the medium distinct from the technology; we need to keep the choice of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”

UAL alumni appearing throughout the Festival include Chelsea alumnus Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash, Drama Centre graduates Michael Fassbender, Russell Brand, and Frances de la Tour all in new releases, and LCC alumna Bonnie Wright in new children’s film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?.


New short film NASTY features a soundtrack by LCC Sound Arts students, created as a live project by lecturer Tim Harrison. All 17 students are credited on the short, the post production of which was facilitated by LCC.

London Film Festival runs 7-18 October at venues across London.

Read the full 2015 London Film Festival programme

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Watch Tacita Dean give her speech to the UAL Class of 2015 on YouTube

Free event celebrates drawing and creative education in King’s Cross

Drawing the World, a free event and highlight of The Big Draw Festival, will take over Granary Square at King’s Cross on Sunday 11 October, where visitors of all ages are invited to join in with a day of creative activities from 11am-4pm.

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Drawing in Space by UAL Associate Lecturer in Architecture and Spatial Design Alaistair Steele 

Drawing the World is a partnership event between The Big Draw, UAL and House of Illustration, joining together to promote the vital role of creativity in education, society and everyday life.

Visitors can choose from a programme of workshops created by Central Saint Martins, House of Illustration and The Big Draw to become an artist, architect, fashion illustrator, print-maker, or urban sketcher for the day.

Activities on offer include:

• Watch Rootstein Hopkins UAL Chair of Drawing Professor Stephen Farthing RA and 30 UAL postgraduate students produce an epic drawing of the world in a performance directed by a drone and mobile phones
• Trace the universe’s first 14 billion years on a Mythical Drawing Trail with Global Generation, and discover their unique Skip Garden
• Discover 3-D drawing; try experimental map-making with David Lemm, illustrator-in- residence, and see who can make and draw the biggest GRRRRR! in illustrator Rob Biddulph’s workshop, all at the House of Illustration
• Ready Steady Colour a take-away pizza with ketchup ‘paint’ and salt ‘n’ pepper glitter
• Sketch the changing urban scene from viewing platforms, map its history on a giant timeline and design emoji for King’s Cross
• Complete a walk-and-draw map while discovering even more of King’s Cross

The Big Draw President Sue Grayson Ford said of the event:

“Drawing the World will be an epic celebration of creativity, and it promises to be a highlight of the October 2015 Big Draw Festival, which will see thousands of people take part in hundreds of drawing events across the globe.”

Dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins, UAL Mark Dunhill said:

“Drawing is a language that encompasses a very wide range of media and approaches, and can be used for a multitude of different expressive, descriptive and practical visual thinking purposes. We are delighted to be involved in activating the public spaces around the Granary Building as part of this event. Drawing the World will turn the college inside out and stimulate all kinds of intriguing, fun and thought provoking ways of making images collectively.”

Director of House of Illustration Colin McKenzie said:

“As the only public gallery in the world devoted to the art of illustration in all its forms we are delighted to be working with The Big Draw and UAL on this exciting day devoted to getting as many people as possible involved in the activity of drawing.”

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Drawing Seance by Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art students Marc Hulson and Kjetil Berge

Drawing the World is one of hundreds of activities taking place as part of The Big Draw Festival, an annual festival encouraging people of all ages to connect with museums, galleries, parks, artists, designers and illustrators across the world through drawing. You can also watch a short film about the event on the UAL Postgraduate Community’s YouTube channel .

For a full list of all the activities on offer on the day and details on how to book for certain workshops, please visit The Big Draw’s website.

Exhibition Studies talks: Victor Wang, Sakina Dhif and Rachel Pafe

Installation of the First Stars Exhibition, 1979. Courtesy of Huang Rui.

Installation of the First Stars Exhibition, 1979. Photo: Li Xiaobin, image courtesy of Huang Rui.

Victor Wang on the First Stars Exhibitions and Sakina Dhif/Rachel Pafe on ‘Past Disquiet’

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Venue: CSM, Room KX A002

Victor Wang will share his research on a pivotal moment in Chinese exhibition histories: the 1979 and 1980 Stars Exhibitions (星星画会). Accompanied by documentation, the presentation will consider the importance of the public sphere and civil resistance with the beginnings of a contemporaneity in post-Cultural Revolution China.

Victor Wang (王宗孚) is a curator and exhibition-maker based between London and Shanghai. Most recently he was appointed the K11 curator of the travelling and collaborative exhibition between Palais de Tokyo and K11 Art Foundation, ‘Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant’ at the chi k11 art museum, Shanghai. Victor is also a Curator in Residence at Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF): a knowledge platform initiated by and built around the collections of four contemporary art museums in Flanders, Belgium: S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Mu.ZEE (Ostend), MUHKA & Middelheimmuseum (Antwerp).

Sakina Dhif and Rachel Pafe will present part of an ongoing project that examines the historically repetitive desires behind archival exhibition making. They will present the second version of a performative reading that will first be given at the PARSE Biennial in Gothenburg. Using an exhibition earlier this year at MACBA, ‘Past Disquiet’ (curated by Rasha Salti and Kristine Khouri), as an entry point, they will discuss messianic time, archival impulses, haunting, withdrawal and the place of fiction in exhibition studies.

Rachel Pafe and Sakina Dhif are researcher/writers/artists based between London, Washington DC, Brussels and the floating world. Graduates of the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, they began to collaborate in 2014. Jointly they experiment in order to question the concepts of fiction, ghosts and repetition in fiction and academic writing. Sakina’s latest research looked at the Arab Image Foundation, in Beirut, Lebanon, to explore the relations existing between an art institution’s space, its collection and possible procedures. Rachel’s practice centers on iterative ideology, desire and associated politics, juxtaposing the mundane, absurd and ideal through the lens of messianism. She examines this within the exhibition format: through academic writing, fiction and a hybrid involving spoken word.

Places are limited, so please contact Dr Lucy Steeds if you are interested in attending.


Further information about the CSM Research Group, ‘Exhibitions: Histories, Practices’.

Taking centre stage in Beijing

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The largest ever exhibition of European theatre design opens in China this week, curated by Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. Hosted by the National Centre for Performing Arts, highlights of the exhibition include the designs for the Lion King stage play and Cheek By Jowl productions.

Coinciding with Beijing Design Week and the China-UK Year of Cultural Exchange, the exhibition will put a spotlight on the design process from initial idea to final production and will cover the full range of design for theatre and performance. The curators have described the exhibition as a “garden of ideas” that also illuminates for a Chinese audience the differences and nuances of design approaches across Europe, with drawings, process work, scale models and costumes, as well as moving image on display.

Curated by Wimbledon’s MA Theatre Design course director Michael Pavelka and Theatre Design Senior Lecturer Peter Farley, the exhibition features work from the Lion King by Wimbledon alumnus Richard Hudson, Cheek By Jowl by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnelan, Ping by LCF alumna Daphne Karstens, alongside designs by Thomas Rupert and Dimitry Krymov.

Ping by DAPHNE KARSTENS photo Alex Traylen

Dean of Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL Simon Betts said: “Wimbledon has a long and distinguished history as one of the UK’s leading specialist theatre institution and is internationally recognised for preparing students for the professional world. Our graduates have been pushing the boundaries of performance design for many years, so it’s extremely exciting for the College to be invited to put together such an important showcase of best practice in this area.”

Curator Peter Farley said: “It is exciting to take an exposition of European performance design to China and that the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing recognizes the importance of this largely undocumented subject as an essential and vital component of performance-making.”

Recognized for its preeminence in both design for theatre and film, Wimbledon’s roster of star alumni includes Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award winners such as Sarah Greenwood, Anthony Ward, James Acheson, Charles Knode, Christopher Oram and Mark Tildesley.

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This month UAL will launch a new alumni network in Beijing, high profile graduates include fashion designers Min Wu, Huishan Zhang, and Johanna Ho, Vogue China fashion editor Grace Lam, and designer Tom Shi.

UAL has just signed an MOU with Beijing Municipal Commission for Education which will represent the first stage in a collaboration that will involve UAL working closely with selected key Beijing institutions. UAL is the only UK arts and design institution with which the Education Commission is working. The collaboration will involve the provision, by Beijing, of a number of two year scholarships to fund the best Beijing students to study at UAL colleges for our first and second year. UAL and the Commission also hope to collaborate on allied activities, including the development and provision of summer schools for Beijing students.

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Read more about the Evolving Design For Performance exhibition in Beijing