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TEXTILE TOOLBOX online exhibition

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The TEXTILE TOOLBOX exhibition launches online on 13th November. It is a showcase of ten propositional design concepts inspired by Mistra research into the sustainability of the fashion and textile industry.

The exhibition platform functions as a research and public engagement 
tool formed around TED’s ‘The TEN’ – design strategies for innovative sustainability thinking and action. The exhibition proposes how these strategies can translate technical and scientific research breakthroughs into design concepts. The new products demonstrate the potential for progressing a sustainable fashion system with new materials, processes, applications and business models. The exhibits are a starting point for discussion – provocations, or ‘provotypes’ – showing us how design tools can create entirely new visions for the future of the industry. This unique online platform offers a global audience a glimpse of a sustainable future fashion industry. An industry that ultimately gives the consumer pleasure whilst also giving the planet and its inhabitants absolute consideration.

The final design pieces use a strategic ‘TEN’ approach to create beautiful fashions for style fans to savour, with aesthetics connecting and responding to the scientific research of the MISTRA Future Fashion consortium.

Exhibits:

1. Seamsdress, by Dr Kate Goldsworthy

2. A.S.A.P (Paper Cloth), by Prof Kay Politowicz, Sandy MacLennan (East Central), Dr Kate Goldsworthy, David Telfer (COS) and Dr Hjalmar Granberg (Innventia)

3. Shanghai Shirt by Prof Becky Earley (Research Profile) and Isabel Dodd

4. Inner/Outer Jacket by Clara Vuletich

5. DeNAture, by Miriam Ribul in collaboration with Hanna de la Motte (SP)

6. ReDressing Activism, by Prof Becky Earley, Emmeline Child and Bridget Harvey

7. Smörgåsbord, by Melanie Bowles (Research Profile) and Kathy Round

8. Sweaver, by Josefin Tissingh

9. Fast Refashion, by Prof Becky Earley

10. A Jumper to Lend, A Jumper to Mend, by Bridget Harvey

Resources:

The collaborations with scientists, academics and professionals, have lead to Tool Kits for action, instructions for making, resources for learning, and films to sit back and watch. International training tools and education models will be available from the site as a free download in the final report in June 2015.

Open Call:

We will also invite a global fashion design audience to submit their own sustainable future fashion projects to us, and selected works will be showcased in an open gallery on the site. We also invite reviewers to send us feedback on the exhibition and to contribute to our final project report. Get in touch for the opportunity to be part of this exciting process.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – lunch briefings

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London College of Communication: 3 November, 12.30-2pm

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon: 4 November, 12.30-2pm

On the occasion of the KTP National Week organised by Innovate UK, two lunch briefings will take place at London College of Communication and Chelsea College of Art to provide academics with up-to-date information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), a prestigious government-funded scheme that supports collaboration between academics, businesses and recent graduates. Former KTP academic supervisors will also participate in the briefings, together with their former associates, to share their experience and advice with the attendees:

  • David Penfold is associate lecturer at LCC and an expert in digital media and electronic publishing technology. Since 1989 he has been a consultant, editor and writer. He has advised and carried out projects for many leading publishers and been involved in various Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – with The Bridgeman Art Library, Echelon Learning and EskoArtwork among others.
  • Athanasios Velios is a research fellow at CCW and the deputy director of Ligatus. He has been a principle investigator and co/investigator in two large AHRC grants and has contributed to a number of successful research projects, including a KTP with Book Works. He is a member of the AHRC peer-review college, the webmaster for the International Institute for Conservation and an elected Council member of the Conservation Graduates Association in Greece. He is a keen supporter of open source software and open distribution of knowledge.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships projects typically:

  • Help the business (a for-profit company, a social enterprise or cultural organisation) to undertake a strategic development project, for which academic input, expertise and understanding is essential.
  • Provide the academic with an entry point into a research career, or the opportunity to apply their existing research.
  • Provide the graduate with an employment opportunity, and the chance to work closely with an academic and business on a stretching project.

Book your place now. 

LCC Lunch briefing

  • Monday 3 November, 12.30-2pm, in WG14-02 at LCC
  • Guest speakers: David Penfold and Bridget Martin
  • A buffet lunch will be provided.
  • Please confirm your attendance by email at p.jouven@arts.ac.uk by Wednesday 29 October.

CCW Lunch briefing

  • Tuesday 4 November, from 12.30-2pm, in the Green Room at Millbank
  • Guest speakers: Athanasios Velios and Karen di Franco
  • A buffet lunch will be provided.
  • Please confirm your attendance by email at p.jouven@arts.ac.uk by Thursday 30 October.

Black History Month 2014

Man1 – Cheryl Kohl, BA Fine Art, CSM

This year UAL celebrates Black History Month with an exhibition programme curated by the African Caribbean Society; Unspoken Barriers is a major series of events created by London College of Communication Students’ Union Vice-President, Bee Tajudeen and funded by the UAL Widening Participation fund. UAL students and graduates from a variety of disciplines were invited to submit artwork reflecting the themes surrounding Black History Month, and experiences of black students in the current educational climate. This artwork has been collated to create the first in a series of exhibitions under the ‘Unspoken Barriers’ title.

Bee Tajudeen comments: “I’m so pleased to see an exhibition that is student led to go up at LCC, especially on such an important subject. I would like to thank all the exhibitors who submitted and urge everyone to go an look at these thought-provoking pieces.”

Brazilian Girl – Kai Lutterodt, BA Journalism, LCC

UAL Joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin, present ‘Movements’, a selection of works from the June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive  on show until 27 October. They are also currently preparing for Ghosts; opening on 2 November Ghosts is a year-long series of single work and focused displays featuring key art works from a range of British Black and Asian artists exploring ideas around technologies, subjectivities and contemporary art practice. They will explore how artists have interrogated the complex relationships between technology, subjectivity and strategies of art making in an age of migration, globalisation and dispersed diaspora identities. Questioning what art can tell us about the transformation of gendered, class and racialised subjectivities in our techno-cultural and information rich societies, what a critical art practice look like today, and  what are the excesses that hover as a ghostly spectre around forms of representation and its technologies, the displays by contemporary practitioners will attempt to address these.

Read more about Unspoken Barriers on the UAL event listings

Read more about Ghosts on the UAL event listings

Find out more about UAL Joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin, on the UAL website

 Hot Day – Samira Oulaillah, MA Photojournalism, LCC

LCC BA (Hons) Film Practice students collaborate with Urban Outfitters

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Ruby Heart, aka Harriette Dunn, at work on the changing room graffiti mural. Image © Urban Outfitters

Three students on LCC’s BA (Hons) Film Practice course recently seized the opportunity to work with international fashion franchise Urban Outfitters on a promotional film.

We asked Tom Jeffery, who made the commercial with coursemates Csaba Kondor and Daniel Kershaw, to tell us more about the shoot.

“It came about via a friend of mine who does the interiors for Urban Outfitters stores. He had a video opportunity to shoot his sister [24-year-old artist Ruby Heart] doing a graffiti piece in the Oxford Street store.

“I asked if I could do it with some friends, and after getting it signed off with the Creative Director, I arranged for my course group to film it.

“It neatly fitted in at a time when we had some kit for a short film for a BA (Hons) Film Practice sound project. We actually got a taxi from shooting the first scene straight to the store at midnight and didn’t leave till around 4am. So all in all it was around a 13-hour shooting day!”

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Film // Festival success for LCC staff

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Still from ’72-82′, William Raban.

Three members of LCC staff, William Raban, David Knight and Brad Butler, have recently been featured in film festivals around London, balancing their roles as academics and active practitioners.

Professor of Film William Raban had ’72-82′, his latest film, selected by 2014′s London Film Festival (LFF). ’72-82′ explores the first ten years of groundbreaking London arts organisation Acme Studios and their critical work in housing some of the most renowned artists of our time, such as Richard Deacon and Anthony Whishaw.

Despite having more than 50 films under his belt, William describes the making of ’72-82′ as a “completely new experience”, as it solely uses archival visual materials to revisit the formative years of the organisation.

In addition to screenings at the BFI and Acme Studios, the feature-length documentary will also be screened at LCC’s Inside Out Festival, where William is in conversation with acclaimed sculptor, the two-time Turner Prize-nominated Richard Wilson.

David Knight’s work as Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Film and Television at LCC has taken him beyond teaching, as he enjoys success as Director of Photography on ‘The Quiet Hour’, which was nominated for Best UK Feature Film at the 22nd Raindance Film Festival.

“It is hugely satisfying to bring my professional practice back to the classroom. Working at features level brings into play a whole new set of skills to disseminate through workshops at LCC,” said David.

Recently appointed LCC Research Fellow Brad Butler continues the trend with a screening of his short film, ‘The Unreliable Narrator, at this year’s LFF.

Read profiles of William Raban, David Knight and Brad Butler

Read about BA (Hons) Film and Television

Read about Brad Butler’s work at the Hayward Gallery

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Apply for the next UAL Showroom exhibition

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To run in conjunction with London Fashion Week and UAL Green Week, the UAL Showroom will present an exhibition of work that is a Voice for Change. Submissions should creatively challenge the status quo through foregrounding environmental and social equity within fashion. Selected work will be exhibited from January – March 2015.

We are looking for UAL students and alumni to feature in the exhibition:

Work exhibited can include:

  • Design concepts, collections and services based on principles of sustainability applied to fashion or beauty, and fashion accessories (menswear, womenswear, bags, hats, jewellery, footwear, cosmetics etc).
  • Fashion photography or illustration with a demonstrable ethic in terms ofenvironmental and / or social sustainability or story relating to this subject matter.
  • Presentation of a social enterprise operating within fashion and its communities.
  • All submissions must clearly demonstrate your ambition, methods and process undertaken
  • Visually arresting and thought provoking pieces informed by sustainability imperatives

To apply to be part of this exhibition please download the application form below:

New Unit Evaluations at UAL

Unit Evaluations

This year, UAL is introducing Unit Evaluations for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.

Unit Evaluations give students the opportunity to feed back to us about the units on their course via a short online survey. By gathering feedback from students at unit level, we can find ways to enhance their experience, act on areas that need improvement and share good practice, while students are still studying with us.

Further information is available on the Unit Evaluations staff intranet pages.

The student-facing Unit Evaluations web pages also include FAQs, videos and more to introduce students to the new system and encourage them to complete surveys.

What happens next?

We are currently in the process of setting up the surveys for each unit. Once this process is complete, your Academic Administration team will be able to provide a schedule of all the surveys for your course.

In the meantime, if you have any queries about the project, please do not hesitate to contact the Unit Evaluations team at unit.evaluation@arts.ac.uk.

The Creative Outlet

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20 Oct – 23 Dec 2014
09:00 to 20:00

The Creative Outlet is an annual showcase of exciting emerging and established talent, selling unique seasonal gift ideas – ranging from innovative jewellery design to contemporary interior products.

The original works on display – designed and produced by University of the Arts London students and alumni – can all be bought directly from the exhibitors, through their online shops, and at our festive pop-up shop on 4 December, where you can meet the artists and designers, and buy their work in person.

Exhibitors: Alex Burgess, Amanda Tong, Anshu Hu, Augusta Akerman, Camilla Brueton, Celia Dowson, Charlotte Day, David Bennett, Edyta Slabonska, Emi Dixon, Emily Carter, Emma Alington, Evdokia Savva, Finchittida Finch, Gaurab Thakali, Jungeun Han, Kolin and William, Nao Creative, Observatory Place, Reiko Kaneko, Richard McDonald, Rob Halhead-Baker, Robbie Porter, Rolfe&Wills, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Soo Kim, Sylvia Moritz and YU Square.

MA Material Futures Announces New Bursaries

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Central Saint Martins is collaborating with file sharing service WeTransfer to create two ground-breaking bursaries. Two students joining MA Material Futures in September 2015 will receive funding for the full two years of study.

For the next decade, these new bursaries – which have been initiated and funded by WeTransfer – will support two students each year in their full-time studies.

Caroline Till, MA Futures Course Leader, said: “For us this is an amazing opportunity and really important because we are trying to keep accessibility to postgraduate education open to the broadest spectrum of students.

“Fees are one of the biggest problems, so to partner with WeTransfer on this kind of scholarship is ideal for those students who wouldn’t normally be able to apply.”

Inspiring creative talents
Each of the selected students will make a short film introducing themselves and their creative process, and they will continue to document their work throughout the year. This documentation will be showcased to WeTransfer’s monthly and global user base of 65 million people.

The bursaries will be open to all applicants, with a focus on people who incorporate disruptive technology into their creative practices. Each student will also be provided with mentorship from a member of the WeTransfer team.

WeTransfer’s Chief Strategy Officer, Damian Bradfield, said: “Central Saint Martins is one of the most prestigious schools for art and fashion in the world. To be able to offer two bursaries to the MA Material Futures postgraduate course – and in turn support two inspiring creative talents from around the globe each year – is an exciting opportunity for us.”

The MA Material Futures bursaries will be open for applications early next year, when the course application process begins.

More information:
MA Material Futures

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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // BBC News and the Digital Future

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Robin Pembrooke described how BBC journalism is adapting to the digital era

As LCC’s Journalism Guest Speaker talks return for 2014-15, first-year BA (Hons) Journalism student Dylan Taylor reports on the first event in the series.

For the first of these guest lectures on Tuesday 14 October, we were joined by the BBC’s Head of Product for Online News and Weather Robin Pembrooke.

Pembrooke’s visit to LCC comes at an interesting and challenging time for the BBC. The corporation is attempting to advance its news content online, whilst also trying to strike a balance between appealing to consumers both young and old.

It was interesting to hear how the BBC was trying to appeal to the somewhat under-represented demographic of 16-24 year olds, regarding online news.

So how does the oldest and most recognisable broadcaster in the UK go about the digital transformation of its news content? The answer, according to Pembrooke, lies in a more personalised relationship between the news and the audience.

We were given an exciting sneak preview of the BBC’s brand new app, which would allow users to customise their own news content by choosing which areas they wanted their news from and which specific journalists they wanted to read content from.

With the app enabling the BBC to have an enhanced web presence, we were told that the launch of new digital programmes such as this did not come without its problems. It was interesting to find out that the average age of someone looking at the BBC’s homepage was 48.

Pembrooke informed us that most people of this age were very sceptical about any kind of change to an already successful online news platform. Any process that involved change of this nature would have to be a gradual process to keep consumers of all ages interested in the BBC’s news content.

For us aspiring journalists, it was intriguing to hear that the BBC was looking to allow its journalists to publish content on the go, without having to wait for the traditional news slots on television to broadcast the content first.

With the BBC’s tagging and curation now powering their storytelling, Pembrooke encouraged us to have a look at the BBC’s Chartbeat data-monitoring website.

This type of information wasn’t just for the “nerds” though. By monitoring what people were reading, Pembrooke told us that journalists would have a better understanding of what people were looking at regularly and therefore what people were more likely to view in the future.

As a final piece of advice, Pembrooke encouraged us to tweet and promote our own content effectively as in the case of Laura Kuenssberg.

Currently working for the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Kuenssberg is incredibly effective at promoting teaser content online, to get the public interested in what will be on the programme that night.

With many of us creating our own blogs and content throughout our studies, it was inspiring to hear how effectively promoting our own content could help us all up our profiles in a competitive journalistic environment.

Words by Dylan Taylor

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