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Made in Arts London at Affordable Art Fair

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Made in Arts London will be exhibiting at Hampstead Affordable Art Fair 16th – 19th June 2016.

Whether you’re new to the art scene or an avid collector, this is a unique opportunity to see and buy artwork from some of the hottest up-and-coming creative talent at University Arts London (UAL).

Made in Arts London is a not for profit enterprise, promoting and selling art and design by UAL students and recent graduates. Everything Made in Arts London sell is created by current students or recent graduates in order to support the artists in their creative practice and to break into the art and design market.

This is a chance for audiences at the fair to purchase emerging artists’ work at a fair price, help support and launch these creatives in their next steps and preserve the arts culture in London.

The exhibition by Made in Arts London will showcase a carefully edited selection of the very best works by these emerging artists. All of the pieces will be available for sale and will range from £90 – £2,000.

The artists in this year’s Made in Arts London exhibition ‘Perspective’ challenge the way in which we currently perceive places, cultures and traditions within modern society. Whether they are addressing boundaries in specific cultures, questioning common practices in art, reflecting on how society processes information or drawing attention to things often overlooked; each artist encourages their audience to consider the subject matter within their work in a new light.

Check out the full list of the participating artists from Made in Arts London here and don’t forget to buy your tickets to see the exhibition in June.

See below for a sneak preview of the work that will be available at the Fair:


The creatives behind the Summer Shows campaigns

UAL Summer Shows Frances Hogg Chelsea College of Arts UAL

As UAL’s Summer Shows burst on to the scene for 2016, we look at the creatives behind the campaigns.

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Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts’ summer shows campaign graphics were designed by Spy Studios, who were awarded “highly commended” at the Brand Impact Awards last year for their work with the Colleges.

Central Saint Martins summer shows degree shows

Central Saint Martin’s 2016 degree shows take the theme of “CSM Loading” and feature two images playing on the concept in bold pink and red tones, which run across the final year shows for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The campaign was designed by final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design students Sophie Rush and Shannon Swinburn and incorporates photography by John Sturrock.

The duo told CSM News that “We decided the one thing that everyone has in common is that even though it’s important that everyone works with whatever physical things they make, it’s also important to have a digital presence. We wanted to represent something that’s digital but in a physical way. We’ve ended up representing loading in different states.”

LCC summer shows degree shows

London College of Communication’s graduate shows campaign leads with black and yellow graphics designed by Tara Hanrahan at Think/Do.  The campaign incorporates the College’s degree shows and public programme and runs throughout the summer.

Tara told the London College of Communication blog: “I wanted to communicate the multiplicity of creative potential at LCC. My priorities were to generate an aesthetic that represented this diversity and had sufficient breadth to work across a variety scales and formats.”

Tara Hanrahan is also Co-founder and Researcher at Conscientious Communicators at London College of Communication and the campaign employs sustainable materials throughout.

LCF summer shows degree shows

London College of Fashion’s grey visuals reflect the 2016 graduate show exhibition design but with a ‘glitch’ of colour, created by Nikolai Garcia, a design alumnus of London College of Communication. Each year LCF graduate shows branding remains consistent through an established typeface, with one abstract variation, to encompass all courses and disciplines. For 2016, LCF’s summer shows print has changed to A6 format, to make tickets pocket-size and portable.

Frances Hogg, Green Blob and Blue With Straps, 2015

UAL’s campaign for the Summer Shows features work from 2015’s graduation shows, including Chelsea College of Arts’ BA (Hons) Fine Art  graduate Frances Hogg (above), and Wimbledon College of Arts’ BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting graduate Janine Hall (below), designed by Fran Tomlinson in UAL’s Brand and Content team. Frances Hogg’s painted and sculptural work draws on colour and material rooted in a childhood in Ethiopia, Kenya and Sierra Leone, while Janine’s work is part of a series of paintings exploring depictions of light.

Janine Hall, Light Series A Patch of Light 1

See all the dates and locations for this year’s UAL Summer Shows at

Follow the summer degree shows on social media and share your favourite shots with #UALsummershows and the relevant College hashtag – #CSMloading #LCFBA16 #MadeatChelsea #WCAShow2016 #LCCdegreeshows #Camberwellshows

MarKings, illustration and performance festival at UAL


MarKings Festival Friday 8th & Saturday 9th July 2016

Markings explores the relationship between illustration and performance

Submit your film!

Markings is an exciting new cross-disciplinary, cross college festival that celebrates the dynamic areas of performance and illustration. A unique collaboration between University of the Arts London and the House of Illustration, it will take place on 8-9 July at CSM and draws together a full spectrum of creative media, performance and arts including the best of UAL film making practice.

We are currently seeking submissions for the MarKings Screening Event, films that specifically explore the areas of performance or illustration. If you have produced a film while you have been at UAL that explores either or both of these areas, please submit your film to MarKings Festival by Friday, 17 June, 4pm.

Please include the following information with your submission:

  • Full title of film and duration.
  • Full name, course and key credits (Director, Director of Photography, Stylist, etc.)
  • Contact email and/or website
  • A short description of your film (four lines)
  • A link to a streamed version of your film (Vimeo, YouTube etc.)
  • AND a WeTransfer link to a high quality Quicktime file at your films native resolution (FCPX export guide, Adobe Premiere export guide)

Successful applicants will be contacted by Monday 27 June.

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New images of UAL’s London College of Communication proposal revealed at public exhibition

Architects' CGIs have been revealed of how the new LCC campus at Elephant & Castle could look

Architects’ CGIs have been revealed of how the new LCC site at Elephant & Castle could look (click the image to enlarge)

New images and detailed proposals for the Elephant & Castle redevelopment, which have been shaped by the community following last year’s consultation, will be exhibited this week.

The plans, which include an integrated site for UAL’s London College of Communication (LCC) at its centre, will be on display from Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 May 2016, in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, Upper mall. The proposals also include a 1,000 seat multi-screen cinema and a previously unannounced grass-roots music venue for an audience of 500.

The new site for LCC, at the centre of the masterplan, would aim to build capacity around the digital technology industries, including design and gaming, and allow the expansion of TV and film into new creative hub for the area.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, commented: “As a world Top Five creative university and the leading supplier of talent to the UK’s creative industries, UAL has been at the heart of Elephant & Castle for over 50 years. We are committed to these exciting proposals, which will make the area South London’s most important business district for the next 50 years.”

The proposed masterplan by architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison, aims to deliver a ’must-visit’ town centre destination, with an impressive combination of national and independent London based shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, interspersed between 10,000 sq m of accessible public space and benefitting from improved access, with wider walkways and a new entrance and ticket-hall for the Northern Line.

The proposed LCC site builds upon a number of high-profile estates investments undertaken by UAL including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, the relocation of London College of Fashion to the Olympic Park at Stratford by 2021 and the completion of its Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.

Initial proposals and sketches for the scheme by developer Delancey’s client fund DV4, and Europe’s largest pension fund asset manager APG, were first put on public display in July 2015 with local residents, business and stakeholders invited to comment. Over three quarters of respondents supported the proposals and all feedback has been considered in the shaping of these emerging plans which will be on display. The exhibition will show the new CGI designs, giving another opportunity and open invitation to the community and wider public to give feedback on the plans as they develop.

If approved, the plans could bring a new cultural and commercial focal point to the heart of Elephant & Castle. The Elephant & Castle town centre redevelopment is the lynchpin to the wider £3 billion regeneration underway in the area and integral to Southwark’s wider regeneration plan, which includes the creation of a new pedestrianised town centre, brand new park, 5,000 new and replacement homes, approximately 450,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, and an integrated public transport hub.

Elephant and Castle Town Centre development public exhibition
Venue: Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, Upper mall within the corner shop located next to the National Railway station entrance
Dates: Thursday 26 May 2pm-8pm, Friday 27 May 9am-5pm, Saturday 28 May 10am-4pm

For those unable to attend the public exhibition, feedback can be given online at:

New ‘Lifeboat in a Box’ design for Japan’s tsunami survivors

Design lecturer from Chelsea College of Arts, University of Arts London (UAL) and RNLI lifeboat volunteer, Robin Jenkins, has used his design expertise to create a ‘Lifeboat in a Box’ to help save tsunami survivors washed out at sea and empower the affected communities.

Lifeboat in a Box designs by Victor Polyakov & image of Robin Jenkins.

Lifeboat in a Box designs by Victor Polyakov & image of Robin Jenkins.

Taking the form of a shipping container, ‘Lifeboat in a Box’ is an unlikely but ingenious solution to a global problem, providing much-needed facilities for communities to rescue tsunami survivors. It will contain a workshop for the bespoke lifeboat – a Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) designed and built by students at UWC Atlantic College in Wales – as well as a changing room for crew.

‘Lifeboat in a Box’ will be on public display at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL from 25-30 May 2016 while Interior and Spatial Design students, mentored by Jenkins, install the interior before it leaves for Kamaishi in the tsunami-affected region of Japan, as part of the Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Boat Project. This offers students and the wider public a unique opportunity to see what is needed in a lifeboat station first-hand and the possibilities for social transformation through art and design.

The origin of the design:

The ‘Lifeboat in a Box’ is the result of an ongoing project that began in Japan’s tsunami-affected region on the North Eastern Coast. In 2014, Jenkins was invited by Future Lab Tohoku to visit the city of Kamaishi, the first hit location by the Great Eastern Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.

Speaking about the trip, Robin Jenkins, Senior Lecturer in Interior Spatial Design, at UAL’s Chelsea College of Arts, explained:

Image of Robin Jenkins

Image of Robin Jenkins

“During this stay I heard a story that left a lasting impression. On the evening after the tsunami had passed, the survivors went to look to find others. What they witnessed is beyond most people’s comprehension. During the search, they could hear the sounds of those who had been washed out to sea, screaming and crying from amongst the freezing cold debris. Knowing there was nothing they could do for them, the rescuers remained on the beach listening to the cry fade as they perished.”

Listening to these stories, Jenkins, who is also a volunteer with the RNLI on the River Thames, considered that if Japan had had such a service as the RNLI, hundreds of lives could have been saved that night:

“This story unsettled me so much that I began to wonder how to stop it from ever happening again. Unfortunately there is no magic solution. However, taking my spatial design knowledge and experience as a RNLI lifeboat volunteer and time at the United World College of the Atlantic, I could imagine one way of helping.”

Following its display and construction at UAL’s Chelsea College of Arts, the ‘Lifeboat in a Box’ will be collected and prepared for delivery to Kamaishi, Japan, in August 2016. Jenkins and Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Boat Project will then oversee the training of local Kamaishi residents on how to operate the Lifeboat in a Box.

Lifeboat in a Box arriving at UAL Chelsea

Lifeboat in a Box arriving at UAL Chelsea

Working with Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Boat Project (APIRBP) and UWC Atlantic College, this will be the first prototype produced with a view to establishing funds to take the project beyond Japan. Jenkins added: “This is a project that we hope to grow around the world, delivering containers and training to areas that are most vulnerable to disaster, so that when the unbearable strikes, there is something to help.”

Lifeboat in a Box will be designed and constructed while on display 25–30 May 2016 at

Roostein Hopkins Parade Ground, UAL: Chelsea College of Arts

Pulse selects trend-setting products from UAL’s rising stars of design

UAL Now chosen by Pulse for exclusive display of the best new work by emerging designers


Akiko Ban Mystic Forms UAL Now at Pulse 2016


Described by Pulse as “undiscovered design talent that will give you the must-have products of the future from the industry’s freshest emerging design talent, handpicked for their innovative and cutting-edge products” UAL returns for the 10th year to the Pulse tradeshow in May with UAL Now. The hot new designs on display have already featured in Metro this month.

Eloise Bricka at UAL Now at Pulse 2016

Heralded as “trend-setting products from the rising stars of design” Pulse notes that “University of Arts London has a firm reputation of introducing the greats to the world of fashion and design. The featured stand will be presented in Launchpad, the creative hub of fresh design businesses. The showcase presents 14 handpicked new brands chosen for their innovative and cutting-edge and commercially-ready products.

Eduardo Hirschfield my first quilt kit at UAL Now at Pulse 2016

The stand features a diverse range of products including award-winning woven cushions and hand-made ceramics, innovative furniture, and on trend greetings cards.

Flor de Chile at UAL Now at Pulse 2016

The chosen design business for 2015 are: Beatrice Larkin, Beyond Fabrics, Cox & Bruach, dotdotdot, Elose Bricka, Fawn and Thistle, Flor de Chile, Josefin Landalv, Miriam Bridson, Mystic Forms, Rowenna Mason, Sevek Zagarian, Sophia Ogonda, Temple London. The chosen graduates are:

Akiko Ban, BA (Hons) Drawing, 2006, Camberwell College of Art

Leonid Davydov, BA (Hons) Product Design, 2017, Central Saint Martins

Josefin Landalv, BA (Hons) Textile Design, 2011 Chelsea College of Arts

Eduardo Hirschfeld, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, 2002, Camberwell College of Art

Miriam Bridson, BA (Hons) Surface Design, 2015, London College of Communication

Isabel Infante Krebs, MA Textiles, 2016, Chelsea College of Arts

Beatrice Larkin, BA (Hons) Textile Design, 2010, Chelsea College of Arts

Eloise Bricka, BA (Hons) Textile Design, 2014, Central Saint Martins

Kirsten McNee, MA Illustration, 2014, Camberwell College of Art

Rowenna Mason, MA Textile Design, 2015, Chelsea College of Arts

Caroline Cox, BA (Hons) Textile Design, 2013, Chelsea College of Arts

Louise Graham, FdA Cordwainers Accessories, 2012 London College of Fashion

Sophia Ogonda, BA (Hons) Ceramic Design, 2015, Central Saint Martins

Sevak Zargarian, BA (Hons) Ceramic Design, 2013, Central Saint Martins

dotdotdot.frames on UAL Now's stand at Pulse 2016

The UAL Now designers are part of UAL’s prestigious network of alumni, fellow graduates of their alma mater include Terence Conran, James Dyson, Margaret Calvert, Neville Brody, Susan Williams-Ellis, Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, Tom Karen, Georgina Von Etzdorf and Wright and Teague. As well as past UAL Pulse exhibitors that have gone on to have successful businesses in the design sector including: Cléo Ferin Mercury, Emma Calvert, Jim Rokos, RALLI Design, Studio Lav, Crispin Finn, Stumped Studio,Charlotte Day, Kangan Arora, Maya Magal, Louise Tucker, Robbie Porter, MercerMercer, and Purpose & Worth.

Sophia Ogonda at UAL Now at Pulse 2016

Led by Careers and Employability at UAL and supported by Clarion events, the UAL Now stand is a unique opportunity for emerging design businesses from UAL to have a discounted and supported way into trade show environments. Exhibitors are offered a full professional development programme in the lead up to the show to prepare them for the experience, as well as PR and marketing support through the university.

Josefin Landalv Broken Point at UAL Now at Pulse 2016

UAL Now is a showcasing and exhibition programme that highlights the most exciting emerging talent from University of the Arts London, and has presented exhibitions at shows such as Design Junction and Art15.

Cox and Bruach Pobble at UAL Now at Pulse 2016

“UAL Now is a great opportunity for those just launching their businesses to find an affordable way to reach trade audiences and get their work in the shops, and Launchpad at Pulse is the perfect place for this. We make sure exhibitors are ready to make sales, and past exhibitors have made thousands of pounds worth of orders, and many have gone on to take their own stand at the show after.” Vicky Fabbri, Events & Showcasing Manager, Careers and Employability.

Temple London at UAL Now at Pulse 2016

UAL Now showcases graduates’ work at fairs and industry exhibitions across art, design and communication; in order to launch their work, products, ideas, services and companies. It enables and prepares them to connect to curators, buyers, collectors, manufacturers, agencies and specialist audiences, so that they can sell work, network and advance their practice and careers in the creative and cultural sector.

Rowenna Mason at UAL Now at Pulse 2016

Pulse runs 15 – 17 May 2016 at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX

Visitors to Pulse 2016 will get an exclusive preview of the next generation of emerging design talent at University of the Arts London (UAL)’s UAL Now stand.

Read about the UAL Now stand at Pulse 2016 in the property section of Metro

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‘The Other Story’ Online: Digital Exhibition Histories

'The Other Story' Online: Digital Exhibition Histories

Image: ‘The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain’ – 1989 exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London. Courtesy of Rasheed Araeen and Asia Art Archive.

Are you interested in how contemporary art is presented and then critically received? What do you know about the history of racism in the British art establishment? Would you like participate in the design of a web prototype before its public launch?

Dr Lucy Steeds is working with a cross-course team of UAL students to develop an interactive digital platform for documenting and re-activating a highly significant exhibition of contemporary art that took place in 1989: ‘The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain’. This exhibition, which first took place at the Hayward Gallery in London, will be mapped visually and spatially online, and then shared with the public for interactive engagement – all in collaboration with a group of students.

We will gather on Wednesday afternoons during May, 4pm to 6pm at CSM, Kings Cross. We will be joined by visiting speakers – including Rasheed Araeen and Sonia Boyce – and progress updates will be posted by participants.

Any enquiries? Please contact Lucy Steeds

Research initiated by Afterall at UAL, supported by a Digital Project Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and amplified through UAL Curriculum Development Funding.

Listening Across Disciplines – AHRC Network Grant announced

Principal Investigator,  Dr. Salomé Voegelin, Reader in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication, UAL, and Co-Investigator, Dr. Anna Barney, Professor in Biomedical Acoustic Engineering at Southampton University, have been awarded a 12 month Arts and Humanities Research Council  network grant for their project Listening Across Disciplines.

This network project, developed with a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary research, will bring together artists, musicians, scientists, technologists and social scientists as well as scholars and practitioners from the humanities, to work across disciplinary boundaries on the recently emerging focus on sound and listening.

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The aim of this £33,688 grant is to initiate an exchange that draws together auditory research initiatives and methods from across the disciplines to advance their status and use. The principal and longer-term ambition of this network project is to establish a research hub in listening methodologies. The hub will provide the infrastructure and shared terrain to develop and document, educate and disseminate information, guidelines and policies about listening as a methodology of investigation and communication; it will offer a space where culture and science can collide to generate new knowledge and create innovative modes of knowledge production and communication that bring value within and between the disciplines, and ultimately to a general public.

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An angel rises in Islington as emerging star artist creates celestial public sculpture

This week, rising star artist Alex J Wood was announced as the winner of the prestigious Picton Art Prize, as his winning work ‘Celestial’ was unveiled at a ceremony in Islington. The award-winning artist revealed his dramatic bronze angel sculpture on Wednesday, launching north London’s newest piece of public art.

Celestial, 2016. Artist: Alex J Wood. Image courtesy of Picton Art Prize

Created in the London Bronze Casting foundry, the impressive bronze sculpture will stand at 2 metres high, and is located as a centrepiece within Picton’s Angel Gate development, EC1.

Recognizing new talent

The Picton Art Prize judges comment that: “British eccentricity is a significant area of Alex’s practice, as well as the notions of obsessiveness through the creation of very intricate models. He combines lo-fi materials such as paper or wax with a high art material such as bronze, juxtaposing the two materials together to create amusing sculptures that portray narratives relating to human endeavour.”

Tim Hamlin, of sponsors, Picton, said: “We are delighted to announce Alex J Wood as the winner of the Picton Art Prize. In developing the prize, we specifically wanted to recognise new and emerging talent. We are thrilled to support the talent developed at UAL, which is reflected in the high quality of the shortlist.”

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor, UAL, said: “It’s vital that we support our students and graduates in the early stages of their careers, offering them opportunities to develop their practice and extend themselves, as well as high profile platforms on which to showcase their work to new audiences. The Picton Art prize offers just this.”

Angel sculpture by Alex J Wood Picton Art Prize
A rising star artist

Alex J Wood graduated from Chelsea College of Arts in 2014, with an MA in Fine Art. In 2014 Alex was the first Foundry Fellow at Camberwell College of Arts where he created a series of space travel inspired bronzes including ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, a bronze space rocket based upon the 1902 Georges Méliès film “A Trip to the Moon”. ‘Hidden Depths’, is verdigris green patinated bronze with an ambiguous form now in The Patrick and Kelly Lynch collection.

In 2015 Alex was shortlisted for both The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and The Henry Moore Plinth Prize, and in 2014 he was selected for art residency in Beijing. In April 2013 Alex was resident artist at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, and exhibited in Tokyo and London.

Alex was recently commissioned by Penguin Books to create a sculpture for Foyles Flagship London store. Whilst studying for his MA Fine Art at Chelsea, Alex was the 2013 recipient of The Patrick and Kelly Lynch Scholarship. His work is held in various private collections in the USA and Europe as well as the University of the Arts London collection. In both 2013 and 2014 he was shortlisted for The Clifford Chance Sculpture Award.

The judges

The Picton Art Prize juding panel comprised artists Susanna Heron and Nick Hornby; Head of Arts and Culture for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Adriana Marques; Picton Asset Manager, Tim Hamlin; and Director of External Relations, Central Saint Martins, UAL, Stephen Beddoe.

Read more about funding and mentoring at UAL

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See Alex J Wood’s prize-winning Angel sculpture at Angel Gate, Islington, EC1

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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