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UCU Marking Boycott postponed

Message from Mark Crawley, UAL Dean of Students:

I posted a message on 14 April about the marking/assessment boycott being planned by UCU, the trades union for academic staff, to take effect from 28 April.  UCU have now advised that the boycott has been postponed until 6 May, while they consider a new pay offer that has been made as part of the national pay negotiations.  We hope that the dispute will be resolved and that the marking boycott will not go ahead.  We will keep you updated as soon as we have further information.

 

New employment opportunities for graduating students

This summer graduating UAL students can apply for a 12 week internship to help launch their career in the creative and cultural sector.

The Graduate Internship Programme, which is run by Student Enterprise and Employability will give 20 UAL graduates employability training, mentorship and a structured learning experience to help bridge the gap between achieving their degree and launching their career.  As well as this the internships are paid at least the London Living Wage in line with SEE’s commitment to improving fair access to creative internships. The internships will be advertised on Creative Opportunities in late May and early June and will be open to all students who are completing their BA or FdA in 2014 and those who completed a post-graduate course between September 2013 and April 2014. Applicants will be asked to submit their CV and cover letter for the role they are interested in and there will be an interview for shortlisted candidates. The selected graduates will begin their internships in July and will have the opportunity to take part in employability training to help them make the most of their internship.

The funding for the Graduate Internship Programme is provided by ArtsTemps. This is a match-funding scheme with the interns’ wages split equally between the employer and UAL in order to encourage high quality, paid and fair internships within the creative industries.

“SEE is very pleased to be building on the success of last year’s Graduate Internship Programme pilot by this year expanding the project, and opportunities, for UAL graduates, whilst also deepening this key relationship with employers in the creative and cultural sector.  This is an important programme for SEE and UAL, in order that we are recognised as sector leaders in the promotion of good practice in valuable (and paid) mentoring opportunities and experience.” Stephen Beddoe, Director, Student Enterprise and Employability.

Wimbledon Fine Art students win in Converse Wall of Clash battles 2014

Inspired by Converse’s colourful Wall of Clash installation, teams of art student finalists were invited to compete in colour, and paint London for the #SneakersClash battles.

Taking over one of three sets of walls across London, was Wimbledon College of Arts, Second year, BA Fine Art: Painting students Jessica Bryant and Beth Field. They were given free reign to paint close to Archway tube station and won their battle.

Wall of Clash. 2014. www.weareamplify.com

Wall of Clash. 2014. www.weareamplify.com

The ‘walls of clash‘ were judged for their originality, execution and use of colour. Furthermore, just to keep standards high they were also marked on professional logistics including team work, communication and planning.

The winning design from the WCA students Jessica Bryant and Beth Field involved a minimal design of colour dots with a close attention to complementary colours and an invitation to interact. The phosphorescent thermochromatic dots adapt to their surroundings, with colours changing to the touch and phosphorescence glowing as night draws in.

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Jessica Bryant & Beth Field. Wall of Clash, 2014

Jessica Bryant & Beth Field. Wall of Clash, 2014. ww.dazeddigital.com

We asked Jessica Bryant about the teams Wall of Clash experience, and here’s what she had to say:

‘The weekend was fantastic, it was really bright and sunny and converse provided us with all the materials and equipment to make sure we had a fun and reasonably simple weekend! We came up with a design that would allow passers by to interact with the wall by using thermochromic paint… our idea was to make a really bright simple design that may brighten up the local passers by’s day, and also allow some interaction to diminish the passivity and segregation that can occur with some public/street art and its surrounding residents.’

Wall of Clash, 2014. ww.dazeddigital.com

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Jean Paul Gaultier visits London College of Fashion

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Jean Paul Gaultier made a guest appearance at LCF last week, just before the opening of an exhibition of the iconic designer’s graphic works.

The designer had a look around the exhibition, reflecting on the designs he had created for invitations and ad campaigns over the past  thirty years.

Gaultier added his own flourish to the exhibition by signing the Fashion Space Gallery‘s wall with a message for LCF and its students. A fitting addition to an exhibition which showcases decades of the designer’s signature vision!

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London celebrates Jean Paul Gaultier

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This spring, London welcomes the arrival of two exhibitions celebrating French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From Sidewalk to Catwalk at the Barbican is the first major exhibition of Gaultier’s work, while London College of Fashion’s Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest is dedicated to the avant–gardist’s campaign designs. Together, these two exhibitions provide a rich overview of a designer renowned for his passion, skill, mass appeal and humanism.

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk started life at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and pays homage to the diversity at the heart of Gaultier’s work; the Museum’s curator Nathalie Bondil says of the show: “It’s not about fashion but social vision”.

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Structured thematically, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the mind of this extraordinary icon; from the aquatic odyssey of Breton-stripe inspired pieces, to the monochrome aesthetics of his bondage collections and the intricate craft and feminine beauty of the boudoir. Areas of the exhibition dedicated to denim, tartan, corsetry and pink satins, illustrates Gaultier’s tendency to initiate and rejuvenate trends rather than follow them. The themes of his work are returned to again and again by emerging designers and students today – from lingerie as clothing to androgynous style and streetwear.

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In a Q & A at the Barbican, Gaultier said: ”It is more inspiring to look at people not in fashion, who are young and free. They have nothing to lose. Later, they have a code and it is boring’. This belief is made evident in the Muses room of the exhibition, which features costumes worn by the likes of Beth Ditto, Kylie Minogue and Dita von Teese.

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Gaultier was born in a suburb of Paris in the 60s and without any formal education established himself in the formidable couture industry of Paris, where he trained with the likes of Pierre Cardin. However, the designer cites London as a major source of inspiration, having an innate understanding and appreciation of British subcultures such as punk. Of the exhibition’s arrival in London and the huge body of work inspired by the city, Gaultier said: “I am showing it back to you like an homage”.

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In tribute to this retrospective, crammed full of exquisitely crafted and iconic garments, London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery presents Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest, featuring original invitation and campaign designs from the Gaultier Archive, spanning the designer’s forty year career.

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Curator of International Exhibitions at LCF Alison Moloney says of the exhibition: “We thought it was a nice idea to tell the story of his collections through the invitations, and show how his collections have developed over the years”. Gaultier has always taken great care and consideration in the creation of invites and campaigns, and been keen to formulate a rounded experience of the Gaultier brand and collection. It was also through his ad campaigns, in the 80s and 90s, that the designer could really share his opinions on aspects of popular culture and sub culture such as punk, skinheads, religion and art. Yet, the diversity of his work, both on and off the catwalk never compromises the essence and style of the Gaultier brand, which runs throughout the exhibition. “It is really inspirational for students to see how they can brand themselves” says Alison Moloney.

Details from two Jean Paul Gaultier campaign designs

Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest runs until 31 May at Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion. Find out more

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Ones to watch: Jason File

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Artist: Jason File

Hometown: Marquette, Michigan, USA

Qualifications: Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art

Style:  A multimedia practice which reflect on the function of institutions and networks in society, and their relationships to individuals

Awards: Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize
Royal Academy of Art Thesis Prize
Ovalhouse Prize

Future Map winning work: Life Copy (2012) – a video installation screening  footage of the artist appearing in an internationally-televised news program, displayed above a copy of his commercially-published book, placed on a folding table.

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What he says: “By creating and exploiting overlaps between real life and art objects or performances, I interrogate the identity, authenticity, value and purpose of objects and events. I often use my own relationships with institutions to employ materials or contexts that are shielded from aesthetic critique—“non-art” environments—as a means of exploring institutional processes.”

What the press say: Described as one of the “reasons for theatre lovers to be crazy excited for 2014″ by Playreviews. The Guardian’s Skye Sherwin comments: “Jason’s work is bold and disarming. It raises all sorts of questions about identity and structures – including those of the artwork itself.”

What artists say: David Blandy comments: “Jason File’s work blends life and performance for subversive effect, with an intriguing examination of subjectivity and our place in the contemporary political arena.”

See Jason’s Showtime profile

Two Central Saint Martins Finalists for the Catlin Art Prize 2014

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Saint Anthony by Lara Morrell

Our MA Fine Art alumni Sarah Fortais and Lara Morrell are among the recent graduates selected for this year’s Catlin award and exhibition. Fortais was previously nominated for the 2013 Nova Award, presented annually by Lowe and Partners to students graduating from Central Saint Martins.

Now in its eighth year, the Catlin Art Prize is a curated exhibition featuring artists selected from The Catlin Guide 2014. The other finalists are Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cath, Virgile Ittah, Neil Raitt, Dennis J. Reinmüller and Jakob Rowlinson.

Held around 12 months on from their final-year shows, the prize gives artists the opportunity to demonstrate progress made during the crucial first year after art school.

‘Sense of conviction’

Justin Hammond, Art Catlin curator, commented: “I’m inspired by the sense of conviction shared by this year’s shortlist. While there’s talk of a diminishing pool of talent in our art schools, this particular group have new and interesting things to say. They’re free of commercial constraints and deserving of this platform.”

A panel of judges will award one artist with a prize of £5,000 at a private ceremony on 14 May 2014. This year’s panel will include Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger. The public will also have their say, with the winner of the Visitor Vote awarded £2,000.

The Catlin Art Prize exhibition runs 2-24 May at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London.

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Interview with Lara Morrell

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The tweet chat round-up: Why does fashion matter to the individual?

This month, Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner OBE has launched a new book, Why Fashion Matters. To celebrate, LCF has been asking fashion thinkers everywhere to talk to us about why fashion matters to them.

The first of the three tweet chats happened yesterday, and things quickly took off with questions, opinions and passionate responses flying onto the hashtag: #whyfashionmatters. So, why does fashion matter to the individual?

Conversations centred on how we express our inner self through the exterior clothes we wear, and how we can subvert people’s expectations by choosing to create our own style:

Tweeters also considered how we tell our personal story through our clothes – not just by choosing to wear them, but also in how they are crafted and where they come from:

The conversation turned to a tricky question – is fashion about showing your allegiance to a group, or is it about standing out from the crowd? This threw up all kinds of ethical dilemmas:

Tweeters also discussed their style icons, fashion and ageing, and how fashion can celebrate diversity. A massive thank you to all the passionate and insightful tweeters who joined LCF and Frances Corner yesterday.

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LCC’s MA Interaction Design Communication students join The Trumpet for social media modelling

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Programme Director Ben Stopher and students map their social media habits

Students on London College of Communication’s MA Interaction Design Communication course recently took part in a social media modelling workshop run locally in Elephant & Castle by The Trumpet, specialists in crowd-powered change.

After taking over a unit in The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, South Bank University’s business incubator and start-up hub, The Trumpet organised a series of community-focused events based around urban creativity. The first was Everybody Needs Somebody, run by designers and researchers Dr Kevin Walker and LCC alumnus John Fass.

Just as an architectural model shows the fine detail of a building development, a social network model shows how we are linked to the people closest to us. Participants in the workshop were invited to make tangible, physical objects out of everyday materials in order to build up a picture showing how people are connected to each other.

Each person was given a tile and was asked to stick coloured pins into it, connected to each other by coloured elastic, representing six people in their network. They then wrote short descriptions of how they knew each person. The finished artefacts externalised individual social networks, which can be difficult to see or understand as they are complex and change frequently, in a way that retained human values – and a sense of fun.

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Central Saint Martins Students Create New Fred Perry Shirt Designs

Fred Perry and Central Saint MartinsFred Perry has teamed up with the Central Saint Martins Foundation Course and the Amy Winehouse Foundation for a subculture-themed design project, run over two weeks.

150 students on the fashion and textiles pathway were invited to create their versions of both the classic Fred Perry polo shirt and the Amy Winehouse Foundation Collection Bowling Shirt. The final designs will sit alongside a capsule collection of pieces designed in-house to complement the shirts.

Originally only three winning designs were to be selected, but the students produced such strong work that four have been chosen. The successful students will now have the opportunity to work with the Fred Perry design and development teams to realise their designs. The shirts will then be manufactured and distributed globally in Fred Perry Authentic shops and selected retailers.

Fred Perry was a favourite brand of the late singer and supports the Amy Winehouse Foundation by donating a seasonal contribution to the charity, which helps young people with drug and alcohol problems.

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Amy Winehouse Foundation

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