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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.

DrawingInSpace - Alaistair Steele

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.”

Drawing Seance -Marc Hulson & Kjetil Berge (2)

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

7734 by ABIGAIL HAMMOND photography Tristam Kenton
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.

Richard Hudson Contes de Hoffmann Spalanzani

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



Insiders’ Guides to London Design Festival 2015

As London Design Festival roars back into town with a staggering array of exhibitions, installations, talks and fairs, UAL’s community of design experts share their insights into the must-see events for London Design Festival 2015.

Alice Rawsthorn
Design critic and author of “Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, UAL honorary fellow
Max Lamb My Grandfathers Tree  Courtesy of Gallery FUMI

My Grandfather’s Tree: “Max Lamb’s “My Grandfather’s Tree” project at Somerset House sounds fascinating. Over several years, Max felled a sickly female ash tree on his grandfather’s farm in North Yorkshire helped by a friend Jon Turnbull. The tree was cut into 131 logs, from the top down, respecting the natural structure of the knots, branches and crotches. Max has since remade each log into a chair, stool and table, and young ashes are growing on the remains of the original tree.”
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Jonathan Barnbrook
Designer and UAL honorary doctor

LDF at the V&A: “There are very strong links between the V&A and the LDF, I know Victoria Broakes the curator at the V&A who is heavily involved and a great supporter of LDF (and whom I worked with on the ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition). I particularly like this year the way in which the special projects LDF which have ‘infiltrated’ the V&A. Great to look out or discover by chance as you walk around the museum, most unexpected for me is Creative Cloud by mischer’traxler situated in the Norfolk House Music Room a brilliant poetic combination of the old and new.

Also I would also recommend the Robin Day installation, the industrial design he created shaped the environment of my youth. Not only are they great examples of well-considered, human, production lead design but also contain an interesting psychogeographic element having appeared in every school or TV programme in the 1970s.”
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Peter Saville
Graphic designer and UAL honorary doctor

Kvadrat: “I’m looking forward to seeing Raf’s new collection for Kvadrat.”
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Paul Goodwin
UAL Chair of Black Art and Design

You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well as By ReflectionV and A Pavillion Olivier Bellflamme
Mexican Pavilion at the V&A: “You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well As By Reflection: I’m looking forward to seeing this exciting architectural intervention in the John Madjeski garden at the V&A by the young Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. I’m very interested in how architects create interactive environments and spaces to encourage public interaction and common reflection about who were are as urban citizens and how we can live, work and play together in pubic spaces. This work reminds me of the brilliant outdoor installations and pavilions of visual artists such as Jeppe Hein or Dan Graham who work with expanded notions of art and architecture to open up new understandings and experiences of communal spaces.”
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Nick Bell
UAL Chair of Communication Design
The excessively long slow shoes

The Intelligent Optimist: “The dominant world-view we’ve known this last hundred years is in the advanced stages of decay and is being superseded by nimble new models. If you are curious as to the kinds of transformative design intelligence the future needs then don’t miss The Intelligent Optimist at Central Saint Martins. Look out for the ‘Social Agents’ and especially ‘The Fixers’ who don’t see the world as a set of problems but ‘as situations to make productive sense of.”
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Sir John Sorrell
UAL Chairman and London Design Festival Chairman
Marta Bordes Elastic Lights
UAL Now, designjunction and Odyssey Virtual Reality: “I highly recommend a visit to Design Junction and also a visit to the London Design Festival at Somerset House to have a ride with Odyssey Virtual Reality.”
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Ben Kelly
UAL Chair
What Is Luxury? and  50th Anniversary of the British Road Sign: “What is Luxury? at the V&A. This is an unusual take on the definition of luxury. Sir John Soane’s Museum – Space and Light. 50th Anniversary of the British Road Sign at The Design Museum. 100 leading British artists and designers have been asked to submit their own road sign design – to develop concepts that evolve from the current signs and develop ideas which makes us stop, look and think about design and our environment in a slightly different way; less instructions and more pause for thought. I am included in the 100 designers. Clearly, this is a must see exhibition!”

Vicky Fabbri
Barnaby Barford The Tower of Babel bone china building c Barnaby Barford courtesy V and A
Tower of Babel by Barnaby Barford, Tokyo Bike Tours and LDF x Mast Brothers chocolate collaboration: “Barnaby is an artist working within the medium of ceramics to cross into the design world. The Tower of Babel is 6m high and represents 1000s of real shops seen on London High streets, made from bone china in Stoke on Trent. It will be an awesome faciniating sight, and is already getting heaps of press. The bike tours are a great way to explore the London Design Festival, which are guided by design experts (in the past Max Fraser and Duncan Richie), whilst test riding the gorgeous Tokyo bikes. And chocolate… that’s just pretty cool!”
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Discover UAL’s events at London Design Festival 2015

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UAL at London Design Festival 2015

LDF logo
For London Design Festival 2015, UAL invites you to talks, workshops, exhibitions, pop-up shops, and installations across London. Find out what’s on during the Festival.

Kuniko Maeda
24-27 September
designjunction, The College, Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP
Sixteen creatives destined to define the future design landscape will exhibit in UAL Now at designjunction during London Design Festival 2015; selected from UAL’s graduating class, the exhibiting artists are drawn from over 5,000 graduating students. At designjunction these rising star designers will appear alongside prestigious brands from around the globe, through the UAL Now initiative which showcases the most exciting emerging talent from University of the Arts London.
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design education wtf
Design Education… WTF
24-27 September
designjunction, The College, Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP
During designjunction UAL’s Central Saint Martins Product and Industrial Design programme will be exploring the question: What’s The Future of Product and Industrial Design Education? through a series of discussions and workshops.
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An interactive ‘exhibit’ inviting product and industrial design alumni to sign or carve their name or design into a new wood workbench
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Edit 2
EDIT 2.0/
11-21 September
Upper Gallery London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle,  SE1 6SB
11-21 September
An exhibition celebrating the launch of EDIT 2.0/, a publication produced by LCC’s Course Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, Craig Burston. Subtitled ‘What Does Green Really Mean?’, the book records an investigation into the assumptions we make about the notion of ‘green’.
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STAK Exhibition

11-21 September
Well Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
An exhibition of work produced by the advertising photographer and commercials director STAK. Born in Cyprus, STAK came to England with his family at the age of six and studied at LCC alongside other illustrious alumni such as John Hegarty.

Ladybird Reimagined
Ladybird Books Reimagined
11-21 September
Lower Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
Students from London College of Communication have joined forces with iconic publisher Ladybird Books in a collaboration that reimagines the brand in today’s world. The exhibition is the culmination of a six-month project in which illustrators, animators and graphic designers from LCC have collaborated to create work that celebrates and reimagines Ladybird’s classic pocket-sized books for their centenary year.
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MADCFJ Ana Quinones Noriega
The Intelligent Optimist
19 September-17 October
Lethaby Gallery, Crossing Gallery Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
Showcasing recent CSM graduates who are shaping the future of design, The Intelligent Optimist can take many guises: Future Gazers, Material Explorers, Social Agents and The Fixers. All, in their various ways, are using their creative practices and canny intelligences to reimagine better futures.
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 Tsai & Yoshikawa Figure No.1
Tsai & Yoshikawa Figure No.1

19 September-19 October
Henry Moore Courtyard, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU
This new site-specific work by collaborative artists Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa will be installed within Chelsea’s Henry Moore Courtyard. Commissioned by Chelsea College of Arts, the artists have taken inspiration from the courtyard’s absent Henry Moore sculpture, ‘Two Piece Reclining Figure No.1 1959′, considering its historical relevance to Moore’s work and the College.
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Chelsea 10
19 September-7 October
Chelsea College of Arts will be celebrating 10 years of creativity at Millbank with ‘Chelsea 10’ an exhibition celebrating Artists and Designers that have graduated from the college since 2005. The exhibition is taking place across the Millbank site with work exhibited in the Triangle Space, Cookhouse Gallery and the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.
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MiAL Pop Up Shop at We Built This City

19-27 September
56-57 Carnaby Street, W15 9QF
UAL Students’ Union initiative Made in Arts London are teaming up with We Built This City’s Carnaby Street store to host a week long pop-up shop showcasing an exciting selection of emerging art and design. MiAL’s Pop Up Shop will offers the chance to buy affordable art and design from some of the most talented students and graduates from University of the Arts London, including illustration, limited editions, artist books, homeware, fashion, and accessorie. The pop-up shop will host two artist workshops: Make your own Pop Art Jewellery and Screen Print your own Tote Bag.
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Read the exclusive insiders’ guides to London Design Festival 2015 from UAL’s design experts

See a preview of UAL Now at designjunction

Explore the full London Design Festival programme

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Follow UAL Edit on Instagram to see shots from the shows

London Fashion Week SS16 – the insider guide

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More dazzling with every season, London Fashion Week sashays back into town for five days of catwalks, launches and parties across the Capital from Friday. With a reputation for presenting the most exciting new and established designers, London Fashion Week draws media, buyers and celebrities from around the world to see over 70 designers showing during the official schedule, more than half of whom graduated from UAL’s prestigious Colleges.

Most of the Spring Summer 16 catwalk shows will be livestreamed to the London Fashion Week outdoor cinema and online, giving instant access to viewers worldwide from Golden Square to the Golden Gate.

Tony Glenville with Virginia Bates and Jade Parfitt at the LCF MA catwalk show by Alex Maguire

Global fashion month fixture Tony Glenville, Creative Director: School of Media & Communications, at London College of Fashion, UAL reveals the names to know this season, with his exclusive insider’s guide to London Fashion Week:

“I tend to know that the bigger names have plenty of images around, and easy access, so I often select small shows, or installations to see new work or designers who are beginners or those who will not have masses of images out there in the media. Pringle and Belstaff have new design teams so are really interesting, especially Belstaff who last season moved forward hugely. Berardi and Koma have an international sophistication to them which is different to the normal London mood and style. I love Fashion Scout so I will be there a lot seeing the young designers and the first timers. ”

Tony’s must-see list for SS16 is:

Faustine Steinmetz – “Fascinating methods”
Teatum Jones – “Brilliant ideas”
Antonio Berardi – “International de Luxe”
Marques Almeida – “Adored from day one”
David Koma – “Slick and polished”
KTZ – “Fascinating concepts”
Toga – “Beautiful construction”
Ryan Lo – “Magical narrative”
Fydor Golan – “Quixotic each collection”
Belstaff – “Superb quality and understated”
Pringle of Scotland – “Luxurious and understated”

He comments, “all these are designers with something to say, an original clear handwriting to their shows and I am fascinated to see what they see as the answer to fashion each season”.

Watch the shows live from Friday 18 September on the London Fashion Week livestream – see the schedule

London Fashion Week SS16 runs from 18 – 22 September 2015 based at Golden Square, Soho, W1R 3AD. Find out more on the London Fashion Week site

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Visit the Fashion Space Gallery’s LFW exhibition Digital Disturbances, which examines the influence of digital concepts and tools on fashion. Find out more on the exhibition event listing

Flora Miranda photographer GÖKAY CATAK-digital artwork JOACHIM BEENS
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UAL Now preview – the new names to know at designjunction

Sixteen creatives destined to define the future design landscape will exhibit in UAL Now at designjunction during London Design Festival 2015; selected from UAL’s graduating class, the exhibiting artists are drawn from over 5,000 graduating students. At designjunction these rising star designers will appear alongside prestigious brands from around the globe, through the UAL Now initiative which showcases the most exciting emerging talent from University of the Arts London.

Here, we bring you an exclusive preview of the work which will be exhibited at The College, 24-27 September. These are the sixteen new names to know in design:

Ana Jimenez Palomar
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Ana Jimenez Palomar

Abay Zhumagulov
BA (Hons) Product Design, Central Saint Martins

Abay Zhumagulov

Ben Perkins
BA (Hons) 3D Design, Camberwell College of Arts

Ben Perkins PerkiDesk

Brook Sigal
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Brook Sigal

Charlotte Garnett
BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins

Charlotte Garnett

Evangeline Pesigan
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Evangeline Pesigan aninag

Geraldine Biard
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Jardin d'Hiver - Copyright 2015 G+®raldine Biard

Joana Cartaxo
BA (Hons) Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins

Joana Singuaris

Kuniko Maeda
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts

Kuniko Maeda

Laura Shrimpton
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts

Laura Shrimpton

Louise Tucker
MA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts

Louise Tucker

Marta Bordes
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Marta Bordes Elastic Lights

Olivia Aspinall
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Central Saint Martins

Olivia Aspinall

Wataru Goto
MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker, Camberwell College of Arts

Wataru Goto

Yizhu Fang
MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins

Yizhu Fang

Yuta Segawa
MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker, Camberwell College of Arts

Yuta Segawa

UAL Now showcases recent graduates’ work at the best 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.

During designjunction UAL’s Central Saint Martins Product and Industrial Design programme will be exploring the question: What’s The Future of Product and Industrial Design Education? through a series of talks and workshops. Alongside this activity there will be an interactive ‘exhibit’ inviting product and industrial design alumni to sign or carve their name or design into a new wood workbench. Find out more

UAL Now at designjunction runs 24-27 September at 12-42 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP

As a designjunction partner UAL friends can purchase half price tickets to the event using the promomotion code DJUAL

Find out more about UAL Now

See the event information for UAL at designjunction

See behind the scenes as the show goes up by following #UALNow on social media

All works are available for sale, for more information or sales enquiries, contact to find out more

Discover all the UAL events at London Design Festival 2015

Read the exclusive insiders’ guides to London Design Festival 2015 from UAL’s design experts

Explore the full London Design Festival programme

Follow UAL Edit on Instagram to see shots from the shows

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Channel 4 film Grayson Perry at UAL’s Summer Shows

Grayson Perry and Channel 4's Cathy Newman at the UAL Summer Shows
This week Channel 4 News visited Chelsea College of Arts to film new UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry at the postgraduate summer show. Presenter Cathy Newman quizzed Grayson on his plans for the new role, the importance of arts education, and the role of art in global issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis. Grayson told Channel 4 that his mission as Chancellor is to act as “an ambassador for creative education”.


Grayson and Cathy chatted to exhibiting graduates from MA Textile Design and MA Fine Art, and the piece began with shots of work on display at the summer show and Grayson talking to the next generation of creative talent about their work.

Watch the feature again on the Channel 4 News YouTube

Find out more about the show dates and locations on the dedicated summer shows website

See the Summer Shows in the International New York Times roundup of summer art events

Read the news item on Grayson Perry being named Chancellor of UAL

Cathy Newman interviewing Grayson Perry at the UAL Summer Shows

Grayson Perry UAL Chancellor chats to Chelsea College of Arts graduate Shadi Mahsa at the UAL summer shows


Grayson Perry UAL Chancellor chats to Chelsea College of Arts MA Textile Design graduates at the UAL summer shows


Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion feature in top 10 fashion schools worldwide

Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion have been listed in the top 10 fashion schools worldwide for undergraduate courses in the first Business of Fashion (BoF) Global Fashion School Rankings. Both colleges are also listed in the top five for postgraduate fashion courses.

Late At Tate 6 June 2014 Richard Eaton (2)

The BoF Global Fashion School Rankings feature the top 21 undergraduate and 10 graduate fashion programmes in the world. The new rankings are based on BoF analysis of 60 data points collected directly from 24 participating fashion schools in 11 countries, a survey of more than 4,000 fashion students and alumni, plus a survey of 88 HR professionals and fashion influencers. Each course was evaluated on three different areas of global influence, learning experience and long-term value.

UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington said: “To have two UAL colleges – Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion – placed so highly in these rankings further reiterates UAL’s position as a world-class provider of fashion education. It’s particularly rewarding to be recognised by rankings which are based on the views of students and alumni as well as fashion influencers. UAL alumni have a huge influence on the fashion industry, making up more than half of the 78 labels showing at London Fashion Week this year alone, and based on the quality of our recently-graduated students’ work it’s a trend I predict will continue.”

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Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Course Director and Fashion Programme Director Willie Walters said of the results: “I’m very pleased to see the results of the BoF fashion school rankings. These results are a genuine tribute to our dedicated staff team.”

Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Course Director Fabio Piras said: “I am honoured by the MA Fashion course’s results in the BoF fashion school rankings and take it as an immense accolade for the entire team. Our work is to educate with honesty and passion, to enhance and nurture qualities that enable to develop and sustain a rewarding professional life. We define ourselves as being at the origin of the careers of many influencers working in an industry context worldwide and we want to see our graduates continue to shape the future of the fashion industry. Their success can be seen in their work both for major labels internationally and under their own names.”

UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Fashion Frances Corner said: “We are delighted to be included as one of the top ten schools in BoF’s global fashion school rankings. This ranking reflects London College of Fashion, UAL’s positioning as a leading global provider of fashion education, research and consultancy. Building upon our achievements this year we will continue to nurture the future of fashion through our specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses and initiatives such as our Fashion Business School. We very much welcome BoF’s new education focus and look forward to using it as a platform for sharing specialist knowledge.”

Top photo credit: Richard Eaton

UAL leads unique design project to improve youth mental health

UAL has led a ground-breaking new design project in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), using art and design to explore young people’s experiences of mental health services and how they can be improved.

UAL Early Lab is a new initiative led by UAL Chair of Communication Design Nick Bell and Camberwell College of Arts BA 3D Design tutor Fabiane Lee-Perrella, giving UAL students the opportunity to collaborate across the University to use design to drive social change.


UAL Early Lab students 

UAL Early Lab’s first project opportunity saw students and academics spend a week working closely alongside NSFT’s clinicians and members of its Youth Council, made up of young service-users in Norfolk and Suffolk, exploring issues around mental health using design techniques such as storyboarding and stop-frame animation.

The UAL team presented its findings to commissioners, stakeholders and voluntary sector groups from across Norfolk. Their recommendations include:

• decentralising and distributing the service across the sparsely populated region

• offering a mobile and pop-up service for the convenience of users – where they are

• connecting to users through a new online platform designed to speak in their voice

• providing information, access to services and youth provisions through the online platform

• creating a seamless, integrated service across health, social care, education and youth justice

• concentrating on prevention, awareness and early intervention, especially in schools

• normalising mental health in schools.

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust/UAL Early Lab

UAL Early Lab co-founders Nick Bell and Fabiane Lee-Perrella 

Following the success of the presentation and overall collaboration, NSFT commissioners are planning to use the findings in the imminent transformation of services for young people, and also to influence practice further afield.

Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director (Research) at NSFT Dr Jon Wilson said:

“I’m very excited by this project. I think it will give us the ammunition to drive change forward in Norfolk mental health services for young people. And because of links nationally, I think we can use that to articulate this around the whole of the country and start to give people the confidence that things can be different.”

UAL Chair of Communication Design and co-founder of UAL Early Lab Nick Bell said:

“I wanted to find an opportunity for students to use design much earlier than usual, right at the start of something. At the start it is possible to address the root causes of social issues and that increases chances of contributing to outcomes that are resilient and sustainable.

“I told Dr Jon Wilson I wanted to take UAL Early Lab to a place where an issue is active and to work responsively with people who endure those issues every day in that place. Jon invited UAL Early Lab to Norfolk to work with NSFT’s Youth Council. Having a group of young, talented UAL students collaborating with his bright, young service users very much appealed to him.”

NSFT Youth Council member and service user Katie-Louise Davis said of the experience:

“This was such a new and different concept to work with. I feel that the fact we worked together so well is amazing and shows that two passions; mental health and art and design, can collide to form something beneficial and inspiring.”

London College of Fashion MA Fashion Futures graduate Kat Thiel said:

“For us it was amazing to actually have hands-on experience where you are really grasping what it is to socially interact and to socially design.”

Camberwell College of Arts BA 3D Design tutor and co-founder of UAL Early Lab Fabiane Lee-Perrella said:

“So called ‘Design Thinking’ removes making from the design process – the supposedly intimidating bit. UAL Early Lab places making at the centre of our connection with people. We use processes of making to unlock personal capacities.

“We collected information from the bottom to the top and we wove all this information through with the perspective of the outsider, from the perspective of the maker. We made things and we brought this back to them as a set of proposals and findings they can take forward.”

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust/UAL Early Lab

UAL Early Lab presenting their recommendations to commissioners, stakeholders and voluntary sector groups

Members of the Youth Council and UAL Early Lab team will present the findings from the project at the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) conference in Montreal, Canada in October.

Videos created by the team about the project can be found on YouTube, and you can also read blog entries written by project participants.