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Design Creativity Partners Up with Social Sciences to Tackle Big Public Policy Issues

University of the Arts London (UAL) and King’s College London have started a new partnership to bring together staff and students on research, teaching and public engagement to tackle some of the biggest public policy issues.

Image (c) Ana Escobar

Image: copyright (c) Ana Escobar

A joint collaboration between the Policy Institute at King’s and the Innovation Insights Hub at UAL, presents a unique context for students to explore, develop and assess the intersections between design and policy. The collaboration includes two new joint PhD studentships bringing together UAL’s design thinking and King’s policy expertise, to contribute to the emerging field of policy innovation.

Announcing the plans, Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL said:

‘This is an exciting step which combines UAL’s expertise as one of the world’s top five universities for art and design, with the wealth of knowledge in the social sciences and technology at King’s to bring about positive change in policy. It builds on UAL staff collaborating for over a decade with government policy makers to help them generate and prototype new creative solutions to some of the biggest public challenges.’

Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice Principal, Arts and Sciences of King’s College London, said:

‘We’re delighted to be partnering with UAL on this innovative new project. The Policy Institute at King’s is one of the many parts of the university which make King’s one of the top twenty universities in the world and we hope that collaborations of this sort will help to make King’s an even stronger world leading education institute.’

The partnership will see the first joint fully-funded PhD Studentship in Design Thinking for Policy Making Practice between UAL’s Innovation Insights Hub and the Policy Institute at King’s. This post will lead the research in further understanding how policies can be developed and tested using approaches from design. The work will be supported by interdisciplinary and interfaculty research seminars, exploring future joint research projects.

Dr Lucy Kimbell, Director of the UAL Innovation Insights Hub and leader of the PhD Studentship in Design Thinking for Policy Making Practice programme, :

“We’re looking to bring imagination, creativity and science to the forefront of public policy, exploring design solutions for today as well as future generations. This programme joins our current project in collaboration with Policy Lab in the Cabinet Office, delivering training on design thinking for civil servants and supporting the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to develop an EU Policy Lab.”

Professor Jennifer Rubin, Professor of Public Policy & Director of Analysis at King’s Policy Institute, also commented:

‘There are many areas where policy thinking has not yet caught up with and responded to people’s behaviour and needs in order to improve outcomes. We are delighted that this partnership will bring together rigorous social science, policy and design thinking in new ways to help tackle societal challenges.’


The first three-year joint PhD students will start in October 2016.



XHIBIT 2016: The next wave of defining artists

No brief. No theme. No constraints.

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Just one show with 13 artists – set to showcase every design discipline in one space.


Featuring UAL students at every level, across all disciplines – Xhibit is the one show where you will discover the cross range of new talent unfold in front of you. From the final-year fashion illustration talent, next to the rigour of the second-year fine artist and the flair of post-graduate photography – every corner of Xhibit will pulsate with the kaleidoscope of UAL talent.


The only qualifier? Talent.

“We were looking for something that we hadn’t seen before,” said Natalie Stevens, Events and Showcasing Coordinator, UAL.

For Xhibit judge and artist, Dave Charlesworth, that meant being wowed.

I am wowed by the unexpected. I like being made to look, look and look again. A good art work immediately grabs your attention and holds it.  Xhibit is a long running and well respected selection exhibition. It lifts the lid on the studio and shows the general public work that is new, challenging and in that daring state of flux that comes with being in education.”

Selected by an expert panel of artists, curators and creative industry professionals, artists not only win a coveted spot in the annual Xhibit 2016 exhibition, participants are also offered a supporting professional development workshop programme and receive a year’s membership to the V&A.

Xhibit is the launching pad of tomorrow’s artists. “After being featured in Xhibit 2014, my work got selected for more shows and by the end of the year it was sold.” – Marta Barina, Xhibit artist.


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Bolor Amgalan, Central Saint Martins, MA Materials Futures

“Metabolism” is the result of months of experimentation – paper-folding, laser-cutting, draping and other 3D form fabrication tests. Garments are no longer cut and stitched, but the pattern pieces interlock together like Lego pieces. This saves energy and increases efficiency, all the while satisfying the wearer’s needs for longer. A jacket becomes a clutch, then a vest, or a skirt and on it goes.”

Frederic Anderson, Wimbledon College of Arts, MFA
“I work exclusively from direct observation, usually in charcoal, pencil or ink on paper. To make the connection between subject and drawing as direct as possible, I use blind drawing techniques – not looking at the page as I work. As I draw, my eye is constantly moving across the subject, I lean in closer, back away and peer around the sides…”

Darae Baek, Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art

“I spent a month in Olafsfjordur, a small fishing village in Northern Iceland. Iceland is so far north that during the summer, the long days drag on endlessly in what locals call the white night. Experiencing the eerie brightness of the white night for the first time frightened me. This work will express the exact emotions I felt.”

Marta Barina, London College of Communication, BA Photography

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“These photographs reflect my interest towards the audience and the exhibition momentum. I took these pictures while visiting a string of art fairs, exhibitions and Biennales, from Paris Photo, to the Venice Biennale and White Cube exhibitions. By cancelling, turning, cutting and adjusting objects, people, lights and perspectives – the beautiful empty stage that surrounds the visitor is revealed.”

Tobias Benedetto, Wimbledon College of Arts, MFA

“The story is of a caveman who lives in a forest, who loses his lover there and pursues her deep into this forest, where he becomes lost, before he passes out and is then rescued by a spaceship that is an amalgamation of his lover and his future self. The conditions for this event are explained in the rest of the story, which unfolds inside the spaceship and its virtual reality laboratory.”

Anya Broido, London College of Communication, Graduate Diploma in Photography

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“I take photos in Soho between the hours of 11pm to 4am. This tiny pocket of London, forever on the threat of dying, still beats. It exists as its own ecosystem, where all different types, from theatregoers to clubbers, ladies on hen nights, drug-dealers, sex workers, artists, tourists and coffee drinkers, all collide within this small terrain. Soho is of a time past; I take photos in an attempt to preserve some part of it.”

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“All I want is for the audience to feel my work is infectious: to feel a pull of positive energy and happiness.”

Juliana Dorso, Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art XD


“I am particularly fond of Virginia Woolf. Over the years, I have read her books many times and have visited her houses in and outside London. All my visual work – paintings, photographs, graphic novels, videos, clothes – deal with fictional and non-fictional territories belonging to Virginia Woolf. Dirty Woolfian Underwear are unisex underwear inspired by Virginia Woolf’s, Orlando. Made with canvas, they fit females, males, intersexual people and beyond. They are a kind of nomadic pictorial space which can be worn by everyone.”

Hansika Jethnani, London College of Communication, BA Photography

“My long distance ex-boyfriend broke up with me over a WhatsApp conversation. Breaking up in person was impossible, and so it happened over a cyberspace of floating words instead. Like the anticipation of when heating something up in the microwave, I was constantly in anticipation waiting for a reply. When I heard back, it was gut-wrenching words that broke my heart. I put Polaroids I photographed in the microwave. What I photographed did not matter – it was what happened to the Polaroid once popped into the microwave that did. Burnt and damaged they resembled me through the wretched phase of my relationship.”

Armenoui Kasparian Saraidari, Central Saint Martins, PhD

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“My family was part of the larger movement of the Armenian populations that experienced the massacres and mass deportations from their historic homeland. As they walked in exile from their homeland and yearned for the beginning of a new future, our family photographic collection took shape. Nameless creates an analogy between the loss of singularity in a photographic archive and through the mass killings. It attempts to restore their facelessness by offering each person a single frame on the film.”

Kuniko Maeda, Chelsea College of Arts, MA Textile Design

“I was fascinated with creating something visible from the invisible. I recorded everyday movements such as dancing and applied colour and texture to correlate with emotion. Through the use of everyday materials, I transformed these sketches into 3D objects.”

Lauren Pennycott, Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art

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“I am interested in the difference between weight that is literal and that which is painted. Even a wisp of a paper bag is bound to physical laws of gravity; trapped by the masking tape, the material is literally pinned down, quieted and contained.”

Xiuching Tsay, London College of Fashion, Fashion Illustration

I am interested in decoding visual symbols in advertisements. This work explores how the objects in advertising can stimulate viewers’ sexual perceptions and how innuendos function as signs that convey sexual contexts. I have created an icon called ‘Lolla’, who appears as a presenter of fashion advertisements. This piece mimics the Marc Jacob perfume ad, ‘Oh Lola’. I decode the advertisement’s messages, combined with my own imagery. Here, my icon Lolla, has replaced the actual presenter, Dakota Fanning.



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Xhibit 2016 has been selected by: Natalie Stevens (Events and Showcasing Coordinator, UAL) Summer Oxley (SUARTS elected Activities Officer) Rosa Harvest, Coordinator (Made in Arts London); Dave Charlesworth (Artist and Curator) Alice Cunningham (Artist).

Read what the judges had to say.

If you only visit one show this season, visit Xhibit2016.

14 April – 3 July

UAL Showroom
University of the Arts London
272 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EY

Private View: Wednesday 13 April, 6 – 8pm

The UAL Showroom is open to the public and free to visit with no booking required. For more information and opening times please visit the UAL Showroom.


UAL in World’s Top 5 Universities for Art & Design

UAL is now in the top 5 universities in the world for art and design. UAL has soared to 5th place in the QS World University Rankings® affirming its status as a leading global provider of art and design education.

Image by Nadia Speranza for UAL – background image: Molly Butt, MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts. Photographer: Ivan Jones

UAL also maintains its status as a leading UK art and design university in these rankings, holding steady in 2nd place, just behind the postgraduate specialist RCA.

The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 42 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, said:

“Universities such as UAL are integral to the success of the global creative economy; providing the talent pathway for graduates who go on to lead in their fields across the world. UAL is a truly global university and we are delighted to be recognised as one of the world’s top five universities for art and design in the 2016/17 QS World Rankings. This is fantastic news for our students and credit to the hard work and dedication of staff across the university.”

For full listings and more information, visit the QS World University Rankings by Subject website.


Pop-Up Art: UAL Students Scoop New VM Student Award for Retail Designs

Last Thursday, 10 March, UAL students Kelly Wong, London College of Fashion, and Daria Rodionova, Chelsea College of Arts, won two of the first ever student awards for their visual merchandising designs at the Retail Design Expo 2016.

Working with Liberty of London and Oasis, UAL students were challenged to create a pop-up space, personalising it for their particular store. UAL students and first-ever winners of the new VM Student Award (and prizes of paid work placements at Liberty and Oasis), give us the inside story on working with some of the biggest retailers in the UK…

Kelly Wong, London College of Fashion, being interviewed about winning the VM Student Award at Retail Design Expo 2016

Kelly Wong, London College of Fashion, being interviewed about winning the VM Student Award at Retail Design Expo 2016

Kelly Wong (pictured above) from UAL’s London College of Fashion wowed the creative team at Liberty of London, the world-renowned luxury UK retailer formed in 1875, and which Oscar Wilde once described as “the chosen resort of the artistic shopper”.

Oasis, one of the top UK high street retailers, worked with Chelsea College of Arts, challenging students to expand their design horizons. Winning another of the inaugural VM Student Awards, Daria Rodionova (pictured below), originally from Moscow, tells us what it was like to work on this exciting project and studying at UAL:

Daria Rodionova with her winning 'Fashion Fridges' designs at Retail Design Expo 2016

Daria Rodionova with her winning ‘Fashion Fridges’ designs at Retail Design Expo 2016

“My idea was to create «Fashion Fridges», which would be used instead of ordinary changing rooms and clothes hangers. I wanted them to become a symbol of Oasis that would represent the main principles of a brand: contemporary, stylish and fun.

I am very proud of my work; it combines contemporary design and classical elements of decor and it is made from easily accessible materials. I hope that it is the first step in my career, which will give me experience and knowledge about the industry I work in. 

While living in Moscow, I knew I wanted to study abroad. I chose UAL because it is one of the leading universities in the world of design and it provides its students with many opportunities to collaborate with the biggest design retailers. 

I am very happy that I have won the competition with my project and now I have an opportunity to work with the Oasis brand in summer.” Daria Rodionova, Chelsea College of Arts

A total of twenty UAL students worked with these renowned brands, including Young Soo Bae, Chelsea College of Arts (pictured below) who received a highly commended award.

Yung Soo Bae at the Retail Design Expo 2016 with her designs which were highly commended at the VM Student Awards

Young Soo Bae at the Retail Design Expo 2016 with her designs which were highly commended at the VM Student Awards

Here’s what other UAL students had to say about this amazing opportunity:

“It was a great experience to practice, experiment and analyse abilities and ideas…”

Rana Bashirova, Chelsea College of Arts

“I very much enjoyed working for Oasis and tried to bring something to this passionate brand. I felt like my work was constantly being reinvented and pushed beyond my own boundaries.”

Alberto Segato, Chelsea College of Arts

“Working for Oasis has been an extremely challenging and interesting experience. It has been an incredible and also rewarding experience and I have learnt to question myself and my ideas to create something different for this brand.”

Martina Bergamo, Chelsea College of Arts

London College of Fashion students shortlisted for the VM Student Awards

London College of Fashion students shortlisted for the VM Student Awards

New competition launched at UAL to mentor tomorrow’s female arts leaders

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It’s a pattern that has steadily grown. Increasing number of female arts graduates, should mean an in increase in women working in the arts.

But the numbers paint a very different picture.

Research shows that approximately only 30 per cent of artists represented by galleries in London are female and British Theatre Consortium statistics assert that only 31% of professional playwrights are female.

It was this gender gap that inspired the launch of a brand new scheme – ‘University Women in the Arts’ – that took place at Central Saint Martins, UAL and is designed to mentor female University arts students to take up leadership roles in the arts.

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Open to all female students studying the arts at University level – 10 participants will be selected to be mentored over the course of a year by 12 women who are leading the way in the arts in the UK.

The scheme is run by the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at UAL’s Central Saint Martins, the Women of the Future Programme and Writers at Work Productions, in association with Tonic Theatre.

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Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader for MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at UAL’s Central Saint Martins said:

“I think it’s incredibly important to provide mentoring opportunities for young women wanting to work in the arts.

“It’s shocking how different the figures are – over 70% of women studying the arts at the UAL are women. We want to explore whether the drop off in numbers once women make the transition from studying to working in the arts is due to lack of mentorship, a previous lack of examples women can follow as they negotiate their career paths, family reasons, the insecurity in the industry, confidence or another reason.”

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Jennifer goes on to say:

“Lucy Kerbel’s research from Tonic Theatre showed that in 2013, 59 per cent of Directing course graduates were women – but only 24 per cent of working directors were women, which is a huge difference.

“Over 70 per cent of our students at UAL are female, but in all areas of the arts there seems to be far fewer women than men.

“For the first time, the University Women in the Arts will investigate the reasons for this gender gap and hopefully, in doing so, get us thinking about how we can address this.”

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Pinky Lilani CBE DL, founder of The Women of the Future Programme, said:

“The Women of the Future Programme is honoured to be working with Central Saint Martins, UAL on a programme that is crucial to helping women achieve their potential. Mentorship is pivotal to career success. ”

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Lucy Kerbel, founder of Tonic Theatre, said:

“I think this scheme is a brilliant idea. Young women who are keen to build careers in the arts often have to look harder for role models than their male counterparts. Consequently, a programme such as this which connects female students with trailblazing women is hugely valuable because it makes it all the easier for them to visualise themselves in top roles.

“Furthermore, hearing in detail how these women have achieved the success they have, and being able to begin to translate that to their own artistic and professional journeys is something that could make all the difference to a young woman when navigating the tricky initial steps into her career in the arts.”

In addition to the mentoring opportunity for 10 female students, there will also be public events over the course of the next year which anyone can attend.


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“Being a woman means being collaborative. This is something the Women of the Future Programme, who are one of the partners on University Women in the Arts, have spoken about a lot and which really interests me. To advance gender equality, they talk about how it seems to be most helpful when women use their innate skills at collaboration and kindness towards one another. I think that’s fascinating research they’ve done.

Mentors of the University Women in the Arts include: Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet Tamara Rojo, Managing Director of Penguin Books Joanna Prior and film producer of the Harry Potter films amongst other films and former Head of the Film Fund at the UK Film Council Tanya Seghatchian.

Find out more University Women in the Arts scheme here.

5 Powerful Works by Female Designers

Curator Ruth Sykes shares five graphic design pieces from her current exhibition at Central Saint Martins, UAL.

1. Rachel ‘Ray’ Marshall cartoons for suffragette publication ‘The Common Cause’ 1910

Rachel ‘Ray’ Marshall (1891 – 1940); Cover cartoons for suffragette publication ‘The Common Cause’ 1910 Photo credit Ruth Sykes

Ray Marshall was already a published cartoonist before she enrolled in the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1912 to study wood engraving. The cartoon on the left satirizes the anti-suffrage view that attractive young women were not interested in voting or reforming women’s pay. Pay inequalities are still, of course, with us. In graphic design specifically, recent research published in the book “Graphic Designers Surveyed” revealed a gender pay gap which increases as designers age. This book, published by GraphicDesign& (established by ex-Central School student Lucienne Roberts, and current head of the Graphic Communication Design progamme, Rebecca Wright) is also included in the A+ exhibition.

2. Margaret Calvert, Men At Work, 1965

Margaret Calvert (b.1936), Men At Work, part of the Kinneir Calvert road sign system for Britain launched in 1965. Photo credit Ruth Sykes
Most British people see the work of Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir every day they step outside. Together, they designed the road signs for Britain that have been in use since 1965. Margaret (b.1936) attended a Central School evening class in 1957 to ‘brush up on typography’, while working with graphic designer Jock Kinneir, assisting on the signage for the newly built Gatwick Airport. Seven years later, after the pair had created the signage system for the new UK motorway system, the Kinneir Calvert signs for the rest of Britain’s roads were launched. Margaret herself drew a number of the original symbols, still in use today, including the famous ‘Men At Work’ sign shown here.

3. Kate Hepburn and Sally Doust’s Spare Rib Magazine, 1973

Kate Hepburn (b.1947) and Sally Doust (b. 1944) Spare Rib Magazine, 1973. Photo credit Ruth Sykes

Kate Hepburn (b.1947) studied at the Central School in the late 1960s, before graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1972. In her final year at the RCA, Kate teamed up with Sally Doust (b. 1944), previously Art Director of Australian Vogue, to begin work as the original design team for second-wave feminist women’s magazine Spare Rib. The brief for the design required a new kind of visual language that would indicate it was both a women’s magazine and a publication that challenged the status quo. Recognising the iconic status of Spare Rib and the valuable insights it gives to women’s lives during its 21-year existence, The British Library has recently digitized every copy of the magazine for public browsing.

4. Women’s Design and Research Unit’s ‘Pussy Galore’ typeface

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WD+RU (Women’s Design and Research Unit, 1994) poster showcasing the typeface ‘Pussy Galore’ printed by Fuse Magazine, 1994 Photo credit Ruth Sykes
WD+RU (Women’s Design and Research Unit) was founded in 1994 by Liz McQuiston (b. 1952), Siân Cook (b. 1962, studied and taught at CSM) and Teal Triggs (b. 1957, taught at CSM) with the aim of raising awareness of women working in visual communication and design education. After going to a typography conference where the speakers were all male, their response was to design the experimental typeface Pussy Galore, which consists of dingbat style icons reflecting on the endless spectrum of stereotypical language used to label and control women. The Pussy Galore typeface was included in the 2009 “Elles@centrepompidou” exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and in “No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism” by Rick Poynor. Whilst there are more women in typography today, it is interesting to note the recent creation of the ‘Alphabettes’ network, which exists to support and promote the work of all women in the fields of lettering, typography and type design.

5. Morag Myerscough Creative Review Cover design Letter A, 2013

Morag Myerscough (b.1963), Letter A for Creative Review Cover, 2013 Photo credit Ruth Sykes
Morag Myerscough (b.1963) studied at St Martins from 1982 to 1985, before going on to the RCA, and then founding her own studio in 1993. Morag has won many awards for her work, most recently as part of the design team awarded architecture’s Stirling Prize. This year she was included in Debrett’s ‘People of Today’ in recognition of her contribution to the field of design. A monograph of Morag’s work is due for publication later in 2016 by Unit Editions. Morag’s work is included in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s permanent collection. The giant letter A shown in the A+ exhibition was created for the cover of the Creative Review 2013 Annual, and is made from wood hand-painted by Morag. Also included in the exhibition is Morag’s hand-painted circular road sign, from the recent ‘50 Years of the British Road Sign’ installation at the Design Museum, curated by Made North.

See all these images and more in A+ 100 Years of Visual Communication by Women at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, showing 80 works by female designers. Find out more at

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Read empowering advice and inspiring quotes from UAL’s creative luminaries for International Women’s Day

New images: UAL’s London College of Fashion at the heart of Olympicopolis


New images of Olympicopolis have been revealed

Images have been unveiled which show the new home of UAL’s London College of Fashion alongside the V&A and Sadler’s Wells in Stratford, Olympicopolis, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The images show the new campus for UAL’s London College of Fashion and residential development situated at Stratford Waterfront site, part of the exciting new education and cultural district next to the London Aquatics Centre.

It will be joined by other leading UK arts institutions which include a new V&A for east London and a 600-seat theatre for Sadler’s Wells.

Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice-Chancellor, said:

“We are excited to get a first glimpse of how Olympicopolis will look as it develops over the next five years into a world-class hub for the creative arts. We are proud that a new campus for London College of Fashion will be at the heart of the development, building on the College’s East End heritage, creating an East London fashion cluster through education, research, enterprise and its Better Lives programme.

“The new campus is part of UAL’s wider commitment to invest in its buildings, including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, plans for a new London College of Communication campus at the heart of Elephant and Castle and the completion of our Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.”


The London College of Fashion campus is part of UAL’s wider commitment to invest in its buildings

Visual arts leading Olympicopolis design and economic legacy

Olympicopolis is the next stage in the regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will create around 3,000 jobs, attract 1.5 million visitors a year and deliver a £2.8bn boost to the economy of Stratford and the surrounding communities.

David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said:

“Our plans to create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are moving forward in leaps and bounds. These exciting new images really start to give life to the project.”

The Victoria and Albert Museum will create V&A East, a new museum to showcase its world-class collections of design, art, architecture and performance. It will be a new kind of civic building weaving together spaces for collections, learning, contemporary design practice, conservation and research, with public participation at its heart.

Sadler’s Wells will open a new venue designed to serve contemporary dance-makers and its growing audiences, extending the range of work the dance house can commission, produce and tour. The space will include a 600-seat theatre, facilities for a Choreographic School and a Hip Hop Academy and flexible ‘making’ spaces for research, development and production of dance work.


UAL’s London College of Fashion will be alongside the V&A and Sadler’s Wells

In addition to the Stratford Waterfront site, the wider Olympicopolis scheme includes a new campus for UCL (University College London), ‘UCL East’ to the south of the ArcelorMittal, providing more opportunities for collaboration.

The future of design

Building work on Stratford Waterfront is due to start in 2018 and Stratford Waterfront will be fully open to the public in 2019/20. The Legacy Corporation will start preliminary market consultations to inform the approach to the construction works contracts in April 2016.

For further details on Olympicopolis, visit their website.

Find out more about UAL’s £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts and plans for a new London College of Communication campus at the heart of Elephant and Castle.

Empowering quotes from creative stars for International Women’s Day

The theme of 2016’s International Women’s Day is equality and empowerment, here we speak to some of UAL’s creative luminaries to get their empowering advice and hear their inspirational quotes

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Anya Hindmarch, fashion designer and entrepreneur

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.”


Emma Hill, designer and entrepreneur
My two favourite quotes are:

1. “ You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” Tina Fey

2. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Katherine Hepburn


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Amber Butchart, DJ, author and dress historian

My advice would be, obvious as it sounds, don’t give up. It’s tough carving out a career in the arts so you have to have determination – that quote, attributed to Einstein – “genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration” – you could swap ‘genius’ for ‘success’ and it would still ring true. And success is rarely a straight path or an overnight phenomenon. Set your own goals and don’t measure your progress by other people’s success.


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Emma Hart, artist and Max Mara Art Prize for Women winner

“The hardest thing to do, is to do what you want to do, rather than what you think you should be doing, and it’s hard because it’s hard to work out what you really want to do, and then it’s hard because you have to have courage to do what you want. My advice is caught up in that really – do what you want to do.”

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Jackie Lee, fashion designer and entrepreneur

“There are some words from Louise Wilson, she used to say to me “don’t be f**king lazy”. I loved her, she put the rules on her door: “Don’t be lazy! Go do f**king research”, which is all correct! Seriously, that really woke me up, like wow yes that is really true.”

Teleica Kirkland, Director of the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora
“Do whatever you can, however you can, wherever you can. Don’t think you can’t do something because there isn’t funding, space, whatever; there is nothing to stop you doing anything if you want to do it enough. I can’t stand when people think there’s only one way to do something, there are millions as long as you find one way, anyway, find a way to produce, find an outlet. When I was younger there was no internet, but people still found a way to produce and get their stuff out there, now it’s much easier. Just do it!”

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Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion
“The artist that changed my world is Jean Rhys. Her writing was so ahead of its time. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books because of the independence and free thinking character of Jane, however Rhys took this one step further and told the story from the “madwoman” Bertha’s perspective in Wide Sargasso Sea. Rhys gives a voice to the neglected and silenced female and I think the book is a powerful example of feminist rewriting. It was quite radical at the time and really changed the way I thought about women.”

Read how Frances urges us to give #IWD a sporting chance


Sarah Temple, Course Leader, Diploma in Professional Studies. Founder of Conscientious Communicators at London College of Communication
“My advice to female students is to ‘play a different game – play the long game’. It is perfectly possible to have a wonderful career and be a mother too but this is an entirely different, but fabulously rewarding life proposition to our male counterparts.”

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Sian Cook, Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, London College of Communication, Co-Director of the Women’s Design and Research Unit

My first job was
…Record sleeve designer.
The female artist who changed my world is… Laurie Anderson.
My advice to female students is….You ARE good enough.

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Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader, MA Dramatic Writing, Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins

Most important female relationship in my life is… my mother. When my father died when I was nine, she kept everything going on her own – she’s the strong woman who has made me see how strong we can be.

The best thing about being a woman in 2016 is… the opportunity to change things. You see women taking the lead on a lot of projects in the arts at the moment – from Lucy Kerbel running Tonic Theatre, Simelia Hodge Dallaway running Artistic Directors of the Future, and my work with University Women in the Arts. It’s important these schemes are about taking action and creating positive change.

My advice to female students is… work hard and be kind. The greatest female mentors I have had have embodied both of these things. My mentor Kate Rowland, who created BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, is a wonderful example. I remember her telling my students: “determination, resilience and a passion for something will shine through”. That’s very true. The most successful people I’ve worked with have also invariably been the most generous, the kindest and the most hard-working. I think that’s important to remember.”


Lucy Algar, Pathway Leader BA Theatre Design, Wimbledon College of Arts

The most important female relationship in my life is…
With my daughters.
The female artist who changed my world is…Yolanda Sonnabend.
The hardest thing about being a woman in 2016 is…Also the best – being a mum and having a career is undoubtedly challenging but it is also incredibly rewarding.
The way I would explain gender equality to a 10 year old girl is: Ensuring that women and men are treated equally everywhere is still a dream and not a reality. We must keep fighting to ensure that women and men are treated equally and especially that we are paid equally. Women still earn much, much less than men over the course of their careers.
The best lesson I learnt the hard way is: If you work hard and be patient your career will return, and be stronger for, having children.


Dr Lois Rowe, Programme Director, Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts

Being a woman means… often facing an unequal world. Even in academic contexts there is a division between the soft ‘pastoral’ role, which is often a role that a woman occupies. It is the role that often manages the increasing responsibility around student mental health and care that sits outside of the curriculum. And then there is a research role, or an international profile role, which is often occupied by individuals who are not primary carers, mostly men. This is a subtle but very distinct division of how careers progress within the academy.
Most important female relationship in my life is… a contemporary dance wear designer called Mihoko Tanabe. I worked for her when I was in my mid-twenties in Tokyo. She had been a prima ballerina and had divorced her husband. She was a single mother and only hired women over the age of twenty five as in Japan there is a saying that “after the 25th you expire”. You become known as “Christmas Cake”. So she hired many women who were retired dancers and she ran an incredibly successful company in Tokyo. She was passionate about what she did as an entrepreneur and equally passionate about enabling other women.

Read more about International Women’s Day and more empowering quotes about “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” on the UN website

Read UAL’s Buzzfeed post 5 Powerful Images by Female Graphic Designers 

Read Max Mara Art Prize for Women winner Emma Hart’s full interview

The defining shots from the front row at fashion week

Central Saint Martins’ MA Fashion class of 2016 sent their collections down the catwalk on the opening night of London Fashion Week, here course director Fabio Piras selects the 16 defining shots from the show.

Harry Evans
Harry Evans - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Richard Quinn
Richard Quinn - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Harry Pontefract
Harry Pontefract - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Kiko Kostadinov

Kiko Kostadinov - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Emma Bergamin Davys

Emma Bergamin Davys - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Abzal Issabekov

Abzal Issabekov - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Henriette Tilanus

Henriette Tilanus - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Ajmal Khan

Ajmal Khan - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Siiri Raasakka

Siiri Raasakka - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Michael Halpern

Michael Halpern - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Austin Snyder

Austin Snyder - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

John Alexander Skelton

John Alexander Skelton - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Lynne Searl

Lynne Searl - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Amelie Beluze

Amelie Beluze - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Joanne Wawrzynczak

Joanne Wawrzynzak - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Alexander Krantz

Alexander Krantz - Graduate MA 2016 - Central Saint Martins

Reporting from the runway, Steve Salter in  i_D, said: “Harry Evans and John Alexander Skelton may have been crowned this year’s joint winners of the L’Oréal Professionnel Creative Award but each and every member of CSM’s Class of 2016 deserves a piece of that prize. Remember their names, the future belongs to them.”

See more and read the show reviews in Vogue, i-D and SHOWstudio

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LOSE THE LABEL….(just be you instead)

“You’re studying fashion? You’ll never get a job!”
“You’re still renting? You really should get into the property market before it’s too late!”
“You’ve switched art disciplines? It will ruin your career!”

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At a time where quarter-life crises are as common as the accusatory questions that are fired at us – there is the temptation to obsessively compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate, depressed and isolated.

But being quick to label those around us is dangerous warns London College of Fashion, UAL’s, Dr Carolyn Mair, who says it’s better to embrace your true self, work hard at your craft and stop thinking it’s too late!

The Quarter Life Crisis


We are prone to experiencing earlier life crises now as popular media puts us on the scrap heap before we reach 25. The drive for eternal youthfulness seems to be part of our culture. It’s worrying to know that girls as young as 11 years old are being taken by their mothers for reconstructive surgery and teenagers are having lip fillers and Botox injections.

We are sold the myth that ageing is a disease which we must fight at all costs rather than embracing the natural signs of ageing. The celebrity culture that promotes less than talented individuals and their relatives to celestial status suggests that anyone can enjoy the celebrity lifestyle without effort or talent.

The rise of ‘Obsessive Comparison Syndrome’




While not a recognised mental health condition, ‘Obsessive Comparison Syndrome’ – “the compulsion to constantly compare themselves with others, producing unwanted thoughts and feelings that drive us to depression, consumption, anxiety, and all-around joyous discontent ” – is a media term that has gained popularity with the rise of social media.

Depending on the way it’s used, social media can either boost confidence and allow us to socialise with like-minded others (or those we’d like to be like) or lead us to make social comparisons with others, which can make us feel envious and potentially lead to negative psychological states.

Social media as a barometer of our worth


Social comparison theory states that we determine our own social and personal worth based on how we compare to others. As a result, we are constantly making evaluations about attractiveness, wealth, ability and success. The theory explains how individuals evaluate their own opinions and abilities by comparing themselves to others in order to reduce uncertainty and learn how to define themselves.

Consequently, people tend to use social media to meet a need to belong and to present themselves in a positive light with the aim of satisfying their need for self-worth. Comparing ourselves with others can be unproductive and not conducive to psychological wellbeing.

It may be that those with low self-esteem compare themselves with others more frequently than those with higher self-esteem. This is particular true if the standard we compare ourselves with is unattainable.

Take for instance, the air-brushed images promoted by the fashion and media industries are simply not achievable other than in print or on screen. In reality, the people depicted in these images are likely to bear little resemblance to the end product. This can result in an endless pursuit of this ‘beauty’ ideal across the lifespan evidenced by increased demands for cosmetic procedures (not only facial) at younger, and indeed, older ages and interestingly, across genders.

Body dissatisfaction is common and affects individuals across the lifespan with NSPCC reporting more than 300,000 calls made regarding bullying around body image in 2015 to ChildLine.
Because fashion promotes a very narrow stereotype of the body ideal, those who don’t match it can feel marginalised and undesirable. For some, this might result in eating disorders, self-harm and feelings of low self-worth.

The danger of labels





We put people into categories to reduce complexity and help us make sense of and navigate the world. Labelling reduces cognitive load, but can result in stereotyping based on a single incident of a category. According to early research in linguistics, labelling has implications beyond the label itself. It can influence our perceptions and lead to the ‘Pygmalion effect’.

When we label a child, we are influencing their behaviour. Telling a child s/he is naughty, will encourage the child to be naughty. When a mother tells her child she needs to lose weight, she is labelling her as overweight and potentially setting a lifetime of disordered eating.

When teachers were told some children were bright, they assessed their work as of higher quality than those not labelled as bright even though the students were actually similar in terms of academic ability. When siblings are labelled differently as the clever one, the sweet one, the troublemaker and so one, there is the potential for the labels to become accurate descriptions.

Better to be a hard worker than a genius


If we praise children for being clever we can do more harm than good. This comes from the work on mindset from psychologist, Carol Dweck, in which she suggests that individuals can be placed on a continuum according to their implicit views of where ability comes from.

Some believe in an innate ability, and consequently have a fixed mindset; others believe their success is a result of their hard work and perseverance and have a growth mindset. Those with a fixed mindset  dread failure  so they avoid challenges, preferring tasks they have already succeeded in; whereas those with a growth mindset approach challenges with the aim of improving and learning as a result of failure. In doing so they become resilient. In the context of students, we should encourage students to see ‘failure’ (poor outcomes) as a route to improvement.

Breaking up with labels


Breaking away from labels isn’t easy. There is a stigma associated with mental health which is hard to shake off and can make people feel alone and ashamed. The attempts to destigmatise mental health issues has in part resulted in medicalisation of what has been described as ‘the normal roughage of life’.

Some psychologists suggest that we can believe we have a ‘disease’ or a ‘genetic condition’ when we are just experiencing life. Some people are able to start over and build a new career/ relationship/ financial commitment after being labelled negatively; while others may feel burdened with the label and live their life accordingly (e.g., as a failure).

Interestingly, if we praise children by labelling them as a genius, they tend to avoid challenge and seek familiar tasks in which they know they can do well. Consequently they have a ‘fixed mind-set’ and don’t develop. When we praise children for the effort they’ve put in, they tend to approach challenges with the aim of learning and ‘growing’. This growth mind-set is advantageous throughout life in many contexts including education, work and relationships.

Never too late



When we feel we’ve invested time or money into something, we sometimes believe it’ll be a waste of expenditure to give up. In reality, it has cost no more to stop at the point of realising it’s not going to lead to a successful outcome.

The resources have been spent and therefore, investing more resources in a project that has no future is more of a waste than letting go. This seems unintuitive and requires cognitive effort to analyse the situation. We’re lazy and don’t like doing this.

Consequently we keep adding to the sunk costs in the mistaken belief that it would be a waste money/time/resources to give up now! The more we throw at it the worse we can feel.

If you’re in this position, sit down and try to evaluate the costs and benefits of the situation. This takes effort and can be unpleasant especially if the outcome suggests giving up even when you that’s not what you really want to do. In this situation, ask a friend to help you with the evaluation and to support you in following the outcome that is best for you.