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World Theatre Day 2015

To celebrate World Theatre Day 2015, we asked Course Leader of BA Theatre & Screen: Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts Lucy Algar to tell us how theatre can be used as a positive force for change and understanding.

“For many centuries cultures from all over the world have turned to performance as a way of celebrating change and important events, of marking the passage of time and as a means by which people can question their very existence. Theatre offers us glimpses into other worlds and helps us to make sense of contemporary and historical issues.

From the Olympic Opening Ceremonies to the most intimate one to one performances people are affected and influenced by music, words, moving bodies and extraordinary design. This influence can change peoples’ perception of others and so it is through theatre that communities, both small and on a world scale, can develop new understandings and enjoy life.”

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Image from collaborative project run by Lucy Algar and 3rd year theatre designers with choreographer Angela Woodhouse from Middlesex University and her 3rd year dance/choreography students – performed at Wimbledon College of Arts in February. Set design by Qinzi Huang.

Course Director of MA Theatre Design at Wimbledon Michael Pavelka recently wrote a piece for the Guardian Culture Professionals Network on how to become a theatre designer, listing patience, grit and resourcefulness as essential attributes for budding designers:

“Life in the theatre is not kind to the shy and retiring, so you have to be able to give (consistently) 100%, made up of the clichéd but no-less-truthful 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. What if you don’t find “that spark” in a project? If you want the job, you’ll just have to, to challenge yourself.”

On Wednesday 25 March MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts opened ‘Work from the Collections #3: Jocelyn Herbert and Samuel Beckett’, a new exhibition held at Wimbledon College of Arts exploring the working relationship between acclaimed theatre and film designer Jocelyn Herbert and iconic playwright and author Samuel Beckett. The materials for the exhibition, including sketchbooks, set and costume drawings and annotated scripts, have been selected from the Jocelyn Herbert Archive at the National Theatre, the NT’s only archive dedicated to a theatre designer. The exhibition runs until 10th April.

From LCC to Hollywood, alumnus Henry Hobson talks to us about his work on the Oscars, his feature film and more

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Oscars graphics 2015, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Henry Hobson.

Since graduating from the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course at LCC, Henry Hobson has gone on to make it big in showbusiness. From leading the graphic designs for the Oscars, to directing his own feature film ‘Maggie’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Henry has worked his way to the top.

In the week that the first trailer for his Tribeca Film Festival-nominated movie is released, we caught up with him to find out a little more about his journey from LCC to Hollywood.

Can you tell us a little bit about your time at LCC. What were the most important lessons you learnt here?

I studied at LCC, or LCP as I knew it, for my Foundation course and BA. From the outset the focus on design was what drew me in, even on Foundation my tutors helped me explore the possibilities of design, and this was just before computers were becoming truly effective design tools.

Handmade and crafted techniques that I learnt, testing out colour and thinking critically meant that when I got to the BA I already had a shorthand in place.

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Oscars graphics 2015, The Imitation Game, Henry Hobson.

During term time I would do internships – I worked in my first year with Why Not Associates. I found the first couple of weeks a bit dull, but doing small tasks and little pieces of work helped me understand how valuable the creative experience I was getting at LCC was.

I learnt to push as hard as possible with projects, answering the briefs how I wanted to answer them. I learnt there is no incorrect answer if you have navigated to it from the brief. I still stick to that open way of thinking now, when a brief comes in.


The making of the Oscars graphics 2015, Interstellar, Henry Hobson.

Can you quickly talk us through your journey from graduation to where you are now in your career? Were there any key opportunities that you feel particularly grateful for? Formative experiences?

By the time I left LCC I had done so many internships that I was able to get a job at Why Not Associates almost straight away. I worked for them for years, before getting a place at the Royal College of Art. Whilst studying at a postgraduate level, I still found that my experiences at LCC, and the lessons I learnt there were fundamental in developing my ability to think creatively, even though they were hard to get my head around at the time.

What made you move to America, and is there a difference in the culture of design in the UK and the US?

The move to America came a little bit out of the blue, after my work was spotted. I found the design culture intensely different. Even my first week in the States when I was asked to pitch and I was presenting concepts and theories, the Americans wanted finished designs in the pitch not theories. The technical skill level is insane here.

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Oscars graphics 2015, Boyhood, Henry Hobson.

How did you get into films, and can you explain a little about what led you to your feature film, ‘Maggie’?

I chose LCC because of the late Ian Noble, who sat me down when I went to a D&AD event in Holborn. I wanted to study film and Ian convinced me that design was a secret backdoor into cinema, telling me that Hitchcock, Ridley Scott, Kirostami and others all started as designers, and that the British film industry is so closed off it would be so difficult.


The making of the Oscars graphics 2015, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Henry Hobson.

So my long game always involved film, using moving image and design as a creative outlet to try and tell stories. Why Not Associates had their foot in all sorts of doors and shortly before arriving I was able to be mentored by David Ellis in directing, going to shoots and being behind the camera.

I learnt the technical terms and ways of working and this allowed me the confidence when I moved to the states to tell bigger stories. It was a few of those bigger stories that led me to Maggie.

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Oscars graphics 2015, Birdman, Henry Hobson.

With your feet so firmly in both the graphic design industry and the film industry, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time, how will you maintain that balance, or do you want to move more definitely into one area?

I love being in both areas! Creatively design allows for a more spontaneous outlet and film is the slow fix, you have to have immense stamina to build and work on films, because they take so long to make!

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Oscars graphics 2015, Maleficent, Henry Hobson.

What advice would you give someone graduating from a graphics course this summer?

I left LCC and my website was filled with conceptual thinking and graphic projects, which was an exciting position to be in. However, I soon realised that to get where I wanted to be I needed to tailor my portfolio into a language that design studios could see as applicable; to show proficiency in the core software and subtlety within my designs. My advice would be to keep this exciting conceptual stuff on your websites, but think about sectioning them off to show the different ways you can work.

Find out more about BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design.

Read’s fascinating interview with Henry about his graphic designs for the Oscars.

Read’s interview with behind the scenes pictures of the Oscars graphic design process.

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Drama Centre London talks love, sex and death


We spoke to students from Drama Centre London and their director Jonathan Martin about their most recent production, One Flea Spare, an intense play written by Naomi Wallace, set in plague ravaged London.

Why did you choose to perform One Flea Spare in particular?

Jonathan Martin: I read this play for the first time about three years ago and thought that it was a really unusually interesting play that has a lot of resonance. It is set in 1665 during the outbreak of the plague in London and when I re-read it recently it coincided with the Ebola outbreak. It’s one of those plays that because the themes are so strongly to do with survival, love, sex and death it will always have meaning. It is a very metaphorical play so you can read it in many ways. I suppose when I read it for the third time before actually choosing it, I thought yes, it’s a really unusual, terrific play and still very applicable to today.

What were your initial reactions when you found out that you would be performing this play?

Jed O’Hagan: Excited, definitely excited. I have never been in play from this period before. I really enjoyed the read through, there is just so much in the play. We all loved the characters and couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

One Flea Spare has only been performed professionally a hand full of times, how did you find inspiration for your production?

Hannah Moorish: We talked for a long time, really delving to find character inspiration, and understand the world, we tried to liken it to something we could all relate to. We had a historian come in who is a specialist on the plague so we had a real sense of the visceral feeling of the time. From there it has just really developed through rehearsals and finding out what works and what doesn’t work.

Through finding similarities between the Plague and the Ebola outbreak, did you find yourselves using quite contemporary references within the production?

Jonathan Martin: The play was first performed in 1995 so it is not a strict period piece; it is essentially a contemporary view of the period. As a result you get a very contemporary take on all sorts of issues for example, the sexual politics, class politics and the role of the body. It gives us an opportunity to investigate the play outside of the historic representation of the plague.

Hunter Bishop: It’s very much contemporary mixed with classical. For example we’ve been drawing on characters from Philocrates to Heathcliffe and contemporary films , even drawing on people that we may known in real life as well to help build on our characters behaviour.

In what ways did you feel your character has tested you?

Georgie Morton: I am playing a 12 year old and it began as this terrifying thing where you have to really consider what it is to be a child. In terms of her experiences I have to consider what she has been through, especially considering her age. I had to think about how I could use what I know and what I have been through and marry the two. But the whole play itself is completely like that. It’s about sex and death and you have to draw your own reactions into your characters. It’s been incredibly challenging.

Hannah Moorish: I would say that it has definitely pushed us the most that we have been, largely because it is such a different world. Jordan and I are playing quite old characters and, as with Georgies’ character, it is about finding the truth in their reactions. The characters experiences are so extreme that it has been testing.

Jordan Kemp: We were just talking about immanent death and mixing that in with the challenges of transformation. You have to do really imaginative work to start to realise what it might be like to be faced with that worry and then how you respond and how your character would respond to it. What’s stopping them from losing all of their stability and running for the hills? Trying to discover that strength in our characters was quite a challenge.

What is a classic Drama Centre London performance?

Jonathan Martin: I don’t think that there is such a thing as a classic DCL show. Our first duty is to do plays that are suitable for actors. We have to find plays that we think suite our particular actors, their skills and the gender balance. But we are also looking for plays that are not done to death. One Flea Spare is by an American writer and it is not that known in this country, not many people will know it – and that is becoming something that is quite important to us. We want the public facing repertoire of our actors to be interesting and unusual. I was speaking to the cast just the other day and I said that I think we follow Woody Allen when he says that the only themes of interest are the big themes, sex, love and death.

What is your next big project?

Jonathan Martin: Next term all the actors are going to be taking part in a play specially commissioned by Drama Centre London by Mark Ravenhill who is a very well known and interesting writer. He has written a play based on the aristocratic victims of the French Revolution. I think it will be another glorious portrayal of sex, death, decay and the politics around all of that.

More information:
- Event page and tickets
- Drama Centre London
- Hannah Moorish profile
- Georgie Morton profile
- Hunter Bishop profile
- Jordan Kemp profile
- Jed O’Hagan profile

Metaphonica: fine art and music collaborate

Image Credit: John Sturrock

Image Credit: John Sturrock

Last week The Street was host to ‘Metaphonica’, a night of experimentation between art and music, inspired by the historic relationship between art school and noted musicians.

With acts including Tim Exile, The Bloody Bishops, Resonance Radio Orchestra and The Perverts, the evening considered the relationship between contemporary art and musical excess.

View the gallery below to see more from the event.

More info:
BA Fine Art course page
MA Fine Art course page

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Image credit: John Sturrock

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

 Spray painted dress  Artist: Alexander McQueen  Date: No 13, S/S 1999  Credit line: Model: Shalom Harlow represented by dna model management New York, Image: Catwalking  Special terms: None  Title: Tahitian pearl and silver neckpiece  Artist: Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen  Date: Voss, S/S 2001
Following a record-breaking run at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ has arrived in London in even more fantastical form than the original. Curated by UAL academic Claire Wilcox, the exhibition at the V&A expands on the dazzling retrospective of one of history’s most visionary fashion designers.

Tahitian pearl and silver neckpiece Artist: Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen  Date: Voss, S/S 2001 Credit line: Model: Karen Elson, © Anthea Simms
The story of Lee Alexander McQueen’s entrance to Central Saint Martins has passed into legend. For the London exhibition, V&A senior fashion curator and London College of Fashion professor of fashion curation Claire Wilcox has added a new section focusing on his time as a fledgling designer in London, just after graduating from the MA Fashion course. Claire is uniquely positioned to curate the show, having worked with the radical designer on a number of events during his lifetime.

Title: Jellyfish ensemble and Armadillo shoes Artist: Alexander McQueen Date: Plato’s Atlantis, S/S 2010 Credit line: Model: Polina Kasina, © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE
Speaking to SHOWstudio, Claire said: “On so many levels it feels so right that the show should be happening in London this time. What’s been so incredible it working with all the people that knew him and care hugely about getting it right.”

Artist: Alexander McQueen Date: It's Only a Game, S/S 2005 Credit line: Image: firstVIEW

When the show was first announced, Claire told The Guardian: ““I am – well, everyone in fashion believes they are McQueen’s biggest fan, don’t they? I think we all feel a huge sense of responsibility to do the right thing by him.” While his former colleague and fellow Central Saint Martins alumna Sarah Burton reflected that: “Lee’s [McQueen’s] work transcended the catwalk. He had this ability to touch people from all walks of life, which was a huge part of what made him special.”

Title: Butterfly headdress of hand-painted turkey feathers Artist: Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen Date: La Dame Bleue,S/S 2008 Credit line: Model: Alana Zimmer, © Anthea Simms
The six month run has already seen unprecedented demand for an exhibition the Evening Standard describes as celebrating Alexander McQueen’s “position as the capital’s greatest fashion visionary.”

Title: Installation view of 'Romantic Nationalism' gallery Artist: Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the V&A Date: 2015 Credit line: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Hear Claire Wilcox speaking about the epic exhibition on the V&A’s Savage Beauty An Inside View video.

Title: Curators Andrew Bolton (Met) and Claire Wilcox (V&A) Credit line: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Fashion Gala at the V&A, presented by American Express and Kering, Dave Benett Getty Images for Victoria and Albert Museum

Guido, guest, Sarah Burton and Kate Moss Credit line: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Fashion Gala at the V&A, presented by American Express and Kering, Dave Benett Getty Images for Victoria and Albert Museum

Read about the V&A’s Savage Beauty illustration competition winning drawings by Wimbledon, LCF and CSM students, which are on sale at the V&A shop. Carmen Whitely design for the V&A's Savage Beauty exhibition print
Read about the Savage Beauty campaign graphics designed by LCC alumna Jo Glover.

Savage Beauty, Jo Glover, V&A, 2015

From 30 April, the Fashion Space Gallery will host ‘Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-up’, a satellite exhibition to ‘Savage Beauty’, focusing on Alexander McQueen’s catwalk make-up. Find more about the Warpaint exhibition.


Discover more about Savage Beauty on the V&A website.

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Portrait of Alexander McQueen  Artist: Photographed by Marc Hom  Date: 1997  Credit line: © Marc Hom / Trunk Archive

Protest on free education at UAL’s Kings Cross campus

A group of students have staged a protest in the reception area of our Kings Cross campus, joining a long tradition of art school demonstrations against government plans for education.

University of the Arts London shares the passion they profess for Foundation in Art and Design. That is why we announced our plan to bring our Foundation courses together under one roof from 2020.

It is true that we are reducing places in Foundation, mainly at London College of Communication, although not by 800 as the protesters claim. That’s because we don’t think it fair to make students study – and pay all the associated living costs – for longer than necessary

Foundation does what it says on the tin: it educates people in art and design. But most courses at LCC are in communications, so Foundation isn’t needed there. As it is, only a third of LCC undergraduates hold a foundation qualification.

By recruiting students straight from school-level education, we are able to reduce the number of years they need to study and the associated living costs. This will make a big difference to the very diverse community at London College of Communication, where over 43% of our undergraduate students declare a lower socio-economic status.

In the face of wider budget pressures, we are maintaining our investment in our successful Widening Participation scheme, which helps people from disadvantaged backgrounds enter the university and supports them while they study.

We will continue to work with individuals, schools and other organisations from under-represented communities to encourage them into art and design education. For those students who are interested in studying a foundation course, this will continue to be offered at other UAL sites.


Mead Scholarships & Fellowships: 2014 winner Jason File plots subversive solo exhibition

Jason File 

A year on from his successful application to the Mead Scholarships & Fellowships programme, Chelsea College graduate Jason File in currently putting the final touches on his upcoming solo exhibition – An Ornament and a Safeguard.

The Mead Scholarships & Fellowships programme is one of the most prestigious  student and graduate support initiatives at UAL, and is made possible through the generous support of Scott Mead.

Mead Fellowships provide up to £10,000 for recent UAL graduates to allow them the time and flexibility to develop their creative practice after graduation. File has used the funding he received last year to conceive an exhibition that aims to show “as transparently as possible, the ‘total potential value’ of a monetary art prize to an early-career artist”.

Expending £4,999 of his £5,000 Mead Fellowship grant on legitimate exhibition costs, File will display the ephemera generated by this process in the form of a physical ‘balance sheet’, ranging from documentation of the cost to evidence of the value produced - including a published catalogue and the potential acquisition of the installation itself.

“Perhaps only in the art world can a £1 coin be legitimately offered for sale for £10,000” Jason File, 2014 Mead Fellow.

An Ornament and a Safeguard will take place 29 April – 6 June 2015 at The Ryder Project (19a Herald Street, London E2 6JT)

Finally, applications for this year’s Mead Scholarships & Fellowships are currently open and close on 1 May 2015, 5pm.

Find out more about Mead Scholarships & Fellowships, including how to apply.  




Waste-Off and LCC’s Museum of Reinvention


The Museum of Reinvention, Waste-Off, LCC, 2015.

This week marks the conclusion of the cross-University Waste-Off Challenge, a  project to give waste new value and help promote material reuse and sharing. As part of this the Museum of Reinvention is being exhibited at LCC.

Waste-Off was launched at the end of last year by the UAL research hub Conscientious Communicators with support from Stephen Reid, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UAL, who saw the project as an opportunity to “harness the passion to drive forward change”.


The Museum of Reinvention, Waste-Off, LCC, 2015.

Teams comprised of students, academic and technical staff came together to collect material waste and via studio working and workshops facilitated by design-maker and UAL alumnus Jan Hendzel, created collaborative inventions.


The Museum of Reinvention, Waste-Off, LCC, 2015.

The result was the generation of diverse and inventive projects from across London College of Communication, Central St Martins, Camberwell and London College of Fashion.

LCC students, staff and alumni created  two cabinets of reclaimed, up-cycled and reinvented objects – to act as a permanent showcase of inspirational examples, teaching tools and unexpected ‘creative curiosities.’ The aim was to demonstrate that salvaged items can have greater value, character and potential than virgin materials.


The Museum of Reinvention, Waste-Off, LCC, 2015.


The Museum of Reinvention, Waste-Off, LCC, 2015.

Sarah Temple and Tara Hanrahan, who conceived and managed the project, explain: “We wanted people to explore the creative potential of the discarded! To show by example what is possible and through this activity help establish practical processes for staff and students to share resources and avoid contributing to landfill.”

Find out more about Conscientious Communicators here.


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Tim Meara Featured in Dries Van Noten Exhibition

Still from Small Gesture In Bare Rooms Tim Meara

Still from Small Gesture In Bare Rooms Tim Meara

Tim Meara, Senior Lecturer on the Graphic Design and Fashion Communication foundation pathways and acting Stage 2 Leader for BA Graphic Design, has had work selected for Dries Van Noten’s Inspiration exhibition in Antwerp.

Inspiration explores Dries Van Noten’s creative process through his numerous influences. Tim Meara’s 2010 film ‘Small Gesture In Bare Rooms’, commissioned by the Centre Pompidou and featuring Lucian Freud, is included in the exhibition.

Still from Small Gesture In Bare Rooms © Tim Meara

Still from Small Gesture In Bare Rooms Tim Meara

Talking about the work, Tim Meara says: “My approach was to gather reminiscences from some of the key people in Freud’s life – family and sitters – to capture the essence of the artist’s life and work through a series of filmed ‘silent portraits’.

“I was able to work closely with Lucian Freud and his collaborators for the production, from Leigh Bowery’s assistant, Lee Benjamin and BodyMap designer Stevie Stewart, who reconstructed the PVC clubbing outfit worn by Bowery for Annie Leibovitz’s iconic 1994 photograph and brought it to life again for the film; to Nicola Bateman herself, who appears, embroidering the bedspread that she made for herself and Bowery just before they were married.

“Freud painted her as she sewed in ‘Evening in the Studio 1993’. The scenes are inter-cut with footage of Freud walking the banks of the canal in London’s Little Venice, a kestrel perched on his arm. The artist used to keep kestrels in his Delamere Terrace studio in the ’40s.”

The show also features works by a.o Yves Klein, Thierry De Cordier, Victor Vasarely, Damien Hirst, Cecily Brown, Pol Bury, Christopher Wool, Hubert Duprat, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and James Tissot.

The exhibition runs at MoMu – Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp in Belgium until 17 July 2015.

More information:
– MoMu
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
BA Graphic Design

Four Alumni Named LVMH Prize Finalists

The eight finalists (clockwise from top left): Arthur Arbesser, Coperni, Craig Green, Faustine Steinmetz, Vetements, Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, Marques'Almeida and Jacquemus.

The eight finalists (clockwise from top left): Arthur Arbesser, Coperni, Craig Green, Faustine Steinmetz, Vetements, Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, Marques’Almeida and Jacquemus.

The finalists for this year’s LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize have been announced. Four of the eight labels in the running are made up of graduates from our BA and MA Fashion courses.

The shortlist includes alumni labels Arthur Arbesser, Craig Green, Faustine Steinmetz and Marques’Almeida.

Up for grabs is a grant of 300,000 euros and 12 months of personalised technical and financial support.

The last year’s inaugural prize was won by MA Fashion graduate Thomas Tait.

More information:
BA Fashion
 - MA Fashion
LVMH prize