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Rob Dickins, Alice Rawsthorn, Tom Hulme // LCC’s 2014 Honorary Doctors

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LCC Graduation 2014

Every year, as part of our graduation ceremonies, University of the Arts London presents the awards of Honorary Doctor, Fellow and Master to recognise an individual’s achievement in their field. Previous Honorary fellows of the University include Sarah Burton, Anthony Caro, Hussein Chalayan, Dato’ Jimmy Choo, Jarvis Cocker, Terence Conran, Tom Eckersley, Colin Firth, John Galliano, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Sarah Greenwood and Anish Kapoor.

This year LCC honored Tom Hulme, Rob Dickins and Alice Rawsthorn.

Three years after graduating with honours from Loughborough University, Rob Dickins was named managing director of Warner Bros Music Publishing. So began a distinguished 40-year career in which he signed such household names as Prince, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Chic, Cher, Enya and the Sex Pistols. In 1983, Dickins became the chairman of Warner Music UK, remaining in the role until December 1998. He was awarded a CBE for services to the music industry in 2002.

Born in Manchester in 1958, Alice Rawsthorn discovered design “by accident” while studying art history at the University of Cambridge. After 15 years as a journalist with the Times, she became the paper’s design critic. In 2001 she began a five-year tenure as the Design Museum’s director. Rawsthorn is a regular contributor to the BBC London, the Guardian and the International New York Times. Rawsthorn is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and Arts Council England, an honorary senior fellow of the Royal College of Art and has served on the Turner Prize jury. She was awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts earlier this year.

Fusing his degree in physics from the University of Bristol with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Tom Hulme began his career by creating Magnom: a start-up based on a new design for magnetic filters, now used in Formula 1 cars, JCBs and central heating systems across the world. Hulme’s work has earned him a place in The Wired 100 annual survey of top digital ‘power brokers’, and London Evening Standard’s list of London’s 1,000 most influential people.

See more photos from our 2014 graduation.

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UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards: LCC winners

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The 2014 UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards were held last month at Central St Martin’s Platform Bar, with nine winners awarded from each College.

Organised by the Students’ Union and voted for by UAL students, the awards recognise great academic and technical staff across the University, along with students who have worked to improve the educational experience.

The London College of Communication winners were announced as:

Teaching Awards //

Paul Bowman, Illustration and Visual Media
Frode Hegland, Advertising
John Himbury, IT
Paul Jackson, Design for Graphic Communication
Catherine Smith, Design for Graphic Communication
Esther Teichmann, Photography

Course Rep Awards //

Marc Dataro
Andrew Gates
Amara Rossell

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Congratulations to all those who won!

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UAL staff invited to attend the 2014 Arts2Innovation Forum


UAL staff and external guests are invited to attend the 2014 Arts2Innovation Forum, taking place on 9 September from 4.30-8.30pm at Central Saint Martins.

The Arts2Innovation Forum is a platform for industry professionals and senior academics to share insights into how applying creativity to business can stimulate innovation and shape organisational culture.

Our panel of experts will share their experiences and tackle a number of key questions, including:

• What is the value of arts and culture in business management?
• What is the role of the arts in organisational development and innovation?
• How can the arts contribute to improve business performance?
• How can arts-based education and research be connected to business innovation?
• How do investments in the arts contribute to wealth creation at micro and macro levels?
• How can arts-based strategies and initiatives be designed and implemented to enhance organisations’ value creation capacity?

Confirmed speakers are:

Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London
Professor Clive Holtham, Director of Cass Learning Laboratory, Cass Business School, City University
Fiona Lesley, Director, MAP
Rob Montgomery, Group Head of Brand Experience, Nando’s
Professor Jeremy Till, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head, Central Saint Martins
Professor Giovanni Schiuma, Director of the Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London
Caryn Solomon, Head of Organisational Development, Investec
Moderator: Martin Gent, Co-owner and Director of Creativity, Spinach

The event is free but booking is essential. Book now through Eventbrite.

LCC students’ projects selected by Intel for Digital Summer Trip 2014

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Visiting pupils interact with the ‘Musical Crosswalk’ project

Two projects by MDes Service Design Innovation and MA Interaction Design Communication students were recently selected by Intel to be exhibited in their tent at Digital Summer Trip 2014.

The projects resulted from a three-week exploratory design project between LCC students and technology giants Intel, focused on new opportunities to adopt and seamlessly integrate environmental sensors into daily life.

The students worked with sensors monitoring noise, light, proximity and air quality, developing prototypes and service scenarios for future applications.

They began with the following questions:

  • How can citizens be empowered to change their daily practices and to engage with the environment in new and different ways?
  • How can a non-professional public become empowered to generate knowledge about their environmental conditions?
  • How can Internet of Things (IoT) objects be configured and designed to repair a broken world?
  • What opportunities are there through IoT devices to develop cultural exchanges by gathering information from different regions and countries relating to community/environmental challenges?

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Above: LCC students demonstrate their work at Digital Summer Trip 2014

Finished projects ‘EcoFurby’ and ‘Musical Crosswalk’ were chosen as they fitted well with the playful nature of Intel’s other exhibits at the Digital Summer Trip technology show, which took place from 3-5 July at east London’s Tech City.

The event was aimed at educators and secondary school students, and the video below shows pupils interacting with ‘Musical Crosswalk’, designed to encourage pedestrians, and particularly young people, to cross the road safely:

Read about MDes Service Design Innovation

Read about MA Interaction Design Communication

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POSTGRADCHAT with Vyara Zlatilova

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 this week until the 23rd July, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Illustration Vyara Zlatilova designs and illustrates thought-provoking Mother’s Day cards with an anti-abuse message

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CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

Quite inspiring, I met so many amazing people. What’s most interesting is that each of my classmates has their own unique way of working and approaching a project.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you have learnt whilst studying at the college?

First of all, I developed my digital skills quite a lot during the past year. Basically, before the course, digital illustration was one of my main weaknesses, but since it is a really important part of the industry, I intentionally forced myself into improve in that direction. In doing so, I am really happy that I got a lot of support from my tutors, who encouraged me to push myself and develop my potential further.

Also, until recently, I wasn’t comfortable with using colour at all. My work before the course was mainly monochrome and I was terrified by the idea of mixing colour, because I simply couldn’t understand how it works. So, I am really amazed by how fast I managed to improve in this particular aspect of my work as well.


CCA: Please tell us about your degree show work?

Since I have a graphic design background, I decided to design and illustrate an advertising campaign against child abuse. Thus, my degree show work is a collection of Mother’s Day greeting cards, which, through provocative abuse related messages, are raising questions regarding the issue of abuse within the family.

I am really interested in the idea of changing the meaning of an image by adding text and subverting the message it communicates to the viewer. For me it was important to attract the audience to the project instead of repelling it by using disturbing images. Therefore, the artworks I produced are aiming to be as visually appealing as possible and to communicate the idea metaphorically rather than directly.


CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

I am currently planning to go back to graphic design and hopefully pursue a graphic design/branding career. However, I would definitely try to develop my illustration style further because, in my opinion, the experience I now have as an illustrator gives me a new perspective into graphic design and could play a valuable role in my further development as a creative professional.

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CCA: Any advice for future MA students?

Collaborate and apply for as many competitions, awards and contests as you can. One year is a really short period of time and sometimes it’s hard to balance university projects with outside-college activities, but, if you manage to do it, it can change your way of working drastically, so push yourselves to the limit and if you’re organized and motivated enough you’ll improve really fast.

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Research // William Raban’s ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ at Museum of London Docklands exhibition

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Still from ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by William Raban. 11’ 15”, 16mm/video, colour, 1998.

‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by filmmaker and LCC Professor of Film William Raban is showing in a film installation as part of the Museum of London Docklands’ current ‘Bridge’ exhibition.

The free exhibition, which draws on the museum’s art collections to consider the significance of bridges within the London landscape, is open now until Sunday 2 November.

As well as exploring how London’s bridges allow people to experience the city, the show looks ahead to projects such as Thomas Heatherwick’s ambitious ‘Garden Bridge’ proposal, playing with the ideas of destination and crossing and tackling the key debates surrounding London and its bridges.

William’s 1998 film follows the Thames from the wealthy suburbs of west London, past the familiar landmarks of Chelsea, Westminster and the City, to the industrial flatlands beyond Dartford Bridge.

The 30 bridges spanning this stretch of the river provide acoustic spaces filled on the film’s soundtrack by ambient reverb and a live percussion score.

‘Beating the Bridges’ is presented in its own screening room within the gallery and will show continuously every day.


‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ installed at Museum of London Docklands

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Find New Ways to Play in Tuffnell Park

A playful new installation has arrived at in Tuffnell Park, London. The project was concieved and co-ordinated by Central Saint Martins graduates, with support from our widening participation team.

Until 27 July, The Homezone has taken up residence in Lupton Street, outside Eleanor Palmer School. The piece was conceived for Platzdeplay, an innovative collaborative project that works with groups of young people to examine the nature of play and public space.

As part of the project, there will also be urban interventions taking place in Saint-Erme and Stuttgart.

More information:
Find the installation on Google Maps
Widening participation

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POSTGRADCHAT with Jingyun Shu

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 this week and until the 23rd July, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu invites audiences to understand the Chinese language system and reproduce their own words

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

CCA: How has your experience at Camberwell been like?

JS: It’s being significant for my career and my future, it has opened my eyes to explore the relationship between my artworks and my interests in the area of Fine Arts, more clearly and deeply. What I want to focus on is the field of Visual Arts. The course has completely opened up a new world of arts to me, not only the knowledge I learnt during the course but also how I showcase and market my work.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you learnt whilst studying at the College?

JS: I have been using laser-cutting machine for most of my work this year, which is my favourite technique. I worked with it before during my BA course; however, I had never worked with the machine by myself.  It was a superb opportunity for me to test everything I am interested in and learn a new technical skill.

CCA: Please tell us about your work

JS: The series of artworks that I have made during  this year are about creating personal Chinese characters based on the Five Phases from Taoism, which centres on  3 principles: participatory, interacting and intercommunication. These ideas are about inviting audiences to understand the Chinese language system and reproduce their own words.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

I am interested in making personal Chinese words for telling stories. In Chinese language, it is common to combine the meaning of prefixes and suffixes together to create a story, which in a way is similar as the format of English language. According to the Wu Xing theory, the property of Chinese words could be separated not only as Yin and Yang parts, but also as Five Elements. The decisive factor is the definition of prefixes rather than the meanings of the characters as a whole.

CCA: What will you be showcasing in your degree show?

JS: I am interested in analysing the Chinese language system and exploring its relationship with the English language, because it appears to be full of mysteries for Westerners. For my final show, I made two  Chinese language games, my piece is titled:  Creating, Translating and Conversing. Both games are suitable for any ages.

Game one aims to explore the shape of Chinese words, which is presented by cutting wood frames in correspondence to the changes of word forms. It includes one box of ‘translating’ cards, around 80 script frames and two game playing cases. The viewers are encouraged to choose scripts frames and put them on  the playing case to get a new word formed by their shadow under the light. The new word’s meaning needs to be mixed with the translation of each frame in the cards’ box.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

Game Two contains one Chinese calligraphy dictionary book, one game playing case and one box of Chinese prefixes and suffixes of ‘Five Elements’. The idea of the work is to invite audiences to layout Chinese prefixes and suffixes to obtain a unique word  from the Chinese language system. All the samples scripts I made in the dictionary are to show my perspectives of communication in languages’ making.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

JS: I want to become a window designer for my future career goal after I graduate. I will also continue this project to make a secret Chinese words dictionary in 3D, in order to tell my own thoughts about the Five Elements theory.

‘EYE CONTACT’ Camberwell graduate Peter Hudson’s great vision for the Wellcome Trust

An amazing video installation created by recent Camberwell graduate Peter Hudson will be staring back at you from the windows of the Wellcome Trust’s central London headquarters this summer. ‘Eye Contact’ will occupy the windows of the Gibbs Building on Euston Road for the next year.

The artwork consists of over 650 coloured pixels, lit by over 16,000 LEDs. It uses real footage of the eyes of 68 volunteers staff from the Wellcome Trust and changes over time, displaying the idiosyncrasies of each individual’s gaze. The eyes will be ‘awake’ and active through the day and will close at sunset to ‘sleep’ through the night. Unless, that is, they are woken by a passing pedestrian.

 Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson, says:

Through this installation, I’m exploring how the digital screen mediates the way we consume images and how the emotional content is affected. Eyes are both a symbol of perception and an instantly recognisable human feature, so by presenting them through a heavily pixellated video display, I’m challenging the usually fluid process of recognition. The pixellation leaves enough detail that regular viewers of the installation, such as commuters, should be able to identify the same participants’ eyes recurring throughout the year.

Peter Hudson

The piece was inspired by themes drawn from Wellcome Trust research in neuroscience and perception, and challenges the viewer to consider how our reliance on digital screens has changed the way we interact with images and each other. Close up, the pixels are an abstract mosaic of flickering colours and light, but viewed as a whole the image resolves and a pair of eyes gazing out from the window.

‘Eye Contact’ is the second winning entry from a competition run by the Wellcome Trust in 2014 for students at the University of the Arts London. The first winning piece, ‘View’, by artist and fellow Camberwell graduate Phoebe Argent, was displayed in the window last year.

View by Phoebe Argent

View by Phoebe Argent

Clare Matterson, Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust, says:

The collaboration between the Wellcome Trust and University of the Arts London has provided a unique platform for talented young artists to draw inspiration from the research areas of image perception, memory and neuroscience supported by the Trust. Peter Hudson’s installation is an arresting piece of art, which challenges us to re-assess our own powers of perception.

 Peter Hudson

The Wellcome Trust Windows Commission is curated by Sigune Hamann, artist and Reader at University of the Arts London and was launched in autumn 2012 as a new platform of collaboration and practise at the meeting point of art, design and science.  The project, entitled ‘The changing perception of images’ was initiated and as an opportunity for students from all levels and disciplines at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts to provoke fresh thinking on aspects of image perception, to engage passers-by and to act as a high-profile showcase for the students’ creativity and new approaches to image research.

More about Peter Hudson on his website

Find out more about studying at Camberwell College of Arts on our course pages.

Images thanks to Wellcome Library, London.

POSTGRADCHAT with Ala’a Beseiso

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014  this week and until 23rd July, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Fine Art Digital Ala’a Beseiso manipulates natural effects through digital technology

MA Fine Art Digital Ala'a Beseiso

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CCA: Tell us about your experience at Camberwell

AB: Studying at Camberwell has been an extremely enjoyable and insightful experience. I learned a lot, and I got the chance to meet new students along with our course directors. I also found a great pleasure in seeing the other students’ amazing artworks.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you learnt whilst studying at the College?

AB: I didn’t know anything about printing, and I never knew I could print on stone tiles! Exploring printing is a core skill that I am planning to consider in the future in my work.

CCA: Please tell us about your work

AB: Throughout my MA course, I have been trying to explore the aesthetics of the natural environment and of natural effects on artificial objects – alongside Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art. I work mainly with acrylics and oils on canvas,  and sometimes natural desert sand  in order to achieve certain effects and rough textures. After completing artwork by hand, I use digital technology to manipulate each piece, adding a variety of effects. Finally I print the digital pieces on stone tiles, then I paint over them, so the final outcome is an over-painted digitally modified tile print.

MA Fine Art Digital Ala'a Beseiso

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CCA: What can we expect in your degree show?

AB: I will showcase 17 pieces of over-painted stone tile prints along with three oil and acrylic paintings.

CCA: What was your inspiration?

AB: The random effects of the process of nature on natural and man-made objects has always been an inspiration for me, and Islamic art with the symmetry, balance, proportion and harmony principles also interest me. All these concepts exist in nature, and certainly contain some kind of visual appeal. The contrast between soft geometrical shapes and symmetry of Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy against the randomness of rough textures of natural effects created by the unconstrained process of nature creates some sort of balance in my art.

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

AB: I’m planning to focus on my new approach and develop it further, then showcase my work. I’m also planning to continue studying, by either taking up a new MA course or a postgraduate diploma in my specialty subject area.

CCA: Any advice for fellow or future students?

AB: I advice future MA students to dig into their inner selves and pin point what they are truly interested in. Try to expand their knowledge by learning more about their passions and constantly experimenting will eventually result in a fruitful experience.