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“Every kind of cultural and creative history is here” // A chat with Elefest founder Rob Wray

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Elephant & Castle festival Elefest is just days away, celebrating the artistic life of the area for the 12th year running with a packed and eclectic programme of events from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 October 2014.

We caught up with Elefest director and founder – and LCC alumnus – Rob Wray shortly before this year’s preparations went into overdrive to hear about psychogeography, challenging preconceptions, and saying “Let’s just do something!”

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LCC alumnus Rob Wray established Elefest 12 years ago

Can you tell us a bit about why and how Elefest was launched?

“The origin of it was way back before the turn of the millennium. There was a lot of talk about regeneration and arts and culture within the Elephant & Castle area, and a voluntary organisation called Neon was trying to influence the regeneration process and make art and culture part of that.

“I first got in touch with Neon while I was studying here [at LCC] in 2000. And because of my background – I was studying Enterprise & Management in the Creative Arts here, doing a diploma course – and because I was running events and festivals, mainly film-based, when I got involved in Neon there was all this talk about creativity and regeneration.

“But I come from the school of thought that says, “Let’s just do something”, create something, otherwise the regeneration process could take 15 years, 20 years, 30 years, and in the meantime your life is over, and nothing’s happened!

“Elefest was established primarily as a film and video festival to showcase local filmmakers, and to show films that were relevant to the local community. But the idea always was to go further than film.

“It was probably my naivety that took me to setting the festival up. And I’m from the area – I’m originally from Walworth, just round the back of East Street. I live in Bermondsey now, so I’ve moved about a mile in 41 years!

“Also, the events and festivals stuff I was doing up until then I was having to do over in east London – in Brick Lane and Shoreditch and Hoxton back in ’98, ’99, because there was no real infrastructure round here to do it.

“So it was a combination of wanting to do something to get involved locally, but also some element of frustration that I was able to do creative work outside of The Elephant, but I couldn’t do anything here where I grew up.”

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Artist David Bratby is leading a farewell tour of his subway murals on Thursday 2 October

What do you like about working in the area?

“I don’t think there’s anything I like or dislike, it is what it is. I think there was always an issue with people being negative about Walworth and Elephant & Castle. Most people, if I said I was from Walworth, thought I either said Woolwich or I was making a joke about the department store.

“So then you’d say Elephant & Castle to try and give them something to link onto, but obviously back then all they would have heard about was the Ministry of Sound, or the Shopping Centre, or the two roundabouts.

“Elephant & Castle is what it is, but I think it’s probably special because it is on the ancient road down to Kent – The Old Kent Road – so there’s probably been this psychogeography in this area where people have been going somewhere else, to and from this place, for a long while. Which I find fascinating.”

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The venues for this year’s Elefest

What have been the particular challenges involved with organising Elefest over 12 years?

“The challenges would have been getting people to take it seriously that we were having a festival in Elephant & Castle during the first few years, because it was film- and cinema-related and we didn’t have a functioning cinema in the area. Still don’t. So you said, “We’re having an Elephant & Castle film festival” and most people would laugh.

“So then you could turn that to your advantage and get some publicity out of it because you were challenging people’s perceptions. It is effectively my home so I’ve never felt negative about it. So in that sense you go, “Well, why shouldn’t we?”

“The hardy perennial is usually money, because you’re always trying to do more than you can with the money you have. You can’t create something without having the resources to do it, so you either have to become self-financing  and self-sufficient, or you need to find sponsorship – but as with any money, there are certain associations with that.

“You’re constantly trying to square that circle; how do you keep it reasonably cheap, and how do you get the resources to do it?”

And what’s been the answer to that this year?

“I think the answer’s always the same, we need to become self-financing and self-sufficient, in order to give it longevity, because the developers aren’t going to be here forever.

“Currently we get some money from them, we get some money from the council, some money from Film London this year, but the developers and the council aren’t going to be funding it forever, and I think strategically you have to go “Right, where do we go with this?”

“There’s also sometimes a bizarre psychology with things that are free, in that people think because it’s free it must be crap. To some sections of the community it’s a free festival, so it should always be that way, but for other people they think if it’s free it’s not worth anything.

“And there’s politics involved in trying to coordinate 10 or 12 different venues that all have different artistic or creative bents. A lot of people think there’s a lot more money in it than there is, and a lot of people think there’s a bigger team than there is.

“There isn’t really a full-time team all year. We have myself and three or four people, but most of the time that’s condensed within the last month/six weeks, because we don’t have the resources to have people sitting around, and we all have to go and do other work that makes a living.

“Anyway, we’re still going, older and wiser!”

Can you tell us which events you’re most excited about in the festival line-up this year?

“We’ve got the Maccabees playing a DJ set for the launch night at the Coronet, which is good. It’s quite exciting because they’re making an album in a studio locally, and a filmmaker’s making a film to accompany it about the Elephant & Castle. So because of that kind of connection, it was quite useful to get them to open it.

“So they’re playing and we’ve got a few bands playing that night; we’ve got a Cuban band Friday night, we’ve got a load of stuff at the Cinema Museum, we’ve got the StockMKT – the opening night’s probably the most exciting thing.”

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Latin ensemble WARA play at Hotel Elephant on Friday 3 October

And finally, is there anything that Elefest hasn’t yet achieved that you would like it to in the future?

“I don’t want it to become any longer – I think four days is perfect. At one stage it was running for two weeks and that was crazy – on even less money than we have now. But that was before I got a bit older and had a mortgage and kids! So I don’t think I would want it to get any bigger in that sense.

“I do honestly think it can become or should become self-financing, self-reliant. And it should become the festival that is associated with Elephant & Castle in the truest sense of the word. So that when people think of Elephant & Castle, they think of Elefest.

“It’s got a long, rich history of theatre, music hall, circus; every kind of cultural and creative history is here. Then the Second World War came and the redevelopment came after the war, and all that infrastructure was gone.

“So it’s not like it isn’t possible for that to be reimagined or recreated.”

Absolutely! Many thanks for your time, Rob, and here’s to another fantastic Elefest weekend.

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LCC alumni stage events for London Design Festival 2014

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London College of Communication may have its own ’160′ trio of design exhibitions as part of London Design Festival 2014, but our alumni have been busy too.

We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting alumni work designed for this year’s festival – have you caught any of these shows?

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‘The Formal Beauty of Type’ runs until 16 November

Designer and PGDip Design for Visual Communication graduate Susanna Foppoli presents ‘The Formal Beauty of Type’ at The Book Club, Shoreditch, open now until Sunday 16 November.

This solo exhibition comprises a series of abstract typographic compositions which uses a restricted colour palette of black, white and red.

The work was originally designed as part of an academic study of the formal qualities and personalities of selected typefaces across typographic history, and the show celebrates both the aesthetic power and structural detail of these letterforms.

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‘The Rooftop Line’ recorded life on Camden High Street in real time

BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image alumni Romain Meunier and Tsvetelina Tomova looked to the skies with their installation ‘The Rooftop Line’ as part of Camden Collective.

One of five projects selected from over 100 proposals, ‘The Rooftop Line’ took inspiration from New York’s High Line and Camden Town station and saw Romain and Tsvetelina setting a model train fitted with a webcam in motion around a Camden rooftop.

The webcam ran throughout the day with footage streamed online and to an exhibition space at 26 Camden High Street. The project was designed to inject creativity and playfulness into some of London’s more unloved or neglected urban spaces.

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Designers Eley Kishimoto created ‘Flash’ outside Brixton tube station

Elsewhere, MA Design Management graduate Natasha Montgomery was coordinating multiple events during LDF as the co-founder and curator of Brixton Design Week.

Highlights included a Change Brixton by Design workshop, bringing together designers, public organisations and individuals to share ideas and good practice around design, the Brixi Army group exhibition and the Brixton Pound New Independents party.

The pavement outside Brixton tube station was also transformed with graffiti installation ‘Flash’ by Brixton-based fashion and design company Eley Kishimoto.

Congratulations to everyone on their fantastic LDF creations, and here’s to 2015!

Read more about our ’160′ exhibitions for London Design Festival

Read about alumnus Daniel Chehade’s curation of ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype’ at LCC

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160 at LCC: Round-Up

LCC’s London Design Festival 2014 exhibitions are currently open under the banner ’160′: ’50 Years of Illustration’, ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster’ and ‘Stereohype 2004-2014′.

All three exhibitions opened on Saturday 13 September and run until Friday 31 October (‘Alan Kitching and Monotype’ finishes earlier on Thursday 16 October).

Launched officially on Thursday 18 September, the shows drew a huge crowd of design enthusiasts and experts to the shared Private View, and were recommended by everyone from the Guardian to Creative Review and House & Garden.

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’50 Years of Illustration’, image © Lewis Bush

’50 Years of Illustration’ accompanies a new book of the same name by Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design, and looks back at contemporary illustration’s impact on design across the past five decades.

‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster’ marks 100 years since the birth of five graphic design giants: Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand.

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‘Alan Kitching and Monotype’, image © Lewis Bush

All were known for their iconic poster designs, and this exhibition juxtaposes their work with original pieces created in the same spirit by Alan Kitching and Monotype.

The show was accompanied by ‘Five Lives in Posters’, a fascinating panel discussion between key figures in contemporary graphic design in which the five subjects of the exhibition were remembered.

The College welcomed panelists Alan Kitching, Tony Brook, Naomi Games, Jessica Helfand, Dan Mather and, via the miracle of Skype, Lars Muller, in a packed event chaired by John L Walters.

Finally, ‘Stereohype 2004-2014′ celebrates ten years of the London-based graphic art label and online boutique Stereohype, sister company of design studio Fl@33, and their button badge collection.

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This exhibition also marks the fact that the collection reaches its 1,000th button badge this month.

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‘Stereohype 2004-2014′, image © Lewis Bush

Visit the Upper Street, Lower Street and Well Galleries soon to see these amazing shows for yourself if you haven’t managed to catch them already!

Read more about ’160′ at LCC

Read our Storify of the shows

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MA Graphic Design graduate works on V&A ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition identity

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Disobedient Objects Poster, 2014.

Marwan Kaabour, an MA Graphic Design graduate, has just completed work on the V&A’s current exhibition ‘Disobedient Objects’. With a history in political design, Barnbrook Design, where Marwan works, was commissioned to design the visual identity, exhibition graphics, book and marketing campaign for the exhibition.

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Disobedient Objects Exhibition, 2014.

We caught up with Marwan to find out more about the design process and inspiration.

“The exhibition identity was centred around a prominent theme of the exhibition; the ingenious transformation of everyday objects into weapons of social change. Intrinsic to our thinking was a hope that the Disobedient Objects will be viewed not just as activist objects but as thoughtfully designed objects.

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Disobedient Objects Book, 2014.

“In the spirit of the exhibition, the book designed to accompany the exhibition surpasses conventional definitions of an exhibition catalogue. As well as a series of how-to guides, the book contains six essays and round-table discussions that deal in rich detail with the themes highlighted by the exhibition. The essays are illustrated with images of the objects in context.

“Each essay opens with a list of (disobedient) objects that are subject to the same call to arms as the book cover and posters. The same objects are underlined throughout the book, offering an alternative reading of the texts; disobedient quotes that crudely interrupted the text. In a spirit of openness, the book features an exposed spine thereby revealing its own construction and highlighting a red thread that runs throughout.

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Disobedient Objects Invitation, 2014.

“The posters take on the technical language of a user manual with hope to empower the audience and have them create disobedient objects of their own.”

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Alumnus Daniel Chehade curates poster exhibition for LCC’s ’160′

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Daniel Chehade at work

Our current trio of exhibitions as part of London Design Festival, ’160′, has been attracting a lot of attention recently, but visitors may not know that one of the shows has been curated by an LCC alumnus.

Daniel Chehade graduated from the College’s BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design and Diploma in Professional Studies courses and has masterminded ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster’.

The exhibition presents a unique set of prints created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of five giants of graphic design: Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Joseph Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand.

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Preparing for LCC’s ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype’ exhibition

Daniel founded Studio Chehade in 2012 and has undertaken curation and design for the Alan Fletcher archive, exhibition design for The Hayward Gallery, and has worked with Aram Gallery, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery and Peter von Kant.

He was first introduced to Alan Kitching during his Diploma in Professional Studies year in industry at LCC, when he worked on a memorial book on graphic designer Alan Fletcher, and then went on to work for the Alan Fletcher studio after graduation.

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Alan Kitching in his studio

Speaking about the forthcoming exhibition and accompanying panel discussion ‘Five Lives in Posters’, Daniel explained:

“Being an alumnus, it is a great pleasure (and pride) to bring this exhibition and event to LCC. It’s a natural fit for this celebration of five influential graphic designers and the collaboration between two typographic heavyweights Alan Kitching and Monotype.”

We caught up with him to hear more.

How do you feel the exhibition connects to the College itself?

“Alan Kitching and Monotype are two huge typographic forces. London College of Communication is a hotbed for up-and-coming graphic designers with typography and printing at its heart (as well as in its history). Both Eckersley and Henrion taught here whilst Alan has given numerous workshops and talks. It’s the perfect fit.”

What you would like visitors to take away from the show?

“Working with Alan Kitching during this project has been an honour. I hope visitors enjoy seeing not only the finished prints but also the glimpse into Alan’s workshop and his design process. The attention to detail in Alan’s work and his commitment to the quality of each piece has been inspiring.

“It’s also a great opportunity to look back at each of the five designers celebrating their centenary. Throughout my research I’ve become acutely aware of their significance, in how we practise and teach graphic design today.”

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Graphics for the LCC Graduate School launch earlier this year

In fact, Daniel’s work has already been seen around the College as he was commissioned by the LCC Graduate School to design its branding for the School’s launch earlier this year. So what inspired his designs?

“The identity for the Graduate School stemmed from the fact that’s a school without a fixed programme. It operates across both the School of Design and Media. The multi-disciplinary nature of the College means students share and collaborate beyond their own course and subject area.

“The Graduate School’s events programme also acts as a platform for discussion, ideas, sharing, talks, opportunities etc. The logotype reinforces this with a literal platform or underline.”

Graduate School Coordinator Holly McConnell describes why Daniel was selected for the project:

“I think it’s really important that we work with graduates on projects like the Graduate School launch. As students, they have lived and breathed LCC so their work is always reflective of the culture here. Daniel was a natural choice for this project, his portfolio showed considered, thoughtful and creative solutions that conveyed a strong sense of the subject.

“His designs for the Graduate School were no exception, creating a simple but powerful identity that has been an instant success with staff and students.  He also happens to be a very nice chap to work with!”

Read more about the ’160′ exhibitions at LCC

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Video // ’160′ at LCC for the London Design Festival

Check out this video preview of our London Design Festival exhibition ’160′, including ‘50 Years of Illustration‘, ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster‘ and ‘Stereohype 2004-2014‘.

Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Alan Kitching, Daniel Chehade and Tomi Vollauschek talk about this celebration of influential design across the past 100 years and explain why the shows are so significant to LCC itself.

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LCC graduate photographer Lewis Bush explores Europe in first solo show

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European Commission Exit, Brussels, Belgium. © Lewis Bush

If you’ve seen any of our official photography during the past year – from our Summer Shows to other high-profile events around the College – there’s a very good chance you’ve seen the work of LCC alumnus Lewis Bush.

If you were studying on MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography last term, you’ll know him even better as a current visiting practitioner on the course.

Lewis is now staging his first ever solo exhibition, ‘The Memory of History’, at Europe House, Smith Square, presenting the photography he produced during a journey across Europe for his MA in 2012.

The exhibition looks at the role of the past in shaping the recent European recession and currency crisis, with images taken in ten European Union countries.

‘The Memory of History’ explores how economic hardship and uncertainty prompted difficult narratives from the past to re-emerge – with the divisive potential to threaten the continent’s future.

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Honour Guard, Vienna, Austria. © Lewis Bush

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Franco-Prussian War Monument, Berlin, Germany. © Lewis Bush

Inspired by Paul Graham’s influential 1993 photobook ‘New Europe’, Lewis travelled through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal looking for signs of recent European history which resonated with present-day economic and political difficulties.

Lewis explains:

“We tend to see the past as something which is distant and unimportant, but our memories of history continue to shape our present behaviour in ways which can be both positive and negative.

“We forget the past at our peril, but remembering it can sometimes be just as fraught with difficulty.”

Looking back on his photographic odyssey, Lewis told us:

The trip was eye-opening to say the least. Many of the things I’d grown up believing about Europe came under question, and at times it really felt like the whole thing might be going to unravel.

At the same time I saw things that reaffirmed my belief that people are all basically the same, and that for all the bad history between them the different nationalities in the EU have far more in common with each other than they have in difference.

Set to resume visiting practitioner duties this year, he added that teaching LCC’s photojournalism students has been “an amazing combination of exhaustion and inspiration”.

“The students come in with brilliant ideas which are sometimes in quite a raw state, and then it’s just a huge amount of fun working with them to try and shape these ideas into the best pieces of work possible.”

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Fortune Telling Machine, Thessaloniki, Greece. © Lewis Bush

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One Million Mark Note, Berlin, Germany. © Lewis Bush

The Memory of History
Wednesday 17-Friday 26 September 2014
Monday – Friday 10am-6pm

12 Star Gallery
Europe House
32 Smith Square
London
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LCC Inside Out

LCC is excited to be a part of the Inside Out Festival 2014! The festival, which is curated and produced by TCCE (The Culture Capital Exchange) in association with Times Higher Education, aims to highlight the capital’s cultural and creative kudos from the inside out.

Inside Out will showcase, for the fifth year running, the fascinating contribution made by London’s universities to the city’s cultural life. A huge number of events will take place both on university campuses and at other leading London venues throughout the week.

The wider public is encouraged to participate in a broad range of activities from the performing and visual arts through to literature, design, fashion as well as the sciences and social sciences.

Below are details and booking links for the events that LCC will be hosting this year:

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‘Framing the Elephant’
Monday 20 October 2014

A day of pop-up drawing for people who draw and people who don’t!

This events encourages attendees to stop, look, and draw, by creating fast, fun drawings of the view from inside London College of Communication.

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’50 Years of Illustration’
Monday 20 October 2014

Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication, presents his book ’50 Years of Illustration’, charting contemporary illustration’s rich history, in a lecture accompanying a major exhibition.

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‘Is Silver Surfing the Solution for Social Isolation?’
Tuesday 21 October 2014

This expert panel debate brings together leading researchers, practitioners and industry professionals to discuss how digital and social media can tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst people over the age of 65.

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’72-82: Richard Wilson in conversation with William Raban’
Thursday 23 October 2014

This screening of ’72-82′ will be followed by a discussion between the film’s creator and LCC Professor of Film William Raban and Richard Wilson, renowned sculptor. ’72-82′ tells the story of the first ten years of Acme Studios and their groundbreaking work providing artists’ housing and studios in London.

View and book Inside Out events at LCC

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Elephant & Castle: A freshers’ guide to south London’s creative heart

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London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle

As LCC’s brand new students arrive and settle in to life in and around Elephant & Castle, we explore the area’s essential attractions for anyone passionate about design, media and the arts.

The College’s single site is right in London’s creative heartland, close to internationally renowned museums, galleries, studios and other arts venues.

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This year’s BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Summer Show at Hotel Elephant

Within a few minutes’ walk from the College is Hotel Elephant, a versatile warehouse gallery space and studio behind 40-42 Newington Causeway regularly used for LCC student shows.

Independent arts complex Corsica Studios is just behind the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and focuses on breeding local creativity and culture.

Also immediately accessible from the College is the Imperial War Museum, which recently reopened following a £40m transformation and includes collections of aircraft, photography, art, weapons, films and posters among much more.

The Cinema Museum on nearby Dugard Way charts the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day, while Southwark Playhouse on Newington Causeway promotes and stages work by the next generation of theatre-makers.

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Graduating LCC students celebrate outside the Southbank Centre

LCC final-year students graduated in July at the Royal Festival Hall, part of the world-famous Southbank Centre arts complex, which is just 20 minutes’ walk away. Southbank’s Hayward Gallery has played host to exhibitions by LCC Research staff including Jananne Al-Ani’s Excavations earlier this year.

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BA (Hons) Film and Television students and staff gather for a graduation showcase at BFI Southbank

This section of the Thames is also home to BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, where this year’s departing film and television students screened their graduation films in June.

Not far away is the world-famous Tate Modern, with which LCC regularly collaborates – for example, in a series of recent Sonic Trails created by sound arts students.

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts students work at Tate Modern

Just a little further east is the Design Museum, the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design from graphics to furniture, architecture and industrial design.

Directly south of Elephant & Castle, Peckham has a thriving and expanding art and design scene, including the South London Gallery, which has a fantastic reputation for contemporary art exhibitions and events.

Print fans and practitioners should explore Peckham Print Studio, an open access and commercial screen printing enterprise which also hosts workshops and events.

LCC students have displayed their own work at The CLF Art Café aka The Bussey Building, a 120-year-old warehouse space and events venue, while charity-run gallery Peckham Platform presents community- and place-driven contemporary visual arts.

South Kensington is only minutes away from Elephant & Castle on public transport and is home to many museums including the V&A, who have commissioned an interactive installation for LCC’s Mini Maker Faire in November.

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LCC design students exhibit their interactive work at the Science Museum

The neighbouring Science Museum dedicated much of its gallery space to LCC’s interaction design students during a Lates event this year, with our budding designers creating fun and dynamic exhibits that demonstrated medical concepts to museum visitors.

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BA (Hons) Media Practice students gather for their graduation showcase at the Prince Charles Cinema

In London’s West End, just a short trip from the College by bus or tube, the busy Prince Charles Cinema opened its doors to media practice third-years in June for an all-evening showing of their final work.

The centre of the city is of course also packed with creative agencies, galleries and studios of all kinds and provides inspiration and opportunity to all of LCC’s undergraduates and postgraduates.

We hope that our new and returning students enjoy the best of what creative London has to offer – these are just a handful of the highlights. The possibilities are endless so get exploring!

View the UAL Freshers’ Festival 2014 events programme

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LCF Alumna Camilla Elphick prepares collection for London Fashion Week

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Camilla Elphick, BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, graduate shoe collection

LCF News caught up with Camilla Elphick, alumna from LCF’s BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation course, to discuss her SS15 collection which will be showcased at London Fashion Week.

LCF News: Tell us what your SS15 collection is about?…

Camilla Elphick: The collection “You got the Luck” is inspired by all things lucky. With mood-boosting shoes sure to bring you good fortune and happiness, the collection consists of twelve show-stopping styles in fun colours and prints for every occasion. Key pieces from the collection include the ‘Lucky 7′ high-heel sandal in red glitter, great for making an entrance. Another glamorous pair is ‘Gold Dust’, a red-carpet heel in gold-dusted material. Then there are the ‘Black Magic’ pointy flats, and the ‘Lucky Duckies’, which are perfect for poolside!

LCF News: Who would be the ideal wearer of your designs?

CE: A woman who wants her shoes to be fun, frivolous and to make a statement to any outfit. As for celebrities I would love Diane Kruger and Mira Duma to wear my shoes!

LCF News: How do you feel London as a city influenced you creatively?

CE: It was fantastic to study in London! I was born in London so I feel I know it well but having to go to different LCF locations for classes meant travelling around the city a lot which was great to discover new places. There is a great creative atmosphere in London, especially in East London – I now have an office in Shoreditch which is a very inspiring place to design!

LCF News: Why did you feel inspired to study BA Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development?

CE: I have always had a passion for shoes and accessories. A great pair of shoes can make a simple outfit complete and can lift your mood too! I think people are definitely drawn towards statement accessories which is why I wanted to create my own designs.

Once I was set on studying in this subject area, I went to visit LCF on an open day. Whist looking around the college I met a very cool guy working on a pair of beautiful shoes, he told me how he also interned at Terry de Havilland. He assured me that this was the course for me – it was very inspiring and I haven’t looked back since!

LCF News: Who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

CE: As an only child I quite often had to entertain myself so I was pretty creative! I used to draw, style, make, build, and paint anything I could get my hands on. However now I find inspiration in everything, a gallery visit, a headline in a magazine, something I’ve seen out and about and through lots of online research!

LCF News: What did you enjoy most about studying at LCF?

CE: I enjoyed the fact that the course was very specific and tailored towards a career in shoe design and fashion at the end of it! I loved that I was also able to intern with footwear designers throughout my time at LCF. This worked well alongside the course and helped me get my foot in the door after I graduated. There were also lots of industry projects and competitions which was exciting and broadened my perspective while studying.

LCF News: What is most important to you when designing?

CE: I think it’s most important to try and create something I would like to wear myself and most importantly a design that people would love to wear!

LCF News: What are your plans for the future?

CE: To build the brand and keep designing. I am now working on my Pre-fall 15 collection which I am really excited about.

LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course at LCF?

CE: If this is the course for you, do it! It is a very exciting career to get in to and this is really the best course in the world to study shoe design…maybe I am just biased!

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