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Inside Out Festival Opening Debate: Failure – What’s it good for?


Nothing succeeds like Success. Or so we’re told. So bombarded are we by stories and images of successful people, products, projects and places that we can actually forget that Failure really does exist. True to form and true to the spirit of Inside Out Festival’s annual Opening Debate, we are delighted to tackle and celebrate the tricky topic of Failure in all its thorny glory. In a manner that sets out to be both light-hearted and compelling, a number of brave panellists will offer their views on Failure with perspectives that may amuse, offend, comfort and inspire.

Panelists include:

  • Professor Gavin Henderson CBE
  • Nick Catliff
  • Professor Clive Holtham
  • Dr Mitra Memarzia
  • Dr David Berman

When: Monday 21st October 2013, 6:30pm

Where: Chelsea College of Art, SW1P 4RL. Please note: entry via the Atterbury Street entrance only.

FREE: but booking essential

For more information and to book tickets visit our website.


UAL Meets: John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah


UAL Meets: John Akomfrah

Wednesday 30 October
4.30pm – 6pm, with drinks afterwards

Podium Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle,

UAL Meets brings together students and staff from across the University, with leading creative figures. Award winning director and screenwriter, John Akomfrah OBE will be taking part in a Q&A chaired by Pratap Rughani, Course Director of MA Documentary Film at London College of Communication.

Akomfrah is one of Britain’s most thought provoking filmmakers. Born in Ghana and raised in Britain by politically active parents, he draws on his own experiences to explore memory, migration, history and race.

His most recent film, ‘The Stuart Hall Project’ was highly acclaimed at this year’s Sundance and Sheffield Documentary festivals, and has been described as a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. The film combines archival footage from TV, family photos, with commissioned film; charting the shifting historical landscape of the later 20th century.

Akomfrah was a co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective (1982 – 1998) and Smoking Dogs Films (1998- onwards), a London based film and television production company, conceived to produce works of imagination and innovation within the fertile worlds of film, television and new technologies.

Audience members are encouraged to put questions to John Akomfrah during the session and can join @UniArtsLondon in using the hashtag #UALMeets to live tweet from the event. Highlights will be published on the University’s news page.

UAL Meets is open to all UAL students,  staff and alumni.
Book your place 


Making money as a student: From temping to selling your work

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Date: 26 September 2013

Time: 3.30–5pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY


Event details:
Do you want to make money while at University? This talk introduces you to the variety of ways you can do this: finding part-time vacancies, freelancing or setting up your own business, as well as selling your work and taking advantage of other opportunities.

A recent graduate will share their experience with you, while our experts will give advice about how to find the work you want, how to source funding to start your own business, and get the skills you need!

Talk will cover:
- Where to look for work & making good applications
- Getting funding & starting a business
- Temping at the university
- Improving your professional skills
- Selling your work & showcasing opportunities
- Top tips from graduates who have been there

Free drinks, nibbles & networking from 5pm-6pm


Exhibition Histories Talks: Guy Brett

Image: Area Bolide 1, 1967, Area Boldie 2, 1967 and Gil and Caetano's Tent, 1969, as part of the installation Éden, 1969; installation view, ‘Hélio Oiticica: Whitechapel Experience’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1969. Photograph: John Goldblatt. (c) César and Claudio Oiticica. Courtesy Projeto Helio Oiticica

Image: Area Bolide 1, 1967, Area Boldie 2, 1967 and Gil and Caetano’s Tent, 1969, as part of the installation Éden, 1969; installation view, ‘Hélio Oiticica: Whitechapel Experience’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1969. Photograph: John Goldblatt. (c) César and Claudio Oiticica. Courtesy Projeto Helio Oiticica

The Afterall team is pleased to announce the third in their series of talks analysing and contextualising exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible, co-organised with the Whitechapel Gallery in London. On Thursday 19 September 2013 Guy Brett will be in conversation with Whitechapel’s archive curator Nayia Yiakoumaki.

Thursday 19 September 2013
7 – 9:00pm

Whitechapel Gallery 

77-82 Whitechapel High Street

E1 7QX

Tickets: £7.00 (Concessions £5.00). To purchase tickets visit the Whitechapel Gallery website. For more information email Afterall.

Each talk takes the form of a focused discussion between a member of the Afterall or Whitechapel Gallery team and the curator of an exhibition or series of exhibitions. Guy Brett and Nayia Yiakoumaki will focus on the seminal 1969 exhibition
‘Hélio Oiticica: Whitechapel Experience’, which conceived the Gallery as a ‘total environment’, offering the spectator a series of sensorial encounters.

This event is a collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, London and part of the Exhibition Histories research and publication project, developed by Afterall in association with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

The Exhibition Histories series is distributed by Koenig Books, London. Copies of the book will be available from the Whitechapel Gallery bookshop on the night.

Rodney Graham in conversation with Shepherd Steiner


Rodney Graham will be in conversation with Shepherd Steiner, author of Rodney Graham: Phonokinetoscope, the latest in Afterall’s One Work series, published in September 2013.

Saturday 19 October 2013
5–6.30pm followed by drinks in the Lethaby Gallery

Platform Theatre
Central Saint Martins
Granary Building, Handyside Street
London N1C 4AA

Admission free but booking essential.
To reserve a seat email
You will be sent a confirmation email with access details.

Shepherd Steiner is the author of the latest edition in Afterall’s One Work series, Rodney Graham: Phonokinetoscope. He is the co-editor of Cork Caucus: on art, possibility & democracy (Frankfurt: Revolver, 2007) and The New Criticism: Formalist Literary Theory in America and Abroad (London:Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). Projective Politics and the Mnemotechnics of Support: High Modernist Painting, Sculpture and Criticism, 1945—1968 is forthcoming.

TFRC PhD Showcase Event now on Vimeo



The PhD Showcase Event recently held by the Textile Futures Research Centre is now available to see online on Vimeo.

Please click here to review the presentations by the current PhD students and keep checking for more to go online in the future.

MA Dramatic Writing Launch and free Masterclass!


Join us for the launch of Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins’ new MA in Dramatic Writing and you can attend a free masterclass in Dramatic Writing.

Speakers will include Jonathan Martin, Principal of Drama Centre London and Course Leader Jennifer Tuckett. There will also be a number of leading industry speakers from theatre, film, television, radio and digital media who will reveal some of the course content.

Refreshments will be provided.

6.30pm for a 7pm start
Thursday 25 July 2013
Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square
King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Please RSVP to

Find out more about the MA Dramatic Writing.

Behind the Eyes: Making Pictures – Book launch

Andrew Grassie

Chelsea College of Art and Design, 17 July 2013 

Andrew Grassie in conversation with Rachel Withers

3.00 – 5.00pm / Chelsea Lecture Theatre

Behind the Eyes: Making Pictures – Book launch

5.00 – 7.30pm / The Green Room

The book is the final outcome of a project, which also encompassed an exhibition and a PhD symposium held at Gallery North, Newcastle, earlier this year.  The project explores the distinction between capturing appearance, which might be very immediate, a moment: an image, and something that is ‘constructed’, involving another duration entirely: a picture.

The relationship of painting and drawing to photography has been much explored and discussed, with the claim sometimes made that a re-working of indexical image trace, through material process, sets up a productive space of ‘removal’. Here we return to the notion of re-seeing an initial source image in the context of recent pictorial practice

As part of the launch event, Paintclub, the research network of University of the Arts, London, has invited painter Andrew Grassie to discuss his work in conversation with critic and writer Rachel Withers.

Grassie is acclaimed for his exquisite tempera paintings, based on photographs, which question what art works are, and how they are made and encountered by the viewer.

Behind the Eyes: Making Pictures presents works and texts by exhibiting artists: Lindsey Adams, Rebecca Fortnum, Beth Harland, Marc Hulson and Johanna Love and symposium speakers: Marius von Brasch, Paul Goodfellow, Kate Hawkins, Donal Moloney, Nina Pancheva-Kirkova, Rachel Sharp and Jim Threapleton.

The book is published by RGAP & Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School and designed by Colin Sackett.

Material and Immaterial masculinities: A theory practice panel

Material and Immaterial masculinities: A theory practice panel

Material and Immaterial masculinities: A theory practice panel

Date: Wednesday 26th June 2013

Time: 6pm

Venue: High Holborn room G05 (off the café/bar)

This session brings together a panel of industry specialists and academics to discuss how theory and practice relate in the construction of contemporary, fashionable, masculinities and streetwear style.

This session is part of a UAL Community of Practice between the School of Media and Communications and The Cultural and Historical Studies Department at London College of Fashion that seeks to interrogate the relationship between theory and practice in the production of fashion.


Sarah Bunter – Freelance casting director
Jim Phillips – co-founder of online retailer ‘The Great Divide’
Kara Messina – founder of streetwear label Y’OH
Rachel Lifter – Lecturer, Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion

This session is open to all students and staff from UAL and its constituent colleges. Please RSVP to:

Fashion and Technology Panel Discussion


Date: 6th of June 2013

Time: 6.30pm

Location: Room G05, London College of Fashion, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY

This Thursday the 6th of June the Retail & Luxury club will host a panel discussion to explore the role of technology in the present and future of fashion.

Guest speakers:

Moritz Waldemeyer, designer and engineer, is founder and director of his own company. Moritz develops projects combining technology, art, fashion and design. His work experience includes collaborations with top architects and fashion designers such as Ron Arad, Zaha Hadid and Hussein Chalayan, as well as artist such as U2, OK GO, Rihanna and Kylie Minogue.

Elena Corchero, expert on wearable technology and smart materials, works to explore the role of new technologies and materials in the sustainable design arena. Also founder of her own company, Lost Values, Elena has vast experience of research, consultancy and design and developed lighting animation design for the Rio handover in last year’s Olympics closing ceremony.

Third guest to be confirmed.