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Tara McDowell – Pure Information: Conceptual Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Image: John Baldessari, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, the Mezzanine Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1-10 April 1971

Image: John Baldessari, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, the Mezzanine Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1-10 April 1971. Courtesy NSCAD University, Gallery Archives, Mezzanine fonds.

Talk by Tara McDowell

‘Pure Information: Conceptual Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’

Tuesday 26 May, 2-4pm,

Central Saint Martins, Room D113

In 1970, the coastal Canadian city of Halifax became an unexpected hotbed of conceptual art when a small art school, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, threw its doors open to a number of young artists who had decided that the idea mattered more than the object. Conceptual art often took the form of instructions, so it became an ideal vehicle for experimental education. Vito Acconci, Dan Graham, Lee Lozano, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Sol LeWitt, James Lee Byers, Lucy Lippard, Robert Barry, and many others retreated to Halifax for a time, and some especially influential conceptual artworks were made there. This lecture considers the Petri dish of Halifax circa 1970, and maps the everyday terrain that structured one of the most radical moments in the history of art. Rather than an aesthetics of administration or a politics of publicity, rather than artmaking as purely dematerialized, mechanized, or philosophized, imagine conceptual art circa 1970 as a site of draft dodging, game theory experiments, acid dropping, relational psychodramas, divisions and alliances, power plays, boredom, loneliness, and isolation at the end of the world. And all this at an art school.

Tara McDowell’s paper begins with a close reading of John Baldessari’s ‘I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art’ (1-10 April 1971), which was an exhibition at the Mezzanine Gallery, a small space founded in response to David Askevold’s Projects Class, an extraordinary experiment in conceptual art as pedagogy. Overall, her research has been into NSCAD as an expanded social site of making and showing, in some ways anticipating current hybrid research projects and spaces, albeit in a looser, less programmatic way. The Mezzanine is of interest less for any one exhibition that took place there – although shows such as Lee Lozano’s ‘Infofiction’ (27 January-13 February 1971) and Vito Acconci’s ‘Accessibilities’ (1-15 December 1970) perhaps stand out – and more for its relation to other forms of practice occurring simultaneously, with visual art, performance, teaching, printmaking and the NSCAD press all testing and nurturing each other.

Tara McDowell is Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is Editor-at-Large of The Exhibitionist, a journal on curatorial practice and exhibition making for which she served as Founding Senior Editor, now published and distributed by The MIT Press. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and has held curatorial appointments at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Anyone interested in attending this event from outside CSM should email Lucy Steeds directly for further details:

Green Week: Fixing Fashion – Repair is the New Black

Bridget Harvey, Jumper: Fixing Fashion - Repair is the New Black.

Bridget Harvey, Jumper: Fixing Fashion – Repair is the New Black.


For UAL Green Week 2015, Bridget Harvey, CCW PhD student in the Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC), invites you to experiment with mending your clothes and other textiles: customising them and fixing damage through patching, darning and adding new buttons.

In the UK we send over £200m of clothes to landfill each year. Mending can help keep these textiles in circulation, and help us love our clothes for longer. Learn hands-on skills for clothes mending – darning, patching and other small and simple mends. All the techniques can be done by hand, no previous skills or experience necessary.

Along with plenty of enthusiasm, all you need to bring with you are scrap fabrics or clothes with holes, stains, missing buttons etc!

Fixing Fashion | Repair is the New Black is part of Green Week 2015.

Friday 13 February
11:00 – 16:00
1st Floor – D1 Corridor
Central Saint Martins

Further information & contact:   Bridget Harvey website

Creative Enterprise Awards shortlists announced!

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University of the Arts London will be celebrating the enterprising successes of our students and recent graduates at the fifth Creative Enterprise Awards.

42 students and graduates from across University of the Arts London colleges have been shortlisted from hundreds of applications.

Winners will be announced at the Creative Enterprise Awards Night on 19 November.

The seven award categories are:

  • Freelancer
  • New Business
  • Enterprising Project
  • Digital
  • Ethical or Social Enterprise  
  • International
  • Enterprising Individual

We’ll also be announcing four Creative Enterprise College Awards.

Check out this year’s shortlist.

The awards take place as part of Creative Enterprise Week and are sponsored by NatWest.

Apply for the next UAL Showroom exhibition


To run in conjunction with London Fashion Week and UAL Green Week, the UAL Showroom will present an exhibition of work that is a Voice for Change. Submissions should creatively challenge the status quo through foregrounding environmental and social equity within fashion. Selected work will be exhibited from January – March 2015.

We are looking for UAL students and alumni to feature in the exhibition:

Work exhibited can include:

  • Design concepts, collections and services based on principles of sustainability applied to fashion or beauty, and fashion accessories (menswear, womenswear, bags, hats, jewellery, footwear, cosmetics etc).
  • Fashion photography or illustration with a demonstrable ethic in terms ofenvironmental and / or social sustainability or story relating to this subject matter.
  • Presentation of a social enterprise operating within fashion and its communities.
  • All submissions must clearly demonstrate your ambition, methods and process undertaken
  • Visually arresting and thought provoking pieces informed by sustainability imperatives

To apply to be part of this exhibition please download the application form below:

The Creative Outlet


20 Oct – 23 Dec 2014
09:00 to 20:00

The Creative Outlet is an annual showcase of exciting emerging and established talent, selling unique seasonal gift ideas – ranging from innovative jewellery design to contemporary interior products.

The original works on display – designed and produced by University of the Arts London students and alumni – can all be bought directly from the exhibitors, through their online shops, and at our festive pop-up shop on 4 December, where you can meet the artists and designers, and buy their work in person.

Exhibitors: Alex Burgess, Amanda Tong, Anshu Hu, Augusta Akerman, Camilla Brueton, Celia Dowson, Charlotte Day, David Bennett, Edyta Slabonska, Emi Dixon, Emily Carter, Emma Alington, Evdokia Savva, Finchittida Finch, Gaurab Thakali, Jungeun Han, Kolin and William, Nao Creative, Observatory Place, Reiko Kaneko, Richard McDonald, Rob Halhead-Baker, Robbie Porter, Rolfe&Wills, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Soo Kim, Sylvia Moritz and YU Square.

Research announce: Sabbatical Leave Scheme (Round 9) and the UAL Research Mentoring Scheme

UAL Research Sabbatical Leave Scheme (Round 9) announced

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 2 July 2014
Application forms and guidance can be found on the Staff Portal:

Completed applications should be sent as an email attachment to Naomi O’Connor

UAL Research Mentoring Scheme launched

The purpose of research mentoring is to give the individual a clearer view of their role in research.  The aim of the UAL Research Mentoring Scheme is to support and develop the research careers of UAL academic staff.
The mentoring scheme is voluntary, and the contents of the meetings are confidential.  It is open to all academic staff on full time or fractional contracts (at least 0.2).
The time allocated to mentoring will be between a range of three and six hours; there will normally be three meetings a year and mentoring will be for one year.  At the end of each year, the College Research Committee will request from each mentor the number of meetings that took place and identify the general topic(s) discussed. Each mentor will be allocated up to six hours per member of staff within the UAL workload model.

More information and the application form can be found on the Staff Portal:

UAL Research Online training

UAL Research Online training session with Stephanie Meece on Wednesday 4 June, a lunch session from 13.00 – 14.00, in HH 708.

Learn how to upload your Research outputs on to the University Repository.

Please email to confirm your attendance.

Call for proposals: CCW Graduate School 2014/15 programme

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This term, CCW Staff are invited to propose events that will feature in the CCW Graduate School 2014/15 programme. This invitation is open to all CCW full-time and fractional staff (with at least 0.2fte).

Through our programme of events, the CCW Graduate School aims to celebrate the research activity taking place within our three colleges, integrate this within our taught courses and position ourselves within key debates relevant to art and design.

If you would like to propose an event please complete the form and return it by Thursday 14th February 2014.  The form can be found and downloaded from the intranet.  Event proposals will be considered by the Graduate School Forum in the Spring term 2014.

Events that are included in the programme must relate to one or more of the Graduate School themes: Environment, Technologies, Social Engagement and Identities. They must have some elements that are internationally excellent (e.g. as demonstrated in the quality of the research presented at the event, its venue, partnerships, its internal or external speakers etc.).  They must have an audience that includes staff, students at all levels and the public and they must demonstrate an enhancement of the student experience. Ideally event proposals will identify external and media partners, include a marketing and dissemination strategy and will involve Early Career Researchers.

If you have any questions about the proposal process please do get in touch with Wendy Short, CCW Graduate School Projects Officer, who will be co-ordinating the programme of CCW Graduate Events and looks forward to working with you.

For inspiration, why not attend some of this term’s CCW Graduate School Public Programme Events?  The full programme is below, or you can visit the CCW Graduate School Website.

Wimbledon Space: Call for Performance Proposals

Proposals invited from UAL staff and students: Acts Re-Acts

Wimbledon Space invites proposals from UAL staff, PhD and MA students for a month-long festival of performance, new media, workshops, discussions, events, interventions, seminars and installations, to take place at Wimbledon Space between 25 February – 26 March 2014.

It is now over forty years since Michael Fried, the ‘high priest’ of modernism, published his three propositions in ‘Art and Objecthood’ declaring war on theatre and theatricality, including his much debated ‘Art degenerates as it approaches the condition of theatre’. Despite his warnings, in the intervening years, the barricades have come down and borders have been breached. However, in the field of performance, by definition a contested terrain, some of the old prejudices and resistances still exist.

Acts Re-Acts will open up a discourse between students and staff across UAL and beyond who are making, thinking or writing about performance in fine art and theatre or who inhabit that ‘dangerous border zone’ between both.

Call for Performance Proposals

Acts Re-Acts will transform Wimbledon Space into a site for performance, a place to explore the diverse performance activities happening across UAL. One day each week will be dedicated to performance and performance related events. If you are engaged with performance and performance research and you have work you would like to present, live, recorded or virtual, a performance, a lecture, an intervention or a workshop we will provide the space and technical support. Please submit a proposal as detailed below. If selected you will be offered an honorarium of £100 towards travel and expenses.

Residency Opportunity

Wimbledon Space also offers itself as a testing ground for performance research and invites proposals for 4 short residences which will run weekly during the festival month. Successful applicants will be offered;

  • Access to the gallery space as a studio for 4/5days
  • ‘On call’ technical assistance
  • Opportunity to perform/trial/showcase the outcome of the residency
  • Feedback and discussion

To apply for the Performance or Residency opportunity, please email to request a Proposal Form.

Deadline for receipt of completed proposals (max 300 words) is 12am, Monday 18 November 2013.

Clare Mitten
Gallery Coordinator
Wimbledon College of Art
Merton Hall Road
London SW19 3QA

Workshops for academic research staff

RMA Workshop Programme 2013/14

The Research Management and Administration (RMA) team is delighted to announce its new programme of workshops for 2013/14.

All workshops are open to academic research staff, please check if the workshop you are interested in is targeted to your level (ECR, Mid-career, Senior).

The workshops will take place across the year at various UAL locations.  For a full list of workshops in the series please click here, essential training sessions are marked in blue.

The workshops are open for bookings now:

What do funders want?
To understand the priorities of different external research funders

12 Nov 2013               14:30 to 15:30

Main points covered:

  • Research Councils and their strategic priorities
  • Trusts and foundations
  • Pitching to a funder – understanding the key elements of a good application

Open to:
All levels

This workshop will be repeated on the following dates, at the following locations:
11/02/14 LCC
29/04/14 CSM