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The Creative Outlet

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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.

MA Material Futures Announces New Bursaries

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Central Saint Martins is collaborating with file sharing service WeTransfer to create two ground-breaking bursaries. Two students joining MA Material Futures in September 2015 will receive funding for the full two years of study.

For the next decade, these new bursaries – which have been initiated and funded by WeTransfer – will support two students each year in their full-time studies.

Caroline Till, MA Futures Course Leader, said: “For us this is an amazing opportunity and really important because we are trying to keep accessibility to postgraduate education open to the broadest spectrum of students.

“Fees are one of the biggest problems, so to partner with WeTransfer on this kind of scholarship is ideal for those students who wouldn’t normally be able to apply.”

Inspiring creative talents
Each of the selected students will make a short film introducing themselves and their creative process, and they will continue to document their work throughout the year. This documentation will be showcased to WeTransfer’s monthly and global user base of 65 million people.

The bursaries will be open to all applicants, with a focus on people who incorporate disruptive technology into their creative practices. Each student will also be provided with mentorship from a member of the WeTransfer team.

WeTransfer’s Chief Strategy Officer, Damian Bradfield, said: “Central Saint Martins is one of the most prestigious schools for art and fashion in the world. To be able to offer two bursaries to the MA Material Futures postgraduate course – and in turn support two inspiring creative talents from around the globe each year – is an exciting opportunity for us.”

The MA Material Futures bursaries will be open for applications early next year, when the course application process begins.

More information:
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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // BBC News and the Digital Future

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Robin Pembrooke described how BBC journalism is adapting to the digital era

As LCC’s Journalism Guest Speaker talks return for 2014-15, first-year BA (Hons) Journalism student Dylan Taylor reports on the first event in the series.

For the first of these guest lectures on Tuesday 14 October, we were joined by the BBC’s Head of Product for Online News and Weather Robin Pembrooke.

Pembrooke’s visit to LCC comes at an interesting and challenging time for the BBC. The corporation is attempting to advance its news content online, whilst also trying to strike a balance between appealing to consumers both young and old.

It was interesting to hear how the BBC was trying to appeal to the somewhat under-represented demographic of 16-24 year olds, regarding online news.

So how does the oldest and most recognisable broadcaster in the UK go about the digital transformation of its news content? The answer, according to Pembrooke, lies in a more personalised relationship between the news and the audience.

We were given an exciting sneak preview of the BBC’s brand new app, which would allow users to customise their own news content by choosing which areas they wanted their news from and which specific journalists they wanted to read content from.

With the app enabling the BBC to have an enhanced web presence, we were told that the launch of new digital programmes such as this did not come without its problems. It was interesting to find out that the average age of someone looking at the BBC’s homepage was 48.

Pembrooke informed us that most people of this age were very sceptical about any kind of change to an already successful online news platform. Any process that involved change of this nature would have to be a gradual process to keep consumers of all ages interested in the BBC’s news content.

For us aspiring journalists, it was intriguing to hear that the BBC was looking to allow its journalists to publish content on the go, without having to wait for the traditional news slots on television to broadcast the content first.

With the BBC’s tagging and curation now powering their storytelling, Pembrooke encouraged us to have a look at the BBC’s Chartbeat data-monitoring website.

This type of information wasn’t just for the “nerds” though. By monitoring what people were reading, Pembrooke told us that journalists would have a better understanding of what people were looking at regularly and therefore what people were more likely to view in the future.

As a final piece of advice, Pembrooke encouraged us to tweet and promote our own content effectively as in the case of Laura Kuenssberg.

Currently working for the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Kuenssberg is incredibly effective at promoting teaser content online, to get the public interested in what will be on the programme that night.

With many of us creating our own blogs and content throughout our studies, it was inspiring to hear how effectively promoting our own content could help us all up our profiles in a competitive journalistic environment.

Words by Dylan Taylor

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Accommodation – autumn term open days

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If you’re a current student and are interested in staying in Halls next year, we are holding three Autumn Open Days at a selection of our halls this term.

  • Wednesday 29 October
  • Wednesday 12 November
  • Wednesday 26 November

Places on the tours are limited, so please make sure you reserve your spot. Visit the Accommodation Services website for more detail and information on how to book.

Please note applications for September 2015 will be open in May 2015. If you have any queries, please email us on accommodation@arts.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Journalism at LCC launches brand new magazine designed by Scott King

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Artefact’s first cover star is model and actress Lily Cole

October sees the launch of Artefact, a 52-page A3 magazine produced by students on the third year of LCC’s BA (Hons) Journalism course.

The first issue contains features on ketamine abuse, sugar daddies, the fashion muse Isabella Blow and the couchsurfing phenomenon, as well as reviews of music, films and games.

After this initial issue, the magazine will appear, free of charge, four times a year in the autumn and spring terms. Written and edited by student journalists, it replaces Arts London News, the newspaper produced by students on the course for many years.

Simon Hinde, Programme Director of Journalism and Publishing at LCC, explains:

“I felt it was time to move on from the ALN format and produce a magazine that gives students the opportunity to produce work that they are passionate about and to present that in a quality publication that they’re proud of and can show to future employers.

“LCC has an amazing heritage and culture of art and design and I want Artefact to be part of that tradition.”

As well as being distributed in UAL’s Colleges, Artefact will be available in shops, bars and cafes around London.

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‘Seen on Campus’ profiles students’ sense of style

The magazine was designed by Scott King, UAL’s Chair of Visual Communication. Scott brought to the project his experience of working as Art Director of i-D and Creative Director of Sleazenation magazines.

Through his contacts in the worlds of art and photography, Scott persuaded the likes of Jeremy Deller, Linder Sterling and Juergen Teller to allow their work to be used to illustrate the students’ journalism.

“Scott’s worked incredibly hard on this over the last few months and I’m massively grateful to him,” said Simon Hinde. “We’ve created the basis of a great magazine and the students are already working hard on the next issue.”

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Nigel Carrington on action to improve student experience at UAL

The latest National Student Survey shows many courses at or near the very highest levels of satisfaction… but it also shows that UAL has disappointed students in some important respects.

Overall satisfaction has dropped from 74% to 71%, although satisfaction with teaching is up 1%. Indeed, the score for overall satisfaction is lower than the average satisfaction level across all other indicators. Almost 30% of our students are telling us that, taken as a whole, their experience at UAL didn’t live up to expectations. This matters a lot. We all need to work with our students to ensure there is a strong academic and creative experience at UAL.

I have therefore asked Philip Broadhead, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), to work with Pro Vice-Chancellors and follow up a range of College, School and course initiatives which were agreed last month.

We are well placed to help improve these scores. A number of actions are already underway. In 2013, we put in place a targeted programme, called Making A Difference, for courses with low levels of satisfaction of 60% or less. Encouragingly, this markedly improved results for nearly all participating courses, and we will deploy it again this year for the 20 courses with overall satisfaction levels below 60%.

We have introduced anonymous student evaluation for all units and a new academic support structure, including Academic Support online. Colleges have improved communication between staff and students, feedback turnaround times and access to equipment. We will also put major investment into the student experience through the UAL strategy for 2015-2020, which will be launched soon.

I know many members of staff have worked hard for some time to improve the student experience, and may be frustrated by the recent NSS results. We are doing the right things, and they will work.

In the meantime, I want to make two points on early action and responsibility.

First, we must ensure that students see that we respond to their feedback quickly. This means showing that we are listening, taking immediate action to identify their concerns, and – crucially – telling them when the problem has been resolved. We cannot wait for the National Student Survey at the end of the degree in order to listen to our students.

Second, wherever we work and whatever we do, each of us contributes to the student experience. This is not something which happens in a different part of the university, or only with teaching staff, or just because of management. Our students have delivered a clear message on what they expect from UAL as a whole. Please help to reassure them we are each listening to them and will address their concerns.

Inside the Industry: Imran Amed of the Business of Fashion in conversation with Frances Corner

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Discussing all things creative and commercial, Business of Fashion website founder and editor Imran Amed set LCF’s 2014 Inside the Industry series off with an insightful and savvy start this week.

Since its inception in 2007 as a blog updated from Amed’s sofa, the Business of Fashion (BoF) has become an indispensible daily resource for fashion designers, executives, entrepreneurs and of course switched-on students worldwide.

As a self-proclaimed “fashion outsider” who had spent most of his career in the corporate world of management consultancy, Amed explained he wanted to see beyond the glamour, celebrity and flash bulb realm of fashion:

“That is obviously part of the industry but behind all of that is this magic. I was trying to understand how that magic happened and to show the more serious side of fashion.”

It’s this objective approach that has encouraged critics to not only take BoF seriously as a legitimate source but also the entire fashion industry as a global influencer -

“What BoF has done is provide a new dialogue around what the fashion industry is: how it can be improved, what its merits and demerits are, why it’s interesting and why it’s a contributor to popular culture.”

For an industry often considered trivial and superficial, it was motivating to hear someone with a healthy distance still value the driving force fashion is in society, from the economy to technology. Amed touched upon the excitement over the Apple watch at last month’s fashion shows, for example.

But for all its influence, he spoke as frankly in person about the industry’s failings as BoF. Amed answered students’ questions covering topics from intellectual property (“if creativity is the lifeblood of the industry then as an industry we must strive to protect ideas”) to underpaid internships (“I hope over time there’ll be more balance over how the profits of the fashion industry are shared”) to sweatshop labour (“just think about what it takes for a company to be able to sell a bag for £5, who has been rewarded along the way?”)

Hearing his points from a business as well as cultural perspective was particularly interesting. For budding fashion entrepreneurs, perceptive advice about appealing to consumers and “pro-sumers” (professional consumers taking an active role through social media and brand awareness) in the 21st century was gold dust.

“There’s still aspiration in fashion image but there’s a lot of inspiration in brands that are growing and developing online now. Inspiring people to be interested in your brand, to take part in your brand and to have a conversation about your brand is a much more powerful way of engaging people.”

Amed also took a considered approach to the current, unsustainable speed of design turnover. Reminding us “newness is what drives conversation but predictability, stability, experience, foundation is what drives the business of fashion”. In other words, designers don’t be overwhelmed! Find your own signature Chanel 2.55 bag, Burberry trench or Furstenberg wrap dress!

With BoF’s worldwide outreach, it was interesting to hear Amed’s view of the industry on a global scale. While he believes the four major fashion capitals will remain key, we should “do away with fashion nationalism”. He encouraged us to think of the global fashion centres as “global fashion platforms” rather than rigid representatives of that country’s own fashion tradition.

It’s a good point considering so many buyers and editors were apparently underwhelmed with last season’s collections. “If we looked for creativity beyond our own borders maybe we could make things a bit more exciting and make it justifiable to spend all that money and time travelling round.” Amed’s emerging market to watch out for is Africa and advice to expanding businesses is to always remain respectful of local cultures and traditions.

Of course the ultimate question was: what advice could he give anyone wanting to enter and be successful within fashion? A novice less than a decade ago, Amed has learnt everything he knows along the way and finished with a few simple guidelines. Keep your integrity and professionalism as a business and individual, designers wanting to make a success of their brands should understand the business basics too, find your USP and most of all remain passionate. “You have to care about this industry to be successful in it.”

From someone who’s built an award-winning resource up from mere “passion project”, there are few who’d know better.

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LCC Research Fellow Brad Butler exhibits at Hayward Gallery

Image: Film still from work by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza

Image: Film still from work by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza

Two films by Brad Butler, a London College of Communication (LCC) Research Fellow, feature in Hayward Gallery exhibition MIRRORCITY, open now until Sunday 4 January 2015.

MIRRORCITY explores the effect the digital revolution has had on our experiences. It includes recent work and new commissions by emerging and established London-based artists who seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age.

Brad completed a PhD at LCC under supervisor William Raban and has since become a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the College.

Brad and his creative partner Karen Mirza have been shortlisted for the sixth Artes Mundi Prize, the UK’s biggest contemporary art prize, and will exhibit with other shortlisted artists in Cardiff from 24 October 2014 until 22 February 2015.

UAL Research caught up with Brad to find out more about his current projects.

Tell us about the work you are showing in MIRRORCITY.

I am showing a new work, ‘Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us’, alongside an existing work, ‘Hold your Ground’. Shown side by side, these two films speak to each other, though there’s a slight awkwardness about their conversation. They are both about languages of protest, and the relationship of the body to protest.

‘Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us’ is set in a TV studio, where a protester-in-training listens to audio extracts from a political speech by Margaret Thatcher. Having absorbed the sounds, the protester uses movement to exorcise Thatcher’s voice, retraining the body to resist capitalism.

In ‘Hold Your Ground’, the same protester struggles to turn utterances into speech. Her efforts are interrupted by archive footage of protests in Egypt, Northern Ireland and London. Eventually, she manages to pronounce four phonetic phrases reconstructed from Arabic, meaning ‘hold your ground’, ‘Egyptians’, ‘homeland’ (of the earth, of the Nile) and ‘strike’.

The title of ‘Hold Your Ground’ is taken from the pamphlet How To Protest Intelligently. ‘Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us’ echoes the slogan of the Mexican Zapatista liberation movement, which began its struggle against neoliberalism, exploitation and racist oppression in 1994.

Why did you choose LCC for your PhD studies, and how did you find the experience?

I chose LCC based on the supervisors primarily. William Raban and Elizabeth Edwards understood my project and process. It was, for me, a perfect match of expertise and timing, and before I knew it I was in the programme supported by LCC’s Research department to find funding.

From there it was a great experience and formative for my work. While academia may not suit every praxis, it proved to be a chance for me to go deeper in a supported semi-autonomous way.

The links later on to a post-doctorate have felt natural. So far I have been encouraged and I feel I fit. Basically, over the last 19 years of being an artist I have worked out the hard way how important it is to work with the right people. Even great ideas will become exhausting if that is not a priority.

Brad Butler talks about his research at LCC's Graduate School Festival, May 2014. Image © Lewis Bush.

Brad Butler talks about his research at LCC’s Graduate School Festival, May 2014. Image © Lewis Bush.

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MA Fashion Journalism students launch #NOFILTER magazine

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A group of students from the MA Fashion Journalism course have launched #NOFILTER magazine, a publication, designed by Chirag Grover MA Fashion Media Production, that rather than telling women how they should be, empowers women to be happy with who they are now.

LCF News spoke to publisher Caitlin Gillespie who told us about how the publication came about.

#NoFilter came together after a group of us MA Fashion Journalism students got together, it just so happened that 90% of us were female, and over coffee just got to talking about life.  It came around extremely organically, as we knew we wanted to do something on feminism.  At least a few of the girls were hesitant because their understanding of feminism and feminist were not particularly positive, thus #NoFilter came about.

We felt that everything we saw on TV, everything we read in magazines and even the social media we ourselves use is continually coaching us to be someone different, to be someone ‘better’.  We decided then that it was important that we provided something that we felt discussed feminism in the same way we talked about it with our friends, even our male friends, as something that encourages women to be happy with who they are, to have goals and to have aspirations, but to also appreciate themselves the way they already are.  As a new generation of people entering the industry, we felt that we wanted to make our opinion on popular culture, feminism and women known.

At that first meeting we created our manifest statement:

“We are a collaborative of young creatives who believe that the magazine market is inundated with publications that perpetuate an image and understanding of women that we no longer identify with. We embody a new generation of women that view, consume and decipher their world differently.  The prevalence of social media and the never-ending access to information means we exist in a far more global world than ever before.  We are international women looking to be recognised for who we are, not constantly told who we should aim to be.”

Free copies of the first issue of #NOFILTER are available across all LCF campuses and around London.

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Guest post: The essential act of drawing by Rob Phillips

Rob Phillips, Creative Director of the School of Design and Technology

Rob Phillips, Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology, @robphillipswork

Rob Phillips, Creative Director for the School of Design & Technology is obsessed with image making and believes, in his own words, “drawing to be the most important, visceral and inspiring skill any designer or anyone wanting to enter fashion should have, not just for their practice but their mind”.

In recent weeks Rob has been using Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to show his speedy sketches of the LFW Spring 2015 international catwalk collections that sit amongst other imagery he creates and finds inspiring. Here the LCF director takes to the LCF News airways to share his thoughts on drawing and fashion.

Everyone in design should draw, and they shouldn’t be afraid. I can draw up to 100 sketches a day and throw them all in the bin because I just don’t feel them. That’s fine. It’s an ongoing practice and I can simply start again.

Images are more powerful than words and the body is the most expressive form, drawing only heightens its power. This is half the reason I became interested in fashion. For designers, understanding the body is so important. With a simple pencil you can connect with the body – feeling the clothes, the creases as your hand moves over the page. It’s an invigorating connection from eyes and mind, to hand, to paper.

I can really understand the frustrations students feel with drawing. Many of them have come from backgrounds that heavily value academic drawing, realistic, almost photographic styles. They are beautiful but as organic creatures we have a series of very complex feelings and thoughts within us. By juxtaposing these realistic and academic skills with more expressive and abstract styles, we can explore our thoughts more deeply and more personally. What’s more, this often results in more originality as well as giving rise to new design ideas.

Personally, I take photos, sketch and do something creative every day. If it’s not fashion based then it’s something else I want to capture that will carry my message.

I love social media as it’s a great way to engage people and communicate with them beyond final outcomes. In fact the use of these platforms is part of my process. The end is not when I have completed a sketch, nor is it when I have photographed it, edited it and uploaded it. No, it ends with the audience – their interaction, comments, likes and shares. This all adds to the work that’s being shown and that’s wonderful. I’m not a brutal editor when it comes to social media, if I do something or see something interesting or exciting, I send it out there. Even if I think a drawing I’ve done is rubbish I still put it out there as the audience interaction is what completes it. Any serious designer today understands the importance of the audience/consumer.

I really get into a head space when I draw. I need music (I reference the tracks in my social posts), plenty of different media, research and imagery and most importantly – more importantly than an idea – a feeling. It’s that sense of feeling that comes out of my pencil, through posture, an attitude, an expression. I work fast and instinctively.

Life drawing is one of my favourites. I use myself when I don’t have a model. Pulling poses and photographing them to help me understand the body, posture, to feel form, bone, flesh and silhouette. When I draw using my mind’s eye I have tendencies to get a person stuck in my head and they will appear on the paper in various guises. That’s why I love drawing, I can bond with the feelings and character in front of me.

Teaching drawing isn’t just fun, its enlightening.  When you see someone break through the barrier of socially and historically constructed values of what types of drawing are acceptable, when they realise the flick of a line the daub of a brush can express more emotion than any other image, it’s deep and it’s beautiful.

Rob

Rob Phillips, Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology, @robphillipswork

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