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UAL at London Design Festival 2015

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For London Design Festival 2015, UAL invites you to talks, workshops, exhibitions, pop-up shops, and installations across London. Find out what’s on during the Festival.

Kuniko Maeda
24-27 September
designjunction, The College, Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP
Sixteen creatives destined to define the future design landscape will exhibit in UAL Now at designjunction during London Design Festival 2015; selected from UAL’s graduating class, the exhibiting artists are drawn from over 5,000 graduating students. At designjunction these rising star designers will appear alongside prestigious brands from around the globe, through the UAL Now initiative which showcases the most exciting emerging talent from University of the Arts London.
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design education wtf
Design Education… WTF
24-27 September
designjunction, The College, Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP
During designjunction UAL’s Central Saint Martins Product and Industrial Design programme will be exploring the question: What’s The Future of Product and Industrial Design Education? through a series of discussions and workshops.
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An interactive ‘exhibit’ inviting product and industrial design alumni to sign or carve their name or design into a new wood workbench
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Edit 2
EDIT 2.0/
11-21 September
Upper Gallery London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle,  SE1 6SB
11-21 September
An exhibition celebrating the launch of EDIT 2.0/, a publication produced by LCC’s Course Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, Craig Burston. Subtitled ‘What Does Green Really Mean?’, the book records an investigation into the assumptions we make about the notion of ‘green’.
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STAK Exhibition

11-21 September
Well Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
An exhibition of work produced by the advertising photographer and commercials director STAK. Born in Cyprus, STAK came to England with his family at the age of six and studied at LCC alongside other illustrious alumni such as John Hegarty.

Ladybird Reimagined
Ladybird Books Reimagined
11-21 September
Lower Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
Students from London College of Communication have joined forces with iconic publisher Ladybird Books in a collaboration that reimagines the brand in today’s world. The exhibition is the culmination of a six-month project in which illustrators, animators and graphic designers from LCC have collaborated to create work that celebrates and reimagines Ladybird’s classic pocket-sized books for their centenary year.
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MADCFJ Ana Quinones Noriega
The Intelligent Optimist
19 September-17 October
Lethaby Gallery, Crossing Gallery Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
Showcasing recent CSM graduates who are shaping the future of design, The Intelligent Optimist can take many guises: Future Gazers, Material Explorers, Social Agents and The Fixers. All, in their various ways, are using their creative practices and canny intelligences to reimagine better futures.
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 Tsai & Yoshikawa Figure No.1
Tsai & Yoshikawa Figure No.1

19 September-19 October
Henry Moore Courtyard, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU
This new site-specific work by collaborative artists Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa will be installed within Chelsea’s Henry Moore Courtyard. Commissioned by Chelsea College of Arts, the artists have taken inspiration from the courtyard’s absent Henry Moore sculpture, ‘Two Piece Reclining Figure No.1 1959′, considering its historical relevance to Moore’s work and the College.
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Chelsea 10
19 September-7 October
Chelsea College of Arts will be celebrating 10 years of creativity at Millbank with ‘Chelsea 10’ an exhibition celebrating Artists and Designers that have graduated from the college since 2005. The exhibition is taking place across the Millbank site with work exhibited in the Triangle Space, Cookhouse Gallery and the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.
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MiAL Pop Up Shop at We Built This City

19-27 September
56-57 Carnaby Street, W15 9QF
UAL Students’ Union initiative Made in Arts London are teaming up with We Built This City’s Carnaby Street store to host a week long pop-up shop showcasing an exciting selection of emerging art and design. MiAL’s Pop Up Shop will offers the chance to buy affordable art and design from some of the most talented students and graduates from University of the Arts London, including illustration, limited editions, artist books, homeware, fashion, and accessorie. The pop-up shop will host two artist workshops: Make your own Pop Art Jewellery and Screen Print your own Tote Bag.
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Read the exclusive insiders’ guides to London Design Festival 2015 from UAL’s design experts

See a preview of UAL Now at designjunction

Explore the full London Design Festival programme

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London Fashion Week SS16 – the insider guide

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More dazzling with every season, London Fashion Week sashays back into town for five days of catwalks, launches and parties across the Capital from Friday. With a reputation for presenting the most exciting new and established designers, London Fashion Week draws media, buyers and celebrities from around the world to see over 70 designers showing during the official schedule, more than half of whom graduated from UAL’s prestigious Colleges.

Most of the Spring Summer 16 catwalk shows will be livestreamed to the London Fashion Week outdoor cinema and online, giving instant access to viewers worldwide from Golden Square to the Golden Gate.

Tony Glenville with Virginia Bates and Jade Parfitt at the LCF MA catwalk show by Alex Maguire

Global fashion month fixture Tony Glenville, Creative Director: School of Media & Communications, at London College of Fashion, UAL reveals the names to know this season, with his exclusive insider’s guide to London Fashion Week:

“I tend to know that the bigger names have plenty of images around, and easy access, so I often select small shows, or installations to see new work or designers who are beginners or those who will not have masses of images out there in the media. Pringle and Belstaff have new design teams so are really interesting, especially Belstaff who last season moved forward hugely. Berardi and Koma have an international sophistication to them which is different to the normal London mood and style. I love Fashion Scout so I will be there a lot seeing the young designers and the first timers. ”

Tony’s must-see list for SS16 is:

Faustine Steinmetz – “Fascinating methods”
Teatum Jones – “Brilliant ideas”
Antonio Berardi – “International de Luxe”
Marques Almeida – “Adored from day one”
David Koma – “Slick and polished”
KTZ – “Fascinating concepts”
Toga – “Beautiful construction”
Ryan Lo – “Magical narrative”
Fydor Golan – “Quixotic each collection”
Belstaff – “Superb quality and understated”
Pringle of Scotland – “Luxurious and understated”

He comments, “all these are designers with something to say, an original clear handwriting to their shows and I am fascinated to see what they see as the answer to fashion each season”.

Watch the shows live from Friday 18 September on the London Fashion Week livestream – see the schedule

London Fashion Week SS16 runs from 18 – 22 September 2015 based at Golden Square, Soho, W1R 3AD. Find out more on the London Fashion Week site

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Visit the Fashion Space Gallery’s LFW exhibition Digital Disturbances, which examines the influence of digital concepts and tools on fashion. Find out more on the exhibition event listing

Flora Miranda photographer GÖKAY CATAK-digital artwork JOACHIM BEENS
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UAL Now preview – the new names to know at designjunction

Sixteen creatives destined to define the future design landscape will exhibit in UAL Now at designjunction during London Design Festival 2015; selected from UAL’s graduating class, the exhibiting artists are drawn from over 5,000 graduating students. At designjunction these rising star designers will appear alongside prestigious brands from around the globe, through the UAL Now initiative which showcases the most exciting emerging talent from University of the Arts London.

Here, we bring you an exclusive preview of the work which will be exhibited at The College, 24-27 September. These are the sixteen new names to know in design:

Ana Jimenez Palomar
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Ana Jimenez Palomar

Abay Zhumagulov
BA (Hons) Product Design, Central Saint Martins

Abay Zhumagulov

Ben Perkins
BA (Hons) 3D Design, Camberwell College of Arts

Ben Perkins PerkiDesk

Brook Sigal
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Brook Sigal

Charlotte Garnett
BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins

Charlotte Garnett

Evangeline Pesigan
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Evangeline Pesigan aninag

Geraldine Biard
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Jardin d'Hiver - Copyright 2015 G+®raldine Biard

Joana Cartaxo
BA (Hons) Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins

Joana Singuaris

Kuniko Maeda
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts

Kuniko Maeda

Laura Shrimpton
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts

Laura Shrimpton

Louise Tucker
MA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts

Louise Tucker

Marta Bordes
MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery, Central Saint Martins

Marta Bordes Elastic Lights

Olivia Aspinall
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Central Saint Martins

Olivia Aspinall

Wataru Goto
MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker, Camberwell College of Arts

Wataru Goto

Yizhu Fang
MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins

Yizhu Fang

Yuta Segawa
MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker, Camberwell College of Arts

Yuta Segawa

UAL Now showcases recent graduates’ work at the best fairs and industry exhibitions across art, design and communication; in order to launch their work, products, ideas, services and companies. It enables and prepares them to connect to curators, buyers, collectors, manufacturers, agencies and specialist audiences, so that they can sell work, network and advance their practice and careers in the creative and cultural sector.

During designjunction UAL’s Central Saint Martins Product and Industrial Design programme will be exploring the question: What’s The Future of Product and Industrial Design Education? through a series of talks and workshops. Alongside this activity there will be an interactive ‘exhibit’ inviting product and industrial design alumni to sign or carve their name or design into a new wood workbench. Find out more

UAL Now at designjunction runs 24-27 September at 12-42 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP

As a designjunction partner UAL friends can purchase half price tickets to the event using the promomotion code DJUAL

Find out more about UAL Now

See the event information for UAL at designjunction

See behind the scenes as the show goes up by following #UALNow on social media

All works are available for sale, for more information or sales enquiries, contact to find out more

Discover all the UAL events at London Design Festival 2015

Read the exclusive insiders’ guides to London Design Festival 2015 from UAL’s design experts

Explore the full London Design Festival programme

Follow UAL Edit on Instagram to see shots from the shows

Search design courses at UAL

Channel 4 film Grayson Perry at UAL’s Summer Shows

Grayson Perry and Channel 4's Cathy Newman at the UAL Summer Shows
This week Channel 4 News visited Chelsea College of Arts to film new UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry at the postgraduate summer show. Presenter Cathy Newman quizzed Grayson on his plans for the new role, the importance of arts education, and the role of art in global issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis. Grayson told Channel 4 that his mission as Chancellor is to act as “an ambassador for creative education”.


Grayson and Cathy chatted to exhibiting graduates from MA Textile Design and MA Fine Art, and the piece began with shots of work on display at the summer show and Grayson talking to the next generation of creative talent about their work.

Watch the feature again on the Channel 4 News YouTube

Find out more about the show dates and locations on the dedicated summer shows website

See the Summer Shows in the International New York Times roundup of summer art events

Read the news item on Grayson Perry being named Chancellor of UAL

Cathy Newman interviewing Grayson Perry at the UAL Summer Shows

Grayson Perry UAL Chancellor chats to Chelsea College of Arts graduate Shadi Mahsa at the UAL summer shows


Grayson Perry UAL Chancellor chats to Chelsea College of Arts MA Textile Design graduates at the UAL summer shows


Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion feature in top 10 fashion schools worldwide

Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion have been listed in the top 10 fashion schools worldwide for undergraduate courses in the first Business of Fashion (BoF) Global Fashion School Rankings. Both colleges are also listed in the top five for postgraduate fashion courses.

Late At Tate 6 June 2014 Richard Eaton (2)

The BoF Global Fashion School Rankings feature the top 21 undergraduate and 10 graduate fashion programmes in the world. The new rankings are based on BoF analysis of 60 data points collected directly from 24 participating fashion schools in 11 countries, a survey of more than 4,000 fashion students and alumni, plus a survey of 88 HR professionals and fashion influencers. Each course was evaluated on three different areas of global influence, learning experience and long-term value.

UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington said: “To have two UAL colleges – Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion – placed so highly in these rankings further reiterates UAL’s position as a world-class provider of fashion education. It’s particularly rewarding to be recognised by rankings which are based on the views of students and alumni as well as fashion influencers. UAL alumni have a huge influence on the fashion industry, making up more than half of the 78 labels showing at London Fashion Week this year alone, and based on the quality of our recently-graduated students’ work it’s a trend I predict will continue.”

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Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Course Director and Fashion Programme Director Willie Walters said of the results: “I’m very pleased to see the results of the BoF fashion school rankings. These results are a genuine tribute to our dedicated staff team.”

Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Course Director Fabio Piras said: “I am honoured by the MA Fashion course’s results in the BoF fashion school rankings and take it as an immense accolade for the entire team. Our work is to educate with honesty and passion, to enhance and nurture qualities that enable to develop and sustain a rewarding professional life. We define ourselves as being at the origin of the careers of many influencers working in an industry context worldwide and we want to see our graduates continue to shape the future of the fashion industry. Their success can be seen in their work both for major labels internationally and under their own names.”

UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Fashion Frances Corner said: “We are delighted to be included as one of the top ten schools in BoF’s global fashion school rankings. This ranking reflects London College of Fashion, UAL’s positioning as a leading global provider of fashion education, research and consultancy. Building upon our achievements this year we will continue to nurture the future of fashion through our specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses and initiatives such as our Fashion Business School. We very much welcome BoF’s new education focus and look forward to using it as a platform for sharing specialist knowledge.”

Top photo credit: Richard Eaton

UAL leads unique design project to improve youth mental health

UAL has led a ground-breaking new design project in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), using art and design to explore young people’s experiences of mental health services and how they can be improved.

UAL Early Lab is a new initiative led by UAL Chair of Communication Design Nick Bell and Camberwell College of Arts BA 3D Design tutor Fabiane Lee-Perrella, giving UAL students the opportunity to collaborate across the University to use design to drive social change.


UAL Early Lab students 

UAL Early Lab’s first project opportunity saw students and academics spend a week working closely alongside NSFT’s clinicians and members of its Youth Council, made up of young service-users in Norfolk and Suffolk, exploring issues around mental health using design techniques such as storyboarding and stop-frame animation.

The UAL team presented its findings to commissioners, stakeholders and voluntary sector groups from across Norfolk. Their recommendations include:

• decentralising and distributing the service across the sparsely populated region

• offering a mobile and pop-up service for the convenience of users – where they are

• connecting to users through a new online platform designed to speak in their voice

• providing information, access to services and youth provisions through the online platform

• creating a seamless, integrated service across health, social care, education and youth justice

• concentrating on prevention, awareness and early intervention, especially in schools

• normalising mental health in schools.

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UAL Early Lab co-founders Nick Bell and Fabiane Lee-Perrella 

Following the success of the presentation and overall collaboration, NSFT commissioners are planning to use the findings in the imminent transformation of services for young people, and also to influence practice further afield.

Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director (Research) at NSFT Dr Jon Wilson said:

“I’m very excited by this project. I think it will give us the ammunition to drive change forward in Norfolk mental health services for young people. And because of links nationally, I think we can use that to articulate this around the whole of the country and start to give people the confidence that things can be different.”

UAL Chair of Communication Design and co-founder of UAL Early Lab Nick Bell said:

“I wanted to find an opportunity for students to use design much earlier than usual, right at the start of something. At the start it is possible to address the root causes of social issues and that increases chances of contributing to outcomes that are resilient and sustainable.

“I told Dr Jon Wilson I wanted to take UAL Early Lab to a place where an issue is active and to work responsively with people who endure those issues every day in that place. Jon invited UAL Early Lab to Norfolk to work with NSFT’s Youth Council. Having a group of young, talented UAL students collaborating with his bright, young service users very much appealed to him.”

NSFT Youth Council member and service user Katie-Louise Davis said of the experience:

“This was such a new and different concept to work with. I feel that the fact we worked together so well is amazing and shows that two passions; mental health and art and design, can collide to form something beneficial and inspiring.”

London College of Fashion MA Fashion Futures graduate Kat Thiel said:

“For us it was amazing to actually have hands-on experience where you are really grasping what it is to socially interact and to socially design.”

Camberwell College of Arts BA 3D Design tutor and co-founder of UAL Early Lab Fabiane Lee-Perrella said:

“So called ‘Design Thinking’ removes making from the design process – the supposedly intimidating bit. UAL Early Lab places making at the centre of our connection with people. We use processes of making to unlock personal capacities.

“We collected information from the bottom to the top and we wove all this information through with the perspective of the outsider, from the perspective of the maker. We made things and we brought this back to them as a set of proposals and findings they can take forward.”

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust/UAL Early Lab

UAL Early Lab presenting their recommendations to commissioners, stakeholders and voluntary sector groups

Members of the Youth Council and UAL Early Lab team will present the findings from the project at the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) conference in Montreal, Canada in October.

Videos created by the team about the project can be found on YouTube, and you can also read blog entries written by project participants.

Inspirational quotes from UAL honourees 2015

Congratulations to the class of 2015 on a fantastic graduation week at the Southbank Centre. Speeches were made, hats were thrown, photos were snapped and the clapping and cheering from proud friends and families nearly took the roof off the Royal Festival Hall.

Hat throw - IJ

We had an exceptional list of honorary graduates this year, all of whom had inspiring and energising words of wisdom to pass on to our new graduates. We’ve picked our favourites below.

Bill Amberg: “Remember to look up. Take everything in and make the most of opportunities.”

Zeinab Badawi: “If you are always guided by passion and compassion, you will truly have a life of meaning.”

Jonathan Barnbrook: “Be nice. Your personality is as much a part of your portfolio as your work.”

Simon Costin: “Stay weird and stay wonderful. Come on, class of 2015 – get out there and ruffle some feathers!”

Ilse Crawford: “Ask questions and be curious. Everyone wants to be interesting, but it’s so much better to be interested.”

Tacita Dean: “Stick with your process, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and take your time.”

Theo Fennell: “You are the luckiest people in the world with your whole creative lives ahead of you.”

Ralph Fiennes: “Let us, as artists, never stop asking questions & provoking each other to interpret.”

Tom Hardy: “It’s okay to fail. You learn so much more from failure – it’s not embarrassing.”

Phoebe Philo: “Be brave. Work hard, be true to yourself, and remember to enjoy yourself along the way.”

Peter Saville: “Your education hasn’t finished today. You have just started.”

To get an even better idea of the happy atmosphere of graduation week, you can search for our very popular hashtag #UALgrads on Twitter or on Instagram.

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[Photos by Ivan Jones]

UAL sustainability projects gain national nominations and awards

LCF graduates - Here Today Here Tomorrow

UAL’s commitment to sustainability has been celebrated through a series of nominations and awards. UAL talent received several nominations and an award at the recent Observer Ethical Awards, which was followed by seven nominations for this year’s Green Gown Awards.

The Observer Ethical Awards, which took place on 2 July at the V&A and are now in their tenth year, highlight ethical and environmental success throughout the UK and internationally. UAL’s work on improving the ethical and environmental standards of its suppliers – through the implementation of an index measuring sustainability ineconomic, social and environmental terms – led to a nomination in the arts and culture category. Visit to find out more

The sustainable style category award was won by a group of London College of Fashion alumni from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. They currently work as mentors at the Centre, and their enterprise, ‘Here Today Here Tomorrow’ sells fashion items and accessories that have a known provenance. Also shortlisted for the sustainable style award was London College of Fashion’s Rosalie McMillan, who works on the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s business support programme. She was nominated for her handcrafted ‘java rock’ necklace, made from material derived from recycled coffee grounds. Lucy Siegle, who hosted the awards, was wearing an outfit from womenswear brand Kitty Ferreira, which was founded by London College of Fashion graduate Valerie Goode and is also part of the Centre’s business support programme. The Centre’s director, fashion designer Dilys Williams, has held the honour of sitting on the judging panel since 2008, and was joined this year by luminaries including children’s charity founder Camila Batmanghelidjh and broadcaster Stacey Dooley.

UAL also received several nominations for the Green Gown Awards including a nomination in the food and drink category for ‘Food for Life’, its catering facility, the first of its kind to receive the Gold Catering Mark by the Soil Association. The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. Other nominated projects came from London College of Fashion, including Rachel Clowes’s ‘Grow a Garment’ initiative in the research and development category and ‘Creative Collaborations/Design+Make’ in the community innovation category. London College of Fashion’s Professor Frances Corner OBE, Dr Rosemary Willatt and student Charlotte Rebekah Instone have also been shortlisted for the awards.

These accolades demonstrate the impact of UAL’s sustainability agenda. The finalists of the Green Gown Awards will be announced on 26 November.

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The Observer Ethical Awards

The Green Gown Awards

UAL’s sustainability index

Centre for Sustainable Fashion


New UAL campus at the heart of proposals for Elephant & Castle town centre regeneration

University of the Arts London (UAL) has announced a new cutting-edge campus for London College of Communication and a new centre for its core university services at the heart of proposals for the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

An architect's impression of how the proposed Elephant & Castle development could look.

UAL’s presence in the proposed development will reinforce the status of the area as a major cultural and educational destination in central London.

The new campus for London College of Communication builds upon a number of high-profile estates investments undertaken by UAL including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, the relocation of London College of Fashion to the Olympic Park at Stratford by 2021 and the completion of its Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.

Incorporating the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the adjacent London College of Communication’s existing site, initial proposals will include a first class shopping and leisure destination with new homes to rent for people living and working in London, state-of-the-art educational facilities for UAL students, excellent transport links and enhanced public spaces. It will build upon the existing community and cultural diversity of the area and sit at the heart of the changes within the local area.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of Arts London, said: “We are delighted that a new cutting edge campus for London College of Communication and a new centre for UAL’s core university services will be at the heart of one of London’s most exciting regeneration projects. UAL is proud to have been at the heart of Elephant & Castle for more than half a century and this development will mean we are there for years to come. This investment will mean a great deal to our staff and students, many of whom live and contribute in many exciting ways to the vibrancy of Elephant & Castle.”

The Elephant and Castle town centre redevelopment is the lynchpin to the wider £3 billion regeneration underway in the area and integral to Southwark’s wider regeneration plan, which includes the creation of a new pedestrianised town centre, market square, 5,000 new and replacement homes, approximately 500,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, an integrated public transport hub and five green spaces.

The emerging proposals for the new town centre were officially announced today by Delancey’s client fund DV4 and Europe’s largest pension fund asset manager, APG.

Jamie Ritblat, on behalf of Delancey and APG commented: “We want the community to be at the heart of our proposals for the revitalisation and renewal of the town centre, and in that spirit and objective, local feedback is key to ensuring that our vision corresponds to that of the local community and the wider activities within the regeneration area. This public exhibition will show for the first time our emerging plans to deliver a fantastic new town centre at the heart of Elephant and Castle. Proposals include new world-class educational facilities, a significant increase in homes for rent and improved shopping and public realm for locals and visitors alike. We would like to encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and provide feedback to help inform the next stage of the design process.”

The proposals are at the centrepiece of a public exhibition to be held in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre from 9 to 11 July. Local stakeholders, businesses, residents and community groups are being invited to contribute to the evolving proposals and meet some members of the team including lead architects, Allies & Morrison.

UAL to present honorary awards to leading creative figures

Oscar-nominated actor Ralph Fiennes, BAFTA-winning actor Tom Hardy, Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing and fashion designer Phoebe Philo are among twelve leading figures in the creative and cultural sectors to be given honorary awards by UAL this year.

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L-R – Tom Hardy, Phoebe Philo, Ralph Fiennes, Gillian Wearing

They will be recognised for their outstanding contributions to the creative industries at UAL’s graduation ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall from 14th-17th July 2015.

The full list of honourees for 2015 is:

  • Bill Amberg, accessories designer
  • Zeinab Badawi,journalist
  • Jonathan Barnbrook,graphic designer
  • Simon Costin,set designer
  • Ilse Crawford, interior designer
  • Tacita Dean, photographer and filmmaker
  • Theo Fennell,jewellery designer
  • Ralph Fiennes, actor
  • Tom Hardy, actor
  • Phoebe Philo, fashion designer
  • Peter Saville, graphic designer
  • Gillian Wearing, artist

Ralph Fiennes studied at Chelsea College of Arts in 1981, before going on to study acting at RADA.

He said on receiving this honorary award: “I was only at Chelsea College of Arts for a year but I know that the intense stimulation of that course provoked me, or perhaps challenged me, to want to act – to be an actor.

“A career as an actor is not a career as a visual artist but for me there are strong links and connections between all artistic disciplines and expression. The work of an actor and the work of a painter or of a director may join forces.

“The questions and challenges I encountered during that brief time at Chelsea College of Arts were rigorous: they were about life, ways of seeing, ways of interpreting the world, ways of communicating. They haven’t gone away. I feel deeply honoured to receive this Honorary Fellowship from University of the Arts London.”

Tom Hardy studied at Drama Centre London before going on to win the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2011.

He said on receiving this honorary award: “It is an unexpected pleasure to be honoured by UAL in any way. I am very grateful and proud to receive this honour and be acknowledged at all by such a prestigious establishment.”

Gillian Wearing studied at Chelsea College of Arts before going on to win the Turner Prize in 1997.

She said on receiving this honorary award: “Being accepted at Chelsea College of Arts in the mid-eighties changed my life. I had worked for six years before as an office clerk/secretary before applying to art foundation course. Being refused by all except the Chelsea Art and Design BTEC, I had gone there to become a graphic designer but was told by a tutor that I had a fine art sensibility and that I should pursue that. It is now incredible that I have the honour of returning, having been awarded an Honorary Fellowship for my outstanding contribution to Conceptual Art, and it is with deep gratitude that I accept this honour as I became an artist because of the college.”

The honourees will be recognised for their contributions to their fields in eight graduation ceremonies over four days at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank. Each will address graduating UAL students and share their experiences and advice for a successful career in the creative industries. For full biographies of all 12 honourees, please visit our dedicated graduation page.

The ceremonies will be streamed live on UAL’s website and live-tweeted under the hashtag #UALgrads.