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News // The Independent’s Ian Burrell speaks out at LCC PR conference

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Ian Burrell, Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent. © Warren King

LCC recently hosted ‘PR & The Visual’, a conference exploring identity, space and performance, organised by the Network for Public Relations and Society.

LCC’s Simon Collister and Sarah Roberts-Bowman led the all-day event, which was attended by international academics and practitioners and included a wide-range of talks, including keynotes from Brand Union’s Glenn Tutssel and The Independent’s Ian Burrell.

Burrell focused on the lack of champions in PR and the need for the industry to have better representation, citing the likes of Andy Coulson, Matthew Freud, Alastair Campbell and Max Clifford as examples of hindering figureheads in an already misunderstood profession.

“This year has been a public relations disaster for the PR industry…. Publicity-seekers like Clifford should never again be given the freedom to dominate the industry’s profile as he did,” said Burrell.

Academic speakers explored a range of visually-based topics including the presence of PR in pop culture, with Murdoch University’s Kate Fitch examining the representation of the industry in HBO series True Blood.

De Montford University’s Liz Bridgen looked at how PR can be conceptualised within the socially constructed field of ‘dirty work’, and Elon University’s Jessalynn Strauss explained how the physical space of Las Vegas’ mob museum is adopted as a PR tactic.

The conference dissected successful visual PR campaigns like Wolfstar’s Flower Fireworks campaign for Interflora and Unity PR’s Lolz Not Trolls. Edelman’s Gavin Spicer discussed the logistics of their Halo 4 launch, which took over Lichtenstein to create a fully immersive brand experience.

Delegates also took part in practical workshops exploring the use of photography, film, infographics and Vines within a PR setting.

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Co-founder of the Network for Public Relations and Society, Simon Collister, said:

“Our ‘PR and the Visual’ conference has been a great success. We have brought together a range of international academics and practitioners to explore and discuss the challenges, limits and opportunities for public relations theory and practice.

“Feedback from delegates and speakers confirms what we suspected when planning the event: academic and practitioners need to think much more creatively when studying the field or planning campaigns. In hosting the event we’re confident we have opened a new chapter in PR scholarship and practice.”

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Where art and science converge: Exposing malaria through costume for performance

LCF News caught up with 2014 graduate, Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance, after discovering her intriguing costumes at the BA14 Performance Exhibition. If you are looking for art that explores scientific fact in an intriguing way, her costumes are it.

LCF News: Tells us about your final project – what did you set out to achieve?

Katie: The project illustrates the microscopic relationship between Malaria and its Human host in two costumes that focus on different stages in the life cycle of the disease. The costumes and performance aim to teach about malaria in an alternative way and also to highlight the cross fertilisation between Art and Science.

LCF News: And we hear that you really have taken the work into the scientific realm; speaking at the Wellcome Trust?

KMB: Yes, I took my work to the yearly conference of the ‘Wellcome Trust Centre of Molecular Parasitology’ (WTCMP) whose scientists I had collaborated with during the project. This was a really interesting experience for me as I presented my work to 80 parasitologists who had a completely different stand point from anyone else I had shown the project to. Their feedback was really helpful and a few people were keen to collaborate on different parasites as well!

LCF News: What inspires you about the work you do?

KMB: I love creating things, I think the moment a 2D pattern transforms into a 3D object on the body is just sublime. Working with science and art, the thing that I get most out of it is translating something that is very factual and theoretical into a tangible and visual piece that changes the way you understand a thing.

Looking at Katie’s work, you can certainly see how a complex scientific story is brought to life with vivid visual detail. Her costumes take the viewer from the initial stages of the virus to the moment when it overcomes the host’s body.

Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Rupture of the Liver Cells' Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Merozoites in the Bloodstream' Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Gametocytogenisis'

With such a unique take on costume, art and science, we wondered why Katie was drawn to study BA (Hons) Costume for Performance and whether the course resonated with her experimental take on things. Katie told us:

I was drawn to the course because of the prestige of the college and once I found out more about it I thought it was much better than the courses offered by different universities because it seemed to be a lot more creative and open – more cutting edge and experimental as opposed to some that were a lot more traditional and theatre based.

Katie has since found herself interviewed by Scottish TV and has already taken internships with Alice Temperley, Madame Tussauds and the Royal Opera House. We’ll be intrigued to see where her insightful mixture of art and science turns up next.

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Caroline Till, CSM, TFRC presenting at Wearable Technology UX 2014 Conference

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Caroline Till, Course Leader MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins and member of Textile Futures Research Centre will be a presenting at the Wearable Technology UX 2014 conference, which will be held at Central Saint Martins, 22-23 September 2014.

Caroline will be speaking about:

Devices in context: Trends in wearable tech and future materials

Exploring the work of the MA Material Futures, as well as some of the most exciting developments in future materials and wearable technology, framed by key trends impacting the global design industry

  • Data capture and analysis- personal and environmental
  • Visualising emotional response and connection
  • Spectacle and fantasy
  • Responsive and reactive materials for wellbeing

For information about the other speakers and topics covered: Conference details:

Follow the conference on Twitter using #wearabletech and @Wearables_Tech

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UAL accommodation provider wins award

The Student Housing Company, who own UAL’s halls ‘The Costume Store‘, recently won the award of ‘Best Private Halls Provider’ in the National Student Housing Survey 2014.

One of UAL’s largest and newest halls, The Costume Store opened in September 2012, on the site that once housed the BBC’s costume collection.

The National Student Housing Survey is an annual survey of students in higher education across the UK. The survey measures satisfaction levels in all types of accommodation and allows participating institutions to measure their performance against national and regional benchmarks. The 2014 survey attracted around 19,000 responses from more than 200 universities and colleges across the UK.

The Osaka Global School visit LCC

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

Last Thursday LCC welcomed some students and staff from Japan’s Osaka Global School. The school was visiting London as part of the Osaka School Global Programme, a scheme funded by the Japanese Prefectural Government and organised by the British Council.

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

After a long flight and a good night’s sleep the students made their way to LCC for a day of workshops talks and activities including a discussion on super-brands and a graphic design workshop.

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

The programme is designed to ignite the students’ curiosity and introduce them to the notion of study abroad, as well as giving them an insight into some of the creative industries that LCC prepares its students for.

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Josh Brandao wins top prize Coupe D’Or at the Fashion Film Festival Chicago, 2014

Last month, MA Fashion Photography graduate Josh Brandao claimed first place at the The Fashion Film Festival Chicago (FFFC).

The FFFC is an annual festival and competition which aims to celebrate the beauty and art of fashion as captured through the filmmakers’ lens. Josh was announced as one of the FFFC winners for his film Blackened Wings from a healthy array of submissions that reflect the bold cross-section encompassed by this expanding art. Inspired by the greek legend of the Phoenix and by Russian Constructivism/Propaganda Posters, Blackened Wings tells the tale of a young boy fighting to overcome bullying and oppression.

Josh explains his inspiration in more detail below;

“Set in a place in Soviet/Military world, Blackened Wings tells the tale of a young boy fighting to overcome bullying and oppression. The film showcases a collection of accessories and fashion artefacts by London College Of Fashion Graduate Chiara Pavan, as well as pieces by Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, Armani, amongst others.”

Josh’s winning video will be screened during fall fashion week and on FFFC media sources.

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UAL Edit Interview: Annie Kevans

Annie Kevans
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art in 2004, where Charles Saatchi bought her final year collection ‘Boys’, Annie Kevans has had solo exhibitions in New York, London and Vienna. She has recently collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier to produce a series of  paintings depicting his muses, which are currently on display at The Barbican and will tour with the exhibition to Melbourne, Paris and Munich. Shortlisted for the Women of the Future awards and the Jerwood Drawing Prize, her work can also be found in major collections including the Pallant House Gallery, the Saatchi Collection, 21c Museum, and the David Roberts Collection. Kevans’ paintings reflect her interests in power, manipulation and the role of the individual in inherited belief systems. Having an affinity for the marginalised, Kevans paints figures overlooked, exploited, or objectified within the context of history or contemporary culture. Kevans’s ‘Women and the History of Art’ at the Fine Art Society this year received phenomenal praise from across the arts and national press.

Angelica Kauffman by Annie Kevans

Who or what first inspired you to follow your chosen career?
Art has always been part of my life. My parents both left school very early but both took short courses in art and they left London to move to the South of France because they loved the Impressionists and the landscapes they painted. My mother took evening classes at St Martin’s (as it was known in the 1960s) and my father did a few at Goldsmiths. I was always told it was impossible to make a living in art so I first studied languages which led me to move to Barcelona where I tried to be a painter while I taught English. I had no idea what I was doing and felt very cut off from the artists living there. I wasn’t allowed into a life-drawing class because I was ‘not professional’ and I used to get very jealous of the numerous art students walking around the streets with their portfolios. When I moved back to London I took an evening class at the Camden Arts Centre and was encouraged to apply to art school by a teacher there. I remember the feeling of absolute joy when I finally began my Foundation course at Central Saint Martins and I knew then there was no turning back.

What are you working on at the moment?
I paint series of ‘portraits’ (some are not based on real documentation) and I like to examine our verdicts on history and our perceptions of intellectual solidity. I’m currently working on a series called ‘Women and the History of Art’, the first part of which is currently being shown at the Fine Art Society. It centres on women in art history who were once leading figures in the art world and whose history and significance have been gradually eroded so they are ultimately forgotten to a modern audience.

Lavinia Fontana by Annie Kevans


What are you most passionate about?
At the moment I’m most passionate about my work. I only recently discovered that, as early as the 16th century, there were brilliant female artists who were international celebrities with fantastic careers and exciting lives. I’ve been researching these women and feel very angry that their contributions to art have been so overlooked and disregarded. Where are the books and films about these women? Why are the women Impressionists not shown today as equals to their male counterparts when they once were? Why are they separate from art history and relegated to a genre of their own?

I feel like this series will be my biggest and most important to date and I plan to carry on with it for some time. I have a show coming up in San Francisco and I plan to focus on women who had very successful careers in America. I recently saw a brilliant documentary on the forgotten female artists of Pop Art and I’m painting great artists like Pauline Boty and Marisol.

Dorothea Tanning by Annie Kevans.  Courtesy Of The Fine Art Society

Which piece of art/design/performance/communication/fashion do you wish you had created?
I wish I had painted Gas Chamber (1986) by Luc Tuymans. Every time I see the work, I have a strong physical and emotional reaction.

Where is your favourite London haunt?
The River Lea which runs through Clapton where I live with my husband and daughter. Our flat overlooks the river and we like to kayak on it on warm days. It’s not the most scenic river, but it’s great to drift along looking at the herons and barges and it doesn’t feel like we’re in zone two of London at all! Our daughter’s middle name is Lea after the river.

River Lea shot by louisemakesstuff

What is your guilty pleasure?
I love TV and watch far too much of it. I love watching old episodes of Columbo with some Green & Black’s Butterscotch chocolate.

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Name a favourite book, song or film
I have so many favourite films… I like Fargo and A Clockwork Orange and The Shining by Stanley Kubrick. I got hooked on House of Cards and The Wire but probably my favourite series is  Spaced.


I love Stevie Wonder and recently paid a fortune to sit a few rows from the stage at the O2.

Stevie Wonder shot by Thomas Hawk

What is your signature dish?
I only started cooking when my daughter was born a couple of years ago and I make a mean New York cheesecake.

New York cheesecake shot byYoussef Abdelaal

Do you think University of the Arts London has an important role to play in Britain’s cultural life?
Absolutely! It’s the place where most of the country’s ambitious creatives want to be and it’s a fantastic place to meet other like-minded individuals. I remember feeling like an artist for the first time in my life when one of the teachers at Central Saint Martins referred to us – first-year students – as ‘artists’, and I realised that she took us seriously and had high expectations of us. I remember feeling that anything was possible and that I was in the best place to make it happen.


What advice would you give to aspiring creatives?
If you don’t have a trust fund or rich family, think about how you’re going to set yourself up so that you can afford to be a creative. It’s so hard to be an artist, especially in London which is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Many people get full-time jobs and then can’t find the time to be creative. My best advice to people is to find the best paid part-time job you can find and then find a cheap studio and try to live cheaply. Lack of finance is probably the biggest enemy to creativity. I’m saying this as someone who had to drop out of art school for a year because I couldn’t afford the fees.

Tell us more about your involvement with the Barbican’s Jean Paul Gaultier show.
I was asked to paint Jean Paul Gaultier’s muses for his touring show which is currently on at the Barbican Art Gallery. The muses include David Bowie, Beth Ditto, Madonna, Kylie and Kate Moss, and it’s been an amazing experience, especially hearing that they love their portraits! I’m looking forward to the opening in Paris next March when the exhibition goes to the Grand Palais.

Visit Annie Kevan’s website

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MA Costume alumna designs for Kylie Minogue at the Commonwealth Games

MA Costume Design for Performance alumna Lara Jensen has designed the headpieces for Kylie Minogue and her dancers at the closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.

Lara attended the MA course after the then course leader Donatella Barbieri (now Senior Research Fellow in Design for Performance, jointly at the V&A Museum and LCF) spotted her drawings when she came to LCF to meet a friend, and as a Harold Tillman scholar she was the first ever MA Costume student to gain a scholarship in the history of the course. She designed and made her first showgirl outfit as part of her film project, and went on to get early work experience with wigmaker Charlie Mindu, which confirmed her interest in millinery.

Since graduating in 2009, she has created work for Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Jessie J and London Fashion Week, as well as being included Leanne Wierzba’s Head On exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery.

Read more on the Harold Tillman scholarships part of the Fashion Matters LCF fundraising campaign.

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Central Saint Martins Proposed Design MBA Shares Research

Business, Sustainability and Design Frameworks–insights into a DMBA.  Photo Credit - Nathan Shedroff

Business, Sustainability and Design Frameworks–insights into a DMBA.
Photo Credit – Nathan Shedroff

The proposed Masters of Business Administration (MBA) course has, over the past year, amassed a huge amount of research regarding the potential of creating a Design MBA  at Central Saint Martins.

We’ll be sharing with you some of the quotes we’ve gathered along the way, demonstrating that the idea of launching a business degree at an art school is very on point with MBA students, alumni, and business leaders. One of the subjects we tackled is that of how MBA graduates, past and present, should deal with flexibility and uncertainty. Here are some of the answers we received–we welcome your thoughts, comments and input via our survey.

• “Creativity. For the first time, in IBM’s survey of CEOs in 2010, a large number of them, around 60%, said that creativity and innovation was something they needed. There’s a huge knowledge base about design that has been absent from management education.” Management School Senior Academic, US

• “John Maeda says something like, ‘Artists ask question, technology creates possibilities, design creates solutions and leadership creates action’. That’s a summary of what an entrepreneur needs to cover.” MBA Alumnus

• “People need different ways of thinking in order to respond to the challenges of a no growth, no carbon society, dominated by non inclusive politics. I’m interested in design as a way of doing that, because designers use their brains laterally, contingently, accepting there is no one truth, accepting iterating as a methodology to move towards alternatives.” CSM Faculty Member

• “A focus on people’s experiences. I’ve realised from being in the entrepreneurial community in the Bay Area that user-centredness is so lacking in all aspects of business.” MBA Design Strategy Alumnus, US

• “Building organisation capable of innovating. The was for talent is expected to heat up for positions requiring high levels and more education.” GMAC 2013

• “Effective multi disciplinary building and working. Firms like GE, IBM and Philips are all struggling with talent and skills. The opportunity is to blend designers who are up-skilling to be equal and effective partners with marketing, engineering and new product development, and business and management people who want to access design innovation and creativity.” MBA Faculty Member, US

• “Design as a core managerial capability. Everything about a business has been designed: from how you answer the phone, to HR policy, to what the products and services are, to deciding what strategy to employ. And how they design is to look around, and find someone to rip off, which they call ‘best practice’. But that’s only relevant if what they do is sufficiently close to your situation to be applicable. If companies survive, it’s because they are unique. More and more, finding existing designs out there is not enough. You need to be capable of doing the activity. This is something that resonates with executives I talk to.” Management School Senior Academic, US

If you agree, or disagree, with any of these statements, you can have your input by filling out our survey–a very important step in the exciting development of this program.

More information:
Innovation Management
THNK School of Creative Leadership

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New // Student Voices


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As a College that values conscientious communication, LCC ensures that its students create work that is original and has a voice that is authentically theirs. But what about the students behind the work?

Our brand new ‘Student Voices’ page on the LCC website, also housed in a YouTube playlist, gives you even more of a sense of what our students get up to, how their experiences of LCC differ and what they find inspiring.

‘Student Voices’ contains interviews with graduating students during LCC Summer Shows 2014, representing courses from BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication through BA (Hons) Interaction and Moving Image to BA (Hons) Photography.

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Visit our Student Voices page.

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