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Iconic moments at LFW

In 1983 the British Fashion Council was founded in Somerset House and the first edition of London Fashion Week took place in February 1984 in a West London car park.

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Creative Commons

It saw the debut of fashion icon and CSM alumna, John Galliano, whose degree collection was inspired by the French Revolution.

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Everett Collection /

In the aftermath of the recession, where only a small slew of designers show collections in handful of rooms at the Ritz, CSM alumna, Alexander McQueen lightened the mood in 1992 with his ‘bumster’ trousers in his debut collection. Art came to life when a model became a human canvas and was sprayed with a robot paint gun during McQueen’s later 1998 summer collection.

Victor Soto/ Flickr

Victor Soto/ Flickr

CSM alumna Stella McCartney was still a designer student when her entire collection sold out after the 1995 Spring/Summer show. Her line-up of models included Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

UK in France/Flickr

UK in France/Flickr

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The Coincidental Dandy/Flickr

CSM alumna Hussein Chalayan won British Designer of the Year twice (in 1999 and 2000). His graduate collection in 1993, entitled “The Tangent Flows”, showcased garments which he had buried in a back yard and exhumed just before the show.

Victor Soto/Flickr

Victor Soto/Flickr

Kate Moss took to the catwalk for Matthew Williamson’s London Fashion Week debut in 1997. Titled ‘Electric Angels’ it was seen to push the boundaries of fashion at the time as it focused on bright colour blocking.


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CSM alumna Christopher Kane debuts his lace-imbued collection, featuring neon and his signature zips in 2006 to rapturous praise – paving the way for a new wave of innovative design talent.

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UAL: the force behind London Fashion Week

Forget the 20-foot quilted columns, the sprawling sets, the front-row-line-up of rappers and editors or the bloggers sending street-style selfies outside. The real thing propping up this year’s anticipated London Fashion Week AW16 are the new collections soon to be unveiled by its A-list designers – of which over 50 per cent have studied at UAL.

Whether you’re Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, John Galliano or Zac Posen, you’re likely to have amassed a cult following, won a string of industry awards, dressed half the Oscars red-carpet set – and you, most very probably, will have launched your career at UAL.

More than half of the designers showing at this year’s London Fashion Week AW16 – including Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Sadie Williams, Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia, Sophia Webster and the late Alexander McQueen – all hail from UAL’s Colleges.

Four UAL Colleges are represented on the catwalk this year, with the largest contingent – 45 of the 89 LFW designers – having studied at Central Saint Martins (CSM). London College of Fashion (LCF) also has strong representation, with Wimbledon College of Arts and London College of Communication also seeing their alumni light up the shows with their designs.

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CSM: College with its own LFW show

Its reputation for producing not only the world’s leading design artists, but the behind-the-scenes designers that have powered the world’s biggest fashion houses, such as Chanel, Givenchy, Gucci, Dior, Celine and Louis Vuitton – has firmly cemented CSM’s place within the world’s fashion front row.

CSM’s internationally acclaimed MA Fashion course has an unrivalled record for sending the very best talent into the global fashion industry – dubbed by media and industry as synonymous with stepping into the ‘future of fashion’.

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As the only College that shows established brands at London Fashion Week on the official schedule, a select number of students will unveil their work to an international audience on
19 February at the British Fashion Council’s Show Space.

CSM MA Womenswear student, Alexander Krantz, 28, told The Guardian: “Showing my work at LFW means it will be viewed at a new level. It will be shown in the same context as established brands…LFW is a chance to show my point of view, and hopefully my future in the fashion industry will grow naturally from that.”


Alexander Krantz/ The Guardian

Want more? Relive some of CSM’s LFW milestone moments through the VOGUE lens.

LCF sets the tone

As the world tunes into London’s stage, LCF hosted its annual LCFMA16 Womenswear catwalk show at Royal College of Surgeons on 18 February.

The show, part of LCF’s MA16 graduate season, featured collections from 10 graduates from the MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear course.

Selected from a panel including editor Natalie Rigg, ASOS’s Head of Fashion, Zeba Lowe, WWD’s General Assignment Editor, Lorelei Marfil – alongside Professor Frances Corner OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor of UAL and Head of LCF, who says: “Our MA Womenswear course continues from strength to strength and by holding our LCFMA16 show ahead of LFW it gives us the opportunity to profile the graduate’s collections at a time when the fashion industry is looking to London.”

LCF_MA Womenswear_Desirée Slabik

Desiree Slabik

Also on the agenda

Exhibition17 Feb – 20 Feb 2016

LCF is hosting an MA Exhibition until 20 February. Open to the public, it showcases the work of photography, footwear, accessories, artefact and fashion design technology students giving the media, industry and public the opportunity to be inspired by the next generation of fashion leaders.

Tania Ortiz Zamorano MA Costume Design for Performance

Tania Ortiz Zamorano

Screenings: Celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100: A Century of Style by catching one of the many must-see film for fashion connoisseurs, selected by Vogue’s creative team and introduced by staff and students from Central St Martins.

See the full London Fashion Week AW16 schedule.

UAL appoints David Crow as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Colleges for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon

Professor David Crow has been appointed as UAL’s Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Colleges for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts. He will take up post on 1 August 2016.


Professor David Crow has been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor at UAL [Image courtesy of Manchester Metropolitan University]

David Crow is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Amongst his achievements there, he reclaimed the heritage of the School – one of the UK’s oldest providers of creative education – after its identity had been subsumed for a generation as the university’s Faculty of Art and Design. He also led the recent prize-winning redevelopment of the School’s buildings.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor at UAL, said:

“We are delighted to have appointed David Crow, one of the leading figures in this generation of creative academics, as our new Pro Vice-Chancellor. I look forward to working with David during this exciting period for UAL at the heart of the UK’s fast-growing creative industries.”

David Crow said:

“I am pleased to be able to play my part in shaping the future of UAL and its colleges, whose students and alumni have such influence on art, design and performance across the world.”

David Crow studied Communication Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. He subsequently worked as a designer in London for Assorted iMaGes and as Art Director for Island Records before running his own consultancy. As a freelance designer he worked for clients in the cultural sector including Rolling Stones Records, Virgin Records, Phonogram and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He then moved into academia as Head of the Department of Graphic Arts at Liverpool John Moores University.

UAL Edit interview: Emma Hart

Emma Hart in her studio London

Announced this week as the winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, artist Emma Hart lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: big MOUTH, Grand Union, Birmingham (2015); Sticky, Austrian Cultural Forum, London (2015); Spread, Art Exchange (2015); Giving It All That, Folkestone Triennial (2014); Dirty Looks, Camden Arts Centre (2013). In 2015 she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for Visual Art. Emma is a lecturer on BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, UAL.

Emma Hart sculptures

What first inspired you to become an artist?

It really was the other way round, in that I was working in an office as a shipping clerk – I didn’t follow a conventional route into art, I didn’t do Art A-level or a foundation course – and it was more that I was using art to get away from what I was doing as opposed to moving towards something that I really loved. I felt terribly misunderstood in the shipping industry and in the office administration industry. I also worked at a call centre for a long time and it just was very frustrating and disappointing. I had a desire to make things, but it was more that I had ideas going round my head, “what if this could happen?” and I couldn’t express them. Because I hadn’t done any art training I felt very restricted, I didn’t feel I could paint or draw or sculpt. When I was about 21, 22, when it came to really thinking about ‘what am I going to do next?’ art was still too far away from me, I couldn’t quite imagine it,  but what I could imagine was taking photographs, so I went and bought disposable cameras from Boots – digital cameras hadn’t actually been invented – and in my spare time just started to take photographs on them and cobbled together a portfolio and got into a photography course at my local college.

Emma Hart installation

What are you working on at the moment?
It’s been a really busy time the last two years undertaking two major exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre and then the Folkestone Triennial so right now I’m just pausing for thought and enjoying relishing having won the Paul Hamlyn award. But in this year I start on another major commission with Jonathan Baldock and we have a major commission with the De La Warr Pavilion, Peer Gallery and then the Grundy Gallery in Blackpool – we’ve never collaborated before and  we’re going to collaborate for the first time and produce a kind of modern weird take on Punch and Judy. It opens in August at the De La Warr and it’s a really large show. We’ve got some huge sculptures planned.

Emma Hart close up

Tell us about your work

I’m fairly new to ceramics and my approach is to combine ceramics with photography and video. The Folkestone Triennial was only my second major public project with ceramics, so I’m not an expert. I taught myself everything from YouTube! A bit like when I first got on the course to do photography, I taught myself then. I even bought a kiln. Folkestone was a unique opportunity because rather than the work being situated in a gallery it was in an abandoned flat, so that’s a more provocative location than a neutral gallery. It had been lived in and then abandoned, I think due to financial difficulties, so it was really smelly – it was very atmospheric. A lot of my work dwells on the boundaries or thresholds between public and private so I often think about spillages or sweat – a moment of excess when something bursts through our public veneer, how anxiety forces our inner feelings outwards. A domestic property is a good places to dwell on personal doubts or anxieties and how we perform being who we are.

I installed work all over the flat, there was video, which created a crying soundtrack to the whole experience, and I made these metal figures which were holding laptops displaying weird powerpoints about how you might present yourself, and then the rooms were filled with ceramics which set up situations for the viewer to enter in to. Something I’m exploring is how ceramics can go beyond being a vessel and create a situation or scene, so in one room long extended arms offered viewers drinks, so the viewer is drawn in, in a room upstairs the viewer is peered at over the edge of ceramic clipboards and therefore being monitored which hopefully manufactured another set of feelings within the viewer.

Red kites photographed by Mrs Airwolfhound

What are you most passionate about?

The thing for me is that I had a child two years ago and now I’m much more passionate about family life. I am still really passionate about birds, I was a keen birdwatcher, but I’m more likely to see a black bird than a red kite these days.

Which piece of creative work in any discipline do you most love?

I just have been to see the Enrico David show at Hepworth Wakefield and it took my breath away. It is the best show I have ever seen in a long time and I think about it constantly. The work is a heady mix of provocation, beauty, terror, and lust.

Surrey Docks Farm piglets, courtesy Surrey Docks Farm
Where is your favourite London haunt?

Things have changed, it used to be the Wenlock Arms near Old Street but now it’s the city farm in Surrey Quays.

What is your guilty pleasure?
It’s QVC, the shopping channel.

Name a favourite book, song and film

Virginia Woolf To The Lighthouse
Virgina Woolf,  To The Lighthouse

Alison Limerick cover
I’m a bit of an old clubber and my favourite track is Where Love Lives by Alison Limerick 

Uncle Buck poster detail
I hardly ever watch films, but the one I’ve seen the most is Uncle Buck.

What advice would you give to aspiring creatives?
The hardest thing to do, is to do what you want to do,  rather than what you think you should be doing and it’s hard because it’s hard to work out what you really want to do and then it’s hard because you have to have courage to do what you want. My advice is caught up in that really – do what you want to do.

Read more on Emma Hart’s website

Find out more about the Max Mara Art Prize for Women on the Whitechapel Gallery website

Revisiting “the wickedest road in Britain”

Janet Mendelsohn The street c.1968. Black and white photographic print Courtesy Cadbury Research Library Special Collections University of Birmingham

Photography and the Archive Research Centre
 director Professor Val Williams has researched the 1960s photographs of US documentary photography Janet Mendelsohn, for a catalogue essay, published by the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham to accompany the exhibition Janet Mendelsohn’s Varna Road, which opens this week.

The Guardian reports that Varna Road was known as called the wickedest road in Britain “yet in Janet Mendelsohn’s haunting black and white photographs, by turns playful and melancholy, we see the hidden side of the street that became the focus of 1960s moral panic.”

Janet Mendelsohn Kathleen hanging out c.1968 Black white photographic print Courtesy Cadbury Research Library Special Collections University of Birmingham

Here, Professor Val Williams shares her insights into the work:

Mendelsohn was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University   from 1967 to 1969. Having studied Social Relations at Harvard’s all-women Radcliffe College, Mendelsohn became interested in documentary photography; in Birmingham she decided to study social conditions in the inner city, and began to work in and around Varna Road in Balsall Heath.

Originally a sedate and elegant nineteenth century middle- class suburb, by the 1960s, Balsall Heath had become known as Birmingham’s major red light district and as a centre for migration from South Asia. The once-elegant houses fell into decay, and were subdivided into rooming houses and shabby flats. Corner shops, pubs and cafés formed the social hubs of the community, and life on the streets was hectic and crowded. The combination of vitality and cheapness meant that, for a time, Balsall Heath became a draw both for Birmingham’s artistic bohemia and for students, as well as a centre for prostitution. Balsall Heath was a highly visible example of British post-war society in transition, with a complex mix of groups, new populations engaging with the more traditional. Balsall Heath was about to  undergo a relentless process of slum clearance and Varna Road, along with many other streets in the area, would cease to exist.

Janet Mendelsohn, Kathleen and her newborn son L c.1968 Black and white photographic print Courtesy Cadbury Research Library Special Collections University of Birmingham

Mendelsohn’s Varna Road photographs focussed on the life of ‘Kathleen’ – sex worker, mother and Balsall Heath resident. These remarkable photographs, are intimate and collaborative, as Mendelsohn observed  ‘Kathleen’ in her day-to-day life. At the heart of the project are Mendelsohn’s photographs of Kathleen and her family at home.  Though Kathleen’s life was a challenging one, and her circumstances extremely straitened, Mendelsohn’s photographs of her are rich and poetic. Intimate, collaborative. Shot in available light, the gloomy, dishevelled interiors of Kathleen’s rooms assume a kind of grandeur, as with Kathleen as a gaunt but sublime Madonna.  These are photographs full of warmth and compassion, photographs made by a woman about another woman’s life. No two people could have been further apart than the high achieving Radcliffe student and the impoverished Birmingham prostitute, but there is real connection here.

Outside, on the street, in the café, outside the pub, the photography changes and becomes much more of an observation of life in Balsall Heath as reflected through Kathleen and her circle. Mendelsohn accompanies Kathleen as she chats with friends on street corners, pushes her pram, and visits the launderette; she even photographed the broken down bed where Kathleen took her clients. She observes Kathleen with her children in photographs of great poignancy. This is a many-layered study, where empathy meets sheer inquisitiveness on a massive scale.

Janet Mendelsohn’s Varna Road runs at Ikon Gallery, 1, Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham B12HS until 3 April.

The UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) was designated by University of the Arts London in 2003 and is based at London College of Communication.

Read more about Janet Mendelsohn Varna Road at Ikon Gallery

Read more about the Photography and the Archive Research Centre

Read more about Professor Val Williams

What do all these Oscar nominees have in common…? UAL

Now that the official nominations to this year’s Oscar race are out – we tally up the talent that count UAL as their alma mater.

TOM HARDY: Drama Centre London & UAL Honorary Fellow


UAL’s own Honorary Fellow, who also attended UAL’s Drama Centre London, Tom Hardy, is up for Best Supporting Actor in his race to nab his very first Oscar for his work in acclaimed front-runner, The Revenant. But it doesn’t just stop there. Hardy also appears in Mad Max: Fury Road – with both films up for an combined eye-watering 22 Academy Awards.

Hardy was studying at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins when he was offered his breakout role in HBO’s award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers. Award-winning performances followed in Bronson, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, amongst a string of stellar performances in both film, on screen and stage.

He inspired UAL graduates with his moving speech: “It’s okay to fail. You learn so much more from failure – it’s not embarrassing.”

Watch it here:

MICHAEL FASSBENDER: BA (Hons) Acting, Drama Centre London, UAL

Revised Michael Fassbender

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All eyes are on Michael Fassbender, who is up for Best Actor, having channelled the visionary title character in the biopic, Steve Jobs. It may have been the same clarity of vision that overcame Fassbender, who decided at 17 to be an actor, moving to London to study at UAL’s Drama Centre London.

He has since forged a remarkable career, dotted with critically acclaimed independent films and box office hits, from 300, Inglourious Basterds, as well as starring in his award winning role in fellow UAL (Chelsea College of Arts) alumnus and Turner Prize winner, Steve McQueen’s film, Hunger.

With one Oscar nomination under his belt, thanks to his searing performance in 2014’s 12 Years A Slave – 2016 could be Fassbender’s year.

EVE STEWART: Theatre Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL

Cornerhouse Manchester; Paul Greenwood

Behind every great film, is a great designer. And in most cases, that designer is the great, Eve Stewart, having trained in theatre design at UAL’s Central Saint Martins. From Topsy-Turvy, Elizabeth I, The King’s Speech and Les Misérables, Stewart has collected a string of awards – carving out her reputation as the designer who can bring any great film to life.

With three Oscar nominations to her name already, this year she is up this year for Best Production Design for The Danish Girl.

SANDY POWELL: Theatre Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL

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Multiple award-winner, Sandy Powell OBE, will seemingly never have to practice her gracious-‘loser’-Oscar face, having scored two Oscar nominations nods this year for Best Achievement in Costume Design for her work in both the dramatically different, Carol and Cinderella.

A veteran in the awards race, Powell has had practice jugging double Oscar nominations, having been nominated in 1998 for both Velvet Goldmine and Shakespeare In Love (winning the latter).

Powell trained at UAL’s Central Saint Martins, before crafting a stellar career that has included Academy Award wins for The Aviator and The Young Victoria, as well as having racked up an astonishing 10 Academy Award nominations in total.

JENNY BEAVAN: Theatre Design, Central Saint Martins & former Visiting Professor, UAL

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A graduate in Theatre Design at UAL’s Central Saint Martins, Jenny Beavan is also a former visiting UAL Professor, sharing her design talents with students, that led her to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for 1985’s, A Room With A View.

Beavan has racked up another nine Oscar nominations in total, making her one of the most in-demand designers in the biz. This year she is up for Best Achievement in Costume Design for her work in Mad Max: Fury Road.

JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER: Marshall Scholar, PhD in Fine Art at Central St Martins, UAL


Fernando Eimbcke, Olga Kurylenko, Joshua Oppenheimer (right) magicinfoto /

With a BA from Harvard University and a PhD from Central Saint Martins, UAL to his name, film director, Joshua Oppenheimer has astounded audiences with this documentary film-making.

In a follow up to his 2012 globally award-winning debut feature film, about the individuals who participated in the Indonesian killings of 1965-66, The Act of Killing, Oppenheimer has directed its companion film: The Look of Silence that has been nominated for this year’s Best Documentary.

Winning over 50 international film awards, Oppenheimer delivered a screening for US Congress members, calling on the US to acknowledge its role in the killings. He very well may do the same at this year’s Academy Awards.

Winners will be announced at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony which takes place on 28 February.


UAL: 10 unforgettable moments

Winning the Turner Prize


Part architects, part designers. Whichever way you look at them, Assemble – made up of UAL lecturer Maria Lisogorskaya, and visiting tutors Mat Leung and Louis Schulz who teach at Central Saint Martins – reinvented urban ‘regeneration’ and in doing so, scooped this year’s Turner Prize. While some declared it the death of the Turner, you can’t help but be impressed: not only are they the first collective to win – but with an age range of 26 to 29,  they’re also the youngest.

Officially the world’s best


Photograph: Artur Kula/Demotix/Corbis

Don’t just take our word for it. Industry bible, the Business of Fashion, named UAL’s Central Saint Martins the best fashion school in the world. UAL’s London College of Fashion also made the top 10 list, coming in at number eight as the best in the world. Enough said.

UAL invests in the future of its Colleges

UAL Top 10

This year UAL announced a new cutting-edge campus for London College of Communication which will be at the heart of the regeneration of Elephant & Castle. This is just one of UAL’s exciting building developments, with work underway on the £62million regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts  and architects already announced for London College of Fashion’s new campus at the Olympic Park.

UAL’s Grayson Perry on Channel 4

Grayson Perry

Turner Prize winner and acclaimed artist, Grayson Perry told Channel 4 that his mission as the newly crowned UAL Chancellor is to act as “an ambassador for creative education”. Watch Grayson talk art and explore UAL’s Summer Shows:

From LCC to Jay Z


It was the perfect fit. Take students from the London College of Communication and have them embark on a cultural exchange programme with scholars from superstar, Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation. Next, send them to New York to work with entertainment giant, Roc Nation to develop the marketing campaign for the Made in America Festival. A dream assignment.

International Art Competition


Winning piece ‘Imperfect Roles’ by Xiaoxi Kang

Not only did Camberwell College of the Arts MA Illustration student Xiaoxi Kang beat artists from 43 countries to be crowned winner of the International Art Competition, “Show Your World” – she will have her work exhibited in New York City at the Gallery MC, 15 -17 January 2016.

New Blood


A predictor to tomorrow’s creative superstars’, the D&AD New Blood Awards, celebrating outstanding work in the design and advertising industry are one of the most prestigious internationally recognised industry accolades that any under 24-year-old can hope to achieve. Invited to respond to industry standard briefs set by global brands, such as Dazed, Adobe, Toms and The Telegraph  – Chelsea College of Arts BA Graphic Design Communication students boasted 11 winners.

Taking centre stage in Beijing

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by Abigail Hammond, photography Tristam Kenton

Cementing its place as one of the UK’s leading specialist theatre institutions, Wimbledon College of Arts curated the largest ever exhibition of European Theatre Design in China, featuring work from the Lion King by Wimbledon alumnus Richard Hudson, Cheek By Jowl by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnelan, Ping by LCF alumna Daphne Karstens, alongside designs by Thomas Rupert and Dimitry Krymov. Endlessly breaking boundaries in design for theatre and film, Wimbledon’s roster of star alumni includes Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award winners such as Sarah Greenwood, Anthony Ward, James Acheson, Charles Knode, Christopher Oram and Mark Tildesley.

Gateway to a greener future


As delegates descended onto St Pancras International train station, en route to Paris for the United Nations Climate Change conference COP 21 – they came face to face with the world’s first ever physical embodiment of Dress for Our Time – a digital couture dress dedicated to showing the human impact of climate change on our physical world. Curated by London College of Fashion’s Professor, Helen Storey MBE RDI, the Dress for Our Time digital couture installation helped change the way we think and act upon climate change.

Back to the Futuro

Futuro House, The Terrace, Central Saint Martins, King's Cross

Futuro House, The Terrace, Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross

A flying saucer or a Sixties love shack? Either way – the Futuro House, originally designed as a Finnish ski lodge by artist Craig Barnes, landed on The Roof Terrace at Central Saint Martins in Autumn 2015. At 13ft tall and 26ft wide, the elliptical fibreglass structure can hold 20 people and is only one of 60 left in existence. When it’s not being ogled by members of the public once a month, it’s used by UAL to  host performances, screenings, talks and other happenings. Here, artists, designers and thinkers are set to change the course of our world.

2015 in posts: the ones you liked the most

You got talking about…


UAL grad, Lili Murphy-Johnson shows us why we should celebrate female menstruation. Here she shares how she’s using it as her artistic inspiration.

You were divided on…


So Kanye West came to visit Central Saint Martins today! Just a normal Tuesday at UAL. Fab walk-&-talk photo by Sam Dunne.

You were inspired by….


“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein

You took celeb selfies with…

You got political…


Are You Happy? By Emily J Toomer, graphic design, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

The Guardian challenged art students capture the real Britain in the run-up to the 2015 general election. It then shared the best entries – with many coming from UAL.

You championed…

fossil fuels

We play a leading role in environmentally sustainable fashion, arts and design. Now, mindful of the impact of climate change, we are proud to announce our commitment to ‪#‎divest from fossil fuels.

You shared advice from…

tom hardy

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

You celebrated….


Here’s a small selection of our photos from graduation week 2015. Tag yourself if you’re featured!

You were glad to be included with this bunch…


UAL to present honorary awards to leading creative figures including Tom Hardy, Gillian Wearing, Ralph Fiennes and Phoebe Philo at graduation ceremonies this year.

You pondered life’s next move and watched…

Going to UAL uni

Looking into university options for next year? Watch our new film to learn more about UAL, our 6 Colleges and see some of the exciting work produced by our students.

Barry Lyndon at 40: Kubrick’s historic masterpiece four decades on

Kubrick Barry Lyndon feature The Guardian

Four decades after Stanley Kubrick’s historic masterpiece Barry Lyndon was released in theatres, The Guardian visit the Stanley Kubrick Archives at UAL, to explore some of the thousands of objects relating to the film’s conception, development, production, and release. Film editor Andrew Pulver spoke to the epic film’s executive producer Jan Harlan about what the objects reveal, including insights into the set design, costumes, scene plans, filming techniques and production worries. The picture feature incorporates shots of Stanley Kubrick on the Barry Lyndon set with the cast and crew, as well as hand-annotated notes. Read the full feature on The Guardian

Find out more about the Stanley Kubrick Archive at UAL’s Archives and Special Collections Centre, based at LCC in Elephant and Castle

Read about the Inner Circle Oral History project where Stanley Kubrick’s friends, family and colleagues share their memories of the cinematic great.

Discover six surprising facts about Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey discovered in the Stanley Kubrick Archive, as revealed by UAL’s Kubrick Archivist


UAL Professional Mentoring Scheme


Are you in your final year at University of the Arts London and feeling unsure about your next steps after university?

UAL’s Professional Mentoring Scheme is an unique opportunity for final year students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to be matched with an experienced professional to gain career insight, guidance and support.

The next wave of the programme will run from February to July 2016 and the deadline for applications is midday on Friday 8 January 2016. For more information visit Mentoring at Careers and Employability.

Volunteer Mentors Needed

Have you reached a stage in your career where you could give something back? We are looking for mentors to help support and inspire University of the Arts London students.

If you have at least 3 years’ professional experience in the business or creative sectors, we would love to hear from you.  All we ask for is two hours of your time a month to meet with your mentee over a period of six months, and we will provide you with all the training and support you need.

The next round of training sessions are scheduled for January 2016 and the programme officially launches in February 2016. If you’re interested in taking part in something reward and exciting, then sign up today!