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David Toop: Offering Rites at Central Saint Martins

Offering Rites
Music legend David Toop is currently presenting a series of events called Offering Rites at Central Saint Martins. As a tasty side dish, we serve up a little background information on the man.

Toop, who was recently appointed Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at UAL, is a legend in arts and music circles. A musician, writer and critic, he is one of the most influential names on the UK’s experimental electronic music scene.

His journey started way back in the 70s and he’s worked with an incredible roster musical pioneers, from Brian Eno and Luke Vibert to John Zorn and Grandmaster Flash. Toop has collaborated with artists from many disciplines, including theatre director and actor Steven Berkoff.

As a critic and columnist, Toop has written vitally influential pieces for publications such as The Wire, Dazed And Confused, The Face, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Arena and Vogue.

Innovative and immersive
As a leading authority on music Toop has lent his inimitable voice to books on a variety of genres. He’s responsible for Rap Attack, a ground-breaking book documenting the origins of hip-hop. His second book, Ocean of Sound, explores how ambient isn’t a genre so much as a ‘way of listening’.

Highly respected by artists and critics alike, Toop has a reputation for innovative, immersive performances. Speaking about the current series of events, he said: “these are best imagined as a means to connect with methods of making and remembering, unmaking and forgetting.

“They are more concerned with the unfinished or in-between, that which is difficult to articulate or impossible to exhibit; each one will involve offerings of different kinds, opportunities to listen, to watch, to speak, to be silent.”

The final installment of Offering Rites will take place this Saturday (2 April 2014).

More information:
The Offering Rites event series at Central Saint Martins
Offering Rites 3: Beyond the Object

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Fashion can be so much more says the Craft of Use project

Craft of Use exhibition at LCF featuring photography by Kerry Dean. Model: Jean Woods.

Craft of Use exhibition at LCF featuring photography by Kerry Dean. Centre model: Jean Woods.

Conversations on alternative forms of fashion have flowed from the success of Craft of Use hosted by LCF and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and led by researcher Kate Fletcher.

The event, which saw artists, academics and fashion designers come together to discuss fashion beyond consumerism, generated lively thoughts and stories online and on site.

As Kate writes,

“Fashion is seen as the poster child of consumerism, but it can be so much more.”

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Alumnus Shezad Dawood Presents Solo Exhibition

Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, 2014 © Parasol unit. Photo: Nicola Pomery Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, 2014 © Parasol unit. Photo: Nicola Pomery Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, 2014 © Parasol unit. Photo: Nicola Pomery

Shezad Dawood, who graduated from BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 1997, is screening his new film as part of a solo show in London.

Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film exhibition is made up of light sculptures, an installation of large-scale paintings on textile, and two films. Informed by extensive travels and research, Dawood shows a deep desire to encourage communication between different cultures and people. His films feature extraordinary episodes and narratives, in which seemingly ‘otherworldly’ figures are often the protagonists.

Morocco, Masonry and Mysticism

Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film (production still), 2014. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film (production still), 2014. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film (production still), 2014. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Shezad Dawood: Mên-an-Tol, 2013. Acrylic on vintage textile, 200 x 274 cm. Courtesy Paradise Row, London Shezad Dawood: A Mystery Play, (production still), 2010. Super 16 mm transferred to HD, 15 minutes. Commissioned by Plug In ICA, Winnipeg. Courtesy of LUX, London.

‘Towards the Possible Film’ (2014), which premiers at the exhibition, was shot at Legzira beach in Sidi Ifni, Morocco. It is evidently inspired by the many wars fought in the 1950s and ’60s between Spain, Morocco and independent Saharan tribes. In contrast, the film ‘A Mystery Play’ (2010) draws on Masonic rituals and Winnipeg’s history of burlesque and performance.

Dawood’s light sculpture The Black Sun’ (2010) is an ultra-daylight, white-neon circle. It is concerned with the mystical transformation of the self, as represented by the eclipse and the notion of the dark night of the soul. Also featured are his large-scale paintings, created on textiles stitched during the 1970s by women in Pakistan.

The exhibition runs until 25 May 2014 at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Admission is free. On Thursday 24 April, Dawood will be in conversation with writer and critic Oliver Basciano.

More information:
BA Fine Art
Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film exhibition
Talk by Shezad Dawood on 24 April 2014

Towards the Possible Film (production still, 2014) commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Mên-an-Tol (2013) courtesy Paradise Row, London. A Mystery Play (production still, 2010) commissioned by Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, courtesy of LUX, London. Event images (2014) copyright Parasol unit, photos Nicola Pomery.

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Call for Proposals: Designs on e-Learning 2014: Forging Creative Connections

CLTAD, in partnership with Penn State University, invite UAL staff to submit a proposal to present at the 2014 Designs on e-Learning international conference, September 17 – 18, San Marcos/Austin, Texas. Titled Forging Creative Connections, broad conference themes have been designed to open up the conversation wherever you find yourself along the technology path. Specific areas of connection could include those between:

•             Traditional & innovative approaches

•             Students & employers

•             Open educational resources & the curriculum

•             Staff & students

•             Formal & informal learning

As digital technologies continue to evolve and transform the pedagogic landscape, we face exciting and innovative possibilities for the future of education.

The conference will explore the impact of these transformations on our teaching practices and question how we can maximize their potential for improving student learning. This is an opportunity to collectively generate ideas, tackle problems, and share best practices in the arts, design and communication areas. The format of the conference includes panel discussions, presentations, work in progress papers and keynote speakers.

Deadline for proposals: 17:00 EST April 30th 2014

For full details visit the Designs on e-learning website

Questions: Claudia Roeschmann, cr29@txstate.edu

Alumni Celebrate Emerging Talent

GUESTS

Alumni, staff and students from across UAL’s six Colleges were invited to an exclusive event at SPACE Studios to celebrate some of the outstanding fine art work emerging from our 2013 graduates, which have been showcased at this year’s Future Map exhibition.

The event was organised by Development and Alumni Relations, hosted by SPACE Studios and supported by sponsors Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté a Paris.

WORK

Guests were treated to a private view of Future Map and had the chance to meet some of this years exhibitors. The lucky attendees also enjoyed a drinks and food reception, music and they even got to make some of their own art on the night! (Although, unfortunately, none of the newly created artworks are likely to make next year’s Future Map.)

Sponsors of the event, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté a Paris were on hand to demonstrate and give away free art products to all guests.

PRODUCTS

UAL’s Vice-Chancellor, Nigel Carrington, and Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Karen Doyle, spoke about the importance of alumni events and how it’s never too late to get involved in the largest creative network in the world.

Sarah Clark (Head of UK Marketing) and Rebecca Pelly-Fry (Griffin Gallery Director) spoke about engaging with emerging artists and opportunities for alumni with the upcoming Griffin Art Prize 2014 (find out more here).

SPEECHES

Thanks to everyone who came along, we hope you enjoyed the evening. A huge thanks also to our sponsors, it was their support that enabled us to hold this event for our community.

All photos from the evening can be found on the UAL Alumni Association Facebook page.

For more information on the UAL’s Alumni Association, please visit our website.

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CCW Postgraduate Mentoring Programme – mentors required

To Use - CCW PG Mentoring Programme_web graphic_2CCW are pleased to announce the opening of the CCW Postgraduate Mentoring Programme 2014. This programme aims to encourage and support CCW students and graduates to focus on research plans and formulate applications for potential postgraduate and PhD study. The programme aims to support current UAL students within Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts (CCW) in years two and three of their BA courses, as well as postgraduate students and alumni, to develop their postgraduate and research plans.

The mentors will be drawn from a pool of experienced staff from within UAL CCW who can provide encouragement and support to mentees to make more informed choices and decisions. We are looking for staff who would be interested in mentoring on this programme – please go to the link provided for more information and an application form to register your interest by 30th May: CCW PG Mentoring Programme – open for applications

SEE (Student Enterprise and Employability) are supporting CCW to manage this brand new programme.

For full information please go to CCW PG Mentoring Programme on the SEE website.

CCW Postgraduate Mentoring Programme – now open for applications

To Use - CCW PG Mentoring Programme_web graphic_2CCW are pleased to announce the opening of the CCW Postgraduate Mentoring Programme 2014. This programme aims to encourage and support CCW students and graduates to focus on research plans and formulate applications for potential postgraduate and PhD study. The programme will support current UAL students within Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts (CCW) in years two and three of their BA courses, as well as postgraduate students and alumni, to develop their postgraduate and research plans.

Mentors will be experienced UAL CCW staff who can provide encouragement and support to mentees to make more informed choices and decisions. SEE are supporting CCW to manage this new programme and encourage you to make an application if you are interested in receiving this kind of mentoring.

For full information: CCW PG Mentoring Programme on the SEE website.
Deadline for applications: Friday 30th May, 5pm.

Pattern Cutting students create ethical fashion with Sue Ryder

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First year FdA Designer Pattern Cutter students (now BA (Hons) Fashion Pattern Cutting) have kicked off an industry collaboration with the charity Sue Ryder.

With a brief set by the charity which asks the student to recycle and upcycle in order to create innovative fashion pieces, the students were guided by ethical fashion entrepreneur Nin Castle.

Nin is founder of ethical fashion label, Good One, which specialises in upcycling to create cutting edge design.

Working with Sue Ryder and Nin, the students have begun experimenting with second hand garments from the charity, which sells second hand clothing in its fundraising stores across the UK. The project is called ‘Saved’.

Michelle Watton , Business Development Co-ordinator at Sue Ryder, spoke about her excitement at working with the LCF students on ‘Saved’, adding:

“Nin’s experience of using recycled textiles whilst still creating excellently designed clothes clearly inspired the students.”

The project will continue over the summer term with students realising their upcycled designs.

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Embassy Gardens student winners announced

Winners have been announced following a competition launched by Chelsea College of Arts and property developers Ballymore for students to design site hoardings for their Embassy Gardens scheme in London. The winners, selected from submissions from the College’s BA Graphic Design Communication and BA Fine Art programmes are: Grace Arnott-Hayes, Simone Barnes, Danielle Field, Akshitha Victor and Phoebe Willison.

This new development is located close to the College, and when complete will create a new living and working riverside district for London, which will see its first residents move in during 2015. Students were invited to submit designs which will Ballymore asked to create “a stunning visual interpretation of the neighbourhood for the hoardings around the almost 500 acre site”.

 The five winners have now been announced, selected by a judging panel including design critic Stephen Bayley and Wandsworth Council Leader Ravi Govindia.

Section of hoarding design by Grace Arnott-Hayes, BA Graphic Design.

Section of hoarding design by Grace Arnott-Hayes, BA Graphic Design.

Discussing her inspiration for the project, Grace Arnott-Hayes from BA Graphic Design Communication saidMy inspiration for this project was People essentially. I wanted to focus on creating an image that didn’t just appeal to a certain audience, but resonated with many. The idea was to have something playful and vibrant for the area. The subject of the design is ‘Conversation’ – whether that be over heard in the street or on the underground.’

Section of hoarding design by Simone Barnes, BA Fine Art at Chelsea.

Section of hoarding design by Simone Barnes, BA Fine Art at Chelsea.

Talking about the scale of the finished pieces, Simone Barnes, BA Fine Art said  “I think having the work hanging at such a large format for a long period is exciting as it allows different interpretations to be taken and for these interpretations to change over time. Busy people, who may only see snippets of the poem and they pass, will have more of the poem revealed over time. Again this will change the viewers interpretation of the language used.”

The hoardings will be installed in early April and will be in situ throughout the summer. 

If you are interested to find out more about these courses, please visit our BA (Hons) Fine Art and our BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication course pages.

Find our more about how we work with businesses and organisations on our Business & Innovation pages.

 

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College Academic Coordinators Student Enterprise and Employability

SEE are pleased to announce the appointment of College Academic Coordinators Student Enterprise and Employability.

College Academic Coordinators will work with SEE to raise the profile of practice, scholarly debate and research into enterprise and employability pedagogy at colleges, and act as a link between SEE and colleges. The new roles will be working closely with the college Learning and Teaching Leads to support college curriculum development, validation and revalidation to ensure that courses offer high quality employability and enterprise learning opportunities. This will also involve aspects of staff development, dissemination and contribution to the work of SEE in achieving its aims.

We at SEE and the College Academic Coordinators look forward to working with you to further support and enhance college and cross-university collaboration in order to contribute toward a vision for enterprise and employability in art and design.

Katrine Hjelde
Katrine Hjelde
CCW Academic Coordinator SEE

“I hope to strengthen the links between CCW subject courses, research and student progression. Subjects are already critically and creatively connecting their curriculum to appropriate conceptions of professional practice, and I am looking forward to being involved in this process. I am interested in skill and knowledge in the art school, and its critical application and contribution to society, and I am looking forward to working among and in collaboration with CCW staff, current students and alumni.”

Katrine Hjelde is an artist, lecturer and researcher. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art. In 2012, she completed a CLIP CETL-funded PhD on the interrelationship between the practices of art and teaching in the art school, followed in 2013 by a post-doctoral AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund fellowship on ‘Intersecting contemporary fine art practice and critical art pedagogy’.

She exhibits in Great Britain and Europe, and has received artist awards and grants such as the Norwegian State Work Stipend for Young Artists and London Arts Board Awards to Individual Artists. Since 2000, her practice includes a collaboration with Oslo-based b+r architects, which recently culminated in the permanent Holocaust Exhibition at Villa Grande, Oslo. Further collaborations include FLΔG collective, a group of artists, researchers and art students, who explore the relationship between art practices, art education, and pedagogy.

Cath Caldwell

Cath Caldwell
CSM Academic Coordinator SEE

“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across CSM, to build upon and share the good practice in employability and enterprise. I’d like to see our curriculum support every student to build up their personal and professional profile before graduation and enable them to shape their own future in line with their practice.”

Cath Caldwell is currently a senior lecturer working teaching across BA and MA in the Graphic Communication Design Programme. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has Level 3 from the Institute of Line Managers.

Cath is a founder member of the not-for-profit editorial design organization EDO and has authored two books aimed at students and graduates. She is a member of the UAL IT working party, representing Graphic Communication Design on external facing UAL branding communications and internal digital communication projects.

Previously, Cath gained a BA in Graphic Design, Central St Martin’s College of
Art and a Pg Cert in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design. She has experience in industry as designer at Conde Nast New York, at News International NYC, and then returned to art direct Elle UK and Elle Decoration. The experience of running a design studio with partner John Belknap helped to habour an interest in employability within education. Currently, Cath is working with the design team to putting art and design education into context of employment and self-employment.

Ellen Hanceri

Ellen Hanceri
LCC Academic Coordinator SEE

“As part of the BA Surface Design Team at LCC, and Head of 2nd Year, I have combined key skills and elements of Enterprise and Employability (E&E) through a variety of pedagogic activities, enriching the experience for students on this course. I very much look forward to the opportunities that this new Academic Coordinator role will offer, a sharing of ideas between the 4 college coordinators, and the integration of good practice to further enhance enterprise and employability within learning and teaching within LCC, across the UAL and SEE.”

Ellen Hanceri has worked at LCC for many years, across Surface Design, Printmaking and Personal and Professional Development. As a freelance designer, she sees the importance of retaining an awareness of the commercial industries to which students aspire, while maintaining an independence and originality in their own creative output as essential. Both elements have always influenced Ellen’s teaching.

In 2008, Ellen gained a UAL Teaching and Professional University Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Combining student, staff and industry skills and experiences to facilitate a commercial venture.’ http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/474/ This successfully enabled many E&E skills to be taught through authentic experience, within the curriculum. It encouraged staff collaboration with fellow lecturers at Chelsea College of Art, and direct contact with industry for both staff and students involved.

In 2012, Ellen was lead researcher at LCC for SEE’s Landscape Review: Enterprise and Employability in the Curriculum. This privileged role gave her the opportunity to communicate with fellow staff at LCC, enjoy a sense of shared experience and initiate cross-departmental links. The recommendations resulting from the research continue to influence Ellen’s aspirations, to think about enterprise, not just as a subject but also as an approach.AmandaJohnston

Amanda Johnston
LCF Academic Coordinator SEE

“I am looking forward to being able to make a positive contribution to the development of innovative Teaching, Learning, Enterprise and Employability strategies, and welcome this unique opportunity to contribute sustainable perspectives to a shared vision that unites cross college co-operation, and enhances learning, enterprise and employability opportunities for our students. I am particularly interested in the development of the curriculum to enable undergraduates to understand, and visualise the full scope of potential for their place in practice and industry.”
Amanda Johnston has been teaching at London College of Fashion since 2002, following 20+ years international experience in the fashion industry as a designer and consultant.
She currently teaches design on the BA FDD, BA Accessories, and MDES courses, and supervises nine first year CAPS students. She is also acting Industrial Placement tutor for the entire Product cohort.

Amanda’s research interests are in Sustainability and Widening Participation, and she has successfully secured funding to support two research projects and co-authored two student focused fabric books published in 2010. The second edition of the first book is being published in February 2014.

Awarded a UAL Sustainability award in 2013, Amanda also acts as Curator and educational consultant for The Sustainable Angle, a sustainable textiles resource that focuses on promoting better sourcing strategies in the Fashion industry via brand consultancies and annual Future Fabrics Expo.