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The Picton Art Prize 2015


The Picton Art Prize aims to give early-career UAL artists the opportunity to create a new public art work to be installed at Angel Gate in Islington.

UAL artists are invited to submit proposals for a new work to be realised and installed by December 2015. Applicants will be judged on the quality and originality of their work (existing and proposed), the appropriateness of the work to the site, and the ability of the Prize to enhance their future development as practitioners.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for a new work to be realised and installed by December 2015. Applicants will be judged on the quality and originality of their work (existing and proposed), the appropriateness of the work to the site, and the ability of the Prize to enhance their future development as practitioners.

A cash prize of £3,000 will be awarded to the winning artist, plus a budget of £10,000 for the production and installation of the work at Angel Gate.

All shortlisted candidates will receive £250 to cover time and expenses for the shortlisting process.

The winning work will be unveiled at a high-profile event hosted by Picton Capital at Angel Gate in December 2015.

Who can apply

The competition is open to current UAL students and recent UAL graduates (up to three years after graduation).

International students may apply if they are eligible to remain in the UK until 31 December 2015 in order to complete the commission.

Key dates and application process

Application deadline: 5pm on Friday 17 July 2015

Interview date: Wednesday 2 September 2015


Artists are invited to submit a PDF proposal (max 10 pages) via the online application portal, addressing all elements of the competition brief.

Proposals must include:

  • Artist statement.
  • Description of proposed sculpture/ 3D art including, including size and materials.
  • Proposed budget (broken down into artists fee, materials and fabrication costs, insurance, installation and transport costs etc.).
  • Safety considerations (if applicable).
  • Installation process and maintenance/upkeep schedule (if applicable).
  • Concept sketches/ images of the proposed sculpture (max 5).
  • Images of past work (max 5).
  • CV (please remove personal contact details before submitting).


A shortlist of eight candidates will be made by an initial selection panel. All shortlisted candidates will enter into a project agreement with UAL and will receive £250 to cover time and expenses for the shortlisting process.

Shortlisted candidates will be given an opportunity to visit the proposed site on 5 August 2015 to meet with the site manager and consultants for the development.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to deliver a presentation to the judging panel on 2 September 2015.

Winner announced

The winner will be announced by the end of September 2015.

Apply now

Read the competition brief before submitting your proposal via the online portal.

Meet Sooyoung Cho, President of the UAL Korean Alumni Association

Sooyoung Cho
Central Saint Martins, MA Design Studies, 2004

Sooyoung Cho 2

What inspired you to come and study in London?
When I was working as a PR assistant in a large corporation, there was a huge gap between ‘what the CEO is thinking’ and ‘what the tea-lady says about the company.’ Even board members were not aware that identity is a major resource for managing communication. This led me to challenge ‘how can we manage the corporate identity, ensuring all employees have the same message in their mind and that this message is delivered to external audiences more effectively?’ And I’ve found there are many design management courses in London.

What was the greatest thing you gained from your time at CSM?
1. Innovative thinking – our professor, Geoff Crook said that out-of-the-box-thinking and the “life is a journey” mind really inspired me in various ways.

2. The creative background of friends- our course, MA Design Studies (now Applied Imagination), had 50% marketing background and 50% design background. With a marketing career, I met good designer friends here and all of us had a big synergy! And I still work with my ex-classmates in a global network!

What advice would you give any students wanting to move to London from South Korea?
If you are going to be a person who creates a new way of thinking, new way of life, London is better choice than any other city, because London is in the very front line of emerging trends, branding, communications, art & design, business and journalism. The most important thing is that these things are not separate, but merged with creative ways!  As a CEO of The Bread and Butter, brand consulting agency, I come to London more than twice a year, to see the emerging trends, and whenever I come here, I get lot of business ideas, creative inspiration.

What was the best thing about living in London?
Many parks, branded supermarkets, innovative marketing activities, various art & design events and great food!

What have you been doing since graduation?
After graduation, I worked for Laura Ashley (work experience in Marketing team), and SS ROBIN, the world’s oldest steamship, as a brand PR manager. When I came back to South Korea, I worked for Harper’s BAZAAR/ Esquire magazine as a marketing manager, then for Marks & Spencer Korea. After that, I became a brand consultant in a BRAND IMAGE Desgrippes & Laga. In 2009, I established The Bread and Butter (, brand consulting agency, and we are now top class branding agency in South Korea.

Sooyoung Cho 1

What is your greatest achievement?
The Bread and Butter, our company! This July, we will celebrate our 6th anniversary!

Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
1) Food & beverage trends and its packaging design
2) FMG brand’s marketing activities and its communication messages

What do you most enjoy about living and working in Seoul?
Great food, shopping and good friends

You are President of our South Korean Alumni Association. What made you take on this exciting role?
I’ve made our UAL Korean Alumni’s concept [6 t a l e n t] : trendy+ authentic+ leading+ energetic+ notable+ true to life. We would like to show our big talent to Korean society, with 6 concepts, then we would like to share our talents with people who need our ideas.

How do you think our graduates will benefit from having access to such a strong alumni community?
1. Networking and good relationships
2. Finding many possibilities to work together
3. Gaining more confidence on what they have

 Find out more about more about our international alumni groups


Meet Angie Stimson

Angie Stimson
Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Fine Art and Film

What tempted you into studying Fine Art and Film at CSM?
It was always my goal to go to art school and I knew that art school had to be CSM. With it’s reputation, highest calibre of teaching, and tradition, I would have felt I’d compromised myself if I had gone anywhere else, it was CSM or nowhere.

What was the best thing about your time at CSM?
The best thing about CSM was that on my Foundation year we were given the freedom and encouragement to try so many different mediums that previously I had had no access to. I had originally gone in determined to pursue Fashion for my degree. However as soon as entered the film department I’d felt like I’d come home. It would never have been a medium I would ever had considered had it not been a part of the extensive Foundation year curriculum.

What did you do straight after graduation?
Immediately after graduation I formed a small feminist production company called Siren Productions, funded by Westminster Arts Council. From there I began to teach video editing at Battersea Arts Centre.

What made you up sticks to the US?
I came out to LA with my husband, He was an animator working in the UK. When Dreamworks was formed he was asked by them to relocate out here.  I was living in North West London at the time, the view from my window was the gasworks. Came to LA, looked out the window, the view was the Hollywood sign, I was smitten, there was no going back.

What advice would you give any of our students and graduates interested in making a life for themselves on the US West Coast?
I would encourage anyone coming here to know that the opportunities here are boundless. Even here, CSM has an awesome reputation. When people know that you are an alum, you are immediately ahead of the game, that, coupled with an English accent and you can’t go wrong!

What do you love most about living in LA?
I found that the US and particularly here in LA , people have the most amazing, brilliant, positive attitude to helping you achieve anything you want to achieve. I wish I had known earlier in life that you really can do anything you set your mind to. If you have an idea for a project, people will immediately say, “what do you need, how can I help?”  It took me awhile to overcome my initial British reticence, When I finally did, the whole world opened up.  LA is lighter, brighter and with no crushing cynical attitudes to success. I’m unbearable when I visit the UK, way too jolly and annoyingly chipper!

You play a massive part in helping us bring our LA alumni community together, (for which we are eternally grateful) what made you get involved?
I came across the UAL West Coast Alumni Association completely by accident. I went to first meeting and loved it. By far the best thing was the diversity. There were members who had been at art school in the 50’s up to people who only just left a couple of years ago. We put on our first exhibition in 2013, and it was a huge success. We all worked so well as a cohesive group and now have found each other it would have been a shame not to carry on. Adopting my new LA personae of ‘you can do anything you set your mind to’, and because I’m a bossy boots, I suggested from now on we put on a yearly show during Britweek. It was by sheer serendipity that I was introduced to a fellow Brit, Valda Lake, who owns WallspaceLA gallery, and who had been wanting to participate in Britweek. We were looking for a gallery, she was looking for artists, perfect, match made in heaven. It was meant to be.

How do you think our graduates will benefit from having access to such a strong alumni community?
Any graduates who move our here will immediately have a strong support network. It can be a bit overwhelming when first moving out here. Everything is so spread out, it can be difficult to get your bearings. There is no centre to LA. But having the fellow alumni here, and because we all work in different mediums means we have a vast network of contacts you set people in the right direction.

Tell us more about the group’s plans around Brit Week.
We have an Alumni exhibition featuring 20 artists running from the 21st of April till 4th of May. We’ve renamed our group London Transplants. Hopefully we will now have yearly exhibitions.

This exhibitions theme is showing how our work has changed or progressed by our moving to a different cultural and geographical environment. How has that impacted the content of our work, if at all. It’s a continuation on the theme from the last exhibition, where we showed a current piece of work alongside a piece we had produced while at UAL. The contrast in the pieces shown in that exhibition was quite striking.

We are all incredibly excited about it, everyone is working so hard to make is as successful as the 2013 exhibit. It’s going to be brilliant!


UAL selected to host one of six debates celebrating 10 years of AHRC

University of the Arts London (UAL) has been selected as one of six universities to participate in a debate series celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Books and the Human

 The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects,  Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, 1967

The theme of the series is ‘The Way We Live Now’ and the debates will examine key aspects of the human world, the ways in which these subjects are changing and shaping our lives, and will explore the ways in which the arts and humanities can help us understand this changing world.

UAL was selected from over 40 universities to take part in this prestigious series of events, and will be hosting its debate entitled ‘Books and the Human’ in December 2015 at Central Saint Martins. The debate will pose the question: what are the primary relationships between books and knowledge, and between books and human beings? This question will be addressed through expanded debates which draw together the fields of philosophy, history, politics, sociology, literature and creative practice. Additional events held at Central Saint Martins and other UAL colleges will explore how books are conceived, crafted, experienced and shared.

The debate series will be launched with the Curating the Nation debate on 11th  June at the British Museum and will run for several months, with further details to follow over the next few months.

Programme Director and Course Leader of MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins Rebecca Wright, who was part of the team to put forward UAL’s application, said of being selected for the series: “We’re delighted that UAL has been chosen to take part in this debate series to celebrate ten years of AHRC. The Graphic Communication Design programme at Central Saint Martins has a long and rich history of association with typography and book design, dating back to 1896 as the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Hosting this AHRC national debate provides an exciting opportunity to explore the form, function and future of the book from the perspectives of making and thinking, integrating design with the wider humanities. Our interest is in how the book is intimately linked to the way we live now.”

Meet Doii Lee

Doii Lee graduated from Central Saint Martins in Fashion Design with Knitwear (BA Hons) in 2002. She has had a varied career, working for Kenzo and John Galiano in Paris, before going on to set up her own labels ‘Doii Paris Co.’, and more recently, ‘Lee.Doii’, exhibiting at Paris and Seoul Fashion weeks numerous times.  We are delighted to announce that Doii has also taken up the new post of joint Vice President of the UAL Korean alumni group.

Doii Lee

Why did you chose to study knitwear at Central Saint Martins?
Before I knew that I wanted to be a fashion designer, I was influenced by a Korean knitwear brand called ‘Agasi’. I was really inspired by knitwear, and the way you create a piece of art through knitting – connecting threads with different methods and producing different outcomes depending on the way I think about the piece. So the process itself is fun and unique, and at the same time seeing the final piece gives me a sense of perfection.


What was the biggest challenge you faced when studying at CSM? How did you overcome it?
As a foreign student I lacked the references of culture and art compared with the European students. In order to achieve good results in my projects, my research skills had to be better than others. My English skills were limited, which really bothered and frustrated me. I had to overcome my limits by making a lot of effort to learn the culture, develop good visuals, improve my communication skills and produce a lot of work.


How did you adjust to life in London, moving here from Korea?
For me, life in London was like being in a difficult relationship. Due to the different culture I was shocked at first and struggled to the end. But I loved the place dearly and cherished every moment I spent there. Also I believe that such an experience has made me a stronger and more versatile person, than the person I might have been if I stayed in Korea.


What was your favourite thing to do in London?
I really enjoyed the exhibitions, plays, books, movies, concerts etc. In other words, I really loved the culture of London. There were so many inspiring ways to spend my time, by looking at Time Out magazine for the events listings. I really miss exploring London!


Tell us about what you have been up to since you graduated from CSM?
After I graduated in 2003, I moved to Paris to work in John Galliano’s studio. At the end of 2003, I had an interview with Antonio Marras, the newly appointed art director. He asked me to work with him in the Defille team and I was really grateful for the opportunity, since I was the only designer that was handpicked by him at Kenzo. So I moved straight away to continue my career. Eventually I wanted to do my own line so I launched ‘Doii’ during the 2007 F/W Paris Fashion Week. Ever since, I have been presenting fashion shows and presentations in Paris and Korea. Now I run the brand ‘Lee.Doii’.


What do you love most about your job?
Other than building a company of my own, I love working with others within the industry, and visiting the fabric markets.  Being a fashion designer is always interesting since I have to present something different every time. New creations are always interesting – I learn a lot during the process, and eventually come up with something that is new, but still contains a part of my uniqueness.  That is the most attractive, and the part which I love most about my job.


What advice would you give to students who want to get their work noticed after graduating?
For students it is always important to do well in school projects and create a portfolio that illustrates your own uniqueness.


If you are interested in joining the Korean alumni group get in touch

New Employee Self-Service – coming soon

Employee Self-Service

A new version of Employee Self-Service is being launched this March. With fewer clicks, the redesigned Employee Self-Service will make it easier for you to maintain your personal details, book holiday and manage your personal learning. You will also be able to access the system on the go, with the ability to access both Employee Self-Service and Manager Self-Service on mobile devices including iPhones, iPads and tablets.

What can you do

  • Update your personal details (address, contacts, equality information)
  • Book holidays and manage your entitlement
  • Submit expense claims
  • Book UAL staff training courses

Key features for managers

  • Access via mobile devices.
  • Access for managers to authorise tasks within new Employee Self-Service without logging into Manager Self-Service.
  • Access for managers to view their team’s activities and absences via the calendar

More information is available on the Employee Self-Service intranet page. To prepare yourself book a place on one of the 30 minute briefings being held during February and March. You can do this through the current Employee Self Service (search for Employee Self-Service under Learning.)

Nigel Carrington appointed chair of trustees for Henry Moore Foundation

Nigel Carrington  has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Henry Moore Foundation, taking up the post from 4 November. He has been a trustee of the foundation since earlier this year.

Henry Moore sculputre at Chelsea

Henry Moore, Two Piece Reclining Figure No.1

Henry Moore was Head of Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art from 1932-1939 and the school purchased his 1959 bronze sculpture ‘Two-Piece Reclining Figure no. 1’ in 1963. The piece can be seen at Chelsea College of Arts. Read more about the sculpture or visit the Henry Moore archive

Commenting on his appointment, Nigel said: “Having long regarded Henry Moore as a pivotal and enduring influence on the development of British sculpture, it is a particular privilege to be joining the Foundation at such an exciting time in its development. As the largest grant-making artist foundation outside the US, with established and growing venues in Hertfordshire and Leeds alongside prestigious international programmes, the Foundation is well placed to build upon its already considerable achievements.”

Richard Calvocoressi, Director of the Foundation, added: “The Foundation will benefit greatly from Nigel Carrington’s demonstrable enthusiasm for sculpture and knowledge of the arts sector, coupled with a wealth of business expertise. We are extremely grateful to Duncan Robinson who has led us through a period of transition, placing us in a very favourable position to realise future ambitions.”


UAL in South Korea

The UAL delegation has arrived back in London after a hugely successful week in Seoul. The cross-college delegation visited South Korean design foundations, universities and government organisations with the aim of consolidating UAL links in the region, increasing our impact and creating further opportunities for our students and alumni to work collaboratively across the UK and Korean creative industries.

Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington addressed the Global Leaders’ Forum on design-led innovation and the role of the studio way of working. At a British Council event, Nigel also addressed 200 young people on the UK’s creative industries and the future of design. This was followed by a lively Q&A where a cross-college panel led by LCF’s Frances Corner took audience questions.


Nigel Carrington addresses the Global Leaders’ Forum on design-led innovation

During the trip, the Vice-Chancellor appeared in South Korean newspaper, television, digital and radio media, including interviews with the Korea Herald, tbs eFM, Newsis, JoongAng Daily, TV Chosun and Korea Times. Nigel spoke to the press about topics ranging from his thoughts on traditional Korean culture to the success of UAL’s Korean graduates, as well as highlighting exciting news such as UAL’s Fung Foundation scholarships programme and inviting students from Asia and Europe to undertake a placement at the University. Visits to partner universities Hongik, EWHA and SNU were very positive and UAL will now formalise plans for undergraduate exchange programmes across our core disciplines,  joint research projects and  potentially new curriculum developments.

and Juliette Sargeant from the International Relations Unit at EWHA Women's University, Seoul

LCF’s Frances Corner and Paul McNicoll with Juliette Sargeant from the International Relations Unit at EWHA Woman’s University, Seoul

80 alumni from across UAL’s Colleges joined the Vice-Chancellor and UAL colleagues at a drinks reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Seoul. This exciting group, including many of Korea’s leading figures in the fashion, arts, media and design industries, were joined by the British Ambassador Mr Scott Wightman and members of the British Council. UAL now plans to launch a new wave of activity in Korea and build on these new relationships by formalising the Alumni Association with the aim of supporting our existing and future Korean alumni.

Alumni Reception, British Ambassador's residence, Seoul

Alumni Reception, British Embassy, Seoul

Miriam Ribul tells us more about the TEXTILES TOOLBOX exhibition

Miriam Ribul_DeNAture research samples_2014

Miriam Ribul, DeNAture research samples, 2014

Miriam Ribul is an Associate Lecturer at UAL and has been part of the team of researchers from UAL involved with the MISTRA Future Fashion project funded by the Swedish Government’s Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research. Here she talks about the piece she is exhibiting in the TEXTILES TOOLBOX exhibition and how she juggles her time…

Tell us about the work you are including in Textile Toolbox: why did you chose this work and do you always collaborate with Hanna?

In January this year I lead a science-design research project in Sweden with funding from COST, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, titled ‘Design Possibilities in Regenerated Cellulose Materials’. As a designer in residence at Chalmers University of Technology and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden I had access to world-leading research in chemical recycling technologies for cellulose fibres. Dr Hanna de la Motte, a technical scientist and the project leader in project 5 in the MISTRA Future Fashion consortium titled ‘Reuse, Recycling and End of life issues’, hosted this project.

Hanna researches innovative methods for chemical recycling of materials including regenerated wood-based cellulose fibres. Through observation, interviews and lab tests I recognised the need for faster and more accurate identification of materials at the recycling stage and for the development of a system that embeds material information in the fibres without disrupting its properties. By applying design thinking in a technical laboratory environment I developed my project ‘DeNAture’ to aid cyclability of resources. The prototypes in the Textile Toolbox exhibition communicate the outcomes of the design residency.

Where do you mostly work/research, in your studio/at UAL or in the library (if a library, which is your favourite?)

The COST residency is an example for how, as a designer I work in different contexts: in this case the lab became my studio where I had access to materials and tools. The parallels of processes of a textiles designer and a technical scientist were significant. I discovered that the tools in a lab can be very advanced and specialist or improvised and DIY.

There is a similar approach to this in my design practice where I adopt tools from different disciplines depending on project. I have a studio space in East London as my home base for making and exploring materials. As Part Time Research Assistant and Associate Lecturer I am based at UAL, and being part of the team of the international MISTRA Future Fashion project I travel regularly to conferences, researchers meetings or workshops. I enjoy the library at CSM and Chelsea when I get the time to work there. This leads to a very varied range of workplaces.

What is it like to be part of TED and TFRC? How does it affect your work?

Being part of TED and TFRC I work with an inspiring cohort of researchers in a unique research environment that explores sustainability through different approaches. My practice is research-based and being embedded in the research culture at TED and TFRC since the start of the MISTRA Future Fashion project I am part of small to large research projects with varied deliverables and outcomes, as well as small to large industry engagements. This leads to exciting project outcomes that prove to have real impact. My work as part of the team as well as my individual practice is linked in my aim to develop sustainable systems that can be applied to different contexts.

How do you balance your work as Research Assistant and practitioner?

As a practitioner I explore the boundaries to which design can contribute and this approach feeds into my whole portfolio of work. I work as designer and researcher for independent projects or in consultancy engagements for a range of industry clients – my completed projects include concepts for future mobility and communication. I am also Associate Lecturer at UAL leading the ‘Sustainable Design’ unit at Chelsea to a cross-disciplinary student cohort from the courses Textiles Design, Interior and Spatial Design, and Graphic Design and Communication. In 201, I co-founded the design initiative Vectors and co-curated the exhibition ‘Design Beyond Making’ that launched at the Protein gallery. The initiative builds a platform to communicate new roles for designers beyond products.

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Jordi Ruiz Cirera: Freelancer Award

Jordi Ruiz Cirera

  1. Since winning The Freelancer Award last year, are you working on any new projects?

Since I won the Award last year I’ve been focusing on a long-term documentary about the agribusiness realities in the Southern Cone. I’m now on my second visit to Paraguay, and in the near future I’d like to expand it with visits to Brazil and Argentina.

Alongside this I’m very happy to say I’ve just published my first book, “Los Menonos” with independent house Editions du LIC, focusing on the work I did about the Mennonite communities in Bolivia a couple of years ago.

  1. What inspired you to do documentary based photography?

What inspired me were the pictures of the great classic reportage photographers such as Koudelka or David Alan Harvey. I always felt it would be great to be able to travel to all those places and photograph them and be paid for that. So that idea got in my head and I felt documentary photography could merge very well my social motivations with my desire to travel. Then as usual reality is quite different from the initial idea, but I still get to travel quite a lot and I’m happy I can focus on the stories I feel more attracted to.

  1. What is your starting point for each themed documentary?

Well for me it’s not easy to find a new story to focus on, it has to attract me in order to devote 100% to it, it has to be interesting enough and attractive for a broad audience. Often I tend to focus on areas I already know or have been to, so that I get a first-hand impression about them there after I may look for stories there. Alternatively if I feel attracted by a certain topic I may research about it and look for a story wherever it may be. I’d like to work around the idea of globalization and how it affects everyday lives of small communities.

  1. What are your top three tips for self-promotion as a freelancer?

The first and most important is to do good work that speaks for itself. Then surround yourself with talented and motivated people as their advice and experience will be of great help. Ultimately use social networks wisely and existing online blogs or posts to promote your work.

  1. With your success in winning the Freelance Award, what would you advise aspiring entrants in the future?

Well I guess the only way to win the Freelancer Award is to be a working freelancer, do good work that stands out and then work on getting it out. It’s difficult but sometimes you just have to trust your own work and be open to what may come after it.


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