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UAL’s Stratford development moves into next major phase

An award-winning architecture practice has been chosen to design UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

Allies and Morrison, in conjunction with RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnell & Tuomey and other renowned practices, have been chosen to design the new culture and university complex. The development is part of the ‘Olympicopolis’ scheme announced by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, on Stratford Waterfront in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

An artist’s impression of chosen concept – final designs will be revealed later this year.

An artist’s impression of  the chosen concept – final designs will be revealed later this year.

The architects were chosen by a jury which included representatives from each of the institutions to be housed in the scheme, including UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington.

It will bring together London College of Fashion’s 6,500 students and staff for the first time in the College’s 100 year history.

Nigel Carrington said: “We’re delighted to have Allies and Morrison on board for this project. They have a proven track-record of delivering iconic buildings in line with what we would expect for UAL. Over the coming weeks and months we will work with the London Legacy Development Corporation and the architects to make sure UAL’s requirements are met, revealing the final designs later this year.”

The new campus will include two major research centres focusing on sustainability and innovation in the fashion industry. It will provide widespread access to advanced fashion technology, business incubators, and a changing programme of public exhibitions.

The Waterfront site will also house new locations for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells. Discussions are also underway with the Smithsonian Institution to join the scheme by opening its first permanent museum outside the United States.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Stratford Waterfront is set to become a world leading centre of culture and higher education, and I am thrilled that we have been able to appoint some serious talent to work on the designs. Their work will be key to a project that is expected to generate nearly £2bn and bring 3,000 new jobs to the Olympic Park.”

Meet: Valentini Argyropoulou

Valentini Argyropoulou studied MA Fashion Footwear at London College of Fashion. She is currently a footwear designer, having just launched her own brand. She is also the co-ordinator of the UAL Greece alumni group.

Valentini Argyropoulou

Valentini Argyropoulou

Who was your favourite member of staff and why?
Simon Korner (associate lecturer at LCF) because he is really friendly and helpful! His advice is always to the point. Plus, he was always willing to answer my questions.

Do you keep in touch with the people you met at UAL?
I have kept in touch with graduates from other courses and we still work together now, planning photoshoots and events etc.

What do you do now?
I have just launched the website for my footwear brand and I am really excited about it!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and what advice would you pass on to students or recent graduates?
‘’Create exactly the shoes you would like to wear- no matter how weird they are’’ and ‘’Please do not waste your time doing unpaid internships unless it is for your future dream job’’

What achievement so far are you most proud of?
Receiving an award for ‘Creativity and Technical Skills’ (for New Designers) in Greece at Athens Fashion Week 2011.

What drives you to keep pursuing your dreams?
I want to learn more and more about everything- I focus on fashion and handmade techniques because this feeling makes me more passionate. I love freedom and I believe that the world should get rid of stereotypes and ‘default’ behaviours, and this is good motivation to make things happen (or just try!)

What are your goals for the future?
After working for four years as a footwear designer, I have now taken the leap and set up my own brand. It is London based and the production is in Greece and London – it will be a brand full of colourful, unusual handmade products!

What do you like most about being part of the alumni community?
The feeling you get when you receive and email from someone who has seen your profile and through that, wants to work with you to make something new and creative!

What made you want to set up the alumni group in Greece? And what do you hope to achieve from it?
Due to the financial crisis I strongly believe that we should invest our time in purposes that are useful not only for themselves but for society too. A UAL alumni group in Greece will help alumni stay in touch with each other, as well as helping them with their careers and personal goals.  At the same time, we would be lending a hand to our country, which still faces many financial and social issues.

If you want to be a part of the alumni group in Greece, get in touch with Valentini today!

New names to know at Art15

Thirteen artists destined to define the new art landscape will exhibit at Art15; selected from UAL’s class of 2014, the exhibiting artists are drawn from nearly 10,000 graduating students. At Art15 these rising star artists will appear alongside established galleries from around the globe, through SEE’s UAL Now initiative. Here, we bring you an exclusive preview of the work which will be exhibited at Olympia, 21-23 May.

Jon Baker, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts
Jon Baker, Gape 58

Sophie Birch, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts
Sophie Birch, 9'03

Alexander Burgess, BA (Hons) Photography, Camberwell College of Arts
Alex Burgess, Gulf

Fiona Eastwood, BA (Hons) Painting, Camberwell College of Arts
Fiona Eastwood, Poised

Mia Faithfull, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins
Mia Faithfull, iPad Series

Hiba Ismail, BA (Hons) Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts
Hiba Ismael, Curb

Jeff Ko, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins
Jeff Ko, Yder Series

Jim McLernon, MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts
Jim Mc Lernon, Orang Pendek

Ragna Mouritzen, BA (Hons) Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts
Ragna Mouritzen, Slice

Chloe Newman, BA (Hons) Photography, London College of Communication
Chloe Newman, End of Genesis

Miroslav Pomichal, MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art
Miroslav Pomichal, Green Figure

Daniel Silva, MA Photography, Central Saint Martins
Daniel Silva, UNTITLED [beeswax and wood]

Mette Sterre, MA Performance Design and Practice, Central Saint Martins
Mette Sterre, Hummelmania

Many of the selected artists have already attracted the attention of media, collectors, awards and prizes, including selection for the Catlin Art Prize, Saatchi New Sensations, and the Hans Brinker Painting Prize.

The works exhibited by UAL Now represent an opportunity to spot future stars and support emerging artists, offering an unrivalled chance to invest in pieces by the next generation of masters.

Stephen Beddoe said: “UAL:NOW at Art15 is a fitting legacy for our previous fine art showcasing programme, Future Map. The UAL:NOW stand will showcase some of the best new works emerging from fine art at UAL, launching the careers of some of our exciting new graduates to curators, collectors, buyers and audiences at the world class Art15 fair.”

Led by SEE, UAL Now is a showcasing and exhibition programme that highlights the most exciting emerging talent from University of the Arts London. UAL Now showcases recent graduates’ work at the best fairs and industry exhibitions across art, design and communication; in order to launch their work, products, ideas, services and companies. It enables and prepares them to connect to curators, buyers, collectors, manufacturers, agencies and specialist audiences, so that they can sell work, network and advance their practice and careers in the creative and cultural sector.

As an official partner of Art15 London, we have a special 2 for 1 offer on entrance tickets. Simply quote ‘UAL’ when booking online to redeem your ticket. Book your tickets www.artfairslondon.com/ticketoffer

UAL Now at Art15 runs 21-23 March at Stand D4, Olympia, Olympia Way, London, W14 8UX. All works are available for sale, for more information or sales enquiries please contact showcasing@arts.ac.uk

Take a six second tour of the stand at Art15 on Vine

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Thomas Tait takes Fashion prize in Designs of the Year

thomas tait
Thomas Tait’s fluidly tailored womenswear has won him the Fashion category for Designs of the Year 2015. The youngest ever graduate of Central Saint Martins’ MA Fashion, Tait has already attracted acclaim with nominations from the British Fashion Council for their Emerging Designer Award and NEWGEN sponsorship, as well as scooping the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize as early at 2010.

The Design Museum announced this week that the Designs of the Year judging panel, which includes UAL honorary fellow Anish Kapoor and associate lecturer Hilary Alexander, had chosen Thomas from a shortlist of eight contenders for the 2015 award. Thomas’s AW13/14 collection secured him the nomination, which saw the designer send sportwear-influenced designs down the runway. Vogue described the collection as: ” It’s utility, it’s uniform, austere and slick and quite the palette cleanser… it was agility futurist.”

The Designs of the Year exhibition has been extended, now running to 31 March at the Design Museum.

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Meet: Anna Döhner-Tjan

Anna Döhner-Tjan studied Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Camberwell College of Arts, and then BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.  She went on to launch Oaksmith Studio, a Fine Art Picture Framers with her colleague Mauro Saccardo. They generously give a studio prize every year to a current UAL student. Here Anna talks about how she got into the business, and gives tips for young creative entrepreneurs. 

Anna & Mauro

Anna & Mauro

What made you want to come to London to study art?
I remember opening my acceptance letter to the foundation course at Camberwell College of Arts, and bursting into tears when I read I’d got a place. I grew up in Hanover, Germany, which is a small city. I’d wanted to leave since I was 14 and move somewhere more accepting.

So less than a month after graduating from high school I packed my bags and moved to London. I knew I was leaving for good.  I loved my time at Camberwell. I lived in a shared house in Peckham, which really was a baptism by fire, as Peckham was very different back then.

How was your time at Camberwell? And what did you do after?
I really enjoyed the course, I loved the variation and the different pathways – I always knew I wanted to do Fine Art, but the course opened up so many different options for me, and allowed me to explore different creative areas: Graphic design, sculpture, textiles…

I went on to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in the old Charing Cross building. I relished being in the centre of London, surrounded by Covent Garden, Soho, the British Museum etc.  I always had new places to explore.
What I found great about the course at CSM was that the course director and other staff made changes to the course and its structure every year, improving it and also keeping up-to-date with what was happening in the art world.  Again, I got to try out a range of disciplines – video installation, photography, performance – and I feel I made full use of these at CSM.

Anna & Mauro in their Bethnal Green studio

Anna & Mauro in their Bethnal Green studio

Did you always plan to get involved in framing?
In my final year I went to see a movie about a quadriplegic blues singer, Vic Chesnutt – it blew me away. I decided I wanted to be involved in the creation of music, but I wasn’t a musician. It took me about a year to pluck up the courage to try something else, but eventually I went on to study Sound Engineering.  I managed to get a job at Eastcote Studios in West London, working with artists such as the Arctic Monkeys and KT Tunstall.

However, after three years of working 120-hour weeks, I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t do this forever; it wasn’t sustainable. I rang up my old friend, Mauro Saccardo, who I had always admired for his positive attitude and go-getting outlook on life. He was working at a frame makers in Islington.  I went to meet him for a drink and picked him up from the frame makers on the way – I was drawn to the creative maker’s atmosphere, and I thought I could try that. I had never framed anything before, but Mauro put in a good word for me, and I ended up getting a Saturday job.  I very quickly gained more days, and ended up working full time.

After a couple of years Mauro decided to leave to study interior design. We still met up regularly, and started to talk about setting up on our own – we both wanted the opportunity to shape and emphasize what aspects of the business were important to us. We both had similar ideas about what we wanted from a business, and both had some savings, so took the leap to go it alone.

A friend had mentioned there was studio space in the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey, where we managed to secure some space with five metre ceilings on the ground floor – we have never looked back!

We work mostly by appointment so we can be extremely dedicated to each client.  Both coming from an art background, we both have a deep understanding of art, and the problems that artists face – we know what kind of frames are suitable for galleries etc.

Oaksmith Studio

Oaksmith Studio

Where do you see your business going in the future?
We hope to increase our visibility, and to one day have our own high street shop.

Tell us about the Oaksmith Studio Prize…
Each year we contribute to the framing of one piece of work in a student’s degree show. Last year, the course was MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, and the winner was Isabelle Woodhouse.

Both Mauro and I studied art, so we appreciate what it can be like financially.  We are both also really interested in young art. The art students of today will be our clients of tomorrow. We also thought that by giving this gift, we could be more closely involved with young artists and their work.

Do you have any tips for our alumni thinking about going it alone in the creative industry?
You need to have passion and belief that you can make it work.  When we started we weren’t aware of all the hardships we would face, both physically and financially.  For example, the Biscuit Factory closed down and gave us only one month’s notice.  We had to uproot our entire business in such a short time frame – but we got through it. And when you look back you are spurred on by your achievements, and you think ‘if we can get through that, we can get through anything…’

Oaksmith Studio are very kindly offering a 10% alumni discount to all UAL graduates. For more information get in touch on +44 (0)20 3489 8700 or at info@oaksmithstudio.co.uk

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Othello De’Souza-Hartley

Othello studied Photography (PG Dip) at Central Saint Martins in 2000, and then came back to UAL to study the MA in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts in 2011.  We met with Othello on a sunny afternoon in London to hear about his experiences working as a photographer.

Othello-DeSouza-Hartely by Juliana Vasquez

Othello-DeSouza-Hartely by Juliana Vasquez

The key to getting work is to keep plugging away, and work in the field that you want to get into, even if it’s not what you want to be doing straight away.

When I was at CSM I also got a part time job at the Photographers’ gallery.  This eventually resulted in them giving me my own commission, The world in London. If you want to work in your chosen industry, get any job you can in that field – it’s the best way to get the contacts and you never know what can become of it.

Masculinity Project Phase 4

Masculinity Project Phase 4

The MA at Camberwell changed everything for me. The course was diverse, there were performance artists, painters, sculptors… It gave me the ability to understand and contextualise my work. I was mostly doing commercial work before the MA, and I wanted to go down the fine art route.  The course helped me break down my whole process and changed the way I thought about my work.  It also taught me to let go of control – you can’t control what other people say, or interpret about your work…

I am still in touch with my lecturer from the MA, Rebecca Fortnum. She gives me advice and direction. I am also part of an amazing network of friends from Central St Martins who are really supportive of each other’s work.

Lots of galleries in London have young people’s programmes for under-24s which are all free. Join these while you can, as they’re a great way to build up your contacts.

L8 Unseen

L8 Unseen

I am based in Clerkenwell, I don’t have a studio at the minute but am searching for a place where I can live and work.  In Liverpool there is a creative quarter – London needs something like that, where there is rent control for at least five years. As an artist there is very little security in London, I have had to leave two studios in the past due to developments of luxury apartments, and it’s getting so expensive.

Having a website is vital. People look you up before you meet them, you have to be visible – you can’t blag anymore. I am at the stage now where I meet people and they tell me what I’ve done!

L8 Unseen: Faith

L8 Unseen: Faith

Othello’s L8 Unseen Commission is currently in the Museum of Liverpool until the 6th September.

Othello has also been working on the Masculinity Project – you can find out more about the project here

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UAL proud to be linked with all four Turner Prize 2015 nominees

All four of the Turner Prize 2015 nominees have studied, taught or carried out research at University of the Arts London (UAL).

The shortlist announced today reiterated UAL’s unrivalled reputation in the art world. Two alumni, three staff members as part of an art collective and one former staff member were all named in the shortlist.

The four nominees are artists Nicole Wermers, Janice Kerbel, Bonnie Camplin and the collective Assemble; one of whom will join the 12 UAL alumni who have already won the Prize when the winner is announced on 7 December.

Alex Schady, Fine Art Programme Leader at Central Saint Martins, UAL said: “We are thrilled that all of the nominees for this year’s Turner Prize have such a strong association with UAL. It’s exciting to have people connected with Central Saint Martins and UAL become so influential in the global art world. This not only represents our impact in this field, but very much reflects the ambition that we have for our students and that they have for themselves.”

Assemble Group Photo 2014 Assemble

Assemble Group Photo 2014 copyright Assemble

Assemble – a London-based art, architecture and design collective – counts among its members Maria Lisogorskaya, Mat Leung and Fran Edgerley who all teach on the BA (Hons) and MA Architecture: Spaces and Objects courses within the Spatial Practices Programme at Central Saint Martins, UAL.

Founded in 2010, Assemble seeks to address concepts of place making by examining the disconnect between the public and the process by which places are made and championing a collaborative, inclusive and cross-disciplinary practice.

Nicole Wermers Infrastruktur 2015, Installation view Herald St, London

Nicole Wermers Infrastruktur 2015, Installation view Herald St, London

Nicole Wermers, who studied MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, UAL, is nominated for her exhibition Infrastruckur, Herald Street, London.

Wermers creates sculptures, collages and installations which explore the appropriation of art and design within consumer culture.

Her installation Infrastruktur adopted the glossy aesthetics and materials of modernist design and high fashion, alluding to themes of lifestyle, class, consumption and control.

Bonnie Camplin, The Military Industrial Complex, South London Gallery, 13 - 15 June 2015 Photography by Ollie Hammick the Artist Cabinet London and South London Gallery

Bonnie Camplin, The Military Industrial Complex, South London Gallery, 13 – 15 June 2015
Photography by Ollie Hammick the Artist Cabinet London and South London Gallery

Bonnie Camplin, who graduated in Advanced Photography from Central Saint Martins, UAL, has been nominated for The Military Industrial Complex, South London Gallery.

Camplin’s practice, which she broadly describes as ‘the Invented Life,’ is characterised by the critique of existing power-structures, and spans the disciplines of drawing, film, performance, music and writing.

anice Kerbel DOUG 2014 Performed on 1 May 2015 in the Jeffrey Room, The Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow. Commissioned by The Common Guild, Glasgow Photographer Alan Dimmick copyright greengrassi, London and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Janice Kerbel
DOUG 2014
Performed on 1 May 2015 in the Jeffrey Room, The Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow.
Commissioned by The Common Guild, Glasgow
Photographer Alan Dimmick copyright greengrassi, London and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Janice Kerbel has been nominated for her operatic work DOUG, commissioned by The Common Guild at Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Kerbel previously worked on the editorial team of Afterall – a research and publishing organisation based at Central Saint Martins, UAL.

She borrows from conventional modes of narrative in order to create elaborate imagined forms. Her precisely crafted works often take the form of audio recordings, performance and printed matter. DOUG is a performative work which takes the form of nine songs for six voices.

The Turner Prize, often seen as deliberately controversial and the acid test for the ‘next big thing’, aims to spark public dialogue around the current British art scene.

First established in 1984 (and won by Camberwell College of Arts alumni Malcom Morely), the iconic award has graced the hands of a long list of UAL alumni including the likes of Richard Deacon, Howard Hodgkin, Gilbert and George, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Long, Antony Gormley, Steve McQueen and incoming UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry, to name but a few.

Meticulously short-listed to just four, each nominee represents a British artist under the age of 50 who has exhibited outstanding work in any discipline over the course of the previous twelve months.

The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

Ones to watch from Foundation 2015

As UAL’s summer shows season begins, we share some of the highlights from this year’s Foundation Diploma in Art and Design graduating class.

Marlen Rau
Marlen Rau, Central Saint Martins

“In everyday life most objects we interact with go unnoticed, they serve their purpose and only get attention when faulty or broken. The aim of my project was to provoke reflection upon this relationship by confronting the user with a design inspired by the human body and human mannerisms. The Introvert Lamp is based on the posture of people who try to rest and shelter themselves from the environment by laying their heads down onto folded arms. When switched off, the fragile bulb is supposed to be pivoted down and to rest in a bespoke made depression within thick, protective concrete walls.”

Hannah Bottino
Hannah Bottino, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon

“For my final major project I was really captivated by plant life within the city. I wanted other people to feel the same way about urban greenery as I did. My goal at the end of the project was for the work to get people to look at urban greenery in a lovelier light. A book lent itself best to a subtle narrative of falling in love with urban greenery.”

Marlee King, Lewis Bush

Marlee King, London College of Communication

“Bowie’s Alphabet is a little homage to one of my biggest inspirations – Mr David Bowie. His love for influencing others through music is what made me direct my attention to him for my project. I adore the way he shifted so easily through his characters, and it fascinates me to watch clips of him perform and totally be immersed with who he is on stage. The screen prints you see are an eclectic mix of various characters I particularly love, such as Ziggy Stardust to the right, and the Thin White Duke with Jareth the Goblin King left. I wanted to assemble the prints as if they were part of a fanatic’s bedroom wall inspired by my own childhood room. The alphabet itself is illustrated through sound, with each letter found phonetically in his music. Put on the headphones and be transported to the mind and room of a Bowie fan!”

Thomas Fung

Thomas Fung, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon

“The idea of the work is based on the exploration of cross-dimensions,  I started my research through taking some photos in Oxford Circus, after that I deconstructed the photos into 2D drawing forms. After that, I make it as a sculpture in such form. For the strings I described it as the lights and the traffics in Oxford Circus. Finally the Light I applied is to make relationships between the exhibition site and my piece.”

Anne Elmhort

Anne Elmholt, Central Saint Martins

“I was inspired by the way, in which the main character, Alex, of A Clockwork Orange, befriends his reader; I’ve designed an immersive experience, where the audience move through a world coloured by Alex’s romanticised version of violence. Alex and his friends will coerce the audience to join them for a night of horrors. While being confronted with the hooligans’ lack of moral, the audience might find themselves in situations where their own morals are challenged.”

Linnet Van Veen photo by Lewis  Bush

Linnet Van Veen, London College of Communication

“The title of my show is ‘The Unspoken Truth’. I took inspiration from aboriginal art from the oceanic reign. Aboriginal art is consisted of abstract symbols, dots and lines. I decided to adapt this to the modern world, specifically social media sites. I explored the internet and social media sites for symbols that represented our fixation with it, as well as its influence on us. I took the symbols and turned them into patterns. I took the patterns and screen printed them over one another using vibrant colours.”

Ming Sau Wu
Ming Sau Wu, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon

“I have noticed that the surroundings actually are not like what we usually think they supposed to be. I have experimented with micro-lens to take photographs of my pet, I was shocked when I saw the detailed texture of her hair. I realised there are many interesting things in our life we would never notice because of their scale. I am also inspired by the films, Microcosmos and The Powers of Ten, as it changed the angle how we look at the world. Everything would change if the tiny objects become massive, and it makes me changed the attitude toward things. So I want to deliver this message visually to make people see the world in a different way.”

Babachuwe Tabase photo by Lewis Bush

Babachuwe Tabase, London College of Communication

“For my final piece called ‘Something out of nothing’ I considered sketching out my old walking frame as artwork that means a lot to me personally. My walking frame was a significant part of my life and artistic practice. I remember clinging portfolios on to my frame whilst I was struggling to walk and becoming an art project in motion. Hanging large bits of work on the handle bars to tying work on the back of my frame and completely utilising the space that was given to me. I had used it for eight long years and because of the intensive course I got rid of it. During my foundation I became stronger and more confident physically, mentally and emotionally to be able to live out my dream. I initially began by documenting my most memorable achievement with a large scale mixed media sketch, I reconsidered how a response any form of disability in general needs to be more discreet and subtle.

The outcome was four large A0 prints of an abstract and figurative interpretation of my walking frame. My work in itself is a celebration of how far I have come as an individual and an art student. By using O’s, U’s, the backs of I’s and exclamation marks I managed to create an abstract image of my Kaye walker. I planned to make it more figurative in the style of Tom Ekerlesley by using letterpress. I stopped looking at actual shapes of the Kaye walker and instead found myself concentrating on the negative and positive space. The medium of letterpress has more of a professional finish and it shows the smudges and detail of wrapped object. This is what I wanted my final piece to have because it shows how a wrapped object can be translated into figurative artwork.”

Nicolas Canal Tinius
Nicolas Canal, Central Saint Martins

“I started out by looking at the boundary between our consciousness and the physical world, comparing it to the boundary between our virtual lives and our physical lives. That developed into an exploration of the analogue and the digital, where I focused my interest in our recent tendency to over document our own lives. More specifically, I was interested in the amount of information that we hoard in the form of photographs and text, and how hesitant we are to delete anything. With that in mind, my project developed into an exploration of various interruptions to that seemingly inevitable thought process, which ended up taking shape as hole punched film. The most interesting, and unexpected thing that happened with that was the interaction between people in the photographs and the holes which ended up looking like voids in space.”

Fredrik Tjærandsen
Fredrik Tjærandsen, Central Saint Martins

“My garment is based on an obsession with seeing the Minions in everyday objects. I photographed my associations and from that I have been working on extracting information – putting it on the body and at the same time considering movement. I decided to work with playful materials in order to truly catch the Minion essence.”

Watch a video on the Minions project.

Samantha Ridgway
Samantha Ridgway, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon

“In my photography, I seek to capture the unfound beauty in the world.  Aftermath is a phenomenon I have adopted to represent my search of this unfound beauty. It is a term deriving originally from agriculture referring to the grass that grows again after the harvest. In previous projects I have captured the beauty of new life in devastation, desolation and death. This time, I decided to pursue darkness.  For my final project I wanted to roam the city at night when no one was around, when everything was still. I wanted to capture the feeling of isolation and darkness in a city that is so rich and alive showing that through darkness comes light, out of darkness comes beauty.  Life is made up of many difficult dark times but through those times, you grow stronger and more beautiful than ever before. There will always be happiness, there will always be light, but you are always in control of it. You are surrounded by beauty yet you do not see it. Close both eyes, open the mind. Only then will you feel it. Only then will you see it.”

Tamara Ibrahim photo by Lewis Bush

Tamara Ibrahim, London College of Communication

“The aim of the project was to convey the delivery of the lines in the film through typography, colour and screen prints. The idea for using only two colours came from when I created the first quote being “I know this because Tyler knows this” as my aim was to show the dual personality of the narrator. As I started taking note of quotes to use I found that the less I thought about it, the clearer the designs would be. To contribute to the simplicity of the designs, I thought it best to keep the colours to a minimum as the series of prints would look cluttered. I chose to challenge myself throughout this project as I usually go into plenty of detail in my final outcomes, however by sticking to using Helvetica I was able to play with layout and how the placement of text on a page has an effect on the viewer.”

Jessie  Heung

Jessie  Heung, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon

“I was first inspired by Cornelia Parker, Mona Hatoum and Wenda Gu, which they both created a starling atmosphere with lighting and shades surrounding in a space. Then, I created an installation of the reflection of shadow made by hair in a semi- abstract scale. The designs were influenced by the line composition of the construction buildings, which I discovered that outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates. I do not view things the way men do but to investigate the unseen side of the beauty through darkness.”

Find all the information on this year’s summer degree shows on the dedicated site summershows.arts.ac.uk

Follow the shows on social media and share your favourite works with the hashtag #UALsummershows

Join the tweet out as the first of the BA summer shows open – on Tuesday 26 May at 11am share “See you at the #UALsummershows summershows.arts.ac.uk

 

 

 

Review: London Transplants

Over 300 people attended the reception of the London transplants exhibition on 25 April, which was curated by the UAL West Coast Alumni Association, as part of Brit Week 2015.

London Transplants

The exhibition, held at Wallspace, in Los Angeles, featured the works of twenty UAL alumni.  With drinks and a DJ playing a British mix, guests partied well into the night…

The group met regularly for six months in the lead up to the exhibition, working together to plan the logistics, including creating a catalogue of all the artwork in the exhibition. A lot of the artwork on display was also sold on the night, which was a massive bonus for all involved!

Angie Stimson, President of the Los Angeles UAL alumni Association and Lead-Curator of the exhibition, was delighted with the evening, and the artwork on display.  “The group worked so well together – everyone was of the same mind-set – this was really a celebration of the UAL alumni and their work.”

Angie Stimson

Angie Stimson

The group learned a lot from holding the exhibition, and have been really spurred on by its success.  They have already started to think about new ideas, and are looking forward to planning a new exhibition next year. If you want to be a part of the West Coast Alumni Association get in touch with the group today!  

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Promote your work and the summer degree shows

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The UAL summer shows site is now live listing the summer degree shows from each of the Colleges. Visit the website for all the information on who, what, where and when at http://summershows.arts.ac.uk/. Share the website link with friends and family and encourage them to visit the shows.

Promote your final year work on social media using the hashtag #UALsummershows

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