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Catlin Art Prize 2015 shortlist announced

Jon Baker, Mother's Medal (Blacked) Installation shot

The judges of the prestigious Catlin Art Prize have this week announced Jon Baker as one of the eight shortlisted artists for 2015. A graduate of Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, Jon has already been selected for the Parasol Unit Exposure 14 Award and held a solo show at Photofusion earlier this year. All eight shortlisted artists will exhibit their work at Londonewcastle Project Space, with the winner announced on 13 May.

Finalists are selected from The Catlin Guide 2015 for their “potential to make a significant mark on the art world in the next decade” and compete to win the main prize of £5,000. The public also vote for one artist to win the  £2,000 Visitor Vote  £2,000, with nominations cast via a ballot box at the Londonewcastle Project Space.

Jon Baker, mothers medal (blacked) no 66 C type print 72in x 88 in

Commnenting on Jon Baker’s work, Catlin curator Justin Hammond said: “I first saw Jon’s photographs – a series called Gape – at his degree show and I couldn’t quite work them out. The images were roaringly explicit, yet delicate and ambiguous. That paradox is intrinsic to Mother’s Medal, his most recent body of work. This time round a curious backstory further impedes a clear-cut reading. I’m certain that Jon can take another leap forward with his series for the Catlin Art Prize.”

The Catlin Art Prize exhibition runs 8-30 May at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP.

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Jon Baker,mothers medal (blacked) no 93 C-type 72 x 88 in



Meet: Jon Baker

Jon Baker, Fine Art (BA Hons) from Chelsea College of Arts, has just been shortlisted as a finalist for the Catlin Prize 2015. He is one of five finalists to be selected from an original forty artists, of which ten were UAL alumni. We are delighted for Jon, and look forward to seeing more from him at the upcoming Catlin Art Prize exhibition, from 8 – 30 May at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London…

Jon Baker

Jon Baker

How did you end up studying BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts?
Before I went to Chelsea I did lots of different things. I worked as a commercial photographer for the BBC and a number of different magazines. It was a trade, a way to make money, a good way to make money, but I was bored. I wanted to get away from it, be around people doing things, like performance art, sculpture, videos. I wanted to have interesting conversations and to learn something; That was the main reason for me wanting to study at Chelsea.

I looked at all the art colleges, read all the prospectuses, and went to the open days. I chose Chelsea because to me it seemed to be the most straightforward. I didn’t find it pretentious, it wasn’t selling a lifestyle, but an opportunity to learn. It felt like a very modern place of learning.

Did Chelsea live up to your expectations?
Chelsea taught me how to read properly – I gained the skills to really read a piece of text/article, to analyse it, contextualise it and then to talk about it. Studying there gave my work perspective, it helped me find my way, and gave my art a context. Without Chelsea I would just be a guy doing weird stuff – but the course gave me an excuse to do this weird stuff. People took me seriously.

The attendance to the final show at Chelsea of people who are extremely influential, and beneficial was extremely high. It is a really well thought of show. The exposure to influential people in the industry… I didn’t realise this when I applied, but it was one of the biggest benefits to studying there.


Did you find it harder as a more mature student?
I found studying when I was older much better. I was one of the oldest on the course. I studied photography in Bournemouth when I was nineteen. I worked really hard to get in, and then when I got there all I wanted to do was have fun. I failed, I didn’t necessarily take it that seriously. I was more ready to learn this time round.

Tell us about what you have been up to since graduating including being selected for the Catlin guide, and your project GAPE…
I haven’t stopped working since I graduated. I’ve exhibited at the Exposure 14 award at the Parasol unit, have a show at Photofusion in Brixton, as well as the Catlin Guide. There was a huge momentum from leaving Chelsea because of the way I was pushed there – I have been continually making stuff – I have also been shortlisted for the Catlin Guide top eight for my series Gape, and will be exhibiting in that in May. Justin who curates it has been very supportive and pushes for new work, its been very encouraging.


Where do you work from? Do you have any studio space in London?
I don’t have studio space –I work a lot from my flat (near Old St), and my parents live not too far from me – they let me use their garage as well. I don’t know why people want to separate their space into these different pockets – living, sleeping, working… If I am paying for a flat I want to use it for everything.

Do you have any advice for other Fine Art young graduates?
I have found that there is a real focus on young graduates – this isn’t something I was prepared for when I graduated (even though I’m not that young!). I think you have to be really careful as a fine art graduate – it is hard to know what interest is good and what is bad. A lot of businesses are interested in the work of young graduates and want to be associated, but I am not sure this is necessarily a good thing… if they like the work then they should buy it!

Other than being shortlisted for the Catlin exhibition, do you have any other projects in the pipeline?
My show, the Mother’s Medal (Blacked), opened on Thursday 5 February in Brixton, it’s about a medal handed out by the Nazis to German women to encourage them to have babies. If you had twelve children you would get the gold medal. I could talk about it all day, but I would recommend going to the exhibition and seeing for yourself…

In the future I would like to be an artist. Going to Chelsea has changed what I value. I want to carry on not having that fear and attachment to money – and not be driven by money as I was before. I want to make my work regardless of the economic benefit. Once you get away from being driven by money then you can really start to do something interesting…

Visit Jon’s website

More information about Fine Art (BA Hons) at Chelsea College of Arts

New UAL Alumni Group in Spain

Iga, Fashion Illustration (BA Hons), London College of Fashion and Joan, Product Design (BA Hons) Central Saint Martins, are in the process of setting up a new and exciting alumni group in Spain. Read more about their plans for the group, and how you can be involved…

Iga and Joan

Iga & Joan

What have you been doing since you graduated?
Iga – I moved to Barcelona, spontaneously, straight after graduating. This past year I have been doing different projects, trying things out, exploring the city and learning the language. It was a great bit of freedom after the busyness of London! That has all changed now as I have just started a full-time illustration and graphic design job in a cool digital development company here in Barcelona!

Joan – After graduation I stayed in London. I worked for a few months at Seymour Powell until I decided to set up a laser cutting service company in London. CLC Creative LTD is an award winning start up I co-founded and co-directed till the end of 2013 when I decided to look out for other opportunities. Late 2013 I decided to move to Barcelona where I live and work until today. Amongst other projects I am now co-directing a jewellery brand called which has an international audience mainly shared between UK and Spain.

How did you both meet? And what made you want to set up the alumni group?
We met at an event organised by the UAL in Barcelona. It felt great to connect and exchange experiences with the other UAL Alumni. We both felt like we would like to repeat that – so when the UK based events coordinator told us there’s wasn’t a group set up in Spain yet, we decided this was something we could do together.

Tell us about the upcoming Spanish alumni group event?
The event will on Saturday 25 April, from 5.30pm at the Maritime Museum in Barcelona. We would like to invite all alumni residing in (or visiting) Spain to come over and join us for a relaxed meeting.

We would like to meet as many people who want to be a part of the official Spanish UAL Alumni group.  Whether you want to be part of the organisational committee, or just attend events and stay tuned on our social media channels for information about the Spanish creative industry, news, competitions, and work opportunities – ALL UAL alumni are welcome.

What is your vision for the group?
We hope to organise various annual networking events in and around Barcelona, and create a strong digital community for all alumni residing in Spain.

When: Saturday 25 April
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Maritime Museuem, Barcelona
Like the UAL Spanish Alumni Group on Facebook


New UAL Alumni Group in Turkey

Duygu Ebcim, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, London College of Fashion, is setting up a new and exciting UAL alumni group.  Here she talks about her motivations for setting up the group.  All alumni are welcome to meet her at the very first meeting, which will be in Istanbul on 4 April.  If you have any questions about the event you can get in touch with Duygu here.

Duygu Ebcim

Duygu Ebcim

What’s your favourite memory from your time at London College of Fashion?
One of my class mates and I chose the same inspirational subject to work on without knowing each other but after realising it, we kept working on the same subject. At the end of the project both of us built and submitted totally two different portfolios.  It was an inspiring moment that showed me how creativity is endless and only you can vary it.

What do you do now?
I am working for a ship-owner company (as it is the family business) but I am also working as a freelance designer mostly focused on womenswear (tops, blouses and dresses).

What has been your greatest achievement?
Once I saw one of my collection pieces that I made during my time at LCF, as a Ready-to-wear collection piece of one of my favourite designers a couple of years after my graduation, it was like a moment of confidence for myself.
I always try to get the most from the environment that I am a part of – experience, people, information, inspiration, and to always keep my connection alive in every aspect.

Did you keep in touch with many of your old classmates?
I still keep in touch with many of my classmates. Unfortunately and luckily we are spread to the different parts of the world. Unfortunately; since it is hard to keep in touch in this situation, and luckily; because it gives us opportunities to observe different cultures and to gain news from these regions first-hand.

What made you want to set up the UAL Alumni group in Turkey?
The number of graduates from UAL in Turkey is increasing, and a promising art and design environment is developing here. I think being connected would be helpful to Turkish Alumni to be a part of this, while opening new doors in the professional world as well. We should give more importance to networking for more achievements.

When is the first Turkey UAL alumni group’s meeting? What can someone hope to gain from coming along?
Our first event will be April 4 at OPS Cafe in Karakoy, Istanbul. Since it is going to be the first meeting of our Alumni Group we are trying to reach as many people as we can. Everyone is welcome!

When: Saturday 4 April 2015
Time: From 1pm
Where: OPS Cafe, Karakoy, Istanbul

Like the Turkish alumni group on Facebook

UAL Alumni in Australia – Call for Submissions

Opportunity to exhibit at the Gallery of Australian Design…

Gallery of Australian Design

Gallery of Australian Design

We are delighted to announce that the Australian UAL Alumni Group are organising an exciting new exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design, where Australian-based UAL alumni are invited to showcase their work.  The exhibition, which also has backing from the University of Canberra, will show examples of Alumni design projects in fashion, film, print, packaging and interaction design from the last three years. We will highlight the works of four/five alumni in the areas of Fashion, Film, Communication Design and Interaction Design.

The Australian UAL Alumni Group is run by three UAL alumni; Dr Lisa Scharoun (CSM, MA Design Studies), Dr Fanke Peng (LCF, Research Fellow & Collaborator) and Kyle Portbury (CSM, MA Performance).

This is an amazing opportunity to get your work noticed at a high-profile and influential exhibition. 

Enter Today

Works of design (commercial commissioned work); which includes fashion, interactive design, film, graphic, product and industrial design will be accepted. UAL Alumni must send a maximum example of five key works (in low-res 72 dpi jpg format) a CV and covering letter which includes reasons why they would like to participate (150 words), a statement about how their work has been influenced by studying in London (150 words) and a short description (150 words) describing the submitted work.

Submissions sent to:

Deadline: 15 April 2015

How can the next government help design?

Nigel Carrington

Nigel Carrington features in Design Week, commenting on what the next government should do to help the design industry. Nigel and other expert commentators from across the sector shared their top line advice for whichever party takes the reins in May.

Nigel told Design Week: “Government needs to see creative subjects as more than just a skillset. Creativity is a way of thinking that leads to innovation, can be taught to anyone and used in any career. It should be seen as a marketable skill and a key economic differentiator for the UK. To do this properly, government needs a joined-up creative policy which is enshrined in education and industrial policy, as well as specialist arts areas: an essential rather than nice-to-have objective for government.”

Read the feature on Design Week

Meet Mette Sterre

Mette Sterre, MA Performance Design & Practice at Central Saint Martins, is another of our fabulous alumni to be selected for the Catlin Guide 2015. Here she talks about how her time at CSM and her unique performance art…

Mette Sterre: Crystal Mette & the Fictions

Mette Sterre: Crystal Mette & the Fictions

Why were you drawn to Performance Design? And what made you want to move to London, and particularly CSM to study?
I’ve always been in love with London, ever since I was five years old I knew I had to be here. Roaming the streets with my parents when I was 12, I knew it wasn’t just my imagination. I did my BA in fine Art in Rotterdam and started to do performances whilst studying, encouraged by one of my tutors ten years ago. I knew I wanted to a masters abroad and I knew I always wanted to live in London. I also knew I wanted to understand and learn from the history of theatre, be conscious of its discourses and so luckily I ended up at Central Saint Martins. I had a bit of sidewinding in the road that brought me here, but thank God my mama taught me perseverance.

Describe your time at Central Saint Martins in three words…
crazy sexy cool, no just kidding: challenging privileged and enlightening

Would you recommend the course?
Yes, definitely, you can do what you want with the support of peers and the amazing staff in the workshops, and your tutors (of course). I understood and was able to apply new knowledge to my practice but also understand so much better how we construct reality through our belief systems.

Tell us about your work?
My work deals with the grotesque; the world of topsy-turvy, the paradox and the uncanny.  I make sculptural costumes on which I base a narrative and create a performance.
Like a Dr. Frankenstein, I sew body parts together, creating new forms of living beings in the forms of sculptural costumes. I’m interested in distorting the human contours. By the de-identification of the human body I question the stigmatisation of “the other” and the social construction of identity.
My work critiques on contemporary culture; I’m inspired by fiobinacci patterns in nature, the notion of animism, artifice and horror movies.
I’m super happy if my audience experiences uncanniness and doesn’t know how to define whether the creatures I make are human or not.

Hummerman, Credit: Lovis Ostenrik

Hummerman, Credit: Lovis Ostenrik

How do you think being selected for the Catlin guide will benefit you?
It’s amazing to be part of this great selection of artists and to get the thumbs up by the selection committee. I hope I’ll be able to reach more potential collaborators, audience members and interesting places to make new projects with and in.

What are your plans for the next few years?
I hope to make a new theatre production in which I want to work together with a dance group and musicians; collaboration, make music videos, travel, expand and get back into drawing and photography. Develop tools to create my costumes more rapidly or get some assistants. Grow as an artist, learn to explore and develop. Open up a design studio possibly maybe.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The bible/lifelineguide of my life is Baz Luhrman’s song “everybody’s free to wear sunscreen”, I try to live by this song. Recently I also got this great piece of advice which was “you may have missed the past but the future belongs to you” which is also a pretty good one.

Where do you live? And what are your favourite hangouts?
I’m currently a true European citizen, travelling from one place to another and I am in the super position to have two bases; London and Rotterdam. I love the Wellcome collection library, it might sound a bit dull but I just lalala-love books. In Rotterdam it probably would be the Koffie Lokaal, great coffee and interior.

You can see more of Mette’s work on her website 

Find out more about MA Performance Design & Practice at Central Saint Martins

UAL Chinese Alumni Association Present: A Global Careers China Event

Last night the UAL Alumni Association and LCF Careers hosted a panel discussion for current UAL students interested in working in the creative industries in China. Over sixty current students from all the six UAL colleges attended the event at the London College of Fashion to get advice from key industry contacts in China.

UAL China Global Careers Event

Chaired by Adam Watling, Client Team Manager at London College of Fashion, the panel represented a wealth of experience across the creative industries in China.

Oliver Pearce, LCC alum and President of the UAL Shanghai Alumni Association gave a presentation about his six years of experience working as a journalist in China. He talked about the importance of networking, and how beneficial setting up the Shanghai alumni group has been, not just for him, but for many other UAL alumni based in the region.  He also covered about how he is working with Joe Oliver, President of the UAL Beijing alumni group, to expand and create a China-wide association, in the hope to represent smaller groups in other regions.

Jiang Li, LCC alum, PR & Marketing Manager at G-Star RAW, and a prominent member of the Shanghai alumni group, talked frankly about how important it is to be brave and put yourself out there in order to get noticed by employers.

Nikki Hill, Talent Development Manager at Burberry spoke about the culture shock she experienced when faced with negotiating Shanghai by herself, without any Mandarin, but also how enjoyable and valuable her time working for Burberry in China turned out to be.

Finally, Krisha Chavda, LCF current student, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development, told the audience about her year in industry working for United Nude in Guangzhou.  She believes her year in China has added a new dimension to her designs, and also vouched for the excellence of Chinese hospitals!

There was lots to discuss, and the panellists were inundated with questions from the students at the networking drinks that followed the discussion.

The UAL Alumni association have more events like this in the pipeline, with the hope that Presidents from our other international groups will follow suit. We have the largest creative network in the World, and want our students and alumni to utilise this network after graduation, wherever they are in the world.

You can find images of more past alumni events here


SEE scoops prestigious NUE 2015 award for Best Careers/ Employability Service


The National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards took place on Friday 6 February at etc.venues in London, with UAL’s Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) team taking home the Award for Best Careers/ Employability Service!

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards are sponsored by PwC, supported by AGR and AGCAS and run in association with The Guardian.

The award celebrates the outstanding and invaluable contributions made by university careers/employability services in helping students apply and maximise their work experience opportunities. It was said of SEE that ‘the winner creatively showcases and financially supports students and their stance not to advertise unpaid opportunities is especially commendable in a challenging, traditional and niche sector’.

Find out more about SEE.

Image: Susan Orr, Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Katie Mills, Assistant Director, Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE).


UAL Launches US East Coast Alumni Association

UAL was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with our east coast alumni at a special drinks reception in Brooklyn’s artistic DUMBO district earlier this month.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

The United States is home to over 2500 of our graduates with a quarter based in and around the New York City area. With American students currently the fourth largest international group studying with us and google research revealing UAL to be one of the most popular universities for US students looking to study abroad, our alumni community across the Atlantic is set to continue growing in strength.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

With this in mind, we are delighted to have recently launched the official US East Coast Alumni Association. The group is to led by a committee of six enthusiastic alumni, headed by CSM alumnus Ben Wilkinson-Raemer. The committee members have volunteered to work together  to help bring the local UAL community together to support, network and share.

Ben’s fellow committee members are Bruce Reynolds (LCF, 1993), Stephen Bury (Chelsea), Felicity Hogan (Camberwell, Chelsea and LCP), Rich Carter (Camberwell, 1998) and Luke Hayman (CSM, 1988).

Natalie Brett, Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, Chris Wainwright

Natalie Brett, Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, Chris Wainwright

More than 100 guests joined us at the New York Foundation for the Arts, to meet the committee members, hear ideas for future east coast activities and how to get involved. Throughout the evening, guests also had the opportunity to network, meet old friends and make new connections. UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Natalie Brett and Chris Wainwright were on hand to update the group on the latest news from across the Colleges.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

“…being active in the Alumni Association is great both professionally and socially.  The East Coast of the United States draws people from so many backgrounds and talents.  Being a part of that community means you meet, socialize, gain inspiration, and be inspiring to people who you usually wouldn’t have access.” Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, President of the UAL East Coast Alumni Association.

The committee are keen to get you involved, email them directly at and join the Facebook group

UAL New York Alumni Reception

See more photos from the night via our Facebook page

Find out more about our international alumni groups including the US East Coast

More about UAL’s Alumni Association