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New York Times’ best London summer art exhibitions includes UAL summer shows

Mikela Henry Lowe, Central Saint Martins UAL, best London summer art exhibitions
“The summer’s buzzwords are clearly new, young and emerging” report the New York Times in their edit of the best London summer art exhibitions, selecting University of the Arts London’s summer degree shows as one of the must-see London art events, alongside the new Tate Modern and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

The New York Times recommend UAL’s summer shows, saying “The shows are an opportunity to spot and sponsor new talent. Artists like Mona Hatoum, on show at Tate Modern through Aug. 21, exhibited at the degree shows early in their career.”

Read the New York Times guide to the best London summer art exhibitions

See the dates and locations for University of the Arts London’s summer degree shows on the dedicated summer shows page

See behind the scenes at the summer shows on Instagram

Follow the action and share your favourites from the exhibitions using#UALsummershows

See UAL’s summer shows in Design Week’s round up of the best design degree shows

8 ways to navigate The Affordable Art Fair

Suddenly find yourself at the Affordable Art Fair and don’t know where to start? UAL’s Made in Arts London coordinator, Rosa Harvest, shares her tips on ways to work it at the fair.

1. Do your research
Doing some research on what will be at the fair, and which artists you want to look out for, will mean that you’ll be less like to be overwhelmed on the day and better prepared to target the pieces you want. Check out to see the work we’ll be exhibiting at the fair.

Marta Barina - Untitled III

MiAL artist: Marta Barina

2. Know your budget
Knowing how much you are willing to spend on a piece of work can really help you narrow down your options. Everything at the Affordable Art Fair is under £5,000 so you’re safe in the knowledge that this fair is more affordable than other London Art Fairs. Made in Arts London’s (MiAL) pieces will range from £90 – £2,500.


3. Look for the little red dots!
At art fairs most galleries will mark work that has sold with little red dots. This gives you a great idea of which pieces are popular. You don’t have to follow the crowd, but it’ll certainly give you an idea for what’s hot! Last year, MiAL Artist Imogen Parry racked up a whopping 14 red dots on her piece ‘Bikini’!


4. Explore
There are over 100 galleries exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair, so there’s certainly plenty to explore. Do a lap of the entire fair to give you an idea of what kind of art strikes a chord with you. Don’t forget you can start and finish with MiAL’s exhibition ‘Perspectives’ which will be at the very front of the fair.

Olga Krasanova - Bad Hair Day

MiAL artist: Olga Krasanova

5. Meet the artists
If you’ve seen a piece you loved don’t be afraid to find out more about it. Loving a piece is one thing, but actually talking to the artist who created it – can take it to a whole new level. MiAL artists will be milling around our exhibition at the fair all weekend and will be on hand to talk about their work and the inspiration behind it.

Inga Loyeva - Nationalist

MiAL artist: Inga Loyeva

6. Love the brand
It’s often the case that if you like one piece of work from a gallery, you’ll like more! Be sure to take home information on the gallery you’ve bought from – that way you won’t be starting from scratch next time. Alternatively, sign up to their newsletter so you can keep up with their latest news on their artists and exhibitions. Sign up to MiAL’s mailing list here!

Victoria Batt - City in Pink Series

MiAL artist: Victoria Batt

7. Get Involved
Art should be fun. Don’t worry if you feel like a bit of an outsider, there are plenty of ways to get involved! MiAL will be holding several artist workshops during the fair where you’ll be able to road test some of the artist’s techniques for yourself. Keep an eye on the AAF website for more details.

Marta Barina - Untitled I

MiAL artist: Marta Barina

8. Enjoy yourself
Let loose and have fun! There is so much to see and do at the Affordable Art Fair from scoping art, chatting to artists, creating your own work or simply taking home that piece of stunning art for your home!

Monica Alcazar-Duarte - Family UFO

MiAL artist: Monica Alcazar Duarte

Made in Arts London will be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair 16th – 19th June 2016. Tickets can be booked online now!

UAL Summer Shows in Design Week Top 10 Best Design Degree Shows

UAL Summer Shows painting by Frances Hogg Best Design Degree Shows
Design Week selects the 10 best design degree shows of the summer, including UAL’s summer shows in their round-up of the must-see exhibitions across the UK. Design Week reports: “Highlights include a jewellery design project called Touch In and Out: Oyster card acrylic nails, which would allow commuters to travel the tube with their fingertips.”

Central Saint Martins BA Jewellery Design Lucie Davis Jewellery Undercover Best Design Degree Shows

As Europe’s largest arts university, UAL’s summer shows offer visitors displays of every permutation of design, from fashion and footwear, to performance and industrial, via graphics, spatial, and beyond.

Read the article on Design Week

Visit the UAL Summer Shows page for all the design show listings

Meet the creatives exhibiting at UAL’s 2016 summer shows on YouTube

See shots and clips from around the shows on Instagram


Camberwell College of Arts BA Hons Graphic Design 2015 Photo Kristy Noble Best Design Degree Shows

LCC BA Hons Graphic and Media Design Brutal Types Beth Johnson

Chelsea College of Arts Amy Bairstow BA Hons Textile Design 2015 Photo courtesy the artist Best Design Degree Shows


London College of Fashionn footwear by Huiwen Zhaimage by Josh De Souza Crook Best Design Degree Shows


Wimbledon College of Arts Design for Dance Project BA Hons Theatre and Screen Theatre Design 2015 Photo Lucy Algar Best Design Degree Shows

UAL’s Camberwell College of Arts regeneration reaches major milestone

The regeneration of UAL’s Camberwell College of Arts campus reached a milestone this week as a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held to mark the development reaching its highest point.


L-R: Managing Director of developer Hollybrook Justin Elcombe, UAL Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington and Leader of Southwark Council Peter John OBE attended the ceremony

The ceremony was held on the roof of the new student accommodation block, which will provide halls for 264 students, and was attended by UAL Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington, Leader of Southwark Council Peter John OBE and Managing Director of developer Hollybrook Justin Elcombe (pictured above) amongst other guests.

In June 2015, UAL announced a major investment of over £62million into the regeneration of its Camberwell College of Arts and its adjoining land. This is the first major work on the College for a generation, and will enlarge the existing 1969 building creating a new academic extension which will house a 262-seater lecture theatre, studios and library.

The expansion of the current site sees brand new UAL student accommodation being built to further enhance the campus feel. There will also be major alterations to the front façade of the College’s entrance and reception on Peckham Road, making the 1969 building fully accessible, as well as providing a new gallery and courtyard area.

Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice Chancellor, commented: “We believe that new state-of-the-art facilities for staff and students at Camberwell means the College will play a key role in the ‘Camberwell Corridor’ – a group of organisations growing, developing and collaborating to catalyse the area’s arts-led regeneration.”

The project, designed by RIBA award-winning Stephen Marshall Architects, will be completed for the start of the 2017/18 academic year.

Councillor Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, said: “I’m delighted to see UAL’s Camberwell College of Arts expanding, bolstering the further education offer to Southwark’s young people, and helping to create a vibrant cultural quarter in the heart of Southwark. The University and Council share a vision to make Southwark the best place for culture and arts in the country, helping to bring jobs and opportunities to our residents, and we look forward to welcoming hundreds of new students to Camberwell when the new accommodation is complete.”

Camberwell College of Arts, one of UAL’s six world-renowned Colleges, attracts students from all over the world who go onto become some of the leading artists of their generation. Illustrious alumni of the College include painters Howard Hodgkin, Terry Frost, Maggi Hambling and Gillian Ayres; filmmaker Mike Leigh and musicians Florence Welch and Syd Barrett.

UAL alumni dominate Turner Prize 2016 shortlist

Half of the artists on this year’s Turner Prize shortlist studied at UAL, cementing the University’s reputation for producing world-leading creative talent.

Tate Britain announced the four shortlisted artists last month, two of which are UAL alumni Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde. It builds on UAL’s strong association with the Prize, with alumni winning it 15 times in the 30 years since its inception and featuring in 24 shortlists – accounting for over half of all nominees.


Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist, under 50, for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work within the last 12 months.  Promoting debate around new developments in contemporary art, the Turner Prize was named after the innovative and controversial British artist, JMW Turner. The winner receives £25,000, and £5,000 each goes to the other shortlisted artists.

Helen Marten, a graduate of Central Saint Martins in 2004, was nominated for her participation in the International Exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale, called Lunar Nibs, and her solo show “Eucalyptus Let Us In” at the New York gallery Greene Naftali.


Helen Marten. Photo by Juergen Teller/ Tate Britain

Josephine Pryde, who attended Wimbledon College of Arts for her BA in Fine Arts and Central Saint Martins for her Masters in Fine Art, was included in the shortlist for to her exhibition, “Lapses in Thinking By the Person I Am” at San Francisco’s Wattis Institute.


Josephine Pryde. Photo by Dan Mitchell / Tate Britain

The exhibition of shortlisted work will be on show at London’s Tate Britain 27 September – 8 January 2017, with winners announced at an awards ceremony live on the BBC, in December 2016.

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