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London Underground planned strike and transport disruption

Message from Nick Rogers – Director, Human Resources

Transport for London (TFL) are advising all passengers to expect disruption to journeys due to two strikes scheduled for April 28-30 (48hrs) and May 5-8 (72hrs)

Tube services will be disrupted from Monday evening through to Wednesday Evening and the following week from the Monday evening through to Thursday evening. Buses and other modes of travel will also be busier than usual.

For the latest updates and to find out how this may affect you, TFL are providing information on the Transport for London website.
In light of this travel disruption please refer to the University’s Severe Weather and Disruptions to Public Transport Policy for further guidance.

Fashion Revolution Day

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On 24 April 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. One year on, social and environmental catastrophes continue in our fashion supply chains. Fashion Revolution Day seeks to turn a spotlight on how our clothes are manufactured, encouraging consumers to ask where, how and by whom their outfits were made. UAL is supporting the day, which will see social media campaigns, fash mobs, catwalks, debates and demonstrations across London, as well as global events from Austria to Australia.

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LCC have created a short animation explaining the initiative, background and how to take part, which is highlighted on the Fashion Revolution website and can be found on the UAL YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, students from London College of Fashion will be taking part in a demonstration on Oxford Street from 3-5pm, before creating a Fash Mob event on Carnaby Street at 5.30pm. See the full schedule on the Fashion Revolution site.

UAL staff have been speaking to the media, sharing their expertise on why Fashion Revolution Day is so vital. Renee Cuoco, from the Centre of Sustainable Fashion, spoke live on BBC London this morning, while the Centre’s Director Dilys Williams’s commentary piece appeared in the Metro today.

The  initiative’s social media campaign asks supporters to turn their clothes inside out, take a photo tagged #insideout and tweet @Fash_Rev and the clothing brand asking ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ using #fashionrevolutionday. Follow the hashtag to see UAL staff and students taking part.

Read the Centre for Sustainable Fashion‘s blog about the Rana Plaza anniversary.

Follow the London events on UAL’s Instagram.

UCU Marking Boycott postponed

Message from Mark Crawley, UAL Dean of Students:

I posted a message on 14 April about the marking/assessment boycott being planned by UCU, the trades union for academic staff, to take effect from 28 April.  UCU have now advised that the boycott has been postponed until 6 May, while they consider a new pay offer that has been made as part of the national pay negotiations.  We hope that the dispute will be resolved and that the marking boycott will not go ahead.  We will keep you updated as soon as we have further information.

 

New employment opportunities for graduating students

This summer graduating UAL students can apply for a 12 week internship to help launch their career in the creative and cultural sector.

The Graduate Internship Programme, which is run by Student Enterprise and Employability will give 20 UAL graduates employability training, mentorship and a structured learning experience to help bridge the gap between achieving their degree and launching their career.  As well as this the internships are paid at least the London Living Wage in line with SEE’s commitment to improving fair access to creative internships. The internships will be advertised on Creative Opportunities in late May and early June and will be open to all students who are completing their BA or FdA in 2014 and those who completed a post-graduate course between September 2013 and April 2014. Applicants will be asked to submit their CV and cover letter for the role they are interested in and there will be an interview for shortlisted candidates. The selected graduates will begin their internships in July and will have the opportunity to take part in employability training to help them make the most of their internship.

The funding for the Graduate Internship Programme is provided by ArtsTemps. This is a match-funding scheme with the interns’ wages split equally between the employer and UAL in order to encourage high quality, paid and fair internships within the creative industries.

“SEE is very pleased to be building on the success of last year’s Graduate Internship Programme pilot by this year expanding the project, and opportunities, for UAL graduates, whilst also deepening this key relationship with employers in the creative and cultural sector.  This is an important programme for SEE and UAL, in order that we are recognised as sector leaders in the promotion of good practice in valuable (and paid) mentoring opportunities and experience.” Stephen Beddoe, Director, Student Enterprise and Employability.

London celebrates Jean Paul Gaultier

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This spring, London welcomes the arrival of two exhibitions celebrating French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From Sidewalk to Catwalk at the Barbican is the first major exhibition of Gaultier’s work, while London College of Fashion’s Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest is dedicated to the avant–gardist’s campaign designs. Together, these two exhibitions provide a rich overview of a designer renowned for his passion, skill, mass appeal and humanism.

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk started life at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and pays homage to the diversity at the heart of Gaultier’s work; the Museum’s curator Nathalie Bondil says of the show: “It’s not about fashion but social vision”.

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Structured thematically, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the mind of this extraordinary icon; from the aquatic odyssey of Breton-stripe inspired pieces, to the monochrome aesthetics of his bondage collections and the intricate craft and feminine beauty of the boudoir. Areas of the exhibition dedicated to denim, tartan, corsetry and pink satins, illustrates Gaultier’s tendency to initiate and rejuvenate trends rather than follow them. The themes of his work are returned to again and again by emerging designers and students today – from lingerie as clothing to androgynous style and streetwear.

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In a Q & A at the Barbican, Gaultier said: ”It is more inspiring to look at people not in fashion, who are young and free. They have nothing to lose. Later, they have a code and it is boring’. This belief is made evident in the Muses room of the exhibition, which features costumes worn by the likes of Beth Ditto, Kylie Minogue and Dita von Teese.

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Gaultier was born in a suburb of Paris in the 60s and without any formal education established himself in the formidable couture industry of Paris, where he trained with the likes of Pierre Cardin. However, the designer cites London as a major source of inspiration, having an innate understanding and appreciation of British subcultures such as punk. Of the exhibition’s arrival in London and the huge body of work inspired by the city, Gaultier said: “I am showing it back to you like an homage”.

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In tribute to this retrospective, crammed full of exquisitely crafted and iconic garments, London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery presents Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest, featuring original invitation and campaign designs from the Gaultier Archive, spanning the designer’s forty year career.

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Curator of International Exhibitions at LCF Alison Moloney says of the exhibition: “We thought it was a nice idea to tell the story of his collections through the invitations, and show how his collections have developed over the years”. Gaultier has always taken great care and consideration in the creation of invites and campaigns, and been keen to formulate a rounded experience of the Gaultier brand and collection. It was also through his ad campaigns, in the 80s and 90s, that the designer could really share his opinions on aspects of popular culture and sub culture such as punk, skinheads, religion and art. Yet, the diversity of his work, both on and off the catwalk never compromises the essence and style of the Gaultier brand, which runs throughout the exhibition. “It is really inspirational for students to see how they can brand themselves” says Alison Moloney.

Details from two Jean Paul Gaultier campaign designs

Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest runs until 31 May at Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion. Find out more

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See more shots from the show on Instagram

 

Ones to watch: Jason File

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Artist: Jason File

Hometown: Marquette, Michigan, USA

Qualifications: Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art

Style:  A multimedia practice which reflect on the function of institutions and networks in society, and their relationships to individuals

Awards: Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize
Royal Academy of Art Thesis Prize
Ovalhouse Prize

Future Map winning work: Life Copy (2012) – a video installation screening  footage of the artist appearing in an internationally-televised news program, displayed above a copy of his commercially-published book, placed on a folding table.

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What he says: “By creating and exploiting overlaps between real life and art objects or performances, I interrogate the identity, authenticity, value and purpose of objects and events. I often use my own relationships with institutions to employ materials or contexts that are shielded from aesthetic critique—“non-art” environments—as a means of exploring institutional processes.”

What the press say: Described as one of the “reasons for theatre lovers to be crazy excited for 2014″ by Playreviews. The Guardian’s Skye Sherwin comments: “Jason’s work is bold and disarming. It raises all sorts of questions about identity and structures – including those of the artwork itself.”

What artists say: David Blandy comments: “Jason File’s work blends life and performance for subversive effect, with an intriguing examination of subjectivity and our place in the contemporary political arena.”

See Jason’s Showtime profile

Pulse – Trade Show Professional Development Programme

In conjunction with our stand at Pulse London this year, SEE is running a series of free training events for people wanting to exhibit and sell at trade shows

Writing a Press Release for your Design Brand
6-7pm, Thursday 24 April
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, UAL, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY
Book your place

Protecting & Licensing Your Designs
6-7pm, Tuesday 29 April
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, UAL, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY
Book your place

Attracting and Selling to Trade Buyers
12pm-1.30pm, Friday 2 May
Room 313, UAL, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY
Book your place

UCU Marking Boycott starting 28 April

Message from Mark Crawley, UAL Dean of Students

UCU, the trades union for academic staff, is planning a marking/assessment boycott with effect from 28 April. This action is clearly designed to maximise the impact on students and particularly those due to complete their course this summer. We will do all we can to minimise any disruption to your assessment.

This industrial action is being taken as part of a national dispute relating to pay increases from August 2013. UAL, like most other universities, participates in national pay negotiations because we believe it is important that academic (and other) staff are treated equally wherever they work in the higher education sector.

None of us want this action to happen but it is important that students are aware of the true picture. There have been claims of a 13% real terms pay cut since 2009 but this is untrue. More details are explained in the Frequently Asked Questions information available online. In the public sector generally (and indeed other sectors) there have been stringent pay freezes. In universities we have all been keen to ensure that our staff do receive increases – both through national pay rises and incremental progression on salary scales.

Further information about what we are doing to reduce the impact of the boycott on students – and particularly those completing their course this summer– is in the Frequently Asked Questions information.

UCU industrial action – marking boycott

Dear colleague

On Monday 14 April we will be posting a message to students explaining the steps we are putting in place to mitigate any effects of UCU industrial action.  This industrial action is in the form of a marking boycott and is scheduled to start on 28 April.

The message to students will be on Moodle and MyArts Student and will include a link to information on Frequently Asked Questions on the intranet.  We will be writing to academic staff separately before 28 April explaining the implications of participating in this action.  In the meantime, we are developing contingency plans to do our best to protect our students from the effects of this marking boycott.

Nick Rogers
Director of Human Resources

Sasha Bowles – Future Map 2013 exhibitor on her postgraduate student experience

Wimbledon College of Arts catches up with MFA Fine Art alumna, Sasha Bowles on her experience as a postgraduate student, her current practice and what’s next for Sasha as an artist.

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Sasha Bowles, ‘It Went By’. Oil on Linen 40 x 30 cm

WCA: What was your time studying at Wimbledon like?

SB: Really intense. Having not been in education for a while, I felt I had been thrown in at the deep end. Drowning at times, feeling exposed, but finding support was there when it was needed. I felt it was a privilege to have had 2 years to really explore what my work was about and  learn how to articulate it.

WCA: What did you find was the most valuable transferable skill you learnt whilst studying the College?

SB: Researching. Feed your practice.

WCA: Tell us about your current practice.

SB: My current practice is predominately painting and mostly dealing with subject matter relating to memory. The fallibility of memory, how it morphs and folds in upon itself. I use landscape as a trigger for memories; incorporating, real, imagined and appropriated images. The paintings are either small and intimate or large and foreboding.

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Sasha Bowles, ‘The Disproportionate Loss of Self in an Altered Landscape’. Oil on Canvas 150 x 180 cm

WCA: What has been your proudest moment as a practicing professional so far?

SB: Recognition for my work by selection for various exhibitions including Future Map.

WCA: What is next for you?

SB: Further explorations into my practice, continuing to push at the seams. Inclusion in The Open West, Oriel Davies exhibitions. Working towards several group shows in London.

WCA: Any advice for future Fine Art students?

SB: Embrace everything. The time goes really fast. Use all the facilities. Leave your comfort zone. Be prepared to fail again and again. Collaborate with your peers. Go to every show you can. Build networks outside college as well. Trust and challenge your tutors. Claim your practice. Have fun.

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Sasha Bowles, ‘Swept Through the Woods’. Oil on Linen 40 x 30 cm

Sasha graduated from MFA Fine Art 2013. www.sashabowles.co.uk

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