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Drawing resurgent as sound artist wins Jerwood Prize

Alison Carlier's sound work
The announcement of Alison Carlier’s sound work Adjectives, lines and marks as the winner of this year’s Jerwood Drawing Prize affirms the resurgence of exciting contemporary drawing practice in Britain. Marking the first ever sound-only work to win the prestigious prize, Alison’s work was selected by judging panel Gavin Delahunty, senior curator of contemporary art, Dallas Museum; Dr Janet McKenzie, author and co-editor of Studio International; and artist Alison Wilding RA, whose remit was to “champion excellence and promote and celebrate the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.” Alison graduated from MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art in 2013.

Adjectives, lines and marks is formed of Carlier’s voice reading a description of a Roman pot found in Southwark, close to the site of the Jerwood Space; its source is a reference book held at the Museum of London Archive Roman Southwark Settlement and Economy – excavations in Southwark 1973-91Mother No.O and Wait a minute, it’s the truth and the truth hurts XIV, the two winning student prize works by Wimbledon MA Fine Art alumna Ara Choi and Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art alumna Annette Fernando respectively, see UAL graduates winning three of the four prizes for 2014, the twentieth anniversary of the prize.

Speaking after the announcement, Alison Carlier says: “Drawing seems to be in an exciting position at the moment; on the one hand working across media such as audio/visual and performance whilst the 2D surface continues hold great potential. Drawing is undergoing a resurgence, perhaps because  at it’s root it is a shared practice; sculptors preparatory sketches, and the close alignment of drawing with printmaking, for example. Making drawings is familiar to artists across the board; it is a known and established discipline. But further than that, the quintessential nature of drawing; its proximity to thought, its directness, and often open-endedness enables it to create a discourse across and between media.  Drawing Sculpture recently shown at The Drawing Room is an example.”

“Today, when I use the word drawing I am thinking of a two dimensional, not necessarily hand-made image, executed with a view towards facilitating the understanding, design and/or explaining a multi-dimensional event” comments UAL’s Chair of Drawing Professor Stephen Farthing. “I suspect good drawing, like good writing, reduces a complex state of affairs to a simplified, elegant and intelligible image”

He adds: “The image can have been drawn on just about any substrate (working surface) that will receive a line: from the back of your hand or an envelope, to a concrete wall. It can be drawn with anything capable of making a mark on your chosen substrate: from a line made with the heel of your shoe to an area of tone made by a cast shadow, so drawing is more than paper and pencils. A possibly peripheral, but important to me aspect of drawing, is the degree of flux the drawing process allows. In a drawing every line is provisional until the drawing is finished, only at the end is the event, is it ‘carved’, so to speak ‘in stone’. The greatest drawings are the ones that have the ability to communicate their content without the help of either the written or spoken word. Drawings of this type are, however, few and far between, as most drawings are dependent to a degree on either oral or written support.”

Reflecting on the contemporary relationship between drawing and sound, UAL’s Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation Professor David Toop says: “There are close links between drawing and sound art. A lot of sound artists and improvisers would be happy to say that some part of their practice follows Paul Klee’s famous maxim of ‘taking a line for a walk’. To pick one example, Christian Marclay’s work with records and turntables began as a form of inscription, of following the lines cut into vinyl records. There is also the question of scale. Drawing tends to be intimate and close and sound art, particularly environmental sound recording, is predominantly an exploration of detail within the sound sphere or of auditory phenomena close to the ear. But drawing is also more in tune with the sketch, the transient marks that make no claim to permanence or greatness and working with sound and listening always has some sense of that transience, simply because sound is fleeting.”

Of her time at UAL, Alison says; “I studied MA Drawing at Wimbledon with Michael Pavelka,  which allowed me to push my ideas. The course is now led by Tania Kovats. As her work is at the forefront of  contemporary drawing practice, she is ideally placed.”

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is on show  until 26 October at Jerwood Space, read more on the Jerwood website

Listen to an extract from Alison’s work on the Jerwood SoundCloud

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London Design Festival Insider’s Guide – Lawrence Zeegen

Michael Anastassiades lighting
With over 300 events at London Design Festival, UAL’s design experts share their insights into which exhibitions are unmissable. Here, Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design London College of Communication, lists his top five.

1. Global Design Forum
Thought-leadership in design exploring the role of design and it’s impact in economics, politics and education. Yesterday’s lecture by info-graphix expert David McCandless was inspiring.
Read more on the LDF website

2. Michael Anastassiades Open Studio
A presentation of a lighting installation. Michael taught many years ago on Camberwell’s BA (Hons) Graphic Design course when I was course leader. Amazing work.
Read more on the LDF website

3. Digital Design Weekend 
A weekend of events exploring physicality and digital value. Installations and speaker events.
Read more on the V&A website

4. designjunction
Nothing, for me, beats the level of ambition here – not exactly pop-up but more a huge installation. Last year was great, this year even bigger and better.
Read more on the designjunction website

5. D&AD Annual launch/Bl-nk
An interesting party. As a D&AD trustee I have a clear interest obviously but I’d like to know who booked the human beatbox boy band…? And why.

And finally…

#160 at LCC
Of course. Included is launch and exhibition of my latest book Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King Publishing). Promises to be a great night.
Read more on the LCC website

See our report on UAL’s London Design Festival highlights

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London Design Festival Insider’s Guide – Rebecca Wright

Ekaterina Polikarpova in Restless Futures
UAL’s design experts reveal the inside track on what not to miss at London Design Festival. Here Central Saint Martins’ Rebecca Wright, Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design shares her top five.

1.Restless Futures 
“This exhibition features the work recent CSM graduates from across the design disciplines. Provocative, innovative and resourceful, the imagination and innovation on display make an optimistic case for the central role of design in shaping our future.”
Read more on the LDF website

2. Found in Translation 
“This show combines two of the most exciting things about LDF – the opportunity to discover design in new environments and to see the best work from young designers from around the world. Focusing on cultural diversity in the age of globalisation, it is curated and created by young Japanese designers based in London, looking at differences between the two islands.”
Read more on the LDF website

3. Disobedient Objects 
“This is a must see for art and design students. A powerful exhibition foregrounding the role of objects in protest, political activism and movements for social change.”

4. Off the grid: A Superpowered Look at Superstudio 
“This is one for architects and graphic designers – textiles based upon the grid motif championed by radical architects Superstudio, interrogating their theory of the grid as anti-design. Bold and beautiful, the collection is produced by Darkroom, the design shop founded by CSM Graphic Design alumni Rhonda Drakeford.”
Read more on the LDF website

5. 50 Years of Illustration
“Illustration is so often underrepresented at LDF and this is the show to put that right. Packed with examples of ‘the people’s art’ from across the last five decades, this show puts illustration firmly on the map and includes work that ranges from album covers to poster design and postmodernism to punk rock.”
Read more on the LDF website

See our report on UAL’s London Design Festival highlights

Read Sadhna Jain’s Insider’s Guide

Read Maiko Tsutsumi’s Insider’s Guide

Read the full London Design Festival programme

Read Sadhna Jain’s Insider’s Guide

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London Design Festival Insider’s Guide – Sadhna Jain

Alan Kitching and Monotype Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster
UAL’s design experts share their insider’s guides on which of London Design Festival’s 300 events and exhibitions to add to your do-not-miss list. Here Sadhna Jain, Course Leader, MA Graphic Design Communications, Chelsea College of Arts, unveils her top eight events:

1. Data Flags, Fabio Lattanzi supported by Bare Conductive
“A generative data driven sound installation where large scale screen-printed reactive surfaces explore the invisible patterns of financial algorithmic trading.”
Read more on the LDF site

2. Alan Kitching and Monotype
“Work from print legend Alan Kitching’s 50-year career, including a detailed look at a recent collaboration with Monotype.”
Read more on the LDF site

3. The Intertidal Cinema
“The Intertidal Cinema attempts to transform the tidal creek of Deptford in London into a social space. A film tells the narrative of place through a conversation with the architecture itself to create a portrait of the urban landscape through the sites connected to how Deptford developed as a dock.”
Read more on the LDF site

4. Tooled up
“A group exhibition celebrating creativity, craft, inspiration and skill which sees artists, illustrators and designers take a recognisable tool of craft and transform it into a unique form.”
Read more on the art and graft site 

5. Designing Polska
“An overview of the best Polish graphic design and illustration portfolios. The unique talent and distinctive styles of well-known Polish artists create a complex image of contemporary Poland.”
Read more on the LDF site

6. London Art Book Fair / Unbinding the Book
“The Whitechapel Gallery presents the best in international contemporary art publishing.”
Read more on the Whitechapel site

7. Harriet Anstruther Studio Revealed
“Showcasing art and products that works around the themes of identity and privacy, and what spaces and objects say about their owners.”
Read more on the LDF site

8. Objects Sandbox Showcase
“An exhibition of new products that explore possible experiences within the Internet of Things, developed by designers including Uniform, BioBeats, Kinneir Dufort and Play Nicely.”
Read more on the LDF site

See our report on UAL’s London Design Festival highlights

Read Rebecca Wright’s Insider’s Guide

Read Maiko Tsutsumi’s Insider’s Guide

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London Design Festival Insider’s Guide – Maiko Tsutsumi

Katharina Eisenkoeck
UAL’s design experts share the inside track on what not to miss at London Design Festival. Here Maiko Tsutsumi, Subject Leader for MA Designer Maker /Postgraduate Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts reveals her top five:

1. The Saturday Market Project pop up shop
“A space for making, material experimentation, masterclasses, demonstrations, workshops and a temporary shop. Throughout the week visitors will build an installation of golden wheat straws on a skeleton of high-visibility yarn inspired by the Swedish harvest tradition of Himmeli.”
Read more on the Saturday Market site

2. The Simplified Beauty at SCP
“Three shows from Japan, America and Britain that celebrate things made as they should be. Welcoming the Ishinomaki Laboratory, Mashiko ceramics, the Shotoku Glass Company and other special objects from Japan. Brooklyn-based designers Fort Standard represent America, while SCP launch A/W14 designs.”
Read more on the London Design Festival site

3. Elements of Craft
“Lina curates an exhibition focusing on the influence of craft in design. Pieces by Angelo Mangiarotti and Roy McMakin present classics from the 70s and 80s that are set against works by over 40 established and emerging designers”
Read more on the Mint site

4. Wrong for Hay
“During the festival, the new HAY and Wrong for Hay showroom opens the doors of its Georgian house in St James’s. Reflecting the creativity and culture inherent in London, Wrong for Hay has invited a selection of creative collaborators to interpret and react to the space and the pieces within it. Helsinki-based, guest-chef Antto Melasniemi is creating a food offering that weaves Nordic foraging with London urbanism.”
Read more on the Wrong for Hay site

5. Creo Collective
“Ex-Camberwell MA Designer Makers creo collective will launch their debut collaborative work at this year’s DesignJunction. I wrote an essay for their booklet.”

See our report on UAL’s London Design Festival highlights

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Helsinki Design Week Antto Melasniemi Food Design for Wrong for Hay @ Ateljé Finne_Harri Koskisen OMA-astiat

Next season fashion – the new names to know

One of UAL’s fashion experts reveal the inside track on which names to know next season. Just hours after last show closed London College of Fashion’s Tony Glenville files his report on which designers caught his attention; the Creative Director names Teatum Jones, Faustine Steinmetz, Toga, Xiao Li and Edeline Lee as his ones to watch come spring.

Vogue reports: “There was already a gentle buzz surrounding Parisian designer Faustine Steinmetz this morning – not least because denim is having a moment and she is one of a growing number of names for whom it’s their forte. The Atelier Chardon Savard and Central Saint Martins trained designer deconstructed it to the Nth degree for her debut London Fashion Week presentation this morning – jeans and jacket threads resembling capillaries almost, so fine and entwined were they.  It looks like brand Faustine is on its way.”

See some of the key looks from fellow rising star Edeline Lee below:


20 Edeline Lee SS15 Presentation (c) Mayfield Curtis 45

10 Edeline Lee SS15 Presentation (c) Matt Wash   107


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London Fashion Week SS15 preview

J.JS Lee SS15 opens LFW SS15 screengrab courtesey of British Fashion Council Live Stream

With the last rays of this year’s summer sun slanting across the capital, London Fashion Week sees the flashing cameras of the international fashion press light up catwalks across the city, revealing the key looks of 2015′s spring and summer. From 12-16 September, 80 on-schedule catwalk shows and hundreds of off-schedule runways, installations and presentations reveal the freshest looks from emerging and established designers, including 53 UAL graduates showing in the official LFW schedule.

London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins’ fashion experts share their insight into the new names to know this season and who to look out for in the SS15 schedule:

Central Saint Martins Professor Iain R. Webb, author and journalist says: “I always look for a touch of madness at London Fashion Week (Brit designers aren’t afraid of kicking over the traces and taking a few risks, which is what we do best and exactly what the fashion world needs right now!), so I’m looking forward to seeing some crazy, colourful antics at Ryan Lo and Ashish and the dressing up box delights of Ed Marler at Fashion East… and, of course, Sibling, because I always love a bit of knitwear… And some lovely subdued tailoring at Margaret Howell because I’m just plain greedy (and a tad contrary!).”


LCF Fashion Innovation Agency head Matthew Drinkwater comments: “There’s so much talent at London Fashion Week that it’s difficult to pull out just a few names, but at Fashion Scout I’m excited to see Mariana Jungmann and Min Wu. I’m looking forward to seeing how Helen Lawrence develops her collection with Fashion East and I simply cannot way for Teatum Jones and Marques Almeida‘s shows.”

See the full London Fashion Week schedule 

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London Design Festival 2014

As the twelfth London Design Festival roars into town, 350,000 people, from over 60 countries make the annual pilgrimage to the the city, to celebrate London as the design capital of the world. The 2014 festival takes the theme of ‘lose yourself in design’, reflected in the visually captivating branding designed by UAL alumnus and Pentagram partner Dominic Lippa.

Dominic comments: “The Festival has now grown to include hundreds of events, over many  different locations throughout London and therefore our solution was based around discovering these events across the city landscape. The identity celebrates London’s idiosyncratic arrangement and to celebrate this we developed the theme ‘Lose yourself in the London Design Festival’. The maze graphic is a visual metaphor for the experience that visitors have when they visit the Festival and the city of London. The solution is deliberately both playful and memorable.”

Sabrina Kraus Lopez Made in Patacancha

Running until 21st September, there’s a dazzling array on show at this year’s celebration of all things design. UAL Chair and LDF Founder Sir John Sorrell comments: “With the hundreds of events, talks, exhibitions, launches, installations, openings and parties, it’s easy to lose yourself in the excitement, inspiration and sheer joy that is the London Design Festival.”

Here’s our edit of the newest design talent and some of the most dynamic events to see this year:

Restless Futures Rebecca Skelton Handwoven Seating

Restless Futures

‘If we are living in an age of fluidity, uncertainty and disruption” says Head of Central Saint Martins Jeremy Till “then this exhibition provides pointers as to how to navigate these restless futures. In typical Central Saint Martins fashion, the work does not see the future as a set of miserable problems, but rather as field of opportunities that can be transformed into something hopeful, even joyful, through imagination, canniness and rigour.” Presenting architecture, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, textiles, graphics, product and industrial design, Restless Futures highlights how design culture is addressing global issues.

Restless Futures runs 13-20 September at Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA. Read more

Discover the Restless Futures talks programme

Yoshika Kobayashi Fledglings

Fledglings at designjunction

One of the freshest and most exciting presentations at designjunction 2014, Fledglings showcases innovative work from BA 3D Design at Camberwell College of Arts, MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins and BA Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts. With works ranging across the spectrum of design, the Fledglings’ stand presents the graduates as budding design professionals, with market-ready products alongside more experimental approaches, including Katharina Gross’s wax made furniture and Dunia Tigris’s Lone Diner project that uses marquetry juxtaposed with construction grade materials.

designjunction runs 18–21 September at The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street. Read more


Alan Kitching and Monotype Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster
Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster

The “fathers of modern graphic design” are celebrated in LCC’s design retrospective which marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand. Curated by LCC GMD & Diploma in Professional Studies alumnus Daniel Chehade, the exhibition unveils a series of new prints created by Kitching that pay tribute to the five legendary names, to be shown alongside posters by each of the designers. The exhibition features a selection of original typeface drawings from the Monotype archive, sketches and wood type from Kitching’s workshop, and other material from the five designers’ estates.

Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster runs 13 September-16 October at Well Gallery, LCC, Elephant & Castle. Read more

LCC will also play host to The Modern Magazine 2014 conference during the Festival. Find out more


Looking at Glass from the Camberwell Collection

 A Good Design?

Presenting items from the I.L.E.A/Camberwell Collection, A Good Design? interrogates the objects which have been collected in the names of “good design”.  The exhibition sets out to trace the development of the Experiment in Design Appreciation, a scheme jointly conceived and implemented by the Council of Industrial Design and London education authorities, born in the wake of the Festival of Britain to cultivate a preference for ‘good design’ in the ‘consumer of tomorrow’.  Locating ‘good design’ as a mid-twentieth century concern and examining how the Experiment in Design Appreciation reflected ideological alignment to modernism in design, the display will include archival material and objects representing British and International industrial design, graphics, folk art and studio ceramics from the 1950s to the 1970s.

A Good Design? runs 10 September–31 October at CHELSEA Space, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU. Read more



Maker Library

LCF invite you to step inside the historic Cordwainers college and learn how to make your own shoes, with emerging and established footwear designers as your guides. Discover the secrets of leather craftsmanship in their series of workshops and talks from LCF experts at Maker Library.

The LCF Maker Library runs 13-21 September at Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, Golden Lane, EC1Y 0UU. Read more

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Read Rebeccca Wright’s Insider’s Guide

Read Sadhna Jain’s Insider’s Guide

Read Maiko Tsutsumi’s Insider’s Guide

Read Lawrence Zeegen’s Insider’s Guide

See the full London Design Festival programme

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All staff invited to attend ‘Show & Tell 2′, showcasing UAL’s Communities of Practice

Show and Tell 2

‘Show & Tell 2′, our second event to bring together Communities of Practice (CoP) across UAL, is happening on the afternoon of 24 September at CSM.

There’ll be presentations from some of the communities and discussion groups on a number of themes such as CoP and Subject Summits, CoP and Pedagogy and CoP and Research.

We’ll finish off the afternoon with some refreshments and the chance to network with colleagues. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in.

If you can let us know in advance if you’re coming, then please email Jess (, otherwise you are welcome to come along on the day.

Modern languages evening classes starting in October


Learn about the art and culture of a new country while learning the language. UAL’s ‘Languages: Arts and Culture’ (LAC) programme is offering 12-week evening courses in French, German, Italian Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish starting in October.

Each class begins with a presentation given by your teacher, introducing you to an aspect of the country’s art and culture. The language learning comes from this topic with listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. By the end of the course you will not only have a grasp of a modern language but you will also be able to use this skill in an interesting and practical way.

At the Language Centre we favour a less formal and more communicative approach to learning and teaching. The speaking exercises in class are designed to promote consolidation of the target language and familiarise students with pronunciation in order to increase confidence and memorisation of key words and phrases. All of our teachers on the LAC programme are native speakers of the languages they teach.

New classes in French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish will start on 20 October 2014. They will run for two 6-week blocks over terms one and two, and will end on the week of 27 February 2015. Classes are once a week in the evenings, making a course manageable if you study or work full time.


  • Mondays – French, Mandarin
  • Tuesdays – French, German, Italian, Portuguese
  • Wednesdays – French, Italian, Spanish
  • Thursdays – Italian, Spanish

Course Dates:

  • Lessons 1 – 6 week of Mon 20/10/2014 to week ending Fri 28/11/2014
  • Lessons 7 – 12 week of Mon 19/01/2015 to week ending Fri 27/02/2015


  • Courses are 12 weeks
  • 6pm start once a week for 2.5 hours
  • Maximum 18 students per class

All classes are taught at beginner level.

Location: Classes take place at the Language Centre, based at 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY.

Fees: £318.

UAL staff members may be able to have the tuition fee paid through their department’s staff development budget. Please speak to your line manager before you book / pay the tuition fee.

How to book: Please see our web page for further details.