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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.


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”.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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


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 accompanied by File’s commercially-published book, video footage of an internationally-televised news program appearance by the artist and television advertisements, and folding table.

Jason File

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.”

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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
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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.

To find out more about our Postgraduate Courses, book onto one of our Postgraduate Open Days.

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The art of protest – UAL holds Jeremy Deller schools masterclass

The role of art as a form of political protest has been brought vividly to life for over 100 London schoolchildren, thanks to a National Art&Design Saturday Club masterclass with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

The 14 and 15 year olds from schools across London spent a day with Deller creating large painted protest banners on issues including war, the environment, and education.

The day also included a Q&A session with Deller on his work and career as an artist and a musical portraiture game, which saw students from three different UAL National Art&Design Saturday Club groups get to know each other by making three-minute drawings of each other to a soundtrack they had created collectively. The day concluded with a procession of the banners through the main street of UAL’s campus for Central Saint Martins at King’s Cross.

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

The event aimed to raise students’ awareness that art is part of their everyday life and can be a powerful way to make your voice heard.

“I learned that it isn’t only drawings that are art, but also things like a poster or a piece of music,” commented one student. Another added: “I learned that designs don’t have to be complex to get your message across.”

“It was genuinely a pleasure to give the masterclass,” said Jeremy. “A very thought-provoking day all round.”

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

Explaining the importance of art and design masterclasses, Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, added:

“The UK is renowned worldwide as a creative nation, and our creative and cultural sector is a huge generator of exciting job opportunities for young people. We want everyone with an enthusiasm for art and design to be able to develop their talent and take advantage of the incredible variety of careers that the creative industries offer. With these subjects increasingly falling out of squeezed school curricula, Saturday clubs are a tremendously important way of supporting creative learning. We are hugely grateful to Jeremy Deller for giving his time to inspire the next generation of creative innovators.”

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

The visiting students are all taking part in UAL’s Saturday Drawing Programme, a 16-week course that brings them to UAL every Saturday morning to work with UAL tutors and students. It is built around the UAL Awarding Body’s Level 2 Award in Drawing, and is part of the University’s widening participation programme and the Sorrell Foundation’s National Art & Design Saturday Club.

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

Photograph by Magnus Andersson

Sir John Sorrell, co-founder of the Sorrell Foundation and Chair of UAL’s Board of Governors, welcomed the students by telling them that his distinguished career in the creative sector was kicked off by Saturday morning classes at Hornsey College of Art.

The Sorrell Foundation now facilitates Saturday Clubs in 33 art and design colleges across the UK, which provide young people aged 14-16 with the unique opportunity to study art and design every Saturday morning at their local college or university for free and culminate in an exhibition of work by all students involved at London’s Somerset House in June.

The Sorrell Foundation is a charity set up by John and Frances Sorrell in 1999 with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people and improving lives through design.

Review of FAD provision

The University plans to carry out a review of its Foundation Art Diploma provision, an area in which UAL has built a strong national and international reputation.

The review, which will take place in the 2014 summer term, will be led by Amanda Jenkins, Associate Dean at Camberwell, and will explore how UAL can best align its FAD courses, improve progression from FAD to undergraduate courses, and ensure that FAD is sustainable in the long-term. It will also look at whether there are addition routes for progression that should be added to the existing portfolio of courses.

Staff in FAD focused roles have been communicated with about the review and asked to contribute their views, and staff across the University will have the opportunity to feed in. Further information will be available shortly and updates will be posted on My Arts at every stage of the process.

Call for Proposals: Designs on e-Learning 2014: Forging Creative Connections

CLTAD, in partnership with Penn State University, invite UAL staff to submit a proposal to present at the 2014 Designs on e-Learning international conference, September 17 – 18, San Marcos/Austin, Texas. Titled Forging Creative Connections, broad conference themes have been designed to open up the conversation wherever you find yourself along the technology path. Specific areas of connection could include those between:

•             Traditional & innovative approaches

•             Students & employers

•             Open educational resources & the curriculum

•             Staff & students

•             Formal & informal learning

As digital technologies continue to evolve and transform the pedagogic landscape, we face exciting and innovative possibilities for the future of education.

The conference will explore the impact of these transformations on our teaching practices and question how we can maximize their potential for improving student learning. This is an opportunity to collectively generate ideas, tackle problems, and share best practices in the arts, design and communication areas. The format of the conference includes panel discussions, presentations, work in progress papers and keynote speakers.

Deadline for proposals: 17:00 EST April 30th 2014

For full details visit the Designs on e-learning website

Questions: Claudia Roeschmann,

Alumni Celebrate Emerging Talent


Alumni, staff and students from across UAL’s six Colleges were invited to an exclusive event at SPACE Studios to celebrate some of the outstanding fine art work emerging from our 2013 graduates, which have been showcased at this year’s Future Map exhibition.

The event was organised by Development and Alumni Relations, hosted by SPACE Studios and supported by sponsors Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté a Paris.


Guests were treated to a private view of Future Map and had the chance to meet some of this years exhibitors. The lucky attendees also enjoyed a drinks and food reception, music and they even got to make some of their own art on the night! (Although, unfortunately, none of the newly created artworks are likely to make next year’s Future Map.)

Sponsors of the event, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté a Paris were on hand to demonstrate and give away free art products to all guests.


UAL’s Vice-Chancellor, Nigel Carrington, and Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Karen Doyle, spoke about the importance of alumni events and how it’s never too late to get involved in the largest creative network in the world.

Sarah Clark (Head of UK Marketing) and Rebecca Pelly-Fry (Griffin Gallery Director) spoke about engaging with emerging artists and opportunities for alumni with the upcoming Griffin Art Prize 2014 (find out more here).


Thanks to everyone who came along, we hope you enjoyed the evening. A huge thanks also to our sponsors, it was their support that enabled us to hold this event for our community.

All photos from the evening can be found on the UAL Alumni Association Facebook page.

For more information on the UAL’s Alumni Association, please visit our website.