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Apple Recruitment day at UAL – Tuesday 27 October

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Looking for a part-time job?

Apple Retail UK, are coming to UAL for one day, in two locations with lots of jobs to offer.

On the 27th October Apple will be in High Holborn and London College of Communication from 11am-5pm waiting for you to drop in (with your CV) ready to speak to discuss their retail jobs in their London stores.

If you love Apple products and Macs are second nature to you, come and speak to Apple about the different retail positions they have available in their stores.

What are Apple looking for from UAL students and graduates?

Clink on the link to see the different types of roles available, from sales opportunities to Genius roles: http://www.apple.com/jobs/uk/retail.html

Work where extraordinary happens.

Apple Store employees are unique individuals whose varied talents and experiences bring value to the way they connect people with Apple. So whether you’re analytical or creative, tech savvy or a people person, the Apple Store provides an ideal opportunity to challenge yourself.

Apple are currently hiring for our London retail stores. Please come along to Holborn or LCC on Tuesday 27th October to meet Apple representatives and find out more!

Meet: Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins studied BA (Hons) Fine Art & Critical Practice, graduating in 1988 from Central Saint Martins.  She has had a varied and successful career, writing poetry, short fiction and radio drama.  Her latest collection of short stories, ‘Between Here and Knitwear’, is being released in November. Read more about her journey so far…

 Chrissie Gittins

Were you always interested in art? What made you want to study at St Martins?
I enjoyed art very much at school, but because of the exam system then – which wasn’t continuous assessment, and which I took against – I decided not to take it for A level. I had the distinction of coming top in the mock O Level drawing exam, and bottom in the painting exam, because I changed my mind half way through about what to paint and painted over my original subject; they both merged. I didn’t understand why a whole year’s work didn’t count. It was a very academic school and the arts weren’t encouraged. Also my father said he wouldn’t pay my fees if I went to Art School. I was the first person in my family to qualify to go to university and that’s what he wanted me to do. So I did an academic degree at Newcastle University and then trained to teach so that I could always earn a living.  Then I moved to London. The part-time 5-year BA Fine Art and Critical Studies course was just beginning at St Martins. I applied to join the first year and I was accepted. This time round my father offered to pay the fees.

Did you enjoy your time there? Favourite memories?
I enjoyed my time there very much, especially working in the communal studio on Charing Cross Road, sometimes late into the evening. Sadly Paul Eachus, who was one of our tutors, has just died. I learnt that it is very valuable to develop a body of work, and be able to see oneself as an artist. In the fourth year we undertook placements in the community. I fundraised to be Artist-in-Residence in Oxleas Wood in Greenwich – an area of ancient woodland which was under threat.

Stars in Jars

Have you stayed in touch with colleagues from the course?
I met one of my greatest friends on the first day of the course. She had a flask of coffee and I had a pile of sandwiches. We joined forces. Simon Pugh, who was also one of our tutors, will be coming to the launch of my new book, along with another couple of my fellow students from St Martins.

What have you been doing since graduating?
I was always torn at school between wanting to be an artist, and wanting to be a writer. After graduating from St Martins I went on several short creative writing courses, and attended classes at City Lit. I now write poetry, poetry for children, short fiction and radio drama. I’ve published two adult poetry collections and three adult pamphlet collections, four children’s poetry collections and a collection of short stories. Four of my plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four; they have starred Patricia Routledge, Sorcha Cusack and Jan Ravens. The actors Anne Reid, Stephanie Cole and Penelope Wilton have read my stories on BBC Radio Four, and I’ve read one too. I still do the occasional drawing, and several of my poems are inspired by art works.

Tell us more about the short story collection you are working on…
‘Between Here and Knitwear’ is my second short story collection and will be published by Unthank Books on 1 November. It’s going to be stocked by Foyles, which means it will live in the very building where I was an art student. This is the blurb on the back cover:

‘These twenty-two cleverly linked stories, written over two decades, trace a life from childhood to middle age. Beginning in Lancashire in the ‘60s and ‘70s, they follow a young girl as she becomes aware of what it means to be a daughter, a sister, a lover and a woman in a family where the relationships are constantly changing. From a disappeared clutch of curlew’s eggs to the last piece of furniture left standing in a home, these bleak and funny stories bolster what is lost into poignant narratives; told with lyricism, economy and wit, they are observed with the unflinching eye of an incisive witness.’

The drawing of a sun spot on the cover was done by my niece Esther Cooper-Gittins who has just graduated in Fine Art from Falmouth.

Between Here and Knitwear

What advice do you have for UAL alumni who hope to get recognised and published?
First of all the work has to be good. More than good. Celebrate small achievements; they will accumulate into a reputation. Take criticism seriously from those you admire. Read your work publicly at every opportunity. Be pro-active – for the most part you will need to do the asking.

www.chrissiegittins.co.uk

 

 

Meet: Alan Gubby

Alan Gubby studied BA (Hons) Digital Media Production at London College of Communication, graduating in 2008. He teaches media and film studies, but has also set up his own record label, Buried Treasure

Alan Gubby

What were you doing before UAL? What made you want to study at London College of Communication?
I was a music producer for several electronic and jazz music labels and also working as a part time music lecturer. I couldn’t progress further in my teaching career without a relevant degree. Because of the massive growth in the internet in the 2000s I decided to focus on digital media production and UAL / LCC was highly recommended, plus perfectly located in terms of industry and creativity.

Did you enjoy your time at LCC? What were your biggest challenges/achievements?
I found the academic environment inspiring and the resources at LCC were perfect, either using Apple Macs for design work or the library archives for endless research opportunities.
My biggest challenge was going through a divorce during my studies, but UAL was very understanding and supportive whilst I got my personal affairs in order. I had to work hard for my degree and got a 2:1, but my lecturers were understanding and supportive wherever they could be.

What have you been doing since? What advice would you give to UAL graduates wanting to find work in music?
After graduating in 2008 I went on to do a PGCE at Reading University and have been teaching media and film studies ever since.
I also set up the Buried Treasure label and have been releasing music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and other experimental electronic, folk and psychedelic sounds from the 1960’s and 1970’s.
My advice to students would be to soak up everything! Utterly absorb yourself in the university environment, go to as many lectures as possible, even ones not directly related to your course (if you are allowed). Make as many friends and contacts as possible because these people will help you throughout your future career and vice versa.

What are you working on now? And do you have any future projects in the pipeline
I’ve been writing a screenplay for a psychological thriller loosely based on the lives of Delia Derbyshire and John Baker, two hugely influential British electronic musicians. I’m putting on a musical version of the story at South Street Arts centre in Reading on November 14th. There are lots of performers involved including Pete Wiggs from Saint Etienne and Jonny Trunk. It’s pretty cosmic visually due to the occult 1960s subject matter. You can get tickets here.  I’m also about to release an album by The Dandelion Set featuring cult writer / graphic novelist Alan Moore who wrote V For Vendetta, The Watchmen and so much more.

What inspires you?
Musically I love film soundtracks that combine different disciplines and technology in unusual or inventive ways. Classical, folk, electronic, rock. It can be anything really and literally by anyone as long as there is something unique, emotional or boundary-pushing within it. In terms of the writing and research I do when compiling records I’m a bit of a revisionist. Often the official or accepted version of events is only one person’s version – writing sleeve notes allows the chance to present a different point of view and helps people make their own minds up.

 

Frieze Week: insider’s guide by Max Mara Art Prize nominee Emma Hart

Max Mara Art Prize for Women  Tania Kovats, Ana Génoves, Ruth Ewan, Phoebe Unwin, Emma Hart. Photo - Gabriele Micalizzi Cesura. Courtesy Collezione Maramotti


At the historic headquarters of Max Mara in northern Italy, the six names of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women shortlist were revealed earlier this month. The finalists include Wimbledon College of Arts course director Tania Kovats, Central Saint Martins lecturer Emma Hart, and Chelsea College of Arts alumna Ana Genovés.

Ahead of the Prize announcement, nominee Emma Hart shares her insider’s guide to where to go in London during Frieze Week.

Kate MacGarry
On Wednesday 14th October I’ll be setting out to hear what Marcus Coates has to say as he gives an artist talk at Kate MacGarry, where he has collaborated with dance artist Henry Montes on the current exhibition which tests whether contemporary dance can be of any use in society today.
A Question Of Movement: MARCUS COATES & HENRY MONTESThe exhibition a Question Of Movement: MARCUS COATES & HENRY MONTES continues at Kate MacGarry until 24 October.
http://www.katemacgarry.com/

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My own twinkle toes will also hot step it to Space on Mare Street where I can’t wait to see Florence Peake’s exhibition, more dance served up with a bonkers vision and sculptural excess.
Florence Peake Orbit my O O my Originally a section from Performance Shift Construct developed with musician Desmond Byrne for Gallery Lejeune 2015 Dancers Katye Coe and Rosalie Walhfridhttp://www.spacestudios.org.uk/exhibition-programme/florence-peake-the-keeners/

David Roberts Art Foundation
On Thursday 15th October I’m hoping I get into see Caroline Achaintre, John Bock, Sue Tompkins and others present new performances at the David Roberts Art Foundation. Entry is on a first come, first served basis and it will be very busy as witnessing a “legendary’ John Bock performance is something you must do at least once in your life and Caroline Achaintre’s never presented a performance before, it’s her “live” debut. I hope I get in!

Portrait of Shannon F Photo Eliot HazelThe exhibition Albert the Kid is Ghosting continues at David Roberts Art Foundation until 12 December with special opening times during Frieze Week.
http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/projects/an-evening-of-performances-with-caroline-achaintre-alexandra-bachzetsis-john-bock-light-asylum-sue-tompkins-15-oct-2015/

 

Frieze London and Frieze Masters run 14-17 October, find out more about Frieze Week on the Frieze website

The Max Mara Art Prize for Women winner will be announced in early 2016, find out more on the Whitechapel Gallery website

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Exhibit your work in new & exciting pop-up wine bar in London

Calling UAL alumni and students to submit work to be exhibited in new and exciting pop-up wine-bar in venues across London.

The plot twist

The Plot Twist is a new pop-up wine bar which will appear in a number of cool and unusual locations around London. It is the brainchild of Agata and Tamas, a couple who are in love with London, are passionate about customer service and are proud of their culinary backgrounds. With their fusion of Italian and Hungarian products, they will showcase wines, crafted beers and spirits along with pickles, cheese and charcuterie boards.

Along with the products a major feature of the business is the artistic component:

The Plot Twist’s style is inspired by the beautiful Ruin Bars of Budapest: these bars are built in Budapest’s old District VII neighbourhood (the old Jewish quarter) in the ruins of abandoned buildings. Ruin Bars are hip, artsy, and funky places, bustling with crowds talking, dancing and enjoying the atmosphere. Each of the ruin bars has its own personality but they all follow the same principles which are unusual locations, inner courtyards and green spaces, a bar, second hand furniture, and the input of local artists who leave their mark on the walls and ceiling, giving a quirky and surrealistic design.

Since all these bars are in abandoned buildings, they might open, close, and move: this gives the whole concept an edge of excitement as you never know when these places will come and go. However the most established and well known Ruin Bars (such as Szimpla Kert, Ellato, Gondozo Kert or Instant) are permanent and open every day.

The Plot Twist are encouraging UAL’s emerging artists (students and alumni) to get involved in our mission: to bring the Ruin Bar style to London through temporary art exhibitions and the creation of pieces of art commissioned through paid projects that will be part of The Plot Twist’s permanent set up.

Temporary exhibitions

Every pop-up will host a temporary exhibition that will take place throughout the duration of the pop-up (from one to seven days); we are now requesting submissions for the Halloween pop-up on 31 October 2015, which will be held at Palm2 in Clapton.

We are looking for finished works from the artists’ portfolio.  The style of the work will need to match The Plot Twist’s style as described above.  All artistic techniques will be considered including sculpture, photographs, canvas, mosaics, graffiti etc, and the works can be made from any material.

Number of works to be submitted by each artist: minimum 3, no maximum.

Deadline: Monday 23 November 2015.  

Please send all submissions to: info@theplottwist.co.uk in a compressed file (Zip or rar). Please quote in the subject line “TEMPORARY EXHIBITION –– YOUR NAME”.

F/T/I: @plottwistwine

W: theplottwist.co.uk

2015 London Film Festival

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London Film Festival is back, with hundreds of screenings, premieres and talks across 12 days drawing over 100,000 film fans to the Capital. The 2015 London Film Festival opens with Suffragette, which sees Drama Centre alumna Anne Marie Duff playing women’s rights campaigner Violet Miller.

Starring alongside Carey Mulligan in the film, Anne Marie told the Telegraph: “Violet is extraordinary, she’s a firebrand… I found her thrilling”.

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Recent UAL Honorary Doctor Tacita Dean will headline the Festival’s LFF Connects series, speaking with Christopher Nolan in an event which will “reframe the future of film”. Tacita comments: “As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema. Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it. We need to keep the medium distinct from the technology; we need to keep the choice of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”

UAL alumni appearing throughout the Festival include Chelsea alumnus Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash, Drama Centre graduates Michael Fassbender, Russell Brand, and Frances de la Tour all in new releases, and LCC alumna Bonnie Wright in new children’s film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?.

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New short film NASTY features a soundtrack by LCC Sound Arts students, created as a live project by lecturer Tim Harrison. All 17 students are credited on the short, the post production of which was facilitated by LCC.

London Film Festival runs 7-18 October at venues across London.

Read the full 2015 London Film Festival programme

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Watch Tacita Dean give her speech to the UAL Class of 2015 on YouTube

Free event celebrates drawing and creative education in King’s Cross

Drawing the World, a free event and highlight of The Big Draw Festival, will take over Granary Square at King’s Cross on Sunday 11 October, where visitors of all ages are invited to join in with a day of creative activities from 11am-4pm.

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Drawing in Space by UAL Associate Lecturer in Architecture and Spatial Design Alaistair Steele 

Drawing the World is a partnership event between The Big Draw, UAL and House of Illustration, joining together to promote the vital role of creativity in education, society and everyday life.

Visitors can choose from a programme of workshops created by Central Saint Martins, House of Illustration and The Big Draw to become an artist, architect, fashion illustrator, print-maker, or urban sketcher for the day.

Activities on offer include:

• Watch Rootstein Hopkins UAL Chair of Drawing Professor Stephen Farthing RA and 30 UAL postgraduate students produce an epic drawing of the world in a performance directed by a drone and mobile phones
• Trace the universe’s first 14 billion years on a Mythical Drawing Trail with Global Generation, and discover their unique Skip Garden
• Discover 3-D drawing; try experimental map-making with David Lemm, illustrator-in- residence, and see who can make and draw the biggest GRRRRR! in illustrator Rob Biddulph’s workshop, all at the House of Illustration
• Ready Steady Colour a take-away pizza with ketchup ‘paint’ and salt ‘n’ pepper glitter
• Sketch the changing urban scene from viewing platforms, map its history on a giant timeline and design emoji for King’s Cross
• Complete a walk-and-draw map while discovering even more of King’s Cross

The Big Draw President Sue Grayson Ford said of the event:

“Drawing the World will be an epic celebration of creativity, and it promises to be a highlight of the October 2015 Big Draw Festival, which will see thousands of people take part in hundreds of drawing events across the globe.”

Dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins, UAL Mark Dunhill said:

“Drawing is a language that encompasses a very wide range of media and approaches, and can be used for a multitude of different expressive, descriptive and practical visual thinking purposes. We are delighted to be involved in activating the public spaces around the Granary Building as part of this event. Drawing the World will turn the college inside out and stimulate all kinds of intriguing, fun and thought provoking ways of making images collectively.”

Director of House of Illustration Colin McKenzie said:

“As the only public gallery in the world devoted to the art of illustration in all its forms we are delighted to be working with The Big Draw and UAL on this exciting day devoted to getting as many people as possible involved in the activity of drawing.”

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Drawing Seance by Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art students Marc Hulson and Kjetil Berge

Drawing the World is one of hundreds of activities taking place as part of The Big Draw Festival, an annual festival encouraging people of all ages to connect with museums, galleries, parks, artists, designers and illustrators across the world through drawing. You can also watch a short film about the event on the UAL Postgraduate Community’s YouTube channel .

For a full list of all the activities on offer on the day and details on how to book for certain workshops, please visit The Big Draw’s website.

Review: UAL Alumni Australia Group’s ‘Interchange’ Exhibition

Interchange: “a changing of places, as between two persons of things, of one with another.”

The UAL Australia Alumni Group Exhibition

The UAL Australia Alumni Group Exhibition

The UAL Alumni Australia Alumni Group’s ‘Interchange’ exhibition was the inaugural event for the UAL Australian Alumni group and showcased the work of a range of UAL alumni from the areas of digital design, graphic design, industrial design, conceptual design, fashion, and film. The exhibition was held at the Gallery of Australian Design, which is strategically placed in the nation’s capital and shows a range of the best design work across the nation.

The opening show on 11 September was well attended with alumni making the trip from Melbourne and Sydney. Following a “high tea” with champagne, cakes and sandwiches, the show was opened by the Deputy High Commissioner to the British High Commission, Mr Tony Brennan, who gave a speech about the importance of UK-Australian partnerships. Mr. Brennan also spoke of the great benefit of exchange between our two countries and the wealth of creativity that stems from these exchanges.

Artist Jeremy Blank (Chelsea, 1981) from Perth showcased digital video work he produced with renowned musician Brian Eno.

Jeremy Black's work

Jeremy Black’s work

Recent graduate Gillian Jo Chiao Fang (CSM, 2014) a resident of Melbourne, showcased her conceptual design work, and Professor Lyndon Anderson (CSM, 1997), the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, displayed his award winning furniture design.

Lisa Scharoun (CSM, 2002) and Fanke Peng, (LCF, 2013), design academics at the University of Canberra and founding members of the UAL Australian Alumni group, organized the show and also displayed their most recent work. Lisa, a graphic designer, photographer and artist, displayed her award winning posters for the Australian Paralympic Teams as well as a design for a child health and vaccination system that she created for the Bill & Melinda Gate’s foundation. Fanke, a digital and fashion designer, created a new interactive digital piece using Kinect motion sensors.

Kyle Portbury (CSM, 2007) a Sydney based director, actor, filmmaker and founding member of the UAL Australian Alumni Group, screened his award winning documentary film “The Mountain Within.”

And finally, Melissa Jackson (CSM, 1998) a milliner and fashion designer based in Melbourne, displayed a colourful range of straw hats.

Melissa Jackson's straw hat

Melissa Jackson’s straw hat

The exhibition will be open until 30 September 2015, so check it out if you have the chance!

You can also watch a video about the exhibition here.

Australia UAL exhibition video

The group really enjoyed the exhibition and look forward to hosting more events around Australia in the future!  You can get in touch with them at ualaustralianalum@gmail.com.

For all the photos of the event click here.

 

 

Taking centre stage in Beijing

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The largest ever exhibition of European theatre design opens in China this week, curated by Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. Hosted by the National Centre for Performing Arts, highlights of the exhibition include the designs for the Lion King stage play and Cheek By Jowl productions.

Coinciding with Beijing Design Week and the China-UK Year of Cultural Exchange, the exhibition will put a spotlight on the design process from initial idea to final production and will cover the full range of design for theatre and performance. The curators have described the exhibition as a “garden of ideas” that also illuminates for a Chinese audience the differences and nuances of design approaches across Europe, with drawings, process work, scale models and costumes, as well as moving image on display.

Curated by Wimbledon’s MA Theatre Design course director Michael Pavelka and Theatre Design Senior Lecturer Peter Farley, the exhibition features work from the Lion King by Wimbledon alumnus Richard Hudson, Cheek By Jowl by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnelan, Ping by LCF alumna Daphne Karstens, alongside designs by Thomas Rupert and Dimitry Krymov.

Ping by DAPHNE KARSTENS photo Alex Traylen

Dean of Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL Simon Betts said: “Wimbledon has a long and distinguished history as one of the UK’s leading specialist theatre institution and is internationally recognised for preparing students for the professional world. Our graduates have been pushing the boundaries of performance design for many years, so it’s extremely exciting for the College to be invited to put together such an important showcase of best practice in this area.”

Curator Peter Farley said: “It is exciting to take an exposition of European performance design to China and that the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing recognizes the importance of this largely undocumented subject as an essential and vital component of performance-making.”

Recognized for its preeminence in both design for theatre and film, Wimbledon’s roster of star alumni includes Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award winners such as Sarah Greenwood, Anthony Ward, James Acheson, Charles Knode, Christopher Oram and Mark Tildesley.

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This month UAL will launch a new alumni network in Beijing, high profile graduates include fashion designers Min Wu, Huishan Zhang, and Johanna Ho, Vogue China fashion editor Grace Lam, and designer Tom Shi.

UAL has just signed an MOU with Beijing Municipal Commission for Education which will represent the first stage in a collaboration that will involve UAL working closely with selected key Beijing institutions. UAL is the only UK arts and design institution with which the Education Commission is working. The collaboration will involve the provision, by Beijing, of a number of two year scholarships to fund the best Beijing students to study at UAL colleges for our first and second year. UAL and the Commission also hope to collaborate on allied activities, including the development and provision of summer schools for Beijing students.

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Read more about the Evolving Design For Performance exhibition in Beijing

 

 

Insiders’ Guides to London Design Festival 2015

As London Design Festival roars back into town with a staggering array of exhibitions, installations, talks and fairs, UAL’s community of design experts share their insights into the must-see events for London Design Festival 2015.

Alice Rawsthorn
Design critic and author of “Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, UAL honorary fellow
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My Grandfather’s Tree: “Max Lamb’s “My Grandfather’s Tree” project at Somerset House sounds fascinating. Over several years, Max felled a sickly female ash tree on his grandfather’s farm in North Yorkshire helped by a friend Jon Turnbull. The tree was cut into 131 logs, from the top down, respecting the natural structure of the knots, branches and crotches. Max has since remade each log into a chair, stool and table, and young ashes are growing on the remains of the original tree.”
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Jonathan Barnbrook
Designer and UAL honorary doctor
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LDF at the V&A: “There are very strong links between the V&A and the LDF, I know Victoria Broakes the curator at the V&A who is heavily involved and a great supporter of LDF (and whom I worked with on the ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition). I particularly like this year the way in which the special projects LDF which have ‘infiltrated’ the V&A. Great to look out or discover by chance as you walk around the museum, most unexpected for me is Creative Cloud by mischer’traxler situated in the Norfolk House Music Room a brilliant poetic combination of the old and new.

Also I would also recommend the Robin Day installation, the industrial design he created shaped the environment of my youth. Not only are they great examples of well-considered, human, production lead design but also contain an interesting psychogeographic element having appeared in every school or TV programme in the 1970s.”
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Peter Saville
Graphic designer and UAL honorary doctor
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Kvadrat: “I’m looking forward to seeing Raf’s new collection for Kvadrat.”
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Paul Goodwin
UAL Chair of Black Art and Design

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Mexican Pavilion at the V&A: “You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well As By Reflection: I’m looking forward to seeing this exciting architectural intervention in the John Madjeski garden at the V&A by the young Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. I’m very interested in how architects create interactive environments and spaces to encourage public interaction and common reflection about who were are as urban citizens and how we can live, work and play together in pubic spaces. This work reminds me of the brilliant outdoor installations and pavilions of visual artists such as Jeppe Hein or Dan Graham who work with expanded notions of art and architecture to open up new understandings and experiences of communal spaces.”
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Nick Bell
UAL Chair of Communication Design
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The Intelligent Optimist: “The dominant world-view we’ve known this last hundred years is in the advanced stages of decay and is being superseded by nimble new models. If you are curious as to the kinds of transformative design intelligence the future needs then don’t miss The Intelligent Optimist at Central Saint Martins. Look out for the ‘Social Agents’ and especially ‘The Fixers’ who don’t see the world as a set of problems but ‘as situations to make productive sense of.”
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Sir John Sorrell
UAL Chairman and London Design Festival Chairman
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UAL Now, designjunction and Odyssey Virtual Reality: “I highly recommend a visit to Design Junction and also a visit to the London Design Festival at Somerset House to have a ride with Odyssey Virtual Reality.”
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Ben Kelly
UAL Chair
What Is Luxury? and  50th Anniversary of the British Road Sign: “What is Luxury? at the V&A. This is an unusual take on the definition of luxury. Sir John Soane’s Museum – Space and Light. 50th Anniversary of the British Road Sign at The Design Museum. 100 leading British artists and designers have been asked to submit their own road sign design – to develop concepts that evolve from the current signs and develop ideas which makes us stop, look and think about design and our environment in a slightly different way; less instructions and more pause for thought. I am included in the 100 designers. Clearly, this is a must see exhibition!”

Vicky Fabbri
UAL Now
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Tower of Babel by Barnaby Barford, Tokyo Bike Tours and LDF x Mast Brothers chocolate collaboration: “Barnaby is an artist working within the medium of ceramics to cross into the design world. The Tower of Babel is 6m high and represents 1000s of real shops seen on London High streets, made from bone china in Stoke on Trent. It will be an awesome faciniating sight, and is already getting heaps of press. The bike tours are a great way to explore the London Design Festival, which are guided by design experts (in the past Max Fraser and Duncan Richie), whilst test riding the gorgeous Tokyo bikes. And chocolate… that’s just pretty cool!”
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Discover UAL’s events at London Design Festival 2015

See a preview of UAL Now at designjunction

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