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Participate in guerrilla research and earn £15 in Amazon vouchers

We invite you to take part in a short interactive workshop and are offering £15 in Amazon vouchers to every participant. The workshop will take the form of a focus group in which you will discuss your attitude towards digital technology for learning.

What would you have to do?

Attend ONE of two scheduled focus groups on either:

Wednesday 16 July or Thursday 17 July
Room 211 at 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY

The workshop will involve a ‘mapping’ activity and group discussion. You will need to sign a consent form at the beginning of the session.

By participating, you will contribute to the development of future tools and services, and can add this to your CV.

Please confirm your attendance by 10 July by emailing Mehreen Talpur:

Please let us know which session you will be attending. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please nominate another student to attend on your behalf.

Staff Summer Party: please give us your feedback

Staff Summer Party

Thank you again to everyone who attended the recent Staff Summer Party. We hope you enjoyed yourselves!

We would love to hear your thoughts about the party, and suggestions for how we can improve the event in future years. Please take a minute to give us your feedback by completing one of the surveys below.

Survey for those who attended the party.

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A selection of photos from the event are now available to view on MyArts.

Flying the flag for the arts at Le Tour


The 101st Tour de France pedals into action this weekend, with two stages in the north of England before a third stage finishing in London on Monday 7 July. With thousands set to line the streets, one CSM alumna will be welcoming Le Tour in a more creative way; Elaine Tribley’s Le Drapeau artwork will be emblazoned on roads along the cycle route and beamed around the world by the overhead cameras.

A graduate of BA and MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, Elaine was commissioned by Essex County Council to create her striking piece, which takes the historic Essex county flag of three seaxes and furnishes them with a ‘Tour de France makeover’. She describes this as “simply taking the three seaxes from the Essex flag and re-colouring them in the ‘Tour’ jersey colours. The seaxes are 4 metres wide and will be created by using chalk (as used by many fans of the tour along the route) but in a spray can format.”

Elaine Tribley Le Drapeau

The three white seaxes with gold pommels, on a red field were the arms ascribed in the later medieval period to the ancient kingdom of the East Saxons, or Essex. They appeared on John Speed’s 1611 Atlas The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine and were thus regarded as representing the former kingdom, turned county, of Essex for centuries.

In the Tour, a coloured jersey is generally associated with each prize, and the current holder of the prize is required to wear the jersey when racing. The rider leading a classification at the end of a stage is required to wear the corresponding jersey during the next stage. Jerseys are awarded in a ceremony immediately following the stage. The Yellow jersey is for the overall time leader, the green journey for the highest number of sprints points, the polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountains and the white jersey for the best under 25 rider.

‘Le Drapeau’ combines the two histories resulting in three very vibrant seaxes; yellow, green and polka dot red on white reproduced in large scale across the width of four country roads in Essex. The four sites have been chosen to represent the breadth of the County marking the Tours’ arrival in Essex through Uttlesford, it’s journey into the districts of Braintree and Chelmsford, and it’s departure through the sprint stage in Epping.

Look out for Elaine’s work as the cameras cover the race towards London on Monday.

Discover fine art, sportswear and sports journalism courses at UAL

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MiAL celebrates sales of £20,000

MiAL are celebrating sales of more than £20,000; since April 2014, the Students’ Union initiative has sold £20,300 of art and design pieces by UAL students and recent graduates. Many of the sales have been generated through high profile exhibitions in central London and Hackney,  particularly  ‘Bigger Brighter Bolder’ which marked their second anniversary, and the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead this June.


Established in 2011, MiAL offers curated access to some of the most exciting new artists, designers and craftspeople from across UAL’s prestigious Colleges, selling work direct to the public and collections online and at exhibitions. Recently they have begun to extend their international collector base, with collectors from USA, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland. Other illustrious partnerships include working with LUX and South London Gallery. 

UAL Students’ Union President Shelly Asquith comments: “We are massively proud to have MiAL as part of the Students’ Union of UAL and of the incredible work that the team and our students and recent grads are producing with their partners.”

This year’s Catlin Art Prize shortlist saw further endorsement of MiAL’s strong curation, with current MiAL artist Lara Morrell winning the Catlin Art Prize Visitors’ Vote 2014,  while fellow artist Cadi Froehlich won the Red Mansion Art Prize, and photographer Monica Alcazar-Duarte was chosen the receive The Mead Scholarship, among other accolades.


Many of MiAL’s selected artists have spoken of the advantages which being chosen has given them; Camilla Brueton- MiAL artist and Artist in Residence at the Affordable Art Fair says: “Working on the drawing installation at the Affordable Art Fair was a unique experience in a number of ways. I took a risk, and radically changed the way of importing the source drawings into the space. Doing the ‘live drawing’ at the private view was also a great experience, and one I really enjoyed- if felt quite performative, which is new for me, and it resulted in several interesting conversations about place and people’s relationship with the city. It’s also not something I would have thought of doing, had MiAL not suggested it, and it’s definitely something I could see myself doing again, and may have great potential for future showing opportunities. All of this has been really useful for developing ideas for my degree show, which is coming up in September.”

Look out for MiAL’s latest catalogue, featuring an amazing 75 artists and designers, plus interviews by Francesca Peschier with 22 emerging artists.

See MiAL in action at:

- London Illustration fair – 4/5th July – Hoxton Arches
- Tent London – 19/20/21st September – Truman Brewery Brick Lane
- Multiplied (Christie’s) Art Fair – 17-20th October – South Kensington
- Christmas Pop-up Store

See MiAL online



LCC celebrate a vibrant community

England might have been in the middle of playing their last game in Brazil (well, not that it really mattered, they were coming home anyway), and the sun was shining brightly outside, but that didn’t stop London College of Communication (LCC) alumni making the trip back to South East London for an evening of celebrating, networking and reuniting.

Photo by Ana Escobar: Waiting for the doors to open

Photo by Ana Escobar: Waiting for the doors to open

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With a theme of ‘Creative Disruption’, hosted in the raw interiors of Shoreditch’s Village Underground, LCF’s Management and Science Summit TEDx event was designed to break new ground in the territory of fashion philosophy.

Compere Alicia Rankin set the tone for the evening’s pioneering projects; a graduate of BA Fashion Management, introduced the show with the words: “We are a community of pioneers within the fashion industry, an industry based on change. Ccreative disruption is integral to everything we do.”

The twelve presentations spanned diverse ground, from enlightening personal perspectives to ambitious clarion calls for action on global issues, via the latest in trend forecasting and retail.

Vikki Weston’s honest and personal presentation Rebranding Prosthetics addressed the potential to shift the perception of prosthetics from medical necessity to a sartorial choice, using the example of glasses transition to “eyewear” as a precedent.

The realisation of how hazardous the toxins in clothing manufacture are led Laura Salisbury to explore the need for greater understand of the total supply chain in fashion and consider the potential to treat clothes with environmentally beneficial solution.

“Those who are happy, are those who follow their childhood dreams” quoted Jawara Alleyne, in his presentation Paradox in a Box. Contemplating the paradox of the creative personality, with its tension between wanting to communicate verus wanting to hide, Alleyne argued for the need to bring the uninhibited hopes of childhood into our career choices in order to find fulfilment.

Recalling the ritual of buying fashion magazines as a teen, Harriet Francis championed the idea of print over digital, envisioning the cultural loss of a future in a digitally dominated society.

Charlotte Lee’s Biological Marketing presentation considered the biological evolution of contemporary marketing, citing Skinner’s theories of success, reward and punishment, while looking to the theme of creative disruption to create new paradigms.

Titled She Doesn’t Do Suits, Rebecca Haddaway compared the fashion evolution of women’s’ fashion in the last 100 years with the virtual static of menswear. Haddaway argued that designers have a responsibility to provide a broader scope of sartorial identity, to stimulate change and ultimately to rip up the outmoded rule book.

With 200,000 girls a year trafficked to work in the fashion trade, Charlotte Instone’s presentation addressed the horror behind the fashion manufacturing industry and a vision for consumers working with retailers to shine a light on illegal practices through her #MyNextBuy initiative to work towards traffic free fashion.

LCF academic Karinna Nobbs and Protein’s Jo Jackson’s Fast and Disruptive presentation unpicked the elements of supercontemporary retail, dissecting the elements of the third space concept so vital to today’s retail environment.

Valerie Dietsche voiced her cry for A Moment to Think, calling for greater understanding of the need to carve out personal space for reflection in modern career paths.
In The Narrow Path to Male Identity, Stephen Bailey explored the limitations of the male paradigm in fashion and the conflicts which arise through attempting to articulate both personal and societal ideals through dress.

A passionate plea for recognising the financial worth of human resources, Billie Pearson’s The Value of Resources argued the need to pay interns, particularly in the context of valuing diversity in the industry.

Giulia Wutz’s Principle of the Three P’s shared her insights into overcoming fear of change through priority, perspective and potential, stating that the permanence of change is the perfect rationale for embracing the creative disruption theory that change is an opportunity to grow.

Noting that all the TEDx presentations will be available on YouTube, Alicia brought the night to a close, describing the event as “the start of an annual journey”. Follow the students online to join them on their pioneering travels.

Find out more about LCFBA14 on the LCF Channel.

See all the summer degree shows on the summer shows site.

Arts Pride


UAL celebrated Pride this weekend with an event overlooking the parade route. UAL LGBTQ’s ArtsPride was organised in collaboration with National Student Pride, SUARTS and the University. LCF’s John Prince’s Street building played host to exhibitions and performances for the day, including a set from Dorian Reland.

See the story of the day in tweets and Instagrams on Storify.

Sir Ian McKellen at Pride photo by  Alexander Schneider

LCFBA14 exhibition reports: Media and Communications and Performance

London College of Fashion hosted two very different degree show private views on 27 June, in neighbouring Shoreditch venues. Together Media & Communications graduates and Performance graduates, represented the breadth and diversity of subject areas on offer at LCF.


Performance graduates showcased their work in a dramatically lit warehouse, filled with human and non-human species, including prosthetic sci-fi masks and live alien puppetry, from BA (Hons) Make-up and Prosthetics graduates and BA (Hons) Technical Effects for Performance students, as well as costume by BA (Hons) Costume for Performance and BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Film and TV work.

An office worker sporting a horse’s head wondered around the private view, as part of BA (Hons) Technical Effects for Performance graduate Bethany Malcolm’s reinterpretation of Animal Farm by George Orwell set in a call centre.

Costume work ranged from intricate fantasy gowns to period pieces. A corridor of mannequins showcased animal headpieces, peasant costume and a baroque Little Bo Peep gown by Ruby Vestey, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance.

BA (Hons) Costume for Performance graduate Rena Zhang based her final work on the play Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, creating modern monochrome interpretations of the costume for the young boy in the play – a pure white layered gown representing his innocence, and a black costume of feathers and netting to create a dark crow prince outfit. Xhang said of the process “the white costume was the biggest challenge, because I am not that experienced playing with soft materials and layers. I am used to playing with form and structure or metals.” She cited managing her time as another big challenge on the course, but of LCF said the “tutors are nice, and the tuition has been really useful.”


The atmosphere at the Media & Communications private view was by contrast very different – a smart media affair in a stark concrete warehouse showcased work by new graduates from BA Fashion Journalism, BA Fashion Illustration, BA Fashion Public Relations, BA Creative Direction for Fashion, BA Hair and Make-up for Fashion, BA Fashion Styling & Photography, BA Fashion Photography, and FdA Hair & Make-up for Fashion and FdA Fashion Styling & Photography.

Giant portfolios were suspended from the ceiling by wire, pages from editorial spreads by the new graduates were blown up and presented along the walls and visitors could interact with audio visual work. Highlights included monochrome fashion illustrations by Lucy Mower and photography and styling by Kate Iorga, who created an ethereal take on grunge for her editorial spread. Ana-Maria Williams’ portfolio of ideas represented the FdA Fashion Styling & Photography student’s developed aesthetic – a playful mix of prints, cartoonish monsters and 90s paraphernalia.

The variety and quality of work across the two degree shows signifies a class of graduates strong in ideas and skills, and ready for exciting vocational futures.

Congratulations, 22 UAL Doctorates awarded in 2013/14!

Professor Helen Thomas, Director of Doctoral Programmes at UAL would like to congratulate the awarded PhD Students of 2013/14, they are:


Kate Goldsworthy, CCW, Laser-Finishing: A New Process for Designing Recyclability in Synthetic Textiles: Professor Stephen Scrivener, Professor Becky Early, Professor Kay Politowicz

Catherine Maffioletti, CCW, Can the object ever truly reflect the body without merely being a representation, or producing a lack of body/self? Does the object only exist in the absence of the body/self? Or, can it speak the body/self via a different mirror? Dr Maria Walsh, Dr Mo Throp, Professor Stephen Scrivener

Rosalind Fowler, LCC, Embodied Film and Experimental Ethnography: Place, Belonging and Performative Folk Traditions in England, Professor William Raban, Professor Elizabeth Edwards

Robert Luzar, CSM, Drawing Upon Multiplicity: Mark, Body and a Trace of Thought, Professor Anne Tallentire, Chris Kul-Want

Nicola Stylianou, CCW, Producing and Collecting for Empire: African Textiles in the V&A 1852-2000, Professor Toshio Watanabe, Professor Carol Tulloch, Professor Chris Breward

Martha Romero, CCW, Limp, laced-case binding in parchment on sixteenth-century Mexican printed books, Professor Nicholas Pickwoad, Professor Oriana Baddeley

Piotr Splawski, CCW, Japonisme in Polish Pictorial Arts (1885-1939) Professor Toshio Watanabe, Dr Yuko Kikuchi, Dr Rebecca Salter

Hilary Kenna, LCC, A Practice-led Study of Design Principles for Screen Typography – with reference to the teachings of Emil Ruder, Professor Teal Triggs, Professor Angus Carlyle, Stuart Evans

Osman Ahmed, CCW, Documenting the Kurdish Genocide – Anfal (1988) – Through Drawing, Professor Malcolm Quinn, Christine Allison, Gerald Davies


Michaela Ross, CCW, The artist-as-educator: dialogue, community and the institutional site, Professor Stephen Scrivener, Professor Linda Drew

Theokritos Papadopoulos, CSM, The Aesthetic of Waste, Joanna Greenhill, Professor Mark Nash

Shaun Cole, UAl, Sexuality, Identity and the Clothed Male Body Professor Helen Thomas Professor Roger Sabin

Felice McDowell, LCF, Photographed at…Locating Fashion Imagery in the Cultural Landscape of Post-War Britian 1945-1962, Dr Agnes Rocamora, Alistair O’Neill

Peter Sinclair, LCC, Using Real Time Data Flux in Art. The mediation of a situation as it unfolds: RoadMusic, an experimental case study, Professor Angus Carlyle, Dr Stuart Jones

Alexander Aidan, LCF, The Mirror Men: An integrated approach to profiling male fashion innovators in London by using self-concept and gender theories, Francess Ross, Professor Ian King

Alev Adil Reid, CSM, Drifting in the Dead Zone in Cyprus: the mediation of memory through expanded life writing, James Swinson, Professor Deborah Cherry

Ope Lori, CCW, The Oppositional Gaze: Contemporary Image-Making Practice and the Implications of Skin Colour Ideals, Professor Carol Tulloch, Dr Wiebke Leister, Professor Oriana Baddeley

Pratap Rughani, UAL, Towards Intercultural Documentary, Professor Deborah Cherry, James Swinson

Carali McCall, CSM, A Line is a Brea(d)thless Length: introducing the physical act of running as a form of drawing, Professor Anne Tallentire Dr Jordan Baseman, Joanna Greenhill

Maria Christoforatou, CCW, Narratives of Home and Displacement in Contemporary Art Practice, Dr David Dibosa, Professor Carol Tulloch, Professor Paul Coldwell

Maria Sacchetti, LCF, Minimal aesthetic: The relationships between fashion and architecture in New York and Paris, from 1964 to the present day, Alistair O’Neill, Professor Judith Clark, Professor Catherine McDermott

Corinne Silva, LCC, Plastic Towns vs Ecotowns: How can landscape photographs be constructed to explore geographies of difference and the politics of architecture on the political equator? Professor Val Williams, Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Anne Williams

Staff celebrate in style at the Summer Party!

Staff Summer Party

Thank you to everyone who came to yesterday’s Staff Summer Party at Chelsea College of Arts, which was a great success. Nigel Carrington welcomed staff and praised the events team and volunteers for their amazing efforts.

The party provided an ideal opportunity for colleagues across all colleges and departments to celebrate the summer in style. Around 600 staff enjoyed the range of enticing street food and drinks, while live music from UAL’s talented bands – Motor Cycle Display Team, The Chase, and Country Dirt – and DJs – David Knight, Geoff Smith, Richie Kaboh, Beth King, and Alan Graham – created a lively festival atmosphere. Other entertainment included the popular 1960s ‘Beetlebooth’, enabling the non camera shy to pose for group photos inside the flower-adorned car.

The weather stayed dry and sunny until the end of the evening, which was lucky given the popularity of the gourmet feast – which included Peruvian skewers, Chinese crepes, vegan salads, and ice cream – served up from themed food vans. Inside the drinks tent, table football provided a distraction from the Pimms and real ales, while outside attractions included ping-pong, giant Jenga and Connect4. Staff also had the opportunity to indulge themselves with a free massage – a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the crowds!

As well as being great fun, the party had a charitable outcome, raising money for the UAL Student Hardship Fund with all proceeds from the ticket sales donated to the cause.

Staff Summer Party

Staff Summer Party

Staff Summer Party

Staff Summer Party

Staff Summer Party

Staff Summer Party

Staff Summer Party