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UAL Alumni in Australia – Call for Submissions

Opportunity to exhibit at the Gallery of Australian Design…

Gallery of Australian Design

Gallery of Australian Design

We are delighted to announce that the Australian UAL Alumni Group are organising an exciting new exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design, where Australian-based UAL alumni are invited to showcase their work.  The exhibition, which also has backing from the University of Canberra, will show examples of Alumni design projects in fashion, film, print, packaging and interaction design from the last three years. We will highlight the works of four/five alumni in the areas of Fashion, Film, Communication Design and Interaction Design.

The Australian UAL Alumni Group is run by three UAL alumni; Dr Lisa Scharoun (CSM, MA Design Studies), Dr Fanke Peng (LCF, Research Fellow & Collaborator) and Kyle Portbury (CSM, MA Performance).

This is an amazing opportunity to get your work noticed at a high-profile and influential exhibition. 

Enter Today

Works of design (commercial commissioned work); which includes fashion, interactive design, film, graphic, product and industrial design will be accepted. UAL Alumni must send a maximum example of five key works (in low-res 72 dpi jpg format) a CV and covering letter which includes reasons why they would like to participate (150 words), a statement about how their work has been influenced by studying in London (150 words) and a short description (150 words) describing the submitted work.

Submissions sent to:

Deadline: 15 April 2015

How can the next government help design?

Nigel Carrington

Nigel Carrington features in Design Week, commenting on what the next government should do to help the design industry. Nigel and other expert commentators from across the sector shared their top line advice for whichever party takes the reins in May.

Nigel told Design Week: “Government needs to see creative subjects as more than just a skillset. Creativity is a way of thinking that leads to innovation, can be taught to anyone and used in any career. It should be seen as a marketable skill and a key economic differentiator for the UK. To do this properly, government needs a joined-up creative policy which is enshrined in education and industrial policy, as well as specialist arts areas: an essential rather than nice-to-have objective for government.”

Read the feature on Design Week

Meet Mette Sterre

Mette Sterre, MA Performance Design & Practice at Central Saint Martins, is another of our fabulous alumni to be selected for the Catlin Guide 2015. Here she talks about how her time at CSM and her unique performance art…

Mette Sterre: Crystal Mette & the Fictions

Mette Sterre: Crystal Mette & the Fictions

Why were you drawn to Performance Design? And what made you want to move to London, and particularly CSM to study?
I’ve always been in love with London, ever since I was five years old I knew I had to be here. Roaming the streets with my parents when I was 12, I knew it wasn’t just my imagination. I did my BA in fine Art in Rotterdam and started to do performances whilst studying, encouraged by one of my tutors ten years ago. I knew I wanted to a masters abroad and I knew I always wanted to live in London. I also knew I wanted to understand and learn from the history of theatre, be conscious of its discourses and so luckily I ended up at Central Saint Martins. I had a bit of sidewinding in the road that brought me here, but thank God my mama taught me perseverance.

Describe your time at Central Saint Martins in three words…
crazy sexy cool, no just kidding: challenging privileged and enlightening

Would you recommend the course?
Yes, definitely, you can do what you want with the support of peers and the amazing staff in the workshops, and your tutors (of course). I understood and was able to apply new knowledge to my practice but also understand so much better how we construct reality through our belief systems.

Tell us about your work?
My work deals with the grotesque; the world of topsy-turvy, the paradox and the uncanny.  I make sculptural costumes on which I base a narrative and create a performance.
Like a Dr. Frankenstein, I sew body parts together, creating new forms of living beings in the forms of sculptural costumes. I’m interested in distorting the human contours. By the de-identification of the human body I question the stigmatisation of “the other” and the social construction of identity.
My work critiques on contemporary culture; I’m inspired by fiobinacci patterns in nature, the notion of animism, artifice and horror movies.
I’m super happy if my audience experiences uncanniness and doesn’t know how to define whether the creatures I make are human or not.

Hummerman, Credit: Lovis Ostenrik

Hummerman, Credit: Lovis Ostenrik

How do you think being selected for the Catlin guide will benefit you?
It’s amazing to be part of this great selection of artists and to get the thumbs up by the selection committee. I hope I’ll be able to reach more potential collaborators, audience members and interesting places to make new projects with and in.

What are your plans for the next few years?
I hope to make a new theatre production in which I want to work together with a dance group and musicians; collaboration, make music videos, travel, expand and get back into drawing and photography. Develop tools to create my costumes more rapidly or get some assistants. Grow as an artist, learn to explore and develop. Open up a design studio possibly maybe.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The bible/lifelineguide of my life is Baz Luhrman’s song “everybody’s free to wear sunscreen”, I try to live by this song. Recently I also got this great piece of advice which was “you may have missed the past but the future belongs to you” which is also a pretty good one.

Where do you live? And what are your favourite hangouts?
I’m currently a true European citizen, travelling from one place to another and I am in the super position to have two bases; London and Rotterdam. I love the Wellcome collection library, it might sound a bit dull but I just lalala-love books. In Rotterdam it probably would be the Koffie Lokaal, great coffee and interior.

You can see more of Mette’s work on her website 

Find out more about MA Performance Design & Practice at Central Saint Martins

UAL Chinese Alumni Association Present: A Global Careers China Event

Last night the UAL Alumni Association and LCF Careers hosted a panel discussion for current UAL students interested in working in the creative industries in China. Over sixty current students from all the six UAL colleges attended the event at the London College of Fashion to get advice from key industry contacts in China.

UAL China Global Careers Event

Chaired by Adam Watling, Client Team Manager at London College of Fashion, the panel represented a wealth of experience across the creative industries in China.

Oliver Pearce, LCC alum and President of the UAL Shanghai Alumni Association gave a presentation about his six years of experience working as a journalist in China. He talked about the importance of networking, and how beneficial setting up the Shanghai alumni group has been, not just for him, but for many other UAL alumni based in the region.  He also covered about how he is working with Joe Oliver, President of the UAL Beijing alumni group, to expand and create a China-wide association, in the hope to represent smaller groups in other regions.

Jiang Li, LCC alum, PR & Marketing Manager at G-Star RAW, and a prominent member of the Shanghai alumni group, talked frankly about how important it is to be brave and put yourself out there in order to get noticed by employers.

Nikki Hill, Talent Development Manager at Burberry spoke about the culture shock she experienced when faced with negotiating Shanghai by herself, without any Mandarin, but also how enjoyable and valuable her time working for Burberry in China turned out to be.

Finally, Krisha Chavda, LCF current student, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development, told the audience about her year in industry working for United Nude in Guangzhou.  She believes her year in China has added a new dimension to her designs, and also vouched for the excellence of Chinese hospitals!

There was lots to discuss, and the panellists were inundated with questions from the students at the networking drinks that followed the discussion.

The UAL Alumni association have more events like this in the pipeline, with the hope that Presidents from our other international groups will follow suit. We have the largest creative network in the World, and want our students and alumni to utilise this network after graduation, wherever they are in the world.

You can find images of more past alumni events here


SEE scoops prestigious NUE 2015 award for Best Careers/ Employability Service


The National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards took place on Friday 6 February at etc.venues in London, with UAL’s Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) team taking home the Award for Best Careers/ Employability Service!

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards are sponsored by PwC, supported by AGR and AGCAS and run in association with The Guardian.

The award celebrates the outstanding and invaluable contributions made by university careers/employability services in helping students apply and maximise their work experience opportunities. It was said of SEE that ‘the winner creatively showcases and financially supports students and their stance not to advertise unpaid opportunities is especially commendable in a challenging, traditional and niche sector’.

Find out more about SEE.

Image: Susan Orr, Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Katie Mills, Assistant Director, Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE).


UAL Launches US East Coast Alumni Association

UAL was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with our east coast alumni at a special drinks reception in Brooklyn’s artistic DUMBO district earlier this month.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

The United States is home to over 2500 of our graduates with a quarter based in and around the New York City area. With American students currently the fourth largest international group studying with us and google research revealing UAL to be one of the most popular universities for US students looking to study abroad, our alumni community across the Atlantic is set to continue growing in strength.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

With this in mind, we are delighted to have recently launched the official US East Coast Alumni Association. The group is to led by a committee of six enthusiastic alumni, headed by CSM alumnus Ben Wilkinson-Raemer. The committee members have volunteered to work together  to help bring the local UAL community together to support, network and share.

Ben’s fellow committee members are Bruce Reynolds (LCF, 1993), Stephen Bury (Chelsea), Felicity Hogan (Camberwell, Chelsea and LCP), Rich Carter (Camberwell, 1998) and Luke Hayman (CSM, 1988).

Natalie Brett, Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, Chris Wainwright

Natalie Brett, Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, Chris Wainwright

More than 100 guests joined us at the New York Foundation for the Arts, to meet the committee members, hear ideas for future east coast activities and how to get involved. Throughout the evening, guests also had the opportunity to network, meet old friends and make new connections. UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Natalie Brett and Chris Wainwright were on hand to update the group on the latest news from across the Colleges.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

“…being active in the Alumni Association is great both professionally and socially.  The East Coast of the United States draws people from so many backgrounds and talents.  Being a part of that community means you meet, socialize, gain inspiration, and be inspiring to people who you usually wouldn’t have access.” Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, President of the UAL East Coast Alumni Association.

The committee are keen to get you involved, email them directly at and join the Facebook group

UAL New York Alumni Reception

See more photos from the night via our Facebook page

Find out more about our international alumni groups including the US East Coast

More about UAL’s Alumni Association

London Fashion Week AW15

London Fashion Week AW'15  London College of Fashion MA catwalk  designs by Kelly Cho, Maria Piankov and  Yutong Jiang

More than half of the 78 labels showing at London Fashion Week are UAL alumni, including Jackie Lee who takes the prestigious opening slot with her label J JS Lee kicking off the catwalk schedule on Friday morning.

The four-day fashion fiesta returns to the capital this month, with 20-24 February dedicated to the autumn winter collections coming out of London’s cutting-edge ateliers.

Stealing a march on the official schedule, London College of Fashion host their MA Fashion catwalk show at the Wallace Collection on Thursday evening. Watch the show via the live stream from 7.30pm  and catch LCF’s two fashion exhibitions on show across the weekend at Victoria House and the Fashion Space Gallery.

Speaking ahead of the show London College of Fashion head Professor Frances Corner comments: “By separating our MA catwalks it allows us to profile the Womenswear course at a time when the fashion industry’s eyes are on London. The standalone show gives LCF an excellent opportunity to showcase the wealth of exciting, creative and commercially savvy talent that our Graduate school produces.”

To honour the memory of the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, the largest reunion of Central Saint Martins fashion graduates are gathering on Friday for a special memorial event and the day will close with the Central Saint Martins MA show featuring the collections of the last of her graduates.

Ones to watch this season include Marques’Almeida, Ryan Lo, Faustine Steinmetz and Molly Goddard, recipients of the starmaking NEWGEN sponsorship.

See the full London Fashion Week AW15 schedule

Read Jackie Lee of J JS Lee’s exclusive UAL Edit interview

Find out more about Fashion Photography Next at the Fashion Space Gallery

Find out more about the MA15 exhibition from London College of Fashion

Donate to the Louise Wilson MA Fashion Fund

Read an archive interview with Professor Louise Wilson OBE


Meet: Sisters From Another Mister

Sisters From Another Mister (Milda Lembertaite, Amelia Prazak & Michelle Houston) met while studying BA Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins. They decided to study MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts as a collective, and have subsequently been included in the 2015 Catlin Guide.


Sisters standing next to installation What would dad do Round 1-5

Sisters standing next to installation What would dad do Round 1-5

Tell us about your time studying at Chelsea?
At Chelsea we re-wired our art engine and questioned the collaborative aspect of our practice, resulting in a stronger understanding on how and why we work together. The reason for going back into education was an urge for us to be confronted with other practitioners across the wider spectrum of art. Situated on the riverside, next-door to Tate Britain, we inhabited an international family-like environment with times for reflection and critique with fellow students, tutors, technicians, security guards and other people working there. It was very important to have a studio which became like a ‘green-house’ making us grow and loose the constrains about tangible art, bridging the gap between ideas not arising only while in the studio but from the everyday, and having an everlasting love affair with life. However we had to grow quickly as time was short. We challenged our mode of work; started treating video as a spontaneous sculpture. We also expanded our thinking towards the art object; having workshops helped explore medias to appropriate ideas.

What are your greatest memories from the course?
Our memory of the past year fluctuates between time in our studio and the workshops. Also inhabiting time at Uni, after closing hours (8pm). For example, our degree show opened in September, therefore while most Londoners were enjoying the summer (in Ibiza), we occasionally grilled sausages right in front the Parade Ground. Also dancing or singing karaoke. Or always being sure that the tunes will be great in the wood workshop, and that if Abeer is working in the foundry we will listen to some local pop (maybe it’s why our practice became so influenced by the entertainment), that the fish and chips portion in the canteen is getting smaller and smaller, and how good it is to go to the Regency Café (authentic interior, authentic voice of the lady working there and that you can always find tutors secretly eating there away from students). The Parade Ground flooring light influenced so many great dance moves. Or on the way home, stopping in Bermondsey Street Park for a picnic dinner, to chat or draw ideas on a take away pizza box.

What were the greatest difficulties you faced when studying? And how did you overcome them?
Being just a one year course it felt like we started and five minutes later we finished. This means that at the end of it you need some time to look back at the year that has passed and make a plan.  We believe the aim of this MA is to get you lost and it is right in that position of fluctuation, of not-knowing, that a shift to bold artwork is possible. The difficult part is to let go, not trying to control it, especially when working with other people you feel the need to justify your choices to the others. Working with others, or better said, working with friends is a choice that implies and arises through inclusion and exclusion, carrying conflict, epiphanies and dilemmas. We entered the course as a collective of three but after graduation Michelle Houston has decided to take some time for herself. Finding your own island is essential to be able to work as a collective. We think that the solution is to work through collision rather than agreements.

my island is a beautiful island

my island is a beautiful island

How did your collaboration come about?
We met in our BA Performance Design and Practice in Central Saint Martins in 2008. Since then we have lost the dividing line between friendship, collaborator, flatmate, and companion. We do not know what is waiting for us around the corner but after everything we plan to retire together (seriously). The choice of working in a collaboration derives from a mutual rejection of formalism in theatre, yet it is the theatrical quality that is now the foundation of our work. Working together allows for instability and surprises.

Where do you live? What are your favourite things to do in London?
After a year and a bit living in the crypt area of a converted church in Bermondsey (former largest church in South London), we recently had to move and ended up in Brixton on the 4th floor overlooking council buildings which are in the process of demolition. Somehow we are lucky as we have a flat and a studio. We do not like middle grounds; it’s either lower or higher, dark or light. We avoid using public transport by walking or biking. We enjoy the food and positive vibe of people in Brixton Village (do go for Lunch to the Columbian bar there!) Often we loose ourselves in gallery openings. Sometimes we escape to the secret Hampstead Botanic garden. We love ‘our’ Indian restaurant in Bermondsey where, like in mama’s kitchen, they know what we are going to order. Or stopping for a picnic on a staircase along the river in Wapping. We like making new discoveries; finding roofs to have a coffee, places/ workshops for art materials, or new hobbies, e.g. we found an outdoor boxing place in front of where we live.

Tell us about what you have been up to since graduating, and your work that got you selected for the Catlin guide…
Since graduation we have organized a group show “Frosted and Defrosted”. The exhibition was curated by Taylor LeMelle in an empty shop in Bermondsey. We have created a performative installation ‘You jump, I jump. Remember?’ for an event curated by Sadie Murdoch. The piece was a straight reaction to the after-graduation syndrome and took its inspiration from a night on the sofa watching Titanic. We have also been granted a commission by the Pullman Hotel St Pancras for an installation that will open on the 25th of February. The work for the hotel further explores themes and concepts already present in our graduation piece that got us selected for the Catlin guide. We are exploring ideas behind ‘The Importance of Being Elsewhere’, a statement that seems to be reoccurring when reading our works. Not only through the use of multiple screen installations but both physically and mentally. Also part of our formal research is the idea of liquidity and movement when showing video work. Video is not only ‘moving image’ but the image itself is allowed to move between and beyond the constraints of the television frame.

Afterparty 2014

Afterparty 2014

Do you ever work individually? Do you plan to in the future?
Yes, while sleeping, dating and before finishing drinking the morning coffee. Otherwise, we deal with each other’s mind from morning till evening. In the future we are planning to retire together.

What can we expect to see from you next?
Next in line is the installation for the Pullman Hotel St. Pancras, supported both by Pullman and Chelsea College of Arts. With this installation we hint at the reality of things being in transit: a body passing, moving, migrating, growing, changing, gender, state, age. Like the Anthias, hermaphrodite fish that allow for more or less radical shifts in their existence.The videos play with the idea of a movement and transition which suggest to map fantasies of runaways where imaginary images construct and deconstruct, appear and disappear, in an ‘elsewhere’ space: the ‘under water’. The liquidity of the space where the bodies are presented mirrors our formal research.

Click here for more information on MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts 



UAL’s en>route launches 2015 BAME mentoring scheme


UAL’s Race Champion Stephen Reid and the Diversity Team launched the 2015 en>route cross-cultural mentoring scheme earlier this month. The scheme, which has successfully run for the previous two years, is one of a number of initiatives to support academic and professional services staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) to navigate careers in arts higher education.

The event provided a chance for this year’s participants to network with mentees and mentors from previous years. Those who had participated in the en>route scheme in the past shared stories of the support and trust their mentoring relationships had offered.

All agreed that the benefit and learning opportunities were mutual. Past mentees also appreciated having a scheme solely for BAME staff. One mentee commented:

“On a development scheme with only other BAME staff you feel more comfortable and supported discussing sensitive issues of race, identity and personal development. You feel safe.”

Another said:

“My mentor helped me to recognise my abilities and how I might pursue my ambitions to become a new researcher. I was also given tips on problem solving and looking at how I might improve my current position.”

The 2015 cohort of BAME mentees will be matched from a pool of 20 senior staff (both white and BAME staff), including deans, managers, research academics, departmental directors, heads, senior lecturers, and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Stephen Reid).

Information on en›route’s other initiatives is available on the intranet.

Global Careers China Event – calling all UAL students

UAL Chinese Alumni Association and the UAL China Society present:  A Global Careers China Event at London College of Fashion

Alumni Event

Tuesday 24 February
from 6.00pm
RHS East, London College of Fashion, John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ

Calling all University of the Arts London students and graduates…

  • Have you ever considered an overseas career in one of the world’s biggest countries?
  • Want to tap into a creative community of UAL graduates offering support, advice and connections?
  • Are you returning home to China after graduation and want to know more about the creative environment you will be working in?

Featuring a panel of international professionals, we are hosting this unique event that will explore the types of experiences and insight typical of creative opportunities throughout China’s major cities.

Oliver Pearce, the President of the UAL China alumni association, will be speaking about his experiences of working in China, as well as how the current alumni community already established across China will be on hand to offer support and professional connections.

Hearing from UAL alumni with experience in the Chinese market as well as creative representatives from a number of focusses, this will be your chance to explore careers and advice relevant to China, without even leaving London.

This event will be part of a series of international insight chapters, so book now to gain priority for future events and to avoid disappointment. Keep an eye out for confirmed speakers and profiles over the next couple of weeks and click on the link below to reserve your place today!

Register now