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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



Christmas and New Year Closure 2014

This year the University will be closed from Thursday 25th December 2014 and re-opening on Monday 5th January 2015.

In addition to the Public Holidays there will be four closure days this year.  Under the terms of the agreed Grading, Pay and Benefits arrangements, three of these leave days are deducted from your annual leave entitlements for Christmas closure and an additional day (Friday 2nd January 2015) will be awarded to all University staff.

For all part-time staff you will receive a pro-rata number of hours. For those who normally work Fridays you will have your hours adjusted and deducted in the same way as full-time staff above. For those who do not normally work Fridays, you will receive your pro-rata allowance which can be booked at any time, with your line manager’s agreement before 31 January 2015.  You do not need to take any further action.

If you have already booked a day’s leave on Friday 2 January this will automatically be reimbursed through Employee Self Service (ESS).

Further information can be found in the Annual Leave Policy and Guidance document.

Nick Rogers
Director of Human Resources



Pride at UAL


UAL will be celebrating Pride this weekend, with an event taking place at the heart of the parade route. UAL LGBTQ’s ArtsPride is organised in collaboration with National Student Pride, SUARTS and the University. Hosted at LCF’s John Prince’s Street building, the event overlooks the Pride in London parade from the first floor terraces on Oxford Street. The event will also see two special exhibitions go on display, plus performances, live music and special guests.


Filip Bigos, FdA Production for Live Events and TV second year student, and President of UAL LGBTQ, says: “ArtsPride is a celebration of the LGBTQ community within the Arts. We are very pleased UAL is officially and with pride supporting its LGBTQ community which definitely has a big presence at our campuses. Thanks to Blake Field, our Vice President, and his idea of organising this event, we will be able to welcome 150 students and guests at LCF on the day of London Pride, greet the parade from the terraces overlooking Oxford Street, enjoy live music, exhibitions, student-priced bar and hot food, all of which is included in the ticket prices. It’s definitely an event not to be missed!”


UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington says: “Congratulations to the students who have created Arts Pride, a fantastic event organised by UAL’s LGBTQ Society. We are proud to support this wonderful initiative, which is raising funds for Kaleidoscope Trust‘s vital work, and contributing to the celebration of Pride in London, which is so important to us and our community.”

Arts Pride runs 11am – 6pm on Saturday 28 June, the Pride in London parade begins at 1pm on Baker Street, heading towards Oxford Street.

Find out more about Arts Pride 

Read the full Pride in London programme






London Collections:Men 2014 Craig Green Show Report SS15


Central Saint Martins’ BA and MA Fashion alumnus Craig Green appeared on-schedule for a fourth season at London Collections:Men, this week. The London native, whose signature aesthetic combines sculptural structures with organic cuts, has become a highly anticipated feature of the menswear season and was greatly supported by the late Professor Louise Wilson.


For Spring Summer 2015 Green turned to utility and worker-wear as inspiration, incorporating heavy-duty Japanese denim and chunky sweaters into the collection. The signature look was the deconstructed Chinese quilted jacket, in iridescent black or electric blue. Loose-cut trousers with ribboned embellishment and masculine kimono gowns were played out in a crisp palette of vivid blue, white and black. Since his first collection, Green has referenced his artistic tendencies and art school background through the presence of sculptural head or body pieces, often made from wood. This season was no exception; billowing pale fabrics were attached to wooden frames on the models’ backs as they glided to a backdrop of melancholic music, perhaps in part a procession in memoriam to the late Louise Wilson.


Green’s enormous talent, and experience on CSM’s BA Fashion (Print) course, helped him gain a place on the full scholarship scheme for MA Fashion at CSM. On graduating in 2012 he received the L’Oreal Professional Creative Award for his achievements.

Past collections have referenced the 90s rave scene through the use of tie-die and AW14 played with psychedelic kaleidoscope prints. This collection however, employed modern, refined silhouettes and luxury fabrics, representing Green’s versatility while retaining his strong brand identity.


Calling all students! Become a Website Reviewer

UAL website

Help improve the UAL website and get a sneak peek of new ideas as a Website Reviewer. You’ll learn how websites are made and your feedback will make a real difference!

Why we need you

We need confident and enthusiastic volunteers to give us an honest opinion of our website and new ideas so the website is as useful as possible for future students and graduates.

What you’ll be doing

Interacting with different versions of our website by completing a number of fun and interesting exercises and giving feedback on the website’s design, function and how it makes you feel.

The exercises will often take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete and you can take part from your computer, mobile or tablet at home.

If you’d prefer, we sometimes need people to take part in longer one to one sessions (approx 45 minutes) which can be done over Skype or in our office in central London.

What skills you need

No experience is required. You just need to be able to use the internet, to be able to imagine yourself in different situations, and to be happy telling us your opinions and reasons for them. For the longer sessions you’ll need to be comfortable communicating in a one to one situation.

How to apply

Email Alex in the digital team to get involved.

Library summer opening – new extended hours

Library Opening Hours

In response to student feedback we are pleased to announce longer Library Services opening hours. This increase is all year round, starting with increased opening hours outside of BA Term Time.

Our opening hours are listed at Please click on the individual library opening hours links for summer hours starting on Monday 23 June.

“We know that students want longer access to facilities all year round so are delighted that Library Services will be now be open for nearly 2000 more hours, creating greater parity across the Colleges, and increased resources for students.”

Shelly Asquith, SU President

Top tips for seeing the summer shows from UAL’s Chairs

With the summer degree shows in full swing at all six Colleges, some of UAL’s pioneering Chairs give their top tips for visiting the exhibitions:

Scott King: “I think taking your time is perhaps the most important thing – most student shows are (by their nature) over-crowded with work and ideas, so it’s important to spend time and not to judge anyone’s work too quickly.”

Robert Kesseler: “Essentials: A comfortable pair of shoes. A bottle of water. Small notebook. A College map. A light cotton shoulder bag. A credit card. Attitude: Talk to students. Don’t judge on first appearances. Take time to look, read and engage. Don’t be afraid to walk away from work that doesn’t do it for you.”

Fred Deakin: “Well CSM is always fun: the scale of the show in the new building is quite something. I’ll be checking out LCC’s IMI show on the 23rd as it’s an area I’m particularly interested in. But they’re all good!”

The Chairs also revealed what they’re most looking forward to seeing:

Scott King: “Last year I was most impressed by the level of ‘concept’ that had gone into the shows that I saw, particularly at LCC, so I hope to see more of that really – more ‘personal work’ that is conceptually led.”

Robert Kesseler: “A bumper fest of creativity. Lots of material qualities – sensual, touchy-feely things. Experimental approaches. Work which asks challenging questions. Concern for the environment and society.”

Fred Deakin: “More digital and more social enterprise projects. It feels like the creative world is steadily moving more into those two areas, sometimes at the same time!”

We look forward to seeing you at the shows. Find all the dates and locations on the dedicated summer degree shows website

If you’re not in London over the summer, keep up with all the action on social media - follow #summershows14 on:




‘Communities of Practice’ – applications for funding now open

Communities of Practice

All staff are invited to apply for Communities of Practice funding, which is available to either support existing Communities of Practice, or to help develop new ones. Funding can be used to support the building of networks, the organisation of meetings, or the hosting of events for the 2014/15 academic year.

The deadline for bids is 18 July.  More information on how to apply for the funding, along with the application form, can be found on the Communities of Practice blog, on the CoP Fund page.  Completed application forms should be send to Jess Armistead.