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New intranet search

As part of the ongoing development of the University intranet we are pleased to announce the availability of a search capability on all intranet pages. With effect from tomorrow afternoon (23 January) you will see a magnifying glass next to a search box at the head of each intranet page where search terms can be entered. We hope that this will improve your experience of using the intranet. Please report any issues to

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Strike action by University academic staff trades union

Message from Mark Crawley, UAL Dean of Students

The University has been advised by the UCU Trades Union that they have called a number of two-hour strikes, in respect of staff pay, on the following days:

  • Thursday 23 January 2014 – 11.00am to 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 January 2014 – 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Monday 10 February 2014 – 9.00am to 11.00am

This is part of national strike action affecting universities.

UAL will make every effort to ensure that there is minimum disruption to learning and teaching for students. Course teams will advise students about any changes to timetables caused by the strike action.

BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Shortlist 2014

The British Fashion Council have announced the shortlist for the 2014 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and of the six shortlisted names, four are UAL alumni. Mary Katrantzou graduated from CSM’s MA Fashion before launching her own label, she describes her style as a “hyperrealist aesthetic, bold graphics and industrial jewellery.” Osman and Emilia Wickstead are also CSM alumni, Emilia from BA Fashion Design and Marketing and Osman from Fashion Design. Also on the shortlist is LCC alumnus Henry Holland, famed for his bright graphics and strong colours.

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Green Week 2014

UAL will join the nationwide higher education People and Planet Green Week this spring. With activities centering around the themes of waste and recycling, 2014′s Green Week will run 10-14 February, with scores of events running at each College, from workshops to screening, and walks to storytelling. Bookmark the UAL sustainability blog and for more information in the coming weeks. During the week search for #UALGreenWeek on social media and use the hashtag to share your involvement.



UAL Edit Interview: Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

One of British fashion’s most stellar success stories, UAL Governor Anya Hindmarch established her iconic accessories brand in 1988 and now has 50 stores in nine countries, including flagships in London, Tokyo and New York. The creator of the cult I Am Not A Plastic Bag tote, whose devotees include celebrities and royalty, was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to the fashion industry. Anya joined UAL’s Court of Governors in 2010 and has just been reappointed for a second three year term.

What are you working on at the moment?
Our next show in February. Trying to figure out how we can top flying handbags and models!

The Anya Hindmarch presentation during London Fashion Week SS14 at Central Hall Westminster on September 17, 2013 in London, England.  Pic Shows: Models fly above the runway  Pic Credit: Dave Benett

Who or what first inspired you to follow your chosen career?
My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me, even as a very little girl. I found a very beautiful bag while on my gap year in Florence which I thought women at home might love. I borrowed the money to make these drawstring duffle bags in the UK which a friend of a friend who worked at Harper’s & Queen – as it was called then – featured  in the magazine. And so the company was born!


What are you most passionate about?
Work related – I’m obsessed by craftsmanship, craftsmen are my celebrities. In our Madison Avenue and Bond Street stores we have a floor devoted to Bespoke, where together with our Pont Street store we have craftsmen on site – they are wonderful. Non work related – my family!

Anya Hindmarch Bond Street Store

Which piece of art/design/performance/communication/fashion do you wish you had created?
Hailo [smartphone taxi hailing app]. Brilliantly useful.

Hailo app

What is your guilty pleasure?
… wine!

What is your signature dish?
My husband’s roast chicken!

What advice would you give to aspiring creative entrepreneurs?
Make sure your offering has a clear point of view and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

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A different perspective – artist Lana Locke on taking time out for a PhD

Sculptor Lana Locke has been winning fans and awards for her striking, human body-focused work since graduating from Chelsea College of Arts in 2012 with an MA in Fine Art. She is currently part of Bloomberg New Contempories 2013 at the ICA (showing to 26 January), and was part of the Royal Academy of Arts 2012 Summer Exhibition.

But despite this early success, Lana has headed back to UAL to continue her study with a practice-based PhD at the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School. She explains why she thinks academic study is making her a better artist.

Find out more about postgraduate study at UAL and how to apply for a research degree.

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Lana Locke

Lana Locke

Can you tell us what your PhD is focused on?

It is a practice-based PhD and focusing on the agonistic struggle between art objects and the space in which they are installed, as an avenue for exploring the tensions that exist between the artist, artistic activism and the art institute.

You were already a successful sculptor before joining the CCW Graduate School – what interested you in pursuing a doctorate?

I was asked that question when applying to do the PhD, actually. When I said that I wanted to do it to be a better artist this was basically laughed at as a joke – but I don’t know why else you would want to study any course of art unless you thought it would make you a better artist in some way – at least that is the hope. We might become “researchers” by doing the course, but being an artist has to come first. One of my key motivations is to try to do something different with my work, to enter new territory and potentially to make more ambitious, confrontational work.

Have you found that your research has an effect on your practice?

If I weren’t doing the PhD I would probably be spending more time making discrete art objects in the studio, whereas my focus now is more on installation. The subject requires me to think about objects in relation to space – and as I want the practice to lead the PhD, the best way to do that is through making work in that context.

The main project for my first term was an installation amongst the bike racks on Atterbury Street between Chelsea College and Tate Britain, and my big project for the Spring term is putting together an event called Passport to Pimlico, that I have been lucky enough to receive funding for from the CCW Research Department, and will be inviting collaboration from other UAL students and staff.

Two Figures by Lana in Chelsea College's Parade Ground

Two Figures by Lana in Chelsea College’s Parade Ground

What does a typical day as a doctoral student look like?

I haven’t had any typical days so far! The first term was basically trying to spend as much time as possible in the studio and at college, whilst also juggling other commitments such as part-time work, art commissions and external exhibitions.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries (open at the ICA until 26 January) has been a particular commitment in the past term, the more so because I was asked to be on the panel for a Friday Salon event at the ICA on Practice Based PhDs. I had to give a 10 minute presentation which was pretty nerve racking as the other Panel members were really high up in their institutions and it turned out to be a full house for the event. It was very enjoyable though, and will be useful experience for next year when all the 2nd year PhD students have to give presentations on their projects.

What are you enjoying most about your research?

The conversations with my supervisors, Dave Beech and David Cross, and with my fellow first year students, have been really inspiring. In terms of my supervisors, it’s a massive privilege to have their time, attention and input into my project and the supervisory discussions become creative acts in themselves as they help me to work out what it is that I am trying to say with my practice and research, and through their knowledge opening up to new trains of thought and different ways of looking at the themes.

With the other students our work is so different but we keep finding points of crossover and we’re all in the same situation of facing the various hurdles and milestones ahead of us in the PhD and it’s a very thoughtful and supportive group. We had such a great collaborative series of discussions ahead of reaching our final format for our 1st year exhibition – to be held in the Triangle Space at Chelsea College in the first week of March. There were disagreements and different approaches but it didn’t feel like compromise in the end, more like finding a whole new solution that will be good for everyone.

Pumpkin by Lana, currently showing in Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA

Pumpkin by Lana, currently showing in Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA

What do you find most challenging?

Finding dedicated time to study, and overcoming the twin beasts of distraction and procrastination! Usual story as a student I guess. With all of the commitments of the last term I constantly seemed to be rushing around and only snatching studio and research time in between other demands. I actually found that my best time for getting serious writing done was over Christmas (with thanks to my boyfriend and my family for being understanding)!

You previously studied for an MA at Chelsea – how does studying for a PhD compare?

It gives me a different perspective. The bursary I received for my PhD fees from Chelsea Arts Club Trust was specifically to enable me as a former Chelsea MA student to come back and study my research degree here and I love being back but it’s almost like being halfway between being a student and being a member of staff. My studio is off-site so unless I’m using the workshops at Chelsea I’m more likely to be there for meetings or using the Research Hub than for making work.

We were a very large and sociable group on my MA, whereas the independent study of the PhD offers quieter and smaller working relationships. On the MA there were lots of different influences at once – a range of brilliant tutors, but tutors who as a student you only saw a couple of times before seeing a different one. I only have two supervisors on the PhD but I get a lot of time from them, and they will hopefully see me all the way through the PhD.

Do you think you’ll continue to be involved in the academic side of art after you complete your PhD?

Yes, I hope so! CCW are providing teaching training for us so that we can tutor students on other courses, and I may even be doing some tutoring as early as this term, which I’m really looking forward to. When I think about the tutors I have met at Chelsea, from my Postgraduate Diploma to my MA, to my supervisors on my PhD, the academic side of their practices seems really supportive to the rest of their work – I think that would be a great position to be in.

Lana Locke is exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA, London until 26 January 2014.

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Ten UAL alumni feature in The Catlin Guide 2014

Ten UAL alumni have been featured in The Catlin Guide 2014, which has been published today.

Authur Prior - Tapestry #1

Arthur Prior – Tapestry #1

Distributed annually throughout the art world for the past five years, The Catlin Guide lists the 40 most promising graduate artists in the UK, providing a fantastic springboard for these emerging artists. Each edition exhibits the artists’ latest work and details future exhibitions, projects and aspirations for the coming year. The shortlisted graduates are selected for their work shown in their BA, MA, MFA or PG Dip final exhibitions.

Ksenia Burnasheva - Black Hole

Ksenia Burnasheva – Black Hole

The UAL alumni included in the list this year are:

Katy Binks – Camberwell, MA Visual Arts: Printmaking

Ksenia Burnasheva  - CSM, MA Photography

John Costi – CSM, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Ophelia Finke – CSM, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Sarah Fortais – CSM, MA Fine Art

Lara Morrell – CSM, MA Photography

Charles Moxon – Camberwell, BA (Hons) Painting

Arthur Prior – Chelsea, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Nicola Thomas - CSM, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Nikolas Ventourakis – CSM, MA Photography

Charles Moxon - Rabbit

Charles Moxon – Rabbit

From the list of artists featured in the guide, a small number will be selected as finalists for The Catlin Art Prize, which gives talented young artists who have recently graduated from UK art schools the opportunity to showcase their work professionally and win a significant monetary award towards their future development. The winner will be announced in May.

For more information on the artists listed above and the list as a whole, or to request a copy of The Catlin Guide 2014, please visit their website.  Copies are also available to purchase from Amazon, Culture Label, Waterstones, Blackwell’s and selected art bookshops.


42 leading industry figures become UAL Practitioners in Residence

UAL students are set to benefit from the industry insights and networks of 42 creative leaders across all the University’s disciplines, from design, fashion and media to performance, fine art and conservation.

The new Practitioners in Residence will spend time at UAL’s six Colleges giving students hands-on support and advice as they develop their practice and build their career skills.

Figures heading to UAL include journalist and broadcaster Charlene White, who will be working with media students at London College of Communication, where she herself studied journalism. Currently a presenter for ITV News, she recently commented:

“I had a very fairytale vision of what being a journalist was all about. I certainly didn’t expect to be working as long hours as I do now. You do have to work extremely hard. But I would never complain about it because I enjoy the thrill from it. I never realized how much of an effect we can have, as journalists, on people’s lives.”

Charlene White (right) at LCC with Julissa Bermudez

Charlene White (right) at LCC with Julissa Bermudez

Charlene already has a strong relationship with LCC, most recently hosting the College’s ‘in conversation’ with American TV host Julissa Bermudez.

Central Saint Martins is also bringing in its graduates to nurture the talent of current students – including top up and coming designer Christopher Kane, who studied Foundation, BA Fashion and MA Fashion at the College, graduating in 2006. Christopher, who recently claimed the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award at the 2013 British Fashion Awards, says he always knew CSM was the only place for him.

“It was all those TV programmes like the Clothes Show, which were always mentioning Saint Martins,” he recalls in a conversation with MA Course Leader Professor Louise Wilson. “It was as dreamy and as cheesy as that. It was always ‘Saint Martins, Saint Martins, Saint Martins.’”

Christopher Kane with Donatella Versace and Louise Wilson

Christopher Kane with Donatella Versace and Louise Wilson

The fashion industry is also represented by William Tempest, who will work with students in London College of Fashion’s School of Design and Technology. Another UAL graduate, William studied Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear at LCF and is now hailed as one of the UK’s hottest young talents whose celebrity fans include Emma Watson, Alexa Chung and Victoria Beckham. Recalling his student days, he says:

“It was a fun time and I have so many great memories of my student days. Quite a few people I was hanging around with back then have done incredibly well in fashion.”

See more from William, including the top tips he will be passing on to current students.

William Tempest

William Tempest

Wimbledon will extend its excellence in fine art and performance design with Practitioners in Residence that include dancer Akram Khan, who will also spend time with performance students at CSM. Expressing his excitement at becoming a Practitioner in Residence, Akram said:

“I am confident that these young creators in the making and our guest artists will nurture one another. The arts allow us to think differently, and that’s what we’re doing here with this new chapter in the Company’s journey. There’s nothing more exciting!”

The Akram Khan Company

The Akram Khan Company

Amongst Chelsea’s Practitioners in Residence will be hotly tipped artist Anthea Hamilton. Renowned for her “weird and wonderful” installations that explore representations of the human body, Anthea has exhibited widely, and was also an official poster artist for London 2012.

The Piano Lesson by Anthea Hamilton. Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery

The Piano Lesson by Anthea Hamilton. Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery

At Camberwell, another graduate will be returning to share her expertise – Joanna Kosek, Head of Pictorial Art Conservation at the British Museum, who studied paper conservation as a postgraduate at the College. Her current projects include researching the treatment of Michelangelo’s cartoon Epifania.

Joanna Kosek

Joanna Kosek

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London Collections: Men A/W 2014 menswear

London Collections Men Autumn Winter 2014 - left to right Christopher Shannon, Kay Kwok, Christopher Shannon

Back for a fourth round, London Collections:Men brought next season’s most directional menswear looks to London for an intense three days of catwalks and presentations. Largely as a result of the London Collections, menswear is increasingly rivaling womenswear for fashion press attention and this January’s shows brought strong outings from a very diverse set of labels.

Central Saint Martins alumni showed highly anticipated collections over the three days. CSM alumni father and son, Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford, showed their label Casely-Hayford. Richard Nicoll and this year’s winner of GQ’s Breakthrough Menswear Designer Brand, Jonathan Saunders were among those on schedule. The British Fashion Council’s Designer of the Year, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Shannon were among the established CSM graduate brands sending new looks down the catwalk, while newer labels included Common,  Craig Green, Nicomede Talavera and Lee Roach. Behind the major labels showing in London are Joanna Sykes at Nicole Farhi and Luc Goidadin, newly appointed by Christopher Bailey as Chief Design Officer at Burberry.

Christopher Shannon Look 15

London College of Fashion graduates were out in force at LC:M, including Marc Hare, alumnus of Fashion Business and recent panel speaker at the college, and alumna Ada Zanditon, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear 2007. Roxanne Farahmand, whose 3D printed metalwork and handmade leather pieces were first seen on LCF’s 2013 Runway, is part of Fashion East’s A/W 14 installation, marking her out as one to watch for the next generation of menswear talent.

Roxanne Farahmand

MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear alumnus 2012, Joseph Turvey, who is about to release a collection with River Island, presented his AW13 collection in an installation showcasing his unique take on luxe streetwear.

On Tuesday, rising star J.W. Anderson, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Menswear 2005 alumnus, was one of the event’s highlights. Kay Kwok, MA Fashion Design and Technology: Menswear 2012 grad also showed on Tuesday, as did and Sebastiaan Pieter Groenen , who graduated from BA Hons Bespoke Tailoring in 2012 and won the “Collection of the Year” award presented at the catwalk show.  For LC:M, Sebastiaan presented his own collection at Southard Reid gallery.

Sebastiaan Pieter London Collections Men A W 2014 Photo Andrew Urwin

Wednesday brought collections from Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel, BA (Hons) and MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear 2010, who make up the luxury menswear label, Baartmans & Seigel. Duo Agi & Sam, designers supported by the Centre for Fashion Enterprise’s New Fashion Venture Programme, revealed their latest looks on the final day.

An A/W13 men’s footwear collection from Diego Vanassibara, alumnus of BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, was on display at the Designer Showroom at NEWGEN MEN throughout the week.

The Museum of London’s current display, Anatomy of a Suit, reveals that many of the most important global menswear trends seen on this month’s catwalks, such as the three-piece suit, have their origins in London. See the display until 1 June at the Museum.

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