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Drama Centre London Alumna Scoops BBC Playwriting Prize

Ana © Hannah Robins/BBC

Ana © Hannah Robins/BBC

Ana González Bello, who graduated from our BA Acting course in 2012, has won the BBC’s Georgi Markov Prize 2013 for her play Diablo and Romina.

Awarded as part of the BBC’s International Radio Playwriting Competition, the Georgi Markov Prize is given to the writer whose script shows most promise. As the prizewinner Ana receives a two-week return trip to London, enabling her to spend time with the BBC’s Radio Drama and World Service departments.

The BBC judges praised Ana’s play, saying: “A charming piece, written with great authenticity and a simplicity that was refreshing. The world was well captured and atmospheric, and the threat of violence really well achieved.”

‘Mind-blowing’

Diablo and Romina tells the story of Roxanne Romina. Roxanne lives with her mother in a small town in the south east of Mexico where nothing ever happens, until her cousin Frank returns from America and changes everything.

Inspired by an assignment a journalist friend of hers had taken, Ana took migration as the theme for her play. “I wanted to tell a story from the point of view of those who stay behind,” she explained. “The women in a family where the men move away and have been swallowed and spat out by the American dream.”

Speaking about her win, Ana said: “Writing a play that the BBC, a worldwide referent of quality, thinks shows great potential is mind-blowing. Winning this competition has given me the fuel I needed to want to keep on writing and to get better at it.”

More information:
Drama Centre London
BA Acting
MA Dramatic Writing
The BBC’s full interview with Ana

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A Digitised Planning System: Scoping Study

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Researchers at Central Saint Martins and the Design Against Crime Research Centre won a Creative Voucher Award to undertake a scoping study on digitised planning systems.

Funded by Creative Works London, this project is the starting phase of a long-term goal to develop and pilot a new digitised planning system for the UK. Geoffrey Makstutis (Course Leader of BA Architecture at CSM) and Mark Simpkins, of the (Design Against Crime Research Centre, UAL) working with the RIBA Policy Unit, are developing a scoping study for the project.

The project aims to provide both a means of allowing architects, designers, planners and developers a way of making use of a range of different types of data to improve the planning process and, crucially, to enable the public to become engaged in the processes that change the built environment – to understand the process, to participate the process and to inform policy at local, regional and national levels.

More info on the Creative Vouchers website.

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MA Material Futures Announces New Bursaries

MA Material Futures

Central Saint Martins is collaborating with file sharing service WeTransfer to create two ground-breaking bursaries. Two students joining MA Material Futures in September 2015 will receive funding for the full two years of study.

For the next decade, these new bursaries – which have been initiated and funded by WeTransfer – will support two students each year in their full-time studies.

Caroline Till, MA Futures Course Leader, said: “For us this is an amazing opportunity and really important because we are trying to keep accessibility to postgraduate education open to the broadest spectrum of students.

“Fees are one of the biggest problems, so to partner with WeTransfer on this kind of scholarship is ideal for those students who wouldn’t normally be able to apply.”

Inspiring creative talents
Each of the selected students will make a short film introducing themselves and their creative process, and they will continue to document their work throughout the year. This documentation will be showcased to WeTransfer’s monthly and global user base of 65 million people.

The bursaries will be open to all applicants, with a focus on people who incorporate disruptive technology into their creative practices. Each student will also be provided with mentorship from a member of the WeTransfer team.

WeTransfer’s Chief Strategy Officer, Damian Bradfield, said: “Central Saint Martins is one of the most prestigious schools for art and fashion in the world. To be able to offer two bursaries to the MA Material Futures postgraduate course – and in turn support two inspiring creative talents from around the globe each year – is an exciting opportunity for us.”

The MA Material Futures bursaries will be open for applications early next year, when the course application process begins.

More information:
MA Material Futures

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Lisandro Olmos wins Fourth Annual Lowe Nova Awards

Lisandro Olmos, BA Fashion Menswear

Lisandro Olmos, BA Fashion Menswear

Congratulations to Lisandro Olmos who was awarded the Fourth Annual Lowe Nova Award last night. Lisandro’s menswear collection was inspired by recent student protests in his native Venezuela against the government’s socioeconomic policies.

The awards ceremony, which took place in Notting Hill, saw five of this year’s 13 finalists presented with Lowe Nova Awards - the overall winner, three runners up and a Unilever Magic Award:

Ferdinand Freiler Jack Idle Sinaida Michalskaja Rosie Pilkington awards

More:
- Twitter #LoweNova
lowenovaawards.com

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Interview: Andrea Zimmerman on her Artangel Win

Andrea Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson (photo by Ewa Hertzog)

Andrea Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson (photo by Ewa Hertzog)

Dr. Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a filmmaker and cultural activist who works as a lecturer and tutor on our Performance Design and Practice course. She recently won the prestigious Artangel open commission 2014 together with Adrian Jackson, founder of the Cardboard Citizens theatre company.

Here, Andrea talks about her Artangel win:

“It’s going to be a rhyme on Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, which was made just after WW2. We’re looking at how we use it as a starting point to look at the London we’ve got today. We’re looking at the dream that London presents itself with, around issues of bicycles and vulnerability in the city.

“Both Adrian and I have for many years worked with communities that are often narrativized as marginal, and this takes away some of their agency. We’re looking at the obstinacy, we’re looking at the resilience, we’re looking at the untold stories. In the mainstream media these stories don’t exist, and if they do they’re just another inscription of cliches. We try and really throw that up in the air.

Photo from Andrea's 'Estate, a Reverie' project

Photo from Andrea’s ‘Estate, a Reverie’ project

“It’s very early stages of this project, so we have to follow our noses. We are very fortunate because the award allows us to do that. There will be a London that we discover through the eyes of people that we don’t usually discover London through. Part of the process of this project is to really, truly have open eyes and follow some people to experience their world.

“There are some really different communities we’re working with, not just one. There’ll also be bigger public events and live events that include the general public. We don’t want to make a distinction between one and the other.

“Margaret Mead said this really beautiful thing: that in our time we need to find that which is the commonality among us rather than the separation. Everything is always separated, but actually we have so much in common as human beings, if we allow it.”

Andrea’s will be speaking at a screening of her work Taskafa: Stories of the Street at Whitechapel Gallery on 13 November. Her film Estate, a Reverie premiers at the Rio cinema on 22 November.

You can read the full interview with Andrea on the website.

More information:
Performance Design and Practice
Andrea’s profile
- Andrea in conversation

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