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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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Spatial Practices Students Design in Rio

Jongo's House workshop

Jongo’s House workshop

Staff and students from our Spatial Practices programme recently went to Rio de Janeiro to take part in a two-week design workshop hosted by Studio X Rio.

The workshop produced furniture designs and full-scale prototypes for Jongo da Serrinha, a local NGO. The organisation is dedicated to promoting culture, educating the youth and preserving traditional African-Brazilian jongo music. It is in the process of building ‘Jongo’s House’, a new headquarters to host its activities.

Participants were asked to consider the ways domestic furniture can engage the public by creating comfort and intimacy. The designs and prototypes also needed to be creative, low-cost and practical.

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Working together with students from PUC-Rio university and local architects, artists and designers, our students developed a new family of primary school furniture.

Their work was informed by research into Oscar Niemeyer and Darcy Ribeiro’s radical ‘Integrated Centres of Public Education’ (CIEP) project, which provided uniform, high-quality primary schools across Rio de Janeiro state.

This project coincided with an exhibition about public education, which featured information on CIEPs, at the Museu de Arte do Rio.

More information:
Spatial Practices programme

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Tonight: Lowe Nova Awards 2014

Boris Raux (shortlisted)  © Jennifer Pattison

Boris Raux (shortlisted) © Jennifer Pattison

Tonight sees the climax of the Lowe Nova Awards 2014, with an awards ceremony held in conjunction with Central Saint Martins.

The best creative talents from this year’s degree show have already been shortlisted and the overall winners will be announced later today.

This year’s list includes ground-breaking womenswear from fashion designer Sang Yoon, amazing use of colour by digital artist Rose Pilkington, and ceramics that address social issues from Monika Grandvaux-Piskorek.

Take a tour through the shortlist in this Lowe and partners video.

You can follow proceedings on Twitter at #LoweNova

More information:
- Lowe Nova Awards
- Degree Shows 2014

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