Exhibit in TRAID

As part of Islington Exhibits 2014, there is an exciting opportunity to exhibit your work in the window of TRAID on Holloway Road.  You would work with the Visual Merchandiser, and hundreds of passers by would see your work every day!  The proposals should reflect TRAID’s values and ethos, read about them here.

Send your proposals to ie@rowanarts.net by Monday 8 Sept 9.30am, with no more than 1 A4 page with up to 4 images of your work.


Freshers: What’s on this Week?

Woohoo! It’s officially the start of our amazing array of Freshers Events! And to help you plan the maximum fun possible here’s a rundown of what’s on this week:

Halls Welcome Party

Welcome to your new home. The hall welcome party is for you and your flatmates to meet the rest of your hall. We’ll throw in pizza’s, drinks and loads of fun games including twister, giant connect 4 and giant jenga. There’s no charge - this event is totally free! We’ll also give you advise on the best local bars and clubs to carry on the party.

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th Sept, in Your Common Room @7pm


Tune in next week for the next round of fun and view all of the lovely Freshers Events on our amazing Calendar. Might as well make that your homepage for the next 2 months really.


Cultural London on the cheap

One of the perks of studying in London is the abundance of cultural events and institutions on offer, but although many are free some do come at a cost.

Fortunately, there are plenty of places that offer student discounts and freebies!  Whilst this isn’t a comprehensive guide, it’s a good solution until you can star in your own reality TV show or marry a rapper.

Barbican’s initiative freeB is available to 16-25 year olds and gives members exclusive discounts and free tickets.

The National Theatre offer an Entry Pass, with benefits like £5 tickets and backstage tours, and discounts in the bookshop, bars and restaurants.

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Coming Soon: Candle Path

It’s sad but true: the nights will be getting darker soon, and if you’re walking around an unfamiliar area this can feel scary.

Soon the app Candle Path will launch - to help you find the safest routes around.  Unlike Google Maps, it has an embedded crime reporter tool and can send an emergency text to a person of your choice with details of your location if your phone is unresponsive.


Opportunities to get involved with Cally Fest 2014


On Sunday 7th of September the Caledonian Road will be closed off to host Cally Fest: a one-day party for music, art, food and fun.

If you’d like to perform, trade, lead a workshop or activity they’d love to hear from you!   Check out their site or email info@thecallyfestival.com if you need more info.

Image from The Cally Fest website.


Living London Day

Are you new to London and want to know where to start?  Thank God it’s #FreshersFriday!


Come to our Living London Day to find out what it’s like to study in London. Get practical advice and tools on the spot, such as signing up with a GP, getting a National Insurance number, CV writing and finding out what activities you can be involved in while at university. A day of talks, workshops and stalls including: KX Recruit, Made in Arts, London, Sports, Societies, Student Services, Commonplace, SEE, Nightline and more!

Thursday 11th September @ 11am - 4pm Meet at The Street @ CSM

Hello, I'm starting my course at CCW this September and my parents are worried about the area mainly that it is next to Brixton and Peckham. How safe is that area for students and does the violence ever spill over into Camberwell. How safe will I be

Students' Union - University of the Arts London
Students' Union - University of the Arts London answered:


Thanks for the question, we look forward to seeing you in September!

Regarding the safety of CCW please see below:

Both Brixton and Peckham have come a long way since their days of being dangerous and their bad reputation is definitely no longer deserved. They are up and coming and both have a large student populations, so there is no need to worry. People travel from all over London to party in Peckham and Brixton Village Market is a foodie paradise. Obviously we want everyone to be safe, and you should always be sensible but this is the same in all areas of London.

It’s always good to put safety first when out and about so we’ve put together a list of our top recommendations for staying safe in London no matter where you are.


Never get into an unlicensed cab or hail a minicab off the street. Instead stick to licensed black cabs which you can hail off the street and if you can’t see any around TfL’s Cabwise app is a handy way to call one.

Night time

It’s always safer to travel with friends at night and it’s never a good idea to let a drunk friend find their own way home. But if you stick together and stay in well-lit areas there shouldn’t be any cause for concern.


Always keep your phone charged and with you. That way if you get lost or run into difficulties you can always call someone to help. 


London has lots of traffic so it’s always best to cross roads at pedestrian crossings and to look both ways even if the green man is there. Similarly it’s not a good idea to have your headphones in with loud music as you will be less able to hear the cars.


Always let someone know where you are going, especially if you intend to be out all night. Also make sure that you know the way home and have enough money when going out rather than relying on friends.


London is a brilliant and beautiful city that’s no less safe than anywhere else. So if you follow these simple suggestions and use some common sense when out and about you will be able to enjoy everything that London has to offer without any worries :)

Throwback Thursday! Last year’s Freshers’ made a London themed tapestry for us. We are super excited to see what this year has in store! #camberwellisthebeesknees #tapestry #illustration #heartarts #throwbackthusday via Instagram http://ift.tt/1t3c3dD

Throwback Thursday! Last year’s Freshers’ made a London themed tapestry for us. We are super excited to see what this year has in store! #camberwellisthebeesknees #tapestry #illustration #heartarts #throwbackthusday via Instagram http://ift.tt/1t3c3dD


Become a Freshers’ Rep!

UAL oldies:
The time has come again for you to volunteer and sign up as a Freshers’ Rep and ease those callow green Freshers into life at UAL. Just like last year, we promise you just shy of a month’s worth of sports days, movie nights and pub crawls around London. We’ve even thrown in a gardening session for you this year.
And although this goes without saying you’ll receive the ever fashionable Freshers’ Reps hoodies and tees, we’ll sort your travel expenses and you get the chance to grab FREE tickets to the end of Freshers’ club night at the Bussey. Are we good to you or what?!
Head here to sign up. Just try to resist*
*Don’t actually try to resist. We’d really like your help!

Freshers: get your discounts!


Right, you’re starting at UAL soon: how cool is that?! While typical student life might not start until you kick off lectures and studio time in October, you can start getting student discounts RIGHT NOW! Buy an NUS Extra card and start getting money off in the high street, on your groceries in the Co-op, on your new statement specs in Vision Express, on travel on Megabus and National Express (moving to London, anyone?!), EXTRA discounts in Odeon Cinemas (we mean a student discount on top of a student discount), cheap eats and way more. Find out some more of our favourite discounts over on suarts.org and buy your card here, now!


Moving In/Out

For lots of you this will be your first time living away from home, possibly your first time in London or even in the UK! So we’ve put together this helpful guide on what to pack and almost more importantly what NOT to pack to make your transition as smooth as possible.


Things to Pack/NOT to Pack

1. Course Supplies

If you already have a lot of the supplies you’ll need for your course, especially if they’re expensive e.g. a sewing machine then bring them along as you will be using them from Day 1.

BUT if you need a lot of heavy textbooks and you haven’t got them yet then wait until you have moved in and order them to your new London place. This will save you lugging these heavy books all the way from home.


2. Clothes

Bring enough clothes just to last you for the term. Remember you will be going home at Christmas and so you don’t need to bring all your summer clothes this term! Also London is a shopping capital so the chances are that you will add to your wardrobe whilst you’re here anyway.

3. Toiletries

Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste so that you don’t have to venture out on the first day to buy some. And if you have any specialist or expensive beauty products bring those. But things like shampoo etc you will be better off buying when you arrive rather than carrying them all the way here.

4. Papers

REMEMBER to bring all your important documentation such as Visas, ID and other important information. You will most likely need this almost immediately.


5. Sentimental Stuff

Photos are a compact and easy way to decorate your room and banish homesickness. If you have particular sentimental items that you can’t live without then bring them but be strict; you don’t need everything from your childhood room!

6. Electronics

Be careful when bringing lots of valuable items with you as you’ll very upset if you lose them! You might consider insuring the phones, laptops and cameras you do bring: Endsleigh does good rates on student insurance. Also with large electronics such as printers you might be better off using the services at university.


General Tips:

- you can buy almost everything in London so when packing consider if it would be easier to buy it in London or carry it all the way with you, especially if you are travelling by plane or train.

- you will forget something, pretty much guaranteed but that’s no need to panic! You can always buy a replacement or ask a friend/family member to post it on to you.

- if you’re going home for the holidays then only bring what you need for one term at a time.


Packing (and packing back up afters) is a skill that you will pick up over time. You might find that you brought waaaay too much or too little the first term but it’s only by living in London that you will get an accurate sense of what things you really need. So give it a go, and if it doesn’t go according to plan there’s always next term!



Foundation For LIFE!

Welcome all Foundation Students! During your Foundation you will discover more about yourself and your artistic direction than you thought possible and will be able to enter confidently into a Degree course afters.


Before you start your course you might have been given quite a long shopping list of equipment and materials. It’s important that you come to the first lesson with everything you might need so find out here where to get the best deals:

Sewing Equipment - Morplan

They have a huge selection of pattern cutting and sewing equipment as well as display and packaging stuff. The best place to buy a patternmaster!

Art Supplies - CASS Art

They do a special student discount and have locations all across London. This is the perfect place to buy your paints and papers.

Books - Amazon.com

Textbooks and inspirational books can be expensive, so don’t splash out on brand new ones unless you have/want to! You can find great deals on art and fashion books on Amazon Marketplace.

Niche Magazines - Good News

London’s premier fashion book and magazine store is sadly closed R.I.P Franks :( But still in Soho there are lots of good newsagents for niche fashion and design magazines such as Good News on Berwick Street. We also get a limited supply of magazines such as Elle, Wallpaper and Frieze that you can pick up for FREE from the Students’ Union HQ in High Holborn. Win!


Foundation can be one of the most exciting and inspirational years of study. Even though you may go into the course feeling like you have a pretty good idea of where you want to go, remember to keep an open mind and you’ll be surprised how much your plans can change!


LCC: A User Manual


Coming to London College of Communication this year? Here are some insider tips on the college, its surroundings and life as an LCC student. Read on…

Elephant & Castle: tips and highlights

The Shopping Centre in Elephant & Castle is a real highlight. Few areas are left in London as raw and honest as Elephant & Castle and its Shopping Centre, right across from LCC: as soon as you step in, you feel as if you have stepped into another world, completely different from your regular London with organic coffee shops and chain restaurants. Here you get stalls with no-brand clothes and sneakers, CDs of underground musicians on display, loud music blasting and a strong scent of Nag Champa incense. Oh and not mention all you can eat: Brazilian, Trinidad, Tobagan and Indian food. Also there’s a sweet old school bowling alley upstairs on the top floor of the Shopping Centre, dead cheap and sometime there’s a cool gang of grannies that come and play…


We know it sucks that the canteen doesn’t accept cards still, hopefully this will change someday, but until then, the closest cash machine can be found in the Shopping Centre. Just make sure you get enough for those extra onion rings: believe us, you’ll want them!

If you ever feel in need of some vitamin D and some fresh green grass then you can always go to the Imperial War Museum’s park, which is just 5 minutes away from LCC. It is a big and quiet park and it’s mostly empty. Of course, if you have time, you can always drop by the museum as well. It’s free and they have a pretty cool exhibition on spy gadgets going as far back as World War 1, as well as a piece of the Berlin Wall.


LCC: making the most of the college

Make sure you sign up to all the workshops from Screen Printing and Etching to Letterpress and 3D. The beauty of it is that you can do this no matter what course you are on. They are a great resource, a fantastic source of inspiration and they will prove extremely helpful come Degree Show. Just explore the Workshop Block where most of them are and put your name on the induction list found in every single one of them. And even if they are fully booked sometimes is worth popping along to the inductions anyway, usually someone doesn’t show up and you can take their place.


During your time at LCC you will probably spend most of it in the library, which is a good thing. The library is an amazing place with an enormous amount of inspiring books and resources. Also, you have to make sure you check out the DVD section. You will find a huge range of quality films and hidden gems there, which are not that easy to find online. Make sure to check out the magazine section too: it stocks a whole host of industry magazines to keep you in the know.


Although you might not have classes in the Tower Block, make sure you at least once take the lift to the top floor. You get an amazing view of London from there and, unlike the Shard and St. Pauls, it’s free to enjoy!


LCC: pro tips

There’s an italian lady who works in the canteen and she is lovely. But never, ever, EVER leave your plates on the table or she will make sure you will never do it again.

Also, never, ever, EVER leave your students card at him unless you want a reason to walk to LCC and then back home and then back to LCC. There is no way you can convince the security guys to let you in. Believe us, we’ve tried…

You know that mysterious building in the centre of the Elephant & Castle roundabout? People believe it’s the home of Aphex Twin. Find proof and be guaranteed cool points for the rest of your time in the college.



RA Lates: Sixties Snapshot

SUARTS and the Royal Academy are bringing the 1960s to life to honour the countercultural icon, Dennis Hopper. Inspired by the exhibition, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album, UAL students are creating an evening of photography, interactive installations and immersive performances - all capturing the energy and spirit of this definitive era of hippies, Hells Angels, celebrities & civil rights activists. Atelier café will be serving up chocolate rum shakes and hotdogs. Guests are encouraged to bring their own sixties vibe and wear inspired black and whites on the night. Tickets just £5 for UAL students (as opposed to £20 - WIN!)

Book your UAL student ticket now on the Royal Academy website!


'Order & Chaos' by UAL student at #shinebrightstudio


The fourth weekly instalment of the #shinebrightstudio initiative to promote and exhibit emerging artists is now available to the public at the wonderful Old Truman Brewery.

The new exhibitor is Tin Chi (Ivy) Chan, a current UAL student of the Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and passionate explorer of geometry and space through her art. Her exhibition ‘Order & Chaos’ looks into repetetive identical paper structures and the effect these have when meeting the eye of the viewer. According to Tin Chi, she has been passionate about paper structure from her early days as an art students and she has been investigating ever since the relationships between perspective, light, and surfaces.

Her installation at the Old Truman Brewery is extremely captivating, and engages the viewer immediately. With Tin Chi’s clever use of geometry and light, it automatically challanges the audience to move around the room and constantly look at her piece from another angle, thus prolonging the installations effect. Through her work the artists simply asks the viewer: Do we see? Or do we view? Is it order? Or is it chaos?





'Order & Chaos' will be available as part of #shinebrightstudio until Monday 25th of August, so make sure you drop by, it's free and you also get a free bottle of Vitamin Water.