Inspiration Ideas: British Museum Late

To celebrate the exhibition 'Germany: Memories of a Nation', we’re getting together with the British Museum to host a German Folktale themed event. We are looking for proposals for workshops and interactive activities that are inspired by these familiar and beguiling stories. 

Get your creative juices flowing! You need to think about how you can engage our guests at the British Museum with interesting interactive workshops and activities based on folktale/fairytale themes. 

Woodland and forestry plays a massive part in folklore, manifesting as both a dark and mysterious danger zone, but also an environment of solitude and concealment. 

Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz: Forms in Nature (2012)

Using the simple action of intensifying the lighting at the center of this light sculpture, a room is transformed as oversized shadows are thrown onto walls and ceilings. The intricate shadows created by the light show engulfs the room and transforms the walls into unruly shadows of branches, bushes and gnarled trees. 

Katie Vota: Birch Tree Forest Installation (2012)

This Birch Tree Forest Installation was created for the Krasl Art Center’s ArtLab exhibition space, and is made entirely from cut paper. The premise is basic, and yet the intricate cuts of her work create great visual effects. 

Sanctuary: Woodland and the art journal

The Art Journal offers artist a medium by which the can express themselves through personal visual imagery. Here is just one take by which art bloggers have reflected on their views of woodland. Mixing painting and collage techniques, the artist has created a page on the sanctuary of the woodland. 

Submit your ideas online


SUARTS Wants You To Be An Activist


Activists are people who want to make a positive impact. Activists will speak out for change. Activists will criticise what’s wrong with the system. Activists won’t be silent. Does this sound just like you? Activism Week is happening now at Camberwell and Chelsea Colleges of Art and we want you to get involved! 

Let us tell you a little bit more about it…

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Arts Active - Try Fencing Tonight!

Ever wanted to give fencing a go? Want to work off the uni stress and have fun? Meet people and have a few drinks?

Then come on down to the Platform Bar at CSM tonight at 7pm for a taster session and find out all about fencing! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, everyone is welcome :)

Check out the Facebook group and we hope to see you there!

Arts Active

If fencing isn’t your thing then don’t worry as the Arts Active programme has loads of fun sports and activities to give a go including rounders, netball, running and swimming with many more to be added soon!

All this and more for JUST £10 a term! So come on and give it a go, what’s the worst that could happen…


Student Deals at Gymbox

Limited offer at Gymbox: £0 Joining Fee for Students

Offer ends 31st October

With over 80 of the most unique dance, holistic and conditioning classes, huge gym floors and music supplied by resident DJ’s – Gymbox is just pure unadulterated serious fun.

Facilities include:

-Huge free weights area

-Indoor cycling studio

-Olympic sized boxing ring and combat area

-Award winning interior design

-Over 80 weekly studio classes

-Functional training areas



Out of credit for printing? Come and print in colour for free at the SU

Well, now you can print your work for free, yes FREE, and, in colour at the SUARTS office in High Holborn.

Aiwip recently installed their free printer next to reception, check out their website for more information and details of how you can print your things for free.

A Chelsea course rep last year presented the Dean with a document that showed University of the Arts being one of the most expensive places to print in the UK. Surprising seeing as we have to print the most amount of things for sketchbooks and projects… The average monthly spend for a UAL student on printing a month is £33.30, so a term you are looking at nearly £100!

Last year there was a big push from the Students’ Union to the university to lower the cost of printing. The final outcome was that they were given three options: 

1.) Make it free

2.) Make it cheaper

3.) Do nothing

They pretty much went for the third and slightly lowered b&w printing, because of this we now have this FREE printer!

Come and give it a go, see you soon.

For anyone that hasn’t been to our office yet - you can find us here:

1st Floor, Students’ Union, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY

[The one criticism I have is of their sign up form which asks you to input your gender and then gives you an option of ‘male/female’ - error! I will be emailing them to get them to change this up soon so hold tight!]



How to Decorate Your Room on the Cheap

Does your room look like an empty cell? Add some personality and colour to your dorm room with this simple and cheap decorating tips!



These are a  great and cheap way to both decorate your room and stave off homesickness. Print out your favourite photos of friends, family, nights out and holidays from your phone or facebook and make a cool photo-montage across a wall in your room!


Washi Tape

You can almost literally do anything with this stuff! Use it to edge shelves or to create cool patterns on your walls and furniture.



Paper decorations aren’t just for Christmas! Get crafty and make some pretty flowers or cool geometric shapes and use these to brighten up your room.


Fairy Lights

Suitable for EVERYONE fairy lights will make any room magical. If you’re not down with the fairy light style then get a simple lamp. The soft lighting will make your room much cozier.


Cover the Walls

With anything you like! (as long as it doesn’t damage the walls and you can take it down again) One of our favourites are these fake flowers!

In no time at all your room can be transformed into a delightful home :)



People really got into the 60’s vibe last weekend at our Royal Academy Late for the exhibition Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album. So we just had to get some snaps. Check out some of our favourites from the night


Glorious Giles! Catch CSM Alumni and Celebrated British designer Wednesday at Kensington Palace

Here at UAL we have loads of amazing students and alumni to be proud of. This week you can catch CSM graduate and master designer Giles Deacon at Kensington Palace, where he is to present a major Baroque runway showcase of Georgian inspired fashion. Giles’ work will be accompanied by some exquisite pieces from renowned milliner Stephen Jones

The showcase,  Georgian Fashion Remix will take place in Kensington Palace’s stunning Vanbrugh designed Orangery, and will explore how Giles has drawn inspiration from some of the hallmarks of 18th century style. The show is a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures of Giles’s own archive, and will highlight the surprising and sometimes subtle ways that historic references are woven into current collections; from cut and construction, right through to decoration and embellishment. 

Since graduating from CSM in 1992, Giles Deacon has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion. His early resume includes Jean Charles De Castelbajac, Bottega Veneta and the Gucci Group, whilst he has also worked as Creative Director at FAY (part of the Tods Group). The GILES collection was launched back in 2003, and in February 2004 he presented his first collection at London Fashion Week. Since then Giles has won an array of fashion’s most coveted awards, starting in 2004 with “Best New Designer” and later in 2006 “British Designer of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards.

Speaking about the show Giles Deacon said: “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to show a retrospective of my designs which have been inspired by many aspects of the Georgian era. To have them presented in the Orangery at Kensington Palace, in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, will make for a very special evening!”

The show forms part of ‘Glorious Georges’, an extraordinary year of exhibitions, events and activities taking place at Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace to mark the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian ascension to the throne.

Get tickets now for just £25


Throwing back to Skype with Shia

It’s now 10 days since term started, and you’re probably getting reacquainted with your lecture theatres.  But before you start thinking about hitting snooze and missing out on all the fun, let us Throwback Thursday to that time that when Shia Labeouf appeared on Skype to an LCF lecture to deliver a reading of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle


Yeah!  Bet whoever skipped that one feels like a fool!

Secret blog brainwashing message: go to lectures, they are awesome.


David Lloyd Kensington Gym Taster Day

David Lloyd Kensington would like to invite all students to attend a complimentary day visit to our club this October.

Our facilities include 2 fully equipped gym floors, a 20m pool, sauna/steam room and spa area, over 60 fitness classes a week ranging from holistic yoga and pilates to more high intensity classes such as spinning and body pump.

Whether it is fitness or relaxation you are after we are sure to have the solution, and our qualified instructors can help to provide you with a bespoke exercise program, so why not try for yourself and see!


Superdry Student Event



Join us at our exclusive student event at our Superdry Regent Street store on Thursday 16th October at 4:00PM-9:00PM.

For 20% off* everything in store, free goody bags*, style advice and a live DJ set whilst you shop. 

Get your Student ID’s at the ready!

*Whilst stocks last. Student ID required for discount. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or offers or for purchases of gift cards or vouchers.


TUC Demo & After Party at LCC Darkroom

This Saturday 18th October UAL ‘FREE EDUCATION’ march and AFTER PARTY @  Darkroom LCC. It’s time to take a stand!!

  • Demo meeting place: Blackfriars Station 10:30am (the march will continue to hyde park)


The demo doesn’t end at the rally, comrades!

Come to London College of Communication Students’ Union bar in Elephant and Castle to unite together and dance to good tunes.

We’ll have some decent DJs plus FREE ENTRY! All students welcome!!

  • £2.20 spirit & mixers
  • £3.20 doubles
  • £1 shots
  • £2.50 cocktails
  • Friendly bar staff who are paid a fair wage.
  • and free entry!

Where else can you get this on a Saturday night?!


Sign up for Rave Yoga!

So as you probably already know, this year SUARTS has started up a new sports progamme called Arts Active. Arts Active gives you the opportunity to have a go at loads of different non-competitive sports, try out different fitness sessions, and generally get active at a reasonable price. 

So for just £10 membership a term (and only £5 if you sign up for your second term) you’ll get access to all Arts Active Taster Sessions, plus a discount from your overall club membership fee if you decide to join one of our many sports clubs at UAL.

So what’s this Rave Yoga then?

For this weeks Arts Active guest activity we’re heading to GymBox in High Holborn for Rave Yoga. Think: the relaxation of yoga, with UV lights and trippy balearic beats. 

If you think Rave and Yoga aren’t the most complementary of practices, think again.  This session mixes the beats of rave with fluid, playful yoga sequences, whilst the darkness created by the UV atmosphere wipes all of those insecurities away. What do you mean, I hear you say. Basically you can stretch and wiggle to your heart’s content without worrying about looking a bit daft in front everyone else in the class. In the words of GymBox ‘The emphasis on making it your own practice also makes Yoga Rave suitable for all levels from beginners through to the more advanced.’ 

We’re hosting two sessions of Rave Yoga at GymBox this friday.

Get directions here.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in sign up now! Or for more information check out Arts Active Online, or GymBox’s Rave Yoga Blog.


What an amazing day - full of creativity, diversity and friendly faces. Check out the Freshers’ Fair video and try to spot yourself and your friends in the crowd.Share this video with everyone and let the world know why you’re proud to be part of SUARTS.