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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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


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.


Coming to Sixties Snapshot tonight? Just a few things to note:

Coming to Sixties Snapshot tonight? Just a few things to note:
  • The event starts at 6.30pm, entry to the exhibition Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album is free all evening.
  • Atelier café will serve up American diner classics and cocktails so please bring some cash, as card payment opportunities are limited.
  • Don’t forget to bring your sixties vibe and dress in black and white!
  • We will be creating our own ‘Lost Album’ so take your own photos inspired by Dennis Hopper and upload to Instagram. Use #DennisHopper to get your special polaroid print to take home.

Make the most of Events & Exhibitions in London

At UAL, we are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to the range of cultural events and opportunities, available right on our doorstep. SUARTS currently work with loads of high profile partners such as The Royal Academy of Arts, V&A, British Museum; exciting young companies such as craft beer company BrewDog, art suppliers CASS Art as well as the world’s largest student film festival Campus MovieFest. Through these partnerships we put on some amazing events for UAL students. This weekend lucky ticket holders will be heading to our Sixties Snapshot RA Late, and later this year we’ll be heading over to the British Museum for an SUARTS event themed around German Folktales.

But aside from these amazing events, as London residents we are so lucky to have easy access to some of the best exhibitions in the world, plus as students’ we can take advantage of some amazing discounted rates. There are loads’ of exhibitions and events going on across London at any one time, from fine art galleries to community projects, from theatre and dramatic performances to fates and festivals. Exciting huh?


Here at SUARTS we want to let you know about as many of these events as possible, to help you guys to make the most of your University experience. Whilst they might not always be relevant to your course, engaging in events is not only fun, but can give you a great breadth of inspiration for your own future projects. Plus you never know – you may find yourself working with these partners yourself in the future!  

Keep you eyes on the SUARTS website to keep up with all the amazing opportunities we offer through our partners, as well as our Tumblr and social media feeds, where we’ll strive to keep you in the loop with loads of the arts events going on in and around London. 


Creative Opportunity: 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. 

But what is German Folklore?

Ever heard of the Brothers Grimm? Well these fine German chaps are responsible for the first literary collection of the fairy tales you grew up with. Yes that’s right, Walt Disney might have stamped his feet all Cinderella and Snow White, but these tales and so many more where first published in Germany back in 1812 by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm.


The influence of this German collection was (and still is) so wide widespread that during World War Two W. H. Auden praised the Grimm collection as one of the founding works of Western culture. Of course there is more to German Folklore than the Grimm Fairy Tales, these are merely the most well known. German mythology – generally pagan in origin - is also a great source of  interesting tales.

But Germanic folklore is also a rich source of artistic inspiration, not only due to its the timeless teachings, but also due to its dark and menacing themes. The first volume of Grimm’s Fairy Tales was subject to a great deal of criticism; whilst publicized as ‘Children’s Tales’, Grimms’ subject matter was not regarded as suitable for children. Many adaptations over the last two centuries have transformed the tales into those portrayed in kids material today. However originally these fairy tales were much more explicit; including abusive, violent, and sometimes even sexual themes.


There is certainly a lot to play with here, but if you are looking for inspiration, look no further than the original illustrators by Philipp Grot Johann and Robert Leinweber. You may want to think about the characters and motifs within the tales, or the settings and backdrops such as the German landscape, castles, and the all-important deep, dark woods.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most notable tales in Germanic Folklore, but there is a lot more out there. All the Grimm Fairy Tales are available on Project Gutenberg.

Still stuck for ideas? BBC radio 4 has created a whole series of programming on the exhibition! Check out this episode on Fairy Tales and Forests: The Grimms and Caspar David Friedrich. 

So get to work! Download and read our tips on how to devise and write your proposal

Submit by midnight on Sunday 26th October by completing our online form

Email for more info. 


Win a pair of tickets to the RA Late!

Want to win a pair of tickets to our sold out Dennis Hopper inspired Royal Academy Late event this Saturday?!
Just tell us which creative partners you want us to be working with by 2pm on Thursday and you will be entered into a draw to win tickets. Enter now!
The winner announced Thursday afternoon, collect tickets from SUARTS (272 High Holborn) on Friday or on the door.
So here’s the details:
SUARTS works with a number of high profile partners including The Royal Academy of Arts, V&A, British Museum; exciting young companies such as craft beer company BrewDog, art suppliers CASS Art and the world’s largest student film festival Campus MovieFest.
SUARTS wish to continue to build partnerships that are relevant to you.
Please can you list up to five partners you would like your Students’ Union to work with.
Good Luck!

Freshers: what’s going on this week?

Last week was pretty intense…



Monday 6th October: Unspoken Barriers: black History Month

Join us for a month of informative talks and screenings to celebrate Black History Month. Starting with our Exhibition – 6 October – 15 November, Darkroom Gallery & Workshop Block Corridor. Also featuring: Future Conversations – Tuesday 14 October, 6-9pm, Podium Lecture Theatre and Film Screening – Tuesday 28 October, 6-9pm, Podium Lecture Theatre. And finally our Celebration Event – Thursday 30 October, 5pm onwards, Darkroom bar

Tuesday 7th October, 5pm: MA Mixer at LCF

Are you on the postgraduate programme? Feeling neglected and overlooked by the Freshers events on offer? Despair no longer. We’re having a mixer. Just. For .You That’s right. Grown up conversation, moderate drinking and sophisticated finger food (well, maybe it’ll be crisps, but 2 outta 3 ain’t bad.) We will be hosting a picnic dinner on the roof terrace at our John Princes Street site where we will have a short talk followed by a Q and A session with a mystery Industry speaker.


Wednesday 8th October, 8pm: Horror Film Night

Do you like movies? Do you like FREE movies? Well then, the Horror Film Night is just the thing for you! It’ll be scary… very scary. Along with free popcorn and drinks, how could you go wrong? It all kicks off from 8pm in your common room.

Wednesday 8th October, 6pm: Postgrad Pub Quiz

Come and pit your general knowledge skills against your peers in a battle for the wooden spoon. Come on your own and we’ll set you up with a team. Prizes to be won and snacks provided. Open to all students, in link with the LCC Graduate School

Friday 10th October, 8pm: Student Night at Tiger, Tiger

Ready to go WILD?! Beat the lengthy queues and save your pennies with our exclusive UAL advanced tickets. Buy your tickets now for up to half price and party like a VIP


Saturday 11th October, 6.30pm: RA Lates: 60s Snapshot

We’re bringing the 1960s to life to honour the countercultural icon, Dennis Hopper. Inspired by the exhibition, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album, we’re 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.

Freshers is sadly drawing to a close for another year, but there still a bit more fun to come. Tune in next week…


Freshers: what’s on this week? (lots!)

If you thought the last few weeks of Freshers shenanigans were good, you haven’t seen anything yet! Join us for the biggest (and bestest) week of the Freshers Calendar, quite possibly even your life, as we take you on a whirlwind of magical adventure. GO!


Monday 29th Sept, 11am: CSM Archway Tour

We will take you on a tour of the Archway campus and surrounding areas. Current students will be leading the tour giving you a chance to ask anything you need to get settled in to Art School.

Monday 29th Sept, 2pm: Stanley Kubrick Archive Tour

Stanley Kubrick Archives Tour + Film Screening in partnership with UAL Archives and Special Collection Centre.

Monday 29th Sept, 3pm: MiAL Meets the Freshers

Watch out for the MiAL team this Freshers week, we’re coming to a campus near you! Made in Arts London supports UAL students to develop the skills, experience and connections necessary to sustain their creative practice during their time and college and post-graduation.


Monday 29th Sept, 7pm: LGBTQ Freshers Social

UAL LGBTQ Society invites you to join us for a night out in Soho to kickstart your freshers. There will be something for everyone as we party our way through the West End.

Monday 29th Sept, 11am: Junk to Gems: 101 Makeover Tips

We’ll give you some ideas, you come up with the rest – come along for a fun time and photo shoot line up – you will create, through shape/ colour/texture, a personalized outfit that you can then take away with you, along with the photo shoot outcome as a memento of the session.

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Freshers: what’s on this week?

Howdy Freshers! For those of you who’ve already landed in London, the fun just keeps on coming. Here’s what’s happening over the next 7 days:


Monday 15th Sept, 12noon: Danny DeFreitas at Somerset House

Soak up the London Fashion Week atmosphere AND go to a talk with celebrity hair and make-up artist Danny DeFreitas. Book your free ticket now.

Monday 15th Sept, 2pm: Trip to Malevich at Tate Modern

Join the SUARTS sabbatical officers for a trip to Tate Modern to see the work of turn-of-the-century radical Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. Bring money for a ticket or pre-order online.

Tuesday 16th Sept, 5pm: Clothes Swap Party at Chelsea

Come along to Chelsea College of Arts to swap the stuff you don’t want for some stuff you do! Good for the environment AND good for your wallet…

Wednesday 17th Sept, 11am: Visit Spitalfields Farm

A city of 7.5 million people, but there’s still some room for farm animals… Book your free space with the UAL Accommodation team.

Thursday 18th Sept, 1pm: Visit Greenwich Market and Observatory

A market, great architecture, super boats, a park, and observatory… Greenwich has a whole lot worth visiting. Meet at Greenwich station at 1pm for a wander round with your sabbatical officers.

Thursday 18th Sept, 3pm: Pub Games in the Darkroom

Foundation students and anyone else who fancies it: come along to LCC’s Darkroom bar for darts, pool and more!


Thursday 18th Sept, 6pm: Fashion Bingo at Blueprint

This week in London, fashion is what it’s all about… join us in Blueprint Bar in UAL High Holborn for the trendiest game of bingo you’ll ever play!


Friday 19th Sept, 12noon: Funding Foundation at LCC

Foundation Art and Design, a key part of many people’s creative education, is under threat. SUARTS is hosting meetings and campaign preparations in a number of UAL colleges in order to fight for its survival and for increased support for those undertaking it. Join us to ensure Foundation is funded!!

Friday 19th Sept, 9pm: Silent Disco at the Costume Store

Have a headphone disco in your common room! Pay a small fee for your headphones and then dance til you drop…


Saturday 20th Sept, 1pm: Camden Markets

Meet the UAL Accommodation team at the Ice Wharf pub at 1pm to explore Camden Markets, one of London’s most famous market spots.

Sunday 21st Sept, 2pm: Sunday Games in your common room

Hanging in halls? Meet your neighbours over some free games, including cards, boardgames and giant Jenga!


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!

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 for this event have now sold out!