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!
You got accepted into one of the colleges of University of the Arts London and are on your way to becoming one of the 2014 UAL Freshers: hooray!Before getting excited about the Freshers’ Parties at XOYO and the Bussey Building, you must first get to know what’s what within the university.
First of all we should introduce ourselves, your Students’ Union, or better known as SUARTS. We are here to help you out through your time here at University of the Arts London. Anything and everything we do is because of that. If you love something that we are doing we want to know about it so we can do it more often, and do it bigger - but because we make decisions democratically, if there is something you don’t like, you are able to help make it better. We will keep you informed on upcoming events, news, campaigns and creative opportunities, aimed at making your student life even better.
Below are just some examples of the kind of creative opportunities we will provide you as a UAL student. Every creative opportunity from the Students’ Union will be on this blog, on our website and in an email we’ll send you weekly once term starts, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!
SUARTS runs exhibition spaces in two UAL colleges, giving you the chance to create, collaborate and exhibit. We call for submissions regularly and students in all colleges and at all levels are encouraged to propose solo or group exhibitions.
We will need students interested in photography to participate in – and even lead – public workshops in The Photographers’ Gallery. A great opportunity to learn about public engagement and to develop your skills. Stay tuned for details on how to take part!
Our next Late event will be on 12th October in the Royal Academy, with UAL students exhibiting, performing and facilitating workshops throughout the RA’s current exhibition, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album. We’re also planning Late events with the British Museum on 12th December and the V&A too: stay tuned for the chance to participate. More previous events can be found here.
An independent panel of industry experts selects a range of student work from all disciplines for an annual public exhibition. Submit your work to be considered for the 18th edition of Xhibit in early 2015 for a chance to show a wider audience just what you’ve got.
Sports and Societies
SUARTS supports 60+ sports clubs and societies that are all run by students, for students. So whether you want to play competitive sport or get involved in one of the creative societies, this is a great opportunity to gain experience and improve your skills outside of your course. Meet them and sign up at Freshers’ Fair.
Sell your work with Made in Arts London
Another thing to know about is Made in Arts London. MiAL is a non-profit organisation within the Students’ Union which offers UAL students and recent graduates the possibility to promote and sell their work. With an impressive portfolio of independent exhibitions such as ‘Bigger, Brighter, Bolder’ and also notorious exhibitions such as ‘London Illustration Fair’ and ‘Affordable Art Fair’, MiAL takes pride in helping sustain some 80 upcoming artists careers. MiAL was born in 2012 and since then has become a major creative opportunity for UAL students. For more information on how to sell your work click here.
YAAAAAY FRESHERS’ FAIR! Join us in Chelsea’s beautiful Parade Ground on Wednesday 1st October for the Freshers’ Fair! Here’s the vital info:
When: Wednesday 1st October, 10am - 5pm (come along whenever suits)
Where: Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts
Who will be there: We’ll have lots of stalls manned by the Students’ Union, clubs and societies, UAL and external companies and organisations that we think you’d like to know more about
Who should come: All UAL students from all colleges and all levels of study. Just because this is the Freshers’ Fair doesn’t mean it’s not useful, relevant or just plain FUN for returning students. Just because it’s going on in Chelsea doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come because you study somewhere else. And just because you’re not an undergrad doesn’t mean you should miss out!
What happens: Come along to chat to Students’ Union and UAL staff about all there is to offer outside of studying and studio time. We’re here to tell you about exra-curricular activities, student services, advice and support and fun things to do at UAL! You can research and join clubs and societies, learn about creative opportunities and meet some new people! We’ll also have lots of partner companies and arts organisations there to give you useful information, student discounts and maybe even FREE THINGS!
YES! Most definitely. There will be a couple of events especially for Foundation students a little earlier than Freshers as you start earlier and all other social events will be open to foundation students too.
The only events that some foundation students may not be able to attend are those who are under 18 at events which are over 18s only.
The RA is offering 20 free tickets for current UAL students to see Looking at London with Yinka Shonibare, RA at the Geological Society on Monday 2nd June at 6.30pm.
Tickets are first come, first serve so email email@example.com to get yours quick!Comments
The summer holidays are fast approaching, and this means that Summer festivals are too. There are events catering for whatever kind of music you’re into, up and down the country and abroad. In London alone there are some amazing festival line-ups at Field Day, Love Box, Wireless, and the Somerset House Summer Series, but if festivals aren’t your thing, or you feel like you’re in need of a musical warm-up, check out this SUART’S writers’ pick of London music venues!
1) The Old Blue Last EC2A 3ES
With the overground station right near by, and an abundance of great places to eat and drink on Great Eastern Street, The Old Blue is guaranteed fun. However, the best thing about this venue is that almost all of the shows are free, and they tend to get bands and musicians right before they really get recognised. They work with lots of different promoters so the listings are varied genre-wise (but mainly feature garage punk and indie bands like Drowners and The Black Tambourines). Past gigs have included Arctic Monkeys, Lil B, Amy Winehouse, Wiley, These New Puritans, and even Kylie Minogue played a surprise show there in February.
2) Heaven WC2N 6NG
Run by G-A-Y, this easy-to-reach venue often features dance/club/pop and RnB and queues of people lined up the street. Get there early if you don’t want to be disappointed - in an attempt to see Iggy Azalea we waited in line for two hours and still couldn’t get in. It does also host a range of other bands - I’ve been to see Summer Camp there, and coming up they have Bo Ningen, Grouplove and Breton. It also has club and comedy nights. A word of warning though; drinks are crazy expensive, so only buy them at Heaven if you’re feeling flashy.
3) The Shacklewell Arms E8 2EB
This venue has a real fun vibe to it, and you can find more than music if you pay it a visit. Recently this venue hosted the Repeater Festival - a weekend of live music, art stalls, tarot card readings and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed menu. Upcoming shows include a Field Day warm-up party, Tijuana Panthers, a return of the Repeater Festival, and their monthly hip-hop & RnB night; Hipsters Don’t Dance.
4) The Village Underground EC2A 3PQ
This is my favourite venue for the building itself - its huge ceilings give the venue good acoustics and a feeling of space (which is rare). I recently saw Blood Orange play there (featuring Samantha Urbani and Skepta), and it was an amazing show. Because of the larger space they have bigger acts, which have included WU LYF, Odd Future, Anna Calvi, Major Lazer, The XX, Black lips, and Four Tet. Tickets to upcoming shows like Lykke Li, Slowdive and Tune Yards have sold out fast so it’s a good idea to subscribe to their mailing list so you don’t miss out!
5) Birthdays N16 8BJ
Birthdays tends to have shows which sell out very quickly, which may be because of the amazing line-ups, but it may also be because it’s tiny. Still, small venues can mean a more ‘intimate’ evening, or in my case lots of sweaty people pushed up against each other, simultaneously being deafened by the sound system at a Yung Lean show. Regardless, it was one of the most fun nights I’ve had so far in London. Birthdays can feel like a bit of a mission, but you can always reward yourself with a Psychic Burger from their restaurant in residence, or a £1.50 take-away Lahmacun from Tava Ocakbasi’s down the road if you’re a bit strapped for cash.
Other venues worth a mention:
Saw a famous band before they ‘made it’? Something crazy happen at a show? Let us know your favourite gig stories and share your photographs on Tumblr by tagging your post #suartsgigstories or replying on Twitter @SUARTSComments
I saw an interesting lecture / discussion called Change Makers on Tuesday 13th May. It is part of the LCC Graduate School launch - a range of lectures and workshops happening over the next few weeks.
It started by screening this short film Conscientious Communicators produced by Lightgeist Media in 2012 featuring staff and students from LCC. It was a really interesting film that highlighted some of the particularly successful or influential projects that students and staff had worked on. It included LCC students Chiara Astuti and Martina Giulianlli who co-founded the Food for Good project which collects surplus food from restaurants and small super-markets and delivers it to charities helping homeless people.
The talk then began with Nick Bell (UAL Chair of Communication Design) giving a small introduction about the First Things First Manifesto, that topic we all know and love to discuss. He discussed the various iterations of the Manifesto over the years (first in 1964 by Ken Garland, then in 2000 by Adbusters and most recently in 2014 by Cole Peters), and basically highlighted the short comings of this most recent iteration and how it actually damages the movement, mainly because, he says, it isn’t well written and doesn’t focus on the appropriate issues facing design today. Personally, I totally agree with this. I read Peters’ First Things First 2014 and I couldn’t really relate to it, it seemed to be lacking the impact and relevance that the previous iterations had.
Nick Bell then introduced a number of speakers who discussed their practice and how its are affected by ethical issues. For example Meghna Gupta who made a wonderful documentary film called Unravel, following the journey of all the discarded clothes from the west as they end up in Northern India to be recycled, it is unbelievable to see. Other speakers included students involved in Fashion Revolution, Matt Rice, interactive designer from Sennep, Tony Credland, senior lecturer at LCC and Hillary Chittenden from the RSA Great Recovery. Each of the speakers gave their personal opinions on how design can impact environmental, ethical and political issues.
All in all the symposium was really interesting. The issues discussed are and will become more and more important as time goes on, and students and designers today need to be more aware of these issues and how they effect our practice today and in the future.
Check out the projects and designers above as they are great examples of how design can influence positive change, as well as how student projects can develop into actual real life projects, giving students recognition as well as making a real difference as a result of their work.Comments
Me and a few class mates went to one of the DM25 lectures, held by the design museum to celebrate their 25 years. It was a discussion with four designers led by Rick Poynor, that design critic we all know and love. Joined by Neville Brody, Jonathan Barnbrook, Sean Perkins, Morag Myerscough, and Javier Mariscal, they discussed their views on the next 25 years of communication design.
Each designer was asked to bring three images, either work of their own, photographs of inspiration or others’ work. One image was shown of each and they were asked to discuss the image and why they chose it. Poynor then picked up on key points of view and opened up a discussion to the rest of the panel. The discussions ranged from the very serious to the very bizarre (namely Javier Mariscal’s weird and wonderful contributions). Some really interesting points were brought up though, most prominently was the near argument about commercial practice within graphic design. Barnbrook in particular felt very strongly that designers shouldn’t work for corporations, or as he put it “shouldn’t lie for corporations”. But this whole discussion is a difficult one, because people like Barnbrook and Brody can reject commercialism easily, they are in the position to, but to young designers like us, it’s not as easy to turn work away. Not to mention that both Barnbrook and Brody have both worked on corporate identity projects in the past.
It turned out to be a really great selection of people, each with different backgrounds and perspectives. This provided good arguments for each point of view and created a well rounded discussion. Even if we didn’t get a definitive answer as to what we should do as young designers, I guess the answer is that there are many options, and its up to you to decide what you believe in.
All in all the lecture was great. Good range of speakers, and it really made you think. I highly recommend checking out the DM25, as the design museum will be hosting a number of talks throughout the year. We should all be part of the discussion, events like this allow us to be.Comments
Last year UAL students took on staff teams and both netball and football and this year we returned to the popular fixtures featuring some big names on both sides.
This year’s staff vs. student netball was slightly different to last year. With 7 staff members and 16 students present, we decided to mix the teams up and have staff playing alongside the students as appose against each other…after all we need the staff and students to work together to ensure we spread awareness of university sport, so why not start on the court!
This turned out to be great, staff members really upped their game and kept the students on their toes!
Our girls were really pleased to have seen staff taking an interest in something that makes up such a huge part of their university experience…next year we hope to see every college have a staff member representing them! All in all a great day with a good standard of netball and lots of UAL sport love felt throughout the afternoon!’
Rosie Black, SUARTS Activities and Volunteering Officer said:
‘This Year Staff VS Student’s braved the tumultuous weather for a fun filled afternoon of netball.
Our students’ were extremely accommodating of our 7 staff members. In the end students’ and staff teams combined and I think we surprised ourselves at how close it was.
We played with 7 staff members instead of the 15 that we’d previously managed to squeeze together. Getting an afternoon off on a Wednesday proves just as difficult for Staff members as it does students’. The support of staff really helps to profile our ongoing fight to see Wednesday afternoons free of compulsory timetable activity. We know those that couldn’t make it are very much looking forward to challenging the girls on court next year.
All of the Student’s kept us in high spirits despite playing two games in the on-off rain! They were fantastic to play with and we’re very much looking forward to bringing a bigger following next year! Thanks to them all for such a fun-filled afternoon.’
The staff team arrived on seeking revenge for a 3-1 loss at last year’s reverse fixture. They had a noticeably longer warm up period than the student team and must have been aware that they would need the would get the rub of the green [astroturf] at Kennington Park to come away with a result.
After a quiet opening few minutes an onlooker was heard saying,’ This game needs a goal’ and by golly they got some, 15 in all leaving the shell-shocked staff team succumbing to a 13-2 defeat.
The UAL mens football team were in control throughout and took advantage of a staff defence leakier than a tin can in a shooting gallery.
In an unexpected twist it was a game of two halves and the staff team hoped to take advantage of this, switching to a 4-5-1 formation. The staff team looked to park the bus in the second half but clearly forgot to leave the handbrake on.
A confident student team full of fresh legs broke through the defence time and time again and thoroughly controlled possession in the middle of the park.
The staff team managed to score 2 goals but conceded 5 to finish up a painful 90 minutes.
At the end of the day all credit was given to the students team who thoroughly deserved the win and barely broke into a sweat. The staff team meanwhile will look to rebuild over the summer and hope the tables will be turned this time next year. Rumours of Tim Sherwood or David Moyes coming in to steady the ship have been strongly refuted by insiders but it looks more that a reshuffle will be happening sooner rather than later.
The student team will be looking forward to their next batch of new recruits joining in early October and will be sending their best scouts to Freshers Fair 2014 to assess the next generation of footballing talent.
The real winner from Staff vs Students this year was Sport at UAL and we’re very much looking forward to Sports Ball on Wednesday where we get to celebrate everyone’s achievements and crown this year’s Team of the Year.
Time Out has listed the Photographica Camera Fair as one of their top weekend events.
It’s being held at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Victoria on Sunday 18th May and there are an estimated 135 stall of used and vintage cameras. It’s well worth a look if you’re after a some vintage Russian glass or are looking to start a new hobby with a pre-loved film or digital camera.
The fair is open between 10am-4.30pm and there is a £5 admission charge. There will also be camera accessories, film, paper and images on sale. Find out more on the PCCGB’s Fair website.Comments