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 just £5 for UAL students (as opposed to £20 - WIN!)

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


Freshers’ Fair

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!

Any questions? Give us a shout on Twitter or in the Facebook Freshers’ Group for more info on this and other great Freshers’ activities :)


On Thursday 12 June we presented the 2014 UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards, honouring and celebrating staff and students who have worked hard this year to improve the UAL education experience. Here are all the winners, and check out our Facebook page for more photos of the night!


Teaching Awards winners
Susanna Charles, Teacher Trainer, Foundation Photography, Camberwell
Adrian Holme, AL/Tutor, Illustration, Camberwell
Lorna Bircham, Course Director, MA Textiles, Chelsea
Colin Priest, Course Leader, BA Interior & Spatial Design, Chelsea
Kerry Bradley, Senior Lecturer, Theatre and Screen, Wimbledon
Allan Sly, Technician, Sculpture, Wimbledon

Course Rep Awards winners
Andrew Graves-Johnston
Hannah Miles
Tye Korgaokar


Teaching Awards winners
Caroline Dakers, Course Leader, BA Culture, Criticism & Curation
Paul Dewis, Technician, Print
Alison Green, Course Leader, MA Culture, Criticism & Curation
Betti Marenko, Lectuer/Researcher, Product Design
Daniel Rubenstein, Course Leader, MA Photography
John Wollaston, Technician, Print

Course Rep Awards winners
Joana Cartaxo
Leo De Cera
Samira Tristani-Firouzi


Teaching Awards winners
Paul Bowman, Course Leader, Illustration & Visual Media
Frode Hegland, Lecturer, Advertising
John Himbury, Technician, IT
Paul Jackson, AL, BA Graphic Design for Communication
Catherine Smith, Course Leader, Design for Graphic Communication
Esther Teichman, Senior Lecturer, BA Photography

Course Rep Awards winners
Marc Dataro
Andrew Gates
Amara Rossell


Teaching Awards winners
Claudette Davis-Bonnick, Visiting Lecturer, Pattern Cutting
Liz Gee, Course Leader, MSc International Fashion Management
Daniela Hatfield, Student/Staff, BA Fashion Illustration
Matteo Montecchi, AL/Tutor, Fashion Branding
Ian White, Technician, Footwear
Linda Wing, Technician, Sewing

Course Rep Awards winners
Amanda-Jayne Easmon
AJ Haseley


We hosted our first ever SUARTS Community Awards on Thursday 11 June, celebrating and honouring the societies and students who have thrown themselves into the UAL community and worked hard to make our uni better. Take a look through all our photos on Facebook and read through the full list of winners below. Well done to all those nominated and the winners - you’ve helped make UAL an active, campaigning and above all FUN place this year!

Best Society Event: The Chinese Society’s ‘Now Showing’ Exhibition

Best new Society: ARTea

Most improved Society: ArtsFems

Best Den for 10 Project: Evolving Fashion – Ethical Fashion Symposium

Best Recreational Activity: Jazz Funk

Outstanding Contribution to a Society: Filip Bigos

Student Staff of the Year: Lwazi Nene

Student Media Award: The Talk

Contribution to the Student Community: Ling Duong

Creative Contribution to the Student Community: ‘NeverDrawn’ by Calvin Boon Seng Tan

Fundraiser of the Year: Islamic Society

Campaigner of the Year: Lou Macnamara

Troublemaker of the Year: Marijam Did

Anonymous asked:
Are foundation year students able to attend fresher's week?

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

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.


We’ve had a great time acting like big kids this week at our SUARTS Family Day. It was lovely to meet so many parents and children and hear about the issues of studying here and looking after your child. via Instagram


Free RA tickets: Looking at London Yinka Shonibare

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 to get yours quick!


Sports Ball this year was of course a massive success.

Our Sports Exec. did an amazing job putting on a great night to celebrate our sporting successes at UAL.

We were obviously delighted to finish 4 places ahead of Goldsmiths in BUCS and even had a few champions with Men’s Rugby and Women’s Volleyball both winning their respective leagues. 

Netball won Club of the Year along with many individual club awards handed out by the captains.

Take a look at our Facebook photo album and find out more about sports at UAL.


London’s Top - 5 Music Venues

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:

- Bussey Building - Corsica Studios - The Lexington - St. Pancras Old Church - White Heat @ Madame JoJo’s - The Lock Tavern


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 @SUARTS


Change Makers

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.


DM25 - The next 25 years of Communication design


Morag Myerscough

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. 


Jonathan Barnbrook

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.


Javier Mariscal

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.

Find out more at DM25