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.
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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
If you’re buying materials for your Summer Shows then make sure you make the most of the great 15% student discount at London Graphic Centre with the code Degree2014.
They also have some great staff with the experience and know how to help out if you’re facing a sticky situation or mountain of boards to hang.
Find your closest store and how to use your discount online or in store here.Comments
Private View: 21 May 2014 6 – 9 pm
Chelsea College of Arts Students’ Union Exhibition Space
Continues: 22nd – 30th May
The exhibition proposes to pose ourselves the question: where is the place of culture and art? Does it have fixed roots which necessarily determine its faculties, or is it a shifting entity that adapts and morphs, forever changing and evolving? In an attempt to answer these questions seven international MFA students have been asked to exhibit an object from their home, alongside their artwork, that they think has influenced them. Will you be able to distinguish art from home? And what connections will be revealed?
As part of the exhibition we will be running a FREE Masterclass: an introduction to Crochet; a one hour private lesson from an expert crafts person in Crochet. For more information and booking visit Home Is Where The Art Is: Masterclass on Facebook.
There will also be a talk by the artist Chun-yu Liu: exploring identity and memory. Everyone is welcome to attend the lunchtime event on the 29th May, 1 – 2 pm.
Interested in forward-looking fashion? Join the Evolving Fashion Society in Blueprint Bar, HH this Thursday at 6.30pm for talks and an exhibition on sustainability, innovation and ethics in fashion. It’s a great chance to hear about what students, the society and the University are doing in terms of sustainable fashion, as well as an opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy a drink!Comments
So, apparently Lego Serious Play (LSP) is an actual thing. I signed up to this workshop mainly because it had lego in the title, and then I was quite surprised with my experience.
LSP was developed by the Lego company as a way to create a new market for lego. It is a process that was designed for the corporate and business environment to "enhance innovation and business performance.” But the principles can be applied to wide range of situations. This workshop being an example. Usually when you play with lego, its very literal, you build a house, a car etc. So the first step was to change the way we play, moving from literal construction to metaphorical construction. So we started out with a few warm-up exercises to get us used to playing with our pile of lego in a more abstract, less literal way.
The point of this workshop was to understand ‘stuckness’. Being stuck is something that designers, creatives, and pretty much all people experience at some point, and there are a whole range of reasons people can get stuck: stress, fear, lack of knowledge, and each person has their own personal reasons, to do with how we each work and learn.
The next exercise was to build a model which describes us as creatives, our process, our positives and our negatives: the reasons we get stuck. After a short while we went round the room and each person described their model. It was incredible, when building these models, you invest meaning into each block, and in putting them together, you construct a complete image of yourself, out of lego.. (I know, sounds crazy right).
This is my model. It’s a sort of spiral staircase made of two colours, because I see myself as a pretty organised person. It is slowly climbing, because thats how I see my progress through my course, slowly climbing up, gaining knowledge and skills. Along the way there are a few place I can get stuck. Firstly the black and yellow poles, they are two small blips of procrastination that I usually have to get through because I can move on. Then theres a little side platform with a spinning thing on it, that’s all my other interests, which are constantly spinning in the background. And finally, underneath is a little skull, that represents a small amount of self doubt that sometimes creeps in. At the top of the staircase are a pair of legs, thats me, walking up the stairs, but I don’t have a body of head, as I am not sure exactly where I am going. The staircase ends in two flags, pointing in different directions, representing expectations vs reality for the end of uni.
We then went on to do a number of different exercises, working in groups and alone to build solutions for our stuckness, and that of others.
I was really surprised by the workshop, I came in thinking I was going to play with lego for two hours, which I did, but not in the way I was expecting. It turned out to be a really powerful experience, looking at my own models, and those of others, and listening to how each person described them, you can see that it really does work. In building a model, you distil your problems and issues into concrete forms, isolating them from everything else that clouds your decisions. The solutions can then seem really obvious. It’s a great way of working, that I’ll do again, and I recommend anyone to try it if they get a chance. And anyway, its lego, who needs an excuse.Comments