Art & Design & Football: Emma Allen

Whether you love the World Cup or you wish it would go away - London based artist Emma Allen has finally found a way to make football collide with art and design.  The photograph of her hands and body painted like the World Cup trophy went viral today.

Check out the story online, or over a stranger’s shoulder on the tube like I did.

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Beatriz Sanches: #Braziliant UAL!

SUARTS are joining the buzz around the World Cup by using the opportunity to celebrate UAL’s Brazilian alumni and current community!  Stay tuned for some #Braziliant art and design around this theme.

Beatriz Sanches graduated from the MA in Graphic Design at London College of Communication in 2012, and continued her studies undertaking short courses in Illustration at Central Saint Martins, including Drawing Café Society and Children Illustration Books.  Her work has been featured and sold through Made in Arts London, and her interview with them includes her guide to spending the perfect day in Sao Paulo: samba, street art and 24-hour bakeries – take note if you’re travelling there this summer!

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Mariana Jungmann: #Braziliant UAL!

World Cup fever is upon us, but SUARTS are joining the buzz by taking the opportunity to celebrate University of the Arts London’s Brazilian alumni and current community!  Stay tuned to see some #Braziliant art and design.

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LCFMA14 catwalk show

Mariana Jungmann graduated from her MA at London College of Fashion in December 2013, and her final collection featured in London Fashion Week in February and gained attention from Vogue, Time Out and The Independent - to name a few!

Childhood memories were a source of inspiration for the final collection, and she recalls the enchantment of learning how to make lace in Sao Paulo - a technique she has developed and still uses in her designs today.

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From the A/W 14 collection - see more here

She was awarded the SEED Fund Award by UAL to launch her business in the UK, and is part of the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, which offers guidance and advice to those working in the fashion industry.  Mariana observed that not all students know that these things are available – so maybe these resources could help you too!

Recently, one of Jungmann’s garments was worn onstage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend by Chalin, the lead singer of Juce.  Tell us that’s not living the dream?

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Unearthly Synthesis at Asylum Gallery, Peckham

Last night saw the unveiling of Unearthly Synthesis, an exhibition featuring work by 14 students from all over UAL, held at Asylum Gallery in Peckham – which isn’t your standard white cube space!

The exhibition is led by arts-community platform Never Drawn and supported by the Students Initiative Fund.  Fear not if you missed out last night – they have plenty of beers left and friendly opening hours (join the Facebook event here).

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Camera Fair this Weekend

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.

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Blogging ‘bout Rambert

Do you blog about the arts, performance or culture? Are you interested in dance? One of the UK’s leading dance companies, Rambert, are inviting bloggers to view, photograph, video and blog about rehearsals for their upcoming performances of Rooster, a series of pieces by choreographer Christopher Bruce to the music of the Rolling Stones. The performances will be in Sadlers’ Wells but the rehearsal is in Rambert’s new state-of-the-art studios in the South Bank on Wednesday 7 May, kicking off at 5.15pm and finishing with a drinks reception and a chance to meet some of the dancers.

Sound good? Damn right it does! If you’d like the opportunity to go along, read on and email a link to your blog to cat.mcnaught@rambert.org.uk by 4pm today!

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Following another round of unsuccessful discussions between RMT and TfL, another 48-hour tube strike has been planned for this week. Whilst there are last minute conversations occurring to try to prevent the walkout, it would be wise to make alternative travel plans just in case. If the strike goes ahead, you may also wish to show your solidarity by not travelling by tube until the strike is over. Read Education Officer Hannah’s post written during the last round of industrial action calling for students to support the strike.
When
Services will be affected from around 9.30pm this evening (Monday 28th April) and will not return to normal until Thursday 1st May.
On Tuesday 29th April and Wednesday 30th April, where services can be operated, trains will run from 7am or as soon as possible after that. 
Services are expected to conclude around 11pm - no service will run after this time. However, the last services from central London  may depart significantly earlier than this, at around 9.30pm.
Where
Many underground services will be severely limited, with many stations completely closed. Be sure to check out the TfL websitefor full details. 
How to avoid the disruption
1) Avoid the underground and STAY AT HOME
Don’t have any lectures or tutorials this week or have a major need for workshop equipment? Think about working somewhere nearer to home if you can. Read our blog for more info about great places to work in London. 
 2) Avoid the underground and take a BUS
An extra 100 buses will run on key routes. Free apps such as London Bus Live Countdown suggest a route and provide real-time information on when services are due to arrive at your stop. Be aware that London buses will be extremely busy as they try to accommodate the swarms of underground passengers! If your route is not incredibly long, it may be worth avoiding these too.
3) Avoid the underground and CYCLE
If you own a bike, this week would be a great time to use it. Alternatively, look at borrowing a Boris Bike. Don’t be complacent though - demand for Boris Bikes is expected to begin earlier than normal during the rush-hour. The Cycle Hire App finds your nearest docking station and tells you how many bikes are available, so check this out.
4) Avoid the underground and WALK
The Tubewalker app offers maps of routes between underground stations on all major lines
5) FOLLOW these useful Twitter feeds for updates regarding your particular route
• @TfLTravelAlerts
• @TfLTrafficNews
• @TfLBusAlerts
Following another round of unsuccessful discussions between RMT and TfL, another 48-hour tube strike has been planned for this week. Whilst there are last minute conversations occurring to try to prevent the walkout, it would be wise to make alternative travel plans just in case. If the strike goes ahead, you may also wish to show your solidarity by not travelling by tube until the strike is over. Read Education Officer Hannah’s post written during the last round of industrial action calling for students to support the strike.
When
Services will be affected from around 9.30pm this evening (Monday 28th April) and will not return to normal until Thursday 1st May.
On Tuesday 29th April and Wednesday 30th April, where services can be operated, trains will run from 7am or as soon as possible after that. 
Services are expected to conclude around 11pm - no service will run after this time. However, the last services from central London  may depart significantly earlier than this, at around 9.30pm.

Where
Many underground services will be severely limited, with many stations completely closed. Be sure to check out the TfL websitefor full details. 
How to avoid the disruption
1) Avoid the underground and STAY AT HOME
Don’t have any lectures or tutorials this week or have a major need for workshop equipment? Think about working somewhere nearer to home if you can. Read our blog for more info about great places to work in London. 
 2) Avoid the underground and take a BUS
An extra 100 buses will run on key routes. Free apps such as London Bus Live Countdown suggest a route and provide real-time information on when services are due to arrive at your stop. Be aware that London buses will be extremely busy as they try to accommodate the swarms of underground passengers! If your route is not incredibly long, it may be worth avoiding these too.
3) Avoid the underground and CYCLE
If you own a bike, this week would be a great time to use it. Alternatively, look at borrowing a Boris Bike. Don’t be complacent though - demand for Boris Bikes is expected to begin earlier than normal during the rush-hour. The Cycle Hire App finds your nearest docking station and tells you how many bikes are available, so check this out.
4) Avoid the underground and WALK
The Tubewalker app offers maps of routes between underground stations on all major lines
5) FOLLOW these useful Twitter feeds for updates regarding your particular route
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Easter for Adults

Easter as a kid was great, wasn’t it?  Your parents got a few more days off work to take you on Easter egg hunts, sometimes there was face painting, and all sorts of fun, maybe a trip to church, almost certainly a roast dinner or a family meal.

But what’s on in London this long weekend if you don’t have kids (and want to spend time around them) but you still want to celebrate the glorious weather and the last weekend before term?  From ping-pong to cider to kilo shopping to outdoor music, find something for you this weekend.

Club nights everywhere are hosting their ‘Easter-eggstravaganzas’ (or similar witty titles) but tonight there is a gin & vodka tasting event at Climpson’s Arch in Hackney – and there’s also a BBQ.  What better way to enjoy the weather?  This kicks off their weekend events that also include DJs and brunch. 
If you aren’t a fan of the strong stuff but still fancy drinking in the sun then check out the cider festival at Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick (also boasting a BBQ) all day on Saturday & Sunday.

Berwick Street Record Store Day on Saturday offers a free outdoor gig with appearances from Cass Art, Jerusalem Falafel and Pizza Pilgrims.

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Open Mic Nights in London – UAL and beyond!

Looking for something new to check out in London?  Weekly open mic night in Borough, and two one off events this month organised by UAL students.

Last night, after nearly a year of my friends raving about it, I visited Bang Said The Gun – a weekly event of stand up poetry “for people who love poetry or, for that matter, hate it…” And that’s a relief, because one of my friends would never have gone if I said it was poetry and was devastated when I revealed it was £5 for a student ticket (£7 otherwise.)  Fortunately regular check-ups with him confirmed it was “more like going to watch comedy but with more iambic pentameter and rhyme, and well worth the money.

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Culture & Education Events - Outside UAL

If the Easter holidays are making you really crave learning, then fear not.  
Why not check out a public talk or workshop to get you back into the swing of it, or learn about something new?

LSE have a public lecture War: what is it good for? on Thursday the 10th (today!)  It’s a good question.  
If that doesn’t float your boat, try out Bang! Said The Gun - a poetry night ‘for people who hate poetry’ in Borough.  OK so it’s not a lecture, but people will be talking and you might or might not like it.

On Friday there is a creative writing workshop at the London Metropolitan Archives.  It’s £10, but learning how to write in another style could challenge the way you approach essays - or hell, you might just enjoy it.
Impact Hub Brixton have a whole host of talks and workshops on Friday, including ‘what does collaboration mean to you?’, tips on starting a business, and morning yoga.

This Saturday there will be a discussion about UAL student Clayton Pettet’s controversial and much talked of performance Art School Stole My Virginity at the Fringe! Film Fest.  This 'queer film & arts' festival runs from Friday 11th to Monday 14th April and has a whole host of other events going on.

The following week, why not try ‘Skin Skinning' - a taxidermy masterclass to undertake in the buff?  Great place to meet other naked people.  
Or if you fancy keeping your clothes on while you can before global warming ruins everything, Gresham College have a talk on ‘a Million Years of Sea Level Change.’  
Cass Art have a ‘Draw Faces in 15 Minutes’ class, which is £15 but might be a good creative kickstart if your Easter break hasn’t been what you hoped.
And the ICA will have a free introduction to three recent frieze videos.

Keep checking your favourite galleries for lists of talks and events, and see this list of Talks & Lectures in London.

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Not School, But Not Home Either

During the holidays I often find that the choice for places to work is between going to college or working from home.  
Both can be problematic: college often feels a bit desolate and bizarre, or if you’re like me you’ll get the "oh dear, it’s the holidays and I still have nowhere better to be than here?" sort of feeling.  Working from home is no better - so many distractions and eventual cabin fever that can drive you to insanity or the pub by 5pm.

If it sounds like a familiar conundrum, then maybe it’s time for a new study hole this Easter - or you could take it slow and visit places that might inspire you to study…

Let’s meet and work shows you a map of London and its recommended working, drinking and free Wifi-ing spots.

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A recommendation from Cai from Wimbledon College of Art is the newly opened Wren Coffee in St Paul’s: "If you want that same feeling of vast stone and high ceilings but really don’t care to spend another afternoon in the atrium of Central Saint Martins, then this will do the trick."

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Battle of the Murals: Sneakers Clash

This weekend some lucky artists have an amazing opportunity - to create a massive mural on a wall in Borough, all paid for by Converse (and free shoes, oh the envy.)

There are 6 teams and 3 walls, but I chatted to Charlotte Munro about her collaborative mural with teammates from BA Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon, as they battle against MA Illustration students at Camberwell (guys, if you read this - I didn’t know how to find you!) for the chance to win £1000.

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ArtistsCharlotte Munro; Summer Oxley; Guyathri Anand; Anna Dakin

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Congratulations on the amazing opportunity!  What has the process been like, from hearing about the opportunity up until now?

C: Ahhh, we had under a week to submit our application (because we only just heard about it through an email from our tutors) so we got the ‘collective’ together (as that’s the requirements too) named ourselves the ‘Neo Pseudo-Surrealists,’ and chose specific roles in the application process. Then we got the opportunity, and had 2 days to prepare our plan of action for the large wall in Borough.  We are collaboratively taking our part on the original design and keeping to the composition and colours, etcetera.  Also we have professional graffiti artists to help us through the weekend!

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